Today Singapore reopened to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers with no testing or quarantine requirement. Coinciding with the reopened borders? Some fantastic flight news from Singapore Airlines.
First off: The largest passenger plane in the world is back. The Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380—with economy, premium economy, and business class, plus one of the most luxe first class cabins in the sky—was a welcome sight for frequent fliers when it landed at New York’s JFK on March 28 after a two-year hiatus.
The double-decker plane previously flew from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles before the COVID-19 pandemic up-ended the global aviation industry—and it was a bucket-list experience for avid travelers. In 2020, though, Singapore Airlines reduced its schedule of 57 weekly flights from the U.S. to just three. Now, Singapore will return to gateway cities like Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and will operate more flights than before with 62 weekly flights from Singapore to the U.S., plus additional flights from Singapore to Canada.
What’s really exciting is that Singapore Airlines is bringing its newest first class product to the U.S. with this relaunch. Previously, the A380 flying to New York did not feature the airline’s swanky, fully-enclosed suite. Now it does. The first class suites come with sliding doors for added privacy with an unheard of 50 square feet of personal space. Each suite features a swiveling, Poltrona Frau lounge chair, as well as a separate bed with fine linens. If you’re traveling with a companion, connecting suites make it possible to create a double bed, much like what you would find in a hotel—and bespoke Lalique pajamas and slippers await every guest. Even the lavatories are chic with a sit-down vanity area for freshening up. With just six suites per plane, though, booking early will be essential.
Luckily, on the A380 that wow factor is not just limited to first class. The plane features the airline’s latest business class design with even more space than other Singapore flights, an 18-inch entertainment screen, and a 1-2-1 seating configuration of hand-stitched leather seats.