In May of 2015 I wrote about how Singapore Airlines was planning on introducing new Suites Class & Business Class products in 2017, when they take delivery of their next batch of A380s. We didn’t hear much about the supposed new product for a while, though last March we learned that the Suites Class seat count would be reduced when the new product is introduced, which should come as no surprise.
Well, it looks like there are now some more updates about Singapore Airlines’ new A380 Suites Class, per AusBT. We still don’t know what exactly the new product will look like, though we have a better sense of the timeline for when it will be introduced, how many seats there will be, etc.
What do we now know?
- Details of the new Suites Class product should be revealed in the second quarter of 2017
- The first A380 with the new Suites Class product will be flying in October 2017
- When the new product is introduced, each A380 will have 6-8 Suites, rather than the current 12
- Singapore Airlines may be moving the Suites Class product to the front of the upper deck, while it’s presently on the lower deck
Singapore Airlines was the launch customer of the A380, and their Suites Class is still one of the world’s best first class products. However, over time there’s no denying that other airlines have introduced some pretty innovative amenities that make them pretty competitive with Singapore, if not better in some respects.
For example, the bars found on Emirates and Qatar Airways are a fun place to pass time.
The showers on Emirates and Etihad don’t suck either. 😉
Meanwhile Etihad’s new A380 first class hard product is pretty spectacular, and if nothing else, the most visually stunning product in the sky, in my opinion.
Singapore Airlines has long been an innovator, so I suspect they’ll come up with something really impressive for their newest A380s. I’m very excited about it, though not excited about the implications it has on award availability, given that Suites Class award availability is already really tough to come by.
2017 could be an exciting year for new cutting edge airline products — in theory Qatar Airways should be introducing their new “super business class,” and Emirates should be introducing their new first class product as well.
However something tells me that at least one of those products won’t be launched this year, if not both.
What are you expecting from Singapore’s new A380 Suites Class?