Singapore Airlines is bringing its Airbus A380 back to Melbourne, with the superjumbo also sporting new premium economy seats.
Admittedly it's only a limited engagement – the A380 will run just three days a week as SQ217/218 from 24 June through to 3 September, with the other four days flown by a Boeing 777-300ER.
If you're keen to make sure your Melbourne-Singapore flights is on SQ's A380 – which also boasts luxe first class suites – then look to book SQ218 out of Melbourne on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday; the ex-Singapore SQ217 superjumbo flight will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Singapore flag-carrier will use the A380 to boost capacity during the mid-year holiday season, and will also represent just the second Australian appearance of the airline's premium economy outside of Sydney, where it's rostered onto selected A380 and Boeing 777-300ER flights.
The A380 is fitted with 36 premium economy seats on the lower deck, nestled between first class suites and economy in a 2-4-2 layout.
The leather-clad seats are 19.5 inches wide on the A380 with a pitch of 38 inches, compared to a 19 inch width and tighter 32 inch pitch in standard economy.
Each seat has a comfortable 8 inch recline with both a legrest and footrest, its own AC power socket (with a universal design that'll take all common plug types) plus a pair of USB sockets, one of which is a high-power jack capable of recharging tablets.
Travellers will also appreciate the generously-proportioned 13.3 inch HD video screen.
But perhaps the best part of the premium economy package is that passengers will also be treated to champagne and meals from Singapore Airlines' excellent 'Book the Cook' service.
Made famous in SQ's first class and business class cabins, Book the Cook lets you choose your inflight meals before you fly, with a wider range of dishes – and, generally speaking, of superior quality – to what you'd be offered onboard.
You'll typically be able to pre-order your main course for all meals served during the flight – breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or supper: here's the Book the Cook selection available from Sydney to Singapore.
Singapore Airlines will be the only airline offering premium economy on the Melbourne-Singapore route, with Qantas opting not to fit its premium economy seats to upgraded Airbus A330-300 jets flying to Asia.
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