November 2, 2017
Singapore Airlines Introducing Double Beds in Business Class on the A380
Singapore unveiled its next generation Suites Class and Business Class at a media event this morning. While the new A380 Suites are understandably getting the focus of attention, the airline is making notable improvements to its Business Class seats as well. I flew Singapore’s current generation Business Class seat on the new A350 and thought it was absolutely terrific.
Singapore’s A380 Business Class cabin consists of 78 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration located on the aircraft’s upper deck. Each seat measures 25 inches wide and reclines to a 78-inch flat bed. The most striking difference with the current Business Class is the shell design, which doesn’t look particularly appealing to me. The seats also don’t have sliding doors, which several competitors are beginning to introduce in Business Class.
Passengers traveling together can lower the middle divider between the center seats and turn them into a double bed. This functionality appears identical to what Qatar is offering in its new QSuite Business Class. One notable improvement over the previous generation seats is that these can be reclined electronically into a bed. With the older seats, you had to get out and physically lower the back portion to turn it into a bed.
Just like the new Suites Class, the new A380 Business Class will first debut on the five A380s the airline has ordered from Airbus. The first of these aircraft will begin flying from Singapore-Sydney on December 18, 2017. Singapore will be reconfiguring its existing A380s with the new Business Class over the next two years.
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