THE AIRBUS A380 has now completed ten years’ service with launch operator Singapore Airlines (SIA). The milestone was used to unveil an upgraded interior for SIA’s super jumbos consisting of 471 seats in four classes (six enclosed suites for first class, 78 business class, 44 premium economy and 343 economy). This compares to two different layouts previously used by SIA (one 471-seat layout with 12 suites, 60 business and 399 economy seats, and one 409-seat layout with 12 suites, 86 business and 311 economy).
The addition of 18 businessclass seats and the introduction of premium economy is more proof of network airlines seeking to maximise returns from the premium travel market. The new product will enter service in December on SIA’s next A380 delivery. The 14 A380s already in service will be retrofitted with the new cabin, with this work targeted for completion in 2020.