Singapore Airlines has just announced the next destination for their reconfigured A380s, featuring their new Suites and business class product.
Singapore Airlines’ New A380s
The airline has just taken delivery of five new Airbus A380s featuring these cabins, and at the same time they’ve retired five A380s, so that the number of A380s in their fleet has remained constant.
On top of that, Singapore Airlines plans to reconfigure the existing 14 A380s with the new cabins. While this was initially supposed to happen between 2018 and 2020, they’re behind schedule on that. As of now only a single A380 has been reconfigured with the new cabins.
So I’d expect the project to take longer than through 2020.
Singapore Airlines’ New Suites & Business Class
Overall I was reasonably impressed by both products, but not blown away. Business class was a marginal improvement over their old business class product. I rank it as number eight on my list of the world’s nine best business class seats. The seat is spacious, though still has the downside of requiring you to sleep at an angle towards the side of the plane in order to be able to fully stretch your legs.
On the plus side, one cool new feature is that the center seats in each row can form a double bed, which is nice if you’re traveling with someone.
Singapore’s new A380 Suites look amazing, and there are just six of them in a 1-1 configuration. Unfortunately I found that the design was somewhat style over substance, so parts of it left me disappointed.
Singapore Airlines’ Current “New” A380 Routes
As it stands, Singapore Airlines flies their new A380s to Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Sydney, and Zurich. Frequencies do vary, so you’ll want to check the seatmap for your flight to be sure it features the new cabins (if there are six seats in Suites, then it’s the new cabin).
Furthermore, as of January 2020 they’ll fly the new A380 to Tokyo Narita.
Singapore Airlines Will Fly “New” A380 To Paris
As of July 1, 2020, Singapore Airlines will fly the reconfigured A380 on their Singapore to Paris route, with the following schedule:
SQ336 Singapore to Paris departing 12:15AM arriving 7:35AM
SQ335 Paris to Singapore departing 12:00PM arriving 6:50AM (+1 day)
This is a logical enough addition, given that Paris is one of Singapore Airlines’ most premium markets. I do wish they’d fly the A380 to New York already (via Frankfurt), but with how long that flight is, it’s not surprising that they’re holding off.
Redeeming Miles For Singapore Suites & Business
If you want to redeem Singapore KrisFlyer miles for this route, here are the redemption rates for one-way travel between Singapore and Paris:
- Business Class: 85,000 miles (Saver), 120,000 miles (Advantage)
- Suites: 115,000 miles (Saver), 210,000 miles (Advantage)
While there’s a decent amount of business class award space, Suites award space is virtually non-existent starting next July, as you’d expect.
How To Earn Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
Singapore Airlines will fly their A380s with new cabins between Singapore and Paris as of July 2020. This becomes the third European destination to get these cabins, after London and Zurich.
While Singapore Airlines now has five new A380s, they’ve only reconfigured one A380 so far. It sounds like we can expect it to take a while for the project to be complete.
Based on this update I would also expect that the New York route won’t see the A380 prior to July 2020 (and probably significantly later than that).
(Tip of the hat to Andrew & Mainly Miles)