SIA upgrades Amsterdam route to B777-300ER
Published: 24/03/2014 - Filed under: News »
Singapore Airlines is next week upgrading its Amsterdam service from a two-class B777-200ER to a newer three-class B777-300ER.
The Boeing 777-300ER, which will be deployed on the route from March 31, will have the latest seating in both its business and economy cabins (to view a seatplan, click here).
However, the aircraft will only be added to daily flights SQ323 and SQ324 on four days each week, with the B777-200ER being deployed on the other three days, according to airlineroute.net.
The B777-300ER will operate the outbound Singapore to Amsterdam service on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and the return Amsterdam to Singapore flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Many will say it is about time this route was upgraded as SIA's service to Holland has stagnated (way back in the 1980s when I flew on the airline's Amsterdam route it was deploying a B747).
This is in stark comparison with Emirates, which has only been serving Amsterdam for a few years but has already upgraded its service from a B777-200 to an A380, and remains the sole A380 operator at Amsterdam.
Besides serving Singapore, SIA is a major player to points in southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, and Australasia. Both are important destinations for Dutch travellers.
Senator - 24/03/2014 15:41
Hi! I am confused. Premium Economy? I thought the B77W had First, Business and Economy as three-class?
GrahamSmith - 24/03/2014 17:08
Thanks, Senator. That was my mistake, not Alex's - been changed now.
Speedybird - 24/03/2014 17:44
I thought Singapore's new B777 300ER included new seats in First Class as well as Biz and Economy.
AMcWhirter - 25/03/2014 10:51
Speedybird - Thanks for your comments. By "new" I meant the product on the B777-300ER which is an improvement on the B777-200ER. You are correct in that even newer seating is in the process of appearing on existing B777-300ERs (and on the new B777-300ERs being delivered from Boeing) but there is no guarantee that every B777-300ER flight operating into Amsterdam will have the very newest products so that is why I did not mention this fact.
Also bear in mind that SQ's B777-300ERs will provide first class but the accommodation is not Suites as found on the A380. It remains to be seen how well SQ can market first class in Holland seeing as home airline KLM (which controls the lion's share of the market) does not offer such a product.
Senator - 25/03/2014 13:01
It is however, news that SIN-AMS-SIN will have SQ First Class (regardless of newest or older B77W) as currently the route is not served with First.
A380s and B77Ws are the backbone of SQ's long-haul fleet so this is an upgrade to the Amsterdam market with First.
Given the limited number of A380s with Suites, the B77W is a great option. Keep in mind that on most days, the premium route of LHR-SIN-LHR is operated by at least one B77W daily, some days two.
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