SIA to introduce low-density Airbus A380s

WHEN Singapore Airlines (SIA) takes delivery of its 12th Airbus A380 in June, the carrier will reduce the aircraft’s overall capacity to just 409 seats, compared to the 471 seats on board its earlier configuration.

The aircraft’s business-class section will be expanded from the present 60 seats to 86 seats, all located exclusively on the upper deck, at the expense of 88 economy-class seats. The main deck will offer 12 suites and 311 economy-class seats.

With this change, SIA will be operating A380s with the second-lowest seat density behind Korean Air, whose A380s will have 407 seats (12 in first class, 84 in business class and 311 in economy class).

SIA’s lower-density A380s will initially be deployed on its Singapore-Sydney route (SQ221/SQ212) starting June 20. Current plans do not include service on the Singapore-Tokyo-Los Angeles route.

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