Singapore Airlines A380s set for private jet market?

23 May 2017 by Mark Caswell
Winch Design ACJ380 interior rendering

Four A380 superjumbos from 2007 and 2008 are being offered as private jets, with potential VVIP Head of State interiors created by Winch Design.

There has been no official confirmation as to which airline the A380s have been released from, but SIA recently announced it would not be renewing the leases on four of its superjumbo aircraft.

In addition the aircrafts’ current layout of 12 first class seats, 60 in business class and 399 in economy fits with the configuration of SIA’s oldest superjumbos.

Aviation consultants Sparfell and Partners has been employed to sell on the aircraft, and has placed an ad on global aviation sales market

The company has also partnered with specialist aircraft interior design firm Winch Design, which has created renderings of “the first ACJ380 in Head of State design”.

Winch Design ACJ380 interior rendering

There are currently no private jet superjumbos in operation – in 2007 Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia placed an order for the ACJ380, but this did not come to fruition.

Airbus has struggled to attract new customers for its superjumbo aircraft, with 13 commercial carriers currently operating the A380, and Japanese airline ANA set to take delivery of its first superjumbo in 2019.

The manufacturer recently unveiled a range of new “Cabin Enablers” for its A380 superjumbo aircraft, which it says can create space for around 80 additional seats.

Airbus unveils A380 “cabin space optimisation” range

Of the just over 200 superjumbos so far delivered, almost half of these are operated by one carrier – Emirates.

In a recent interview with Business TravellerMalaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew said that airlines have “missed the point” of the A380, claiming that the sweet spot for the aircraft was between 640 and 720 passengers, serving high density flights between congested airports.,

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