See inside Singapore’s A380 first class suite that features a full bed, private bathroom, and large leather armchair

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A first class suite onboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.Singapore Airlines

  • Travelers flying on Singapore Airlines from New York can finally enjoy the luxurious A380 first class suite.

  • The cabin, which features a bed, armchair, and huge lavatories, was not available in US markets until March 2022.

  • Couples or families can combine two suites into one to create one big hotel-style room with a double bed.

On March 28, Singapore Airlines relaunched its popular route from New York’s JFK airport to Singapore onboard its mammoth A380 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

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The route flies via Frankfurt, Germany, using the Fifth Freedom of the Air, which allows airlines to carry revenue traffic from one foreign country to another and onward to their home nation.

Emirates Airbus A380

Emirates operates a fifth freedom route from New York JFK to Milan.Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

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Onboard the A380 is Singapore’s swanky new First Class Suite, which features up to 100 square feet of living space.

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A first class suite onboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.Singapore Airlines

The suite is an upgrade from the original A380 first class cabin that debuted in 2007. The old product was fitted onto 19 of Singapore’s A380s but was dropped from service when COVID-19 plummeted passenger traffic.

Former A380 first class suite.

Former A380 first class suite.Agent Wolf/Shutterstock

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Since then, Singapore has retrofitted its current A380s with the new suite, which was first introduced in 2017. However, the cabin had not yet come to the US market.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

Hallway with the suites.Taylor Rains/Insider

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But, now that Singapore has restored its JFK route, travelers can take advantage of the ultra-luxurious cabin.

Singapore Airlines A380.

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Singapore vice president of public relations James Boyd gave Insider a tour of the A380 suites at JFK on Sunday, and I was impressed with the size of each room and the thoughtful details.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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The six-suite first class cabin is located toward the front of the plane on the second level of the A380, which is reached via a grand staircase.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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Upon walking in, I was immediately overwhelmed by the size of each suite, which more resembles a small hotel room than an airline seat.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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Inside is a large leather reclining armchair…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…a 32-inch touchscreen TV…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…plenty of storage space…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…a mirror, noise-cancelling headphones, and a care kit…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…adjustable windows…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…a reading lamp…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…a tablet that controls things like the lighting and window shades…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…a closet and mirror…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…a dining table…

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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…and a bed that comes with cotton linens and fluffy pillows.

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A first class suite onboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.Singapore Airlines

Moreover, a tall sliding door cocoons each space for maximum privacy.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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Boyd explained there are two different types of suites—single and double. Single cabins have a smaller bed sized for one person.

Singapore Airlines A380 suites

A first class suite onboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.Singapore Airlines

Meanwhile, double suites can be combined into one. This is done by lowering the wall in between both and connecting the beds.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

The divider that is lowered to combine two suites into one.Taylor Rains/Insider

Single cabins are specifically designed for one person and cannot be combined with another room, Boyd said.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

Where the bed is stored when not in use.Taylor Rains/Insider

When the room is fully set up, travelers will have access to both the bed and armchair, which can swivel around to different tabletops around the suite.

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A first class suite onboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.Singapore Airlines

For example, the dining table can be used for the meal service, which includes dishes like black cod and citrus grilled shrimp salad.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

This is where the dining table is stored.Taylor Rains/Insider

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Or, for those who want to work with a view, the chair can swivel towards the window. Here, the storage compartments can close to create a workspace.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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Also in the chair is a handheld remote that controls the TV and buttons that adjust the seat’s recline.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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Meanwhile, power ports are located throughout the suite.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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While the first class suites do not come with a shower, they do have two large lavatories, so six people will share two bathrooms.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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One lavatory is smaller than the other, but both are at least triple the size of a standard aircraft bathroom and feature sit-down vanity tables, marble-style countertops, baby-changing stations, and full-size mirrors.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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While the smaller bathroom’s vanity table is connected to the sink, the larger lavatory vanity stands on its own.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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It actually acts as a divider between where the sink and toilet are, making the space much larger than the other bathroom.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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Boyd said the first class cabin is exclusive to its A380 aircraft, so only a handful of flyers will get to experience it. For those that can afford it, the suite will cost upwards of $24,000 for one round trip ticket.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

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