Singapore Airlines Will Up Luxury Game – Prices Follow Suit (But You Knew That Already)

18 hours and 45 minutes straight in the air isn’t something most people are ok with.

But what if staying put in the cramped lil cabin means we get to sit in absolute luxury, 30,000ft in the air?

Come 11 October, Singapore Airlines will re-launch its direct Singapore-Newark (EWR) service with a host of measures to enhance passengers’ flying experience.

Tickets for the “experience” went on sale on Thursday (31 May).

And they don’t come cheap. When we tried to book it (for the fun of it), here’s what we got:

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Passengers will fly on the all-new Airbus A350-900ULR, the latest long-range, low-capacity jet in its fleet.

Others include the latest variation of the Boeing Dreamliner and an earlier iteration of the A350.

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You can watch the the A350-900ULR’s first test flight here.

The SIN-EWR service will be the longest commercial service in the world.

For those still scratching their heads at where Newark is: it’s a city in New Jersey and a stone’s throw away from New York City.

Getting to some parts of the Big Apple is easier by Newark than its other airports like La Guardia and John F Kennedy.

Proud to be Singaporean again

In a country where being first seems to be a national obsession, Singapore Airlines has made us proud yet again.

No one beat us to ordering the brand new A350-900ULR – and remember when we were the launch customer of the Airbus A380 as well.

That’s right – first to fly
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Better still, we ordered 7 of them, and all will be delivered to us by the end of the year.

Flight details

Notice how the Economy Class option isn’t available for SQ22.

That’s because SIA will operate the flight in a 2-class configuration: 94 Premium Economy Class seats and 67 Business Class seats.

 

Business class seat (left) and economy class seats (right)
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And in case you haven’t flown long-haul before, here are some useful FAQs.

After 19 hours how I know when is day, when is night?

Short answer: You look out the window.

Long answer: In case you were referring to jet lag, the A350 is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that helps reduce jet lag. But only to a certain extent – expect to feel like a zombie for a few days after.

Butt itchy…want to walk around, how?

Short answer: Deal with it.

Long answer: Good news for business class fans. As usual, each seat has individual access to an aisle. But premium economy passengers (i.e. the rest of us), you can either

  1. pay more next time
  2. get an aisle seat
  3. screw being civic-minded and wake up the person every 10 minutes

In hindsight, that applies to almost any flight!

Toilets clean ah?

Short answer: Yes, almost luxurious.

Long answer: The A350-900ULR’s luxury loo is another reason to fly SQ22/SQ23.

It features LED lighting, touchless flushing and taps for a complete luxury experience.

And to make everything else better, it comes with a range of soothing, ambient sounds to help things flow better.

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What’s next?

More of a California Gurl than a New England queen?

SIA has also revealed that non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles flights using the A350-900ULR are currently in the works. Stay tuned for updates!

Featured image from Singapore Airlines