Just about every business class seat on Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380 is a good one, but when it’s time to select a seat for your next Singapore Airlines’ A380 flight, try to nab a spot in row 11, 91 or 96.
While functionally the same as all 78 business class seats on the superjumbo’s upper deck, those prized pews come with so much extra legroom that if Singapore Airlines added a door they could almost be a compact mini-first class suite, in the shape of a ‘business class plus’ offering.
That’s my take, after a recent Singapore Airlines flight ensconced in seat 91D.
Best Singapore Airlines A380 business class seats
To be specific, here are the 12 seats across those three specific rows to put on your hit-list:
- 11A, 11D, 11F and 11K
- 91A, 91D, 91F and 91K
- 96A, 96D, 96F and 96K
If you’re flying solo, any of those seats will suffice – but if you’re travelling with your partner, try to book these paired middle seats, which Singapore Airlines says “can be turned into a doubled bed” (although to be more accurate, it’s a bit more like two single beds pushed close together):
- 11D and 11F
- 91D and 91F
- 96D and 96F
But don’t worry about being a single flyer in these middle ‘double bed’ seats – with the raised privacy screen in place you won’t even see your seatmate.
Note that while you can reserve any seat in row 11 as soon as you make your booking, 91D and 91F along with 96A and 96K typically can’t be selected until online check-in opens 48 hour before the flight.
That’s because these seats have bassinet-mounting points, so they’re typically set aside for parents travelling with an infant – if there are not babies board, they’re made available for any business class flyer, albeit at the risk that you could be relocated if a parent needs a bassinet seat).
So why do rows 11, 91 and 96 stand out from the rest of Singapore Airlines’ A380 business class?
Rows 11 and 91 are situated just behind a cabin wall or bulkhead, while row 96 faces onto an exit area – and in all three cases, this unlocks extra space in front of the seats themselves.
Additionally, instead of a relatively small angled space to tuck your feet into once the seat goes into flatbed mode, each of these three rows is fronted by an extra-wide footwell built into the wall (or a freestanding ‘monument’, in the case of row 96).
This in turn makes it easy to sleep stretched out straight instead of lying on an angle in any of the other business class seats, with your toes tucked into the cubby in front.
There’s also plenty of room below this shelf to stow your carry-on bag, so that any items you need – such as your laptop, cables and what-not – are always close at hand.
(What’s not so close at hand is the AC power socket: this is concealed behind a panel next to the video screen mounted in the wall, so your laptop’s cable will be stretched out between you and the socket if you need to recharge the battery while working en route.)
Combine that with the other creature comforts of Singapore Airlines’ A380 business class – ranging from the well-appointed seat itself to quality inflight meals and WiFi – and you can appreciate why a sliding privacy door could almost transform this into a cosy first class cocoon.
Let’s say you have seats in all three rows at your disposal – is there any reason to shoot for one over another?
Row 11 is behind the main kitchen galley shared by first and business class, while just in front of row 91 are two toilets.
While conventional wisdom says proximity to the galley makes for a more noise as cabin crew work and chat during the flight, I’d rather be near the galley than the lavs – especially on a daytime flight, where gallery movement and noise won’t interrupt your sleep.
At the very back of the A380’s upper deck, row 96 doesn’t seem to be noticeably chilly despite being flanked by two exit doors – but it’s definitely noisier than seats in the middle or front of the upper deck, and I imagine that on overnight flights the clatter and chatter from the galley just behind row 97 could be disturbing.