Singapore Airlines taps Airbus A350 for Brisbane business travel boost

By David Flynn, March 28 2019
Singapore Airlines taps Airbus A350 for Brisbane business travel boost

Singapore Airlines is set to make life sweeter for Brisbane's business travellers as the Star Alliance member shifts all four of its daily Brisbane-Singapore flights onto its latest Airbus A350 jets.

The move comes as Singapore Airlines notches up 35 years of flights to the Queensland capital, but passengers won't have to experience a retro-blast from the past when they step onto the advanced A350s.

What they will get on all four Airbus A350 flights: wide and quite private seats with direct access to the aisle, a 76" (1.93m) fully-flat bed, large video screens, ample personal space with handy shelves, nooks and cubby-holes, inflight Internet, and some of the finest meals above the clouds, including the optional and highly-recommended Book the Cook service for an added dash of variety.

That all-A350 play comes into effect on Wednesday 1 May 2019, when flight SQ265/SQ266 is upgraded from the older Boeing 777-200.

Three of Singapore Airlines' four Brisbane-Singapore flights will feature A350s decked out with the medium-range business class seat...

... while the fourth – that being SQ245/SQ246 – features the more familiar long-range business class seat.

The arrival of new Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-10 jets into the Singapore Airlines fleet will see older Boeing 777-200 jets steadily moved out of Australian skies.

David

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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This is fantastic news for those who fly Y on SQ out of BNE too. I've always discounted 265/266 because of the outdated Y offering on the 772, with this change it opens up a lot more connection options!

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Any word on when this will happen for Perth...?

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26 May 2014

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Noted that you have been down voted, presumably for a “what about Perth?” question. Disappointing that readers here haven’t moved on from that.

I haven’t seen any announcement of A350s for Perth. One flight a day has moved from a 772 to a 787 and I expect the remaining flights will also go to 787s.

I thought Singapore Airlines are already flying the 787-10 to Perth, according to my understanding

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I think the 4x weekly SIN-MEL-WLG (overnight as well) is the longest/further they fly the crappy old regional seats. They should just use those for shorter flights within Asia and send the newer stuff to east coast aus first.

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I'm quite sure the 772 currently on SQ265/266 actually has fully flat 1-2-1 J class, albeit a generation or two old.


It will be nice to have the fresher cabin, but for me at least this is mixed. I have a 266/265 return trip in January, travelling with an infant. The older long range J seats, especially with full foot width in the bassinet rows, are not only more spacious, they're very wide, I imagine they're much better for sharing with a 12 month old who might be getting a bit big for the bassinet. The new J class regional seats are quite cramped in comparison.

It's a redemption anyway, pays not to complain too much, but from very spacious long range J to sorta spacious regional J is not necessarily a win in every area.

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I believe you are correct. I also thought it had the 2006 J seat

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Yes, you're correct. I fly SQ BNE-SIN J class about 3 x per year and can definitely confirm the 777-200 has the same J class seats as the A380 in a 1-2-1 config.

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I don't share the enthusiasm here - my regular SQ236 downgraded to 'regional' business class which is subpar to the long range version currently offered on this flight.

I am really surprised - SQ236 provides about the only 'well timed' onward connections to Europe which I would have thought had a decent Premium Economy demand. These regional jets don't offer PE so PE is only on 1 of the 4 daily services.
Brisbane nixed again IMO...

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06 Nov 2014

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I agree with you. It's not a positive move. We were already enjoying 4/4 long haul full flat 1-2-1 J (the 772 is definitely full flat on the 2006 J product, not angle slopers, unless they've changed recently). Then we got downgraded to 1/4 in regional. This is a further downgrade to 3/4 in regional. Not that it's a bad product, definitely much better than the A330 angle sloper. I guess we are spoiled....

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04 May 2014

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I also agree with BJ01 and Michael Kao. While this is clearly a first world problem I really don't see how this can be reported as 'Singapore Airlines is set to make life sweeter for Brisbane's business travellers' when as Michael correctly notes, currently 4/4 flights have a long haul J class product. This will change to 1/4 with the other 3 having a mid-haul product. Also Premium Economy is now only being offered on 1/4 flight v currently 3/4.

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265/266 had the old "sloped flat" long-haul J, which would really pass for "regional J" those days. Also, 265/266 never had W to begin with.

Previously BNE has 3/4 A350s with the actual "lie-flat" long-haul J, before 256/235 was replaced with the regional A350 late last year.


So basically it's going from 2/4 to 1/4 with the "long-haul" product.

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There hasn't been a long-haul sloped flat since the old spacebeds on their 744s. If the seating layout was 1-2-1 then it was lie-flat long haul J which dates back to 2006. If it was 2-2-2 then it was sloped flat regional J from 2009.

I flew SQ236/235 in late Jan. Both flights A350s, as advertised on the SQ website and my booking. One was kitted in long haul J seats, the other in regional J. Both had their pros and cons, but first it's fantastic that there is a guaranteed full flat bed in 1-2-1 config. After that, everything else is just detail, with service good both ways. I seemed to have the A+ cabin team on the long haul version and just the normal A team on the regional version, but perhaps that was just the luck of the draw. Both configs were a little hard in bed mode with no mattress topper provided, however the long haul version looked a little more upmarket and was perceptually a little more spacious. Only issue was that the pillow was too small and unsupportive for overnight use, and they do not carry extras! My travelling companion preferred the regional config because the seat can be turned in and out of bed mode without getting up, while the long haul version has the flipover backrest arrangement.

And I omitted to mention above that the two versions also have different overhead stowage arrangements - the long haul has much higher headroom over the window seats, so that you can stand up without banging your head on anything (and adding to the spacious feeling of the cabin). I forgot this when I moved to the regional version and it was painful.

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And a great offering it is! This is just one of the reasons that SQ is my airline of chioce to ports beyound Singapore.

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04 Aug 2016

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Looking at dates in December - it looks like the PE seats on 245 and 246 are still blocked.

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04 Nov 2017

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Most likely PE is booked during December on BNE's sole W equipped flights. It's school holidays during that month.


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