The Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 787-10 is quite a special product. While the plane is deemed regional by Singapore Airlines, the configuration could be easily used for long haul flights, too. In this review, we’ll explain what you need to know about the board product.
Singapore Airlines has a really interesting approach when it comes to fleet planning. There are various different configurations out there with different jets in the long haul flights having very different seats. The regional fleet on the other hand has had the similar seat for a long time now.
With the introduction of the Boeing 787-10 that changes as these jets come with fully flat seats, while still being used for regional flights. At the same time, the definition of regional of Singapore Airlines is a long stretch with routes like Singapore to Tokyo or to Perth are considered regional. With that in mind, let’s get into the review of the new Singapore Airlines Business Class.
The Boeing 787-10 of Singapore Airlines comes with one large Business Class cabin with staggered seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
There are various different types of seats. The window seats rotate between being closer to the window and offering more privacy and being closer to the aisle with a bit more room in the shoulder area.
The middle seats also rotate between being closer to the aisle and being closer to each other. The latter seats are really close to each other though and are often called honeymoon seats in similar seating arrangements.
Very much like in the new Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Business Class, the seats have a cocoon shape and thus feel very private, especially when being located further away from the aisle.
Even the honeymoon seats have a lot of privacy in the head area as you can barely see the person sitting right next to you despite the seas being really close to each other.
There’s also a large privacy partition between the two ‘honeymoon seats’, making the seats alright for those travelling on their own as well.
Personally, I would prefer the single seats closer to the window though as these are really private. Keep in mind that there’s just a really tiny ‘path’ to get here though.
The seating arrangement aside, I thought that the cabin in the new Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 Business Class looks stunning.
The color scheme of the seats is beautiful and the colors as well as the materials look extremely high quality.
The seats are a bit on the hard seat but are comfortable enough in my opinion. However, the seats are a tad slim, which could be an issue for some.
The seat pitch isn’t all that amazing for Business Class, but pretty similar to what airlines with reverse herringbone seats in Business Class like China Airlines or American Airlines are offering.
One of the best aspects of the new Singapore Airlines Business Class seats is storage as the seats are really thought through in this area. There’s a big compartment right next to where you are sitting. The best thing about this one is that you can even close it.
This compartment also comes with two USB chargers and a plug, making it easy to charge devices here. For literature, there’s another compartment on the side of the seat.
Then there’s a lot of storage below the ottoman, where you can put a medium-sized bag, for example.
The seat controls are positioned surprisingly far up on the side of the seat, which has the advantage of you not accidentally touching it while moving. Genereally, the details of the seat are well thought through.
All in all, I thought that the new seats in the Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 are well designed, beautiful and comfortable – especially for regional flights like mine from Singapore to Bali!
While I didn’t really have time to sleep on a flight with a flight time of just two hours, I fully reclined the seat for reviewing purposes.
As you’d expect, the seat feels tight in bed positions, but sleeping on the side or on the back or belly while not moving too much shouldn’t be an issue.
To my surprise, the foot cubby feels spacious enough to move your feet around. The seat should also be long enough for most.
The bedding on this rather short flight consisted of a nice pillow, but only a rather flimsy blanket.
With the fact in mind that the bedding is superior on longer flights, I’d say that sleeping in the new Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 787-10 should be comfortable enough, especially for routes of up to six hours.
As usual, catering in the Singapore Airlines Business Class was a winner. Shortly after boarding, I was offered a welcome drink with champagne and more on offer.
Once on cruising altitude, there was no second round of drinks like on my flight from Hongkong to Singapore, but the service went straight to breakfast instead.
All the dishes were served on one try, but there was a choice of three mains. Impressive for a flight of just a little more than two hours.
The fresh fruits as a starter tasted fresh and crisp.
The main dish (‘Baked Crepe with Chive Scrambled Eggs’) was surprisingly tasty as well.
Only the dessert, supposedly a ‘Coffee Bavarian Cream’ (being from Bavaria myself, I can’t agree with this wording) was a bit of a let-down and somewhat weird considering that this was a breakfast service.
Nevertheless, the whole catering experience on my Singapore Airlines flight was very good again and the service was friendly and proactive through the whole duration of the flight.
Singapore Airlines has among the best entertainment in the skies. This is true for the Boeing 787-10 in particular as these planes are equipped with WiFi, which comes with 20 MB of free data for business class passengers. After that, the pricing is a bit high though as Singapore Airlines charges by data usage. Other than that, Singapore Airlines offers a great entertainment system with lots of choices in the movies, series and music area.
Other than that, I was offered newspapers and magazines after boarding, rounding up a very good entertainment offering. Last but not least you can also find a board magazine in the seat pocket.
Compared to the old product, the Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 787-10 is incredibly good. The new cabin design is really beautiful, most seats offer utmost privacy and the option of having a fully flat bed on regional flights is an amazing improvement over the old seat. The entertainment and catering remain as good as ever on Singapore Airlines. With this product available, there’s not much difference between a long haul and short haul flight on Singapore Airlines anymore. Very well done SQ!