The Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 is one of the backbones of the fleet for regional flights. In this extensive review, we’ll show you what to expect of a flight in this aircraft type!
The mid-term plan of Singapore Airlines is to only offer flat-bed Business Class seats in the whole fleet, but for now that’s quite a bit away. The Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 still remains the backbone of the fleet for flights within Asia and also to some destinations in Australia.
While there is also the Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 787-10, which is also used for regional flights, this sub-fleet is still much smaller than the Airbus A330 fleet. Thus, the product reviewed here will be one you will still see for a couple of years.
The Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 definitely on the older side compared to other products of the airline and comes in a typical 2-2-2 configuration.
There are always two pairs of seats each, both located pretty close next to each other without any sort of privacy divider.
This is a stark contrast to other Singapore Airlines Business Class products, like the old Airbus A380 Business Class or also the new Airbus A380 Business Class, where privacy is one of the major drivers.
The seats also feel a bit tight when it comes to how far they are located away from the rows in front and behind the seats. The seat pitch is alright, but definitely doesn’t compare to long haul Business Class.
As the space isn’t that great, the seats cannot be reclined in a fully flat mode. You can get quite far, but there always remains a slight angle. This is still better than in the Cathay Pacific regional Business Class, but not as great as in other Singapore Airlines planes.
What’s nice though is that even for regional flights, a blanket and a pillow are offered upon departure.
There is also some storage for each side, for things you want to keep close to you there’s a deeper pocket right by the seat. Here, you can also find a plug.
Interestingly, there are also different spots to store things in the seat of front you, which is something you do not often see.
Larger items can also be stored underneath the seat in front of you.
The tray table folds out from the armrest and is pretty big and stable. It’s definitely a good table to get some work done.
The entertainment screen is located right in front you and is thus positioned pretty well.
All in all, I think that the Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 is totally fine for regional flights and definitely much better than for example the Lufthansa regional Business Class.
An area where Singapore Airlines generally excels is catering. This is also true for regional Business Class as you can expect a full meal with several courses even on these flights and there are obviously welcome drinks, including champagne, as well. Menus are also distributed.
On my flight from Bali to Singapore, everything was served on one tray though.
On my flight, no vegetarian option was offered as a main course, instead there were two meat and one fish option. I opted for the Lapis Manado, which is a local favorite and was fantastic – particularly the meat.
There was also a pretty nice starter, consisting of a salad with prawns.
The chocolate mousse served as a dessert was pretty good as well.
Over the course of the meal, I was also offered a choice from the bread basket twice. Furthermore, drinks were offered a couple of times during the meal service as well. All in all, a pretty good experience, which reminded me of my flights in the Silk Air regional Business Class.
Even on shorter flights, Singapore Airlines always offers a choice of newspapers and magazines in Business Class, which is a nice touch.
Furthermore, you can enjoy a wide array of entertainment options on the screen available at all seats.
The Singapore Airlines system offers dozens of movie, series and music choices, so you definitely won’t leave bored.
Decent headphones are also offered for all Business Class passengers.
The only downside on flights in the Singapore Airlines Airbus A330 is the lack of Wi-Fi, but other than that I though that the entertainment choices were pretty good.
The Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 is pretty nice for daytime flights within Asia. While I would try to avoid this product for flights overnight, it can still represent the best option on some routes. Aside from the somewhat older seats, the whole experience was pretty good, from good service to great catering and good entertainment.