Singapore Airlines will add nineteen additional B787-10 Dreamliners to those due for delivery in the first half of 2018. SIA is the launch customer for this Boeing aircraft, first ordered in 2013. The new aircraft are due to start arriving during the 2020/21 financial year. In addition to the firm order for the B787-10s, the airline will take 20 B777-9s, due to arrive the following financial year.
B787-10 Dreamliners and B777-9s-fly where?
The new 787-10s are to be operated on medium-range routes, which means regionally out of Singapore. The B777-9s are long range aircraft, so look out for them flying to Europe and the Americas. The purchase is intended to provide for additional growth and fleet modernisation over the next decade.
The signing took place at the White House in Washington DC on 23 October (24th October, Singapore time) between SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong and Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In attendance were SIA Chairman Peter Seah and Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. US President Donald Trump and Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing.
Along with the 39 firm orders, the purchase agreement includes six options for each aircraft type. If exercised, this can raise the total to as many as 51 aircraft.
Singapore Airlines has more than 50 current-generation Boeing 777 aircraft in service. Subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot also operate Boeing aircraft, using 737 MAX 8 and 737-800, 787-8/9 aircraft.