SQ 247/248 Chance of newer aircraft?

By hakkinen5 | Dec 29, 2018, 07:39 PM
Hi, I'm looking to book some travel from MEL to SIN and return in July next year, using my United Mileage Plus miles. Unfortunately, the only flight on offer in J is the 247/248 flight which continues on to Wellington which is currently served by a B777-200 with the old sloping sleeper 2-2-2 seat layout. There are plenty of flights on newer aircraft on offer if I log in using my KrisFlyer account, but I believe Singapore Airlines only offers business rewards to it's Star Alliance partners on it's older (much older) aircraft, so that's all I can get using Mileage Plus.

Does anyone know if the 247/248 rotation may be in line for upgrade to a newer aircraft at any stage next year? I'll probably book this now and hope for an aircraft change beforehand.

Thanks
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By rtaviation | Dec 29, 2018, 11:20 PM
Hi Hakkinen5, all of Singapore Airlines’ older aircraft, namely the A330 and B777-200 are due for a renewal in the next year or so. The B772 is especially old, some are approaching 16 years old! SQ plan to replace these older aircraft with the Boeing 787-10 and the A350-900 regional variant. Both of these feature modern 1-2-1 configuration seating with fully flat beds. Their A330 services to Perth and Adelaide have been replaced with the Boeing 787-10 and A350-900 Regional respectively. So most likely, within the next year we will see SQ retire their A330 and B777-200 aircraft to make way for newer aircraft. Most likely your SQ247/248 upgrade will be to the A350 maybe around October next year.

Thanks, Ryan.
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By GregXL | Dec 30, 2018, 10:39 AM
Hi Hakkinen5, all of Singapore Airlines’ older aircraft, namely the A330 and B777-200 are due for a renewal in the next year or so. The B772 is especially old, some are approaching 16 years old! SQ plan to replace these older aircraft with the Boeing 787-10 and the A350-900 regional variant. Both of these feature modern 1-2-1 configuration seating with fully flat beds. Their A330 services to Perth and Adelaide have been replaced with the Boeing 787-10 and A350-900 Regional respectively. So most likely, within the next year we will see SQ retire their A330 and B777-200 aircraft to make way for newer aircraft. Most likely your SQ247/248 upgrade will be to the A350 maybe around October next year.

Thanks, Ryan.

So far SQ have only replaced one 777-200 service to Perth with a 787-10. The other 3 flights a day remain scheduled with A330s and 777s as far as bookings are available next year.
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By glaschino | Jan 05, 2019, 11:24 AM
I'm booked on a United rewards flight on business on SQ248 from WLG to SIN in about 2 weeks. Just received an email notifying me of an aircraft change on the SQ248, went from the 777-200 to "Various aircraft". So perhaps some change is in the works!
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