So what have we learned?
- It is very very large indeed, but it doesn’t feel outlandishly big on the inside.
- It is quiet. About half as quiet as other big planes.
- It comes with a premium. You have a pay a bit more for the privilege of having your ass on the A380.
- Singapore Airlines is a classy outfit. As one of the ground staff said ‘Other airlines have the same plane, but it’s really about the little touches’. She was right. Amazing service.
- It very bizarrely smells like earwax on take-off and landing.
- The toilets are bigger. Good.
- It has Star Office so if you have a memory stick, you can work on your docs, presentations, speadsheets etc. However, you have to use a rather fiddly qwerty keyboard on the back of the handset.
- While the crew spotted me filming and mentioned it to Andrew, they didn’t seem very bothered. In fact, they gave us a little tour!
- One hardly notices turbulence. I guess that’s because it’s so wide.
- If you get into the Suites (‘beyond first’ as there is no first class) and get the two in the middle, you can have them converted into a double bed scenario and join the Mile High Club have a little sleep with your squeeze.
- It is still possible with patience, a heckuva lot of air miles, shopping around, luck and brass necks to get an upgrade.