Singapore Airlines has selected Airbus to provide cabin retrofit services for its 14 A380 aircraft currently in service with the carrier. The retrofit programme, which will be carried out at SIA Engineering Company in Singapore.
The new cabin products will debut on five new A380s to be delivered this year and next year. Under the agreement, Airbus will be responsible for Service Bulletin (SB) and aircraft cabin parts-kit delivery. SIA’s customised cabin fittings into the A380’s spacious double-deck interior will also be supported by Airbus. The retrofit work is expected to start in late 2018, with all 14 aircraft scheduled for completion by 2020.
Singapore Airlines’ new A380 cabin offers more personal space in all classes. The aircraft will accommodate a total of 471 passengers, with six private Suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck and 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck.
Airbus’ Global Market Forecast projects that over the next 20 years the commercial aircraft upgrades services market will be worth US$180 billion.