Singapore Airlines has completed a firm order for 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five A380 superjumbos and 20 A350-900s. The parties signed the firm order in December, some two months after Singapore announced its intention to enter into the contract.
Singapore Airlines has now placed three orders for the A380, making it the second largest customer of the world’s largest passenger airplane. It already flies 19 A380s in revenue service. In the midsize category, the new A350-900 order sees the airline double its backlog for the aircraft to 40. Singapore plans to use the A350-900s on medium- and long-haul routes.
SIA expects deliveries of the latest tranche of airplanes to start in 2017. It also holds delivery positions for another 20 airplanes from a previous order, the first of which it expects in 2015.
As part of the deal, Airbus has agreed to take back SIA’s five A340-500s, which the airline plans to remove from service in the fourth quarter. The removal of that fleet will result in the cessation of nonstop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles and between Singapore and Newark.