Wednesday, October 17, 2007

George Pullman Would Be Proud

It's a big day at Singapore Airlines, even though the 471 seats in its new flagship are a lot less than the 555 it was supposed to be carrying not so very long ago.

We've talked about that until we're blue in the face here, nobody seems to care, so be it. I'm not going to bring all that up again but if you've been reading this blog regularly, it's all been said, and it's in the archives.

The Times of London has an interesting feature today on the entry into service of the first A380, complete with a bit of video for all those who don't have the cash to buy a ticket. It's well worth taking a peek around with the Times' travel reporter Steven Bleach.

The usual comparisons come to mind, but the best of the amenities remind me of nothing so much as the private railcars I've toured where nothing was too good for the passengers. It's quite a sight to see, complete with Pullman inspired semi private compartments. First cabin is definitely first cabin here.

The tourist class amenities are competent(Steven called them 'bog standard'), but which class pays the bills is yet to be seen. I've got my doubts about being stuck for sixteen hours between screaming babies, cellphone morons and smelly diaper bags.


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