Singapore Airlines brings A380, premium economy, to Melbourne

By David Flynn , January 5 2016
Singapore Airlines brings A380, premium economy, to Melbourne

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.

Also read: Singapore Airlines to tempt Aussies with joint Lufthansa, Swiss flights

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

Seats half inch wider than economy, gee.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2013

Total posts 137

Is the SQ Y seat on the a380 the best Y dimensions (pitch, width) into Australia? If so, you'd imagine they'd use one of the old layout a380s for MEL, and put that bird to use in Europe. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

Total posts 446

The width comparison of 19 inches in Y to 19.5 inches in Y+ may be misleading.  The Y measurement is probably to the next seat, while in Y+ you have a large gap between neighbouring seats.  A lot less bumping of shoulders and elbows !  All the same a 19 inch Y seat is generous. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2013

Total posts 137

Swapping over from LX in Y, it's an amazing step up. I'd believe that it was 19. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Jul 2012

Total posts 120

...hmm... That depends on how you look at it.

It is also barely half-inch narrower than British Airways business seats...

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

16 May 2011

Total posts 116

Would love to see the whalejets back on a pernament basis, even if its only x3 weekly! Hopefully SQ is experimenting abit here which could possibly see the resumption of A380's to MEL year round. Not long ago MEL had x2 daily A380 flights!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

28 Jul 2013

Total posts 81

Is SQ boing to bring Prem Eco to MEL as an ongoing  product. Love to have a choice over Xmas rather than fly BA16 out of SYD.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

26 Jul 2012

Total posts 35

What on earth is going on at Singapore Airlines? Consistancy has NOT been one of their strong points in over the last 12 or more months! Product has been variable, as aircraft has been variable! The heat is coming, as from March Emirates flies EK404/ 05 with their A380, so I say to the management team at Singapore, GET REAL and get with the program and start bringing consistancy of product, aircraft and service back to Melb, otherwise competition rules!

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1446

Well, JQ StarClas pretty much PE with excellent seats, though food can be awful.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

17 Nov 2014

Total posts 98

I hope Premium Economy on Singapore - Melbourne route will soon become more regular and more permanent feature.

The SQ 218 service is one of 2 only red eye service from East Coast Australia to Singapore. This service often attracts Sydney passengers to fly so they can save time whilst avoiding the curfew at Sydney Airport. Therefore I would say there should be demand for Premium Economy on this sector.

QantasFF

16 Nov 2012

Total posts 57

Yes, I wish Qantas would notice that CX and SQ both offer PE, which QF insists its passengers don't want on Asian routes. I've been using QF or CX Business on these but would like the option. While in Singapore last week, I used SQ economy to go to Hanoi and was really impressed by the quality of their Y offering - seemed like pelnty of legroom by Y standards, good service, excellent pre-ordered meal and free wine, and only 8 acrosss seating on the 777.

QantasFF

16 Nov 2012

Total posts 57

Yes, I wish Qantas would notice that CX and SQ both offer PE, which QF insists its passengers don't want on Asian routes. I've been using QF or CX Business on these but would like the option. While in Singapore last week, I used SQ economy to go to Hanoi and was really impressed by the quality of their Y offering - seemed like pelnty of legroom by Y standards, good service, excellent pre-ordered meal and free wine, and only 8 acrosss seating on the 777.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Dec 2011

Total posts 93

Still showing J to Singapore, not J+. Which toilet will the J= use, J or Y??

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jul 2015

Total posts 223

Book a cook looks great

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

08 Jun 2014

Total posts 254

Any news on PER flights with PE David?.... 

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 71

They   need   to  lift  the  game    and   quickly  or   else  the Likes  of  Emirates   /  etihad   and   Qatar   will  take   their  business. As   someone   else   noted   the   Aircraft   are  not    consistent ,some  of  the     still  have    inclined   business    seats  and    are   looking   very  old   and  tired , esp   some  of  the  777 300s.I  have   noticed a  decline   in  Food    offerings   as  well,   with  tough   steak  in  Business   and  First. In  comparison   my   business   experience  on  CX    has   always  been  great  in  all  departments. A pity    because I   want  SQ  to   succeed.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

22 Dec 2016

Total posts 4

My favourite Airline, but this time I won't be flying Business Class, but instead Premium Economy . Considering  the difference in price , I find it unacceptable that we have to walk all the way back through economy , in the dark , during the night, to use their toilets!! The toilets should at least be located between the two classes. Any comments?


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