Singapore Airlines won't install premium economy seats onto the regional version of its Airbus A350 jets, leaving travellers with a simple choice between business class and economy.
Unlike its standard long-range A350 fleet which sports a three-class configuration, the regional A350 variants will be intended for medium-range flights of around eight hours – a scope which includes Australia and the Asia-Pacific circle.
Swee Wah Mak, Executive Vice President of Commercial at Singapore Airlines, confirmed the two-class layout to Australian Business Traveller, adding that "regional aircraft (are) generally two-class."
The first regional A350s are expected to join the Star Alliance carrier's fleet in 2018, alongside new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners which will also be geared towards regional routes spearing out from Singapore.
Both jets will carry an all-new regional business class seat with a curved pod-like design, direct aisle access and a lie-flat bed.
"The Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350-900 mid-haul aircraft will replace the longer serving aircraft currently in our fleet, including the A330 and 777-200 aircraft," a spokesman for Singapore Airlines told Australian Business Traveller. Deployment plans for these aircraft are still being finalised and destinations will be announced in due course."
Australia is highly likely to see the regional aircraft on some routes, although the airlines' flagship Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER will remain in the mix for major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.
Australian Business Traveller travelled to Toulouse as a guest of Singapore Airlines, and will be on board the delivery flight of the airlines’ new Airbus A380 from Toulouse to Singapore on Wednesday December 13, 2017.