SIA to refurbish B777 aircraft

16 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

Singapore Airlines is to begin re-fitting several of its Boeing 777-300 aircraft with new first and business class seating later this month.

A total of seven B777-300s will be fitted with “the airline’s most recent cabin offerings”, including new seats in business and first class, improvements to the economy class product, and in-flight entertainment enhancements.

First class will see the current 18 seats replaced with eight fully-flat beds in a 1-2-1 configuration (each with a width of 35 inches), the same product currently available on the carrier’s B777-300ER aircraft (see below).

Business class will see the same seat recently introduced on SIA’s new A330-300 aircraft (see online news January 2), and will feature a leather lie-flat seat with six-way adjustable headrest and lumbar support.

The economy class cabin will also benefit from refurbishment, with new seat covers designed by Givenchy. In-flight entertainment enhancements will include audio visual on demand in all classes, as well as larger screens in business (15.4 inches) and first class (23 inches).

The first refurbished aircraft will operate on the Singapore-Sydney service (flights SQ231 and SQ232) from July 22, with routes to Dubai, Shanghai, Riyadh and Istanbul due to follow later in the year.

Note that SIA’s B777-300 aircraft are not be confused with the carrier’s B777-300ER fleet, which operate on routes including London-Singapore. These aircraft feature the airline’s spacious fully-flat business class product which is configured 1-2-1 across.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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