Finally, Singapore Airlines flies premium economy

Finally, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is adding premium economy (PEY) to its configuration, way after rival airlines such as Cathay Pacific and Qantas have introduced theirs. In fact, Cathay is expected to unveil enhanced features in its next generation PEY later in the month.

Courtesy Singapore Airlines

Courtesy Singapore Airlines

The first thought about PEY that comes to mind is the size of the seat. SIA says its version has a width ranging between 18.5 and 19.5 inches and offers an eight-inch recline. The pitch is the same as Cathay’s 38 inches, but the width compares a tad less favourably than its rival’s 19.3 to 19.5 inches.

SIA customers flying from Singapore to Sydney will be the first to enjoy its PEY, which will be progressively introduced to other sectors including Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, London, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Zurich in the latter part of 2015 and early 2016.

SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong said: “We have been heartened by the highly positive public reaction to our new Premium Economy Class since our plans were announced last year.”

It has taken SIA a long time to come to that conclusion. But still, better late than never. Better a follower in the right direction if you did not lead. You can trust SIA to make up for lost time in the in-flight service that it is reputed for.

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