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Singapore Airlines adds a third daily Osaka flight from April

More Singapore - Osaka flights from April signal a return to the older Business Class seats for some travellers

SQ A330 (Kentaro Iemoto)

Singapore Airlines announced today that it will boost capacity to Japan from 27th April 2019, with a third daily service joining the Singapore – Osaka route.

As we mentioned in June last year, Singapore Airlines already significantly increased capacity to and from Osaka with a full season of Airbus A380 flights featuring literally hundreds of Suites saver awards across a five-month period from 28th October 2018 to 30th March 2019.

SIA’s Singapore – Osaka route is therefore currently being served with a total of two daily flights operated by the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-10 respectively. The seasonal A380 flight reverts to a Boeing 787-10 service from 31st March 2019.

With the route set to return to the ‘regular’ setup with two Boeing 787-10 aircraft flying each day, this additional flight from late April, which will be operated by an Airbus A330, will then add a capacity of nearly 2,000 seats per week in each direction. That includes 210 seats per week in Business Class.

The schedule

These additional flights have already been loaded into the schedules and are now available for commercial sale and award redemption.

This is the current SIA schedule between Singapore and Osaka.

Until 30th March 2019
Flight From / To Aircraft Seats
SQ618 SIN0130 – KIX0845 388 2006 J
SQ622 SIN1405 – KIX2120 787 2018 RJ
SQ619 KIX1100 – SIN1710 388 2006 J
SQ623 KIX2330 – SIN0530* 787 2018 RJ

* Next day. All flights operate daily.

Here’s how the schedule looks once the seasonal A380 flight switches back to the 787 at the end of next month, with some timing changes reflecting the seasonal wind variations on Japan routes.

31st March 2019 – 26th April 2019
Flight From / To Aircraft Seats
SQ618 SIN0125 – KIX0905 787 2018 RJ
SQ622 SIN1355 – KIX2135 787 2018 RJ
SQ619 KIX1055 – SIN1640 787 2018 RJ
SQ623 KIX2325 – SIN0505* 787 2018 RJ

* Next day. All flights operate daily.

Finally this is the schedule once the additional Airbus A330 flight (highlighted in yellow) commences.

From 27th April 2019
Flight From / To Aircraft Seats
SQ618 SIN0125 – KIX0905 787 2018 RJ
SQ620 SIN0830 – KIX1610 333 2009 RJ
SQ622 SIN1355 – KIX2135 787 2018 RJ
SQ619 KIX1055 – SIN1640 787 2018 RJ
SQ621 KIX1725 – SIN2305 333 2009 RJ
SQ623 KIX2325 – SIN0505* 787 2018 RJ

* Next day. All flights operate daily.

The new service will offer a morning departure from Singapore with afternoon arrival in Osaka, returning late afternoon for a landing back into Changi around 11pm.

2009 Business Class

The only negative aspect of this new service is that it will feature SIA’s older 2009 RJ Business Class seats. With a daytime service in both directions however, this may not be a deal breaker especially if you’re travelling as a couple.

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The 2009 Regional Business Class seat on the A330. See our review. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

It is a shame though, as the airline had basically already removed A330 flights to and from Japan and replaced them with 787-10s, 777-300ERs and A350s last year. That guaranteed flat-bed seat products on all Japan flights (with the exception of a few seasonal services to Sapporo, which continued to use the A330 but have now finished).

Here we have the older sloped regional seat creeping back in, meaning you have to be careful which flight to pick once again.

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SIA had replaced practically all older Regional Business Class seats on Japan flights with the latest 2018 version. See our review. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Our continuously updated Business Class seats by route page is designed to help, just check your routing and flight number to determine which seat type is planned.

Award availability

Here are the KrisFlyer redemption rates you’ll pay by cabin on this route. Bear in mind that First / Suites only relates to A380 flights, which end next month but may return again for the northern winter season.

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KrisFlyer Redemption
Singapore ⇄ Osaka
Saver Advantage
Economy 25,000 45,000
Premium Economy 34,500 n/a
Business 47,000 70,000
First / Suites 70,000 120,000

We checked award availability for the first 30 days with three flights operating this route and found at least two saver awards available in Business Class on the additional A330 flight from Singapore to Osaka (SQ620) on all but one day of operation.

For the same period 18 out of 60 Boeing 787 flights had two or more Business saver awards available.

Japan boost

In the past year Singapore Airlines has increased capacity to and from Japan significantly, upgrading a number of Airbus A330 flights to larger Boeing 787-10 aircraft and adding a sixth daily Tokyo flight in December.

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Tokyo has also seen capacity increases from SIA lately. (Photo: Morio)

Additionally, Airbus A380s are also slated for one of the daily Tokyo Narita rotations throughout the northern summer 2019 season, adding another swathe of Suites awards to this route which last saw regular A380 service in October 2016.

Summary

We didn’t expect to be reporting on new A330 flights from Singapore Airlines, this fleet is dwindling and eventually set to retire altogether with ultimate replacement in the form of new Airbus A350 Regional and Boeing 787-10 aircraft.

Nonetheless another capacity hike on Singapore – Japan flights from SIA is good news for KrisFlyer award availability. Although the older and less popular 2009 RJ Business Class seats will feature on this additional service, it may relieve some pressure on the other two daily flights which sport the latest flat-bed 2018 RJ seats in that cabin.

That potentially means more award space all round to and from Kansai.

Singapore Airlines provides the only full service direct flights on the Singapore – Osaka city pair, with budget subsidiary Scoot also offering a mixture of non-stop Osaka services and flights stopping at Kaohsiung and Bangkok en route, totalling 11 flights weekly.

Jetstar also flies from Singapore to Osaka 19 times per week via Taipei, Manila and Clark.

For further details see the Singapore Airlines press release.

(Cover Photo: Kentaro Iemoto)

One comment

  1. Good thing that SQ is opening itself up to western Japan. However, since the Airbus A330s are due to be replaced by the end of fiscal 2019, the SQ 620 / SQ 621 flight pairing might be taken over by a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner? Is that right?

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