Singapore Airlines revealed their new Suites product today, and the initial reaction can only be described as “WOW.”
The global launch event, which took place in Singapore, included details of the new interior cabins for business and economy as well. But since the first class Suites are the star, they are what we will detail here.
Singapore Airlines will begin service with this new product starting next month when they receive the first of 5 Airbus A380’s that they have on order.
In late 2018, they will begin retrofitting their existing A380 planes with this new interior, and they plan to complete the process on all 14 of their planes by 2020. The total process, including research, design, and installation, is estimated to cost around $850 million.
The New A380 Singapore Suites
The new A380 configuration will feature 6 spacious Suites, reduced from 12 in their current configuration. These will be located in the front of the plane’s upper deck. Suites feature a swiveling recliner chair for relaxing and dining — and a separate bed for when it’s time to rest.
The first 2 Suites in each row will be able to be transformed into a combined suite with a double bed for passengers traveling as a couple. The beds can be stowed completely when not in use, so in this configuration, passengers traveling together would have plenty of room to move around their Suite when they are awake.
It doesn’t appear that there is a way for passengers to eat together, since the recliners are on opposite sides of the combined cabin (which is somewhat of a disappointment).
The wireless tablet controls everything in your Suite, including the window shades, entertainment system, and lighting system, which has 5 preset modes for mood lighting.
In addition, you can individually set each of the 10 lights in the Suite to your desired levels. These settings, along with your music and video preferences, can be saved in your frequent flyer account so they’ll be available the next time you fly.
Passengers in the 6 Suites will share 2 bathrooms in the cabin. Sadly, a shower is not included in either bathroom, but one does have a seated vanity area for passengers to refresh after a night of sleep. With the 2:6 ratio of bathrooms to passengers, you are likely never to have to wait if you need to use one.
When Singapore Airlines launched their Suites product several years ago, it was groundbreaking and changed the way people looked at premium air travel. This updated product doesn’t quite have that same level of amazing, but it does have several very nice upgrades from what they are flying now. This will definitely be a coveted award, especially for couples traveling together.
We have yet to see what award availability will be like once Singapore Airlines completes the updating on all of their A380’s, but we can assume Suites awards will be few and far between. Moving down to just 6 Suites from 12 will make this a more difficult product to book…unless you want to spend a whole lot of money for a paid flight.
Hopefully, they will be kind enough to release seats on some routes once this is up and rolling — and some of us will be able to book the new Singapore Suites with miles and points. Booking their new business class product will certainly be easier, as there will be 10x more seats!
*All images courtesy of singaporeair.com