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A380 v.2

Singapore Airlines has introduced an extensive upgrade to its Airbus A380 cabin, as Ian Harbison reports

Although the new interior was formally launched at an event in Singapore on 2 November, the products were displayed outside of the aircraft, making it difficult to understand the overall feel of the cabin. On 13 December, the airline accepted the first of the last five A380s it had on order with Airbus, providing the first opportunity to glimpse the real thing before the aircraft went into initial service from Singapore to Sydney.

The nose-to-tail redesign, including retrofit on the existing fleet of 14 aircraft, represents an investment of about $850 million.

The current fleet operates in two configurations:


  • Six Suites and 76 Business Class seats on the upper deck, plus 44 Premium Economy Class seats and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck, for a total of 469 passengers
  • 86 Business Class seats on the upper deck, plus 12 Suites, 36 Premium Economy Class seats and 245 Economy Class seats on the main deck, for a total of 379 passengers.

In comparison, the new layout has 471 seats in four classes, featuring six Singapore Airlines 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.



The new Suites have been designed by the Pierrejean Design Studio and manufactured by Zodiac Seats UK. They are located in the forward upper deck, aft of two lavatories, one of which has a sit-down vanity counter.

Entrance to the suite is through a sliding door. There is a 76in bed with adjustable recline that can be folded away for extra space. A privacy divider between the first two Suites on each aisle can be retracted to provide a double bed.


A separate 21in wide leather chair that swivels between 135º and 270º, with a recline of up to 45º, is upholstered in leather from Poltrona Frau, and is fully adjustable using an electronic control side panel that can accommodate a variety of sitting and lounging positions.


Storage space includes a full-sized personal wardrobe, customised handbag stowage compartment and an amenity box lined with soft leather.

Each Suite also has a 32in Full HD monitor that can swivel for the different viewing angles in seat and bed modes.


The finishing touches are a specially designed carpet and a feature wall with mood lighting. >>


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