Singapore Airlines will begin Airbus A350 flights to Melbourne from Wednesday August 10, some three weeks earlier than the previously-slated September 1 kickoff.
It's the first Aussie destination for the airline's advanced A350 which is already flying to Amsterdam, Johannesburg and Düsseldorf.
The A350 is rostered to appear daily on the Singapore-Melbourne flight SQ207...
... along with the overnight Melbourne-Singapore flight SQ208.
However, the A350 won't be staying on the Melbourne-Singapore route for long: after October 22 it'll move onto the new daily Singapore-San Francisco service starting October 23, while the SQ207/208 flights will switch back to a Boeing 777-200 jet.
Melbourne is also earmarked for Thai Airways' first two Airbus A350s, while Cathay Pacific is expected to begin A350 flights to Australia in early 2017.
Qatar Airways took line honours for Australia's first Airbus A350 service in May with the debut of its daily Adelaide-Doha flight.
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