Boeing the Front-Runner for $13.8 Billion Singapore Air Order

Lucy Hill
February 10, 2017

Singapore Airlines has agreed to place firm orders for 20 Boeing 777-9s and nineteen 787-10s worth $13.8 billion, the airline announced Thursday.

Singapore Airlines, the carrier expected to get the first delivery of a 787-10 twin-aisle plane, said Thursday it will buy 19 more of the wide-body jets built exclusively at Boeing Co.'s Dreamliner campus in North Charleston. The company said it has options to buy six additional B777-9s and six more B787-10s from the US aircraft manufacturer.

"Today's major order for wide-body aircraft enables us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet, providing the SIA Group with additional expansion opportunities to ensure that we retain our industry-leading position", said chief executive Goh Choon Phong.

"We are continuing to invest for the future of the SIA Group".

"This hotly contested campaign with Airbus secures a marquee Asian airline with more BA aircraft and provides a boost to the 777-9 program that has not had any orders in the last 20 months", Arment wrote.

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It added it has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine for the 787-10s, which are for use on medium-range routes.

The General Electric GE9X is the sole engine type available for the 777-9, which SIA intends primarily to operate on long-haul routes. Singapore Airlines is one of the first customers for the new model of the Boeing 787 and will receive its first jet next year from a prior order of 30 planes.

Along with the 30 previously ordered 787-10s, SIA holds outstanding orders with Airbus for five A380-800s and 57 A350-900s.

"The new Boeing 787 aircraft are likely to be given to Scoot and Tiger Airways, which will be used for shorter journeys around the region", said Shukor of Malaysia-based aviation consultancy Endau Analytics.

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