Singapore : Singapore Airlines has won Best First Class Airline award at the annual AirlineRatings. com Airline Excellence Awards. The carrier also came second in the rating agency's top twenty airlines list.
SIA has pioneered many innovations for all cabin classes but its First Class clearly stands out with its new "Skyroom" Suites on the A380.
Each of these suites covers between 3.23 and 4 square meters of floor space with two-piece sliding doors operated manually, as opposed to electrically with other carriers, a source for prolonged malfunctions.
Andreas Spaeth, Author, AirlineRatings notes there is a similarity to the Flying Oval Office on board Air Force One because each is dominated by a massive swivel armchair.
The main feature is a separate foldout flatbed measuring 76" by 27" (1.93m x 0.68m) which comes complete with mattress bedding, duvet, and pillows. The bedhead has a gas spring to keep the head up to watch a movie for example while lying down.
And for those who want to fly with the family, the dividers between two or even all three suites on one side of the aisle can come down, creating up to two double beds in the two forward Suites 1A/2A and 1F/2F.
AirlineRatings. com, the world's only airline safety and product rating website, promotes excellence and innovation in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its annual Airline Excellence Awards.
To be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.
AirlineRatings.com developed its unique seven-star rating system after two years of evaluation and consultation with the industry's governing body the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
For the yearly ranking the editors of AirlineRatings.com, some of the most experienced and awarded, combine four major international industry and government safety audits, with another 12 key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings to arrive at a ranking.