Singapore Airlines begins A350 operations to Brisbane

Singapore Airlines flight SQ235, operated by Airbus A350-900 9V-SMH, touches down at Brisbane Airport. (Brisbane Airport)
Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 9V-SMH at Brisbane Airport. (Brisbane Airport)

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has commenced Airbus A350-900 operations to Brisbane, with the inaugural flight touching down under overcast skies on Tuesday morning.

Flight SQ235, operated by Airbus A350-900 9V-SMH landed just before 0730 on Tuesday, after an eight-hour journey from Singapore.

The aircraft was on the ground for a tick under two hours before operating the reciprocal SQ256 back to Singapore.

Photographers capture the arrival of Singapore Airlines' first Airbus A350-900 flight to Brisbane. (Brisbane Airport)
Photographers capture Singapore Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 flight at Brisbane. (Brisbane Airport)

Currently, the Star Alliance member and Virgin Australia shareholder flies four times a day between Singapore and Brisbane.

By the end of January 2018, three out of the four daily rotations will have switched over to the A350-900, replacing either the Airbus A330-300 or Boeing 777-200.

Configured with 253 seats comprising 42 in business, 24 in premium economy and 187 in economy, the A350’s arrival marks SIA’s introduction of premium economy on the Brisbane route for the first time.

By contrast the A330-300s and 777-200s SIA uses to Brisbane have 285 and 266 seats, respectively, spread across business and economy.

Brisbane is the second Australian port for SIA’s A350-900 fleet, having flown the aircraft to Melbourne since August 2016. It currently has 16 of the type in service.

The Singaporean flag carrier has 67 A350s-900s on order, including eight ultra long range models that will be used for nonstop flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and New York starting in 2018.

Brisbane Airport chief executive Julieanne Alroe said having SIA’s A350-900 featuring the airline’s newest cabin products flying to Brisbane was great news for travellers.

“Premium flight options attract premium visitors seeking high-end experiences which significantly contribute to a vibrant growth in tourism, with the benefits rippling through the entire state,” Alroe said in a statement.

“Any extra or upgraded service to Brisbane Airport helps boost the economy and will benefit all of Queensland as visitors connect onto other popular intrastate destinations, as well as visiting local hot spots like the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.”

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 9V-SMH at Brisbane Airport. (Brisbane Airport)
SIA’s Airbus A350-900 have business, premium economy and economy. (Brisbane Airport)

Comments

  1. Stephen Boyce says

    I hope Qantas orders airbus a350-900ulr i think it would be a good aircraft with 300 seats to fly from Australia to Europe

  2. Paul Brisbane says

    Going to Singapore on the weekend with Qantas. Notice they have cancelled 2 flights lately should have booked SIA looks a great plane

  3. Geoff says

    I agree Ben and you other folk re the A350. Much better aircraft.

    Yes SQ will eventually operate most Australian and NZ services with this magnificent aircraft. Some A380’s will remain for MEL and SYD.

  4. Angus says

    Totally agree. Have flown Finnair and Cathay recently on the A350-900 and is a far superior aircraft over the 787. For all the talk from both Boeing (and Qantas now) abut the 787 it really hasn’t blown my mind over the other aircraft, whereas Airbus, by comparison quietly developed and brought a superior product, the A350 into service! Hope Qantas decides to bring the A350 in to its fleet, or I will look at flying Cathay/Finnair to Europe again next year.

  5. says

    I agree the A350 is a far superior aircraft. I have flown on AY/CI/TG a truely great passenger experience when compared to what feels like a crushed can experience of the 787. If I were AJ I’d have definitely gone the A359 route, could have made my bonus just that little bit better.