Singapore Airlines Will Fly New A380s To Paris

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Singapore Airlines has just announced the next destination for their reconfigured A380s, featuring their new Suites and business class product.

Singapore Airlines’ New A380s

In November 2017, Singapore Airlines revealed the details of their new A380 Suites & business class products.

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

I flew Singapore Airlines roundtrip on their new A380 shortly after it was introduced — I flew from Singapore to Sydney in their new business class, and from Sydney to Singapore in their new Suites.

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 KrisFlyer is transfer partners with Amex Membership RewardsCapital OneChase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, so there are lots of ways to earn these miles.

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Bottom Line

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)

Comments
  1. @Ben, starting January 2020, SQ638 to NRT is also operated by new A380. I received a “seat assignment change” email a couple of weeks ago for a SYD-SIN-NRT award, showing switch from old to new suites cabin layout.

  2. Given the lack of suites availability this news is pretty ho-hum/irrelevant. There’s already very good J availability on miles most of the time on AF flights on this route, which has reverse herringbone seats that rank above the Singapore product per your own rankings.

  3. Having traveled in new SQ business class on the A380 it’s now a seat I avoid. It’s far too hard, cramped and the leg rest only rises to 45 degrees so absolutely useless. The new suites are better but not brilliant. How the mighty have fallen over the last 20 years including the calibre of the crew.

    IMO Etihad now has the best hard product in F & C and obviously Qatar in C and both have way above average soft products too. My comute from LHR-SYD always used to be on SQ, these days I avoid them because they are not good value for money and that’s from a lifetime PPS member.

  4. It’s looking like SQ is pulling the A380 from the Hong Kong-Singapore route, starting around February 4, 2020. (Not sure if that’s a temporary development or permanent.)

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