Singapore Airlines is launching the world's first all-Business Class flights from North America to Asia. Singapore Airlines flight SQ 21 will depart New York at 11:00 p.m. today, and arrive in Singapore at 5:50 a.m. on May 17. The newly reconfigured Airbus A340-500 replaces the two-class, 181-seat configuration with 100 of the Airline's new award-winning Business Class seats. Singapore Airlines is the first to operate an all-Business Class service on the transpacific route.
Each leather-upholstered Business Class seat measures 30 inches in width, almost 50 percent wider than most products in this class. All seats have direct access to the aisle. The new Business Class seat also converts into a fully-flat bed.
The conversion of all five of the Airline's A340-500s from a two-class configuration to an all-Business Class seating is being carried out in phases. For now, the all-Business Class A340-500 operates only on certain days of the week, with daily service to Singapore expected by the end of June. By late September 2008, Singapore Airlines will also fly the all-Business Class service from Los Angeles to Singapore daily.
New iPod Connectivity for Passengers
Singapore Airlines’ KrisWorld Inflight Entertainment now allows passengers to utilize their personal audio and video content from their iPod or iPhone. The integrated 9-pin connection on KrisWorld uses a unique in-flight cable that supports iPod and iPhone via the 30-pin connector, including in-seat power supply and high quality audio. iPod and iPhone will still allow for the announcements and instructions made by Singapore Airlines cabin crew and pilots to be heard even while content is being played. iPod and iPhone integration will commence with Singapore Airlines' A345 non-stop flights from Newark to Singapore on May 15, and on the carrier's Los Angeles to Singapore non-stops from August.
Customers can also plug in their USB thumb drives and view their photographs with Photo Viewer or watch videos via Media Player on a 15.4-inch widescreen LCD monitor.
Flexible dining aboard Singapore Air
Singapore Airlines now offers even more flexible dining options. Customers traveling from New York to Singapore on SQ 21 can set their own dining times with the carrier’s new flexi-dining service. Customers can choose from a gourmet a-la-carte menu featuring a selection of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts. Flexi-dining is available any time after dinner and up to two-and-a-half hours before arrival in Singapore.