Singapore Airlines has revealed plans to deploy three of its newest aircraft to Brisbane, with the gradual launch of a trio of Airbus A350s to the Australian city.
The modernisation of the route will take place over a four-month period starting from 16 October 2017, when SQ235/256 will change from an A330-300 to the new A350-900. The second A350 will begin operating to Brisbane on 16 December 2017, replacing a Boeing 777-200 on flights SQ245/246. And then on 16 January 2018, the third A350 replace the existing 777-200 on flights SQ255/236 to the Queensland capital.
SIA’s new A350 can carry 253 passengers across three cabins, with 42 seats in business class, 24 in premium economy and 187 in economy. This means that passengers flying to and from Brisbane will be able to experience SIA’s premium economy class for the first time.
Seats in all cabins feature individual in-seat power outlets, USB ports and SIA’s latest in-flight entertainment system.
“Brisbane continues to be an important market for Singapore Airlines on Australia’s east coast,” said SIA’s regional vice president, Tan Tiow Kor. “The introduction of these three new Airbus A350-900 aircraft along with the introduction of a fourth daily service is in response to the growing demand we have seen from the Queensland market.
“While this growth is across all cabin classes the demand for additional premium cabin options has been encouraging. With the growing number of A350 aircraft entering our fleet it makes sense to deploy three of them to Brisbane to help meet the premium market demand that we are seeing.
“Not only will it provide the market with our new business class cabin product, it will also offer an alternative premium cabin option, premium economy, which I am confident will be warmly received,” he added.
SIA has a total of 67 A350-900 aircraft on firm order, 16 of which have already been delivered.