Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 aircraft, 9V-STA, today, and also unveiled the cabin product.
Acquired under a lease agreement with Dublin-based AWAS, and powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, the aircraft was handed over to the airline at a ceremony in Toulouse today attended by Mak Swee Wah, Executive Vice President Operations and Services, Singapore Airlines, Frank Pray, President and Chief Executive Officer of AWAS and Tom Enders, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus.
The A330 joins an existing Airbus fleet at Singapore Airlines, that includes the double deck A380 and the ultra-long haul A340-500. The carrier has also selected the all-new A350 to meet future requirements in the mid-size wide-body category, with the delivery of 20 aircraft on firm order due to begin in 2013.
The airline is configuring its A330s in a high comfort layout seating 285 passengers in two classes, with accommodation for 30 in Business Class and 255 in Economy. See the cabin layout and seat map here.
In an industry first, the economy class features interfaces for passengers to plug in their iPods and iPhones and listen or view their own music and videos, on the large 26cm (10.2 inch) monitor in addition to the inflight entertainment system.
The economy seats are of a new ergonomic design increasing comfort, personal space, and legroom.
Regular passengers of Singapore Airlines, will recognise the A330 Business class seats as an improved version of the original “Spacebed” inclined lie-flat seats. I just love the colour.
For details of the planned deployment of the A330 by Singapore Airlines read my earlier article.