Booking a flight with SIA or SilkAir soon? Take note of these new fare types from Jan 2018

ASIAONE
Friday, Dec 15, 2017
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Travellers who are thinking of booking a seat on economy class with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir will soon have to select from three new fare types: Lite, Standard or Flexi. This new fare type also applies to Business Class seats.

In a joint statement today (Dec 15), SIA and SilkAir said that the two airlines will be introducing a new airfare pricing structure next month. This will affect advance seat selection, frequent flyer mileage accrual rates, baggage allowance, and changes or refund flexibility for some fare types.

The new fare types will be introduced on Jan 20, 2018, for all tickets sold worldwide. Depending on the class of travel, customers will have up to three types of airfare to choose from when making a booking.

Here's a breakdown of the new airfare pricing types and what you'll get for each:

ECONOMY CLASS

- Baggage allowance for Flexi fares will increase to 35kg.

- Baggage allowance for Lite and Standard fares will remain at 30kg.

- Advance seat selection, which is currently available for all Economy Class bookings at no charge, will be chargeable for Lite fares, starting from US$5 (S$6.75) per flight segment. It will still be available in advance at no charge for families with children (12 years old and under) in the same booking.

- No charges will apply for advance seat selection for Standard and Flexi fare types, although a new category of Forward Zone seats - which are in higher demand - will be chargeable for Standard fares.

- Charges will also continue to apply for Extra Legroom seats, which were previously known as Preferred seats.

- All customers regardless of fare type will be able to make seat selection at no charge during the Internet check-in window up to 48 hours in advance to travel.

- Frequent flyer mileage accrual rates will be set at 50 per cent for Lite fares, 75 per cent for Standard fares and 100 per cent for Flexi fares.

PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS (EXCLUDES SILKAIR)

Two fare types will be available in Premium Economy Class - Standard and Flexi.

- Baggage allowance will be unchanged at 35kg for both fare types.

- Mileage accrual, which is at 110 per cent now, will increase to 125 per cent for the Flexi fare type

- Mileage accrual for Standard fare type will be reduced to 100 per cent.

- Advance seat selection will continue to be available at no charge for all Premium Economy Class bookings.

BUSINESS CLASS

Three fare types will also be available in Business Class: Lite, Standard and Flexi.

- Baggage allowance will be unchanged at 40kg.

- Advance seat selection will continue to be available at no charge for all bookings.

- Mileage accrual will increase to 150 per cent for Flexi fare type, while it will be set at 125 per cent for Standard and Lite fares.

SUITES AND FIRST CLASS (EXCLUDES SILKAIR)

- Krisflyer mileage accrual will increase to 200 per cent from 150 per cent for Suites and First Class bookings.

Source : The Straits Times, Reuters

Singapore Airlines (SIA) picked up its first Airbus 380 that features brand new seats, in-flight entertainment screens and other cabin products.

The product upgrades are the first for SIA's superjumbo since the airline started flying the double-decker jet 10 years ago.

The reconfigured cabin in the superjumbo has an increased emphasis on premium economy. 

Of the 471 seats, there are six ultra-first class suites, 78 in business class, 44 in the premium economy cabin and 343 economy seats.

SIA's current A-380s have up to 441 seats each, with 36 premium economy seats and 333 economy class seats.

SIA, which will receive another four new A-380s by the middle of next year, will be progressively retrofitting 14 existing A-380s to ensure a similar product across the fleet.

The upgrading works being done by Airbus will be completed by the end of 2020.

SIA's new A-380 will be deployed first on the Singapore-Sydney route next Monday.

The aircraft departed at 2pm yesterday for Changi Airport from Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, France.

It had almost 100 passengers on board, including SIA and Airbus staff and partners, as well as journalists,

Before the flight could take off, the aircraft had to pass two rounds of checks by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) officials.

On top of the new A-380s that SIA will be collecting in the coming months, the airline also has 48 more A350-900s on order.

The A-380 product upgrades and the introduction of new, more efficient aircraft are part of SIA's strategy to grow market share and boost earnings.

A private bedroom suite inside the new Airbus A380 aircraft.

A private bedroom suite inside the new Airbus A380 aircraft.

Economy class seats in the new A380.

The galley area of the new A380.

Singapore Airlines A380 new Premium Economy.

Singapore Airlines A380 new Premium Economy.

Singapore Airlines A380 new Economy seats.

SIA cabin crew greeting guests at the Singapore Airlines A380 Delivery Ceremony at Airbus Delivery Centre at Toulouse, France, on Dec 13, 2017.

Singapore Airlines cabin crew, at the Singapore Airlines A380 Delivery Ceremony at Airbus Delivery Centre at Toulouse, France, on Dec 13, 2017.

Singapore Airlines cabin crew, at the Singapore Airlines A380 Delivery Ceremony at Airbus Delivery Centre at Toulouse, France, on Dec 13, 2017.

Singapore Airlines pilots and cabin crew, at the Singapore Airlines A380 Delivery Ceremony at Airbus Delivery Centre at Toulouse, France, on Dec 13, 2017.

Singapore Airlines pilots and cabin crew with the new plane.

Singapore Airlines cabin crew boarding the new plane.

Exterior of the new plane.

Airbus Delivery Centre at Toulouse, France.

Exterior of the new plane.

SIA and Airbus also jointly run a pilot training centre in Singapore.

Pilots wave from the cockpit of a new Airbus A380 aircraft for Singapore Airlines before taking off.

Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders and Executive Vice President of Commercial at Singapore Airlines Mak Swee Wah (R) attend a ceremony during the delivery of the new Airbus A380 aircraft to Singapore Airlines at the French headquarters of aircraft company Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France.

Engine of an A380 inside Airbus Facility Centre at Toulouse, France.

Nose of an A380 inside Airbus Facility Centre.

Nose of an A380 inside Airbus Facility Centre.

Member of the media taking selfies in front of the wheels of the Singapore Airlines New A380.

Exterior painting of the new plane in progress.

Wheels of the new A380.

Exterior painting being done on a new A380 for SIA.

Exterior painting being done on a new A380 for SIA.

An engine of the new Airbus A380 aircraft.

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