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New business-class seat for Singapore Airlines A330s

17th January 2009 - 17:06 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Singapore Airlines plans to introduce a new business-class seat when it launches Airbus A330-300 operations to Australian and Japanese cites from the end of March.

The seat is specially designed for regional and medium-haul routes. It will be unveiled along with other service features when the first aircraft out of a total of 19 on order is delivered later this month. SIA’s A330-300s will be configured with 285 seats in two classes, business and economy.

The business cabin will have 30 seats in 2-2-2 configuration compared with the 2-3-2 of the Boeing 777s currently used on these routes. Economy will have 255 seats arranged 2-4-2. All seats will offer SIA’s KrisWorld IFE service. Though the hardware manufacturer has not been named, the carrier already has Panasonic’s eX2 in its Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs.

The first A330 route will be Singapore-Brisbane. From April Singapore-Perth will be progressively switched from the 777 to the Airbus type. The daily flight between Singapore and Adelaide will be similarly switched by June. The same month, following delivery of the eighth aircraft, the A330 will debut on SIA’s Japanese routes, starting with the daily service to Nagoya.

 

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