Singapore Airlines has placed an order for 30 more A350-900s and 30 B787-10Xs in deals valued at more than US$17 billion. The agreement with Airbus comprises 30 firm-ordered A350-900s for deliveryfrom the 2016/17 financial year, plus options for 20 more. The options may be converted into firm orders for larger A350-1000s, the carrier added. The agreement with Boeing comprises 30 firm-ordered B787-10Xs for delivery from the 2018/19 financial year, but is conditional upon Boeing formally launching the B787-10X programme.
“Today’s aircraft orders are among the biggest in Singapore Airlines’ history, helping to ensure that we retain our industry leading position. They demonstrate our commitment to the Singapore hub and our confidence in the future for premium full-service travel,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong.“These new aircraft will provide opportunities to grow and renew our fleet and enhance our network, benefiting customers by offering more travel options and the latest in-flight cabin products.”
Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB is the sole engine type for the A350-900. An engine selection for the B787-10Xs will be made at a later date. The agreement with Airbus is Singapore Airlines’ third for A350-900s, lifting to 70 the number of firm orders in place for the aircraft type. They are intended for use on medium and long-range routes. The B787-10Xs are intended for use on medium-range routes.