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Flying Xtra Long on the Xtra Wide

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San Francisco to Singapore Non Stop on Singapore Airlines’ Inaugural A350 Flight

On October 23, 2016, Singapore Airlines re-started non stop service between the United States and Singapore using the brand new Airbus A350-900 XWB (Xtra Wide Body).  San Francisco International (SFO) had the honor of being the first U.S. airport to receive the new ultra long haul service.  It also marked the A350’s first service to the Western U.S.  
Being a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, I had to take part in this historical flight.  I took advantage of the special introductory pricing of $1500 round-trip (including taxes) in Premium Economy.  By comparison, prices in other cabins were $4700 round-trip in “New” Business Class and $1050 round-trip in “New” Economy.

When I finally committed to the trip, there were no more window seats available in the rather small 24-seat, three-row Premium Economy cabin.  Windows were popular: none would ever open up.  I took advantage of Book the Cook or “BTC”,…