Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of the
first of five new Airbus A380 aircraft scheduled to join the
carrier’s fleet over the coming year.
The aircraft delivered today is the first
in the airline’s fleet to feature its
recently launched on-board
cabin products and innovations.
In addition to the five new aircraft, Singapore
Airlines will also retrofit 14 A380s already in service with its
new cabin products. The retrofit work is expected to begin late in
2018 and will be undertaken by the airline in conjunction with
Services by Airbus. All 14 aircraft are scheduled to be
retrofitted by 2020.
The new Singapore Airlines A380 offers more
personal space in all classes, accommodating a total of 471
passengers. The cabin features 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. The aircraft also features
the latest in-flight entertainment systems and full connectivity
from every seat.
“The delivery of our newest A380 with all-new
cabin products is indeed an exciting occasion, and we are pleased
to be celebrating this important milestone with our great partner
Airbus,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong. “When we
put the world’s first A380 into commercial service in 2007, it set
new industry benchmarks for premium full-service air travel. A
decade later, the Singapore Airlines A380, featuring our flagship
products and legendary service, remains a customer favourite, and
we continue to receive highly positive feedback about the travel
experience on the aircraft.”
Capable of flying up to 8,200 nautical miles
non-stop, the A380 currently
flies with 13 airlines on 120 routes around the
globe. Since entry-into-service in 2007 the A380 world fleet has
carried over 190 million passengers.
“We are proud to deliver the first of five new
A380s to Singapore Airlines featuring the carrier's beautiful new
cabin design,” said Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer.
“Singapore Airlines was the first to fly the A380 and has operated
the aircraft with the highest levels of technical excellence since
day one. 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.”