Singapore Airlines will launch fully-flat business class beds onto the Brisbane-Singapore route from October 30, 2016, with the daily SQ245/246 service swapping from an Airbus A330 with its angled 'sloping sleepers' to a Boeing 777-200ER fitted with the same business class seats as you’d find on SQ’s flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.
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The Star Alliance member and Virgin Australia partner is also considering adding a new flight into Melbourne.
But it’s Brisbane's business travellers who stand to gain the most from Singapore Airlines' focus on the Australian market, with the out-dated and uncomfortable angled beds of SQ’s Airbus A330s (below) being swapped for a Boeing 777 featuring fully-flat beds.
“We will progressively in 2016 change the aircraft type with lie-flat beds to Brisbane” Singapore Airlines Regional Vice-President for South West Pacific, Mr TK Tan, tells Australian Business Traveller.
“More and more airlines are flying (to Brisbane) with lie-flat product” Tan says, in a nod to Qantas’ A330 Business Suites, “so we also have to move towards that.”
There’s no firm timetable for the move, however, which hinges on Boeing 777s being made available by the rollout of the airline’s new Airbus A350 jets.
“The A350 will replace the Boeing 777 on some long-haul destinations, and those will be freed to do other things.”
Sydney, Melbourne in the mix
Tan also reveals that the Sydney-Singapore flight SQ252, which usually runs three days a week except for the peak summer season, “should go daily from 2016.”
And with high passenger numbers out of Melbourne, Tan adds that 2016 is “when we should look at adding another flight or upgrading the aircraft.”
“Of course Melbourne Airport is very keen to see our A380 come back” Tan admits, but cautions that the airline’s A380 fleet is currently fully committed, and with no new A380s due from 2017 “it’s all about how we could adjust our present aircraft resources.”
Qantas and Emirates both fly the A380 out of Melbourne, with Etihad starting its own superjumbo service in June.
However, it’s unlikely that Melbourne or any other Australian city will see a Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 in the near future.
“The first batch of our A350s for 2016 is actually long-haul” Tan says, with the advanced jets slated for routes to Europe and the US.
“There may be a possibility of one A350 to come to Australia” Tan allows, but says we “probably won’t see an A350” in 2016.
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