By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
PASSENGERS flying with Singapore Airlines to Osaka and Perth next month will become the first groups to experience the advanced technology and revolutionary designs of the world’s longest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as well as the new cabin products on board.
The first of the 49 aircraft ordered by the Singaporean carrier was delivered in a 22-hour flight from North Charleston, South Carolina via Osaka.
The Boeing 78710 Dreamliner was greeted with a water cannon salute after landing at Changi Airport.
“This is an amazing addition to our fleet. SIA has always been committed to maintaining a modern fleet and being the launch customer of the newest variant of the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner underscores this,” SIA chairman Peter Seah says.
“The 787-10 is the longest Dreamliner variant stretching 68.3 meters. We’re confident that this new type will help boost our network and further develop the important Singapore hub. We’re the first airlines group that has all the Dreamliner variants in the 787 family – our subsidiary Scoot operates the 787-8 and 787-9.”
Powered by new Trent-1000 engines from Rolls-Royce, the 787-10 fleet uses innovative systems to neutralise the effect of turbulence for a smoother ride and new air filtration technologies for better cabin air quality. Cabin pressure and higher humidity are set to help alleviate symptoms of jet lag, fatigue and dehydration during travel.
Thanks to a new engine noise reduction technology, the 787-10 aircraft is friendlier for passengers in the cabin and ground crews on the land as well as communities living near the airports.
All business-class seats offer direct aisle access and convert into 76-inch fully flat beds.
The 787-10 has 337 newly designed seats in two classes – 36 seats in Business Class and 301 seats in Economy Class – to provide more flexibility, perfect for medium-haul routes of up to eight hours.
With a modern and luxury design, business-class customers will find a home away from home on comfy seats that can transform into a 76-inch, fully flat bed, ensuring total comfort even on the shorter flights.
Manufactured by Stelia Aerospace, they’re padded with alcantara – the same material is used to fit interiors of luxury sports cars and yachts – and arranged in a 1-2-1 layout to offer direct aisle access and equipped with adjustable dividers for a customised level of privacy.
The washrooms are fitted out with top-class toiletries by Penhaligon’s from London, among them Quercus hand lotion, cologne and facial mist in classic, white floral notes of jasmine, lily of the valley and cardamom to create.
The economy-class seats with a sixway adjustable headrest give passengers better neck support.
The economy-class seats in a |3-3-3 configuration are designed and built by Recaro using a palette of grey and blue to create a more stylish and fresher look. Guests will have better sleep, thank an ergonomically designed contour backrest with a six-way adjustable headrest and foldable wings for more neck support.
Other basic functions are a coat hook, USB port, in-seat power supply and personal storage space designed to be slimmer to give customers wider legroom.
“It’s a wonderful job for Singapore Airlines team. I can attest that Singapore Airlines passengers are going to love flying on it short-haul, long-haul, medium-haul, anything they want to do with this beautiful plane,” says Dinesh Keskar, Boeing Commercial senior vice-president for Asia Pacific & India sales.
“The seats are outstanding whether in economy class or the business class. With the large windows, you can sit in the middle row and see the horizon on both sides even you’re in the economy class.”
The award-wining in-flight entertainment programme myKrisWorld serves more than 1,000 movies, TV shows, audio programmes and games to enjoy.
Featuring more than 1,000 movies, TV shows, audio programmes and games, the award-wining in-flight entertainment programme myKrisWorld. Passengers on the new 787-10s can save and resume their media across flights, or create personalised playlist and check out media recommendations based on their preferences and viewing history for a seamless travel experience.
Also available is in-flight WiFi and high-speed GSM connectivity from Panasonic Corp that will help customers to keep in touch with their friends and family all the time.
>>> In May, the new 787-10 fleet will start its service to Osaka, Japan and Perth, Australia, the first two confirmed destinations.
>>> Check out the schedule at www.SingaporeAir.com.