Singapore Airlines regional business class Airbus A350



Aircraft type

Airbus A350-900


Singapore Airlines


Regional Business Class (flat bed)

The good
  • A comfortable, well-designed seat that meets most of the criteria for most travelers
The bad
  • For taller fliers, the bed can feel narrow towards the end, except for the bulkheads
X factor
  • Couples will appreciate the center, ‘close together’ couples


Despite international travel restrictions, Singapore Airlines still flies regularly to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth for those who do can Travel.

Most of these flights – and indeed all routes to Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide – are served by the airline’s regional (“medium-haul”) Airbus A350s.

These jets offer a staggered layout in Business Class and offer every traveler plenty of personal space.

These jets even operate daily to Sydney, with Boeing 787s – equipped with the same seats in Business Class – also covering every flight to Perth.

Whether you are traveling with an exemption or preparing to fly when the restrictions abate, the following awaits you aboard Singapore Airlines’ regional Airbus A350s.


When you settle on board, you step into a calm atmosphere thanks to the mood lighting throughout the cabin.

The lighting is adjusted depending on the time of day – for example blue if you are cruising in daylight and a warmer shade if you wake up to breakfast on a night-time stage.

Since the lights gradually come on and the cabin keep getting brighter over several minutes, it is a much more pleasant way to wake up than older generations of aircraft.


Singapore Airlines regional business class seats are available in a 1-2-1 configuration, with solo pods along each side of the aircraft and pairs of seats in the middle.

It’s a staggered layout, meaning every other row sits close to the aisle, but still with a wraparound shell for privacy.

Every miscellaneous Instead, the 1st row is farther from the aisle, with a console between the seat and this aisle.

You don’t find your personal space by looking for numbers above your head, but by looking at the shell itself.

There is a coat hook for the jacket during the acclimatization phase – but since the crew offers to hang it up before taking off, it is particularly useful if the jackets are returned before the descent.

A pair of slippers, socks and an umbrella are waiting for you at your seat.

In this nearby corner you will also find headphones and the menu of the day, as well as AC and USB-A sockets and a contactless reader – more on that later.

Plug it in first – it’s international, which means you can use a variety of pins without an adapter, from Australian and Singaporean / UK to European, US and more.

This is great for small cell phone chargers, but the orientation of the socket prevents the case from falling into place when plugging in larger transformers, such as transformers. B. for a Microsoft Surface or MacBook, is in the way.

Fortunately, adding one of my own travel adapters provided a little more space between the power outlet and the side shell so I could plug it in and stay powered.

When these plugs are not in use, you can slide a panel closed to shield other objects inside.

If you need a quick freshening up in the morning after getting up or want to check your hair, a mirror can also be pulled out to the side.

A nearby hook provides a place to hang your headphones when not in use to free up space in this closet and on the shelf below.

This shelf is big enough for items like laptops, tablets, personal headphone bags, and more: and it also houses a grooved cup holder – perfect if you don’t want to open the tray table.

Directly below this is a bar with controls for adjusting your lighting and seating position, as well as for calling the crew or signaling that you should not be disturbed, unless this is necessary for safety reasons.

Right next to it is your headphone output. Although it is a standard three-prong (left, right, power for noise canceling) connector, personal headphones can be plugged into a single audio plug while still receiving stereo sound.

There are more lighting controls by your side, with a trio of map lights pointing in different directions, which can be useful when sitting in different positions. Each has a separate control.

Below and in front a literature compartment in which the security card is located, as well as various reading material. It’s also a great place to keep the menu of the day handy.

Looking straight ahead, the shape of the seat offers great foot support when sitting upright: especially when wearing high heels.

Above this there is a larger space to stretch out, which later forms the rear of your flat bed.

The bed is 1.9 meters long – and if you want to doze off, you should choose a seat off the aisle in this staggered arrangement, such as in the aisle. B. 15K, pictured above.

In most rows the bed becomes narrower towards the end, but the feet on the partition walls have more space in the storage room – taller travelers might prefer these seats, even if this means that they have to exchange them at check-in as they are in the Usually closed to families beforehand.

Whichever you choose, there’s plenty of room at the shoulder end of each seat – although the bed could be made more comfortable with bedding, which the airline doesn’t provide.

Did you spot that stray armrest in the picture above?

It has a button on the edge to control its height.

Push it in, push it down, and it lowers to be in line with this bed which gives extra wiggle room.

The armrest on the opposite side also changes its height according to the sitting position.

Looking for the tray table? That’s the groove in front of you.

Push in to unlock and the tray will begin to slide forward.

Pull it towards you and you will see a half-size table with a cup holder.

Open it up like a book and you have a full table – ideal for dining and sturdy enough for hours of work on the laptop.

Two final features of the seat: Between your side console and the front row of seats there is a convenient space on the floor ideal for stowing a laptop bag while you work.

If you’re trying to access the overhead storage compartment but are having difficulty getting up to its height, each seat has a built-in step against the aisle to make this task easier.

An additional seating tip: if you’re traveling in pairs, you may prefer to go for one of the middle duos that are closer together, namely rows 11, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21.

If you end up in one of these rows with a stranger, there is a privacy screen instead that you can pull out from between the seats.


On the entertainment front, you’re sure to be well taken care of with Singapore Airlines’ regional Airbus A350s.

The 18-inch high-definition touchscreen offers a wide variety of content, and this is where you will find the expected “moving map” to keep an eye on your flight.

In these aircraft, this map can become interactive and provides a pilot view with additional details such as course, ground speed and altitude.

Do you remember the contactless reader from before? You can pair your phone with the system to carry your display settings and watch list from flight to flight.

It’s a nifty feature, but since these planes come with WiFi, you can do the same by logging into your KrisFlyer account, which means you can simply browse your selections using the screen or the included touchscreen remote.

This remote control is by your side and is an easy way to check the progress of your flight without interrupting your movie.

It can also be used to navigate the menus to save yourself having to lean forward each time it is pressed.

But if you’d rather browse the system “traditionally” – using the main touchscreen without logging in – that’s fine too.

In this case, the system can still help recommend content based on your interests if you answer a few short questions.

Finally, when you want to enjoy your movie or TV show while lying in bed, the screen tilts forward for a better viewing angle.

Noise-canceling headphones are included, but the connection also supports BYO pairs.


On the one hand, Singapore Airlines’ regional (or “medium-haul”) business class is certainly not as spacious as the seats you find on their “long haul” A350s – or indeed on the “ultra long haul”. – Airplanes from Singapore to New York.

But on these comparatively shorter routes, for example between Singapore and Australia, you still tick most of the boxes on most airplanes.

However, taller travelers may prefer the bulkhead rows to maximize the bed width around their feet for the best chance of a good night’s sleep.

Also checked: The long-haul seat on the Singapore Airlines A350

Chris Chamberlin traveled from Brisbane to Singapore as a guest of Singapore Airlines.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is Associate Editor of Executive Traveler and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also with a strong latte, a theater card and later in the day with a good gin and tonic.


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