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Singapore Airlines rolls out new cabins for A380 fleet

November 9, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

After four years in the making, Singapore Airlines has revealed to the world its new cabin interiors. They will be rolled out across the airline’s entire A380 fleet to keep all classes at the forefront of passenger comfort, style and in-flight entertainment.

Fitting SIA’s whole A380 fleet will include retrofitting the new cabins on the 14 aircraft already in service. The research, design, development and installation of the new products on 19 A380s represents an investment of about USD 850 million.

CAPA Centre for Aviation said the changes would boost seat capacity, with the “average density” of SIA’s A380 fleet increasing by 14%. Economy class capacity will increase and although first class capacity will fall by 50%, “revenues should not decline significantly as load factors improve”, CAPA said. Business class capacity would increase slightly.

The new cabin product will begin entering service next month on the first of five new A380s on order from Airbus. Retrofit work on the other 14 will start in late 2018 and should be completed by 2020.

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.

Economy Class

New in-flight offerings including soft furnishings, amenities, a new dining experience and highly advanced in-flight entertainment system.

For a 30-second video glimpse of the new business and suites offerings:

Singapore Airlines’ Suites, its flagship cabin-in-the-sky product, will feature a separate full-flat bed with adjustable recline and a plush leather chair, enabling customers to lounge comfortably in the chair or rest in bed without the need to convert the bed from a sitting position.

Along with plush mattress bedding come two pillows and a fluffy cotton duvet, complete with embroidery crafted by the French luxury brand, Lalique. Other touches: a stylish sleeper suit, slippers, eyeshades and socks. Suites customers will dine with Wedgwood crockery and Lalique-designed crystal glassware.

Premium Economy. Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken (also available for breakfast)

Six Suites are tucked spaciously within the front cabin of the upper deck. Each seat is upholstered by Poltrona Frau in fine leather and is fully adjustable using an electronic control side panel. Chairs swivel between 135 and 270 degrees and recline up to 45 degrees.

Each Suite also has a 32-inch full HD monitor that can swivel for the different viewing angles in seat and bed modes, a full-sized personal wardrobe, customised handbag stowage compartment, amenity box lined with soft leather and a feature wall with mood lighting.

KrisFlyer members travelling in Suites will be able to control the lighting in their private cabin and save their lighting preferences for future flights.

Premium Economy Class

Business Class features seats arranged in a forward-facing, four-abreast (1-2-1) configuration that offers all customers direct access to the aisle.

Measuring 25 inches in width, the Business Class seat, which has two side wings for better back support, reclines directly into a comfortable full-flat bed (78 inches). Customers may also stretch out fully in a ‘sun-deck’ position to watch movies on the 18-inch high definition touch-screen monitor. The Business Class seat is upholstered by Poltrona Frau as well.

Business Class Narumi

A larger back shell on every seat creates a cocoon-like feel for more privacy while the centre divider can be fully lowered to form double beds, suiting the two centre seats for families travelling together. In the Business Class cabin, all meals will be served on Narumi-designed chinaware.

Other features include a business panel equipped with USB ports and in-seat power, reading lights with adjustable brightness level, mood lighting, enlarged dining table designed for flexibility in dining positions, as well as stowage space for personal amenities with a design that puts everything within easy reach. 

Business Class

Premium Economy Class. Each seat is 19.5 inches wide, with eight-inch recline and seat pitch of 38 inches. Customers will be treated to an enhanced in-flight entertainment experience with the provision of active noise-cancelling headphones and a sleek 13.3-inch full HD monitor.

Other features include individual in-seat power supply, two USB ports, personal in-seat reading light, cocktail table and extra stowage space for personal items.

Economy Class seats are designed and built by RECARO. Utilising advanced technology and ergonomics, seats offer more legroom and back support, with a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings. The Economy Class seat also features a more contemporary fabric seat cover design.

An 11.1-inch touch-screen monitor eliminates the need for handsets and offers more convenience to customers who wish to catch the latest movies on KrisWorld.

Suites

Other features include a patented non-intrusive reading light installed underneath the seatback screen, personal storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, in-seat power supply and ergonomically designed footrest with adjustable positions.

KrisWorld In-flight Entertainment System

The launch of myKrisWorld, a new IFE interactive feature, in coming months will offer travellers greater control over their in-flight entertainment (IFE). Features include content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history. KrisFlyer members will be able to bookmark and resume content, as well as customise and save preferences on myKrisWorld for subsequent flights.

KrisFlyer members travelling across all classes can also select their choice of playlists from the SingaporeAir mobile app prior to the flight, and transfer their selections to the onboard system when they connect to myKrisWorld to continue with their IFE experience.

 In-flight Connectivity

Singapore Airlines’ new A380 will be the world’s first equipped with Inmarsat GX Aviation’s broadband connectivity system, offered through SITAONAIR. Delivering high-speed in-flight WiFi, it’s currently available on selected B777-300ER aircraft in Singapore Airlines’ fleet.

“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,” SIA’s chief executive, Goh Choon Phong, said.

Singapore Airlines was launch customer of the A380 in 2007. Its 18 A380s currently serve Auckland, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, and Zurich.

Written by Peter Needham

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