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Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKD. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal
Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKD. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Photos: New Singapore Airlines A380. Apartment Suites and better Business.

Singapore Airlines has finally unveiled its much awaited new cabin for its Airbus A380 flagship fleet. The cabins in all four classes of service, Suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy are focussed around the theme of “Space made personal, experience the difference”. The new cabins feature intimate and bespoke elements while increasing space and privacy.

The new configuration offers 471 seats in four classes. Six suites and 78 business class seats on the upper deck. 44 premium economy and 343 economy class seats on the lower deck.

The new cabin products will be fitted into the five new Airbus A380’s the airline will start taking delivery of next month. The existing fleet of 14 superjumbos will also be retro-fitted with the new products for consistency. The total investment in the new products and fitment on the 19 A380s is about $850 million.

The new configuration will be first deployed on the Singapore Sydney route and it is expected next on the Singapore London Heathrow route sometime in March 2018.

Singapore Airlines Suites – now an apartment

Singapore Airlines which first introduced the Suites concept, has taken cues from the Etihad Airways’ First Class apartments for its new Suites product. It has opted for a single aisle system with six suites in three rows on either side in a 1-1 layout. The new Suites were designed by Pierrejean Design Studio and manufactured by Zodiac Seats UK.

Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites
Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites

Each suite has a separate full length full flat bed along with a Poltrona Frau leather recliner type chair. In an improvement over the Etihad Apartment, the beds of the first two Singapore Airlines Suites on  each side of the aisle can be converted to form a double bed.

Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites double beds
Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites double beds
Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites double bed
Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites double bed

The recliner type chair is fully electronically adjustable with a recline up to 45 degrees and swivel between 135 and 270 degrees. Each Suite has a 32-inch full HD monitor, a full-sized personal wardrobe, amenity box and a carry-on stowage compartment. A feature wall with mood lighting gives a touch of intimacy.

Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites
Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites

The airline though has not followed its middle-east rivals offering of an on-board shower. One of the two Suites lavatories features a sit-down vanity station.

Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites lavatory
Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites lavatory
Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites lavatory
Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites lavatory

Business Class

The new business class seats use lightweight composite materials with a soothing colour and upholstery. The thinner frame allows for full sized carry-on bags to be placed under the seat. Designed by JPA Design the new seats are manufactured by JAMCO. Demonstrating the improved space-efficient design Singapore Airlines has increased the seat count to 78 from the previous 66 retaining the same 1-2-1 forward facing layout allowing direct aisle access to each passenger.

Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Business class.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Business class.

No more folding the seat in to a bed

In what I personally appreciate by leaps and bounds, the new Singapore Airlines business class seat directly reclines in to a 78 inch long full flat bed. No more having to fold the seat back and tuck your feet in to the little cubby-hole. While the new seat is 25 inches wide, three less than the previous seat, it has two side wings for better back support.

The centre seats are closer unlike the previous version which had the seats to the outside. The Krisworld IFE system can be watched on an 18 inch HD monitor and can be controlled by your iPhone or Android device. Upholstery is by Poltrona Frau.

Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Business class.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Business class.

Double beds in business class

In a first, the centre seats behind each of the three bulkhead rows (11D and 11F, 91D and 91F, and 96D and 96F can be converted into a double bed by lowering the centre divider fully. Ideal for couples and families. However, it still is not a QSuite a’la Qatar Airways.

The double bed in the Singapore Airlines new A380 business class.
The double bed in the Singapore Airlines new A380 business class.

The new business class seats feature a business panel equipped with multiple USB and multimedia ports and in-seat power. Flexible reading lights with adjustable brightness, seat mood lighting, an enlarged height adjustable table allowing for dining and working, and cubby holes for personal items complete the seat.

Video of the new Suites and Business Class

Premium Economy Class

The premium economy class (PEY) has 19.5 inch wide seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and is similar to the existing hard product. An enhanced Krisworld in-flight entertainment (IFE) system is married to a 13.3 inch full HD monitor with the provision of active noise-canceling headphones.

Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Premium Economy class.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Premium Economy class.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Premium Economy class. 38 inch pitch. 8 inch recline.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Premium Economy class. 38 inch pitch. 8 inch recline.

The Premium Economy Class seat was designed by JPA Design and manufactured by ZIM Flugsitz GmbH.

Economy Class

The Recaro economy class seats are 18.5 inches wide compared to the 17 inch on 10 abreast Boeing 777s and nine abreast Boeing 787s. The IFE features a 11.1-inch touch-screen monitor which eliminates the need of handsets. The seats features a patented non-intrusive reading light installed underneath the seatback screen, personal storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, in-seat power supply and ergonomically designed footrest with adjustable positions.

Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Economy class. 3-4-3 18.5 inch wide seats.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Economy class. 3-4-3 18.5 inch wide seats.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Economy class. 3-4-3 18.5 inch wide seats.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Economy class. IFE system.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Economy class. Touch-screen IFE system.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Krisworld IFE system.
Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin. Krisworld IFE system.

New cabin specifications summary

Suites Business Class Premium Economy Class Economy Class
Seats 6 78 44 343
Layout 1-1
(upper deck)
1-2-1
(upper deck)
2-4-2
(main deck)
3-4-3
(main deck)
Seat Pitch 50 inches 38 inches 32 inches
Seat Width 21 inches swivel chair 25 inches 19.5 inches 18.5 inches
Seat Recline Up to 135 degrees Seat reclines into a full flat bed 8 inches 6 inches
Bed Dimensions 76 x 27 inches (rectangular). Separate seat and bed 78 x 34 inches (at widest points)
IFE Screen Size 32 inches 18 inches 13.3 inches 11.1 inches
AC Power Supply and USB Charging Ports In-suite In-seat In-seat In-seat

In-flight dining

Singapore Airlines does not have a lounge area onboard its A380s like the middle-east carriers, but its in-flight dining, and pre-order Book The Cook service is one the best in the world.

A small gallery to tickle your taste buds.

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Images courtesy the airline.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010.

He is ranked 6th on Mashable’s list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner).

He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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