Singapore Airlines’ First Class Suites, available exclusively on Airbus A380 flights, is one of the most aspirational First Class products in the world and best uses of KrisFlyer miles.
However, due to competition mainly from the ME3 (Middle East Three) airlines – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways – it is being switched up quite significantly in 2017.
In this guide, we outline what is being changed, what isn’t, how to book an award seat in Suites, and how to potentially be one of the first to try out the new product.
Note that there are no images of the new product yet, so the featured image is of the current product.
Currently, Singapore Airlines has 12 First Class Suites in a 1-2-1 configuration:
Singapore Airlines’ current First Class Suites
You can expect to enjoy excellent customer service, delicious food and a wide beverage selection, including Dom Perignon and Krug. The lie-flat bed turn-down service is with Givenchy linens.
With the leak of a test seatmap of the new product on the Singapore Airlines website, it seems that they will be halving the amount of Suites to six but moving to a 1-1 configuration. This will have a negative effect on award availability as there will be less seats to go around.
The most comparable product is Etihad’s First Apartments (also on the A380) but it may be that Singapore Airlines will make each Suite even bigger by hosting only six Suites instead of Etihad’s nine Apartments (plus The Residence).
Etihad’s First Apartment
First Class will move from the lower to the upper deck.
What isn’t changing?
It seems there will be no showers nor an onboard bar or lounge, although that could change.
The onboard bar on the Emirates A380
The current Suites class allows centre seats to form into a double bed but with the 1-1 configuration, the only way that could happen is if the Suite was combined with the one behind or in front of you, which doesn’t seem very practical.
The double bed option in the current A380 layout
Business Class will essentially stay the same.
When will the change happen?
Sydney was the launch destination of Singapore’s A380 flights on 25 October 2007 and word is that they would like to debut the new A380 on the same route ten years later, i.e. October 2017.
London Heathrow is tipped to be the next destination, followed by the other current A380 routes, which are:
- Hong Kong
- Frankfurt and onto New York JFK
Singapore Airlines A380 routes as of April 2017
Singapore currently flies the A380 on two of its four daily flights to and from Sydney (the other two are on Boeing 777s.)
I’ve conducted a search and found two open First Class Suites seats on half of all Airbus A380 flights from Sydney to Singapore in November 2017, and a third of those leaving Singapore in the other direction.
With no guarantees, if you are keen to try out the new product, then booking a seat on one of these flights may mean that you could be transferred to the new plane when further details are released.
How can I book an award seat in Suites Class?
As Singapore Airlines does not release any First Class award space to its partners, the only way to book a seat is using KrisFlyer miles.
A one-way ticket from Sydney to Singapore will set you back 80,000 KrisFlyer miles + $84 in taxes (it’s about $20 cheaper the other way around.)
You could also transfer 108,000 Velocity Points over to KrisFlyer through their unique partnership.
Singapore Airlines has a solid reputation for attentive customer service and excellent premium cabin products.
The new Suites Class is an exciting development but due to the increased space of each unit and thus decrease in the overall number of Suites, one could expect award space to start tightening up.
That means that if you want to enjoy the Suites experience, it may be better to do it sooner rather than later.
H/T: One Mile At A Time
Supplementary images courtesy Singapore Airlines.