Singapore Airlines unveils new A380 cabins
The airline aims to redefine premium air travel with its four new cabins.
Good news, luxury travellers. Singapore Airlines has unveiled its highly anticipated new cabins for its Airbus A380 fleet. Four years and US$850 million in the making, the new cabins will grace the airline starting next month.
The new Singapore Airlines A380 will be fitted out with 471 seats in four classes. There are six Singapore Airlines suites and 78 business class seats on the upper deck as well as 44 premium economy class seats and 343 economy class seats on the main deck. We've broken down the perks you can expect from each class below.
The new Singapore Airlines suites are a mix of first class and your own little luxurious apartment in the sky. Located at the front of the upper cabin, each suite is furnished with a full-flat bed with adjustable recline and a separate plush leather chair. For couples travelling together, the beds in the first two suites of each aisle can be converted into a double bed for in-flight spooning.
Each suite also boasts a 32-inch HD monitor, a full-sized personal wardrobe, a customised handbag stowage compartment, an amenity box, a specially designed carpet and a feature wall fit with mood lining.
Designed by Pierrejean Design Studio and manufactured by Zodiac Seats UK, each suite is also equipped with two lavatories, including a sit-down vanity counter so you can freshen up throughout the flight.
Business class flyers can look forward to a similar level of comfort and luxury from the redesign. It’s organised in a 1-2-1 configuration, giving all customers easy access to the aisle as usual. The business class seat is 25-inches wide and has two side wings for back support. It also reclines into a 67-inch flatbed (no massive change here). The seat has a larger back shell to create a "cocoon-like feel" to offer more privacy.
Similar to the first class suites, you can also lower the divider to form a double bed, so the two centre seats are ideal for couples or families travelling together.
Each business class seat is equipped with USB ports and in-seat power to charge your devices, reading lights with adjustable brightness, mood lighting, an enlarged dining table and stowage for personal amenities.
Unlike some other business class cabins, you won’t find a social area or bar area if you want a change of scenery from your seat. You can check out our review of the Singapore Airlines A380 business class to see how the redesign compares with the current model.
Premium economy class
If you want a happy medium of luxury and affordability, premium economy class could be for you. Each leather-finished seat is 19.5 inches wide, with an eight-inch recline and a seat pitch of 38 inches to offer some extra leg room. You can also get extra comfy with a calf-rest and foot-bar for every seat.
You’ll also have access to an individual in-seat power supply, two USB ports, a personal in-seat reading light, a cocktail table and extra stowage space. You can also occupy your time in the air with a 13.3-inch HD monitor and noise-cancelling headphones.
Even in economy, the A380 now offers travellers more space and comfort thanks to an improved design. The seats are configured in a 3-4-3 design. The advanced technology and ergonomics mean that the seats have more legroom and back support. The headrest also comes with foldable wings and can be adjusted in six different ways.
You can also keep yourself occupied with the 11.1-inch touchscreen and the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system. Each seat is equipped with a power supply, USB ports, personal storage space and ergonomically designed footrests.
The new design aligns with Singapore Airlines’ 50th anniversary in Australia and 70th anniversary in the air. The airline aims to redefine luxury travel and further cement its position as innovative leaders in aviation with the launch of its A380 redesign.
“The significant investment that we are making with the introduction of new cabin products demonstrates our commitment to continued investment in products and services, our long-term approach to ensure we retain our leadership position and our confidence in the future of premium full-service air travel,” said SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong.
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