Singapore Airlines says it is ramping up flights from Australia to Singapore in light of increasing demand for flights via Singapore to London in the wake of Qantas shifting its international hub to Dubai.
The flag-carrier added a fourth daily service between Melbourne and Singapore on Monday, with the new SQ207/208 flight offering a late-night option for Melbourne’s busiest business travellers.
SQ208 will leave Melbourne at 6.10pm to reach Singapore at midnight – a timetable well suited to cramming in a day of work before heading to Tullamarine, and ensuring that you’ll be ready for a sound sleep as soon as you hit your hotel.
The return SQ207 service is wheels-up from Singapore at 7.35am, arriving into Melbourne around 5pm.
The new flight operates on an Airbus A330, with two of SQ’s other MEL-SIN flights on an Airbus A380 superjumbo and the fourth on a Boeing 777-300.
This week will also see Thursday and Sunday added to the thrice-weekly Adelaide-Singapore flight SQ276/SQ277, on top of the daily SQ277/278 service.
The City of Churches lost its sole Qantas flight to Singapore earlier this year in the changes to Qantas international network following its alliance with Emirates.
“Our customers are telling us they want more flight options through Singapore, and we saw the opportunity presented by our new daily service to Heathrow to open up new connections from Australia in particular” said Subhas Menon, Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President for the South-West Pacific region.
“Offering a new wave of same day and overnight travel options on the Australia - Europe market is a big factor in our favour.”
Next week Singapore Airlines will reveal the next generation of its highly-regarded first class suites and business class seats, which will debut on selected aircraft in the third quarter of 2013.
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