Singapore Airlines (SIA) plans (14-Jan-2010) to deploy A380 aircraft on Singapore-Zurich service from 28-Mar-2010. Daily A380 operations will replace 12 times weekly B777-300ER service. The move is subject to the airport being certified for A380 operations. Zurich will be the third city in Europe and the seventh in SIA’s network to receive the A380. [more] [more - Perspective]
Singapore Airlines to deploy A380 on Zurich service
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