First pics: 2017 Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class

By James Fordham, December 13 2017

Join Australian Business Traveller as we explore the new Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class product and see how it stacks up in real life compared to the publicity shots. 

An 18-inch screen connects you to KrisWorld entertainment...

...with plenty of nooks and crannies for storage. 

Your seat has multiple positions to relax in, even during takeoff and landing. 

The seat features a fully-flat bed mode with 78 inches (1.98 metres) of space to stretch out...

...as well as large working surfaces.

Keep your gear charged up while you're on the go.

The seats feature plush leather and a cushion...

...and can recline into a 'Z' shape. 

The double bed mode in business class' centre seat pairs. 

A shell provides extra privacy during the flight. 

The seats are 25-inches wide.

Centre seats with the divider partially down. 

Paywave reader for in-flight purchases. 

More storage areas next to the screen, and below also. 

The seat in fully-flat mode. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming seat review of the new A380 business class seats on Singapore Airlines.

Australian Business Traveller travelled to Toulouse as a guest of Singapore Airlines, and will be on board the delivery flight of the airlines’ new Airbus A380 from Toulouse to Singapore on Wednesday December 13, 2017.

james_fordham

James has been interested in aviation ever since his first flight. When he’s not travelling, he’s still on the road indulging his motoring hobby, or trying a new whisky.

Grannular

Grannular

31 Mar 2014

Total posts 290

That foot well looks incredibly awkward for sleeping! Do the decision makers actually try these products beforehand? I would call this a step backwards unfortunately.

mallee

mallee

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Dec 2012

Total posts 19

If it is anything like the existing A380, there are certain rows that have a full width foot well, row 96 I think, maybe check on seaguru.com

ExLibris76

ExLibris76

09 Jul 2012

Total posts 27

Grannular, you said it right! That foot well looks even more constricted than previous iterations. I found the awkward angle, combined with incredibly hard surface to be uncomfortable on the current 777 product. This one looks even worse. I like SQ; I really like it a lot. But it's these overlooked details which make me consider other airlines for at least some of my longhauls.

Greg84

Greg84

03 Nov 2014

Total posts 89

Terrible decision on the footwell position - I flew QF A330 out & Singapore 777 back from Singapore last week, I found the seat awkward. Lying at a weird angle is not comfortable. The offset model Qantas uses is much more pax friendly.

elchriss0

elchriss0

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

Total posts 581

I prefer the A350 design over these but still that seat pitch looks tight. I always aim for row 11 on all their aircraft where available followed by the other bulkhead rows. I assume the same will apply with these new seats. If would be useful you could add a photo of a bulkhead seat in the actual review.

tazza0712

tazza0712

27 May 2015

Total posts 24

I’ve spotted another picture doing the rounds of a business class window seat bulkhead and it does not have the bench area for your feet that the A350/777/previous A380 J class had. It has the same angled area.

Unless the photo was a bogey or I’ve misunderstood what I’ve seen, it looks like the only bulkhead J seats with a bench area at the foot instead of the narrow footwell, are the middle “double bed” seats.

plad

plad

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

16 Jun 2017

Total posts 35

That seating is just awful. What was wrong the the original business class seating on the A380? This is a step backwards. Business is becoming more like economy.

Steve987

Steve987

23 Feb 2015

Total posts 254

Agreed, that original seat remains my favourite J seat ever. The sense of space remains unparalleled and the mod cons other seats now have that it didn’t don’t bridge the gap.

rrysp

rrysp

23 May 2017

Total posts 10

I agree with the above comment re preference of a350 seating over this new seating. I still think this seat will be industry leading although it does show that comfort in terms of seat pitch and space are slowly being eroded and replaced by gimmicks such as slick new plastics and technology such as wifi and internet. A necessary decision to keep an aircraft like the a380 economically viable I suppose.

aggie57

aggie57

QF

04 Apr 2014

Total posts 152

What’s with a chunk of the window being behind part of the seat? Some of us like to look out the window. Where are the A380 window bins - are these seats on the lower deck?

tazza0712

tazza0712

27 May 2015

Total posts 24

Business class is on the upper deck, however the new seat design appears as though it precludes the window side storage bins. I could be wrong, but it looks like they’ve been nixed.

It would have been more pleasant IMO for the seat to be window side, and the main shell/divider to be aisle side.

The seat-shell blocking the window view seems like a rather strange move.

lmz

lmz

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

09 Jul 2017

Total posts 4

Honestly, have a look at that rediculous angled lying position "across" the seat! As I have said before I will "never" fly long haul again with SQ (and I am Gold) as I am still getting over my Adelaide to London return with this truly bizarre, uncomfortable and quite frankly stupid seating/lying position. My official complaint fell on deaf ears.

Look out for some very cheap business class fares in the future with SQ!

Traveller14

Traveller14

17 Sep 2015

Total posts 391

Yes, while SQ is a great airline, surprising that it did not test the seat with a user panel. If it did, the users can't have tried to sleep as where one has to place feet looks uncomfortable. That said, SQ is still miles ahead of QF in staff attitude and food, as well as having much better reliability and punctuality.

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1136

It’s interesting how strongly SQ perserveres with this angled sleeping arrangement, despite the many, many well documented complaints online.

lbs890213

lbs890213

14 Dec 2017

Total posts 2

looking forward business class middle bulkhead and window bulkhead picture

ECBB

ECBB

29 Sep 2014

Total posts 12

I like the finishes very much but I'd really prefer a conventional herringbone/reverse herringbone or staggered layout to this. Very awkward looking.

Trogdor

Trogdor

11 Dec 2015

Total posts 81

Look, I love SIA, but I've got to say that based on these photos, this design looks like it wasn't very well thought-out.

Adding to the comments above about the narrow foot well and window blind being blocked by the seat shell - what about the position of the seatbelt? From the picture, it looks as if the right hand belt mounting will be sitting in the middle of your lower back once you angle across to place your feet into the footwell cubby. For people like me who like to sleep with the belt loosely fastened, I can't see any way that will be comfortable.

lmz

lmz

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

09 Jul 2017

Total posts 4

Basically unless you have sat in the original which is not too dissimilar from the one above it’s hard to explain how bad this seating position is

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