Singapore Airlines again proves to be one of the big game changers in business travel with the deployment of A350-900 aircraft to Melbourne heralding the arrival lie-flat Business Class seats on all flights to and from Australia and Premium Economy on all flights from Melbourne.

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Singapore Airlines’ new A350-900 Melbourne service from November means passengers can enjoy Premium Economy and lie-flat Business Class seats on all of the airlines’ 36 weekly flights to and from Victoria’s capital.

The introduction of the A350-900 on the SQ247/8 flight also means Singapore Airlines will offer lie-flat Business Class seats on all services to and from Australia. The airline’s 141 weekly flights from six destinations Down Under will provide customers the chance to enjoy a lie-flat Business Class seat, while those travelling from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra also have the choice of Premium Economy on every flight.

“We are very excited to be able to offer our customers a level of product consistency and service across all Singapore Airlines operated services to and from Australia,” said Philip Goh, Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President Southwest Pacific. “Over the past 18 months we have continued to invest in the Australian market, deploying new aircraft to all of our stations across the country … along with the other changes we have made over the past 18 months, we will deliver customers across Australia improved product consistency, greater comfort, and the enjoyment of the latest cabin products complimented by our famous Singapore Airlines service.”

The announcement follows confirmation last month that SQ247/8 will increase to five times weekly from 1 January, providing more travel options and connectivity to Wellington, Singapore and beyond.

The Business of winning

The A350-900 has 42 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 layout providing direct aisle access for everyone. Each seat converts into a 78-inch full flat bed with cushioned headboard for greater sleeping comfort. Stowage has been designed to include a side console located above the armrest which allows laptop storage in both seat and bed mode.

Each Business Class seat has a 18-inch HD LCD screen along with noise cancelling headphones and a video touchscreen handset to help customers enjoy over 1000 movies, TV, music and game choices on the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system.

A Premium offering

Premium Economy Class features 24 seats in a 2-4-2 layout providing extra comfort, choices and privileges for passengers. It all starts with priority handling and boarding, followed by a seat that includes a calf-rest and footrest for extra comfort.

The seat reclines up to eight inches with a 38-inch seat pitch, a winner when it comes to helping with a good night’s sleep. A video touchscreen handset and 13.3 inch HD touch screen monitor, along with the addition of noise cancelling headphones.

Full blown assault on jetlag

Along with the addition of new cabin features, the A350-900 has been designed with comfort in mind, providing customers with an improved travel experience, bringing features like higher ceilings, larger windows, and an extra wide body as well as lighting that has been specifically designed to reduce jetlag.

Singapore Airlines has 67 A350-900 aircraft on firm order. It has taken delivery of 38 A350-900 aircraft, with the first aircraft having entered the fleet in March 2016.

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