With economy class rapidly becoming below the level of satisfaction for many flyers, Singapore Airlines have released a premium economy class of flying to appeal to those not interested in flying cattle class, but unable to afford the Business class fare.

I was lucky enough to fly and enjoy Singapore Airlines’ Premium Economy so I could give my clients a firsthand experience. After all, the best way to gain knowledge on something is by doing it yourself.

Stepping onto the huge Singapore Airlines A380, I immediately felt at home; as a travel professional, I know that stepping onto a plane holds so many possibilities of what our tomorrow will bring.



The Premium Economy class is obvious from the get-go. Nestled between economy and the ultra-fancy suites on the bottom level of the aircraft, the charcoal-coloured leather seats and accompanying orange cushions placed in a cabin all to themselves.

The upgrades from economy class can be felt as soon as you slip into the seats, with adjustable winged head rests, calf rests and foot rests, plus an 8 inch recline. There’s more space in the width of the seat and extra legroom to stretch out. There’s a dedicated stowing area for your complimentary bottled water (no more plastic cups!) and the biggest in its class LCD screen with noise cancelling headphones, so you will never hear the cry of a baby inflight ever again.


Now all this sounds great doesn’t it? The extra space, the recline and the touch of luxury to eliminate you from economy class, but trust us, there’s actually more! If you’re paying extra for a little bit of elegance, you’re going to want to pack more to keep it up over your trip, and with 35kg, Singapore Airlines are extremely generous.

You’ll also no longer be disappointed that the crew have run out of chicken before they get to you with Premium Economy guests able to ‘Book the cook’ and pick out their meals before they even leave the ground. And with free flowing French champagne, you’re sure to have a relaxing journey.


Upon arrival in Singapore we were met by out transfer guide that drove us to the Swissotel Merchant Court where we enjoyed a Singapore sling the national drink of Singapore before we did a site inspection of the beautiful hotel.



The Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore is a luxury hotel ideally located by Clarke Quay, within walking distance of the financial hub of Raffles Place, and close to major places of interest including Orchard Road, Chinatown and the numerous bars and restaurants on the famous Clarke Quay and Boat Quay.

The 476 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites cater to the needs of the most discerning travellers, featuring state-of-the-art technology and exclusive amenities such as high speed internet. A sumptuous breakfast buffet offers a wide range of choices to energise your day and the Business Executive floors offer luxurious rooms and suites while the Swiss Executive Club lounge provides additional luxury and exclusivity. Secure hotel parking is also available for your vehicle during your stay.


Recreational facilities include an idyllic pool area with water-slides and an outdoor Jacuzzi for relaxation. For an invigorating workout, there is a well-equipped two-level fitness centre that is open 24 hours a day. Spa & Sport at Swissotel Merchant Court is the perfect haven to relax and recharge while you enjoy our wide choice of treatments, from contemporary therapies to traditional ayurvedic treatments.

Swissotel Merchant Court provides a luxurious and comfortable setting enhanced by natural light, stylish furnishing and modern décor, combined with renowned Swiss service.

After dinner we were transferred back to the Airport for our onward flight home.