The new service will take off in October 2020 using the three-class A350-900.
Singapore Airlines is launching yet another European destination: Brussels. The four times weekly service will begin almost a year later on 25 October 2020.
Home to the United Nations headquarters, Brussels will be the 16th European destination for SIA. The city is considered somewhat the crossroads of Western Europe, being a major train station for inter-city journeys.
The city was last served by Singapore Airlines back in 2003 before the SARS crisis hit globally. Back then, SIA has suspended services to the Belgian capital in a drastic reduction of network capacity globally as a result of reduced demand in air travel post SARS.
Brussels will be served by a Singapore Airlines A350-900 in a three class configuration, with 42 business class seats, 24 premium economy seats and 187 economy class seats.
The schedule is as follow:
|SIN-BRU||SQ304||2355||0650(+1)||13h 55m||Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun||A350-900|
|BRU-SIN||SQ303||1120||0655(+1)||12h 35m||Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat||A350-900|
The schedule is similar to many other European services served by Singapore Airlines, departing Singapore late in the evening for a morning arrival into Brussels, making it perfect for corporate travellers.
The arrival timing is also perfect for travellers who connect onward to many Star Alliance services, including those on Brussels Airlines.
The return flight will depart Brussels closer to midday, but arrives into Singapore early morning.
The new Brussels service also opens up new opportunities to connect onto other parts of Europe. For one, given its proximity to London, it serves a viable alternative to fly out of, given the notoriously high Airport Passenger Duty that UK imposes on long-haul premium cabin customers.
Brussels is about a two-hour train ride away from UK, and only charges €30.40 in airport fees and taxes. Even when you factor in the cost of a Eurostar ticket from UK, flying out of Brussels will still come in cheaper than the GBP172 APD you will have to pay if you are flying premium economy or higher out of UK.
Singapore Airlines is certainly enlarging its European footprint, especially as more and more A350 join its fleet.
With a 42-aircraft fleet currently and another 25 still waiting to be delivered, it’s without doubt that there’ll be many more new destinations that SIA will be introducing over the next few years.
So what will be next? Chicago, maybe?