Sydney has been selected as the first destination to experience the new Singapore Airlines premium economy seats. The new premium seats will be installed on Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and will debut from 9 August 2015.
“We are delighted that Sydney will be the launch market for our new premium economy class,” a Singapore Airlines spokeswoman said. “While we have yet to determine at what stage it will be deployed to Melbourne, we’re hopeful this move will further our premium positioning in Australia.”
Passengers looking to fly in the new premium class will have to depart from Sydney or Melbourne. Currently the carrier has no plans to upgrade other aircraft in their fleet including the smaller A330 aircraft used on services from Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Darwin.
With premium economy designed to bridge the gap between traditional economy and business class, Singapore Airlines is just the latest in a long list of airlines to add the cabin to their fleet. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand and British Airways have all increased their cabin offerings to include the increasingly popular mid-range cabin class product.
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“We have been heartened by the highly positive public reaction to our new Premium Economy Class since our plans were announced last year.”
We are confident it will be well received by travellers who are looking for more features – in the seat design, in-flight offerings and exclusive privileges – all underpinned by the exceptional service that Singapore Airlines is well known for, both on the ground and in the air." said Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.
The new cabin will appear on the main deck of the A380 behind first class suites. On the 777-300ER aircraft the seats will be located between business class and economy in a 2-4-2 cabin layout.
- Seat width of 19.5 inches
- Seat pitch 38 inches
- 8 inch recline
- Calf rest and foot rest
- 13.3 inch TV screen in seat back
- Noise cancelling headphones
- Dual USB ports
- Wi-Fi connectivity and in-seat power supply
- Personal reading light
- Exclusive Book the Cook menu options
- Champagne service throughout entire flight
- Priority check-in, boarding and baggage
- 10% KrisFlyer mile bonus
Premium Economy will launch on 9 August between Sydney and Singapore. The airline also stated that premium economy will be available from Sydney to London and Sydney to Hong Kong by the end of September.
Other destinations set to enjoy the new cabin later this year include Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, London, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Zurich.