Airline Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class Airbus A380
The Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A380 is a phenomenal experience. In this review, I’ll explain what you can expect of a flight with Singapore Airlines!
Nowadays, Singapore Airlines has two different configurations in its Airbus A380 planes. Most of the jets still have the product I’m reviewing here, while two jets have a refurbished product, which I hope to review soon, too. Nevertheless, I think that the Singapore Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A380 is already very good and I had hardly anything negative to say on my flight from Hongkong to Singapore, especially considering the incredible board product for such a short flight.
Seating in the Singapore Airlines Business Class
The Singapore Airlines Business Class is arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration on the upper deck of the Airbus A380. There is a small cabin with five rows in the nose and a further cabin of eleven rows behind a galley. A few seats of Economy Class are located in the very back of the upper deck.
The seats in this configuration are incredibly spacious and feel more like First Class. Personally, I found the seats in the Lufthansa First Class to be more narrow than what Singapore Airlines offers on board of the Airbus A380 in Business Class.
Personally, I’d always choose a window seat as those are not only more private than the aisle seats, but also offer more space due to the curvature of the jet and thus the additional space on the sides of the jet. There’s more storage, too.
The middle seats are the better option if you are travelling with someone, as the seats are quite close together and located right next to each other, making it easier to have a conversation.
Yet, the seats are not only incredibly way and big, but also very comfortable. There’s a good leather padding and the seats feel comfortable, while being on the rather firm side, which I like.
Upon boarding, there were two pillows already waiting for me on the seat, which is very nice for a flight of just four hours.
All seats also come with a neck roll of-sorts in the head area, which adds additional comfort when sitting upright.
The seat pitch is decent enough, while not as extreme as for example in the Turkish Airlines Business Class. Interestingly, you need to ankle your feet a little, to reach the ottomane, which is something I’ll focus more closely on in the sleeping section.
Storage in the Singapore Airlines Business Class is ample. There is a literature pocket right next to the seat, then there are two large boxes in the paneling of the jet – at least when you are seated by the window. You can also place large items underneath the ottomane. Plus, there are a few small storage areas next to the entertainment screen.
The seat controls are located on the side of the seat and are easily understandable and work very well. However, you need to be aware that these seats can’t be automatically adjusted to a fully flat position, this needs to be done manually instead.
Sleeping in the Singapore Airlines Business Class
The seats in the Singapore Airlines Business Class are somewhat unique when it comes to the bed position. Only the newest configuration, passengers can automatically move the seat to a fully flat position, while in the old configuration the flight attendants need to fold over the seat. Only like this, the seat gets fully flat. You are basically sleeping on the back side of the seat.
There’s another oddity worth noting about the sleeping comfort. In the Singapore Airlines Business Class you always have to sleep in a certain ankle as the foot cubby isn’t located straight ahead of the seating area, but actually further to the side. For me, that wasn’t a problem, but others might find that odd. Some people say that this leads to the bed being to hard to sleep on, but as someone who prefers a firm bed, I actually liked the comfort. Additionally, there’s a mattress pad adding some additional comfort.
I was positively surprised that the crew properly made the bed with a blanket on such a short flight, too.
While I just napped for an hour or so, I personally enjoyed the sleeping comfort and thus would recommend the Singapore Airlines Business Class in regards to overnight flights.
Catering in the Singapore Airlines Business Class
The catering experience in the Singapore Airlines Business Class is often described as very good and I can understand why. However, on this flight, there was just one smaller food service, so I can’t totally judge on what might be offered on proper long haul flights. Before departure, we were first offered a beverage of choice and I chose sparkling water.
After departure, there was another drink service and then the catering service began. The menu of this flight read as follows:
There was no choice of starters, but the Duck Liver Pate was very good. I also liked the presentation with a tablecloth. The tray the food was served on had a bread plate, some butter, cutlery as well as a fancy salt and pepper dispenser.
I chose some tasty garlic bread to go along with my starter.
As a main dish, I order the beef filet, which was very well executed for a meal served 10.000 meters above the ground. The veggies were well cooked, while I wasn’t a fan of the mashed potatoes.
After that, I had some ice cream, which had a good texture and was good.
Sure, this meal service isn’t representative of the real Singapore Airlines Business Class catering on long haul flights, but the quality, the choice and the very good service already were a brilliant first impression of what you can expect of longer flights with Singapore Airlines.
Entertainment in the Singapore Airlines Business Class
Upon boarding, we were asked we whether we wanted a newspaper or a magazine, English options were available. There was also the typical board magazine, but as I brought work on-board, I didn’t feel like reading. However, I browsed the entertainment system for a while.
The screen is a little small for my taste and not exactly on the level of other products like the Japan Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 787. The resolution is alright, but sadly not top-notch.
The choice is good though with lots of new releases, older classics and even local films. There are a couple of sitcoms, other TV shows as well as lots of music, too. Personally, I’d say that the entertainment selection of Singapore Airlines is among the best ones out there. It’s also worth noting that all seats come with two USB chargers and one international plug.
Like that, it’s easy to keep your devices charged and allows you to work efficiently. However, this particular Airbus A380 didn’t come with WiFi.
Amenities in the Singapore Airlines Business Class
As a passenger in the Singapore Airlines Business Class, you can enjoy a couple of amenities. First of all, there are decent enough noise-cancelling headphones, which were way better than what many other airlines offer.
While there are no amenity kits, the lavatories are very well stocked and come with several amenities like combs, toothbrushes etc. Speaking about the lavatories, those were in a perfect condition and regularly checked on my flight.
Overall impressions of the Singapore Airlines Business Class
I very much enjoyed my flight in the Singapore Airlines Business Class on board the Airbus A380. Even though it was one of the shorter flights I’ve taken in a widebody aircraft, the experience was great. The seats are extremely wide and comfortable. While it’s a little odd to sleep with an ankle, I still found the sleeping comfort very good. The service and the catering are also immaculate. The entertainment selection could use the addition of WiFi (which is available on many Singapore Airlines planes already), but is alright besides that. All in all, there’s nothing bad to say about the Singapore Airlines Business Class and I’d fly with the airline again in a heartbeat.