Singapore Airlines (SIA) took delivery of the first of five new-build Airbus A380s to be equipped with the carrier’s recently-launched cabin. Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said SIA would carry the torch forward for the new cabin generation on the A380. The interior was described as breath-taking. SIA will take four more new Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered A380s over the course of 2018, with 14 of its current fleet to be retrofitted with the updated interior by 2020.
The double decker aircraft is configured with a four-class and 471-seat layout. It’s removing the sidewall storage on the upper deck allowing an improved seat arrangement in the 78 seat business class. In addition, the six first-class suits have been relocated to the upper deck, separated by a single aisle. Capable of flying up to 8,200 nautical miles non-stop, the A380 is the world’s largest and most spacious airliner. The A380 is the only aircraft with two full decks, featuring wider seats, broader aisles, and more floor space.
At the Paris air show, Airbus indicated that the A380plus package, if launched, would enter service in around 2020.