Singapore Airlines: new business class, first class for 2022?

New suites and seats come a decade after the launch of Singapore Airlines' current Boeing 777 first class and business class.

By David Flynn, November 8 2019

Singapore Airlines expects to begin flying the Boeing 777-9 from 2022, with the likelihood that the advanced jets will also mark the launch of new business class seats and first class suites.

Speaking at a media briefing following the release of Singapore Airlines' 2019 financial results, CEO Goh Choon Phong confirmed a scheduled 2022 delivery for the first of 20 long-range Boeing 777-9 jets.

Boeing's 777X series has been beset by production delays, with the first test flight of the 777-9 pushed back from March 2019 and now unlikely to take place until the first quarter of 2020.

The debut of Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777-9 is expected to coincide with all-new designs for first class and business class. The Star Alliance member's current Boeing 777-300ER first class launched in mid-2013 – its Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350 fleet top out at business class.

Those Boeing 777 first class suites, designed in conjunction with BMW Group DesignWorksUSA and built around a fixed-back shell with curved side panels, will be almost a decade old by the time Singapore Airlines begins flying the 777-9.

Singapore Airlines' current Boeing 777 first class suites will be almost ten years old by the time the 777-9 arrives.
Singapore Airlines' current Boeing 777 first class suites will be almost ten years old by the time the 777-9 arrives.

The business class seats of the Boeing 777-300ER have since been revised and refined for the Star Alliance member's long-range Airbus A350 fleet, although Singapore Airlines opted for a completely different design for its Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-10 regional business class.

Singapore Airlines' most recent business class is its regional offering.
Singapore Airlines' most recent business class is its regional offering.

Goh also said that the new lie-flat business class seats intended for the SilkAir's Boeing 737 MAX fleet would be fitted to a number of SilkAir's current Boeing 737-800s as the regional airline prepared to abandon its own brand in favour of the iconic colours and Kris logo of its more-recogniseable parent. 




David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

14 Oct 2016

Total posts 54

The major problem of the Singapore business seat is that it looks better than it actually functions.

The wide seat looks great in the pictures, but when you sit on it it doesn't feel much better than the competition and since it compromised with the size of the foot well, I've found sleeping on the seat way more difficult than on the CX seat.

02 May 2013

Total posts 6

Agreed 100%. The seat is beautiful to look at but spending 7 plus hours in it and there's a long list of problems. Style over function. With that said, the old 777 first configuration (4 across), while not groundbreaking today is still super comfortable.


05 Jun 2012

Total posts 123

I agree with the other posters. Having a ridiculously wide seat is all very well, but when you want armrests on both sides and one of them is a couple of feet away, that isn't very helpful. Nor is having to twist your legs diagonally when in the seated position in order to stretch them out while trying to watch the screen (since the footspace isn't under the screen). My personal feeling is that they waste a tremendous amount of space with little benefit to go along with it.

14 Jul 2016

Total posts 7

It would be great to see more length incorporated into the business class seats when in sleep mode. I'm 6 foot 1 and struggle to fully extend my body in the A350 seats comfortably.


03 May 2013

Total posts 402

As soon as I read 777 I switched off. Why bother when the A350 is far superior.

26 Feb 2015

Total posts 7

SIA does itself no favours by using very small models in photographs to make its business class seat look spacious. I am 1.92 m tall and the tight space for ones feet makes for a very fitful sleep. They are definitely amongst the poorer business class seats on the market. I suppose the service and food helps a lot although I notice even this is being cut back in small ways such as the cutting out of a malt whisky small things in terms of cost but large in terms of quality.

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19 Mar 2016

Total posts 33

Hi, all.

In the past 12 months SQ is on record as saying that they have been able to upgraded/refreshed 1 A380 to the current new configuration.

18 Oct 2019

Total posts 16

Make the seat wider so I can sleep with my wife, or make it narrower. It looks plain stupid!

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