Singapore Airlines Brings Airbus A350s onto Adelaide-Singapore Flights


Singapore Airlines will upgrade its Adelaide flights to the Airbus A350-900 from December, bringing with it an all-new ‘regional’ business class seat for the South Australian capital.

From December 18 2018, the airline’s daily SQ278/SQ279 service will switch from the current Airbus A330 – with angled-flat business class seats in a 2-2-2 layout…

to SQ’s newest ‘medium-haul’ Airbus A350 jets, with seats mirroring those already flying to Perth aboard Singapore Airlines’ regional Boeing 787-10s.

Notably, these are different to what you’ll find on SQ’s ‘long-haul’ Airbus A350s, which currently serve Brisbane among other destinations, but still provide travellers with fully-flat beds in a 1-2-1 layout…

guaranteeing direct aisle access from every seat:

The Airbus A350 also introduces inflight WiFi to the Adelaide-Singapore route, a feature not available on the airline’s Airbus A330s, although these medium-haul A350s don’t offer premium economy.

Adelaide will the world’s first destination served by Singapore Airlines’ medium-haul Airbus A350s, although the carrier also plans to bring the aircraft to Brisbane in 2019.

WIth four daily Singapore Airlines flights between Brisbane and The Lion City, the Queensland capital currently sees three of those departures served by the airline’s ‘long-haul’ Airbus A350s, and the fourth generally by a Boeing 777 with Airbus A380-like seating.

It’s not yet known which of these four daily flights will sport the new medium-haul A350 – whether it’ll take over from the older two-class Boeing 777, or replace one of the existing Airbus A350 services to remove premium economy – and a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that this is still being determined.

Singapore Airlines will also take delivery of another version of the Airbus A350 in October, the A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), which will be used to resume non-stop flights between Singapore and Newark (New York), as a two-class service offering business class and premium economy only: no first class, and no economy.

Adelaide’s aircraft swap follows the introduction of the airline’s lauded Book the Cook service on flights from the City of Churches in November 2017.