The inaugural Singapore Airlines A380 service bound for Melbourne, the capital city of the Australian state of Victoria, took off from Singapore Changi Airport last night and touched down at Melbourne Airport early this morning.
With 453 customers on board the 471-seat double-decker aircraft, SQ227 departed Singapore at 2100hrs and arrived in Melbourne at around 0545hrs this morning, 25 minutes ahead of schedule. The A380 will embark on its return journey with over 450 customers on board, departing Melbourne at 1550hrs and touching down in Singapore at 2140hrs.
Melbourne is the second Australian city and sixth city in Singapore Airlines’ network to receive the A380. Singapore Airlines currently operates 21 weekly flights between Singapore and Melbourne, including the daily A380 service.
“The A380 continues to be extremely popular with our customers, as we see very positive booking response for our scheduled A380 services between Singapore and Melbourne. Since the start of its operation in October 2007, the A380 has carried more than 1.8 million customers on more than 4600 commercial flights. Our A380 customers tremendously enjoy the quiet cabin ambience, our innovative inflight products and gracious service delivered by our cabin crew. On routes with multiple daily frequencies operated with different aircraft, many of our customers will specifically choose the service that is operated by this clean and green superjumbo,” said Mr. Huang Cheng Eng, Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice President, Marketing and the Regions.
The A380 features the exclusive Singapore Airlines Suites. A private sanctuary in the sky, each Suite comes with sliding doors and adjustable roller-blinds, and a luxurious leather seat upholstered by Italy’s Poltrona Frau. Come bedtime, a full-sized bed with plush pillows and duvet is deployed for the customer by the cabin crew.
At 86 centimetres (34 inches), the Singapore Airlines Business Class seat is the widest in its class. Fully adjustable by an intuitive control panel, the seat can be adjusted to suit any seating or lounging positions. The seatback folds down easily to form a comfortable, full-flat bed. The intelligent design allows customers to lounge in bed to watch movies or TV programmes, read or dine as they would in the comfort of their own homes.
Utilising advanced materials, the ergonomically-designed Economy Class seat provides customers with more legroom and personal space. With smart innovations like the non-intrusive reading lights and height-adjustable leather headrest, the Singapore Airlines Economy Class promises more comfort and privacy than ever.
Customers across all three classes can enjoy sumptuous inflight meals, designed by the world-renowned chefs on Singapore Airlines’ International Culinary Panel, including Matt Moran from Australia and Sam Leong from Singapore. The dining experience is further enhanced by the use of exclusive Givenchy-designed serviceware and complemented by a wide selection of fine wines and spirits.
While customers indulge in the inflight culinary delights, they can tune into KrisWorld, Singapore Airlines’ award-winning inflight entertainment system. With more than 1000 entertainment options, customers can choose from 120 movies, including the latest Hollywood blockbusters, Asian fare and international films, and more than 170 popular TV programmes. Children or the young at heart can challenge themselves with the wide selection of interactive games, or pick up different languages with the language learning applications.