Singapore Airlines will return its flagship Airbus A380s to Melbourne from later this year, albeit on a temporary basis.
From October 30 2016 through March 25 2017, the superjumbo will appear on all SQ217 and SQ218 flights between the Victorian capital and Singapore, offering Suites Class (first class), business class, premium economy and also economy.
Guests up the very front in Suites Class will begin their journey in Singapore Airlines' dedicated first class lounge in Melbourne, before ascending through the clouds in one of 12 private suites...
... while business class fills the entire upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration, offering each traveller a fully-flat bed and direct aisle access from each of the 86 seats:
Between December 1 2016 and January 15 2017, however, business class shrinks to 60 seats to make room for more holiday flyers in economy at the rear of the upper deck.
Back on the lower deck and behind first class are 36 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 setting, each being 19.5 inches wide with 38 inches of total space ('pitch') from one row to the next, complete with leg and foot rests, added storage space and a central cocktail table:
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"We have seen continued growth in our Victorian market in recent times, and to ensure we are meeting the expectation of our customers and the demand of the market we have decided to return the A380,” said Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President Tan Tiow Kor.
The appearance of the Airbus A380 on flights SQ217/218 follows a brief visit to Melbourne by the newer Airbus A350 on SQ207/208, between September 1 and October 22 this year.
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