Singapore Airlines (SQ) has introduced a new cabin product on board its daily Boeing 777-200 service between Singapore and Bangalore which is probably the best cabin product ex-Bangalore by any airline in business class.
Previously SQ used to fly a three class Boeing 777-200 in a dense 12-42-234 seat configuration.
That product was not particularly liked by frequent business class fliers due to limited incline of the seats which are more meant for day trip regional routes.
The new configuration is more spacious with a two class 38-228 seat capacity. It eliminates the First Class cabin, and is very similar to the new cabin product of the new A330s inducted by Singapore Airlines for its medium distance overnight routes. See images here.
Significant improvements have been made in Raffles (Business) Class which now features a 2-2-2 configuration with inclined lie-flat seats featuring 60 inch pitch and 24.5 inch width. This will allow for a crucial two to two and a half hours of sleep on the three and a half hour overnight red-eye Bangalore to Singapore sector.
Economy class too has been revamped. The Givenchy colour scheme seats, blankets and pillows are implemented to provide commonality with the airline’s Airbus A380, Boeing 777-300ER (B77W) and A330-300 fleet. Seating remains nine abreast in a 3-3-3 format with seat pitch of 32 inches again common to the other three aircraft, but seat width remains a slim 17.5 inches compared to 19 inches in the Singapore A380, B77W, and A333 aircraft. The 19 x 32 width and pitch appears to be fast becoming the choice of economy class seating not just with Singapore Airlines but also with airlines like Qatar Airways and others.
A new Audio Video On Demand (AVOD) system gives passengers choices from 80 movies, 105 TV shows, 180 music CDs and 50 video games, however the cabin will not feature iPod and iPhone support like its A330 cousin.