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Where you’ll find SIA’s long-haul Business Class seats on short-haul flights in 2019

You don't need to fly long-haul, or part with excessive KrisFlyer miles, to fly in Singapore Airlines' best Business Class seats

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Like most airlines, SIA sticks quite closely to the principle that the longer the flight, the better the seat types offered in its premium cabins. That’s why flights to and from close-by destinations almost always feature either the 2009 or 2018 Regional Business Class seats, with the former gradually being replaced by the latter.

However there are a number of shorter routes where you’ll find the long-haul seat products, as fleet utilisation requirements often mean ‘plugging gaps’ in the schedule with aircraft normally used for flights to the likes of Europe, Australia and the USA.

We decided to take a look at where you’ll find these hidden gems not only in the current schedule, but right through the rest of the year and to March 2020.

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SIA’s long-haul Business Class seats

Singapore Airlines flies three different types of long-haul Business Class seat in its fleet, and these are the ones we are focusing on in this article.

2006 Business Class

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2006 J
Seat
Config 1-2-1
Width 34″
Recline 180o
Bed Length 76″
IFE
Screen Size 15.4″ SD
Power Source 1 UNI + 2 USB Sockets
Wi-Fi Tick A380
Cross 777-200ER
(first 30MB free for Business Class passengers)

(Photo: Daniel Gillaspia)

The super-wide, but somewhat dated 2006 Business Class seat splits opinions these days. There is no Business Class seat in the SIA fleet offering a more generous width, indeed only one First Class seat installed by the airline, the 2013 F product, offers a slightly wider option.

The downside here is more limited storage space than the latest Business Class products, with the exception of window seats on the A380 which benefit from a large storage bin, but perhaps more then anything it’s wear and tear.

These seats have seen better days, with scuffs and marks now a common sight as they head towards eventual replacement.

If you haven’t tried it out before though, or simply love this seat and want to fly it before retirement date, there are a host of sub-6-hour routes where you’ll find it flying in 2019.

2013 Business Class

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2013 J
(read our review)
Seat
Config 1-2-1
Width 28″
Recline 180o
Bed Length 78″
IFE
Screen Size 18″ HD
Power Source 1 UNI + 2 USB Sockets
Wi-Fi Tick
(first 30MB free for Business Class passengers)

(Photo: MainlyMiles)

The 2017 Business Class seat on the new and refitted A380s may be our new favourite following our review in 2018, but it only just pips the excellent 2013 Business Class seat, which you’ll find on all 777-300ERs and, in a slightly tighter fit, on a large batch of A350s too (the ‘Standard’ and ‘ULR’ configurations).

2017 Business Class

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2017 J
(read our review)
Seat
Config 1-2-1
Width 25″
Recline 180o
Bed Length 78″
IFE
Screen Size 18″ HD
Power Source 1 UNI + 2 USB Sockets
Wi-Fi Tick
(first 30MB free for Business Class passengers)

(Photo: MainlyMiles)

Probably the ‘slowest appearing’ new Business Class product in Singapore Airlines, these 2017 seats were fitted to the latest five brand new A380 aircraft which joined the fleet between late 2017 and mid-2018.

There was then something of a hiatus while we awaited the first of the older A380s to undergo refit work with these new cabin products, the first of which (9V-SKS) only recently came back into service, initially allowing double-daily Sydney flights with the 2017 seats.

Later this summer though that first refit will help you experience this new cabin on two shorter routes, with Mumbai and Delhi both being added to the ‘2017 J’ roster as a result.

Of course this article is about long-haul Business Class seats, but it goes without saying you can also try out the latest 2017 Suites on these routes too. For a full list of where the A380s with these latest products are flying across the SIA network, check our continually updated tracker page.

Which aircraft have which seats?

  • 2006 Business Class: fitted to 13 older A380s (v1 and v2) and all 777-200ERs
  • 2013 Business Class: fitted to 21 A350 (Standard) aircraft, 7 A350 ULR aircraft and all 777-300ERs
  • 2017 Business Class: exclusive to 6 A380v3 aircraft
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Why is it important?

Simply put, these seats the goal of most KrisFlyer miles addicts in Singapore; big, spacious, private and alongside the excellent on-board service, a great way to fly.

Take a look at our reviews of the 2013 Business Class seat on the A350 and the 2017 Business Class seat on the A380 to get an idea what kind of treat you’re in for if you haven’t flown these products before.

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Some Singapore Airlines long-haul Business Class seats even convert to double beds. Yes, the crew will make them up for you on short flights too! (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Where do they fly?

You don’t have to be flying all the way to London, Sydney, Tokyo or New York to fly in one of these seats, around 1,700 of them fly every day on over 30 separate flights lasting less than 6 hours.

Remember we’re not looking at the Regional Business Class seats, as you’d expect those to be flying on regional routes. We’re also not looking at where you’ll find these seats on longer flights, again you’d expect to see them in those cases.

What we’re looking at here is where you can secure these three long-haul products across the SIA network on flights of less than 6 hours.

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There are eight routes that fall into that criteria, as shown in the map above. Let’s take a look at what seat types are flying where, and when, through the rest of the northern winter 2019 schedule, ending in March 2020.

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KrisFlyer rates
(Business Class)
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Saver: 21,500 miles
Advantage: 40,000 miles
Flight schedules
(2006 J seats)
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Flt No. Route Dep Arr A/c Dates
SQ972 SIN > BKK 0935 1105 772 ER