Singapore Airlines has unveiled new A380 cabins costing hundreds of millions of dollars and if these pictures are anything to go by, it was money very well spent.
It was already a world-class airline, now it’s very special indeed.
The carrier has splashed out $850million on the upgrade, which introduces double beds in the exclusive suites – which cost from £9,500 – and in business class.
Each aircraft has six suites tucked into the front cabin of the upper deck, and they are more akin to five-star hotel digs than airline seats
Singapore Airlines describes them as a ‘personal oasis complete with lavish furnishing and finishes’.
Each suite is furnished with a separate full-flat bed with adjustable recline and plush leather chair, enabling customers to lounge comfortably in the chair or rest in bed without the need to convert the bed from a sitting position
For couples travelling together, the beds in the first two suites of each aisle can be converted to form a double bed. When not in use, the bed can be stowed completely, creating even more personal space within each suite.
Each seat is upholstered by world-renowned Poltrona Frau in fine leather, and is fully adjustable using an electronic control side panel which can accommodate a variety of sitting and lounging positions.
The swivel capability of the chair (between 135 and 270 degrees) with recline up to 45 degrees provides ‘added flexibility for dining and relaxation’.
Each suite also has a 32in full-HD monitor that can swivel for the different viewing angles in seat and bed modes, a full-sized personal wardrobe, customised handbag stowage compartment, amenity box lined with soft leather, specially designed carpet and a feature wall with mood lighting – ‘all exquisitely crafted to give a touch of luxury and intimacy’.
The airline, which was named as Best Airline in Asia at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017, added: ‘The exclusivity of the suites cabin is further accentuated by its two stylishly-furnished lavatories, one of which has a sit-down vanity counter.’
The new suites were designed by Pierrejean Design Studio and manufactured by Zodiac Seats UK.
Business class isn’t too shabby, either.
The airline said: ‘The interior of the business class cabin showcases a modern yet organic colour scheme featuring a selection of soothing and classy leather and fabrics, in addition to lightweight carbon composite materials.’
The seats in this class are 25 inches in width, with two side wings for support.
They can be reclined into a 78in full-flat bed and customers may also stretch out fully in a ‘sun deck’ position to watch movies on an 18in monitor.
But the piece de resistance is the fact that the two central seats can be transformed into a double bed, because the centre divider can be lowered.
It should be pointed out, though, that Qatar pipped Singapore Airlines to the post in this department, because it has already launched double beds in business on its London and Paris routes.
But the double bed feature isn’t all Singapore Airlines has to boast about regarding its new business class seating. It’s also keen to point out that its new business class seats are carbon fibre and thinner than normal metal-based seats, which ‘allows for better optimisation of the seat and creates more under-seat stowage space to accommodate a full-sized cabin bag and laptop bag or handbag’
Other features include a business panel equipped with USB ports and in-seat power, reading lights with adjustable brightness level, mood lighting, enlarged dining table designed for flexibility in dining positions, as well as stowage space for personal amenities ‘with a thoughtful design that puts everything within easy reach’.
There are improvements, too, for those on a budget, with premium economy passengers treated to active noise-cancelling headphones, leather seats and more stowage space for personal items.
Economy passengers, meanwhile, will sit in Recaro seats ‘that offer more space and greater comfort through an improved design’
Other features include a patented non-intrusive reading light installed underneath the seat-back screen, personal storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, in-seat power supply and ergonomically designed footrest with adjustable positions.
The new cabin products were displayed for the first time today at a media launch in Singapore. They will enter service next month on the first of five new A380 aircraft entering the fleet. Retrofit work will also take place on 14 existing aircraft, to ensure product consistency across the Airline’s entire A380 fleet.
The new Singapore Airlines A380 will be configured with 471 seats in four classes, featuring 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.
The research, design, development and installation of the new products on 19 A380s represents an investment of about $850million, Singapore Airlines said.
The new suites will only be available on selected flights on the Singapore-Sydney-Singapore section of the route from London to Sydney, and will cost from £9,500. They will be available from December 18.
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