Singapore Airlines has launched its new regional business class seats on a daily Boeing 787-10 flight from Perth, and expects other Australian flights to follow suit as the airline upgrades its medium-range fleet.
This includes not only the Boeing 787-10 but a tranche of Airbus A350 jets due from the second half of 2019 and featuring the same business class and economy seats as the Dreamliner, although these will lack the premium economy cabin of the first wave of A350-900s.
“We have been flying very full planes out of Perth, it’s a very popular destination in our network, so we need more capacity, and this plane delivers more capacity than the Boeing 777-200 which we had on this (SQ215/SQ216) service,” Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Philip Goh, tells Australian Business Traveller.
This leaves two of Singapore Airlines’ three remaining Perth flights on the older Boeing 777-200, with the third on an Airbus A330 – all of which will eventually make way for the Boeing 787-10 and regional A350s.
“Certainly the two-cabin class aircraft will replace the current A330s in Perth and other ports like Adelaide," Goh says.
However, only flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will see aircraft with premium economy – specifically the Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A380 and long-range Airbus A350s.
“Our experience on premium economy is that it is more popular on long-haul routes above eight hours, those are typically the ones that generate the greater demand (for premium economy),” Got reasons.
“For regional services we don’t see demand is that strong,” although he said that Singapore Airlines could bring premium economy-equipped A350s onto any Australian route if needed.
David Flynn travelled on Singapore Airlines’ inaugural Perth-Singapore Boeing 787-10 flight as a guest of Singapore Airlines.