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Singapore Airlines' Melbourne flights: no A380, many Jan changes

By John Walton     Filed under: singapore airlines, business class, Melbourne, Singapore, Boeing 747, Boeing 777, Boeing 777-300ER, lie-flat seats, fully-flat beds, Boeing 777-300

Singapore Airlines is pulling the Airbus A380 from its Melbourne flights in January, leaving the route to be served by smaller and less advanced Boeing 747 and 777 planes, which have three different types of business class.

Confusingly, the schedules are shifting for a couple of weeks in late January and then settling down through the end of March. So your old favourite flight might now have the worst seats of the lot.

We've picked through the timetables to recommend the best of SQ's three daily flights for getting work done -- and getting some sleep -- in business class.

If you're not familiar with the difference between fully flat beds and angled lie-flat seats, you might want to check out our in-depth article explaining the lie-flat lie

SQ217 and SQ218

Since these flights will stay on Boeing 777-300ER planes, which have the same wide, fully flat beds in business class as the A380, they're the ones to pick for the most comfortable and productive flight.

SQ227 and SQ238

Until the changes kick in, these are the best flights from Melbourne since they're on the quieter Airbus A380 with newer fully flat beds. But watch out after 15 January.

From 16-30 January, you'll see a smaller Boeing 777-300, which will hopefully by then have been upgraded to the new regional business class seats -- although those aren't as good as the wider, fully flat business class beds on the A380.

From 31 January, you'll see the older Boeing 747 with older angled lie-flat seats, making this the worst flight on the list at that point.

SQ237 and SQ228

Avoid these flights until 31 January, since they have angled lie-flat business class seats at best, and recliners at worst.

These have a Boeing 777-300 until 15 January (which may or may not have new regional business class seats), but will then see an older Boeing 747 (with older business class seats) from 16-30 January.

From 31 January, the 777-300 will return, making it the second best choice of flights from then on.

Sydney flights

Singapore Airlines has also swapped its Sydney flights around, so make sure that you have the best seat on your new flight to or from Sydney too.

Tip of the proverbial hat to for the GDS scheduling system deep-dive details.


About John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.


Have something to say? Post a comment now!

1 on 12/9/11 by Agfox

Hi John

Has SIA said why it's removing the A380 from its Melbourne flights? What a retrograde step for travellers.

2 on 24/10/11 by traveller

 SIA will reinstate the A380 ex MEL in 2012 according to their rep. 

3 on 24/10/11 by Agfox

Having had to fly on an SIA 747 last year after the A380s were temporarily removed from service, my wife & I are in no hurry to repeat that experience.  I guess we're hard to please; we're too old to want to fly overnight, can only afford Y Class & prefer 2-abreast seating.  The Economy seating upstairs on the A380 suits our needs completely.  It's a pity SIA doesn't offer Premium Economy, we could maybe stretch to that fare level.


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