Singapore Airlines Removes First Class On A European Route

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Singapore Airlines is continuing to use its new Airbus A350 aircraft to improve efficiencies throughout its network but, as of later this summer, the introduction of another A350 to Europe will see First Class eliminated from one of the airline’s European routes.

Singapore – Munich Goes “All-A350”

Singapore Airlines is scheduled to introduce the Airbus A350 to its Singapore – Munich route from 1 July 2017 but, up until now, the A350 was set to share the route with a 4-cabin 777-300ER which offers 4 First Class seats.

The 777’s first class cabin may not be as highly thought of as Singapore’s A380 suites…..

a bed with pillows on itSingapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class

…but it’s considerably better than most other First Class cabins out there.

The latest schedule update from Singapore Airlines shows that the A350 will be sharing this route with the 777 for a relatively short time as, from 5 August 2017, the Singapore – Munich route will be operated by only A350 aircraft which doesn’t offer a First Class cabin.

Here’s the schedule:

SQ328 SIN 00:30 – 06:55 MUC (Daily A350 service)
SQ327 MUC 13:10 – 07:00+1 day SIN (Daily A350 service)

In further bad news, the A350 offers 6 fewer Business Class seats and 4 fewer Premium Economy seats than the aircraft it will be replacing so this is a bit of a hit for premium cabin travelers.

What Can You Expect From The Singapore Airlines A350?

Singapore Airlines has configured its A350 aircraft with:

  • 42 Business Class seats
  • 24 Premium Economy seats
  • 187 Economy Class seats.

There is no First Class on the A350.

Business Class is fitted with the same Business Class seats as found on the Singapore Airlines 777-330ER  aircraft:

Singapore Airlines A350 New Business Class

The aircraft’s Premium Economy cabin has a 2-4-2 layout which, although featuring the airline’s new seats, is a denser configuration than I hope for – I was dreaming of a 2-3-2 layout.

Singapore Airlines A350 Premium Economy

The A350’s Economy Class cabin has its seats arranged in a 3-3-3 formation which, fortunately, gives passengers 18″ of seat width (better than you get from most European or US carriers).

One More Singapore Airlines Route Change

This is slightly older news but probably worth mentioning here – Singapore Airlines had published its winter schedule and in it we can see that the airline will be increasing the number of flights to Paris to 10 weekly (from the current 7).

On the face of it this appears to be good news until you realise that the change is coming at the expense of the A380 which is being removed from the Paris route.

Singapore Airlines A380Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class

Per Airline Route, the last day of A380 operations on the Paris route will be 28 October with 777-300ER aircraft taking over from there – that signals the end of First Class suites on the Paris route and the end of one of the easiest routes on which to find the highly acclaimed First Class product.