Toulouse - On November 20, Airbus announced that it has been selected by Singapore Airlines to participate in the refitting of the cabins of 14 A380s in service.

The retrofit program will be conducted at the base of the Singapore Airlines in Singapore-Changi International Airport from the end of next year.

The A380 will then accommodate 6 passengers in First Class, 78 in Business class (upper deck), 44 in Premium and 343 in Economy (lower deck)

According to a statement by the company, the aircraft manufacturer will be responsible for the Service Bulletin (SB) and the delivery of the parts of the new cabins. The crew of the aircraft will also bring their knowledge of A380 to incorporate the design of Singapore Airlines' bespoke cabin facilities on both spacious decks. The completion of this redevelopment is scheduled for 2020.

Note that the new cabins of the Star Alliance company will also be presented in the five new Super Jumbos that it will receive by the end of 2018. The A380 will then accommodate 6 passengers in First Class, 78 in Business class (upper deck), 44 in Premium and 343 in Economy (lower deck), for a total of 471 seats, while its current A380s carry between 379 and 444 passengers.

"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 in-vehicle products," said Laurent Martinez, Airbus Service Manager. " Singapore Airlines' confidence in our retrofit skills is a positive sign for the development of our service business, particularly in the growing Asia-Pacific region," he added.

Airbus forecasts that the market for commercial aircraft modernization services will reach $ 180 billion over the next 20 years. As part of the strong competition among airlines that favor the passenger experience as comfort, connectivity, etc., 38% of this demand will come from the Asia-Pacific region according to Airbus.