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Manila getting Singapore Airlines’ new regional business class seat

25 May 2018 by Craig Bright
Singapore Airlines B787-10 Dreamliner regional business class

Manila looks set to become the latest destination to see Singapore Airlines’ new fully flat regional business class seat product starting July 3 this year.

According to the airline’s current schedule, Singapore Airlines’ newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, is due to take over one of the airline’s four daily flights on the route this summer.

The B787-10 is currently the only aircraft in Singapore Airlines’ fleet to offer the revamped business class product, which debuted on the aircraft earlier this month on the carrier’s Singapore-Osaka service. The aircraft has since begun flying to Perth and Tokyo.

The schedule lists flights SQ918 (Singapore to Manila) and SQ915 (Manila to Singapore) as Dreamliner flights from July 3 onwards, taking over from the current Airbus A330-300.

Singapore Airlines’ new regional business class seat on the B787-10 notably reclines to a fully flat position, as well as offering direct aisle access from all seats due to a 1-2-1 layout.

Singapore Airlines' new regional business class seat on its B787-10

This is a notable change from the older regional business class on board the A330, which is lie-flat only and is laid out 2-2-2.

Business Traveller got an early look at the new seat product in March, when Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first Dreamliner.

First look: Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner regional business class

We also reviewed the older regional business class product, which also appears on the airline’s B777-200 aircraft, earlier this year.

Airline review: Singapore Airlines B777-200 business class

Of the route’s other daily services, flights SQ910 and SQ916 (Singapore-Manila) and SQ917 and SQ921 (Manila-Singapore) will continue to be flown by the B777-300, while flights SQ912 and SQ919 will continue to see the B777-200.

The other notable change to the Manila service with the deployment of the Dreamliner is that the route will now offer a premium economy option, something neither the A330-300, B777-300 or B777-200 currently offers.

Singapore Airlines A380 Premium-Economy-Class_01

This is the same premium economy seat product as appears on the airline’s A350 and A380 superjumbo.

The Singapore-Manila leg is the latest of the airline’s four services per day to Manila, taking off at 1925 and arriving just before midnight at 2300.

The Manila-Singapore flight, meanwhile, is the earliest of the four daily services, flying out at 0740 and arriving back in Singapore at 1120.

It remains possible the schedule will change between now and July.

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