Singapore Airlines brings Airbus A380 back to Melbourne

By Chris Chamberlin , July 26 2016
Singapore Airlines brings Airbus A380 back to Melbourne

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:

AusBT review: Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 business class, Singapore-London

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:

AusBT review: Singapore Airlines premium economy, Sydney-Singapore

"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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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2015

Total posts 126

I think Melbourne is the current hot spot when it comes to Asian connections. I'd be curious to see how all these new point-to-point services and upgraded hub operations will go.

03 Aug 2015

Total posts 59

If they can fit it into their schedule i expect it might become year round soon.  

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 757

As anyone who goes to MEL during peak times will know, gate slots at Int'l in MEL are incredibly tight with all the gates full and a number of pax being bussed to their planes.  For airlines to grow capacity in MEL, airlines have little choice but to upgauge equipment so just as SQ are replacing the 777 with A380, it is likely that CX and some Chinese carriers will replace A330s with 777s.  

It will be fascinating to see if UA are tempted to introduce the 77W (when they receive it) in MEL to replace the 789s.  UA and QF are the only 2 carriers to LAX from MEL so I'd assume it is even more profitable for both airlines than SYD-LAX.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

Nice that SQ is bringing back A380 to Melbourne, but I'm looking forward more to the A350 that will be coming to Melbourne.

SQ

22 Feb 2016

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Not hot enough for QF it seems. Their point to point connectivity out of MEL is woeful.... 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Dec 2011

Total posts 18

Julian, right there is the reason why I and others that I know, refuse toi fly qantas internationally. Im damned if i want to transit via Sydney to go offshore. Who wants to add 4+ hours to a long flight?

SQ have got it right with not only direct flights but multiple timeslot choices

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Dec 2011

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Also, if i was crazy enough want to go via syd, i would be flying domestic and then need to transit to the international terminal - what a pain !

16 Sep 2011

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Was on SQ 218 on 24th July - booked late afternoon on 23rd - and to my delight it was an A380. Upper deck had economy in the rear


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