Singapore Airlines in interested in operating additional SIN
-LON overnight flights. The airline currently operates just one such flight, and that particular flight has been operating with a 95%+ loadfactor year round, making it a more lucrative flight than SQ
's two other LHR
operations, which operate as daylight flights from SIN
. The midnight flight (SQ323) is expected to become one of the first flights to switch to the new A380 as is comes online in 2006/2007.
The problem with obtaining additional slots is not only that we're talking here about London Heathrow, where extra slots are few and far between, but that an overnight flight from SIN
would involve early morning landing slots at Heathrow, which are virtually impossible to pick up.
In order to overcome this dilemma, SQ
has been looking at several scenarios. One option is to pursue Heathrow slots at other times, involving yet another daylight flight from Singapore. Another option would be to try and obtain Gatwick slots for an overnight flight from Singapore. Neither would be an optimal solution, but there's no other options for the time being. It must be kind of hard for SQ
to see BA
operating all these overnight flights from its own home turf of SIN
, while SQ
itself can't get its hands on other slots. Also CX
is gifted with 3 early morning arrival slots at Heathrow.