SIA's new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner features revamped seats in economy class

SIA's new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner features revamped seats in economy class

The airline is investing S$458 million to introduce the new cabin products for the first 20 aircraft.

(na)Economy class seats in SIA's Boeing 787-10
Economy Class seats in Singapore Airline's new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

SINGAPORE: Economy Class passengers on board Singapore Airline's (SIA) latest aircraft will get to enjoy "ergonomically-designed" contour backrests with "six-way adjustable" headrests, said the national carrier on Wednesday (Mar 26). 

Following the arrival of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner in Singapore, SIA issued a media release saying that it is investing S$458 million to introduce new cabin products for the first 20 aircraft. 

It is the world's first carrier to receive the largest version of the Dreamliner jet. The airline has a firm order of 49 units for the aircraft, which is designed for shorter flights compared with other mid-size wide-body planes. 

It plans to use the 337-seat plane as the backbone of its medium-haul fleet on flights of up to eight hours, with services to be introduced on flights to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia in May, Reuters said.

"The 787-10 is a bigger aircraft and because of the way we configure it, it is a very efficient use of the space ... that is going to inject capacity increase on the Japanese routes," Goh said, adding the Japan routes were experiencing high demand.

The new Boeing 787-10 features a total of 337 seats, with 36 in business class and 301 in economy class, SIA said. 

Economy class seats are arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration. Each seat comes with a headrest that has "foldable wings" to provide enhanced neck support. Monitors for Economy Class passengers each measure 11.6 inches. 

Meanwhile, passengers on board business class will get to relax on 76-inch fully-flat beds and have direct aisle access. 

Some services to key corporate markets such as Australia, Japan and South Korea have lacked that level of comfort when the airline used its older regional fleet of Airbus SE A330s and Boeing 777s.

(na)Inside Singapore Airlines's Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner
Singapore Airline's Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner features Business Class seats that can recline into a fully-flat bed. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Each business class seat measures 26 inches in width and comes with retractable armrests. Centre seats come with adjustable dividers to provide passengers with a "customised level of privacy" and an 18-inch touchscreen monitor powered by Panasonic's latest eX3 system. 

Other cabin products include a personalised in-flight entertainment experience via the "mKrisWorld" platform, which offers content recommendations based on preferences and browser history. The aircraft is also equipped with in-flight WiFi supported by Panasonic's Global Communication Services and GSM phone services provided by Aeromobile. 

By 2023, the 787-10 will account for one-third of the Singapore Airlines fleet, according to CAPA Centre for Aviation, with the jets increasing capacity by around 5 per cent a year for the next several years because they are replacing older jets with fewer seats.

"The highly-efficient 787-10 will reduce Singapore Airlines' costs significantly, but the resulting capacity increases could be challenging to manage," CAPA Chief Analyst Brendan Sobie said. "The parent airline has not grown over the last decade and is betting that the 787-10 is the right platform to support a resumption of growth."

Scoot flies the smaller 787-8 and 787-9 versions of the Dreamliner, making the company the first in the world to operate all three types. 

Source: CNA/Reuters/na/hm