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The battle for premium luxury travel never ends! Six months after Qatar revolutionized Business class with the introduction of the Qsuites, Singapore has unveiled its new First-class suites and Business class seats, and they are every bit as good as you would expect from the airline that first introduced the double bed in the sky.
The First Class Suites
The new Singapore suites are utter luxuries, and with a separate chair and bed aim squarely at Etihad’s apartment, as well as some of Lufthansa’s 747’s that are equipped with both a seat and bed for each First-class passenger. Each A380 will be provided with six suites only. There are three suites on either side of the aisle in a 1-1 configuration, each suite being very spacious with private doors.
Each suite has a swivel reclining chair, that is placed next to a desk/dining table. When not working, you can enjoy the in-flight entertainment on a 32-inch screen mounted to the wall of your suite. Not surprisingly for a company that marketed the first double bed in the sky, the new suites are quite flexible, with 4 of the 6 suites having the possibility of opening the divider and creating a double bed.
The New Business Class Seats
While the new suites are industry leading, the new business class product from Singapore is impressive but probably does not beat Qatar’s new Qsuites for the ingenuity of a business class product. Each A380 will operate 78 business seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
The new business seats are 25 inches wide and are fully lie-flat. Inflight entertainment is provided via an 18-inch screen. The seat will also feature USB,in-seat power, mood lighting, and a large side space, in addition to the usual foldable tray table, and cubbies for storage.
While a lot of airlines have opted for the reverse herringbone configuration for 1-2-1 business class seat layouts, Singapore has not done so in the middle seats. These are side by side and can also be turned into a double bed by lowering the middle partition. Although without the doors of a suite it won’t be the most private double bed in the sky.
The new suites from Singapore are truly revolutionary; they will make their debut on December 18, 2017, on the Sydney flight from Singapore. Sadly, if you were thinking of using some of your United miles for flights on Singapore after United reintroduced Singapore awards online, you cannot as Singapore still does not offer partner award space for these seats. Fortunately, Singapore is a transfer partner for all three major credit card programs, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and American Express Membership Rewards, as well as SPG, so transferring some points for a flight in the new suites should be within reach.
Source: Points From The Pacific
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