Singapore Airlines’ Christchurch flights are getting a business class upgrade

15 May 2018 by Craig Bright
Singapore Airlines' A350 and B777 business class seat

Singapore Airlines is poised to fly its Airbus A350-900 aircraft on its services to and from Christchurch starting January 7, 2019, in a move that will bring a premium economy cabin as well as a newer business class seat product to travellers on the route.

The daily service is currently operated by Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-200ER, which features one of the airline’s older – albeit wider – business class seat products.

Long-haul business class on the A380 and B777-300ER

Compared with the B777-200ER’s seat, the A350-900’s seat offers just 28 inches of width versus the B777-200ER’s 34 inches, but it is longer with a pitch that is 78 inches compared with 76 inches. Both recline fully flat and are laid out 1-2-1 providing all-aisle access.

However, the main benefit of the A350’s newer seats is the overall quality, with improved comfort and superior use of space when it comes to both the seat itself and storage.

Singapore Airlines premium economy

Travellers on Singapore Airlines’ Christchurch route will also be able to book premium economy seating come January, something the two-class B777-200ER does not offer.

Business Traveller has previously reviewed Singapore Airlines’ A350-900 business class and premium economy seat products on its Singapore-San Francisco and Singapore-Manchester routes.

This is not the only upgrade Singapore Airlines is making to the business class offerings on board its Antipodean routes. Earlier this month, Perth became the second destination after Osaka to see the carrier’s newest regional business class seat product on board the Boeing 787-10.

Business Traveller got a first look at the new seat product in March.


Meanwhile last December, Sydney became the first destination in the world to get the airline’s new Airbus A380 first and business class seat products. Reviews of all four classes on board the A380 can be read here.

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