Singapore Airlines adds fifth daily flight to Perth

Now there are even speedier connections at Singapore's Changi Airport for flights to Europe, South Africa and Japan.

By David Flynn, February 6 2020
Singapore Airlines adds fifth daily flight to Perth

Singapore Airlines is set to give Perth a major boost with the addition of a fifth daily flight. Slated to take wing from Monday 1 June 2020, the service will be timed to tie into the airline's early morning wave of flights to Europe, South Africa and Japan.

The new SQ230 will leave Perth at 6.40pm to reach Singapore at 12.10am the next morning; the SQ229 return leg is wheels-up from Singapore at 12.20pm for a 5.20pm landing at Perth.

Dining in Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 regional business class.
Dining in Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 regional business class.

As with two of its Perth-Singapore sibling flights, SQ229/SQ230 will run on an Airbus A350 – although it's fitted with the same 'regional' business class as the other Perth A350s and the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, rather than the international business class of SQ's longer-range flights.

Not that there's much to fault about a regional business class seat which offers a bookshelf and cabinet next to your seat, a large flat-screen TV in front of you that's packed with movies and TV shows, and a seat that converts into a long, fully-flat bed when a power nap is called for.

All of Singapore Airlines' Perth flights sport fully-flat beds in business class.
All of Singapore Airlines' Perth flights sport fully-flat beds in business class.

Here's how the Perth-Singapore schedule will look from June 2020 (subject to regulatory approval, of course). Singapore Airlines says the midnight arrival "will improve connection times to several key destinations" including  London, Manchester, Zurich, Rome, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya and Hiroshima.

Singapore Airlines' new Perth-Singapore timetable, with the fifth daily flight in bold.

Singapore Airlines' new Perth-Singapore timetable, with the fifth daily flight in bold.

Likewise, Perth-bound travellers coming into Singapore on SQ and SilkAir flights from Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Jakarta won't have to cool their heels for long.

Not that there's anything wrong with a stopover at Singapore's Changi Airport, which is widely regarded as one of the world's best airports.

Business class passengers would certainly not object to clocking up a little more time in Singapore Airlines' SilverKris lounge, which is being revamped into a larger and more upmarket lounge worthy of its flagship status with new 'productivity pods' and rest areas, an expanded dining hall with live cooking stations, a tended bar and a seperate cafe.

Singapore Airlines' new-look business class lounge will open in mid-2020.
Singapore Airlines' new-look business class lounge will open in mid-2020.

The new-look business class lounge is expected to open around the middle of this year, after which the $50 million make-over will sweep through the adjoining first class lounge and, in 2021, the exclusive haven known as The Private Room.

A fresh look for The Private Room.
A fresh look for The Private Room.

Earlier this month Singapore Airlines announced plans for a joint venture with ANA – which flies daily between Perth and Tokyo – to sharpen their shared focus on the Asia-Pacific market.

The partnership, which is subject to approval by the relevant authorities in each country, would encompass flights between Japan and Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

It would extend beyond the airlines' current code-sharing agreement via their shared Star Alliance membership to let them coordinate pricing and schedules on those routes "for more seamless access to flights (and) a broad range of joint fare products, tie-ups between frequent flyer programs and aligned corporate programs to strengthen their proposition to corporate clients."

Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, promised the alliance meant "customers would be able to enjoy increased flight frequencies and travel convenience, and access the strong connectivity at both the Singapore and Tokyo air hubs."

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Aug 2017

Total posts 87

Great news for Perth. Perth - Singapore would have to be one of the top international routes out of Australia with 5 daily SQ, 2 daily Qantas and 2 daily Scoot.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Nov 2017

Total posts 9

No doubt picking up a spike in demand to transit through Singapore rather than Hong Kong for onward journeys to Asia, Europe and even US west coast (the latter itself an attraction of SQ from Perth).

06 Feb 2020

Total posts 1

Wonder when we will be able to book

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S

13 Sep 2013

Total posts 106

I thought the new T3 SQ lounge wasn't opening until at least mid-2021?

No, ET has this right, it's a staged construction and the business lounge is Stage 1, should be open middle of this year. First class lounge is Stage 2, end of year, and The Private Room is Stage 3, middle of 2021. Don't know exactly where or how the KrisGold lounge, for passengers in economy but with Gold status, fits into this though.

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jul 2015

Total posts 1

Any update on a lounge upgrade for SQ in Perth ?

04 Jun 2018

Total posts 12

Work on expanding the lounge into adjacent unused space commences tomorrow.

04 Jun 2018

Total posts 12

Not all that surprised with this move, SQ have managed to really maxmise their load factors on the existing 4 services ex-Perth in the last 6 months, impressive considering the additional capacity added moving from A333/B777 to A350/B78X was the equivalent of about 220pax / day each way.

16 Jan 2018

Total posts 72

SQ's regional J is better than its' international' J - at least in my opinion. Having a flat bed where you're dove tailed is better to sleep on longer flights anyway.


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