Singapore Airlines: new first class, business class launch Nov 2

By David Flynn, September 1 2017

Singapore Airlines will reveal its all-new Airbus 380 first class suites and business class seats on Thursday November 2, ahead of the delivery of the first of five new superjumbos to join the fleet.

The Star Alliance member will unveil the new products at an international media launch event held in Singapore.

Also tipped for the grand reveal are new designs for premium economy and economy class, resulting in a tip-to-tail refresh for the decade-old design of the A380s.

The new seats are expected to be retrofitted to most of Singapore Airlines' existing A380 fleet.

As previously reported by Australian Business Traveller, the new first class suites will be larger than their current counterparts, although there'll be fewer of them – with between six and eight suites on the new birds, down from 12 today, although there's speculation that the airline could also offer an oversized 1A 'apartment' suite.

First class will also be relocated to the upper deck, instead of the nose of the superjumbo’s main deck.

Arrayed behind those suites will be redesigned business class seats which will stretch all the way to the end of the upper deck.

(This same business class seat will also appear on a new ultra-long range version of the Airbus A350 due in late 2018, which Singapore Airlines will use to restart non-stop flights from Singapore to Los Angeles, New York and a third as-yet-unnamed US destination.)

Sydney is still believed to be earmarked as a launch route for the new Airbus A380, with London to follow.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Sep 2012

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Can't wait,  I hope they address the lack of legroom for business class when in lie-flat mode. Also adding a mattress would be nice! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Jul 2017

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Config and class of travel impact which airline and route I take. 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

23 Mar 2015

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Not clear when these seats actually fly? I am in First on Singapore, MEL-LHR-MEL via SIN in mid November, A380 on 22 November. Hope they are in action then. 

10 Sep 2012

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In the past they've sent the latest cabins to Sydney and Melbourne very quickly, so you could get lucky.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 287

Sorry to burst yeah bubble on this one, but while they might be launching the new first cabins and biz class seats in Nov this year. I've heard they aren't going to be actually flying their new A380's till 2018 at the earliest. 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

23 Mar 2015

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Thanks, what a shame )-: just made to make do with normal luxury then Ho Ho

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

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Enjoy it mate.. I'm sure SQ will make it mem

30 Jul 2013

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Couldn't possibly be worse than the 787 business class seat, I am only 5'9 and couldn't stretch out unless I laid on my side (with some weird hole to put your feet in). Even with the seat in the upright selection, I was on an angle with my shoulder in the aisle. Probably the worst business class product I have seen recently. And apprently it's 'the latest' for SQ - total fail in my opinion. Staff weren't the best either, really don't know what has happened to SQ - everything about them used to be great! And please don't get me started on their lounges in SIN!!
 I came back on QF, and --wait for it-- the staff were much more friendly (they must have hired some new ones) and the A330 seat soooo much better than SQ's 787 seat. Won't be traveling with SQ in business class again, so many better products out there.

02 Sep 2015

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Not sure but when does SQ has 787?

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Jun 2013

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Do you have the right airline, I didn't think SQ flew the 787?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Sep 2012

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I think you might be referring to Scoot,  which has the Boeing 787 fleet. They're an LCC carrier and won't be as good as a premium airlines like SQ and QF. 

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

14 Nov 2013

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SQ has no 787 in service.

03 Sep 2017

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If it's a Singapore carrier and B787, then it must be Scoot, a budget airline. Therefore the J class will not be the same as that of premium airlines. 

23 May 2017

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By the sounds of the description I think Aussieflyer confused the 787 with the a350.

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13 Jan 2015

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but how...           

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

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Hey @elchriss0,

Most people have no clue what a B787, A350 or B777 is or could tell the difference if they tried. Horrific, but true.

That said, Aussieflyer seems to know that it was a A330 on Qantas coming back, so the mind boggles a bit.

SQ will be flying the B797-10 in the near future, but not at present (launch customer if I'm not mistaken).

I'm siding with @rrysp and concluding that he got B787 and A350 confused 🤷‍♀ 

10 Sep 2012

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The 787 and the 350 aren't that dissimilar inside, particularly to those who might not be as obsessed as others.  Not me, though.  I'm totally obsessed.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

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@Petrhsr I'm with you in the obsession stakes mate😂😂

Although I would think that if you are in economy, you would DEFIANTLY appreciate the extra room and comfort offered by the A350 over that "Nightmareliner", Boeing calls the B787😜

03 Sep 2017

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Hmmm.... Looks like most of us here are frequent flyers and we have not followed the safety procedure as announced on each flight to its entirety, naughty naughty. 🤓

The aircraft type is stated on the emergency & safety card amongst the reading materials in each seat. 

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

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Well pointed out 😂😂😂


Personally I find out way before I've even set eyes on the plane, which make and model it is. 

I end up flying economy a lot more often than I would like and that information can be a make or break as to whether I book that flight or not.

03 Sep 2017

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Well, I do that too. 

I have just changed my Feb 2018 SQ SIN-MEL flight to an earlier one because they have reverted the A380 back to B777. So now I'm on the A350. 

13 Nov 2015

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About the only SQ award flights I continuously see pop up in business (forget first) is SIN-PER or SIN-BKK and SIN-HKG. That's about it.

03 Sep 2017

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loopflyer, Are you referring to Kris Flyer award flight redemption, and that only these sectors you listed are usually available? 

I got my MEL-SIN-MEL business flights for Feb 2018, back in Mar 2017, and as late as 2 weeks ago, changes the SIN-MEL sector to an earlier flight on the A350. 

I could never afford F class, and won't go for it even if I have the $. I don't sleep on flights, therefore the suite will be wasted on me. I'd much prefer to go on at least 2 or 3 more business class flights with that F class airfare. J class comfort is more than enough for me. :p


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