See inside Singapore’s luxurious Airbus A380 business-class cabin that can convert two seats into a full bed

  • Singapore Airlines relaunched its Airbus A380 on flights between New York and Singapore in March.

  • The mammoth plane features four fare classes, including the carrier’s upgraded business-class seat.

  • Insider toured the lie-flat lounger, which can convert into a double bed.

Singapore Airlines is one of the largest operators of the Airbus A380 jumbo jet.

Singapore Airlines A380.

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The carrier was forced to put the mammoth aircraft into storage during the pandemic but has started bringing them back into operation.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800.

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On March 28, the carrier relaunched its popular A380 route between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Singapore.

Singapore Airlines A380 landing at JFK.

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The route stops in Frankfurt, Germany, which is a Fifth Freedom of the Air right. This allows airlines to carry revenue passengers from one foreign nation to another before continuing on to their home country.

On Emirates Airbus A380.

Emirates operates a Fifth Freedom route from New York JFK to Milan.Arnold Aaron/Shutterstock.com

Onboard the A380 is a huge cabin complete with economy…

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…premium economy…

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…business class…

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…and first-class suites. The suites come with a large leather lounger and a bed.

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

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

The company’s business-class suites take up a majority of the upper deck of the A380, while the first-class suites sit at the very front. There is a staircase that leads to both cabins.

Singapore Airlines A380 first class suite.

Staircase leading to first class suites.Taylor Rains/Insider

Insider took a tour of Singapore’s business-class cabin — take a look.

Singapore Airlines A380 business class.

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Singapore’s A380s have different configurations, but the cabin I toured had 86 seats configured in a 1x2x1 layout. The lie-flat loungers feature purple Poltrona Frau leather and touches of brown and orange.

Singapore Airlines A380 business class.

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Testing out the seat, I immediately noticed the amount of space available. I was easily able to stretch my legs fully out with plenty of room to spare.

Singapore Airlines A380 business class.

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The seats are able to turn into a lie-flat bed stretching over six and a half feet, meaning even tall passengers can sleep on the long-haul journey.

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Reclining the seat all the way back, I thought the lounger was plush and comfortable.

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Singapore provides pillows and linens to make sleeping even easier.

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Travelers can manipulate the seat using buttons on the armrest, allowing them to recline, lay flat, and adjust the leg rest.

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According to Singapore, the center seats can merge to create a double bed, which is perfect for couples or families traveling together.

Singapore Airlines A380 business class.

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However, there is a privacy divider that can be fully raised…

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…or only raised halfway. To create the bed, the divider can be fully lowered, according to Singapore.

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The seats also come with several luxury amenities, like an 18-inch touchscreen TV that pairs with noise-canceling headphones…

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…storage space…

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…power outlets and USB ports…

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…a swivel reading light that brightens and dims…

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…a large tray table that deploys from the armrest…

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…plenty of extra tabletop space…

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…and a mirror.

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Every seat is in a cocoon, meaning passengers can enjoy the extra privacy provided by the wings of the lounger.

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Moreover, the inflight entertainment system offers over 1,000 movie and television-show options, and will even store loyalty passengers’ preferences for future flights, according to Singapore.

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Travelers can use the touch screen on the TV or a remote to control the system.

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Source: Singapore Airlines

Overall, I found the seat comfortable with plenty of amenities to keep passengers entertained on the multi-hour flights. I look forward to testing the seat in the future and hope it meets expectations.

Singapore Airlines A380 business class.

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