Singapore Airlines to Launch First All-Business Class Flights From USA to Asia

Mar 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from Singapore Airlines

    LOS ANGELES, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing consistently strong demand
 from business travelers, Singapore Airlines has announced plans to convert
 its five Airbus A340-500 ultra-long-range aircraft into an all-Business
 Class configuration, on daily flights between New York and Singapore, and
 Los Angeles and Singapore.
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     The current 2-class, 181 seat, configuration will be replaced with 100
 of the airline's new, award-winning, Business Class seats in a 1-2-1,
 configuration. At 30-inches, the seats are the widest Business Class
 offering in the sky.
     Unique to Singapore Airlines' widebody aircraft, every seat will have
 direct access to the aisle, and convert to a horizontal flat bed. The new
 Business Class seats are the same design as those installed on the
 Airline's A380 and B777-300ER fleet.
     The implementation will be phased in gradually from mid-May, 2008, on
 the New York (Newark) to Singapore route, with daily services in the new
 configuration to New York by the end of June, and Los Angeles by late
 September 2008. The program will require each of the five aircraft to be
 retrofitted in turn.
     To manage the retrofit program, the existing daily Los Angeles to
 Singapore non-stop flight will not operate on Tuesdays between mid-May and
 late-June. There will be no change to New York service frequency.
     Customers who are currently booked in Executive Economy Class on the
 A340-500 services, which will be affected by the conversion, will be
 re-accommodated where possible on existing Singapore Airlines services
 between Los Angeles, New York and Singapore.
     In the future, customers looking to fly Economy Class between Singapore
 and Los Angeles or New York can book on existing one-stop flights.
     In the case of New York, a daily B747-400 three-class flight operates
 between Singapore and New York's JFK Airport, while between Singapore and
 Los Angeles; there is a daily B747-400 three-class flight via Tokyo and a
 four times weekly B777-200ER two-class flight via Taipei.
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: James Boyd Marlayna Rutter Singapore Airlines Weber Shandwick 323-964-5185 212-445-8221 323-791-2449 (cell)

SOURCE Singapore Airlines