The FINANCIAL — Days ahead of Singapore Airlines increasing services from 24 to 28 flights per week (four times daily) between Singapore and Brisbane Airport, the airline has announced it will operate the brand new A350-900 aircraft for three of its four daily flights.
The introduction of the three new aircraft will occur over a four month period starting from Monday 16 October 2017, when SQ235/256 will change from an A330-300 to the new A350-900, according to Brisbane Airport.
The A350 will bring to Brisbane Singapore’s new Premium Economy cabin (24 seats per flight; 52,416 seats per year), and a 42 per cent increase in Business Class capacity to nearly 100,000 weekly seats per annum.
Compared to current operating capacity, by January 2018 Singapore Airlines’ overall Singapore-Brisbane capacity will increase by 53,040 seats per annum (two way).
Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and Managing Director, welcomed the announcement saying the increase in Premium Economy and Business Class capacity demonstrates Singapore Airlines’ confidence in Brisbane, and the economic outlook moving forward.
“The passenger mix is changing and it’s evident more travellers are wanting a premium experience so it makes sense for Singapore Airlines to bring the state-of-the-art A350 into the Brisbane market.
“Combined with Singapore Airlines’ brand new airport lounge at the International Terminal and our award winning customer service, Brisbane Airport is increasingly becoming the gateway of choice for discerning business and leisure travellers,” Ms Alroe said.
Additionally, premium flight options attract premium visitors seeking high-end experiences which significantly contribute to a vibrant growth in tourism, with the benefits rippling through the entire state.
“Any extra or upgraded service to Brisbane Airport helps boost the economy and will benefit all of Queensland as visitors connect onto other popular intrastate destinations, as well as visiting local hot spots like the Gold and Sunshine Coasts,” Ms Alroe said.
Singapore Airlines is the only international carrier to offer four daily return frequencies on a single route from Brisbane.
Last financial year it carried more than 690,000 passengers to/from Brisbane and, from January 2018, will be offering 750,000 seats over 2,900 annual aircraft arrivals/departures, reinforcing Singapore Airline’s major presence in Brisbane.
Singapore Airlines is also an important contributor to Queensland tourism, drawing in visitors from a variety of countries including Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the UK, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Scandinavia.