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Old Feb 16, 09, 11:45 pm
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Experiencing SQ's New Regional Business Class

Here's a very short trip report on SQ's new regional business class seats. SQ's first A330 - 9V-STA - officially started revenue service this morning (16/02/2009). I did a quick turnaround trip to CGK to try out the new seats. Feel free to ask me any questions if you have any.

9V-STA (MSN:978) at F54 (T2 SIN) taking me to CGK and back.


New Regional J Cabin


Y Cabin (Seats similar to 388/77W)


Very comfortable new seats! Looks like modified Spacebeds but very much better.


Note that there isn't a side compartment as shown in the initial mock up shots.


Seat belts - those who drive the new generation of Merc will find this all too familiar.


Privacy Screen


Customary leg shot


Storage for water bottles


2 Storage cabinets with secure locks


Locked


Unlocked


Coat hook


Seat Control Panel - 4 preset modes. You have to press and hold to get to that position. It isn't one touch.


Seat fully reclined - more comfortable than Spacebed despite having the same recline angle. No lumpy contours, just soft leather.


Not large feet friendly but still more room than the Spacebed


Inseat reading light (Off)


Inseat reading light (On)


Notice that the No smoking sign has been relocated.


There's no space for the headsets!


Notice anything wrong?


IFE Remote (Similar to 388/77W)




15.4" Screen


Connection port for iPod


Light Meal in J - BTC Slipper Lobster Thermidor






Light Meal in Y

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Old Feb 17, 09, 1:26 am
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excellent photos

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Old Feb 17, 09, 1:36 am
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great!! thank you

The plane looks fantastic btw.
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Old Feb 17, 09, 1:37 am
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Might be worth the upgrade to J when I am flying PEN-SIN later this year, those seats look incredible for a purpose-built regional product.

Thanks for the photos!
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Old Feb 17, 09, 8:34 am
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Seat fully reclined - more comfortable than Spacebed despite having the same recline angle. No lumpy contours, just soft leather.
Do you have any information on how long the bed actually is?
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Old Feb 18, 09, 6:08 am
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excellent photos

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great!! thank you

The plane looks fantastic btw.
One of the best looking SQ liveried planes.

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Might be worth the upgrade to J when I am flying PEN-SIN later this year, those seats look incredible for a purpose-built regional product.

Thanks for the photos!
Most welcomed. Hope you get to try them out later in the year and share your thoughts with the rest of the FTers.

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Do you have any information on how long the bed actually is?
Think it's about 6'2". Didn't feel the wedgie effect on the new seats.
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Old Feb 18, 09, 6:50 am
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Really interesting report.

Glad to see they finally replaced those pink napkins and changed the plates to the new 380/77W standards.

Just wondering is there a bulk head row on this plane where your feet will not be enclosed by the seat in front?
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Old Feb 18, 09, 9:46 am
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Great pics, thanks! Even after I saw the photos, I still can't believe it is a regional C product!
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Old Feb 20, 09, 7:45 pm
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Originally Posted by nomoreiphone View Post
Really interesting report.

Glad to see they finally replaced those pink napkins and changed the plates to the new 380/77W standards.

Just wondering is there a bulk head row on this plane where your feet will not be enclosed by the seat in front?
That will be row 11 but there won't be any of the storage compartments for those 6 seats.

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Great pics, thanks! Even after I saw the photos, I still can't believe it is a regional C product!
Considering that SQ's regional routes covers destinations up to 8 hrs, they had better up the product with all the competitors playing catch up.
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Old Feb 20, 09, 11:55 pm
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I think it would be great trip reports. I am really like it on A330 aircraft. it's look gorgeous aircraft. Is that brand new Business Class? So which route is already revenue first flight coming from SIN-PER or etc. I am not sure which specific route is already existing service on operate A330 aircraft.

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Amazing - saw this on A.net. Looks great, fantastic photos, and fantastic report. Have some miles to burn, and hope to try the new regional C/J sometimes soon!
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Old Feb 21, 09, 2:38 am
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I think it would be great trip reports. I am really like it on A330 aircraft. it's look gorgeous aircraft. Is that brand new Business Class? So which route is already revenue first flight coming from SIN-PER or etc. I am not sure which specific route is already existing service on operate A330 aircraft.

Thanks for your sharing the trip reports.
Yup. It's the brand new regional business class product. As for now, the 333 is plowing CGK & KUL on the following flights. These flights are classified as crew familiarisation flights. The official launch of the 333 will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the commencement of SQ flights between SIN & BNE on 30MAR09.

SQ106/107
SQ108/109
SQ116/117
SQ118/119
SQ958/959
SQ968/951

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Amazing - saw this on A.net. Looks great, fantastic photos, and fantastic report. Have some miles to burn, and hope to try the new regional C/J sometimes soon!
It's available as a Saver award and hence open for *A redemptions.
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Old Feb 21, 09, 3:41 am
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Flew on it today SIN-KUL SQ108. Seat 11C. I like the foot space in front row, even though there aren't the same storage options as other rows. Overhead bin 11A/C is full of oxygen equipment, so not for pax use (even FA had to open it to see what was in there!). Put stuff in OHB above 11D, at least there are middle OHBs.

Didn't have time to fiddle with anything, but managed to lose seat belt buckle down one side (easy to pull out as attached to belt) and spoon down the other in the gaps between seat and arm rest. It took two of us (FA and me) to get the spoon out!
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Old Feb 21, 09, 6:33 pm
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Looks to be real well thought out (unlike CX's aborted regional refurbishment).

Thanks for the report.
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Old Feb 21, 09, 8:13 pm
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