Singapore Airlines today announced it will increase services to Australia from Monday 8 June, adding flights to Adelaide and Melbourne, as well as increasing services to Sydney.
Pending regulatory approval, Singapore Airlines also plans to introduce a circular service operating between Singapore-Sydney-Brisbane-Singapore.
The addition of services to Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne will mark the first scheduled Singapore Airlines passenger flights to these cities since March following the closure of Australian and Singaporean borders due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Are award seats available?
From what we can see, many of these new flight services show strong ‘Saver’ award redemption availability until early next year. However, with Australia’s travel restrictions remaining at Level 4, in the short term, these flights are only available to people who have an urgent and essential need to travel, or who need to return home.
That said, talks between Australia and Singapore regarding a ‘green lane’ open travel proposal are ongoing, so if you have a stack of Krisflyer miles you are wanting to use up, it may be worth booking in a speculative redemption for later in the year, or early 2021, if you are comfortable doing so.
Flight schedule: New Australian services
The schedules for all additional Singapore Airlines services are highlighted in the table below:
Adelaide will be served once weekly using Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, with SQ279 departing Singapore on Monday evenings at 23:40 and arriving in Adelaide on Tuesday morning at 07:55. The return flight, SQ278 will depart Adelaide on Tuesday at 09:10, arriving in Singapore at 15:10.
Melbourne will be served twice a week with Singapore Airlines’ A350-900 medium-haul aircraft. SQ237 will depart Singapore on Monday evening at 23:55, arriving in Melbourne at 09:20 Tuesday morning. The return flight, SQ218, will depart late Tuesday evening at 23:50, arriving in Singapore at 05:45 the next morning.
The second weekly service to Melbourne, SQ217 will depart Singapore at 11:10 Friday morning before arriving in Melbourne at 20:35. The return flight, SQ238 will then depart Melbourne at 09:35 on Saturday morning, arriving in Singapore at 15:25 on Saturday afternoon.
Sydney will be served five-times weekly with Singapore Airlines A350-900 long-haul aircraft.
Three services a week will be direct Singapore-Sydney flights, with SQ231 departing Singapore at 00:45 on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, arriving in Sydney at 10:25. The return flight, SQ232 will depart Sydney at 12:10 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, arriving in Singapore at 18:40.
The Adelaide, Melbourne and direct Sydney services will commence from Monday 8 June, however the new twice-weekly Singapore-Sydney-Brisbane-Singapore service will begin once regulatory approval has been received.
SQ288 is planned to operate on Tuesday and Friday, with the flight leaving Singapore at 09:35 and arriving in Sydney at 19:15, it will then depart Sydney at 20:25, arriving in Brisbane at 21:55, before departing at 23:00 and arriving in Singapore the next morning at 05:00.
Restarting operations to Brisbane, with a circular routing via Sydney, is reminiscent of when Singapore Airlines launched services to the Queensland capital in 1984 with a once-weekly Singapore-Sydney-Brisbane vice versa routing.
Additional overseas services
In addition to the Australian services, Singapore Airlines will resume twice-weekly operations to Auckland and once-weekly flights to Christchurch, using their A350-900 aircraft.
Singapore Airlines will also service other destinations served as part of the minimum connectivity network. These include, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Narita, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai and Zurich.
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