In a deal valued at US$17 billion, Singapore Airlines have placed confirmed orders of 30 Airbus A350-900s and 30 Boeing 787-10Xs with the respective manufacturers of these aircrafts. The 30 A350-900s are firm-ordered with Airbus and the delivery has been scheduled from 2016/17 financial year onwards. Singapore Airlines retains the option to convert the order to the larger A350-1000s. On the other hand the 30 firm-ordered B787-10Xs placed with Boeing is slated for delivery starting 2018/19 financial year. This is however subject to the official launch of the B787-10Xs program by Boeing. The A350-900s will be powered by the Trent XWB engine from Rolls-Royce and the engine type of the B787-10Xs will be revealed at a later date.
This is one of the largest orders ever for aircrafts placed by Singapore Airlines in its history. It is aimed at retaining the superiority that Singapore Airlines has in the regional and international sectors. The recent decision for acquisitioning 60 aircrafts from two different manufacturers is an indication of the commitment that the airlines have on the future of the air travel industry, especially in the Singapore area. Speaking on the occasion Singapore Airlines CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong said that the decision to procure these aircrafts comes from the estimated demand that premium service air-travel will continue to have in this sector.
He also added that these aircrafts will continue to add to the growing fleet of Singapore Airlines, helping them to increase their network and continue to offer their passengers one of the best in-flight experiences.
The recent order for 30 A350-900s with Airbus increased the total firm order placed by Singapore Airlines to 70 for this particular aircraft type. Singapore Airlines intends to use these aircrafts for medium and long haul routes. Comparatively the B787-10Xs will be used specifically for medium haul routes. The total order of aircrafts that Singapore Airlines have in place with Boeing and Airbus thus stands at 126.