erela
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SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 12:29 am

I am going to fly Singapore Airlines from Bangkok to Seoul and with Raffles fare being about the double compared to Economy, I am probably taking Economy. is there a big difference between Raffles and Economy? I´ve heard that SIA´s Economy beats many Business classes so is there a point in paying for Raffles?
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 12:47 am

Let me assure you that the Economy does NOT beat many Business Class. Economy is economy, is what you paid for, half the Business fare and this is no different on Singapore Airlines. My advice is don't walk onto the plane thinking you're walking into a palace. You might be disappointed!
 
ryanb741
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 1:01 am

As it's a relatively short flight, economy would be fine. As Singapore 777 said though, economy will not be better than J class. Singapore Airlines' economy is good, amongst the best, but it's not THAT good! Smile
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 1:04 am

I actually think it's that good and excellent

I take it you're flying the 880

That's a Celestar and you will have the new Economy Class seats with footrests, winged heardrests, headrests, the world-famous KrisWorld system with it's excellent choice of Movie, Audio and TV channels, free flowing champagne and the great inflight service SIA is world-renowned for.

Hope that helps.
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 1:10 am

When I said it's not THAT good, I meant it's not better than other airlines' Biz class.

Also, footrests, Winged headrests, great entertainment system, champagne etc, you could be talking any one of SQ, EK, BA etc.

So yes, SQ are good, amongst the very best in fact (indeed, my best ever flight was on a SQ a/c), but just don't expect them to be something they're not, as overly high expectations lead to disappointment.
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 1:15 am

Oh right!

Yes don't expect "a palace" as said above. I was disappointed with a flight in Y class once, so I know what it feels like!
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 1:36 am

1) BKK-SEL is not a particularly short flight. At 3700 km it's equivalent to IAD-LAX or LHR-YQX(Gander). Figure about 6 hours on the plane

2) There is a big difference between economy and raffles. For all the hoopla about winged headrests and the PTV's, it is still cramped, it is still full of tourists, and the food/service/comfort level is nowhere near any business class. Raffles is 2-2-2 in a cabin of 30 on the A340, Coach is 2-4-2 in a cabin of 225. At it's best, economy should be pleasant. Raffles should be actively enjoyable.

3) Raffles also gives you priority checkin, baggage handling, boarding/deplaning, lounge access and better FF miles.

So ... Raffles is unquestionably superior; economy is good, but only special in comparison to other economy services; how do you decide? Roundtrip you might be at the airport/on the plane for 16 hours. Is it worth the difference? Depends what else you could do with the money.
 
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 1:41 am

I'm sorry, but to me 6 hours is not a particularly long flight. In this context, better save your money to spend at your destination rather than pay for J class.
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jocke08
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 2:57 am

Hi, I WILL go by Raffles, Europe to Sydney, how will I get treated, the Economy sounds great so...

Jocke
 
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 3:35 am

Bangkok to Seoul? And i thought it was SINGAPORE airlines.

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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 4:39 am

I have flown SQ on the SEL-BKK-SIN route in Raffles a couple of times during the last year. I like SQ service (vs. OZ or KE!) and the noon-time departure from SEL is convenient for me.

Although the flights were pretty full with tourists in Y class, I always had an empty seat next to me in Raffles for the SEL-BKK segments. The f/a's will move people around in C to give more space if there are open seats. Very big lunch is served. Meal choices are 1 Korean, 1 Thai and 1 Western out of SEL. PTVs in all classes with KrisWorld entertainment system. Flight is about 6 hours to BKK and they encourage (but don't require) you to stay on board at the transit stop.

The 1.5 hour leg between BKK & SIN tends to be more crowded. A light meal is served. The same flight crew flies both legs of the trip.

Either way you should have a good trip. SQ service is good by any standard and the A340 is a comfortable a/c.
 
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 4:52 am

You'll get more space in Raffles, but that's about it. The service lately (in the last month) in Raffles has been very bad (based on two roundtrip sectors from the US). I was very dissapointed. I'm afraid their reputation for service is getting as tarnished as their reputation for safety.

If you have to pay for the ticket yourself, then save your money. Six hours is not that long a flight anymore.
 
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 4:54 am

I must warn you that the seat pitch is pretty cramped on economy. If you feel leg room is important, then choose Raffles.
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 7:47 am

i flew with their Raffles Class from SYD to HKG via SIN (return).....their services are quite good...but nothing exciting...it was pretty much the standard type of service that you will expect from any major airline....nevertheless, i had a very enjoyable trip!!!!!

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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 8:40 am

I would not be prepared to pay double for Raffles than Economy, after all, SIA is very expensive. There is a big difference between these two classes but it is not worth paying double.

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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 8:55 am

The flight 880 will soon be operated by a Boeing 777-200 with effect from the Summer schedules if I'm not mistaken. Then again, there's no difference. SIA's 777s are more comfortable than their A340s.
 
erela
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Thanks Fellows!

Thu Mar 15, 2001 8:58 pm

Thanks for all your comments!

No, I won´t be expecting a palace from Sia´s economy if I take that, I have been on several charter flights and I am sure no routed economy can be worse than that.

And remember, only the fact that they serve champagne on economy in SIA is a first-ever thing for me, even after flying with several tens of airlines.

I get the message that Raffles is always Raffles but compare the fares 7500 baht and 21500 baht from Bangkok to Seoul and you know why I think again...
 
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 9:03 pm

Erela,

Is the THB 7500 fare one way or return? If it's return that is an amazing bargain as it's cheap for a one way.

THB 7500 = Approx £120 or $175
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erela
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Yes, The 777-200

Thu Mar 15, 2001 9:04 pm

Yes, Singapore 777, I will take the flight in the summer, so they are already operating Triple seven on BKK-SEL. What was that Celestar you mentioned? A B-777?
 
erela
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One-way Student Fare..

Thu Mar 15, 2001 9:06 pm

Yes,
Ryanb741, It´s a one-way student fare and as i suppose I couldn´t get Raffles for student fares, that is the reason for such a big difference...
TG would have around 10000 baht...
 
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RE: SIA Raffles Or Economy?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 9:26 pm

Celestar is the marketing name SIA uses for their A340-300E aircraft.

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