Singapore Airlines' new six-suite A380 first class layout leaked?

Singapore Airlines' new six-suite A380 first class layout leaked?

Does this leaked seatmap for Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A380 first class cabin confirm the superjumbo will have just six of the luxe suites ranked either side of an Etihad-style centre aisle?

The seatmap – which appeared briefly on the Singapore Airline website, albeit with the name test.pdf and labelled 'Layout 3' – shows three rows of two suites on the upper deck (we'd already tipped a change from the lower deck of today's SQ superjumbos).

That matches perfectly with snaps of the Star Alliance member's new A380 undergoing test flights at Toulouse, as shown below, where the upper deck sports three sets of two windows

The six suite count represents a 50% cut from today's dozen first class cribs, although they're rumoured to be almost double the size of their first-gen counterparts.

More crucially for some, it also appears to removes the ability to have two adjacent suites in the middle of the A380 converted into a double bed suite – although Singapore Airlines could still enable this by connecting suites such as A1 and A2, F2 and F3 and so on.

The configuration chart also confirms an 'all-premium' upper deck, with the first class suites section followed by 78 new business class seats divided into three cabins – one massive stretch of 50 seats, one medium sized of 20 seats and one of just eight seats.

There's also no sign of the rumoured lounge area which the airline was said to have been considering some time back.

We've made the (admittedly low-res) PDF available as a download, for readers who're curious – but we repeat that this might not be the final layout, as Singapore Airlines is known to play its cards very very close to its chest.

We'll know for sure when Singapore Airlines launches the new first class suites and business class seats around mid-year, and then flies the first of its new A380s to Sydney, an exercise which the airline hopes to achieve on October 25, 2017.

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This is something which Airbus has been championing among superjumbo customers, and will see Singapore Airlines' fresh flagship A380s - the first of which arrives in October 2017 – sport a 'premium' upper deck dedicated to first and business class.

The lower deck becomes the realm of economy, with premium economy sitting at the front of the cabin – where today's first class suites reside – and economy stretched behind that.

Aviation blogger Tom Bihun from FlightMaestro has joined the dots by comparing photos of Singapore Airlines' newest Airbus A380 undergoing a test flight at Toulouse with the Star Alliance member's current A380.

Here's the first of five factory-fresh A380s bound for Singapore Airlines as part of its fleet renewal (photo courtesy of Eurospot):

And here is today's Singapore Airlines A380 (photo courtesy of Airbus PR):

Notice the difference between the windows at the superjumbo's nose, on both the lower and upper decks?

On the airline's current A380s, the lower deck has four groupings of well-spaced windows which correspond to where the first class suites are located.

On the new A380, those windows now appear on the upper deck – and in three groups of two, which also accords with the fact that we know the new A380s will have fewer suites than today's 12 – perhaps six 'supersuites' arranged either side of a central aisle.

Read more: Singapore Airlines to reveal new A380 first class suites mid-2017

 

20 Comments

  • Travelator

    travelator

    28 Mar, 2017 09:36 am

    If the final conclusion on layout is correct, we will either have seats with no direct isle access or single seats throughout so partners don't travel together. Really??

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  • nichojo

    nichojo

    28 Mar, 2017 09:51 am

    It will be both. Check out Etihad's 380 for reference. No one seems to complain about it, either. 

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  • Flying Fish

    AWA2602

    15 Apr, 2017 02:28 am

    Not being able to sit together is rarely a problem for most couples travelling in First because you can always dine together in either party's suite/seat/pod. Ultimately the benefit of First is being able to get a good night's sleep and for most of us not having one's spouse in the bed certainly helps ;-)

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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    28 Mar, 2017 09:48 am

    I dont understand how this allows SQ to boost their A380s considering that the original 3 class A380s have the same economy layout on the lower deck

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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    28 Mar, 2017 09:49 am

    Ooops missed a few words...i meant to say how can they boost the economy capacity of their A380s

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  • reeves35

    reeves35

    28 Mar, 2017 10:26 am

    SQ have the options of a small Y or W cabin at the back on the upper deck depending on how big they choose to make their premium cabins.

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  • moa999

    moa999

    28 Mar, 2017 11:51 am

    Fewer suites equals more room for Y seats.. possibly the entire lower deck.

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  • THR

    THR

    28 Mar, 2017 12:43 pm

    Did you miss the part in the article that describes the (probable) location of premium economy?

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  • eminere

    eminere

    28 Mar, 2017 01:05 pm

    Well spotted by Tom!

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  • Blair Coull

    Notso Swift

    28 Mar, 2017 08:53 pm

    Actually bad for J class as more seats will be behind the wing = more noise
    I notice the difference with SQ front and rear Business cabin and I have done PE on QANTAS which was worse (although I may have  to been cranky on that flight anyway)

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  • eminere

    eminere

    28 Mar, 2017 09:53 pm

    Noise cancelling headphones.

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  • romaau

    romaau

    29 Mar, 2017 09:44 am

    Anyone else notice more windows at the rear of the upper deck? That was the first thing I noticed.

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  • Thomas

    Thomas

    29 Mar, 2017 12:57 pm

    That would be for the un-announced bar. 😉

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  • boeingmannn

    boeingmannn

    14 Apr, 2017 09:21 pm

    Sadly not. The article says the "new business class seats [will be] divided into three cabins – one massive stretch of 50 seats, one medium sized of 20 seats and one of just eight seats." The four frames at the back will be for the eight seats. 2 frames per row, 4 seats per row.

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  • Mark_S

    Mark_S

    29 Mar, 2017 03:14 pm

    Ten years this years since I was on the 6th SQ A380 flight, how time flies

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  • flyOFTEN

    flyOFTEN

    29 Mar, 2017 04:11 pm

    surely these 744's will have little or no value even as parts as world is flooded with old 744's. Wouldn't it be better to keep 1 or 2, as back up or for charters or for something ?

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  • LP

    LP

    14 Apr, 2017 11:29 am

    Further proof if needed David - 

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  • East1

    East1

    15 Apr, 2017 08:09 pm

    My opinion on the 6 suites is that SQ is going to have separate seat and bedroom for the new first class, with an option to sleep on the seat as the seat can also be transformed into fully flat bed.

    I hope SQ will also design their cabin, like CI.

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  • rockangel007

    rockangel007

    19 Apr, 2017 02:36 pm

    and I am flying SYD-SIN first class on the 24th October! might see if I can change that ticket to the 25th!

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  • Stella Carr

    Dolly

    20 Apr, 2017 10:00 am

    I am sure I not the only who has left SQ for Cathay so I could get a lie flat bed in business class from Brisbane.  I won't be returning until Brisbane gets a real business class product.

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