Singapore Airlines brings fully-flat business class to Brisbane

Singapore Airlines brings fully-flat business class to Brisbane

Singapore Airlines will debut fully-flat business class beds to Brisbane from later this month, replacing the current ‘sloping sleepers’ on selected flights.

From Sunday October 30, the overnight SQ246 service from Brisbane to Singapore swaps from an Airbus A330 to a Boeing 777-200ER which is fitted with the same business class seats as you’d find on SQ’s flagship Airbus A380 aircraft:

AusBT review: Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 business class, Singapore-London

Arranged in a 1-2-1 layout to provide direct aisle access to every traveller, the Boeing 777 will also appear on the return flight SQ245 from Singapore to Brisbane.

While that's a daytime service, the spacious 30-inch-wide seats will surely be appreciated as passengers lounge about or remain productive en route.

“Our Brisbane customers have been asking for the option of a full flat bed business class seat and I am pleased we are now in a position to operate an aircraft that provides that choice,” said Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President Tan Tiow Kor.

Tan also hints that further upgrades are on the cards, teasing that “as more new aircraft join our fleet there will be more options to provide greater choice to our customers in the South West Pacific.”

But for now, Singapore Airlines’ other flights between Brisbane and Singapore – including SQ235/236, SQ255/256 and SQ265/266 – will retain the Airbus A330 with angled-flat beds in business class in a 2-2-2 configuration.

AusBT review: Singapore Airlines Airbus A330 business class, Brisbane-Singapore

Singapore Airlines recently opened a brand new SilverKris business class lounge at Brisbane Airport with a ‘home away from home’ design that also brings about plenty of natural light and tarmac views…

… while the airline has also boosted its flights between Brisbane and Singapore with a fourth-daily flight on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays to provide even more seats and schedule choices for travellers to the Lion City and beyond.

Singapore Airlines will too launch new Sydney-Jakarta-Singapore flights by late November, also using a Boeing 777 with A380-like seating, and recently kicked off its new ‘Capital Express’ route from Singapore to Canberra and then onwards across the Tasman to Wellington.

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

26 comments

  • Satoshi Takayama

    Michael Kao

    9 Oct, 2016 10:34 pm

    Finally! This is probably the greatest news this year for me :)
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  • hwle

    hwle

    10 Oct, 2016 09:29 am

    Seems odd that they wouldn't change an evening or overnight service to fully flat seats, but instead change a daytime flight.  Not following the logic there?
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  • Tim Saunders

    Tim Saunders

    10 Oct, 2016 10:04 am

    This is an overnight, from Brisbane to Singapore.
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  • SH Tan

    adelguy

    10 Oct, 2016 02:22 pm

    That's why Singapore Airlines is falling behind the competition.
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    afloskar

  • Jedinak K

    Jedinak K

    10 Oct, 2016 06:11 pm

    Could you elaborate where exactly they are falling behind? I think this is a good move bringing in the 777 with the lie flat seats. They were only able to do this now as more A350s are coming in the fleet, replacing the B777s on routes and phasing out the leased A330s.
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  • Dorn

    Dorn

    10 Oct, 2016 10:39 am

    This is great news. I never really liked the A330 sloping 'regional business' class seats, and this major change means SQ once again becomes seriously good for an overnight flight.
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  • petercr

    petercr

    10 Oct, 2016 12:11 pm

    Wonder if they'll change other BNE flights and configs too?  We're currently going to SIN in April and going via SYD so we don't have to fly in economy... 
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  • AJW

    AJW

    10 Oct, 2016 01:53 pm

    They may as more A350's replace the long haul 777-200's off European flights.
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  • qf_dolley

    qf_dolley

    10 Oct, 2016 05:05 pm

    HI guys, don't get too excited . I don't think this is a permeant change of aircraft. If you check their website for the same flight in Jan 2017 it is back to a 333 :(
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    10 Oct, 2016 05:35 pm

    The schedule we have states "daily" from October 30, with no exclusion periods. Schedules always subject to future change, of course. :)
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  • henrus

    henrus

    10 Oct, 2016 05:09 pm

    Yep the 777 is only from 30 October 2016 to 18 November 2016 and then from 1 February to 30 April.
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  • afloskar

    afloskar

    10 Oct, 2016 05:17 pm

    Just checked the singapore airlines website and checked the periods that aren't supposed to have it and it is displaying 777. Must have just updated the system but even in july next year it is the 777.
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  • qf_dolley

    qf_dolley

    10 Oct, 2016 06:43 pm

    Thanks for the update guys. Those non flat chairs are not worth the money
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  • henrus

    henrus

    10 Oct, 2016 07:24 pm

    In economy this is kind of a downgrade in the IFE department and the layout, give me 2-4-2 anyday.
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  • FLX

    FLX1

    11 Oct, 2016 03:16 pm

    @henrus:
    "In economy this is kind of a downgrade in...the layout, give me 2-4-2 anyday."

    Yes it is if the majority of Y pax consider going from 18in seat width on a 8abreast 330 to 18.5in+ seat width on a 9abreast 777 as a 'downgrade'.  Most importantly, many upcoming SQ 330 routes will be 'downgraded' as they transition to the state-of-the- art 350(Also 18in seat width according to Airbus) by your logic.....
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  • Opto80

    Opto80

    10 Oct, 2016 10:45 pm

    Deadly. Deadly. Awesome news
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  • Josh

    jhuiarangi

    11 Oct, 2016 06:53 am

    Although switching the business class seems to be a good move at the pointy end, I do think this aircraft has a less appealing economy class combined with a very average IFE. 
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  • jillwk

    jillwk

    11 Oct, 2016 11:54 am

    They need to bring this to the SIN-ADL sector. J class in normally quite full and we pay the same ticket prices for an inclined flat as for a full flat to the east coast.
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  • Stella Carr

    Dolly

    14 Oct, 2016 12:48 pm

    At long last.  However I will not be booking with them if I cannot use my Krisflyer points to book on the aircraft with real flat seats.  Have you tried booking on an A380 out of Sydney?  Impossible.  Hopefully someone at Singapore Airlines is reading these comments so they will understand why they are losing out to Cathay.
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  • wdeguara

    wdeguara

    3 Apr, 2017 04:27 pm

    SQ265/SQ266 now upgraded to the 777 now as well.
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  • visionaire

    visionaire

    23 Apr, 2017 06:48 am

    Does anyone know if there are plans to upgrade the overnight flights from SIN-BNE, SQ235 and SQ255?
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  • Irene Geels

    Irene geels

    1 May, 2017 02:37 pm

    Hi we are on flight 246 (777-200) 4 May Brisbane -Singapore-------flight 318 (777-200) Singapore to heathrow.    Returning on Flight 319 London-Singapore (777-300) 17 June and Singapore-Brisbane flight 235 18 June (A330-300)- We are booked in business class and can you tell me if these are flat beds.Thanks
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  • Irene Geels

    Irene geels

    1 May, 2017 02:39 pm

    Hope someone can help with previous ?
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  • ajstubbs

    ajstubbs

    1 May, 2017 02:44 pm

    There are a myriad different 772 configurations for SQ but all the ER versions have flat bed seats. You should find these on your flights, unless they change to a standard 772 at the last minute - this would be very unlikely on the LHR - SIN legs. The A330 is angled-flat.
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  • Irene Geels

    Irene geels

    1 May, 2017 03:06 pm

    Thanks a lot for that ajstubbs
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  • Josh Dillon

    Eadern

    2 May, 2017 07:16 am

    Unfortunately, SQ has downgraded their metal to BNE changing it from the 777-200ER 1-2-1 fully flat seats to the 777-200R (Retrofitted) 2-2-2 angle flat seats.  I was booked on this flight (SQ246) in May and SQ called me to inform me that there has been a plane change for the service.  A quick check on Seat guru confirmed the change and also throughout May.  I am obviously quite disappointed as I was looking forward to flying this bird. C'mon Singapore, please reconsider your move. Surely BNE deserves at least one good business class service, especially for overnight services.
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