Singapore Upgrades Some 777-300 Cabins

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By Darren Shannon/Aviation Daily

Singapore Airlines will retrofit an initial batch of seven Boeing 777-300s as part of a program the carrier said will bring greater product consistency across its fleet.

The retrofit, which includes new first, business and economy cabins for the -300s, will be introduced into revenue service on July 22 on the airline's nonstop service between Singapore and Sydney.

As more aircraft are retrofitted they will be assigned to flights to Dubai and Shanghai as well as onward services to Istanbul and Riyadh through the UAE. Most of the revamped interiors will be introduced between October and December, said the airline in a release.

The program will also be extended to more 777 aircraft, although details will not be issued until plans are finalized, added SIA. The carrier currently operates 12 777-300s as well as 15 777-200ERs and 31 777-200s (although some of these are being replaced by Airbus A330-300s). SIA also operates 18 777-300ERs.

"In maintaining a focus on service, innovation and product leadership, an initial batch of seven 777-300s will be refitted with the airline's most recent cabin offerings. This will include the installation of new seats in first and business classes, improvements in economy class and in-flight entertainment system enhancements.

"The program will provide customers additional comfort and more space, while there will also be greater product consistency across the fleet," said the carrier.

First class will feature eight 35-inch wide seats that covert into a lie-flat bed, while incline lie-flat seats will be installed in business class. Economy will be refurbished with a cabin similar to those installed on SIA's Airbus A380 and 777-300ER aircraft.

Configuration details are not being disclosed, although SIA noted that passengers will be provided with more space. The current -300 fleet is configured with 18 first-class, 49 business, and 265 economy seats.

Photo credit: Singapore Airlines

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