SIA unveils A380 suites

18 Oct 2007 by Mark Caswell

Singapore Airlines has revealed details of its new suites on the forthcoming
A380 aircraft, which the carrier is billing as “a class beyond first”.

Designed by French luxury yacht designer
Jean-Jacques Coste, the new suites will be located on the main deck of the
superjumbo, with 12 individual cabins (four of which can be converted into
doubles) in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Each suite will have sliding doors for privacy
(similar to the new first class offerings with Emirates and Jet Airways), and
will feature a leather seat reclining to 130 degrees, plus a fully-flat 78-inch
bed. These two are separate from each other (rather than the seat converting
into a bed as on most first class products), although the seat will need to be
folded away before the bed can be used, and vice versa.

The seat width is 23 inches with the armrests up,
or a whopping 35 inches (90cm) when folded down, and seat pitch is 81 inches, or
just over 2m. The bed is 27 inches in width and nearly 2m in length, with duvets
and pillows designed by Givenchy. There is also a chaise longue on the opposite
side of the suite from the main chair, to enable companion dining or meetings
across the height-adjustable table.

In-flight entertainment includes a 23-inch TV
screen, Krisworld entertainment system with 100 movies, 180 TV programmes and
700 music CDs, all of which can be listened to on Bose headphones. There is also
a USB port and power socket in each suite, along with IT office tools available
through the IFE system.

On-demand dining comes from menus designed by chefs
including Gordon Ramsay and Georges Blanc, and served on bone china, with
crystal and silverware designed by Givenchy. Meanwhile amenity kits feature
products by Salavatore Ferragamo.

The first flight of SIA’s A380 takes place next
Thursday (October 25), with a scheduled service commencing on October 28. For
more information visit

Report by Mark Caswell

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