Singapore Airlines has revealed a new look for its first class seats, which take a step back from the airlines' flagship’ Airbus A380 private suites to adopt a more conventional high-walled design.
The new seats are bound for SQ's long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets, but only for new deliveries rolling out of the Boeing factory later this year (the debut is set for September on the London-Singapore route), with no firm plans to upgrade existing 777s.
The first class ‘mini-suites’ are built around a fixed-back shell with curved side panels.
The seats are 35 inches wide and extend to a 82 inch long bed, up from the current 80 inches of the current first class seat.
Designed in conjunction with BMW Group DesignWorksUSA and manufactured by Jamco America, the seats are finished in rich dark chocolate leather with contemporary orange accents in the headrest and cushion trimming, while the seat’s exterior back shell is a cool metallic grey.
Boosts to personal space include a space underneath the ottoman which can fit a standard cabin bag.
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A new ‘vanity area’ with its own mirror lets travellers do a quick pre-landing freshen up without leaving their seats. There’s also a small cocktail tray and water bottle holder.
Another stowage pocket contains laptop power and USB ports along with an HDMI socket to pipe content from your laptop or other device onto the 24 inch screen.
One small but long overdue touch: passengers can disable their KrisWorld screen with the tap of a button on their IFE controller.
Australian Business Traveller is attending the launch of Singapore Airlines' new seats in Singapore as a guest of Singapore Airlines.
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