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December 20, 2016 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Singapore Airlines today announced Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will receive additional flights in the company’s 50th year of operating to Australia.

Melbourne will enjoy an additional three flights a week when a fifth tranche of services begins on 17 July 2017. SQ247/248 will operate on Monday, Friday and Saturday’s taking the number of weekly flights between Melbourne and Singapore to 31.

Operated by a 285 seat two class Airbus A330, SQ247 will depart Singapore at 02:00 and arrive in Melbourne at 11:25 local time before departing as SQ248 at 12:40 arriving in Singapore at 18:30 local time.

From January, Melbourne customers will be provided a second flight offering four classes, including the new Premium Economy class. SQ227/228 will be operated by a 264 seat Boeing 777-300ER while SQ217/218 will continue to offer customers the choice of Suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy class on the 441 seat Airbus A380.

Brisbane will be serviced by an additional four weekly flights from 22 August 2017 when SQ265/266, which has been operating three times a week since May 2016, moves to daily operations delivering the Queensland capital with 28 flights a week to Singapore.

The service will continue to be operated by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, providing Business class customers with a full flat bed for the overnight flight between Brisbane and Singapore.

From 4 June 2017, Sydney will be served 33 times per week, up from 31 times per week. To cater to peak period demand, flight frequency to Sydney will be further increased to 35 weekly flights from 18 June to 30 September 2017.

SQ251/252 will increase in frequency from three times weekly to five times weekly from 4 June, while SQ231/222 will be operated by a 441 seat four class Airbus A380 throughout the peak winter period delivering Sydney double daily A380 flights.

Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, South West Pacific, Mr Tan Tiow Kor said he was looking forward to another big year in 2017 after an eventful 2016.

“The past 12 months have been one of our biggest in the South West Pacific in almost 30 years,” Mr Tan said.

“We have increased the number of flights to several cities across Australia, opened a new SilverKris Lounge in Brisbane and launched a brand new service to Canberra and Wellington.

“It has been an exciting and challenging year and I would like to thank all of our customers, partners, stakeholders and of course the trade for their ongoing support.

“We are looking forward to the year ahead and are excited by the prospect of celebrating our 50th anniversary flying to Australia.

“The increase in services and capacity announced today reinforce our longstanding commitment and investment to Australia and the South West Pacific region.”

In addition to the increases to Australia, Singapore Airlines will also increase flight frequency to points in Europe, Southeast Asia and West Asia in the Northern Summer operating season (26 March 2017 to 28 October 2017) to meet growing travel demand.

In Europe, Rome will be served four times per week from July 2017, up from the current two weekly flights. As previously announced, Moscow will be served five times per week, up from four times, with effect from 30 May 2017, when services beyond Moscow to the new destination of Stockholm are introduced.

In Southeast Asia, Bangkok flight frequency will increase to six per day from five with effect from 26 March 2017. Ho Chi Minh City will be served 19 times per week from the same day, up from the current 17 per week.

In West Asia, the Indian city of Ahmedabad will be served four times per week, up from the current three, with effect from 26 March 2017, while Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka will be served 10 times per week with effect from July 2017, up from the current seven flights per week.

The additional services are subject to regulatory approvals. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively through the various distribution channels.

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