Singapore Airlines is giving travellers two more reasons to jet off between Singapore and Cairns from this week, adding an extra two flights between the Asian metropolis and Tropical North Queensland hub, bringing its total up to five per week.
However, the boost is only temporary, with the airline confirming plans to slip back to four flights a week when it switches the current Boeing 737 on the route to an Airbus A350 from March 31.
In the meantime, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 – crowned with lie-flat business class beds – will take wing every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- SQ204 bids farewell to Cairns at 6:20pm, and touches down at Changi at 11:05pm
- On the return, SQ203 sees wheels up from Singapore at 8:40am and arrives at 5:20pm
On top of free WiFi for every passenger and seat back video screens (a feature notably missing on partner Virgin Australia’s newly-delivered MAX 8 aircraft), the jet sports a sophisticated business class cabin where the 10 spacious seats convert into fully flat beds.
Two of those are solo ‘throne’ seats where travellers enjoy added privacy and personal space.
Other creature comforts include a 16" HD video screen plus AC and USB ports within easy reach; passengers will also enjoy Singapore Airlines’ signature in-flight dining experience.
While Cairns currently lacks a Star Alliance lounge for frequent flyers and business class passengers, those flying out of Singapore can take advantage of the airline’s T3 SilverKris business class lounge, which opened back in November 2021.
Changi isn’t just a haven for high flyers, however: Gold status holders travelling in premium or economy are in for a treat as well, with a fresh KrisFlyer Gold lounge accompanying the reveal of the two new first class lounges.
Boosted flights to Cairns are a sign of renewed confidence from the Star Alliance member, with a Singapore Airlines’ spokesperson noting the carrier is seeing stronger demand for flights to destinations across Australia, South East Asia, and other parts of East Asia.
In addition to its newly-boosted Cairns schedule, Singapore Airlines recently added a second daily A380 to Sydney, while also subbing out the Boeing 777 on daily Melbourne flights SQ228 and SQ237 for a superjumbo until the end of October.