Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch new routes to several destinations in Europe, Australia and New Zealand to expand its long-haul international flight network this year.
SIA Regional Vice-President for South East Asia, Philip Goh said the airline will begin its first long-haul flight to Amsterdam on May 9 by using their new Airbus A350-900 fleet.
These aircraft to destinations in Asia, will be deployed, including in Jakarta. In July, the aircraft will be used to add services in Düsseldorf, Germany.
“Then we will begin a new destination in Europe – Düsseldorf in Germany in July 2016,” Philip said in Jakarta on Friday.
Top-A350 for long-haul flights will be 253 seats in three classes – 42 Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy Class and 187 seats in economy class. Philip said that the new park will have high ceilings, large windows, extra-wide body and lighting designed to reduce jet lag.
Singapore Airlines has 67 Airbus aircraft on order, including seven options for ultra-long-range, which will be delivered in 2018 for non-stop service between Singapore and several destinations in the United States. “[Directions] include New York, Los Angeles and others,” he said.
In addition, the airline will start new routes from Singapore to Australia and New Zealand capitals, called the service “Capital Express”. Subject to regulatory approvals, the airline will operate four times a week, starting from September 20, a trip to Singapore, Canberra-Wellington.
The new service will add Wellington is SIA existing routes serving the Auckland and Christchurch, while Canberra new service will add to the extensive Australia network which currently includes Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
The airline will operate 266-seat Boeing 777-2000s re-equipped with 38 seats in business class and 228 seats in Economy Class on routes, said Philip.