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Qantas will swing its Airbus A380 onto Sydney-Singapore from March 4, 2018, ahead of the route becoming the first leg of the Sydney-London superjumbo service from March 25 when Qantas ditches its Dubai stopover.
The daily QF81/QF82 Sydney-Singapore service will step up from Airbus A330 to the double-decker A380 – replete with first class suites and premium economy seats, albeit an inferior business class experience than the A330 – between March 4 and March 24.
But all those extra seats come at a cost: during that three week period, the daily QF5/QF6 Sydney-Singapore Airbus A330 service will be trimmed back to just four times a week on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Then, from March 25 2018, QF81/QF82 will revert being a daily Airbus A330 flight and the QF5/QF6 flights will be reassigned as Qantas' flagship QF1/QF2 for the Sydney-Singapore-London route.
There are other Singapore shuffles rippling through the Qantas network, too.
Perth-Singapore will get year-round double daily flights from April 8, 2018 – look for the new flight numbers QF77/QF78, but don't look for anything fancier than the Boeing 737 which already runs daily as QF71/QF72. This boost comes as Jetstar Asia discontinues its daily Airbus A320 Perth-Singapore service.
Also, from 25 March, 2018, the Roo's low-cost sibling Jetstar will cut its Melbourne-Singapore services from five per week to twice weekly.