Western Australia will reopen its international borders on Saturday 5 February, and Singapore Airlines says it’s ready to begin long-awaited Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights to Singapore.
Those VTL services, which offer quarantine-free visits to the Lion City under a gamut of conditions, were briefly pushed back to 1 March, with the airline citing unspecified ‘regulatory requirements’ as reason for the four-week delay.
However, a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Executive Traveller this evening that February 5 is once again the official VTL kickoff, based on “the latest guidance from the authorities”
"All VTL flights from Perth that were scheduled between 5 February 2022 and 28 February 2022, will retain their VTL flight status", the spokesperson said. "Customers with existing bookings on these flights can continue with their travel plans."
Singapore Airlines is hoping to capitalise on not just West Australians flying up to the city state and onwards to the rest of the world, but also inbound trips from students, skilled workers and tourists under the VTL arrangement.
SQ’s Perth-Singapore VTL flights
Singapore Airlines will have a solid roster of 17 weekly flights, all of them featuring the modern Boeing 787-10 (click here to read the Executive Traveller review of SQ's Boeing 787-10 business class) on two daily services, SQ223 and SQ225.
SQ223 is scheduled to depart Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 at 10am local time, touching down at 3:10pm Perth time and pulling up to Terminal 1.
For the night owls on the red-eye, the second daily service is SQ225 which pushes back ten minutes into the new day and lands bright and early at 5:25am.
On Wednesday, Friday and Monday each week from March 2, there’s also SQ215 which leaves Singapore at 6:40pm and delivers passengers to the WA capital just before midnight at 11:55pm.
Before those flights, business class passengers will be able to check out the all-new SilverKris Business Lounge – a spacious, modern and well-appointed space which finally deserves its flagship status – while there’s also a fresh KrisFlyer Gold lounge for Gold-grade frequent flyers booked into economy.
Out of Perth, the flights to Singapore will also run twice daily – but you’ll need to be a very early riser for the first one as SQ224 leaves Perth at 6:40am, touching down just before lunchtime at 11:55am.
Alternatively, for the afternoon departure on SQ214, it’s wheels-up at 4:45pm and you’ll set foot on Singapore soil at 10pm in time for a nightcap if you’re so inclined.
On Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday, nocturnal flyers can set off for Singapore at 1:10am, landing in time for breakfast at 6:20am.
At the end of March services will be ratcheted up further, becoming three-times daily until well into October 2022, although SQ214 will leave slightly later in the day at 5:10pm, arriving in Singapore at 10:35pm.
Notably, SQ214 will also shift to an Airbus A350, which while retaining the same lie-flat business class as the Boeing 787-10, also adds a premium economy cabin.
As previously reported, Singapore Airlines will provide two free hours of inflight WiFi to every passenger until March 31, so you'll be able to stay connected for almost half of your flight without pulling out your credit card.
Scoot’s Perth-Singapore VTL flights
Singapore Airlines' low-cost offshoot Scoot is also offering VTL flights from Perth commencing 5 February (flight TR9) and 9 February (TR17) on boards its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
Scoot’s Boeing 787s are crowned by 35 ‘ScootBiz’ business class recliners in a 2-3-2 layout, making this more like a premium economy experience – although the extendable leg rest boosts comfort somewhat on what is, after all, a relatively quick five-hour hop.
There’s plenty more photos and detail in our review of Scoot's Boeing 787 ‘ScootBiz’ business class – and if you are booking one of these, check out our expert guide to the best ScootBiz seats on Scoot's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners (hint: any of the ten D or F seats, which are on the aisle of the middle block of three seats, are the first ones to pick).