Will SIA join the ten-across club?
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.