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Singapore Airlines A380 seats on display at the National Museum

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It was 15 years ago today that the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus A380 flew for the first time, with its specially designed business class seats and Singapore Airlines suites. The seats were part of an innovative cabin design that provided more comfort and space in flight by giving passengers the freedom to move the A380 was famous for.

The A380’s first generation business class seats were designed by JPA Design of the UK and manufactured by Koito of Japan. The seat can be transformed into a comfortable fully flat bed with a fixed back shell that can be extended to the sides for greater privacy. Photo credit: Singapore Airlines Limited.

The National Museum of Singapore received the donation of a first generation A380 Business Class seat and a first generation A380 Suites seat, which premiered on this maiden flight in 2007.

These seats represented many “firsts” for SIA in 2007 – in addition to being the first in the world to fly the A380 at Airbus’ launch that year, SIA was also the first to introduce the Suites concept to board the A380, which offered an unprecedented level of luxury and privacy with a double bed, sliding doors and blinds, among other features, built at the time, and which could be transformed into a comfortable flat bed for a good night’s sleep. These seats are part of our flag carrier’s rich history as an iconic brand and a symbol of national pride for Singapore.

Designed by renowned French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste of Coste Design, the first-generation SIA Suites seat sets a new standard in premium air travel.  Combining classic styling, ergonomics and technology, each handcrafted seat offers unparalleled exclusivity and privacy, developed for SIA's most valued and distinguished clients.

Designed by renowned French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste of Coste Design, the first-generation SIA Suites seat sets a new standard in premium air travel. Combining classic styling, ergonomics and technology, each handcrafted seat offers unparalleled exclusivity and privacy, developed for SIA’s most valued and distinguished clients. Photo credit: Singapore Airlines Limited

Chung May Khuen, Director of the National Museum of Singapore, said: “The seats are a valuable addition to the museum’s collection of travel artifacts, revealing our flag carrier Singapore Airlines’ unique innovations and successes in commercial aviation. . Collecting, preserving and presenting aspects of contemporary Singapore is an important part of the National Museum’s collecting strategy. Objects like these iconic SIA seats enrich our documentation and tell of Singapore’s progress and development over the years.

“SIA was the first airline to fly the A380, and the introduction of these seats on the aircraft marked a milestone in aviation history as they provided an unprecedented level of comfort for our customers. . We are grateful that the National Museum preserves an important aspect of our history and hope that visitors will remember their flights with us when they see the display. We remain committed to service excellence and product innovation, so our customers can continue to enjoy world-class products and award-winning service across all of our fleets,” said Yeoh Phee Teik. , Senior Vice President Customer Experience at Singapore Airlines.

Visitors can view the seats in an upcoming exhibit at the National Museum next year.