Singapore Airlines Launches 787-10 Dreamliner Service To The Maldives

Singapore has launched a Dreamliner to the dream destination of the Maldives.

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Singapore 787-10 that will be used for the new route. Photo: Singapore Airlines

This direct route from a massive international hub such as Singapore onboard one of the world’s best airlines (in a new excellent aircraft no less) will mean the Maldives will be more accessible for the luxury traveler than ever before.

What are the details?

Singapore has launched a new service between Singapore International Airport (SIN) to Malé Airport (MLE) in the Maldives.

The direct route between the two cities, with other airports in the Maldives, featured (without direct links). Photo: Google Flights

The Maldives are world renowned for their white beaches, excellent climate, and amazing hospitality. The country’s remote nature means that it is off the beaten track.

Currently, Singapore Airlines, Singapore’s low-cost carriers Scoot and Silk Air fly between the two airports. Judging by the prices, it is a big bargain to upgrade to the more premium carrier (although Scoot still offers a great option for those budget conscious travelers).

The cost of the flights in July. Photo: Google Flights.

As Singapore is a massive international hub, it is now possible to easily reach the Maldives from many destinations around the world, a real win for the local tourism industry. The new route will take around four and a half hours and will fly daily.

What is the service like on the Singapore 787-10?

But if the dream of white sandy shores was not appealing enough, the fact that you can get there onboard a Singapore 787-10 Dreamliner is a real treat.

One of our writers at Simple Flying got a chance to fly the 787-10 between Singapore and Bali (which is around three hours). Business class will feature fully flat-beds, which is opulent for a route of this length. There are 30 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with 19 inches of width and may feature the option to ‘book the cook‘, where you can ask for a bespoke meal before you board.

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SIA Business Class 787-10. Photo: Singapore Airlines.

For those in economy, they will find everything they expect from a full-service carrier. Included are baggage, entertainment, and meals as the quiet aircraft races across the sky.

As Singapore generally has excellent award availability (read our Kris Flyer in-depth guide here) it is very likely that this flight will be a favorite among point enthusiasts.

The route is currently operated by an Airbus A330-300 but will be swapped out with the new Dreamliner on the 1st September 2019.

Openskies agreement between the Maldives and Singapore

This new route is only possible thanks to an open skies agreement between Singapore and the Maldives. Signed just on the 1st July, it allows both countries to run as many services between each country and beyond (as a fifth freedom flight) as they like. This includes cargo and passenger flights.

Although Singapore has been running a direct service between the islands since 1984, it is the first time it has been done under an open skies agreement and using a Boeing Dreamliner.

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One of the many resorts in the Maldives, specifically the Conrad. Image: Hilton

“[The agreement] underscores the strong bilateral ties between Singapore and Maldives, and will enable greater movement of people and goods between the two countries to benefit both our economies” – Singapore Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min to the Straits Times.

As both Singapore and the Maldives are island nations, they have much in common.

Will you be flying on the new Dreamliner to the Maldives? Let us know in the comments!