SIA’s A380 just got a swanky new look with an all-new cabin – here’s what it’s like

SIA’s new Airbus A380 is kitted out with new Suites and Business Class cabins.
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Singapore Airlines’s (SIA) first swanky new Airbus A380 landed in Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 at 9.50am this morning (Dec 14) from Toulouse, France.

It will be deployed on the Singapore-Sydney route from Dec 18, and will be used to operate flights SQ221 and SQ232.

SIA is due to take on four more new A380s in the next year, and is also investing $850 million to retrofit all of its existing A380s with the new features by 2020, reported the Business Times.

“For the A380, we took the opportunity to optimise the space utilisation,” said SIA chief executive Mr Goh Choon Phong at an event on Thursday (Dec 14).

“As a result of that redesign and reconfiguration, we (have) a lot more seats and therefore, revenue opportunities”.

And from the looks of it, the double-decker jumbo jet got a serious makeover.

The A380 is configured in a four-class layout, with 471 seats.  And this is a glimpse into what it’s like to fly premium economy on A380:

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To better match demand, the revamped A380s only have six Suites, as compared to the previous 12. Each suite features both a bed and a seat beside it.

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According to the aircraft interiors marketing director for the A380, Mr Roland Naudy, cutting down on the number of suites gives each passenger more room while on board, and is a better use of space.

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