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More First Class seats to Europe as SIA switches Amsterdam to the Boeing 777 from October 2020

First Class returns on the daily Singapore Airlines Amsterdam flights from October 2020

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In May this year we were reporting on Copenhagen being the seventh Singapore Airlines Europe route to lose its First Class cabin in recent years, as the airline rapidly replaced Boeing 777-300ER flights to and from the region with the newer and more fuel efficient Airbus A350-900s.

It left Frankfurt, London, Paris and Zurich as the only four European cities with a Singapore Airlines First Class (or Suites) option, a far cry from the days when you could also enjoy the airline’s flagship cabin to the likes of Manchester, Milan, Moscow and Munich.

However in a new update to the northern winter 2020/21 schedule, the airline has added (or should we say reinstated) Boeing 777-300ER service on the daily Amsterdam route from 25th October 2020. This provides four First Class seats in each direction on the city pair, with operation on a daily basis.

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Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ERs will again become a daily sight at Amsterdam from late October 2020. (Photo: Julian Herzog)

Award space, for those interested, is already looking good with two saver seats in the First Class cabin released on every flight from introduction of the 777-300ER on the route to the end of the bookable schedule in mid-December 2020.

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The schedule

Back in May 2016, Amsterdam became the inaugural long-haul destination for Singapore Airlines’ brand new Airbus A350-900, replacing a daily Boeing 777-300ER service. That meant the withdrawal of First Class from the route.

Here’s how the schedule looks today, with the A350 operating (summer timings shown):

Current schedule (until 24th October 2020)
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
SQ324 SIN2355 – AMS0715* 359 Daily
SQ323 AMS1115 – SIN0555* 359 Daily

* Next day. SQ323 until 25th October 2020

From the start of the northern winter 2020/21 schedule there are the usual minor timing adjustments, but more importantly the Boeing 777-300ER is back on the route.

New schedule (from 25th October 2020)
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
SQ324 SIN2355 – AMS0645* 77W Daily
SQ323 AMS1025 – SIN0555* 77W Daily

* Next day. SQ323 from 26th October 2020

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Amsterdam will once again see a First Class cabin offered on daily Singapore Airlines flights from October 2020

Singapore Airlines will join Emirates and Korean Air as one of only three carriers operating a First Class cabin to and from Amsterdam.

First Class seats

Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ERs are fitted with a single row in the First Class cabin, featuring just four of the 2013 First Class seats.

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(Photo: MainlyMiles)

That makes it the smallest and most intimate cabin offered by the airline, with extra-wide seats in a semi-enclosed suite style, which convert into the largest flat bed of any seat in the fleet.

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The First Class seat map on Amsterdam flights from October 2020
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(Photo: MainlyMiles)

You can also read our full review of the 2013 First Class seat on a flight from San Francisco to Singapore via Hong Kong in mid-2018.

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In our opinion eclipsed only by the airline’s Suites products, it stands up strongly against international competition in this cabin class.

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Other cabins

As well as four additional First Class seats, the Boeing 777-300ER also features six more of the 2013 Business Class seats compared with the A350 currently flying to and from Amsterdam (for a total capacity of 48 in this cabin).

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48 of the 2013 Business Class seat are installed on the Boeing 777-300ERs serving the Amsterdam route from October 2020. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

These are slightly wider at the seat side than those offered on the A350, as are the four additional Premium Economy seats which each boast 19.5″ seat width on the Boeing, half an inch more than their A350 counterparts.

In Economy Class there are three fewer seats in total on the 777, for an overall capacity increase across all cabins of 11 seats per flight on this route.

Wi-Fi

First Class passengers get unlimited Wi-Fi on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the newer systems, which is mostly faster than that found on the A350s (especially the brand new GX system being retrofitted to the older 777s).

Only 6 of the 27 aircraft still have the older slower SBB system, with all 777-300ERs planned to be refitted by the end of 2020. That means you’re almost certain to benefit from this on the Amsterdam route when it switches back to the type from October 2020.

See our Singapore Airlines Wi-Fi guide for more details.

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Redemption rates

Here are the one-way redemption rates you’ll pay by cabin class on the Amsterdam route, in either direction, using the KrisFlyer program for a full flight redemption.

KFtrans

KrisFlyer Redemption Singapore ⇄ Amsterdam
Saver Advantage
Economy 38,000 70,000
Premium Economy 64,500 n/a
Business 92,000 120,000
First / Suites 125,000 220,000

Upgrade rates

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 ⇄ Amsterdam
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Premium
SQ 77W J (MM) 2
Business
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First
Existing booking
Economy Standard
(Class: M, H, W)
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Economy Flexi
(Class: Y, B, E)
32,500 67,000 Cross.png
Premium Economy Standard
(Class: P)
60,500