Singapore Airlines is swinging its new Airbus A350s onto three of its four daily Brisbane-Singapore flights over the coming months, complete with its latest-generation fully-flat beds in business class offering direct aisle access from every seat.
The A350 upgrade will also see the debut of Singapore Airlines' premium economy on the route.
It's welcome news for passengers on the overnight SQ235 service from Singapore and the return SQ256 leg from Brisbane – currently served by Airbus A330s with angled-flat business class beds – which will gain the Airbus A350 from October 16 2017.
That’s followed by SQ246 – the current overnight flight from Brisbane to The Lion City – and SQ245 from Singapore as of December 16 2017, which presently see a ‘reconfigured’ Boeing 777-200ER with Airbus A380-like business class beds, albeit the airline’s previous-generation product.
In the New Year, SQ236 from Brisbane and SQ255 from Singapore will also be switched to the Airbus A350 from January 16, in place of a mixture of Boeing 777-200ERs and Airbus A330s.
"Brisbane continues to be an important market for Singapore Airlines," said Singapore Airlines' Regional Vice President Tan Tiow Kor.
"With the growing number of A350 aircraft entering our fleet it makes sense to deploy three of them to Brisbane to help meet the premium market demand that we are seeing," Tan added.
Onboard the Singapore Airlines Airbus A350
The A350s flying to Brisbane will feature 42 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, which offer an array of shelves and storage options for all your gear...
... and can be flipped forward to create a 78-inch (198cm) fully-flat bed, or a comfortable space for more casual work:
AusBT review: Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350 business class seat
Behind that, 24 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout measuring up at 19 inches (46.2cm) wide with a recline of eight inches (20.3cm) and a 38-inch (96.5cm) seat pitch, all with adjustable headrests, swing-up legrests at every seat and fold-out footrests:
AusBT review: Singapore Airlines premium economy
At the back of the bus, 187 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration (also changed from the 2-4-2 layout of the airline's Airbus A330 economy cabin).
Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350s also come with inflight Internet – another first for the airline on Brisbane flights – with access charged at US$11.95 (A$15.20) for one hour, US$16.95 (A$21.55) for three hours or US$21.95 (A$27.90) for the entire flight.
Flights SQ266 from Brisbane and SQ265 from Singapore will continue to be served by Boeing 777-200ERs (sans premium economy), but which still provides business travellers with a 1-2-1 business class cabin on every Brisbane flight.
Singapore Airlines opened a new SilverKris lounge at Brisbane Airport last year, catering to business class passengers plus KrisFlyer Gold, PPS Club, Solitaire PPS Club and other Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers booked to fly in Singapore Airlines premium economy and economy.
Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum members can also access Brisbane's SilverKris lounge when travelling with Singapore Airlines.