Sydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 2372 posts, RR: 18 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3310 times:
This was SIA's plan from the very beginning with their A340-500's. They planned point to point services like Singapore-LAX non stop targeting primarily Business customers and therefore having the biggest business class possible whilst squeezing in some economy people down the back. They never intended to have a first class on these planes and they have stuck to it.
Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3277 times:
Weight issues. They want to make sure that the aircarft can operate nonstop year round. Installing F would involve putting in heavier seats (and yes, I know there'll be less seats though), along with one extra galley, one extra lavatory, one extra set of catering equipment and amenities, among others. FYI the weight of SQ's catering equipment, relative to other airlines, is pretty staggering.
SQ often gets a lot of flak from customers when advertised nonstop services have to make a tech stop during certain times of the year, and they are sensitive about it. FYI in winter the 744 SQ1 SFO-HKG and SQ29 LAX-TPE (when it was 744) often have to tech stop somewhere, and paxs are not too happy. Same happened in the 80s when SQ321 LHR-SIN was a "nonstop" 743 making frequent tech stops in KUL.
GuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 832 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3071 times:
SQ will eventually be taking off First Class from all its cabins. It's still a long way away.. but it will happen soon.
The A345s flight journeys are mostly at night, and SQ feels that most people just want to sleep. So they made their aircrafts just that. Board. Eat a meal. Watch a movie. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Wake. Arrive. Goodbye.
Never mind the weight issue. 18 First Class seats could have made way for even say 12 First Class seats. The cost of each First Class ticket would have made more than each Business Class seat lost.
MAYBE SQ might think of putting it on the SIN-JFK route. But for the time being. NO.
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3061 times:
I have to think that SQ looked at their numbers and decided that they could end up with a greater amount of net revenue from the larger business class cabin. Also, in the end, I believe they will be charging a premium for the non-stop flights, and perhaps they felt that the cost of the "premium" first class would be too high to really generate a good marketshare.
I think the Premium Economy product is most interesting, and I certainly wish it success!
Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3013 times:
First Class only has healthy loads on a small number of routes, hence the preponderence of two-class 777s, the first being delivered starting in 1998.
10+ years ago there were rumours that top management was re-evaluating First Class on certain routes, but a quick decision was made to keep F in all aircraft so that people could have "something to aspire to". The 340s were configured with F because of this, but by the time the 777s were ordered things had changed.
Qantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 753 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2989 times:
I agree with Sllevin. This is going to be a critical route for SQ. It's not that big a plane and the emphasis will be on trying the find the best configuration that is going to put bums on seats! Raffles class spacebeds are going to have to do.
United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 8792 posts, RR: 17 Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2976 times:
SQ will eventually be taking off First Class from all its cabins. It's still a long way away.. but it will happen soon
I don't think they will remove First Class from ALL its cabins. They will at least keep some of them. Let's say the B 747-400 ones, which they have just finished installing First Suite seats not long ago. They need a first class product to compete with Cathay Pacific.
Do they have plans to install First Class on their A 380s?????
Aussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1161 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2953 times:
"Evolution Sign of the times"
For instance QF has several routes in the world that do not operate it's first class product, it is a sign of the times especially now that with some airlines their business class product has sleeper beds, and their product is better than their first class product was 10 years ago, talk about evolution!!
Joleb From Belgium, joined Oct 2003, 290 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2595 times:
dont tell me people or companies wouldn t shelve out between 5000 and 10000 dollars for a 18 hour flight because some companies do so for a 6hour and above flight.
its an 18 hour flight remember? don't tell me their won't be any people flying First on that route. even if they would only install 8 seats (2 rows) i am sure many people and companies want the privacy of a small cabin to work in exclusivity and to even gather with 2 for dinner and talk about work or whatever and not in a cabin of 40 or 50 business class seats where it is definetely different.
SIA First class is the best in the sky believe me nobody can beat that. they pamper you from the first moment you arrive at the airport till you leave at your destination
9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6 Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2208 times:
Joleb, I have to agree with you on that......
However one has top remember that the gap between F and J are getting closer and closer. I just did SQ220, a flight in the past that was packed in F everytime I fly this route, but today only 3 passengers in F, while J, as always, is packed with only 10 seats left.
I think airlines won't be stupid to remove F if it gains a promising profit, and obviously enough, the importance of F is declining after introduction of beds in J. The main difference that J can never beat F is the privacy and comfortness that the cabin provides, which to a lot of people, is not worth paying for that extra money just for that privateness!
Well SQ would have no competetion for now on the SIN - LAX non-stop route. For passengers who insist in flying F, they could always choose the other flight that goes via Narita, while J passengers could have another option. Afterall if people are willing to pay for flying in F, they probably won't mind the extra 2-3 hours of flighttime!
Ted747 From Australia, joined Jul 2003, 195 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
Talking of QF and their F class product. They now only offer F class cabins on routes to SIN, LHR, HKG, LAX and JFK. All other routes such as CDG, NRT and JHB etc only offer a two class cabin on their 747-400.
ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6358 posts, RR: 34 Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
Actually, I imagine one reason that we've seen many airlines shifting away from offering first class in favor of larger business sections has to do with travel policies at major corporations. Many companies are willing to put their employees in J class for long-hauls, but will not pay for a ticket in F. Moreover, those tickets in F aren't much cheaper than just chartering a jet for yourself.
My guess is that the SIN-LAX non-stops will be aimed largely at business travelers looking for the quickest way between the U.S. and Singapore (with its large manufacturing sector). With that in mind, a large business class section makes sense.
Given the likely need to restrict weight in one direction, the premium economy offering also makes sense -- it has the potential to enhance yields and make this very long flight the preferred alternative.
Gives you the details of the A345 (SQ is calling it the "LeaderShip") and also has the seat map etc. PLUS a chance to win a seat on the flight !!
Check the seat map - almost half the acft is J-class (Raffles Class) which makes it eminently clear which kind of traveler is being targeted, and for good reason. Why waste space with F-class seats which would rarely be occupied?