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Why These Premium Economy Seats Are Some of the Most Exclusive in the Sky

Why These Premium Economy Seats Are Some of the Most Exclusive in the Sky
Joe Cortez

Anyone who has looked at Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350 seat map may notice something strange at the end of the cabin: three single seats on each side of the airplane. The reason for it may make these select seats the most sought after on the entire airplane.

The Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Premium Economy cabin has a unique addition at the end of the cabin, which could make these the six highly requested seats on the aircraft. According to the blog Mainly Miles, the seats offer a unique storage bin–but are often off-limits to most flyers until 48 hours before check-in.

When Singapore designed the interior of its Airbus A350, they wanted to add extra space for crewmembers to rest on long flights. The solution was creating a rest area above passengers, taking up the middle-seat overhead bin space between rows 40 and 43. To accommodate flyers’ luggage, the window seats were removed from the back three rows, replaced by luggage bins for flyers on the outside seats. Passengers in the four center seats would then use the overhead bins above the outside seats.

What resulted was a rather luxurious premium economy seat: a single seat with a bin on the window side, offering additional space for flyers to enjoy their experience. These seats are available for flyers on three routes to Singapore: to and from Newark, to and from Los Angeles, and to and from San Francisco.

Unfortunately, many of these seats aren’t immediately available at booking time. These are reserved for the airline’s PPS Club members: a sub-elite flyer group that primarily flies the Singapore Suites, first-class or business class with the airline.

If you are determined to fly on these seats, they will become open for reservation 48 hours prior to takeoff. Flyers are recommended to log into their reservations as soon as the windows open for the best opportunity to try and claim one of these coveted spaces.


[Featured Image: Singapore Airlines]

View Comments (7)


  1. Gizzabreak

    August 30, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Only those who look at a Singapore Airlines A359ULR seat map will see three solo PremEcon’ seats at the very rear of the aircraft … because only the few ULR species they currently have have no Economy (ie, Business and PremEcon only due weight considerations). So don’t get your hopes up of naiing one … or even sighting one, any time soon.

  2. jrpallante

    August 30, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Interesting that Seatguru rates one of these seats yellow and another red.

  3. Gizzabreak

    August 30, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Re SeatGuru, touch the coloured seat (or any seat) for an interactive explanation of that seat’s limitations or advantages (red, yellow, uncolored, green).

  4. Vietguy

    August 30, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Would of been nice to include pictures in this article of the seats and surrounding area. 🙄👎


    August 30, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Oh stop. There is nothing exclusive about any seat with economy as part of its nomenclature.

  6. rjg319

    August 30, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Agree… why show a seatmap that isn’t describing what you are referring to.

  7. not2017

    August 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm


    It isn’t economy, it is Premium Economy!

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