New cabins will be fitted to the entire Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380 fleet a decade after the first superjumbo took off.
This will include retrofit work on 14 of the double decker superjumbos already in service.
The new cabins will start entering service next month on the first of five new A380s on order with Airbus.
The new cabin offerings are designed to provide more space and privacy in all classes, featuring “intimate and bespoke” elements and high-speed in-flight wi-fi.
Retrofitting will start in late 2018 on 14 existing A380s, all targeted for completion in 2020.
The new aircraft configuration will carry up to 471 passengers in four classes, with six suites, 78 business class seats, 44 premium economy seats and 343 economy seats.
The six suites in the upper deck feature a bed and leather chair and a 32-inche full high definition monitor that can swivel for different viewing angles.
The 25-inch wide business class seats recline to a full-flat bed with 18-inch touch screen HD monitors, in a 1-2-1 forward-facing configuration.
Premium economy seats will be 19.5 inches wide with a seat pitch of 38 inches and a 13.3-inch HD monitor, two USB ports and a reading light.
The economy seats are claimed to provide more legroom and back support with a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings and an 11.1-inch touch-screen monitor, reading light and in-seat power supply.
SIA was the launch carrier of the A380 in 2007.
The A380s serve Auckland, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich.
SIA currently has 18 A380s in its fleet, having recently returned one to its lessor. Four more will be returned to lessors progressively in 2018.
Chief executive, Goh Choon Phong, said: “The significant investment that we are making with the introduction of new cabin products demonstrates our commitment to continued investment in products and services, our long-term approach to ensure we retain our leadership position, and our confidence in the future of premium full-service air travel.
“The new cabin products are the culmination of four years of work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with our designers and suppliers.
“We are confident that the results will genuinely ‘wow’ our customers, and ensure that we continue to provide them an unparalleled travel experience.”
Product and services senior vice president, Marvin Tan, said: “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.
“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.”
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