QATAR Airways will be able to offer more business class seats and better onward connections to Europe and the US as it adds capacity to Singapore and introduces the Airbus A350.
The Doha-based carrier, which is using Boeing 787s for its twice-daily flights between Singapore and Doha, has chosen Singapore as the first Asian country to receive its A350 aircraft.
The airline is the launch customer for the A350, having taken delivery in December of the first jet, which is deployed to Frankfurt.
In addition to introducing an extra daily service to Singapore by June 1, it will progressively replace its Dreamliners with the A350s, so that its three daily flights will be operated using A350s by mid-August.
This effectively boosts its existing capacity in Singapore by 67 per cent to more than 11,880 seats weekly.
Qatar Airways will start using the A350 to Singapore from June 16, starting with one aircraft, and then adding a second and third A350 in July and August respectively.
The new daily flight will arrive in Singapore at 9.15 am and depart for Doha by 10.40 am.
The morning Singapore-Doha flight will give passengers better options for onward connecting flights to Europe and parts of the US, effectively cutting down transit time.
The airline is hoping this will bring it a bigger share of corporate traffic, said Joan Wang, the airline's country manager for Singapore.
Qatar's A350 comes with 36 business class seats, up from 22 on its B787. The A350 also offers more seats overall - 283 versus the 254 on the B787.