Singapore Airlines Halts First Class Bookings On Some Routes

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Singapore Airlines has closed its booking system to first-class passengers wishing to fly some premium routes this coming summer. Likely this is because some of the airlines aircraft that have first class, like the Airbus A380, are grounded and in the desert in Australia. 

Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore Airlines has extended the first-class suspension. Photo: Getty Images

What routes no longer have first class?

Singapore has preemptively decided to stop selling first class tickets on a variety of routes across the world for the next year, thanks to low demand and to keep the aircraft that have first class cabins in storage. These bigger aircraft that have the premium offering are not as fuel-efficient to operate as the carrier’s newer, first class-free aircraft, like the Airbus A350.

Initially, the carrier had suspended sales of first class tickets only until March 2021. However, it now seems that this suspension may last a bit longer, although perhaps not across the entire fleet.

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Seven Singapore Airlines A380s are currently stored in Alice Springs. Photo: Getty Images

Singapore has decided to adjust the availability of first class seats from the 1st of April 2021 onwards, lasting the whole summer of 2021. As first class tickets were suspended entirely until March 2021, it is more a case of what routes will have it than not. These routes have the A380 and Boeing 777-300 family operating them, but the first cabin is blocked out.

Some highlights include:

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  • Singapore to Auckland return will have some first class seats
  • Singapore to Delhi will have some flights with first class
  • Singapore to Dubai will also have only a few flights with first class available.
  • Singapore to Frankfurt with the Boeing 777-300ER first class cabin and onwards to New York.
  • Singapore to London will have some availability depending on the flight. Likewise to Paris.
  • Singapore to Sydney, completing the kangaroo route, will match the above with limited availability.

For the complete list of routes that have had first class bookings suspended, you can find them here on Routesonline.

Simple Flying reached out to Singapore Airlines for comment on this news. The airline told us,

“Due to potential aircraft deployment changes, FCL sales have been suspended for most Singapore Airlines routes through March of 2021. Sales will reopen when flight schedules that include  B777-300ER or A380 aircraft deployments are confirmed.”

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What is first class like on Singapore Airlines?

There are two ‘first-class’ options when it comes to Singapore. Onboard the A380, there are six to twelve first-class suites (depending on configuration) that offer a completely private cabin and a separate lie-flat bed. Regular first class is only available on select Singapore aircraft, namely the Boeing 777-300ER fleet, and retrofitted into Boeing 777-300 aircraft (in a 1-2-1 configuration).

The Singapore Airlines first-class suite on the Airbus A380. Photo: Singapore Airlines

The carriers newer aircraft, the A350 and Boeing 787 don’t have first-class and only business. This is despite the planes offering long-haul flights to similarly distanced locations.

Singapore Airlines typically deploys these aircraft on flagship routes between Singapore and world cities such as Bejing, London, Paris, Sydney, and more. For the New York route, the airline operates the Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft (as it is best suited to do the distance). This plane doesn’t have first class, but nor does it have economy (only premium economy and an always sold-out business cabin)

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Route information in this article was provided by Routesonline.

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