It starts with a seat. And ends with a smile.

It is a Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of Singapore Airlines for its newly introduced Premium Economy Class on Airbus A-350-1000. Many airlines are flying the Airbus A350 around the world. It has remarkable endurance. It produces a 25% lesser carbon footprint than its competitors.

Premium Economy Class on Airbus A350

The idea is simple. Airlines have already lost major businesses during the pandemic. More than two years later, air travel is coming closer to pre-pandemic levels. Passenger traffic has shown an upward graph in the last few months but airlines are still struggling to catch up with the difference. Airlines are introducing Premium economy class in their fleet. Singapore Airlines and Qantas have chosen Airbus A350 as their Premium Economy carriers.

The first thing that comes to an economy class is the leg space. However, Premium Economy offers wider seats and better leg space. By design, Airbus A350 is a wide-body aircraft with the leverage to accommodate wider seats in its cabin. That is what attracts customers. The rest comes along with it.

Airbus A350 Premium Economy
Premium Economy Class on an Airbus A 350-1000

More Reasons to Believe

Airbus A350 has a spacious cabin to accommodate multiple classes of seating arrangements. An A350-1000 aircraft can carry 369 passengers with a range of 8700 NM / 16,100 km. Qantas wanted an aircraft that could operate directly on ultra-long-haul flights with a full payload. So, Airbus came up with its A350 variant-1000. The A350 is designed to serve long-haul routes. Moreover, it will be a good alternative for airlines using the Airbus A330. Though Airbus A330neo is also a good alternative as well. The airline has a concrete plan to use A350 in ultra-long-haul sectors. Project Sunrise is one such project.

Airbus A350-1000 Project Sunrise
Premium Economy has now 40 seats on ultra-long-haul flights

Project Sunrise & Airbus A350

Project Sunrise is a research project initiated by Qantas. It involves an aircraft to operate direct flights from the east coast of Australia to New York, Paris, and London. The airline is all set to operate nineteen-hour flights from Melbourne, Marathon, and Sydney reaching directly to their destinations without any stay. The project has come alive again just after post-COVID. Also, Qantas has decided to utilize A350-1000 aircraft on ultra-long-haul flights.

Read More: Why Airbus Airbus A350-1000 was the Project Sunrise Choice
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 15: Qantas flight QF7879 lands at Sydney Airport on November 15, 2019, in Sydney, Australia. The 19-hour 19 minute flight was restricted to 50 people, including 10 crew, to increase aircraft range. It included medical scientists and health experts on board to conduct studies in the cockpit and the cabin to help determine strategies to promote long-haul inflight health and wellbeing on ultra-long-haul flights. It comes as the national carrier continues to work towards the final frontier of global aviation by launching non-stop commercial flights between the US and the UK to the east coast of Australia in an ambitious project dubbed “Project Sunrise”. (Photo by David Gray#JM/Getty Images for Qantas)

Last Words

Airbus A 350-1000 will go a long way in the aviation industry. Its freighter version is also expected to enter the aviation industry very soon. Many airlines have shown keen interest in Airbus A350 Freighter. By virtue of its exceptional performance and cabin space, it will be a highly beneficial aircraft; both in commercial and cargo configurations. The airlines will also be able to accommodate passengers in a much more comfortable seating configuration. As a result of better leg space, passengers will enjoy this seating configuration. In addition, they will also get improved services along with the new seating configuration. Over and above, it is a win-win situation for the airline and its customers.

Written by guest writer, Faisal Bashir

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