Singapore Airlines has revealed the breakdown of its Airbus A350 cabins ahead of the first aircraft's delivery in January 2016.
The A350 will carry 253 passengers split between business class, premium economy and economy.
Business class will be divided into two cabins...
... and feature the same seats as SQ's latest Boeing 777-300ER jets, which Australian Business Traveller currently rates as the world's best international business class.
There's also a compact premium economy cabin of 24 seats in a 2-4-2 arrangement.
While similar to the airline's recently-launched premium economy design (show below), expect to see what Singapore Airlines' executive Mr Tan Pee Teck says will be "a somewhat new seat... but the look and feel will be more or less the same."
The rest of Singapore Airlines' A350 is given over to 187 economy seats, again using the latest design and arranged in a 3-3-3- layout.
However, Singapore Airlines' ultra long-range version of the A350 – dubbed the A350-900ULR, and due to take wing from 2018 on non-stop flights to Los Angeles and New York – will feature a new generation of business class seats which the airline says "are currently under development."
A Singapore Airlines executive has also indicated to Australian Business Traveller that later A350-900 deliveries could include a two-class version without premium economy and slated for medium-range flights where the ‘better than economy’ cabin has limited appeal.
Singapore Airlines will begin flying the Airbus A350 in early 2016 to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta for the purposes of crew familiarisation with the all-new aircraft, with long-range services to Amsterdam from April 2016.
The airline expects to have at least three A350 jets in its fleet by April and 11 by years' end, out of a total of 63 orders and a further 20 options up its sleeve.
The Singaporean flag-carrier will be the fifth airline to fly the A350 following Qatar Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Finnair and Brazil’s TAM (part of the newly-branded LATAM Airlines) in December, while Asian neighbour and competitor Cathay Pacific will collect the keys to its first A350 in February 2016.
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