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Shanghai gets the new Singapore Airlines Regional Business Class from August

Singapore Airlines' sole overnight service to Shanghai gets an upgrade in Business Class from angled beds to the latest seats from 1st August

2018 RJ Seat (Edward Russell)

In another schedule update yesterday Singapore Airlines has programmed an aircraft type change on the Shanghai route, starting just four weeks from now. Flight SQ826 from Singapore to Shanghai and flight SQ827 from Shanghai to Singapore will switch from Boeing 777-300 operation to the new Boeing 787-10 from 1st August onwards.

While this is a capacity cut in the Business Class cabin, it means those flying overnight to China’s financial centre and largest city will get an upgrade from 10 year old angled seats to the latest flat-bed Regional Business Class with direct aisle access.

The schedule

Here’s how the current five times daily Singapore Airlines Shanghai schedule is flown, across a mixture of four of SIA’s aircraft variants.

Current schedule (until 31st July 2019)
Flight From / To Aircraft Seats
SQ826 SIN0115 – PVG0635 773 2006 F / 2009 RJ
SQ828 SIN0805 – PVG1325 77W 2013 F / 2013 J
SQ830 SIN0945 – PVG1505 388 2017 R / 2017 J
SQ832 SIN1245 – PVG1805 772 2006 J
SQ836 SIN1725 – PVG2245 77W 2013 F / 2013 J

* Next day

Flight From / To Aircraft Seats
SQ825 PVG0035 – SIN0555 77W 2013 F / 2013 J
SQ827 PVG0805 – SIN1325 773 2006 F / 2009 RJ
SQ831 PVG1430 – SIN1950 77W 2013 F / 2013 J
SQ833 PVG1650 – SIN2220 388 2017 R / 2017 J
SQ835 PVG1910 – SIN0030* 772 2006 J

* Next day

From 1st August 2019 the SQ826/827 pairing switches to the 787-10.

New schedule (from 1st August 2019)
Flight From / To Aircraft Seats
SQ826 SIN0115 – PVG0635 787 2018 RJ
SQ828 SIN0805 – PVG1325 77W 2013 F / 2013 J
SQ830 SIN0945 – PVG1505 388 2017 R / 2017 J
SQ832 SIN1245 – PVG1805 773 2006 F / 2009 RJ
SQ836 SIN1725 – PVG2245 77W 2013 F / 2013 J

* Next day

Flight From / To Aircraft Seats
SQ825 PVG0035 – SIN0555 77W 2013 F / 2013 J
SQ827 PVG0805 – SIN1325 787 2018 RJ
SQ831 PVG1430 – SIN1950 77W 2013 F / 2013 J
SQ833 PVG1650 – SIN2220 388 2017 R / 2017 J
SQ835 PVG1910 – SIN0030* 773 2006 F / 2009 RJ

* Next day

You will also notice that the SQ832/835 loses the 777-200ER with 2006 J seats to be replaced by a 777-300 with 2006 F / 2009 RJ seats from the same date. This was a previously planned change and runs until the end of the northern summer season.

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Shanghai has five daily Singapore Airlines flights, with four in the northern winter season

The route drops to four times daily service as usual in the northern winter season, but SQ826/827 flights remain consistently planned on the 787-10 throughout the published schedule.

New Regional Business Class

This will be the first time Singapore Airlines has flown the new 2018 Regional Business Class seats on the Seoul route.

We reviewed the new seats last year on the 787, and will be taking them again on the A350 this year. Check out our full review of the product.

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A vast improvement on the 2009 equivalent seats, which are gradually being replaced as new aircraft join the fleet over the next couple of years, they are especially welcome on the sole overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Shanghai. This should provide a far better sleeping experience than the old angled beds.

The only overnight SIA operation from Shanghai to Singapore already features flat-bed seats in the form of the 777-300ER with 2013 F and 2013 J seats.

Capacity drop may hurt redemption space

The downside of this news is that from August there will be 14 fewer Business Class seats each day on the SQ826/827 flights, which means saver award space is likely to be harder to come by.

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The 787-10 offers 14 fewer seats in Business Class than the 777-300 it replaces on . (Photo: Alex Wilson)

The subsequent switch of SQ832/835 to the 777-300 more than makes up for this, with 24 more Business Class seats than the 777-200ER, but you’ll want to be avoiding those older seats anyway and the withdrawal of a 2006 J option on the route is a shame (though was always planned).

Redemption rates

Here are the redemption rates you’ll pay by cabin class on this route using the KrisFlyer program for a full flight redemption.

KFtrans

KrisFlyer Redemption Singapore – Shanghai
Saver Advantage
Economy 20,000 40,000
Premium Economy* 32,000 n/a
Business 39,000 65,000
First / Suites* 53,000 98,000

* Premium Economy and First / Suites are not installed on the 787-10, however other flights to and from Shanghai operated by different aircraft types do offer these travel classes.

If you already hold or intend to book a firm ticket in an eligible booking class, here’s how many miles it will then cost you to upgrade, assuming saver upgrade award availability in your proposed cabin class.

Upgrade using KrisFlyer miles
Singapore – Shanghai
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Premium*
11A 2
Business
11A 2
First / Suites*
Existing booking
Economy Standard
(Class: M, H, W)
22,000 34,000 Cross.png
Economy Flexi
(Class: Y, B, E)
14,000 28,500 Cross.png
Premium Economy Standard
(Class: P)
25,500 Cross.png
Premium Economy Flexi
(Class: S, T)
19,000 Cross.png
Business Standard / Flexi
(Class: Z, C, J, U)
34,500

* Premium Economy and First / Suites are not installed on the 787-10, however other flights to and from Shanghai operated by different aircraft types do offer these travel classes.

Spontaneous Escapes

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Shanghai almost always features on the monthly Spontaneous Escapes offer. It was included in last month’s list for travel in July (though you can’t book at those discounted rates anymore).

At typical 30% discounts in Business Class it means you can usually access this route for 27,300 miles each way, provided you are able to make short-term travel plans. We’ll keep a close eye out on the next offer in a couple of weeks from now to see if this new 787-10 flight is included for travel in August.

787-10 issues

Singapore Airlines is certainly being cautious with firming up which flights will receive the 787-10 aircraft, due to the Rolls-Royce engine issues. Eleven of the jets are now in service, though one of those was recently out of action for 8 days, likely while inspections and replacements happen as new engines are able to be provided by Rolls-Royce.

A lone aircraft, 9V-SCD, remains grounded and hasn’t flown for over three months since the issues first arose.

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Rolls-Royce Trent engines have been subject to inspections and replacements in the Singapore Airlines 787-10 fleet since March 2019. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

No new 787s are due for delivery to the airline until September 2019, so the addition of this Shanghai rotation four weeks from now appears to show that the airline is confident in maintaining an operating fleet of 11 or perhaps even 12 of these aircraft for August.

Summary

It’s always good to see more older Regional Business Class seats making way for the latest product, especially on these longer overnight flights where an angled bed just doesn’t cut it for a comfortable sleep these days.

The Shanghai route has an eclectic mix of aircraft and seat types for Singapore Airlines, including the latest 2017 Business Class and Suites on the A380, and this 2018 Regional Business Class soon adds to the choice.

Our 2018 Regional Business Class Seat Tracker has been updated with this new schedule, there you can always see at a glance where on the Singapore Airlines network you can secure these new seats, on routes as short as Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

(Cover Photo: Edward Russell)

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