6 NOVEMBER 2017
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All-new cabins – including First Class suites with double beds – that are being installed on the Singapore Airlines fleet of 19 Airbus A380 superjumbos at a cost of about US$850m (£650m) were unveiled on Friday.
SIA was the A380's launch customer and is the aircraft's second largest operator. Chief executive Goh Choon Phong said: "This significant investment demonstrates our confidence in the future of premium full-service air travel.”
Each new interior will feature 471 seats split into four cabins, including six of the First Class suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck plus 44 Premium Economy and 343 Economy seats on the main deck.
Each Business Class seat is 25in (63.5cm) wide with 50in (127cm) pitch and is cocooned inside a carbon composite shell for added privacy. The seats also convert into 78in (198cm) long beds.
Premium Economy passengers get 19.5in (49.5cm) wide seats with 38in (96.5cm) pitch (96.5cm), each equipped with a 13.3in HD screen and noise-cancelling headphones.
All passengers can access the airline’s new KrisWorld infotainment system, which allows them to bookmark and customise viewing preferences. The airline's 14 older superjumbos will also be retrofitted with the stylish new appointments.
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John Davidson, France/Paris
That being said about SIA's improvements to its A380s, the airplane is on its last legs. Down to a production rate of one per month in order to sustain production as long as possible. The French business newspaper Les Echos has reported on this significantly, with orders being canceled from unhappy airlines. It's not going to be a profitable product for a while to come, if ever. The same paper has reported on Airbus's management issues in terms of corruption investigations in France, the UK and now the US.