Singapore Airlines have just started flying an all Business class service from Singapore to Los Angeles, and is the second all business destination for Singapore Airlines, three months after first introducing their all business Singapore to New York route. The configured 100 seat Airbus A340-500s feature lie flat Business Class seats measuring 76cm wide in a forward facing 1-2-1 configuration that give all seats direct access to the aisle. Other mod cons include the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system with over 1000 on demand entertainment choices, and the ability to listen and view personal audio and video content from an iPod or iPhone thru the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system. SIAs all business service from Singapore to Los Angeles will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with daily services commencing from 21 September 2008
As hinted last year in my article Singapore Airlines Considering all Business Class Cabin to the US, Singapore Airlines have just confirmed this story by announcing they will convert 5 of its Airbus A340-500 ultra-long-range aircraft into an all-business class configuration, which will service daily flights between Singapore and New York, and Singapore and Los Angeles. Singapore Airlines will achieve this configuration by converting its current two class 181 seat configuration with 100 of their award winning Business Class seats, the same design currently found in Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. These all Business Class aircraft will be configured in a 4 abreast, 1-2-1 layout, with each seat upholstered in leather and measuring 30 inches (76cm) wide. More details of Singapore Airlines Business Class seat can be found in the following article The Business Travel Guru gets close and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Marketing and Regions, Mr Huang Cheng Eng, said the change recognises the popularity amongst business travellers of the award-winning Business Class products introduced on other aircraft type. “The new Business Class is being very well-received by our customers on long-range flights. The new product is the perfect fit for the ultra-long-haul services between Singapore and the USA. “The peak demand for the non-stop flights is from our Business Class customers, and this change will expand Business Class capacity from 64 to 100 seats on each flight,” Mr Huang said. The reconfigured aircraft will be gradually phased into service from mid May 2008 on the Singapore New York route, with the upgrade of the route expected to be complete by June 2008, and the Los Angeles route expected to be complete by late September 2008 For discussion on Frequent Flyer programs, Airlines Lounges, or anything Business Travel related , become a member of BizTravelGuru, and head over to the Business Travel Guru’s Forums Related articles and Forum Posts The Business Travel Guru gets close and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Singapore Airlines A380: first glimpse of Singapore Airlines A380 cabins Singapore Airlines takes delivery of its second Airbus A380 Qantas & Emirates Airlines A380 YouTube Videos Value of Qantas Club Membership Renewing expired Qantas Club Membership and Joining Fee Business Hotel of the Week Traders Hotel Singapore Review
Singapore Airlines Airbus A380: Today it was my absolute pleasure to get up and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 here in Sydney, and that I did. Ben Hoffman Aka The Business Travel Guru Checking out SIAs Business Seat The day started off in Singapore Airlines Media tent to witness the giving of the proceeds of Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 charity flight eBay auction to its beneficiaries, and to take a look at mock ups of Singapore Airlines A380 cabin seats, this was followed up with guided tour of the real life Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. Singapore AIrlines Suite Class with the Singapore Girls Video Screen in the Singaore Airlines Suite Business Travel Guru’s impression of the aircraft, cabin and seats The first thing that struck me before I had even entered, then when entering was both the external and internal size of this magnificent aircraft, Singapore Airlines has pitched their A380 at the upper end of the of the market, with this extra space being achieved by reducing the total number of seats on the aircraft from Airbus’s standard configuration for 555 seats down 471 seats in Singapore Airlines A380. Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 – dubbed The Big Fella by Sydney’s Air traffic Controllers Anyone that has flown Business Class in the upper deck of a Boeing 747, you would know the limited space in the overhead lockers, and limited height of the ceiling. For the A380 this is a non issue the upper deck has plenty of space all round, I would have been forgiven for thinking I was on the lower deck. Singapore Airlines Suites all as I can say is WOW; these suites are as large private and exclusive. The seat in its bed configuration is extremely comfortable at 198 cm X 69 cm (78 X 27 in rectangular), I could easily get a good night’s sleep in these. After the suite in its bed configuration the next thing that sticks out is the Video entertainment unit, the picture quality and brightness was superb, bringing the picture to life. If you are travelling with a partner the highlight of this class would be obtaining two suites in the middle row, and converting the both suite seats into a double bed. Before actually physically seeing the Singapore Airlines Suites the word was that they may not be as private as they are made out to be, but hey take my word for; this is the most private Upper first in the industry today, if you were/or are lucky enough to fly in Singapore Airlines Suite Class you would truly feel like being in a class of your own. Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class Singapore Airlines A380 Business Seat had all the amenities you could or ask or wish for, when you first see the seat it’s hard to imagine a business class seat of this size, just looks too big, and it does not look right, then again what we have been used to in Business Class has […]
Word had it that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is considering combining their Singapore/Los Angeles and Singapore/New York services into a single cabin Business Class configuration. These two routes are currently the only direct (non-stop) routes that Singapore Airlines run from Singapore to the U.S. and also includes an Executive Economy class, so it’s very interesting that SIA are considering combining the two routes and ditching Executive Economy. If SIA do go ahead with their plans, the single service cabin is expected to go into operation in 2008. So what will happen to the Executive Economy cabin? The Executive Economy service would be offered on SIAs routes to the U.S. that are not direct (include a transit stop). The Singapore to U.S. route is considered a premium route which is predominantly flown by Business people & Executives, which is why this plan may just work in SIAs favour. Expect more updates on this story from the Business Travel Guru in the near future.