Singapore Airlines plans to spend nearly SGD$95 million (US$78 million) to refit 10 Boeing 777-200ERs with new long-haul seats and in-flight entertainment screens to provide customers with additional space and comfort.
SIA says its cabin-upgrade program for its Boeing 777-200ER fleet will provide greater product consistency across the airline’s long-haul fleet, with Business Class seats that convert into full-flat beds and larger in-flight entertainment screen sizes for both Business Class and Economy Class.
The first refitted 777-200ER will operate between Singapore and Amsterdam from January 13.Singapore Airlines operates 11 Boeing 777-200ERs and 22 Boeing 777-200s (which in SIA service are actually 777-200ERs with de-rated engines). SIA is transferring some or all of its 777-200s to its new low-cost, low-fare, long-haul subsidiary Scoot
Singapore Airlines will deploy upgraded 777-200ERs to more destinations in Europe and to points in India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand as additional aircraft are refitted.
In each 777-200ER’s Business Class cabin, the new leather seat reclines up to 125 degrees and unfolds into a 76-inch full-flat bed.
Also featured on the airline’s Airbus A340-500, Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER fleets, the forward-facing, four-abreast 1-2-1 configuration offers all customers direct access to the aisle.
The KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system also features a 15.4-inch LCD monitor and an extensive selection of audio and video programs.Singapore Airlines has 11 Boeing 777-200ERs in its fleet, which also contains 777-300ERs, 777-300s and 777-200s as well as a sizable number of Airbus aircraft
In Economy Class, personal LCD monitors will be upgraded to 9 inches from 6.5 inches. Seat covers, designed by Givenchy, will also feature soothing colors as well as richer and softer fabrics, similar to those found on Singapore Airlines’ A380s and Boeing 777-300ER widebodies.
Singapore Airlines’ deployment plan for the refitted 777-200ERs will see the first newly outfitted aircraft operate flight SQ324 and SQ323 to and from Amsterdam from January 13.
Next, a refitted 777-200ER will begin operating SIA’s route to Mumbai from March 31, on flights SQ422 and SQ421.
During SIA’s 2013-2014 financial year, the carrier will also deploy refitted Boeing 777-200ERs on (in purely alphabetical order) its Auckland service, on flights SQ282 and SQ281; to Cape Town and Johannesburg, on flights SQ478 and SQ479; to Christchurch, on flights SQ297 and SQ298; to Copenhagen, on SQ352 and SQ351; to Istanbul, on SQ392 and SQ391; to Rome, on SQ366 and SQ365; and to Sydney, on SQ241 and SQ242.