Velocity Frequent Flyer Platinum member - what are my options for business class awards from Melbourne to Sapporo?

Hi Everyone,
Japan is tricky for velocity member, until the recent addition of Hong Kong airlines, SIA was the only option. I travel to Sapporo 2-3 times throughout Dec-March each year one usually one of on business, Singapore Airlines don’t seem to be doing a seasonal Singapore>Sapporo route, only via Tokyo which makes for 3 stops. With that quantity of travel, should I be looking at something outside the VA partnerships? Perhaps a star alliance member status match and travel with ANA or Thai? otherwise I might try the Hong Kong airlines option, VA partner however 12-17 hrs on the ground in Hong Kong between the virgin leg Melbourne>Hong Kong and the Hong Kong airlines leg Hong Kong>Sapporo, Thoughts? TIA. Cheers, Tom

Hi, Tom.

The seasonal flight seems to run from Dec to Jan only. See link below.

Singapore Airlines W17 Sapporo service changes