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Ho Chi Minh is next for SIA’s new regional Business Class with daily 787-10 flights from 28th July

Over a third of Singapore Airlines flights to and from Ho Chi Minh City will be fitted with the new regional business class from 28th July

Ho Chi Minh

The SIA Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City schedules have been updated to reflect Boeing 787-10 operation on the evening flight between these cities on a daily basis from 28th July 2018, marking this as the eighth permanent route for the airline with the latest ‘2018 RJ’ regional business class seats.

Singapore Airlines 787-10_preview
The Singapore 787-10 will be flying on eight different routes by the end of July. (Photo: Boeing)

The schedule

The 787-10 will replace one of the daily A330-300 flights between Singapore and Ho Chi Minh from 28th July 2018 with the following timings.

From 28th July 2018
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
SQ178 SIN0945 – SGN1055 333 Daily
SQ184 SIN1330 – SGN1440 333 1·3·567
SQ186 SIN1725 – SGN1835 787 Daily
SQ177 SGN1230 – SIN1530 333 Daily
SQ183 SGN1630 – SIN1930 333 1·3·567
SQ185 SGN1940 – SIN2240 787 Daily

With 36 seats in the new regional Business Class and 301 in Economy Class the switch to this larger aircraft on the SQ186/185 pairing also increases Singapore Airlines’ capacity on the Ho Chi Minh route by 728 seats per week (just over 6%).

Review of the new regional Business Class

You can read our comprehensive review of the Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 regional business class, the new ‘2018 RJ’ seat. There’s also our special focus mini-review on the couple middle seats and extra legroom bulkhead seats.

We concluded that while narrower than the older regional business class seat the direct aisle access for all passengers and fully flat-bed make this seat a big improvement and something we think you should aim to book where possible on regional routes.

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Business Class seats on the 787-10 convert to fully-flat beds. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

You can also check out our 787-10 fleet page to help you decide which seat to select whichever class you’re travelling in on this new aircraft.

KrisFlyer redemptions

Here are the KrisFlyer redemption rates you’ll pay by cabin on this route:

KFtrans

KrisFlyer Redemption Singapore – Ho Chi Minh
Saver Advantage
Economy 12,500 25,000
Business 20,000 40,000

You can also use any miles you have in other Star Alliance programs to book these flights, including in the business class cabin. Example rates are 17,500 miles in Economy and 30,000 miles in Business using Lifemiles or 8,000 miles in Economy and 25,000 miles in Business with United MileagePlus.

Where the 787-10 is flying

Singapore Airlines remains the sole operator of the 787-10 with their sixth aircraft due for delivery in the last week of June. From 28th July there will be eight routes served by the aircraft on a daily basis.

787 Routes Jul18
Singapore Airlines 787-10 routes as of 28th July 2018. (Generated at greatcirclemap.com)

We have a new regional business class routes tracker page listing the routes and flight schedules currently served or planned for this aircraft, be sure to check it out and bookmark it for your reference.

Summary

With a gap in deliveries prior to the last two 787-10 aircraft scheduled for delivery this year (in August and October) this may be the last new regional Business Class route announcement for a couple of months.

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All seats in Business Class on the 787-10 have direct aisle access. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Singapore Airlines are working these new planes quite hard, with a daily utilisation of around 14.5 hours per aircraft per day. So far there seem to be very few technical issues arising, which is promising.

Stay tuned for the latest Singapore Airlines route news as we hear about it.

(Cover Photo: Quang Nguyen Vinh)

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