Singapore Airlines plots major Australian expansion

The Asian carrier has announced an extra 4,700 seats to and from Australia from early next year.

SINGAPORE Airlines’ newly unveiled global expansion strategy will see it start phasing in an extra 4,700 seats to/from Australia from March.

The increase in capacity will be achieved through a combination of extra services and larger aircraft, with Sydney to see two of its current four Boeing 777-300ER aircraft replaced with Airbus A350-900s, marking a return of First class to the route.

Melbourne will also increase in capacity via a fifth daily service from November, while flights from Adelaide will see 238 seats per week added – a greater capacity than pre-COVID levels.

Singapore will permanently add a fourth daily service from the end of March 2024, which will be extended to a regular daily service in time, while Darwin flights will also go daily on a 154-seat Boeing 737-8 from the end of March.

The airline will also operate its 303-seat widebody Airbus A350-900 to Cairns four times per week, delivering an extra 442 seats each week from the end of March.

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