Iloveek From Netherlands, joined May 2002, 107 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5076 times:
Just found an interesting article on www.airlinequality.com about SIA's 345..A summary:
-SQ 345 will be introduced february 2004 on the SIN-LAX route and this will be actually the longest offered non-stop commercial service in the world(SIN-LAX will take 16 hours and LAX-SIN will take 18.5 hours)
-In July 2004 SIN-NYC the next route operated by SQ 345, will begin.
-Especially to ensure comfort and service on this flight, the 345 will feature just 181 seats, in a two class configuration(raffles class and the new executive economy class)
-About the new Executive Economy Class:
1. a 2-3-2 configuration offering 117 seats
2. seat pitch is 37", seat-back incline 8", seat width 20",a leather adjustable headrest, an innovative leg rest and foot rest, and a 9" personal video monitor for in-flight entertainment.
-About the Raffles Class:
1. a 2-2-2 configuration offering 64 seats
2. seats will be ofcourse the new SpaceBeds
1. passenger corners in both Raffles and E-E class.
2. Executive Economy Class will offer an area where customers can help themselves to an array of snacks and drinks.
3. latest AVOD Matsushita system
Really looks SIA is to set again a new standard in the world of civil aviation!
Iloveek From Netherlands, joined May 2002, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4467 times:
Ofcourse there are much airlines which provides Economy Extra or whatever..United, SAS, BA, VS, Eva air etc..but SIA is the first to operate only E-E and C-class, with no Y class. Just 181 seats in a 345 must be quite spacious and ofcourse that's necessary for such long flights
777MAS From Malaysia, joined Sep 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4230 times:
Do you think anyone would fly 18 hours in a standard Y seat?
I would, if it was much cheaper than the Executive Economy fare! All the better if it's a 777, with IFE, and top-rated cabin service like MH, CX, SQ.....
SQ's concept is nothing new, after all, VS had their Premium Economy. What's new about it, though, is that there's more space sideways in addition to legroom. But then, come to think of it, that may not be a new idea altogether - I recently read somewhere on the Forum where someone said in the early 70s, when fuel was much cheaper, some L1011s had 2-4-2 seating instead of 2-5-2.
Looks like SQ is targetting the upper end of the market as usual, and this time, it's the upper segment of Economy Class. But they'll have to charge a whole lot more than usual for obvious reasons.
It'll be 2 firsts for them - first Airbus with 2-3-2, and 1st non-stop from Southeast Asia to the West Coast. That'll give them a lot of publicity capital. in that sense, they'll be setting a new standard, but not everyone should follow suit: remember, it's about which segment of the market you're targetting.
That also makes me wonder: could the Exec. Econ. Class end up attracting those who would otherwise have gone for Business Class?
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13747 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3900 times:
Could be, I've given The Airline feedback for my enquiry and the Customer Relations department will revert to me. It shouldn't be narrower as when it's a bed it's 27" wide anyway like on the MEGATOP and JUBILEE ER