Singapore Airlines said it would invest $350 million to equip an initial 20 new Boeing 787-10s with new cabins including a fully flat bed in business class and personalized IFE for all passengers.

The airline unveiled the new cabins, which will be used on regional routes of up to eight hours, at a launch event on March. 28 following the arrival of the first 787-10 from Boeing’s production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The airline has 49 of the aircraft on firm order, making it the biggest customer for the type. Its first scheduled destinations will be Osaka, Japan and Perth Australia from May but it will be used on some flights to Bangkok, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for crew training beforehand, the airline said. 

As well as directly reclinable 76” fully flat beds, business-class passengers will all have direct aisle access through a forward-facing 1-2-1 staggered configuration of the Stelia Aerospace-manufactured seats.

They will also have personal 18” full high-definition touchscreen monitors, powered by Panasonic’s latest eX3 system.

Seats measure up to 26” in width and other features include a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports and integrated reading light unit with adjustable lighting intensity.

Recaro is supplying new economy class seating, arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration with an ergonomically designed contour backrest and six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings to provide more neck support.

Economy class passengers will have an 11.6” touchscreen monitor as well as a USB port and in-seat power supply.

All passengers will be able to take advantage of personalized IFE through myKrisWorld, the carrier’s IFE system, including content recommendations based on customer preferences and viewing history. KrisFlyer frequent flier scheme members will be able to bookmark and resume content, as well as customize and save preferences for subsequent flights.

The new 787-10s will also be equipped with inflight Wi-Fi using Panasonic’s Global Communication Services and GSM phone services provided by Panasonic subsidiary Aeromobile.

The new 787-10s are configured with 337 seats—36 business class seats and 301 economy class seats.

Helen Massy-Beresford, helen.massy-beresford@aviationweek.co.uk