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SIA to upgrade planes with new seats, entertainment systems

Singapore Airlines is investing US$325 million to upgrade 19 of its Boeing 777-300ERs aircraft. These planes will be fitted with new seats in all classes of travel and new in-flight entertainment systems.

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is investing US$325 million (S$405 million) to upgrade 19 of its Boeing 777-300ERs aircraft.

These planes will be fitted with new seats in all classes of travel and new in-flight entertainment systems.

In a statement on Friday, SIA says the investment "will provide consistency across the Airline's entire B777-300ER fleet, with next-generation cabin products that are the new industry benchmark for premium air travel".

The new First Class seats, for example, will offer enhanced comfort, featuring a fixed-back shell design with curved side panels for added privacy.

Meanwhile, SIA says the new Economy Class seats will provide additional comfort, with increased personal space and legroom.

The airline adds that installation work is expected to begin in early 2015 and is expected to complete by September 2016.

Separately, SIA Cargo has appointed Mr Chin Yau Seng as its new President.

He takes over from Mr Lee Lik Hsin who has been appointed as the new CEO of Tiger Airways.

Mr Chin was Chief Executive of SilkAir between 2007 and 2010.

Between July 2011 and September 2012, he was serving as Executive Director, and subsequently CEO of Tiger Airways.

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