Best business class seats on Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350-900ULR

Best business class seats on Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350-900ULR

Singapore Airlines' ultra-long range Airbus A350-900 jet takes wing in October with non-stop flights to New York starting October 11, followed by direct flights to Los Angeles on November 2.

Those globe-striding flights – which in the case of Singapore-New York will also be the world's longest, stretching out to almost 19 hours – will be made possible by a special 'A350-900ULR' edition of the Airbus A350, designed to carry extra fuel as well as featuring several small but significant aerodynamic enhancements.

The long-legged Airbus A350 sports the same well-appointed business class seat as its standard-range A350 sibling, although there are far fewer total passengers in number – in fact, the A350-900ULR has an 'all-premium' layout with just 67 business class (divided into two cabins) and 94 premium economy, and no economy seats.

Those 67 business class passengers will enjoy a seat that delivers a winning combination of comfort, privacy and features, and converts into a fully-flat bed which will see plenty of use on these long flights.

Indeed, faced with such long flights, it's more important than ever to choose the right seat – so here are the seats to shoot for, plus a few to think twice about.

Seat 10A

Located on its own at the very front of the A350's first and smaller business class cabin, 10A will be your best chance for the 'private jet' feeling.

 Here's an equivalent seat on Singapore Airlines' regular A350-900:

However, noise and movement from the galley kitchen area could well cruel its appeal – we'd definitely not suggest 10A if you're a light sleeper.

On the plus side, at least there won't be any traffic to the toilets, as these are found at the rear of the cabin; nor will crying infants disturb your trip, as the baby bassinets are located in the second business class cabin, in front of row 19.

Row 11: seats 11A, 11D, 11F and 11K

The 'front row seats' are usually a top pick for frequent flyers, and Singapore Airlines' A350 business class seat offers a little extra space for your legs and feet in rows which face the bulkhead wall, as seen on this photo from the standard A350's bulkhead rows.

All the same, being in such close proximity to the galley is the price you'll pay for that extra degree of comfort.

Solo flyers: seats A, K 

Any of the window seats will suit business travellers flying on their own...

... although these don't provide an unimpeded view because each seat is located directly adjacent to the aisle, with a storage area and shelf between the actual seat and the window.

All the same, if you want a shot at something resembling a view, stick to seats A or K in rows 10 through 20 – the remaining rows (21 through 29) are located directly over the wing.

If you can't snare a window seat, either of the middle seats (D and F) also afford ample privacy from your neighbour. 

Rows 19 and 29

These are two we'd caution against if you have a choice.

The four seats at row 19 are at the very front of the second business class cabin, which means you're smack up against a busy galley plus two toilets which will mean a fair degree of foot traffic from your fellow passengers. Row 19 is also where you'll find two baby bassinets (specifically, they'll be mounted in front of seats 19A and 19K).

The last row of Singapore Airlines' Airbus A350-900ULR business class cabin – row 29 – also has a pair of toilets just behind it, and beyond that is the first row of premium economy (row 31) with two more bassinet positions.

Row 17: seats 17D, 17F

This pair of middle seats is equivalent to 18D and 18F on Singapore Airlines' standard Airbus A350.

Here is how those seats look on Singapore Airlines' standard A350-900:

You're not flanked by window seats, which may hold some odd appeal, but having the galley and toilets directly behind you is going to make for quite some noise, movement and distraction.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

13 comments

  • James O'Mahony

    Ourmanin

    25 Sep, 2018 04:05 am

    David, useful article, although to be a pedant, there are actually more business class seats on the ULR configuration than the standard one, rather than less. 67 v 42 (I think). Hoping to be taking this flight late next month. Got to say I’m looking forward to trying it. I have been tempted to try the Perth - LHR non stop, but originating in Melbourne, if I’ve got to stop once I’d rather do it closer to halfway.
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  • David Flynn

    David

    25 Sep, 2018 08:57 am

    Ta, that comment about the A350-900ULR having fewer seats was meant to be a reflection of total seats, not just business class – have amended the article to make that clearer.
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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    25 Sep, 2018 12:37 pm

    not to be another pedant (can't help myself) but the image used to show the current A350 equivalent of 10A is actually 19A (which i'm sure you're aware) and doesn't show the slightly reduced bench width you would get at 10A due to the curvature of the fuselage (àla 11A on existing layout)
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  • Traveller14

    Traveller14

    25 Sep, 2018 08:01 am

    Excellent article and good photos. The design of the window seats leaves something to be desired.

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  • johnaboxall

    johnaboxall

    25 Sep, 2018 08:40 am

    I would like to see a couple of round tables, like in the old TWA Tristars. Once they reach international waters - poker, bridge, mah jong, take your pick.
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  • David Flynn

    David

    25 Sep, 2018 09:18 am

    Readers are reminded that comments should be on topic and they should add value to the article and the conversation.
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  • xtfer

    xtfer

    26 Sep, 2018 03:26 pm

    If you are over 6ft, the bulkhead seats are probably less attractive, as they usually have less overall length than the other seats.

    I also think the images used to illustrate the seats are misleading. There are no seats which look like a straight, flat bed, and you'd have to be a child to sleep on them in that configuration.
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  • LPOS

    LPOS

    27 Sep, 2018 10:39 am

    I've recently flown SQ51 from MAN-SIN on there newest A359 in Business sat in seat 17A. I'm a little over 6'2" and found it to have ample room. Yes it's off on a slight angle but found it to be very comfortable and was able to get a solid sleep in an disturbed during the course of the flight.
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  • xtfer

    xtfer

    27 Sep, 2018 02:44 pm

    If I'm not mistaken, seat 17A is at the back of the cabin and has a seat in front of it?

    I am referring to the seats at the front of the cabin, where the foot nook is not as deep.
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  • Michael Mar Fan

    mmfsurg

    26 Sep, 2018 04:57 pm

    Are these seats any different to the other A350 -900 non ULH? They must be good as there are no first class
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  • David Flynn

    David

    26 Sep, 2018 09:54 pm

    Third paragraph: "The long-legged Airbus A350 sports the same well-appointed business class seat as its standard-range A350 sibling".
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  • alan burniston

    Notsinrub

    27 Sep, 2018 06:54 am

    Have got a trip planned with MAS on their 350-900 do you know how the seats compare
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  • Gazza129

    Gazza129

    25 Oct, 2018 12:53 pm

    These seats for sleeping are probably best in class with great width at the shoulders. However for simple relaxing they are a NIGHTMARE. The footrest all but hits the seat in front so you have to sit at 35 degrees with your feet in that pigeon hole to watch a (Non Touch) screen in front of you. If you have lower back problems don't even think about it.
    Judging by the look on their faces the crew are OVER them. I don't understand who gets to trial these seats before the decision is made to re fit. I couldn't imagine flying for 20 odd hours in these seats.
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