Will SIA join the ten-across club?

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

SIN­GA­PORE AIR­LINES (SIA) re­cently an­nounced it would be splash­ing out on 39 new Boe­ing air­craft in a deal worth US$13.8 bil­lion. These air­craft, com­pris­ing 20 B777-9s and 19 B787-10 Dream­lin­ers, will be de­liv­ered in the years ahead.

That’s the good news from Boe­ing’s view­point. But from the pas­sen­ger’s view­point it may mean say­ing good­bye to SIA’s roomy econ­omy class seat­ing. The 20 B777-9s that SIA is or­der­ing are this plane type’s lat­est vari­ant, and Boe­ing has engi­neered this model to al­low cus­tomers to more eas­ily in­stall ten-across (3-4-3) seat­ing in econ­omy class. SIA re­mains one of the few global air­lines that, un­til now, has re­mained com­mit­ted to the more spa­cious nine-across (3-3-3) lay­out on its large B777 fleet. It’s likely, how­ever, that in the face of su­pe­rior op­er­at­ing costs gained by ri­val car­ri­ers who’ve al­ready switched, this will change.

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