Singapore Airlines goes fully lie-flat on Australian flights

by James Wilkinson

Singapore Airlines has revealed that from 1 November 2019, customers will be able to enjoy Premium Economy and lie-flat Business Class seats on all of the Airlines’ 36 weekly flights to and from Melbourne, with the introduction of the A350-900.

The introduction of the A350-900 on the SQ247/8 flight will also mean that Singapore Airlines will offer lie-flat Business Class seats on all services to and from Australia from 1 November.

Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President Southwest Pacific, Philip Goh, said the introduction of the A350-900 to Melbourne was the final piece in the product consistency puzzle for both Melbourne and Australia.

“We are very excited to be able to offer our customers a level of product consistency and service across all Singapore Airlines operated services to and from Australia,” Goh said.

Singapore Airlines’ impressive Premium Economy cabin and (top) Business Class lie-flat seats will soon available on all Australian flights

“From 1 November every one of our 141 weekly flights from our six destinations across Australia will provide customers the opportunity to enjoy a lie-flat Business Class seat, while those travelling from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra will also have the choice of Premium Economy on every flight,” he said.

“Over the past 18 months we have continued to invest in the Australian market, deploying new aircraft to all of our stations across the country.

“We’re pleased that the deployment of the A350-900 on flight SQ247/8 from 1 November, along with the other changes we have made over the past 18 months, will deliver customers across Australia improved product consistency, greater comfort, and the enjoyment of the latest cabin products complimented by our famous Singapore Airlines service,” Goh said.

The announcement follows Singapore Airlines confirmation last month, that SQ247/8 will increase to five times weekly from 1 January, providing more travel options and connectivity to Wellington, Singapore and beyond.

Singapore Airlines’ A350-900 lands in Melbourne

The A350-900 features 42 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 layout providing each customer with direct aisle access. Each seat converts into a 78-inch fully-flat bed with cushioned headboard for greater sleeping comfort. Stowage has been designed to include a side console located above the armrest which allows laptop storage in both seat and bed mode.

Each Business Class seat boasts a personal 18-inch HD LCD screen along with noise cancelling headphones and a video touchscreen handset to help customers enjoy over 1,000 movies, TV, music and game choices on the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system.

Premium Economy Class features 24 seats in a 2-4-2 layout providing extra comfort, choices, and privileges for passengers. It all starts with priority handling and boarding, followed by a seat that includes a calf-rest and footrest for extra comfort. The seat reclines up to eight inches with a 38-inch seat pitch, perfectly designed for snoozing.

A video touchscreen handset and 13.3 inch HD touch screen monitor, along with the addition of noise cancelling headphones, allows customers to fully immerse themselves in the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system, all while sipping Champagne throughout the flight.

Singapore Airlines’ Business Class cabin is one of the most popular in the sky

Economy Class features 187 seats in a 3-3-3 layout and provides more legroom and personal space alongside a new backrest cushion with bolstered sides and a 4-way adjustable sculpture headrest, which provides neck support and comfort to rest peacefully.

One of the stand out features is the 11.1-inch wide touch-screen personal monitor and video touch-screen handset to view more than 1,000 entertainment options on the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system throughout the journey.

Customers travelling on the A350-900 can utilise the Singapore Airlines Companion App, allowing them to pre-select their favourite video and audio content before boarding to better plan, personalise and enjoy their journey.

Along with the addition of new cabin features, the A350-900 has been designed with comfort in mind, providing customers with an improved travel experience, bringing features like higher ceilings, larger windows, and an extra wide body as well as lighting that has been specifically designed to reduce jetlag.

Singapore Airlines has a total of 67 A350-900 aircraft on firm order. As at 1 August 2019 it has taken delivery of 38 A350-900 aircraft, with the first aircraft having entered the fleet in March 2016. The Airline currently operates one of its multi daily Melbourne service with the A350-900 aircraft.