Last month Singapore Airlines confirmed its flight schedules for the northern summer season from April 2023 through to October 2023, including days of operation and aircraft type allocation, and we’re now taking the opportunity update to our longstanding guide to the carrier’s First Class and Suites cabin products, by route and individual flight number.
While SIA operates one of five different Business Class seat types on every single route across its network, it’s not the same story for the carrier’s most prestigious First Class cabins, which were even completely withdrawn for a year between June 2020 and June 2021, due to aircraft groundings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then First Class and Suites have happily made a progressive return to key destinations on the Singapore Airlines network, with 15 cities now seeing regular operation with these sought-after products.
Only two seat types remain
Before COVID-19 there were four different First Class and Suites cabin products still in service with Singapore Airlines, depending on the aircraft type and route or flight number you were travelling on.
However, the carrier confirmed back in November 2020 that all 12 of its Airbus A380s returning to the fleet would feature the latest Suites refit prior to re-entry to service, meaning we had already seen the end of the longstanding 2007 Suites from the Singapore Airlines network.
Additionally, premature retirement of the Boeing 777-300 (non-ER) aircraft meant we had already seen the last of the 2006 First Class cabin.
That leaves only one First Class and one Suites product in use across the fleet, as shown below.
Changes in 2023
Before we get into the route and flight number tables for First Class and Suites products on the network, it’s worth pointing out that between now and the end of October 2023 Singapore Airlines is tweaking the distribution of these cabins, most notably as follows:
- Auckland loses First Class from 26th March 2023, for the northern summer season.
- Delhi gets the A380 back (having lost it in December 2022), during selected periods next summer.
- Frankfurt and New York lose their Suites product from mid-May 2023, as we reported last year, with Boeing 777-300ERs taking over.
- Jakarta drops from three daily to two daily flights with First Class.
- London gets three daily A380 flights with the latest Suites during the peak June and July holiday period.
- Melbourne and Sydney get once and twice daily A380 Suites respectively from mid-May.
- Tokyo Haneda sees the return of First Class for the first time in nearly three years this summer, twice daily initially, then once daily from May onwards.
First Class and Suites cabins by route and flight number
We’ve updated our seat type list through to the end of the IATA northern summer 2023 season (from now until 28th October 2023) to help you avoid the guesswork by offering an A-Z destination list, flight number by flight number, for each of these two seat types.
To view flight number list and the corresponding seat or suite type information, click the route of your choice to expand the table.
Routes are to and from Singapore (SIN).
Updated: 1st December 2023
Valid until: 30th March 2024
If you’re flying in First Class or Suites with Singapore Airlines on a flight sector not originating or ending in Singapore, here are the seat types used on those services.
Updated: 1st December 2023
Valid until: 30th March 2024
First Class check-in at Changi
Passengers travelling in First Class or Suites on Singapore Airlines, in addition to PPS Solitaire members, will be pleased to know that the First Class check-in reception at Changi Terminal 3 reopened over a year ago, back in December 2021.
This offers a separate drop-off point, a private check-in area and an exclusive immigration clearance facility where you emerge into the transit area just a short stroll and quick escalator ride from the new SilverKris lounge complex.
New First Class lounges
At the end of May 2022, Singapore Airlines finally unveiled its latest SilverKris First Class Lounge and The Private Room at Changi Airport T3.
That means apart from the reopened First Class check-in facility, a full experience now awaits once again for those flying in the carrier’s most premium cabins from home base.
The post-COVID First Class experience
Back in September 2021 we travelled in First Class on the inaugural VTL flight from Frankfurt to Singapore, and we were happy to report that the experience hasn’t lost its shine, despite a few COVID restrictions still being in place.
See our comprehensive review for a full rundown on our experience.
In mid-2018 we concluded our round-the-world trip in First Class on SQ1 from San Francisco to Singapore via Hong Kong in the 2013 F cabin, and had the chance to thoroughly review it including both a long-haul and short-haul experience across the two stages of the journey.
If you haven’t tried the product, while we can’t recommend parting with Advantage award rates, we don’t think you’d be disappointed.
Meanwhile here’s our review of the Suites cabin (including the double bed), which was the first flight on our 2018 round-the-world trip from Singapore to Hong Kong.
What about Business Class?
In case you missed it, we have an equivalent (and continually updated) guide showing where SIA’s Business Class seat types are flying around the network, recently updated through to October 2023.
Singapore Airlines will offer a First Class or Suites cabin on up to 16 routes over the next nine months, between January and October 2023, including to cities like London, Sydney, Melbourne and Jakarta.
That tally includes Tokyo Haneda, which will be the latest city to see the 2013 First Class cabin reintroduced from late March, though Auckland sadly loses the option at the same time.
For Suites, it’s a sad loss for the Frankfurt / New York route, with Melbourne and Sydney being the main beneficiaries of the latest superjumbo shuffle from mid-May 2023.
With the new SilverKris First Class lounge and The Private Room in Singapore now open, it’s practically a full pre-COVID experience when travelling in SIA’s most luxurious classes, though with smaller cabins than ever before, securing Saver award seats does remain a challenge.
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