Singapore Airlines (SIA) has picked Airbus to provide cabin retrofit services for 14 A380s now in service with the carrier. The retrofit program, which SIA Engineering will undertake in Singapore, will see the airline’s recently launched cabin products installed on the aircraft. Schedules call for the new cabin products to debut on five new A380s delivered this year and next year.
Under the agreement, Services by Airbus will take responsibility for Service Bulletin (SB) and aircraft cabin parts-kit delivery. Its teams will also contribute their A380 design knowledge and engineering expertise to integrate SIA’s customized cabin fittings into the A380’s double-deck interior. Airbus expects the retrofit work to start in late 2018 and to complete all 14 aircraft by 2020.
Singapore Airlines’ new A380 cabin offers more personal space in all classes. The aircraft will carry a total of 471 passengers, with 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.
“We are very pleased to have been selected by Singapore Airlines to integrate its new A380 cabin, which will offer its passengers the best and latest on-board products,” said Airbus head of services Laurent Martinez. “Singapore Airlines’ trust in our retrofit competencies is a positive sign for the development of our services business, in particular in the fast growing Asia-Pacific region.”
Airbus’s global market forecast projects that over the next 20 years the commercial aircraft upgrades services market will generate $180 billion, driven in part by high competition between airlines who value the “passenger experience” as a differentiator as well as systems upgrades. Airbus expects 38 percent of the demand will come from the Asia-Pacific region.