On paper, Singapore Airlines’ first class ‘Suites’ cabin is the best in the world for a commercial aircraft. After all, Singapore Airlines was named the world’s best airline for 2023 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, the ‘Oscars of Aviation’, and took the gong for ‘World’s Best First Class’.
But does reality feel like ‘the best in the world’? Flight expert and YouTuber’They give non-stop‘ He secured a £6,000 ($7,750) ‘Suites’ seat on an A380 flight from Frankfurt to New York to find out, and filmed fascinating footage of the experience.
He told MailOnline Travel that he was “blown away” by the experience, but revealed that the food, surprisingly, was “a disappointment”.
His video begins at the exits of Frankfurt, where they give – who is half Swedish and half American – discovers that Suites class passengers get no special treatment. But once she’s on board, the magic begins in earnest.
Suite class seats are on the upper deck of the A380 and there are just six, and Dan describes his berth as “beyond incredible” and “unlike anything else in this category.”
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Flight expert and YouTuber ‘Nonstop Dan’ (above) secured a ‘Suites’ seat on an A380 flight from Frankfurt to New York
The seat in the suites has a chair that rotates to face the outside
Dan’s video begins at departures from Frankfurt, where he discovers that Suites class passengers don’t get special treatment. But once he’s on board, the magic begins in earnest.
He admits that trying to show all the features on video is ‘overwhelming’.
Documents the fizzy welcome of Dom Perignon (from a $300/£230 bottle); Bang and Olufsen headphones ‘as good as it gets’; a chair that turns to face the outside; the detachable tablet that controls the entertainment system; the plethora of ports including an HDMI slot-loader; the ample storage space including a full closet off the suite’s entry, complete with hangers; the ‘massive’ tray table; and, of course, the seat that transforms into a bed.
This, he says, comes with two incredibly plush pillows and a fancy slipcover, though he notes that the bed is “surprisingly hard…in Southeast Asian style.”
This image from Dan’s video shows a flight attendant preparing the beds for him and his traveling companion, Oscar.
The suite has a locking door that gives passengers “maximum privacy and a private jet-like feel.”
Dan admits that trying to show all the features of the Suites class on video is ‘overwhelming’
The suite has a partition that can be lowered to form a giant double room.
Dan take the opportunity to enjoy the experience with his travel companion, Oscar.
The cabin tour continues with Dan revealing that the suite has a closing door that gives passengers “maximum privacy and a private jet-like feel that can only be rivaled by the ‘revolutionary’ First Class cabin.” Emirates’ Boeing 777′: and a hotel-style bathroom that’s ‘elegant’.
As for food and drink, though Dan concludes that the drink list is “extraordinary”, his main course of mushrooms, rice and tofu is “perfectly cooked” and the food service “perfectly paced.” “, not so impressed with the first (‘miscellaneous foods’), the main course of salad leaves, tomatoes and lentils (‘disappointing’), or the dessert – ‘just a fruit plate’.
This image from Dan’s fascinating video shows the hotel-style toilet.
Dan, who is half Swedish and half American, describes the bathroom as “stylish.”
So what would Dan describe as the high points?
He told MailOnline Travel after the flight: ‘Everything. The amount of privacy, space and comfort is unmatched, but when you’re traveling with another person, the highlight has to be the double bed. There is nothing better than that. The bathroom is also quite nice as it is very spacious.’
And the low points?
He said: ‘The only disappointment was the food. Catering is inconsistent across airlines as it depends on the origin airport where the meals were prepared. In this case, I flew in from Frankfurt, but I know for a fact that Singaporean catering is far superior.
During the meal service, Dan is not impressed with the first course: “miscellaneous foods”.
Dan describes his headline, above, as ‘disappointing’
Dan describes the service during the meal as “perfectly paced.”
Dan’s main dish of mushrooms, rice and tofu – ‘perfectly cooked’
Dessert for Dan was ‘just a fruit plate’ (above)
He said: “One of the highlights of my life was watching Curb Your Enthusiasm in bed and the crew surprised us with lunch in bed.” I had no idea they had tables that would allow us to eat in bed, what an amazing surprise!
What would he say are the three main characteristics?
Dan said: “The highlight is definitely the separate bed, but two other underrated features are the ability to rotate the seat to face the windows, allowing you to work while enjoying the view outside; and the empty space in the suite when the bed has not been made. This is the only suite I’ve found on an airplane where you have more than enough room to do yoga or stretch out in the privacy of your seat.’
Did it live up to expectations?
Dan said, “It exceeded expectations, and that’s saying a lot as I review airlines for my living.” Every time I fly with Singapore Airlines, I am amazed at how well the crew manage to balance professionalism with showing personality and having fun.”
To Dan’s delight, they served him a meal while he watched TV in bed.
Dan’s video tour of the cabin includes the reveal of all the gadgets
The suite comes with a multitude of charging points
This image is from a section of the video where Dan demonstrates the suite’s tablet driver.
The Suites class cabin has a single aisle and is on the upper deck of the A380
The Suites class section has only six seats, giving passengers plenty of space
Is there anything on the planet that compares to Suites class?
Dan said: ‘If I were to compare this to other first-class products, I would describe Singapore Suites as the perfect balance of fun and luxury. Air France and Etihad focus more on luxury, while Emirates goes all out on the fun aspects of an experience like this. At Singapore Airlines, you are guaranteed exceptional service, which sadly most other airlines struggle to provide with the same consistency.”
Dan’s Suites class seat at the time he flew, in 2022, would have cost more than £6,000, but he paid for with 86,000 air miles plus 100 euros (£85/$110) in tax. Dan revealed that, right now, Singapore Airlines is flying the Boeing 777 from Frankfurt to New York, and first class on this plane costs £3,700 one way. He added: “The lowest cost in points is 97,000 per person, but it’s usually 143,500 points if they’re available.”
This image shows Dan’s A380 being prepared for departure.
Dan’s Suites class seat at the time he flew, in 2022, would have cost over £6,000