As travel bookings increase from the depths of the early part of the pandemic, one of the results is the return of the jumbo A380 to several airlines’ schedules. As the jet returns to Singapore Airlines’ JFK to Singapore through Frankfurt flight starting next year on March 27th, it’s bringing with it a feature introduced earlier on Australia and U.K flights but new to the U.S. market: expansive Suites that are termed semiprivate (the wall stops just short of the ceiling) but are de facto enclosed.
“After nearly two years of restrictions, we are seeing tremendous demand for international travel, and that includes premium cabins,” according to Joey Seow, Regional VP – Americas for Singapore Airlines. “In addition to a new Business Class, we’re excited to bring our newest, most luxurious Suite cabin to U.S. travelers for the first time, offering a new standard in comfort aboard the world’s largest aircraft.”
The six Suites located in the front of the cabin in the upper deck are furnished with a separate lie flat bed and swiveling, reclining Poltrona Frau leather chair, giving passengers two self-contained areas instead of one seat transforming to a bed. There are also distinctively crafted furnishings within each Suite: a closet for hanging coats and clothes with dedicated spaces for shoes and a credenza with a cultured stone top to look and feel like natural stone with interior compartments lined in leather and one on the side for a status handbag so that it doesn’t have to be placed on the floor. (It may not be immediately noticeable but the stitching on these amenities also takes its cue from a status bag: Hermes’ famous Birkin.) For couples traveling together, the wall separating the Suites in the first two rows can be taken down to create a 100 square foot suite with separate furnishings and a double bed; when not in use, the bed can also be stowed completely. When it’s time for bed, flight attendants offer hotel style turndown service.
Also on the upper deck, the 78 handstitched Poltrona Frau business class seats that are also debuting in the U.S. market on this flight have a new sleep feature as well: the seats in the middle can be combined to create a double bed. Unlike configurations on other carriers, though, these face forward only.
As with all Singapore Airlines service, the other features in the air are designed to be elite: 32-inch HD monitors with Bang & Olufsen noise canceling headphones in the Suites (18 inch monitors in Business Class) with over 1000 selections; spacious lavatories in the Suites section complete with sit down vanity tables and meals that approximate restaurant quality designed by an international culinary panel of renowned chefs including Los Angeles’ Suzanne Goin and France’s Georges Blanc. All combine to provide a very comfortable experience, especially in the Suites, for the 20 hours in the air to Singapore-and it’s definitely the best way to get to Frankfurt.