Singapore or Asiana economy class?

Old Feb 8th, 2012, 05:03 AM
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Singapore or Asiana economy class?

Hi. We are planning to fly from Boston to Vietnam, using FF miles, so cost is not an issue, just availability. I know that these two airlines are the top of the heap in terms of service and amenities. Which would you select for flight comfort for tall people? I checked seat guru and Asiana looks like it has greater seat pitch than Singapore, but Singapore has a wider seat. I hear that seat pitch measurements can be deceptive so I'm turning to you, the experts, to share your real-life experience.

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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 04:06 PM
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Greetings, molly,

My most recent Asia - N. America business trip flights were last month with Singapore Airlines and the flights (and that in-flight service) were as fine as ever. Singapore - San Francisco, my main N.A. business travel locale. That particular business trip entailed SQ16 (SIN-ICN-SFO) and return via SQ1 (SFO-HKG-SIN).

(Can't help you with recent Asiana experiences, as SQ is my primary business travel carrier, flying out of our home port of Singapore. However, will give the highest praise to Asiana's base of Incheon. So many wonderfully efficient transits at that airport.)

Noticed you will be flying with frequent flier miles. Do you have discretion with dates of travel? I enquire, because mid-week you will most likely have fewer people on the aircraft, and perhaps more room to 'spread out'. (Flying SQ1 & SQ15 ex-SFO on a Friday or Saturday, can assure you from more than a few personal occurrences, you will encounter many more leisure and business travellers like me.)

Should you go with SQ economy, it wouldn't hurt to investigate SIA's 'preferred seating' option (for an added fee). Much more - and special meal options for those flying economy - to be found via the ever-evolving singaporeair dot com. In my humble opinion, SQ has some most acceptable economy class seating options. (And should you decide to clean out the cheque book, can assure you SQ has some sublime suites (A380) / first / business offerings.)

Flying out of Boston (and should you not desire to fly trans-con before flying ex-SFO), SQ does offer SQ25 out of JFK via serene A380s. (And another budget buster, SQ21, all business class, non-stop service, EWR-SIN.) The few SQ business travel related flights I've flown ex-EWR and JFK have been restful and efficient. (Particularly that SQ21.)

Wish I could help you with Vietnam, but it's not on my current Asia business travel loop and have yet to find time for a brief holiday in that country.

However you fly, have fun. And for any of you near Singapore travellers out there, our fine home of SIN welcomes you. (And looking forward to returning to beloved Bangkok next week for meetings and brief holiday - fine time of year to be in the City of Angels.)

Enjoy,

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Old Feb 8th, 2012, 10:36 PM
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Another comfort factor is how long the trip takes. Obviously you will travel a long, long time, so minimizing the number of intermediate stops can ease the stress. Singapore's website shows a minimum of two stops before Vietnam. Total hours travelling will be lower if you fly east rather than west from Boston. Singapore can put you on other, partner, airlines into London Heathrow, Paris or Frankfurt, where their own service will carry you onward to Singapore and connect to Vietnam. The return trip, travelling west, will add a few hours because of wind conditions.
If points were not an issue, I would fly from Boston to Paris on Air France, connecting to Vietnam Airlines for their non-stop to Vietnam, cutting the connections down to one (and Vietnam Air is pleasant, at least on the two internal and one short international flight I have taken.)
One more consideration. To explore Vietnam, see if you can fly into Hanoi and out of Ho Chi Minh City, an "open jaws" booking as it is called.
Of course your points system may reduce your flexibility on these suggestions.
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 03:42 AM
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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 07:52 AM
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So is it: SQ for me last thought. It good. Or perhaps: SQ for me last. Thought it. Good.

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Old Feb 9th, 2012, 12:51 PM
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"because mid-week you will most likely have fewer people on the aircraft"

Wow, this is good info. Is this true, even in these days of flight reductions?

Thanks, everyone!
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Yes, weekend is busier for flights to and from Asia for both business and leisure flyers. And capacity to/from Asia hasn't reduced much.
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