Singapore Airlines has launched an aircraft cabin retrofit program that will see new interior elements introduced in all three cabins of some of its Boeing 777s, with the first refitted aircraft going into service on July 22.
The carrier is refitting an initial batch of seven 777-300s with its most recent cabin items, including installation of new seats in the 777s’ First and Business class cabins, improvements in their Economy class cabins and in-flight entertainment system enhancements. SIA says the program will provide additional comfort and more space for passengers and also will create also greater service-product consistency across its fleet. Singapore Airlines intends to extend the program at a later date to more 777s and will announce details when its plans are firmed up.
The first aircraft in the retrofit program will operate on the Singapore-Sydney route from July 22. Through the remainder of this year, as more 777-300s are fitted with the new interior products, they will begin operating selected services to Shanghai and Dubai, as well as flights to Riyadh and Istanbul via Dubai.
First Class in the newly refitted aircraft will offer eight luxurious seats, 35 inches wide, providing enhanced privacy, personal attention, convenience and entertainment. The seat converts into the largest full-flat bed in the sky.
Business Class will feature a contemporary, leather incline lie-flat seat with an advanced control panel allowing the customer to personalise seating preference or select from various preset options. The seat also features a six-way adjustable headrest and lumbar support for more comfortable rest and maximum ergonomic support.
The Economy Class cabin will also be refurbished, with a new contemporary look. Seat covers are specially designed by Givenchy using richer, softer fabrics, similar to those found on Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs.
SIA’s KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system will also be enhanced to provide improved Audio-Video On Demand features in all cabin classes. First Class seats will be fitted with larger, 23-inch screens and Business Class seats will feature 15.4-inch screens. The system will also have an updated, more intuitive and user-friendly graphical interface across all cabin classes.
The deployment schedule begins on July 22 on the Singapore-Sydney round-trips SQ 231/232 and SQ 219/220, both daily. From October to December, the improved 777-300 interiors will go into service on SIA’s four-times-weekly SQ 454/453 roundtrip toRiyadh via Dubai ; its six-times weekly SQ 490/491 round-trip to Istanbul via Dubai; SIA’s once-weekly SQ 494/495 round-trip to Dubai; and its daily SQ 830/833 and SQ 836/825 round-trips to Shanghai.