Singapore Airlines now has five different business class seats in the air, and all of them featuring on flights to various Australian cities.
With the newer-generation seats being leagues ahead of their older siblings in terms of comfort and features, choosing the right aircraft and seat could make a world of difference on your next journey to the Lion City and beyond.
1. New Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 business class
This latest-design business class seats appears on all of Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A380s and will gradually be introduced to the older superjumbos as they are upgraded over the next few years.
While not a perfect seat, we’d suggest this as the airline's most well-rounded option.
There are plenty of nooks and crannies for your small belongings, and even enough space to cram a carry-on bag under the seat along with your shoes.
The large 18 inch video screen is filled with content, the paired middle seats have a privacy divider that can be fully lowered, and the 198cm bed will be comfortable for most travellers.
All this space comes at a cost though, and for this seat that's a reduced width of 25 inches.
In comparison, Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350 business class seat measures 28 inches wide, while the original super-wide A380 seat boasted 30-34 inches of shoulder space.
A common complaint with this seat is the foot cubby, which necessitates sleeping on an angle and trying to fit your toes into a small recess.
To sidestep the squeeze, consider snagging one of the seats in the front row of each mini-cabin (that’s rows 11, 91 and 96), as these have a full-width footrest.
The middle seats (D and F) of those same rows have the added benefit of being able to convert into a near ‘double bed’, once the central divider is lowered.
Just be mindful of extra noise and disturbances in these areas, as they are close to galleys and toilets.
At the time of writing you can find these latest Airbus A380s flying from Sydney to Singapore on SQ232 and SQ221, and onwards to key destinations in Europe including London and Zurich.
2. Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 and retrofitted Boeing 777-300ER business class
The second-best business class seat in Singapore Airlines' fleet is on the Airbus A350s (including the ultra-long range version flying non-stop to New York) and the refurbished Boeing 777-300ERs.
The key features of the latest Airbus A380 seat are also seen here, as they are related in design.
However, while the superjumbo's business class seat is the latest iteration, the A350/B777 will appear to passengers who seek the added comfort of a wider seat, which in this case measures 28 inches across.
There’s still ample space to stash your stuff.
However, the same drawbacks are present including the positioning of the footwell and the need to sleep on an angle (once again, we recommend the bulkhead seats for extra leg space).
Like Singapore Airline’s other older-style seats, you need to manually flip your seat forward to reveal the bed. But once that inconvenience is aside, you’ll still find a fairly comfortable plinth to snooze on.
We’d recommend choosing the more-modern Airbus A350 over the Boeing 777-300ER if you have a choice, as the cabin experience is a lot more pleasant: think quieter engines, larger windows, lower cabin pressure, and integrated mood lighting to help you adjust to different timezones.
Overall we’d rank this seat a close second behind the new A380 seat, but it’s really down to a matter of personal preference, and many travellers will prefer the Airbus A350 experience.
Hop on selected Singapore Airlines flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to find this seat.
3. Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 and regional Airbus A350 business class
Passengers in Perth and Adelaide can opt for Singapore Airlines’ new fully-flat regional business class, found in the long-legged Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner and a subset of Airbus A350 jets intended for medium-range routes around Asia and to Australia.
This is easily the best 'regional business class' in the sky, with a staggered 1-2-1 layout providing direct aisle access and a fully flat bed.
Present are the usual mod-cons such as an 18-inch entertainment screen and a few handy crevices to store your contraptions.
The footwell is of a decent size and the forward-facing layout means you don’t need to sleep on an angle.
The main concern is seat width. On paper, it’s a nominal 20 inches which is quite a tight squeeze in business class terms. In practice, it’s a bit better when you lower both armrests during the cruise, giving you a lot more space to snooze.
4. Singapore Airlines original Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300 business class
Introduced with the first-ever Airbus A380 in 2007, there’s no denying these behemoth seats are an impressive sight to behold.
The seats measure an unbeatable 30 inches or more across, nearly enough space for two (very friendly) people to snuggle up in. In fact, there are two headphone ports in each seat for watching movies together.
As usual, these seats have manual fold-down beds and require you to sleep on an angle, so the first row of each mini-cabin is your best bet.
There’s really nothing wrong with this business class seat apart from the virtue of being old and outdated, which is especially noticeable in the clunky interface of the inflight entertainment.
You’ll generally find these seats on the older A380s from Sydney, as well as some of the Boeing 777s that grace the skies of Perth and Melbourne.
5. Singapore Airlines older Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 regional business class
Trailing the pack is Singapore Airline’s ‘sloping sleeper’ of older Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s.
It was a great seat when it debuted and still serves well on the shortest regional routes within Asia, but is of course overshadowed by the newer trends of fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for everyone.
You’ll still find it winging its way to Perth and Adelaide, as well as the Singapore-Melbourne-Wellington service of SQ247/SQ248. If you're booked on the Melbourne-Singapore leg of those flights we would strongly recommend changing to a different flight out of Melbourne if you have the chance.
What's your favourite Singapore Airlines business class seat, and why? Tell us in the comments below.