Singapore Airlines was the launch customer of the Airbus A380 and currently has 19 of the superjumbos in its fleet with five more on order.
The airline remains the second largest A380 customer after Emirates, which has made 140 orders, 51 of which have been delivered.
SIA took delivery of the first A380 in October 2007, and began operations that same month with a Singapore to Sydney service.
SIA’s A380s can seat either 471 passengers or 409, depending on the configuration.
When seating 471, the aircraft’s lower deck has 12 first class suites — designed by French luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste — in a 1-2-1 layout and 311 economy seats in 3-4-3. The upper deck has 60 business class seats in 1-2-1 and 88 in economy in 2-4-2.
The airline’s newer 409-seat configuration is the same, apart from the upper deck is all business class, seating 86.
SIA last year unveiled its new cabin products, including first, business and economy class seats (see news, July 2013). The design was initially introduced to the carrier’s B777-300ER aircraft but will also be retrofitted onto its A380 fleet.