Singapore Airlines has picked Airbus to provide cabin retrofit services for 14 A380s.
Airbus says the retrofit work will be undertaken by the customer's own MRO subsidiary, SIA Engineering (SIAEC). The airframer's Services by Airbus unit will be responsible for service bulletins and cabin parts-kit delivery, as well as providing design knowledge and engineering expertise to SIAEC.
The retrofit work is to begin in late-2018 and be completed by 2020, says Airbus. The 14 aircraft will be fitted with 471 seats across four classes – respectively 30 and 92 more seats than in the two configurations currently in use on SIA A380s, and similar to the new superjumbos the airline is set to receive, thus bringing product consistency across the type.
Qantas has previously chosen Airbus to refurbish 12 of its A380s. That work will begin in the second quarter of 2019 and be completed by the end of 2020.
"We are very pleased to have been selected by Singapore Airlines to integrate its new A380 cabin, which will offer its passengers the best and latest onboard products," states Laurent Martinez, head of Services by Airbus. "Singapore Airlines' trust in our retrofit competencies is a positive sign for the development of our services business, in particular in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region."