The Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 fleet operates in three configurations. This page details the Version 1 configuration. For Version 2 or Version 3, click the links below.
|Version 1||Version 2||Version 3|
|12 R (2006 R)
60 J (2006 J)
36 W (2015 W)
333 Y (2006 Y)
|12 R (2006 R)
86 J (2006 J)
36 W (2015 W)
245 Y (2006 Y)
|6 R (2017 R)
78 J (2017 J)
44 W (2015 W)
343 Y (2017 Y)
|This is our fleet guide for the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Version 1 aircraft. For Version 2 or Version 3 aircraft, click the respective links above.|
|A380 Version 1 aircraft in service at 6th December 2018: 6|
How can I tell which Version I’m flying on?
If you’re flying in Suites Class and the seat map shows a 1-2-1 configuration, you’re in a Version 1 or Version 2 aircraft, which are identical in this cabin (you’re on the right page already). If it shows a 1-1 configuration, you’re in a Version 3 aircraft.
If you’re flying Business Class and the seat map goes up to row 27, you’re in a Version 1 aircraft (you’re on the right page already). If it goes up to row 96, you’re in Version 2, if it goes up to row 97 you’re in Version 3.
If you’re flying Premium Economy Class and the seat map features rows 31 to 35, you’re in a Version 1 or Version 2 aircraft, which are identical in this cabin (you’re on the right page already). If it has rows 31 to 37, you’re in Version 3.
If you’re flying Economy Class and the seat map goes up to row 83, you’re in a Version 1 aircraft (you’re on the right page already). If it goes up to row 66, you’re in Version 2, and if it goes up to row 79 you’re in Version 3.
A380-800 Version 1
The SIA Airbus A380 Version 1 has 60 business class seats on the upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration, with a small economy class cabin at the rear upper deck section featuring 88 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration. On the lower deck there are 12 first class suites in a 1-2-1 configuration, 36 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and the remainder of the economy cabin – 245 seats in a 3-4-3 configuration.
The A380 operates predominantly long-haul flights from Singapore – to destinations in Europe, the USA and Australia, as well as selected routes to India, China and a daily flight to Hong Kong.
A380 Version 1 Suites Class
The A380 is the only aircraft in the SIA fleet with a suites cabin. On the Version 1 aircraft it features 12 fully enclosed individual seats with their own sliding door and window blinds. Eight of the suites are arranged individually by the windows (A and F seats), with two centre pairs at row 2 and 3 (seats 2 C/D and 3 C/D), which can be set up either as individual suites or combined as adjacent seats which convert into a double room when travelling with a partner.
There are no bad seats in suites class, in our opinion, so separating the best from the worst is certainly nitpicking. For solo travellers, the window suites are better, with 3A and 3F featuring three windows instead of two.
Row 1 window suites (1A and 1F) are nicely separated from the rest of the cabin, with the main aircraft staircase between them, to the side of the aisle in each case. Some may find the staircase wall a bit claustrophobic, others will appreciate the added privacy. Either way the staircase is seldom used and there should be no significant foot traffic as the suites cabin is all served from a galley behind row 4.
As mentioned above, it’s very much nitpicking, but suites 4A and 4F, the furthest to the back of this cabin, will have the greatest foot traffic and potential galley noise. Neither are a big issue in the quiet and private suites section, but bear it in mind if you have a choice on your flight.
The forward ‘couples’ suite in the middle section (suites 2 C/D) are blocked for advance allocation, because this is a bassinet position in suites class on this aircraft. Infants travelling in suites, while possible, is extremely rare. If you are travelling as a couple and would prefer the double bed experience, and cannot secure seats 3 C/D because they are already taken, give Singapore Airlines a call as they should be able to allocate 2 C/D over the phone.
Your only risk will be being moved to other seats if a booking including an infant is then made on your flight in this cabin – a small chance.
A380 Version 1 Business Class
Business class on the A380 Version 1 occupies the main two forward sections of the upper deck, and is equipped with a 1-2-1 configuration flat bed seat, albeit the slightly older 2006 J product.
Business class on the A380 Version 1 is split across two sections, the smaller forward section which occupies the forward portion of the aircraft between the first two doors and contains 4 rows of window seats and five rows of middle pairs (rows 11 to 16), and a larger cabin between the second and third main doors with 11 window seat rows and 10 middle pair rows (rows 17 to 27).
While some people appreciate the feeling of space in the larger second cabin, personally we prefer the smaller forward cabin, which is quieter and has less foot traffic as service is conducted from the galley behind row 16.
Row 11 is probably the most private row on the aircraft, particularly the window seats 11A and 11K, however they have no window and the fuselage does begin to narrow slightly at these seats.
The alternative bulkhead seats are at row 17, this time with a full complement of windows, which may be better for you but doesn’t feel as exclusive as the front of the smaller forward cabin. Both row 11 and row 17 have more space, especially for your feet as the “cubby hole” style footwell found in other seat rows is gone – replaced by a spacious full-width bench which also makes the bed bigger once the seat is converted. In these seats there is no need to extend your legs at an angle while sleeping.
Row 16: This row only features a middle pair, 16D/F, which are positioned between a storage cupboard to the left and a toilet to the right, which may appear claustrophobic and certainly means more noise and more foot traffic. Avoid.
Row 27: The very last row of business class in the Version 1 configuration, row 27 is directly in front of the upper deck economy class toilets. There are also two bassinet positions in the first row of upper deck economy, so some noise is possible if there are infants in that row. Remember the upper deck economy section on Version 1 aircraft is very popular and so is usually close to full occupancy, even on relatively empty flights.
If travelling solo, one of the window seats (A or K) is preferable, giving you the highest level of privacy.
As a couple it’s up to you whether you prefer two A or K seats one in front of the other, or the slightly more sociable (but still sufficiently private) D/F middle pair. We tend to go for the middle pair, as it’s easy to talk and provides the best food envy at meal times.
While the A380 has a certain allure and is very quiet and spacious, it doesn’t have the latest business class seats, now fitted on the new Version 3 aircraft since December 2017 (that product will be retrofitted onto the existing fleet starting in late 2018). Many of the 2006 J seats are really starting to show their age.
Our personal preference in business is the A380 Version 3 aircraft (we reviewed the new 2017 J business seat in January 2018). After that, we like business class seat on the 777-300ER Version 2 aircraft (which is the vast majority of the 777-300ER fleet), and the A350, as these have the far superior latest 2013 J business seat. Do note however that the A350 business class seat is a smaller version of the 2013 J seat, with significantly less legroom.
A380 Version 1 Premium Economy Class
Premium Economy is located on the lower deck of the A380, behind the suites cabin and in front of the economy section.
There are five rows (four rows in the middle section) with a 2-4-2 configuration, for a total of 36 seats.
Seat width is 19.5 inches and seat pitch is 38 inches, the same as on the 777, but wider than the A350 which has a narrower fuselage, so choose this aircraft or the 777 if you want the best premium economy seat. One benefit of the A380 at the window seat is some extra space between the window seats and the cabin wall, due to the fuselage curvature.
The window pairs located at the first row in this cabin, 31 A/C and 31 H/K, have additional legroom, but be aware of a few drawbacks – firstly it’s close to the bassinet positions in the middle of the same row (though there’s probably no escaping the sound of a screaming baby in this small cabin), secondly the IFE screens are mounted on the bulkhead wall in front of you across row 31, not housed in the armrest as with other seats in this cabin.
Row 35 may suffer increased noise from the first row of the economy class cabin directly behind, which is also a primary bassinet position. It may be better to choose a seat further forward.
Solo travellers will probably want to opt for one of the aisle seats (C, D, G or H), or possibly a window seat (A or K) depending on personal preference. For couples, the window pairs (A/C or H/K) make perfect sense.
There are no dedicated toilets in the premium economy section, and you aren’t allowed forward into the suites cabin to use their toilets, so that means heading back through an economy section of six rows, to use the main bank of economy toilets at the third main set of aircraft doors.
A380 Version 1 Economy Class (Main Deck)
The economy class cabin on the main deck of the A380 is split across three cabins, a smaller forward section, which also houses the main bank of toilets for economy and premium economy passenger use, and two rear sections between the third and fourth main aircraft doors and the fourth and fifth main doors respectively.
Extra legroom seats can be found at 47 A/B/C and 47 H/J/K, and also at 57 A/B/C and 57 H/J/K on this aircraft, but beware the bassinet positions across two of the seats in proximity to both of these groups of seats.
Seat 51D, an aisle seat around halfway back in economy, is missing an entire seat in front of it giving this seat significant extra legroom. The seat in front is missing to allow space for the lower deck crew rest emergency escape hatch. A redesigned crew rest compartment on the A380 Version 3 means this extra legroom seat is exclusive to the Version 1 and 2 aircraft.
It’s easy to avoid proximity to the toilets by choosing a seat towards the front of the first economy cabin (we would suggest rows 41 to 43), the middle of the main cabin, around rows 50 to 53, or the front of the rear cabin (rows 57 to 61).
While the smaller forward cabin may look attractive, remember that up to 36 premium economy passengers will be walking through to use the toilets at the back of this section, and also that the main bassinet positions for economy are in this section. Our opinion is to aim towards mid-cabin in the second section.
Row 46: The last row of the smaller forward economy class cabin is right in front of the main bank of five toilets on the aircraft, so it’s susceptible to increased foot traffic, queuing and noise. Avoid.
Row 47 A/K and 57 A/K: These seats are missing a window, and are close to the main bank of five toilets on the aircraft (in the case of row 47) and a large galley area (for row 57). Avoid.
Row 56: The last row of the second economy class cabin is right in front of the a large galley area, so it’s susceptible to increased foot traffic and noise. Avoid.
Row 65 / 66: These seats, right at the back of the main deck, have limited recline, and are close to the rear toilet and galley meaning more foot traffic, queuing and noise. There is no window at these rows. Avoid.
A380 Version 1 Economy Class (Upper Deck)
The A380 Version 1 aircraft offers economy at the rear section of the upper deck. This is the best place to sit in economy on the A380, as it offers a 2-4-2 configuration. Unfortunately, less than half the SIA A380s in service now offer this layout, as it is unique to Version 1.
The 22 window pairs in economy on the upper deck of this aircraft are perfect for couples, all other aircraft in the SIA fleet have a 3-3-3 or 3-4-3 configuration in economy, with the exception of the A330 aircraft which also have a 2-4-2 layout in economy, but are only used on regional flights up to eight hours, and are gradually being phased out of the fleet.
Extra legroom seats can be found at 71 A/C and 71 H/K, and also across row 80 (D/E/F/G) and row 81 (A/C/H/K) on this aircraft, but beware the bassinet positions across two of the seats near row 71.
Seats 71A/K and 81A/K are all missing a window, despite their extra legroom.
Seats 83 D/G are a sole middle pair of seats wedged between the rear toilets on both sides, which sounds horribly claustrophobic. Avoid.
What did we miss? If you have personal experience of specific seats to favour or avoid on the A380 Version 1 aircraft, please let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll certainly try to incorporate your feedback.