Highlighting this carrier’s commitment to the flagship Airbus jetliner
Airbus today delivered the first “New Singapore Airlines A380” with an upgraded and improved cabin that elevates the passenger experience to new heights – the result of four years of development and a significant investment by the airline.
The milestone delivery involves the first of five new double-deck Airbus A380s that Singapore Airlines is adding to its fleet, and the $850 million spent by the carrier in developing the new cabin clearly underscores the airline’s ongoing and full commitment to Airbus’ flagship jetliner.
“We are proud to deliver the first of five new A380s for Singapore Airlines,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders, who noted that Singapore Airlines was the first to fly the A380, and has operated the aircraft with the highest levels of technical excellence from its service entry. “The aircraft has proven to be a huge commercial success in service with the carrier, flying passengers efficiently and in comfort on the airline’s long haul and regional network.”
In addition to its five new aircraft, Singapore Airlines also will retrofit the new cabin on 14 of its A380s already in service. The retrofit programme will begin at the end of 2018, to be undertaken by the airline in conjunction with Services by Airbus – the Airbus operation created to deliver world-leading integrated aviation services. All 14 Singapore Airlines A380s will be retrofitted by 2020.
The New Singapore Airlines A380 features six private Suites on the forward upper deck with a swivelling recliner, an office area and a bed; 78 newly designed Business Class seats on the upper deck; and on the main deck, 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats. Throughout, the iconic aircraft offers the latest in-flight entertainment systems and full connectivity from every seat.
The redesigned Suites allow passengers to lounge comfortably in the chair or rest in bed without the need to convert the bed from a sitting position. Business Class seats offer more under-seat stowage space, measure a spacious 25 inches in width and recline into a 78-inch full-flat bed.
The leather-finished seats in Premium Economy Class are 19.5 inches wide, offer a calf-rest and foot-bar, individual in-seat power, and more stowage space under the seat. Economy Class seats offer wider-than-average 18.5-inch seats, an improved design that provides additional back support, a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings and an ergonomically-designed footrest with adjustable positions.
For additional information on the delivery of Singapore Airlines’ first A380 with customised cabin, see the press release.