A380 Singapore Airlines Has New Cabin Layout

A380 Singapore Airlines Has New Cabin Layout. After four years of development, Singapore Airlines (SIA) received on December 14 last year the first new Airbus A380 series with its latest cabin product.

The plane, 9V-SKU, is one of the five additional A380s that SIA placed an order in 2012. The new aircraft has capacity for 471 in four classes: 343 in economy and 44 in premium economy on the main deck; and 78 in business class and six in the SIA suites on the upper deck.

The old A380s have 245 to 333 seats in economy, 36 to 38 in premium, 60 to 86 in business class and 12 in suites. The new configuration aims to drive greater capacity and better space efficiency, and meet the growing demands of executive class seats.

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A380 Singapore Airlines Has New Cabin Layout, SIA 9V-SKU

The six suites at the front of the upper deck have separate full-plane beds and a swivel seat in flight, upholstered by Poltrona Frau. The beds in the first two suites can be combined to form a double bed for couples and families traveling. The suites are designed by Pierrejean Design Studio and manufactured by Zodiac Aerospace.

Other features include a full-size closet and a 32-inch high-definition monitor for on-board entertainment. Two large sinks (one with a vanity table) located at the front of the upper deck are also reserved for the suites.

The airline will expand its business class offers to 78 throughout the fleet, taking up most of the space on the upper deck. The new JPA Design executive class seats feature a cocoon shell for privacy, and center aisle seats can be combined into a double bed by lowering the center divider. The structure is made of carbon fiber instead of metal, which allows ample space under the seats for full-size cabin luggage.

The 9V-SKU of Singapore Airlines is also the first GX-enabled A380 in the world, equipped with the Inmarsat GX Aviation broadband connectivity system, providing passengers with the new high-speed Wi-Fi service. This service is offered through SitaOnair.

SIA was the launch customer of the A380 a decade ago, and invested USD 850 million in the redesigned design when the A380 enters its second decade. The A380 number in the SIA fleet will remain at 19 since it will also eliminate five of the older superjumbos.

9V-SKA, has already been removed from service and returned to your landlord. Although it does not include the luxurious in-flight products that its Middle East competitors have incorporated, the new SIA design adapts to its markets and maximizes profitability on its A380 routes, the operator believes.

The airline has appointed Airbus to adapt the remaining 14 A380s to the new configuration, in close cooperation with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC), although SIA is still considering how SIAEC will be involved. All A380 of SIA will be retrofitted by 2020.

At the time of writing this report, the second new A380 will reach "early 2018". SIA revealed that it will deploy the new A380 in London from February 16 three times a week, and from February 18 to Hong Kong with the same frequency.

"The A380 still has a role in our network, especially for restricted destinations," said SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong.

Former Airbus chief of operations Fabrice Brégier said Airbus is also in talks with launch customers about modernization programs similar to those developed by SIA. "The A380 was launched a decade ago, and if you want to maintain the attractiveness of the aircraft, the upgrade is imperative."

Although he did not mention the names of potential clients, Emirates, Qantas, Air France and Lufthansa also operate the aircraft. .

Currently, Singapore has the largest Airbus training facility outside of France, and is the center of the region's supply chain between Airbus and its subsidiary Satair. "Maybe we can cover more about digital services, both in big data and in innovation, we currently have some R & D with the local research firm A*Star. We believe in Singapore and the region," Brégier said in a statement.

SIA will continue to set milestones in 2018, as it will be the launch customer of the Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR), which will join the fleet in the first and second half of 2018, respectively. In total, SIA expects to receive 21 new fuselages in the next fiscal year, including seven examples of the A350-900 ULR.