Singapore Airlines Adds More 4-Class Airbus A380 Routes

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Singapore Airlines is unquestionably one of the best airlines in the world and, based on how they treat their  customers in Economy Class, it would be very easy to make an argument for them being the best airline in the world. While most airlines are busy adding extra seats to their aircraft and squeezing passengers into spaces they’re not meant to fit in, Singapore Airlines has resisted that temptation.

When I compared the Airbus A380 Economy and Premium Economy products across the major airlines (Airbus A380 Challenge – Which Airlines Have The Most Spacious Economy & Premium Economy Products), Singapore Airlines won in both categories. And, when you take a look at the room they give their Economy Class passengers on their other long-haul aircraft, they come out on top (or very close to the top) once again.

Traditionally Singapore Airlines has run a 3-cabin fleet (First, Business and Economy Class) but recently the airline has been adding a Premium Economy cabin to its fleet as well.

singapore-airlines-4-class-a380-seat-mapSingapore Airlines A380 in a 4-class configuration (click to enlarge)

If we’re being honest the introduction of Premium Economy hasn’t been as smooth as the airline would have liked. Back in September 2015 Singapore Airlines was forced to announce that, due to delays in the seat installation program, “Premium Economy will not be available for some confirmed bookings.” It wasn’t just one or two routes that were affected either – 11 routes had issues with the Premium Economy cabin installation and it turned into a bit of embarrassment for the airline.

Now, however, those issues seem to be behind them and the airline is on the way to completing the installation of Premium Economy into all of the planned aircraft by the end of 2016….and that is why we have the announcement that Singapore Airlines is adding the 4-class A380 to more of its routes.

Singapore Airlines New 4-Class A380 Routes

Singapore – Melbourne

  • From 24 June 2016  Flight SQ217/218 will operate with a 4-Class A380 3x per week until 4 September 2016

Singapore – London Heathrow

  • From 4 July 2016 Flight SQ308/321 will operate with a 4-Class A380 once per week
  • From 21 July 2016 this increase to 2 x per week
  • From 4 August 2016 this increases to 3x per week
  • From 18 August 2016 this increases to 4x per week
  • From 14 September 2016 this increases to 6x per week

Singapore – Zurich

  • From 6 July 2016 this service will operate with a 4-Class A380 3x per week
  • From 20 September 2016 this increases to 4x per week
  • From 25 October 2016 a 4-Class A380 service will operate a daily service on this route

Singapore – Frankfurt – New York JFK 

  • From 30 July 2016 a 4-Class A380 will operate this route 4x per week
  • From 21 August 2016 this increases to 6x per week
  • From 21 September this increases to a daily 4-Class A380 service

Singapore Airlines Premium Economy

The reason why the addition of more 4-class A380 routes by Singapore Airlines is exciting is because of the product that the airline offers. Rather than just having the word “premium” in the cabin name the airline genuinely offers a premium experience for those who are prepared to pay a little more.

The new seats that Singapore Airlines are using for their A380 Premium Economy cabin come with a 38″ seat pitch and a fantastic 19.5″ seat width:

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The excellent seat width has been achieved by keeping the Premium Economy cabin on the lower deck of the A380 (where the aircraft is widest) and by keeping the number of seats in a row down to just 8 (in a 2-4-2 layout).

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In addition to that there is an 8″ recline to the seats as well:

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Connectivity and entertainment aren’t too bad in the Premium Economy cabin either with the seats coming equipped with power outlets, USB ports…..

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…and with 13.3″ HD monitors in the seat-backs in front:

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On top of this, passengers flying Singapore Airlines Premium Economy are issued with noise-cancelling headsets to help drown out the noisier passengers around them 🙂

The catering is also upgraded in Singapore Airlines Premium Economy with passengers being given the choice of 3 main courses…

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….or they can even use the Singapore Airlines “Book the Cook” service to pre-order a meal of their choice.

lastly, and to round off the onboard Premium Economy experience, Singapore Airlines offers Champagne and “curated red and white wines” throughout the flight.

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Bottom Line

I’m excited to see Singapore Airlines expanding its 4-Class A380 offering because I see their Premium Economy product as a genuine alternative to Business Class. Ok, so there isn’t a lie-flat bed but there are certain routes (Europe-Australia for example) where cabins with a lie-flat bed are almost always very expensive and out of most people’s reach.

With Singapore Airlines you know you’re going to get great service regardless of the cabin you’re in and now you have the option of a product that could make a very long journey a lot more pleasurable without bankrupting you in the process.

I’ve been struggling with options for getting Joanna, mini-Joanna and me to Australia in reasonable comfort for a trip I’m trying to plan (too may miles required and Business Class tickets are ridiculously priced) but Singapore Airlines may just have provided me with the solution.