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Just as I was working on my review of Air NZ, BA’s and Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy classes, Singapore Airlines comes and releases its own class, opening for sale today.
From 9 August 2015, customers travelling on select flights from Singapore to Sydney will be the first to experience the new cabin class, which will subsequently be made available to other destinations served by the Airline’s Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs, in addition to the future fleet of Airbus A350s.
Premium Economy Class will be progressively introduced to other sectors, including Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, London, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Zurich in the latter part of 2015 and early 2016. The total investment for the new cabin class, which will initially be introduced on 19 A380s, 19 777-300ERs and the first 20 A350s, is estimated at USD80 million.
“We have been heartened by the highly positive public reaction to our new Premium Economy Class since our plans were announced last year,” said Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.
Premium Economy Class will welcome customers with a bespoke contemporary and stylish design, offering more space, comfort and convenience.
Each seat has a width ranging between 18.5 and 19.5 inches and offers an eight-inch recline for more ease and comfort. Complementing this is a 13.3-inch full HD monitor, the largest in its class – and we all know how important a good entertainment system is during a long flight. Active noise-cancelling headphones will be provided to enhance the in-flight audio experience, which can help with those snorers or even babies crying.
The seats have a full leather finishing and a calf-rest and foot-bar for every seat. Seats also feature individual in-seat power supply, two USB ports, personal in-seat reading light – which looks much better than those you usually get, a cocktail table, as well as additional stowage space for personal items such as a water bottle, mobile phone and laptop.
The other exciting part… customers in Premium Economy Class can choose from a more extensive range of food and beverage offerings. Besides being able to select from a standard menu with three meal choices, customers may, from April 2015, also select from the Premium Economy Book the Cook service featuring popular dishes.
To ensure a seamless experience that begins on the ground, priority check-in and baggage handling will be offered to customers travelling in Premium Economy Class. Customers will also enjoy a baggage allowance of 35kg. KrisFlyer members will receive 10% more miles when they fly in Premium Economy Class.
For more details, visit SIApremiumeconomy.com.