Singapore Melody Has Both Airbus And Boeing In Harmony

Singapore Airlines has apparently mastered the art of diplomacy and managed to make Airbus and Boeing happy at the same time.

In a $17bn-valued aircraft order, the airline will add 30 more Airbus A350-900s and 30 Boeing 787-10Xs to its fleet. This major boost for Boeing’s Dreamliner programme represents the icing on the cake of this joyful day.

Deliveries of the Dreamliners will begin in the 2018/19 financial year – although the order is dependent on Boeing formally launching the 787-10X programme. The proposed aircraft would offer approximately 50 more seats at the expense of range, but would nevertheless appear to be perfectly suited to the busier routes around Asia.

The Airbus contract also includes options for 20 more A350-900s (let’s not spoil the happy mood by playing the numbers game here), but could be converted into firm orders for larger A350-1000s. Deliveries of the 30 firm orders will begin in the 2016/17 financial year.

The orders reaffirm the airline’s commitment to the premium medium- and long-haul full-service market as well as the Singapore hub, with CEO Goh Choon Phong confident that the new aircraft will help the carrier “ensure that we retain our industry leading position”.

As for the manufacturers, Airbus can be delighted that Singapore has made its third order for the A350-900s, bringing firm numbers up to 70. Meanwhile, Boeing will surely be hoping that the faith showed in the 787 by a major airline player will generate some fresh momentum for the programme, and it will no doubt be confirming the launch of the -10X variant soon.

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