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Singapore Airlines is planning a new generation of first class suites and business class seats for both the Airbus A380 and an ultra-long range Airbus A350, which will take to the skies in 2017-2018.
The Singaporean flag-carrier invests heavily in creating superb cabins for its premium passengers – its latest Boeing 777-300ER first class and business class are arguably the best seats in the world – so it's always intriguing to see design concepts for its next-gen seats.
A case in point: these concepts created for the airline by British firm DCA Design International.
Developed in 2014, a year after Singapore Airlines' current first and business class seats made their debut, they could even provide some hints as to what we'll see next from SQ.
The first class concepts reveal an elegant if compact suite (which appears to be located on the top deck of an Airbus A380).
Immediately noticeable is a novel 'split seat' which would provide "an intimate shared space for a couple travelling together", DCA explains, or it can simply be an oversized seat which delivers "an extremely spacious cosseting and luxurious space for an individual traveller."
DCA says the notion was inspired by research which revealed a "growing tendency for business travellers to take partners or families with them on business trips."
And while the ottoman could also be used as a companion seat, "the suite can easily accommodate four people, including the option to dine together."
DCA even proposed that the large HD video panel could display two different pictures, although that'd prove more distracting than anything else.
The finishes in these mock-ups are undeniably high-end and share some of the design language found in Singapore Airlines' current seats.
The proposed business class seat is also a stunning effort and incorporated suite-like sliding doors.
DCA's business class cabin concept retained the front-facing 1-2-1 layout.
A frosted opaque panel between the middle seats offers a choice between privacy and interaction with fellow travellers.
As you'd expect from a modern premium seat, there's generous space for spreading out and stowing your personal gear.
Note that these are purely concepts which DCA has chosen to make public – they're not Singapore Airlines' actual next generation seats for 2017 onwards, with a spokesman for Singapore Airlines confirming to Australian Business Traveller "these seats are design concepts from a previous design submission."
All the same, they provide a glimpse into the advances being made in first class and business class design.
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