Singapore Airlines has a fleet of 19 A380s; 12 of which will be kept flying, while the other 7 will be undergoing an extensive cabin refurbishment. The airline will also be phasing out their 7 oldest A380s. This refurbishment is a rare piece of good news in the world of A380 operation.
One of Singapore Airlines A380's; 9V-SKQ, was seen arriving in Sydney after 8 months of long term storage in Alice Springs, NT, Australia. It received a check up before leaving Sydney for Singapore, for cabin refurbishment.
The new Singapore Airlines A380 will be configured with 471 seats in four classes, featuring:
- 6 First Class Suites on the upper deck
- 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck,
- 44 Premium Economy Class seats
- 343 Economy Class seats
First Class Suites
There are 44 Premium Economy Class Seats on the new A380 of Singapore Airlines. They are located in the forward section of lower deck.
The new Singapore Airlines A380 features a new Economy Class with 343 seats on the main deck. The new seat comes with a 4-way adjustable sculpted headrest, including a comfortable neck support.
The seat comes with 32” pitch and there is no hand set in between the armrest; everything is in the back rest of the seat for easier reach!
Deferring Aircraft Delivery and Switching the B787-10 for the B777-9
The decision will see Singapore Airlines defer the delivery stream, spreading out beyond the immediate five years, reducing capital expenditure in the 20/21 and 22/23 to later financial years.
Having said that, Singapore Airlines has converted 14 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners into 11 777-9s; citing projected long-term fleet requirements beyond 2025/2026.
Retiring 26 Surplus Aircraft
In November, The Singapore Airlines Group, which includes SIA, SilkAir and Scoot, announced that they will be retiring a total of 26 aircraft “deemed surplus to requirements” in addition to seven Boeing 777s being retired following the liquidation of NokScoot.
Singapore Airlines will retire:
- Seven Airbus A380
- Four Boeing 777-200/200ER
- Four Boeing 777-300
- Nine Airbus A320 (SilkAir fleet)
- Two Airbus A319 (SilkAir Fleet)