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Dec 18, 2012

Singapore Airlines goes four times daily both Sydney and Melbourne

Singapore Airlines is responding to Qantas downgrading services to Singapore with a fourth daily flight from Melbourne


Singapore Airlines and Qantas A380s at the Toulouse delivery line:Wikipedia Commons

If you were wondering what Singapore Airlines (and therefore partner Virgin Australia)  might offer to Singapore now that Qantas is ending its A380s to Changi Airport on 31 March, the answer is to give Melbourne a fourth daily frequency to match its Sydney timetable from 1 July.

This means that by mid year, Sydney and Melbourne will have double daily Singapore Airlines A380s, as now, with the other services flown by Boeing 777-300s/-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s. These flights cover all bases when it comes connections to Europe, North Asia, SE Asia or for doing business in Singapore using flights that are business friendly with premium options that are also the subject of a renewal program starting  later next year as already announced by Singapore Airlines.

Which leaves what happens at Hong Kong unknown at this stage, other than that Singapore Airlines won’t be part of that answer, but there are rumors that Virgin Australia is contemplating a relationship with Cathay Pacific. This would have interesting consequences for Qantas FFP members, as well as harmony in the oneworld camp,  although it must be emphasised that at this stage these are just rumors.

What is known for sure is that when it comes to Singapore, the Qantas combination of its own revised schedules and where the links exist, with Emirates flights from Australia, and its business unfriendly Jetstar Asia links, is being met with a very determined competitive response that includes the A380s that Qantas has often praised for being a jet that makes passengers change their itineraries in order to use for its superior cabin amenity.

The Qantas-Emirates factor that has caused Qantas to pull the A380s out of Singapore in favour of Dubai is subject to ACCC approval. The competition and consumer body has previously indicated it was working to a 20 December deadline to indicate whether it proposes to allow, disallow or approve conditionally the Qantas-Emirates business partnership.

Qantas is expected to provide its detailed plans for revised Singapore services shortly.


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