Singapore Airlines will see a huge transition in services between its group airlines in the coming years. These changes are in line with the gradual phasing out of the SilkAir brand. Singapore Airlines currently operates its regional Airbus A330 and Boeing 772 aircraft to a number of cities in India. It also operates the Airbus A350 to Mumbai, Boeing 787-10 to New Delhi, and the Airbus A380 to both Mumbai and New Delhi and a few Boeing 777 services also.
In December last year, I first wrote that Bengaluru will be the first Indian city to receive the Singapore Airlines A350 Regional service, as the 3x weekly Scoot A320 service will be upgraded to Singapore Airlines A350 service. The first flight is scheduled on May 17, 2019.
However, now, Singapore Airlines has decided that they will also upgrade the daily SQ 502/503 Singapore-Bengaluru service to an A350 Regional from a Boeing 777-200 service, again, from May 17, 2019, onwards.
That means, from May 17, 2019, Singapore Airlines will operate 10x weekly A350 Regional flights on Singapore – Bengaluru – Singapore sector.
SQ502 SIN2005 – 2150BLR 359 D
SQ504 SIN2220 – 0005+1BLR 359 567
SQ505 BLR0120 – 0825SIN 359 167
SQ503 BLR2305 – 0610+1SIN 359 D
Singapore Airlines’ 303 seats A350-900 regional flies mid-haul routes in 40 business class and 263 Economy seat configuration. Both the Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350-900 regional aircraft feature the same Stelia Aerospace Business Class seats. Both regional aircraft do not feature a Premium Economy cabin.
Bengaluru Airport is getting prepped up to receive its first A350 scheduled service on May 17, 2019.
Bengaluru is set for a massive capacity increase by Singapore Airlines from May 17, 2019. Daily 38J 228Y 772 service and 3x weekly 180Y A320 service will be upgraded to 10x weekly 40J 263Y A350 service. So it represents an increase of 134 Business Class and 328 Economy Class seats each way per week.
Other airports will gradually see a shift to regional A350s and 787-10s as Singapore Airlines gradually retires their A330 fleet. Mumbai will be the sole Indian airport to receive a 3x weekly Singapore Airlines 777 service from May 2019. This was something that Singapore Airlines Country Manager David Lim confirmed to Live From A Lounge in a conversation late October.
What do you think about the new upgrade by Singapore Airlines at Bengaluru airport?
(H/T: Sandeep Rao)