Singapore Airlines: new A380 first class suites, business class in 2017

By David Flynn, May 21 2015

Singapore Airlines will launch its new Airbus A380 first class suites mid-2017, read our exclusive story for more details

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Speaking at today's launch of its new premium economy classSingapore Airlines confirmed the new suites and seats would feature in the airline's next raft of superjumbo deliveries.

"We are working hard on a new ground-up first suite and business class product that will be unveiled when we put into service the next batch of A380s which are coming in 2017" said Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial, Mak Swee Wah.

However, Mak wouldn't be drawn on details of the new cabins, including if SQ would add shower suites to the pointy end of the plane.

"I don't know about showers" he told Australian Business Traveller.

"We have to do what is sensible and what the customers want, and come out with product which fits the market segment who wants exclusivity, privacy and comfort, and not just the suite but the whole package."

Update: Singapore Airlines has now confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that its new Airbus A380s will not include first class showers

As for the new A380 business class seats, Singapore Airlines is expected to draw inspiration from the airline's current design for the Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A350s.

"Certainly we won't change just for the sake of change, but it will be superior to what we have now" Mak said of the new A380 business class. "Product development is an ongoing process."

Singapore Airlines kicked off the modern wave of first class suites as the worldwide launch customer of the Airbus 380 in 2007, but faces increased competition from Etihad's revolutionary three-room The Residence on the A380 (below).

Read: Inside Etihad's new Airbus A380 first class suites

Emirates is also working on its own first class suite upgrade, which the airline says will be "more like a private railway cabin."

Read: Emirates first class private bedroom for Airbus A380, Boeing 777 

David Flynn visited Singapore as a guest of Singapore Airlines

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GgFlyer

GgFlyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2015

Total posts 55

This is great! Now if only QF could do a bit more work on their a380s

neiljeram

neiljeram

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2013

Total posts 33

Agreed. QF is looking a bit stale. The service levels have impoved but metal is still the same. 

Propofol88

Propofol88

QF Platinum

24 Jan 2013

Total posts 141

I wonder if SQ will follow in the footsteps of EY? I'm trying the First Apartments in 3 weeks and if they are as jaw dropping as people say they are, I reckon I'll be flying EY more often to Europe than SQ... 

t

t

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

17 Apr 2013

Total posts 8

I just did last week. Hard product is hard to beat but I still rate SQ service higher than EY.

imxpnsv

imxpnsv

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Platinum

29 Aug 2014

Total posts 38

One of the reason I fly with VA is because I prefer to fly with SQ for international trips. Only one thing that I miss when I jumped to VA from QF is that QF's Businee and First lounges. VA's domestic lounge sucks.. 


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