EXCLUSIVE | Business class flyers jetting from Perth to Singapore are in for an upgrade with one of Singapore Airlines’ four daily return flights stepping up from an ageing Boeing 777-200 to a factory-fresh Airbus A350, fitted with the airline’s newest ‘regional’ business class seats.
Taking over the afternoon SQ226 flight from Perth and the morning SQ213 flight from Changi Airport as of June 3, the business class experience switches from this, as appears on the bulk of those Boeing 777 flights…
… to this, which not only swaps the outgoing angled-flat seat to a fully-flat bed, but also provides direct aisle access for every passenger, given the switch from the 2-2-2 seating layout to a passenger-pleasing 1-2-1 configuration.
That's something many business travellers are bound to appreciate more so than the bed on these flights, which predominantly run during daylight hours.
This is also the same business class seat as appears aboard Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 787-10 flights between Perth and Singapore, which, combined with this soon-to-be-updated Airbus A350 service, gives WA-based flyers flatbeds and direct aisle access on two of Singapore Airlines’ four daily return flights.
While the A350s flying to Perth won't offer premium economy, they do come with satellite-based inflight Internet access – a feature not available on the outgoing Boeing 777-200 – with business class guests offered 30MB of complimentary access on each flight.
A Singapore Airlines spokesperson confirmed the change with Australian Business Traveller, with the airline’s booking systems now updated to reflect the switcheroo.
The move represents Singapore Airlines’ continuing upgrades of its Australian routes with newer aircraft – a project that has so far seen Boeing 787-10s for Perth, Airbus A350s replacing A330s in Adelaide and Brisbane moving to an all-A350 destination as of May 2019, with more upgrades expected to follow as more modern jets join the airline’s fleet.