Singapore Airlines Means Business

Class upgrade for U.S. to Asia flights planned

By: Kara Cutruzzula

Citing consistently strong demand from business travelers, Singapore Airlines has announced plans to convert its five Airbus A340-500 ultra-long-range aircraft into an all-business class configuration on daily flights between New York and Singapore, and Los Angeles and Singapore.

The current two-class, 181-seat configuration will be replaced with 100 of the airline’s new, award-winning, business class seats in a one-two-one configuration. At 30 inches, the seats are among the widest business class offerings in the sky.

Every seat will have direct access to the aisle and convert to a horizontal flat bed. The new business class seats are the same design as those installed on the airline's A380 and B777-300ER fleet.

The implementation will be phased-in gradually from mid-May 2008, on the New York (Newark) to Singapore route with daily services in the new configuration to New York by the end of June, and Los Angeles by late September 2008. The program will require each of the five aircrafts to be retrofitted.

To accommodate the retrofit program, the existing daily Los Angeles to Singapore non-stop flight will not operate on Tuesdays between mid-May and late-June. There will be no change to New York service frequency.

Customers who are currently booked in executive economy class on the A340-500 services will be re-accommodated where possible on existing Singapore Airlines services between Los Angeles, New York and Singapore.

In the future, customers looking to fly economy class between Singapore and Los Angeles or New York can book existing one-stop flights.