SIA unveils $190m cabin revamp

Bigger seats, wider screens and touchscreen handsets will feature in the biggest overhaul that Singapore Airlines (SIA) has introduced to its cabins since 2007.

According to a press release yesterday, these upgrades for an initial eight Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will cost the national carrier close to US$150 million (S$192 million).

The first passengers to benefit from the changes will be those on select flights from Singapore to London in September.

There'll be bigger seats in all classes - first, business and economy.

The flat beds in first-class cabins will be extended, from 203cm in length to 208cm.

Passengers in business will be treated to seats that offer more lounging positions. There will also be more stowage space for personal belongings.

Fliers in economy will have more leg room and personal space. The seats will feature ergonomically-sculpted headrest cushions for better neck support. New backrest seat cushions with side bolsters will offer better back support, said SIA.

KrisWorld, the carrier's entertainment system, will be enhanced, with LCD screens going from 23 to 24 inches in first class. Business-class screens will be expanded from 15.4 to 18 inches.

In economy class, screens will go from 10.6 to 11.1 inches. Video-touchscreen handsets across all classes will also be introduced.