Singapore Airlines (SIA) has replaced its Airbus A380 on the Zurich-Singapore route with an A380 version fitted with the latest onboard cabin productions and innovations.

ATW understands this also marks the delivery completion of five new A380s. The old A380s were returned to the lessor.

The new A380s launched services in December 2017 from Singapore Changi to Sydney, Australia. The five aircraft also operate to Hong Kong, Shanghai Pudong (China) and London Heathrow (UK).

The new SIA A380 offers more personal space in all classes, accommodating 471 passengers. The cabin features six private suites and 78 business-class seats on the upper deck, and 44 premium-economy and 343 economy-class seats on the main deck. The aircraft also features the latest IFE systems and full connectivity from every seat.

The retrofit work for the existing 14 A380s 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.

Singapore Airlines EVP-commercial Swee Wah Mak told ATW  the new A380 cabin features and retrofitting the existing 14 A380s has represented an investment of $850 million.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at