Singapore Air was the first airline to take A380 first class travel to the next level when it introduced its Suites Class back in 2008. At the time, the suite was revolutionary, offering the most luxurious travel in the skies with the possibility of a double bed – the only of its kind – when the two middle suites are combined.
I’ve wanted to fly Singapore for a long time, but award availability is difficult to come by, and I still haven’t taken the dream trip to Tokyo (where Singapore flies through en route to its capital hub) on which I’d snag a try of the cabin (using Chase Ultimate Rewards points, transferred to KrisFlyer, of course).
Over the decade since Singapore introduced its Suites class, the airline has been one-upped many a time, first by Emirates with its First Class Suites and Shower Suites, and then by Etihad, with its First Apartments, which are leaps and bounds above any other product in the sky.
Singapore has been hinting for some time that it would soon update its Suites Class cabin, and a leaked seat map confirms that BIG changes are coming to the airline.
Currently, the Suites Class cabin is on the lower deck of the A380 cabin, which provides for some wide 1-2-1 laid out seats (relative to Emirates, for example, which has the same layout on the much more narrow upper deck). It seems, based on the leaked seat map, that Singapore will be moving its first class to the upper deck of the A380, with only a single aisle down the center of the plane, just like Etihad.
Based on the seat map, we can expect that the suites will span half the width of the plane, just like on Etihad. That’s big news item 1.
Piece number 2 is still entirely speculative, but it appears that Singapore will be positioning only 6 suites in the same space that Etihad has nine Apartments, a large lavatory, a second lavatory with shower, and the Residence, suggesting that Singapore’s Suites could be significantly larger than even Etihad’s, and (even more speculative) the possibility that Singapore will introduce showers to its planes as well.
The new cabins are expected to be introduced late this year, with Sydney being the first destination to receive the refresh. It may take some time to see this product come to US destinations, but it will definitely be very high on my list to try out as soon as possible!