Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced the introduction of the Boeing 787-10 aircraft on the Chennai-Singapore sector, replacing the Airbus A330-300 aircraft. SIA will be the first international carrier to operate this new-generation aircraft type to Chennai. The inaugural service SQ529 will depart from Chennai International Airport at 2315 hrs on 20 May 2020.
With the introduction of the new aircraft, Singapore Airlines will increase its frequency out of Chennai to 13 flights a week from the previous 10. Combined with its subsidiary SilkAir, this number will progressively increase to 17 flights a week by 1 June 2020.
David Lim, General Manager India, Singapore Airlines said, “Singapore Airlines is delighted to start services on this latest generation aircraft to Chennai. In line with our commitment to product and service excellence, the comfort of the Boeing 787-10 combined with our award-winning in-flight service will provide Indian customers with an uparalleled travel experience.”
Constructed using lightweight composite materials, the 68-metre B787-10 is the longest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner range of aircraft. With exceptional operating efficiency and advanced technology, the newest addition to the Airline’s fleet is designed to offer a more tranquil cabin experience. Customers can look forward to customisable lighting preferences with large electronically dimmable windows, cleaner air, and a quieter and smoother ride.
SIA is the largest customer for the 787-10 with firm orders for 49 of the type. It is fitted with the next generation of regional cabin products, which is redefining air travel for flights up to eight hours. The 787-10s are configured with 337 seats in two classes, featuring 36 Business Class seats and 301 Economy Class seats. SIA invested US$350 million in the introduction of the new regional cabin products on an initial 20 787-10s. The cabin products feature fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for all Business Class customers, ergonomically-designed contour backrests with six-way adjustable headrests in Economy Class, and personalised in-flight entertainment (IFE) experience for all customers through myKrisWorld.