There are a few changes coming to our part of the world over the next three months, with a new Singapore Airlines service from Sydney to Jakarta; resumption of Emirates flights between Brisbane and Singapore; the new ‘Capital Express’ service between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington; and an A380 upgrade on Emirates’ Sydney to Christchurch route.

Sydney to Jakarta on Singapore Airlines commences

Commences: 23 November 2016
Redeem: 55,000 KrisFlyer miles or 53,000 Velocity points for one-way Business Class
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER with flat-bed 1-2-1 configuration in Business Class
Frequency: 3x weekly
Competition on this route: Qantas and Garuda Indonesia
Notes: Continues on to Singapore – Singapore-Jakarta is Singapore Airlines’ busiest route, with 71 roundtrip flights per week

Singapore Airlines Business Class

Business Class on this route will be similar to what is on the A380 and A350

This seems to be available to book using KrisFlyer miles now.

Brisbane to Singapore on Emirates resumes

Resumes: 1 October 2016
Redeem: 60,000 Qantas points for one-way Business or 90,000 for First
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER with angled-flat 2-3-2 configuration in Business Class and 8 First Class Suites
Frequency: Daily
Competition on this route: Qantas and Singapore Airlines
Notes: Continues on to Dubai; other Emirates services from Brisbane are direct A380 daily services to both Dubai and Auckland


Whilst the other two Emirates services from Brisbane offer direct-aisle access, this one doesn’t

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Singapore to Canberra to Wellington on Singapore Airlines has commenced

We’ve written about this service here before, but here’s a recap:

Commenced: 20 September 2016
Redeem: 25,000 KrisFlyer miles or 38,000 Velocity points for one-way Business to Wellington; 55,000 KrisFlyer miles or 65,000 Velocity points to Singapore
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 with angled-flat 2-2-2 configuration in Business Class
Frequency: 4x weekly
Competition on this route: none

Singapore Airlines 777-300 Business Class Cabin -  SQ211 Business Class (5)

Business Class on this route has angled-flat seats

Sydney to Christchurch on Emirates is upgraded

Upgrade commences: 31 October 2016
Redeem: 36,000 Qantas points for one-way Business, 54,000 for First
Aircraft: upgrades from Boeing 777-300ER to Airbus A380, changing to lie-flat 1-2-1 configuration in Business Class and 14 First Class Suites
Frequency: Daily
Competition on this route: Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Jetstar


All Emirates services between Australia and New Zealand (Melbourne/Brisbane to Auckland, and Sydney to Christchurch) will now be flown by the A380

Note that Emirates is cutting the majority of its Trans-Tasman flights between July 2017 and March 2018.

Melbourne to Singapore Airlines changes back from A350 to A380

One of Melbourne’s four daily flights to Singapore has been temporarily loaned a two-cabin Airbus A350 before its launch on the new direct Singapore-San Francisco service. This loan will end on 22 October 2016, and will revert back to a four-cabin A380 service a week later.

The other three daily flight will continue to be served by Boeing 777s.

Qantas increases services to Southeast Asia and NZ over the summer

Qantas is increasing capacity to Bali, Manila, Singapore, Port Moresby and Christchurch from December to February, which we wrote about in August.


Supplementary images courtesy of respective airlines.

New routes and aircraft upgrades round-up for South-East Asia and New Zealand was last modified: December 21st, 2017 by Matt Moffitt