Singapore Airlines (SIA) has accelerated the deployment of its A350 on the Singapore–Melbourne route.

According to, the fuel-efficient aircraft, which was originally slated to serve the route from September 1, will instead take off for the Australian city tomorrow.

Flight SQ207 departs Singapore at 0745 and arrives in Melbourne at 1710. The return service sees flight SQ208 take off from Melbourne at 1825, before touching back down in Singapore at 0015 the following day.

The A350 features a three-class configuration, with 42 seats in business, 24 in premium economy and 187 in economy.

The aircraft is scheduled to operate daily flights to Melbourne until October 22, after which it will be used to serve non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco.

As previously reported, United started operating a non-stop link between the two destinations, meaning the Singapore–San Francisco route no longer requires a stopover. In order to compete effectively with its Star Alliance partner, SIA has had to launch a non-stop service itself.

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Clement Huang