Singapore Airlines announced on November 2, 2017 that its eagerly awaited new cabin products will be fitted to its entire Airbus A380 fleet, including retrofit work on 14 aircraft that are already in service.
The announcement was made in Singapore at the global launch of the airline’s new cabin products, which will start entering service next month on the first of five new A380s on order with Airbus. Retrofit work will start in late 2018 on the 14 existing A380s1 that will be fitted with the new products, with all targeted for completion in 2020.
Singapore Airlines was the launch operator of the A380 when it took delivery of the world’s first superjumbo in 2007. The new aircraft configuration will carry up to 471 customers in four classes of travel, with six Singapore Airlines Suites, 78 Business Class seats, 44 Premium Economy Class seats and 343 Economy Class seats.
“Singapore Airlines set new industry benchmarks for premium full-service travel when we introduced our first A380s in October 2007. A decade later we continue to receive highly positive feedback about the travel experience on the aircraft,” said Senior Vice President Product & Services, Mr Marvin Tan.
“The introduction of our all-new cabin products is intended to ensure we retain our product leadership position. The significant investment in the new product and service offerings demonstrates that we are always listening to our customers, and ensuring that we continue to deliver the world’s best travel experience.”
Above Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKN (msn 071) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926240.
Singapore Airlines’ A380s currently serve Auckland, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, and Zurich.
1 SIA currently has 18 A380s in its fleet, having recently returned one to the lessor. Four more will be returned to lessors progressively in 2018.
Sam Chui reports on the unveiling: