When Singapore Airlines' ultra-long range Airbus A350s take wing in 2018 on non-stop flights to Los Angeles and New York, the advanced jetliners will contain only two classes of seating.
However, the airline is reluctant to say not only which two classes those will be – it's also not yet decided on which business class seat will carry passengers on those up-to-19 hour flights.
Previous indications were that the all-new Airbus A380 business class seat (above) would also grace the long-legged A350 but that's not a certainty, Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong told Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the A380 suites and seats launch.
"We’ve not quite decided on that (seat) yet," Goh said.
JPA Design executive John Tighe, who led development of the superjumbo's new business class seats, echoed Goh by saying that the decision of which business class seat to use in the seven-strong A350-900ULR fleet was "still being assessed".
"There are a lot of factors. Those aircraft have a very particular mission, as you know, and any aircraft doing that kind of duration has a lot of different constraints on it, so it'll be interesting to see which way it goes."
In addition to its new Airbus A380 business class, Singapore Airlines is also flying its Next-Gen business class seats (above) on Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A350 jets, with a third 'regional business class' design of staggered forward-facing pods (below) for its forthcoming Boeing 787-10 fleet.
Although the new A380 business class seat would be a front-runner, some pundits believe that an update of the Boeing 777-300ER Next-Gen seat could make the cut.
Goh also refused to be drawn on the specific configuration of the A350-900ULR jets, which have been tipped to sport a two-class cabin comprising 68 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats.
"We have mentioned it will be two class" he reiterated – but as to which two classes, "we will announce that later."
David Flynn travelled to Singapore as a guest of Singapore Airlines