If you pay for a premium economy seat on a Singapore Airlines B777-300ER or A380, it is important to choose the best seat in the cabin and this review picks out the best and worst premium economy seats on each aircraft along with reviewing the Singapore Airlines premium economy service.
Review of Premium Economy On Singapore Airlines
Compared to economy, premium economy delivers more space and more extras. The seat, which premiered in May 2015, was inspired by the stitching on luxury handbags and no two adjacent seats share the same design. Launched on the route between Singapore and Sydney, Singapore Airlines is now offering premium economy from Munich, Manchester, and Paris, as well as routes from Singapore to the U.S. including; Singapore to San Francisco (via Seoul) and Los Angeles (via Tokyo) and New York (via Frankfurt).
Crafted for Singapore Airlines by the same company that was in charge of the airline’s excellent business class update—the leather seats look more business class than economy. These seats offer calf and foot rests, a cocktail tray, over-shoulder reading lights, winged headrests, noise-canceling headphones, large pillows, fleece blankets, bottled water and amenity kits of a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, and eye mask.
The entertainment system offers a 13.3-inch 3D-enabled LCD screen (the largest screen offered by any airline in premium economy). Singapore’s 777 routes can enjoy the latest Panasonic’s eX3, with touchscreen, a live map “heads-up” mode showing what the pilots are seeing. Each seat also has two USB ports and one universal power outlet, as well as international in-flight Wi-Fi on select routes.
French champagne is offered before takeoff, bottled water before you sleep and there is wine, beer, spirits, non-alcoholic “mocktails,” and five cocktails, including the 1915 classic recipe for a Singapore Sling on offer, as well as of teas, coffees, juices, and soft drinks.
Before boarding you can go online and pre-order a specific meal. Dishes must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance – previously a first- or business-class option only. All options are tasty for in-flight food and include an appetiser. All snacks onboard Singapore Airlines are complimentary and include crisps and chocolate, or sandwiches and fruit.
The Best Seats In Premium Economy On Singapore Airlines Airbus A380
On the Airbus A380, the seats measure 19.5 inches wide (an inch larger than those offered on the Boeing 777-300ER). The A380 premium economy cabin has a 2-4-2 pattern, with five rows on each side of the aircraft and four rows in the centre and an intimate 36 seats in the cabin. This compares to their economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration. The best seats in premium economy on the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 are 38AC and HK. These are at the front of the cabin with more foot space. They, like much of the cabin, are over-wing in view, but being at the front of the wing you will have a better view than being seated further back. Choose 38A and 38K if you prefer window seats and 38C and 38H if you prefer aisle – both seats have the advantage of being in a 2 rather than being part of the 4 in the middle so only one person will climb over you if you are in the aisle. The worst seats in premium economy on the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 are the middle seats E&F (unless you are a family of four and want to sit together) as you have to climb over other passengers to access the bathroom or go for a walk and being in the middle, they have no window.
The Best Seats In Premium Economy On Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
The Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER offers an inch less in seat width than the A380 at 18.5 inches across. The seats recline by eight inches and have legroom of 38 inches (compared to only six inches recline and 32 inches of legroom in economy). The premium-economy cabin is, as usual, right behind the business-class cabin and in front of economy, and there are 28 seats total. The configuration is 2-4-2, with three rows of the side two-seaters, and four rows of the centre fours. Again you want to opt for the two seaters unless you are a family of four. The best seats in premium economy on the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER are 32AC and HK. These are at the front of the cabin with more foot space, plus being on an exit row you again benefit from the extra space. Choose 32A and 31K if you prefer a window seat and 32C and 32H for the best aisle seats. The worst seats in premium economy on the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER are the middle seats E&F (unless you are a family of four and want to sit together). These are the two middle seats in the four and are the absolute worst as you have to climb over other passengers to access the bathroom or go for a walk and have no window. It is worth noting that the whole premium economy cabin on the Boeing 777-300ER is over wing so there isn’t a great deal of choice in terms of view. All seats look over the wing.
Pricing of premium economy is usually around one-and-a-half times the economy fare and half the cost of business class.
Additional benefits include priority check-in and priority boarding. A baggage allowance of 35kg is offered – an increase on the standard economy allowance. Bags will be priority tagged to ensure prompt delivery at baggage reclaim on arrival. In addition, customers in premium economy benefit from increased frequent flyer mileage when they fly.
Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.