Friday, January 18, 2008

A Class Beyond First Class

Singapore Airlines introduced their new Airbus A380 late last year, and it has some perks that put it in a class of its own.

To me, the most impressive feature of all has to be the availability of suites for passengers. It's being billed as "a class beyond first class," and I can't think of a more apt description.

AS the cranky flier points out, though, it isn't likely that most of us will ever get a chance to sit (or recline, or lie) in the Suite Class, given its price tag, so what else does this Airbus have to offer?

The big perk for "the rest of us" is the additional 100 seats available in Economy Class, due to the 2nd tier. The seating offers 2 arrangements, a 2-4-2 seating arrangement or a 3-4-3. The seats are just a little roomier, and are especially good for making it so that have a better chance of getting a seat because of higher seat availability.

Overall, the A380 seems to be doing very well for Singapore Airlines. It's been fun listening to the buzz in local media about it, and great to see another level of success for an airline that does business right.

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