Airline News: Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Philippine Airlines

Qantas’s Perth-Singapore route to enjoy a larger aircraft, Virgin Australia starts Sydney-Hong Kong service, and more.

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Qantas’s Perth-Singapore route to get larger aircraft

Qantas will be making changes to its Perth-Singapore route later this month—including a temporarily upgrade to a larger aircraft and a reduction in flight frequency from twice-daily to once a day. From July 22, the Australian carrier will be switching from the route’s current Boeing 737 aircraft to the larger Airbus A330-200 on its daily QF72/QF71 flights between Perth and Singapore. With the change in aircraft, business-class passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s business suite product, which is a major upgrade from the older business-class offering of the smaller aircraft. The business suite seats feature dividers and side tables separating them from one another, allowing for more privacy.

More information here.

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Virgin Australia launches Sydney-Hong Kong service

In a bid to increase connectivity to Hong Kong, Virgin Australia has launched its second daily service to the city, from Sydney. Come October, it will also bring back a daily service on its Melbourne-Hong Kong route. This new route between Sydney and Hong Kong will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which comes with 20 of its “the business” suites in business class in a reverse herringbone 1-2-1 configuration, as well as 255 economy-class seats laid out in a 2-4-2 formation. This route will also enjoy the airline’s latest business class in-flight meal offering, which was developed by resident chef Luke Mangan and launched in March this year.

More information here.

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Philippine Airlines to upgrade Manila-London route

From October 28, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be deploying its new A350-900 on its flagship route between Manila and London. This aircraft will replace the B777-300ER, which PAL currently operates for the non-stop service. The A350 features business-class seats with the latest flat-bed seating configured 1-2-1 and a new premium economy cabin with a 2-4-2 format. Airbus is expected the deliver the first A350 to PAL on July 14.

More information here.

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