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UPDATE 10 October 2016 – Cape Town added to route
Back in March, when Singapore Airlines first announced the initial routes for its new A350-900, Dusseldorf was scheduled to be the second long haul destination for the airline’s new aircraft. Amsterdam was the first to receive Singapore Airlines A350 service and next up was supposed to be Dusseldorf…but that’s changed.
Singapore Airlines A350 Singapore – Johannesburg
From 27 June 2016 Singapore Airlines will add the Airbus A350 to it’s Singapore – Johannesburg route. The new aircraft will initially only operate the route just 3 days of the week (now increased to 4 days per week) but the airline has indicated that A350 frequencies will increase once more A350 aircraft are delivered. Eventually the A350 is expected to fly the Singapore – Johannesburg route daily.
For now, the A350 schedule looks like this (Updated October 2016 – Cape Town now added)
SQ478 SIN 01:30 – 06:10 JNB 07:10 – 09:25 CPT (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
SQ479 CPT 10:40 – 12:40 JNB 13:45 – 06:10+1 day SIN (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
…..with a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 (both -300 and -200 variants) flying the route the remaining 3 days of the week.
Further Additions To The A350 Schedule
Singapore Airlines has also confirmed that the A350 will resume operations, 4x/week, on both the Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong Routes from 28 June 2016:
SQ118 SIN 18:40 – 19:40 KUL (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
SQ119 KUL 20:30 – 21:30 SIN (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
SQ890 SIN 07:35 – 11:20 HKG (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
SQ891 HKG 12:30 – 16:20 SIN (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun)
The Singapore Airlines A350
The Singapore Airlines A350s are configured with 253 seats spread across three cabins – 42 Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy seats and 187 Economy Class seats.
Business Class will have the same Business Class seats as the airline has on its 777 fleet aircraft
The Premium Economy cabin features a 2-4-2 layout and has Singapore Airlines’ new Premium Economy Seats:
Lastly, the 187 seats in Economy Class are arranged in a 3-3-3 layout which should offer around 18″ of seat width (I can’t find confirmation of this but I’ll update this post as and when I’m sure).
Featured Image: Singapore Airlines A350 courtesy of Airbus.