Singapore Airlines bringing the Airbus A350 to Perth

The Star Alliance member confirms even more A350s will soon be winging their way to the city.

By Chris Ashton, November 20 2023
Singapore Airlines bringing the Airbus A350 to Perth

Singapore Airlines’ West Australian connections are set for a welcome boost this week when a fourth flight from Perth to Singapore takes wing between the cities on November 24.

Unlike the existing trio of Boeing 787s though, the latest arrival sees an Airbus A350 enter the mix, with each of its 40 regional business class seats delivering lie-flat comfort for the sub six-hour hop. 

The regional business class provides ample comfort and privacy.
The regional business class provides ample comfort and privacy.

Initially departing just four times a week, the additional service moves to daily from the end of March. 

The schedule from November 24, 2023 is as follows:

  • SQ213 from Singapore to Perth lifts off every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:20am, arriving into Perth at 12:35pm.
  • On the return, SQ226 bids farewell to Perth at 1:50pm those same four days, touching down into Changi at 7:10pm.

Come March 31, 2024, that will change to daily flights on the following:

  • SQ213 from Singapore to Perth departing at 7:15am, arriving at 12:25pm.
  • SQ226 will see wheels up from Singapore at 1:40pm, with wheels down at 7:10pm.

On top of that soon-to-be daily departure, SQ223/SQ214 will switch from a Boeing 787 to an Airbus A350 from March 31, resulting in four additional business class seats on each flight.

2024 a year of growth

Not resting on its laurels after a stellar 2023 that has seen additional Australian flights and boosted capacity, Singapore Airlines is already mapping out updates for the year ahead.

Melbourne sees the introduction of a fifth daily flight from May 26 (also on an Airbus A350), while Sydney welcomes a fifth daily flight on the Boeing 777 from October 27.

Not to be left in the cold, Darwin’s five-times-weekly Boeing 737 MAX connection steps up to daily from March 31, taking the city’s connections back to pre-pandemic times also.

In other good news for Perth, an all-new SilverKris lounge is primed to unlock its doors in early 2024 – and it’s a change that can’t come soon enough.

A concept image of the new Perth SilverKris lounge.
A concept image of the new Perth SilverKris lounge.

Moving out of its cramped current quarters and into the space formerly home to the Qantas International Business lounge, the shift will result in more than twice as much room for Singapore-bound flyers, with seating for some 140 passengers.

Interesting how this site allows comments on most articles but quntas articles are often off limits for commentary 🤔 why is that?

01 Dec 2012

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Not my experience at all. There have been numerous articles about Qantas in the past six months that I and others have commented on.  By far the most popular was the one asking what changes Qantas needed to make. About 100 of us made suggestions.

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06 Sep 2012

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Any news on potentially more flights to Brisbane? I feel that with all of these additional flights to the other cities that it's becoming a bit underserved

03 May 2021

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Undeserved? Extra capacity is going where there is demand for it. Brisbane so getting a 4th seasonal flight too.

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23 Aug 2014

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Thanks Chris

SQ have not infrequently flown the A350 to Perth already on some days, presumably for operational reasons, so the addition of a regular flight is welcome.

01 Dec 2012

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Hi Chris, what you have missed in this article is that the A350 adds Premium Economy seats that are not available on the SQ B787 services. Makes it possible to book through PY seats to Europe!

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26 May 2014

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Airlie, unfortunately I don’t think that is the case. SQ also have A350s configured as “medium haul” without premium economy.  Flights being sold for Perth-Singapore mid next year showing A350 equipment are not offering Premium Economy.  I too would have expected SQ would offer PE for the Perth market, but then again if you look at the price for PE on Sydney - Singapore, I don’t see the value.  It should be about 50% uplift, not 200%

01 Dec 2012

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Correction to this post.  I jumped to the wrong conclusion. As the article points out, this version of the A350 has regional business class, not long haul J. A visit to the SQ seat maps reveals no PY on these particular A350s.  So passengers to and from Perth have only economy and business to choose from, just the same as on a B787-10.  A pity, as it would have been nice to have the PY option on complete journeys.

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15 Jan 2013

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It's the same with all the smaller cities that get either the 787 or the a350.Brisbane and Adelaide plus Perth are in that category but that's all that's needed in the case of the shorter trips.

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26 May 2014

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It’s not a short trip if it is part of a longer itinerary.  I stopped using Singapore Airlines for Perth - Tokyo because their extra legroom price increased to about 25% of the ticket price.  If Premium Economy was offered I would use it.  Perth people also have ultra long range options through Singapore to North America on SQs no-economy A350.  Moving from Premium Economy to Economy on the last leg would be a big negative.

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