Singapore Airlines is adding a fourth Brisbane-Singapore flight from late May, initially running three times a week but with scope to go daily.
The new SQ265/266 service will begin on May 28 on an Airbus A330 with 30 angled-bed business class seats (below) and 255 economy class seats.
SQ266 will depart Brisbane at 6pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays to reach Singapore at 12.20am.
The SQ265 return leg will soar out of Singapore at 6.55am to arrive into Brisbane at 4.45pm.
Singapore Airlines has previously operated a fourth Brisbane flight "on a temporary basis to cater for the peak seasons," says T K Tan, Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President for South West Pacific.
"The decision to install a scheduled fourth flight is a reflection of our commitment to Queensland and will ensure we are providing more options for our passengers."
“While the fourth flight will operate three times a week from May there is every chance, if Brisbane continues to perform as expected, that we would increase the frequency to daily later in the year.”
Tan also expects one of the three daily Brisbane-Singapore flights to be upgraded this year, delivering the latest lie-flat business class seats (below) in place of the A330's 'sloping sleeper' seats.
“We will progressively in 2016 change the aircraft type with lie-flat beds to Brisbane” 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.”
Also on the cards for Brisbane business travellers: a new Brisbane SilverKris lounge, which is expected to open in February and will adopt the relaxed 'home away from home' concept of its Sydney sibling.
The Star Alliance member and Virgin Australia partner is expected to announce flights between Singapore and Canberra next week, marking the capital's first international service, which will also run through to the NZ capital of Wellington.
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