Singapore Airlines New Regional 787-10 Business & Economy Class Cabins


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Singapore Airlines has just taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner and the airline has now revealed the cabins passengers can expect to find onboard.

The 787-10 aircraft are configured with 337 seats across two classes (no First Class or Premium economy on this aircraft) and will operate on Singapore Airlines flights of up to 8 hours.

Singapore Airlines New Regional Business Class

The new Singapore Airlines 787-10 offers 36 newly designed seats in Business Class that recline to form fully flat beds.

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The Business Class cabin seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 formation that gives all passengers direct access to the aisle.

Each seat will form a 76” long bed (6ft 4”), offers 26” of seat width and has an 18” “full high-definition touchscreen monitor”.

Image Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines says:

Customers can also look forward to other features to enhance their travelling experience, such as ample stowage space for personal items, a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports, and integrated reading light unit with adjustable lighting intensity.

Image – Singapore Airlines

What the sat map doesn’t show is that the seats are set out in a staggered formation (like on Etihad’s 777s, Qantas’ 787-9s and Iberia’s new Airbus A350s) so not all Business Class seats will be equal.

Solo travelers will prefer the seats closest to the windows (the single seats near the aisles may feel a little exposed) and Couples will probably prefer the two seats closest to each other in the centre of the aircraft (if there a couple who likes each other!).

Singapore Airlines New Regional Economy Class Cabin

The Economy Class cabin is as new as the Business Class cabin and offers 301 seats arranged in a 3-3-3 layout.

The seats have been designed by RECARO and are said to have an “ergonomically-designed contour back rest” alongside a six-way adjustable headrest “with foldable wings to provide more neck support”.

Image – Singapore Airlines

All the new Economy Class seats come with USB ports, power ports (for items such a laptops), personal stowage space for personal items, and an 11.6 HD touchscreen monitor.

Singapore Airlines New In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity

The Singapore Airlines 787-10 comes equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi and GSM phone service too (that won’t be cheap!)

As far as in-flight entertainment goes the new system has been designed to give passengers greater control over what they watch via “myKrisWorld”.

Per the airline:

Features of myKrisWorld include content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history, and KrisFlyer members being able to bookmark and resume content, as well as customise and save preferences for subsequent flights.

SIA is also the first airline in the world to offer a series of games from Toca Boca and Sago Mini on KrisWorld. Initially available on the 787-10s, this popular entertainment option will progressively be made available on other aircraft types in the Airline’s fleet.

Image – Singapore Airlines

This is the first time passengers are being offered an IFE system that can be personalised long-term (i.e past the flight they’re on).

Thoughts

While Singapore Airlines will offer these aircraft on routes of up to 8 hours long it’s worth remembering that these aircraft will fly routes that are a lot shorter too….and this is a very impressive Business Class offering for short-haul.

Going further, if you compare the new Singapore Airlines regional Business Class cabin to any number of long-haul Business Class cabins (BA Club World, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class, Emirates 777 non-refurbished Business Class, Air France A380 Business Class, United Airlines Business Class etc…) it stacks up very, very well.

I’d probably choose the Singapore Airlines regional product over any of the cabins I’ve named above and I haven’t eve sat in the Singapore Airlines cabin yet.

In Economy Class it isn’t all great news.

The new seats look ok and the improved IFE should keep families happy but I’m not sure just how much room there will be.

The 3-3-3 cabin layout means that the seat width isn’t going to be impressive and it’s interesting that Singapore Airlines doesn’t mention any of the Economy Class seat dimensions anywhere in its press release. I’d hope that the seat offers at least the 32″ of pitch (leg room) we’ve come to expect from Singapore Airlines but I wouldn’t rule out 31″ until we’ve had official confirmation (if anyone has seen official confirmation of the Economy cabin’s seat dimensions please let me know).

Anyone have any thoughts on the new Singapore Airlines 787-10 cabins?