Singapore Airlines boosts Australian flights over summer

By Chris Chamberlin, July 23 2014

Singapore Airlines is boosting its flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over the busy Australian summer travel period.

A spokeswoman for the airline confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that from November 22 2014 until January 31 2015 (Singapore time), Sydney and Melbourne pick up an extra three flights each week.

Over the same period, Brisbane also gets an additional two weekly services.

Departing from Sydney, the new SQ252 flight takes to the skies at 7:40am on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, touching down at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 12:45pm that afternoon.

On the return, SQ251 pushes back at 7:25pm on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays, reaching Sydney at 6:25am the following morning.

Melbourne residents can board SQ248 for a late-night departure on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with the flight wheels-up at 12:30am, setting down in Singapore at 5:10am on the same morning.

Out of Singapore, SQ247 departs at 12:40pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for an 11:15pm arrival into Melbourne.

Travellers from the Sunshine State can jump on SQ266 on Fridays and Sundays, taking off at 6:05pm and kissing the ground at 12:05am the next morning.

Coming home to Brisbane, SQ265 taxis from the gate in Singapore at 6:50am and pulls in at 4:50pm – just in time for dinner.

All seasonal flights are served by the airline’s Airbus A330-300 fleet – complete with 30 angled lie-flat beds in business class and 255 seats in economy – and can now be booked via the Singapore Airlines website:

Members of Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program could earn 9,780 KrisFlyer miles on the return business class journey from Sydney, while those on the cheapest economy fares can earn just 391 miles in each direction.

That’s the same number of points earned through Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme, so choose the program that works best for you.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Nov 2011

Total posts 110

Pretty good turn-arounds... just 1hr15min?

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

19 Apr 2014

Total posts 46

I get the inclination that, perhaps within a year, both SQ and CX will think of going 5xdaily. The 'subject to government approval' part will always get in their way though

07 Oct 2012

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SQ has reduced some capacity this year and yields are low. Cathay has reached its cap into main Australian airports. 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

Total posts 26

Cathay might have to look at bigger planes or codeshares?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2221

Who can they codeshare with? Qantas? They also don't really have anything bigger - the increase in seats from 333 to 77W isn't that great on CX (mostly because the extra space is used for premium classes).

In any case, they have excellent spacing between their flights. Perhaps we'll see the A350 when it comes.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 736

A330 to OOL or AVV and a free bus transfer. Not as silly as it first sounds. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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SQ251/252 strikes me as an even more brutal version of SQ221 and SQ 212, respectively. I'm surprised that their seasonal ex-SYD flight doesn't leave in the mid-late morning (like QF81).

05 Sep 2011

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SQ252 is effectively replacing SQ212, with SQ212 being retimed to a mid morning (0905) departure. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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Oh, that's much better!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Aug 2013

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Which is the better SQ aircraft for business class MEL-SIN? The A330-300 or 777-300ER?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2221

Try to take the 777-300ER, as that has the long-haul fully-flat business class product. The A330-300 has the medium-haul angled-flat business class product, the same one as flown by Virgin Australia on the Perth to East Coast transcontinental routes.

It is worth noting that as a general rule of thumb flights with the 777-300ER are much harder to get partner award availability on than the aircraft with angled-flat business seats.


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