Singapore Airlines plans reconfig of ultra-long range A350s

What’s in store for the globe-striding jets?

By David Flynn, December 13 2022
Singapore Airlines plans reconfig of ultra-long range A350s
Executive Traveller exclusive

Singapore Airlines has a make-over in mind for its ultra-long range Airbus A350 jets which dominate the carrier’s routes to New York and San Francisco.

All six of the A350-900ULR variant – a model flown exclusively by the Star Alliance member – are configured into just two classes, with 67 lie-flat business class seats and 94 premium economy recliners.

It’s not known if the reconfiguration will alter that mix or potentially see the business class seats upgraded to a new design, such as that intended for the delayed Boeing 777-9.

Approached for comment by Executive Traveller, a Singapore Airlines spokesperson said “Singapore Airlines continuously reviews the cabin product offerings across its fleet and cabin classes.”

Singapore Airlines' current A350-900ULR business class.
Singapore Airlines' current A350-900ULR business class.

Singapore Airlines began flying the A350-900ULR series in October 2018 with the return of non-stop flights between Singapore and New York.

However, the business class seat has often been criticised for the angled sleeping position and small footwell, as well as that the seat must be flipped over to become a bed, rather than gradually reclining through several positions.

While Singapore Airlines deliberately chose an ‘all-premium’ configuration for the A350s, Qantas has opted for a conventional four-class layout on its forthcoming ‘Project Sunrise’ A350-1000ULR jets, which will tackle 18-20 hour marathon flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York beginning in late 2025.

05 May 2016

Total posts 632

There's certainly a challenge in getting a design that appeals to flyers enough that the plane is full most of the time.

Aegean Airlines - Miles & Bonus

16 Jul 2019

Total posts 14

I can understand why these flip over SQ beds are troublesome on flights where sleep is required. I like to sleep and then wake up gradually including eating breakfast in a semi reclined position. I also don't fit in that forced Z position as I'm very tall. 

So the sooner SQ adopt a more conventional lie flat seat that doesn't need flipping and allows gradual reclining, the better for me personally. 

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 349

Absolutely   SQ fails constantly with their very poor seating, which is also  way to wide, yet not long enough for anyone over 5ft8  Im 6'3

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1193

In the medium term, SQ has the option of returning these A359s to a regular long-haul format and acquiring Sunrise A35K ULRs which are better optimised for the ULR routes thus enabling a full 4 class fitout for non-stop routes to JFK and LAX.

  

UA

09 Mar 2016

Total posts 57

Awfully uncomfortable seat when in bed mode. Not great for just relaxing either. Looks good tho. 

16 Nov 2018

Total posts 30

Lie flat yes, lie straight no. Most uncomfortable seat.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Apr 2011

Total posts 13

Perhaps they may revisit the mix of seats and include first class, a small economy section with extra leg room, and possibly a social space to mix/stand/stretch on the long flight.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Jul 2017

Total posts 27

I’ve not flown on this seat but it sounds like it makes too many compromises.  Nobody likes an angle flat bed.  The tight footwells are a nightmare for sleeping if your feet are over a size 6.  Don’t know how this seat got approved for service.  

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 602

It’s not an angled flat bed. It a true full flat bed. The issue is you need to sleep across the bed at an angle to align with the footwell. This means it’s wider at the top and narrow at the feet end. 


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