Whilst Singapore Airlines may be saying goodbye to its older A380 frames, other aircraft are getting a refit treatment. This is the first of 14 aircraft to go through the refit process.
The refit was conducted by SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) in collaboration with Airbus Services. The programme was announced in November 2017 which sees the cabin products selected for Singapore Airlines five recently delivered A380 aircraft installed on the airline’s in-service aircraft.
The refitted aircraft accommodates 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.
The remaining 13 cabin retrofits will be performed by SIAEC and Heavy Maintenance Singapore Services (HMS Services), a joint venture between SIAEC and Airbus.
According to Airbus, the work is part of adding value to the A380 programme and improvements – with the airframer stating:
This retrofit is part of the wider portfolio of value-adding product improvements managed by Airbus’ dedicated Upgrades Services teams. This programme for SIA is an example of Airbus’ commitment to keep the A380 flying for many more years with the latest cabin innovations.
Lots of life yet
With the work carried out on the Singapore Airlines A380, it proves the type does still have a place in certain fleets as well as in certain routes. Refreshed products always look good – and in some cases – can offer an improved passenger experience.
With a perfect demonstration here, it may motivate other airlines to consider sweating the value of their A380 assets to improve the experience on the plane.
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