Travellers flying to Tokyo with Singapore Airlines will soon be able to book the airline’s new regional business class product, which is set to become available from May 18, 2018 when the airline deploys its new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft on the route.
The aircraft will replace the Boeing 777-300ER that currently flies the airline’s SQ637/SQ638 flights to and from Tokyo Narita. The airline’s other service to Tokyo Narita, SQ11/SQ12, will continue to be operated by the B777-300ER, however.
Before then, though, Singapore Airlines will be deploying the newest Dreamliner on both of its Osaka services. Osaka was previously revealed as the first destination to see the new Dreamliner, with SQ618/SQ619 set to see the aircraft on May 3.
But on May 16, the airline’s SQ622/SQ623 flights to and from Osaka will also get the aircraft. Both services to Osaka are currently flown by the airline’s Airbus A330-300.
The new regional business class seat notably offers a fully flat bed that extends straight forward rather than to the side, as with the airline’s longer-haul business class products.
This design favours travellers who like to sleep on their backs with their bodies stretched out, rather than on their sides with their knees up (as with the new A380 seat, below).
Business class seats are also laid out in a staggered 1-2-1 formation. This places passengers in the solo seats closer to the windows in the even rows and closer to the aisles on odd rows, while those in the paired seats are closer together on odd rows and further apart on the even rows. Passengers seeking the most privacy would therefore be best choosing the solo seats on the even rows.
To get an in-depth run down of the features of the new regional business class seat product, read Business Traveller’s initial impressions following the aircraft’s delivery flight last month.
The economy seats on the new Dreamliner, meanwhile, are the same as the newest seat products on the airline’s latest A380 superjumbos.
Business Traveller reviewed these seats on the A380 back in December.
Singapore Airlines has a total of 49 B787-10s on order, which it plans to deploy on its medium-haul routes.