Arrivals & Departures More room and privacy for all on Singapore Airlines’ A380 fleet

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Roomier seats, more privacy and plush furnishings are just some of the new features across Singapore Airlines’ entire A380 fleet.

Singapore Airlines will offer new cabin features across its entire Airbus A380 fleet in its suites, business, premium and economy classes.

It will spend $US850 million on the roll out, with five new A380s to enter service next month. Retrofit work on 14 existing planes will begin late next year and be completed by 2020.

After four years in the design phase, the new configuration will have 471 seats in four classes, featuring six suites and 78 business-class seats on the upper deck, as well as 44 premium-economy-class seats and 343 economy-class seats on the main deck.

Singapore Airlines’ A380s currently serve Auckland, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, and Zurich.

Suites

Six suites will be tucked into the front cabin of the upper deck, each furnished with a separate full-flat bed with adjustable recline and plush leather chair, enabling customers to lounge in the chair or rest in bed without the need to convert the bed from a sitting position. The chair can be swivelled and reclined up to 45 degrees.

For couples travelling together, the beds in the first two suites of each aisle can be converted to form a double bed. Beds also feature a plush mattress, two pillows and a fluffy cotton doona.

Customers will receive a sleeper suit, slippers, eyeshade, socks and his-and-her amenity kits by Lalique.

Each suite has a 32in full-HD monitor that can swivel for the different viewing angles in seat and bed modes, along with a full-sized personal wardrobe, customised handbag stowage compartment, amenity box lined with leather, and a feature wall with mood lighting.

One of the two toilets has a sit-down vanity counter.

Customers dine with Wedgwood service ware and Lalique-designed crystal glassware.

Business class

Measuring 25in wide, the business-class seats, which have two side wings for better back support, recline directly into a 78in full-flat bed with padded bed sheets and a larger pillow.

Customers can also stretch out in a sun-deck position to watch movies on the 18in high-definition touch-screen monitor.

A larger back shell on the seats creates a cocoon-like feel for more privacy, while the centre divider can be fully lowered to form double beds.

Business-class seat are made from a carbon-fibre composite shell structure, allowing for more under-seat stowage.

Seats are arranged in a forward-facing, 1-2-1 configuration, allowing all customers direct access to the aisle.

Each seat has a business panel equipped with USB ports and in-seat power, reading lights with adjustable brightness level, mood lighting, enlarged dining table and stowage space for personal amenities.

Premium-economy class

Each seat is 19.5in wide, with an eight-inch recline and seat pitch of 38in. Each customer receives active noise-cancelling headphones and a 13.3in full-HD monitor.

Other features include a leather-finish calf-rest and foot-bar, individual in-seat power supply, two USB ports, personal in-seat reading light, cocktail table, and more stowage space for personal items.

Economy class

Economy seats will have additional space and greater comfort with more legroom and back support, with a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings. Seats come with a more contemporary fabric seat cover design.

An 11.1in touch-screen monitor eliminates the need for handsets, while there is a non-intrusive reading light installed underneath the seatback screen, personal storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, in-seat power supply and footrest with adjustable positions.

On select flights, customers will receive an amenity kit which includes a toothbrush, toothpaste and socks.

Children’s amenities from Disney will be available for young customers in all cabin classes.

Entertainment

Singapore Airlines will introduce new in-flight entertainment feature, myKrisWorld, which features content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history.

KrisFlyer members will be able to bookmark and resume content, as well as customise and save preferences and playlists for subsequent flights.

Members travelling across all classes can also select their choice of playlists from the SingaporeAir mobile app prior to the flight, and transfer their selections to the onboard system when they connect to myKrisWorld.

Members travelling in suites will be able to control the lighting in their private cabin and save their lighting preferences for future flights.

A380s will also offer in-flight wi-fi.

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