Singapore Airlines receives special permission for sofa-like business class seats

Singapore Airlines receives special permission for sofa-like business class seats

Singapore Airlines has received special dispensation from Airbus to use new sofa-like business class seats on several of its soon-to-be-delivered A380 superjumbo aircraft, reports FlightGlobal.

The new business class seats were designed by Koito, a Japanese aircraft interior design company. Last year, the company disclosed that it had falsified safety information, leading to delays for numerous Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Overall, more than 150,000 seats on 1,000 aircraft belonging to 32 global carriers were affected by the disclosure.

The authorization from Airbus to use the seats, however, means that these particular units are indeed safe to use. Passengers will enjoy the increased comfort of the chairs, as they feature a sofa-like texture and are wider than standard business class seating options on other airlines.

In part, Singapore Airlines received special permission because it wanted to avoid delays on several jets it expects to receive later this year.

"We have three A380 deliveries coming up in the next few months and the priority has been on working with Airbus and Koito to meet certification requirements for the business class seats," a Singapore Airlines spokesman told the source.

By Arnold Meyer

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