Singapore Airlines has announced it will support the year end travel peak with a substantial increase to its operations across all five of Australia’s main airports from late-November.
Subject to regulatory approval, Singapore Airlines will mount a fifth daily flight to Sydney, taking the Airline’s operations past its pre-Covid capacity.
Singapore Airlines will also extend its A380 operations to Melbourne for an additional month before redeploying the superjumbo to Auckland and adding a fifth daily flight to the Victorian capital.
Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth will each have additional four-times weekly services added to their schedule, enhancing connectivity to key destinations in Europe and North Asia.
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Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Louis Arul, said the decision to significantly ramp up SIA’s operations over the year-end holiday period would help support the high-levels of demand that were expected.
“The appetite for travel has been robust over the current mid-year holiday period and signs are that demand will remain elevated as we head into the traditionally strong year-end peak,” he said.
The additional services will add almost 7,000 more seats a week between Australia and Singapore, providing more options and choices for customers looking to travel over the December/January period.
Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380 to Melbourne on flights SQ237/SQ228 will be extended until 21 November, having previously been scheduled to operate to the Victorian capital until the end of October.
From 22 November, the A380 will be replaced with an Airbus A350-900 and Singapore Airlines will mount an additional fifth daily service between Singapore and Melbourne using the same aircraft type, with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy and 187 Economy class seats onboard.
Operating as SQ247 between Singapore and Melbourne, the flight will depart Changi Airport at 19:30 and arrive the next morning to Melbourne at 05:55. The return flight will operate as SQ248 and depart Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at 07:10, arriving in Singapore at 11:50.
Subject to regulatory approval, the fifth daily service will operate through until 31 March 2024.
“The addition of a fifth daily flight to Melbourne will ensure we maintain capacity above pre-Covid levels, even with the A380 being deployed to Auckland for the peak holiday period,” Arul said.
“The fifth daily service will provide even more connectivity through to a number of European cities as well as the UK, helping to deliver customers even more travel options to suit their needs.”
SQ227/238 will also undergo an aircraft change from an A350-900 medium-haul to an A350-900 long-haul aircraft.
This change will provide customers with the choice of Premium Economy across all five daily flights from Melbourne, increase the number of premium seats available from the Victorian capital.
From 2 December through to 14 January 2024, subject to regulatory approval, Singapore Airlines will mount a new daily service between Singapore and Sydney using an A350-900 aircraft.
SQ261 will depart Singapore’s Changi Airport at 19:05 and arrive in Sydney at 05:55 the next day. The flight will then return to Singapore as SQ212, departing Sydney at 09:05 and arriving into Singapore at 14:15.
SQ211 will continue to operate as a 777-300ER and depart Singapore at 10:30, arriving in Sydney at 21:20, however will return to Singapore the next morning, departing Sydney at 06:45 as SQ262, arriving at 11:55.
“Adding a fifth daily service to Sydney will take our operations past pre-Covid capacity levels and provide more options for customers to connect onto our global network of more than 110 destinations across the globe,” Arul said.
“The addition of the fifth service will ensure customers have a selection of departure and arrival times that will suit their needs, whether travelling for business or leisure.”
The South Australian capital will receive an additional four flights a week from 2 December, with Singapore Airlines planning to mount SQ276 and SQ277 on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Pending regulatory approval, SQ277 will depart Singapore at 08:05 and arrive into Adelaide at 17:20.
The flight will then turn-around and depart Adelaide at 18:35 as SQ276 and arrive back into Singapore’s Changi Airport at 22:55 the same day.
“South Australia has continued to grow in popularity for international visitors and we are pleased to be able to support what is expected to be a busy period for South Australia,” Arul said.
“The additional capacity will provide visitors with more opportunities to explore Adelaide’s wineries, summer events or simply relax in the city of churches.
“The additional flights will also support improved connectivity for South Australians looking to travel to the UK and Europe during the year-end holiday period, with SQ276 arriving into Singapore at a key time to connect to our European network.”
Operated by an A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, customers will be able to choose from 40 lie-flat Business Class seats, all with direct aisle access, or 263 ergonomically designed Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.
From 1 December 2023 through to 13 January 2024, Brisbane will see an additional service operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the deployment of an A350-900 medium-haul aircraft.
Delivering customers 40 lie-flat Business Class seats, each with direct aisle access and 263 ergonomically designed Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout, SQ265 will depart Changi Airport at 07:15 local time, arriving in Brisbane at 16:55.
The return flight, SQ266 will depart Brisbane at 18:10, arriving to Singapore at 00:05 the next morning.
“The additional four-times weekly services will provide more than 1,200 additional seats a week to the Queensland capital,” Arul said.
“With strong demand for travel to and from Brisbane, the additional connectivity and capacity will ensure Brisbane continues to grow as a major gateway to Queensland’s many attractions.”
From 24 November 2023 Perth will welcome an additional four flights a week with the introduction of SQ213 and SQ226.
Running until 14 January 2024, SQ213 will depart Changi Airport at 07:40 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving the same day at 12:55. The return flight SQ226 from Perth to Singapore, will depart at 14:10, arriving back into Changi Airport at 19:30.
The additional four-times weekly services will be operated by Singapore Airlines’ A350-900 medium-haul aircraft delivering 40 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 layout and 263 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.
“Perth is a highly popular destination for visitors from North and Southeast Asia and the addition of these services will provide even more options for visitors to travel to Western Australia,” Arul said.
“The outbound flights will also connect on to a number of key European cities, providing more options for customers looking to travel from Perth to Europe and the UK.”
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