Singapore Airlines celebrates 35th anniversary in Brisbane
Singapore Airlines today announced that all four daily flights between Brisbane and Singapore will be operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft from Wednesday, 1 May 2019.
The announcement comes as Singapore Airlines marks 35 years of service to the Queensland capital, after operations began on Friday, 30 March 1984.
Today’s announcement will also see Brisbane become the only destination in the Singapore Airlines global network to have multiple daily flights all operated by the A350 aircraft type.
Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Philip Goh, said the deployment of the all A350 operation to Brisbane highlighted the Airline’s commitment to the Queensland market.
“For 35 years we have proudly served Brisbane, and over that time it has grown to become a highly valuable and very important destination in our network,” Mr Goh said.
“We have continued to invest in our services since launching in 1984, and today’s announcement reinforces our longstanding commitment to Brisbane.
“Over the past few months we have added new A350s to the route and the deployment of this fourth A350 will complete an 11% increase in seat capacity for the route.
“The deployment of a fourth A350 on 1 May will also deliver our customers an unparalleled level of product consistency as well as the ability to experience and enjoy one of the most modern and technologically advanced aircraft in the sky.
“An experience I am confident they will embrace and enjoy.”
The fourth A350 aircraft will operate as flight SQ265/266 and will be the third medium-haul A350 deployed to Brisbane, with SQ255/236 set to become the second A350-900 medium-haul operating on the Singapore-Brisbane route from Sunday, 31 March.
The introduction of a fourth A350-900 will also see Brisbane offer Business Class customers a lie-flat product on all four of its daily flights.
The A350-900 medium-haul aircraft is equipped with the Airline’s recently launched medium-haul Business Class and Economy Class cabin products and features 40 seats in Business Class and 263 seats in Economy Class.
The Business Class cabin boasts a 1-2-1 seat arrangement, providing every customer with direct aisle access, while the Economy Class cabin will be arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.
The A350-900 medium-haul will be fitted with the latest Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. Designed with a new user interface that offers a more intuitive user experience and navigation options, customers will be able to enjoy Singapore Airlines’ myKrisWorld personalised in-flight entertainment (IFE), now with even greater control.
Customers will receive content recommendations based on their preferences and viewing history, while KrisFlyer members can continue to bookmark and resume content, as well as customise and save preferences and playlists for their subsequent flights. KrisFlyer members and Business Class customers will also have access to additional in-flight entertainment content choices.
Complementing this experience, customers can select their choice of playlists from the SingaporeAir mobile app prior to the flight, and transfer these selections to myKrisWorld by pairing their personal electronic devices with the onboard system via Near-Field Communication (NFC).
Furthermore, customers will have access to high-speed in-flight WiFi service onboard the new A350-900. The aircraft will be equipped with Inmarsat GX Aviation’s broadband connectivity system, offered through SITAONAIR.
New Business Class
The new medium-haul Business Class seats have been manufactured by Stelia Aerospace and are arranged in a forward-facing 1-2-1 staggered configuration to provide every customer direct aisle access. With each seat able to recline directly into a 76” fully-flat bed, Business Class customers can rest in more comfort, even on the shortest flights. Each seat measures up to 26” in width, with retractable armrests that can be raised and lowered.
Whether travelling alone or with a partner, adjustable dividers at the centre seats provide for a customised level of privacy to suit individual preferences.
Customers can also look forward to other features to enhance their travelling experience, such as ample stowage space for personal items, a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports, an integrated reading light unit with adjustable lighting intensity and a personal 17” full high-definition touchscreen monitor.
New Economy Class
The new Economy Class seat has been designed and built by RECARO and also offers customers an enhanced in-flight experience.
Arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration, each of the 263 Economy Class seats has an ergonomically-designed contour backrest that provides greater comfort, and a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings to provide more neck support.
Economy Class customers can also enjoy an enhanced entertainment experience on their personal 11.6” full high-definition touchscreen monitor, as they browse from the selection of more than 1,000 movies, TV shows, audio programmes and games on myKrisWorld.
Other features that Economy Class customers can look forward to include personal storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, USB port and in-seat power supply.
The A350-900 features higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body delivering more space and comfort as well as lighting designed to reduce jetlag.
Singapore Airlines ordered a total of 67 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, 31 of which are already in the fleet.
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