Singapore Airlines have formally signed a new order for aircraft from Boeing – and it’s a large order of 39 planes split across two families.
The airline has ordered 19 of the upcoming Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner (the double-stretch variant), and 20 of next generation Boeing 777-9.
The order signed at The White House finalises an order that Singapore Airlines had made with Boeing. It also covers options for an additional 12 aircraft – six of each type.
The list price for this comes in at US $13.8 billion (although as we all know, who pays list price for anything…).
Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong on the signing states:
“SIA has been a Boeing customer for many decades and we are pleased to have finalised this major order for widebody aircraft, which will enable us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet,”
“These new aircraft will also provide the SIA Group with new growth opportunities, allowing us to expand our network and offer even more travel options for our customers.”
Singapore Airlines are the launch customer of the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, with the first delivery expected in the second quarter of 2018.
The new order increases the backlog to 49 frames of the Boeing 787-10.
Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes CEO Kevin McAllister states
“Boeing and Singapore Airlines have been strong partners since the airline’s first operations 70 years ago and we are thrilled to finalise their purchase of 20 777Xs and 19 additional 787-10 Dreamliners,”
The 777-9s will be used on long haul operations, with the 787-10s will feature on medium operations… along with some long haul operations too.
With these new planes, expect dense seating down the back of the plane – and yes, we’re talking 9 across seating on the 787-10, and 10 across on the 777-9 (which is what Boeing is actively offering on the type).
Welcome to the “new” comfort standards.
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