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Singapore Airlines trade-in Airbus A340 aircraft for more A380 and A350 airliners

Singapore Airlines has agreed to order five more Airbus A380 and a further 20 A350 aircraft for additional capacity growth and fleet renewal.

The firm order commitments are valued at US$7.5 billion based on Airbus’ published list prices. Deliveries are due to begin in 2017.

Singapore Airlines currently operates 19 A380-800 superjumbos and already has firm orders in place for 20 A350 aircraft for delivery from 2015. As with the earlier A350 order, the A350-900 variant has been selected for the 20 additional aircraft, all powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Trent 900 engines will power the additional A380 airlinets.

“This major order will provide us with additional growth opportunities and is consistent with our long-standing policy of maintaining a young and modern fleet. It demonstrates our commitment to the Singapore hub, and our confidence in the strength of the market for premium full-service travel,” said SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong.

“The aircraft will enable us to further enhance our network, providing more travel options to our customers. They will also feature the next generation of in-flight cabin products to keep us at the forefront of airline product innovation.”

As part of the deal, Airbus has agreed to acquire SIA’s five A340-500 airliners, which will be removed from service in the fourth quarter of 2013, in line with the Airline’s policy to maintain a young fleet. This will result in the end of non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles and between Singapore and Newark until replacement aircraft are available.

“Although disappointing that we will be halting these services, we remain very committed to the US market. Over the past two years we have increased capacity to both Los Angeles and New York by deploying A380 superjumbos on flights via Tokyo and Frankfurt. We will also continue to explore additional options to enhance our US services,” added Mr Goh.

Singapore Airlines Routes

Singapore Airlines’ A380 fleet now serve 10 destinations, namely Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich, and they have carried more than 9 million passengers since entering service on 25th October 2007. The A350 aircraft are intended for use on medium and long-haul routes.

With the new commitments announced today, Singapore Airlines will have firm purchase or lease orders in place with Airbus and Boeing for 68 new widebody aircraft, including 15 additional A330-300 and eight additional B777-300ER aircraft ordered last year. This excludes the 20 B787 airliners on firm order, that will be transferred to low-cost subsidiary Scoot to support its growth plans and SilkAir’s recent order commitments for at least 54 B737 aircraft.

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