Singapore Airlines is to launch direct Airbus
A380 flights between Singapore and Melbourne, Australia on 29 September 2009.
Melbourne will be the second city in Australia and sixth city in
the airline’s network to receive the A380. Sydney was the first to
receive the superjumbo when Singapore Airlines began operating the
A380 in October 2007. The airline subsequently added London,
Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong to its list of A380 destinations.
Mr. Huang Cheng Eng, Executive Vice
President, Marketing and the Regions, said,
“We are excited to fly the A380 to Melbourne, the second most
populous city in Australia and a vibrant centre for commerce,
arts, industry, sports and tourism. As the greenest widebody
aircraft in the sky, the 471-seat A380 will increase the
seat capacity to Melbourne by 10%, without the need for
The daily A380 flights will replace
an existing daily Boeing 747-400 service to Melbourne.
depart Singapore Changi Airport at 21:00 and arrive in Melbourne
at 06:10 (07:10 from 4 October 2009 due to daylight savings)
the next day.
On the return leg, SQ228 will depart Melbourne at
15:50 (16:50 from 4 October 2009) and touch down in Singapore
Singapore Airlines currently operates 21 weekly
services between Singapore and Melbourne.
The airline also flies
to four other Australian cities including Adelaide (7 times
weekly), Brisbane (19 times weekly), Perth (19 times weekly) and
Sydney (28 times weekly).
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