Travellers flying between Singapore and Adelaide and Brisbane will be able to experience Singapore Airlines’ new regional business class seats starting this December as the airline begins deploying its new medium-haul Airbus A350-900 aircraft on the route.
The first of the airline’s new medium-haul A350-900s will fly its Adelaide route from December 17 onwards, operating as flight SQ279 from Singapore to Adelaide and SQ278 on the return leg. Brisbane will see the aircraft starting next year, though a specific date has yet to be announced.
So what do Singapore Airlines’ new regional business class seats offer passengers?
For starters, these Stelia Aerospace-designed seats are able to recline to form a fully flat 76-inch-long, 26-inch-wide bed, with all seats offering direct access to the aisle owing to their 1-2-1 configuration. The medium-haul A350s will offer 40 seats in business class overall.
These seats are also aligned in a staggered formation, meaning window seats alternate between being closer to the window or the aisle, and centre seats to be located either closer or further apart from one another. Adjustable dividers between the seats mean that passengers are always separated from their neighbours, though travellers flying solo may wish to opt for the most secluded aisle seats.
All seats also offer a 17-inch fully HD touchscreen monitor as well as in-seat power and USB ports.
Business Traveller took an in-depth look at Singapore Airlines’ new regional business class seats aboard its 787-10 earlier this year.
Aside from the business class seats, the new medium-haul A350s also offer a new slim-line economy class seat, designed by Recaro. These 263 seats will be laid out in a 3-3-3 configuration and notably offer a number of ergonomic touches, such as a six-way adjustable headrest and a contoured backrest. Economy class passengers also get access to a 11.6-inch fully HD touchscreen monitor as well as in-seat power and USB ports. In-flight wifi will be available for all passengers.
Singapore Airlines already operates 21 of A350-900 aircraft equipped for long-haul services, and has a total of 67 on order. The carrier also expects to take delivery of its first A350-900ULR (ultra long range) aircraft in October, which will debut on its restarted flights between Singapore and New York (Newark), allowing Singapore Airlines to reclaim the title of longest commercial flight in the world.