14 DECEMBER 2015
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Australia and New Zealand are in line for a big rise in international air capacity next year after Singapore Airlines joined in the trend by saying it planned a 7% increase.
Introducing its Premium Economy class this year meant the carrier’s seat count to the region fell slightly but it then launched extra flights during the summer to Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
International airlines are expected to boost total capacity by 6.5% in the first half of 2016, compared with just 1% in the second half of this year.
They include Qantas, which analysts expect to lift its international capacity by 6% in both halves of the new year through new flights to destinations such as San Francisco and Hong Kong.
Singapore Airlines is likely to make a fifth daily Sydney – Singapore flight permanent and either add a fifth daily flight to Melbourne or use larger aircraft such as the A380, on the Melbourne – Singapore route.
It is also considering capacity increases to Brisbane by utilising aircraft with a flat-bed Business Class rather than the angled lie-flat seats on the current A330s.
A new Singapore Airlines lounge is scheduled to open at Brisbane Airport in the first quarter. www.singaporeair.com
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