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Manila gets the New SIA Regional Business Class from July

Boeing 787 replaces an A330 on one of the four daily Singapore Airlines flights to the Philippines' capital.

Seat 7

We’re sure you’re all pretty well versed by now with the Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 and its new flat-bed Regional Business class seats. Here’s a heads-up on the latest update to our 2018RJ tracker page listing which flights the brand new product is appearing on – and this time it’s Manila.

Schedule

According to the latest schedule – from 3rd July 2018 onwards the 787-10 will regularly operate SQ918, the 7.25pm evening departure to Manila landing at 11pm. The aircraft then rests overnight in the Philippines before setting off again the following day at 7.40am as SQ915 landing into Singapore at 11.20am.

This flight, which replaces an A330-300, continues indefinitely through at least the end of the 2018/19 northern winter season in March 2019.

From 3rd July 2018

(MNL-SIN from 4th July 2018)

Flight From / To Aircraft Days
SQ918 SIN1925 – MNL2300 787 Daily
SQ915 MNL0740 – SIN1120* 787 Daily

There’s also a one-off flight (SQ910/SQ917) on 3rd July – a morning departure to Manila retuning the same afternoon, which we assume is for press / promotional purposes as it does not recur.

This adds Manila to the growing list of destinations served with the latest regional business class seats, which now includes Kuala Lumpur (until 31st May), Bangkok, Osaka, Perth and Tokyo.

2018 RJ-2

Check out our full reviews of the individual window seats and the couple middle pairs in business class on this exciting new aircraft.

KrisFlyer

Here’s the KrisFlyer miles requirement for flights between Singapore and Manila.

Economy Business
Saver Advantage Saver Advantage
12,500 25,000 20,000 40,000

Not a bad redemption – Manila actually came out quite well among Singapore Airlines routes in our required miles per minute analysis – especially in business class where it’s easily the top value regional destination by this (simplistic) metric.

Other Star Alliance Redemptions

Remember if you have miles in another Star Alliance airline these can be used to book into the new regional business class cabin (though they still can’t be used for SIA long-haul business class redemptions, which are kept exclusively for KrisFlyer members).

That means if you have some LifeMiles for example lurking in the bank you can also search business redemption seats on these new 787-10 flights.

LifeMiles Manila
A 787-10 flight to Manila. The new regional business class can also be booked using partner airline miles.

It’s not a great deal for Manila versus KrisFlyer, but you’ll often find better rates with LifeMiles for example on the Osaka route (36,000 LifeMiles vs 43,000 KF miles).

Future Routes

Remember to stay tuned to our new regional business class routes tracker page to the site, which will be updated with all the latest 787-10 schedule updates as they are announced. It’ll include the regional A350 services with the same new seats once they commence flying in early 2019.

(Cover Photo: MainlyMiles)

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