Singapore Airlines may increase business class seats by 40 percent on new A380s

Singapore Airlines may increase business class seats by 40 percent on new A380s

Singapore Airlines, one of the world's leading premium class carriers, may change its seating floorplans on new Airbus A380s to significantly increase the number of business class seats, according to Australian Business Traveller.

The source reports that the new double-decker jets, slated for delivery starting in May 2011, will have their upper levels filled entirely with business class seats. Existing Singapore Airlines A380s have 16 rows of business class seating and 11 rows of economy seating on their top decks, while the new planes would see the upper deck's economy cabin replaced by six additional rows of lie-flat business class seats.

If the rumors are true, the updated floorplans will result in the carrier increasing the number of business class seats on its A380 fleet by a full 40 percent.

The number of first class suites, which occupy the front part of the lower deck on each A380, is expected to stay the same.

The source reports that a representative for Singapore Airlines "pointedly did not refute the plans when approached by Australian Business Traveller and admitted [that] 'it is possible that we may have a different configuration for some of the aircraft.'"

By Arnold Meyer

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