9 MAY 2016


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Article from BTNews 9 MAY 2016

New SIA cabins for Auckland

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has introduced new First and Business Class cabins on its Auckland service as it celebrates 40 years of flying to New Zealand.

The B777-300ER operating the route has a "next generation" cabin featuring four extra-wide seats in First Class, 48 in Business Class seats, 28 in Premium Economy and 184 in Economy.

The 35in wide First Class model reclines into an 81in lie-flat bed and the Business Class version into the industry's widest full-flat bed for the cabin, at 78in.

Larger LCD screens and video touch-screen handsets are also featured across all classes.

The first SIA flight from Singapore to Auckland was a Boeing 707 which flew via Sydney and arrived in New Zealand on 2 May 1976.

It was originally a twice-weekly service, but SIA now operates twice-daily direct flights to Auckland with its alliance partner Air New Zealand.

It introduced a 471-seat Airbus A380 to the route over the peak summer period in 2014, reverting to the smaller Boeing 777-300ER for the off-season.

SIA also flies daily between Singapore and Christchurch and in September will begin a four-times-weekly Wellington and Canberra service which continues through to Singapore.  www.singaporeair.com

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gordon armitage, USA

The new interior 777-300ER in SQ first class are the worst in the industry. Just did 2 long hauls,LOUSY.