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SIA to refurbish cabins of 14 A380s

Singapore Airlines (SIA) plans to retrofit 14 of its Airbus A380 aircraft.

In an email response to FlightGlobal, the Star Alliance carrier says it expects to announce the timeline for the retrofit work by the end of the year.

While it did not give further details of the retrofit work, a local media report says that SIA will install new seats across all classes, as well as upgrade the in-flight entertainment system.

Meanwhile, first-class suites, which are currently located on the lower deck could be moved to the upper deck. The number of suites will be halved to six from 12.

The media report indicates that the new cabin configuration will also be used in five new A380s. Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that they will arrive between October 2017 and May 2018.

These five aircraft will help SIA keep the size of its A380 fleet at 19 aircraft following the departure of SIA's first five A380s, which will be returned to lessors.

Fleets Analyzer also indicates that MSNs 010, 008,005 and 003 are leased from the Dr Peters Group, while 051 is leased from Hannover Leasing.

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