Singapore Air confirms to buy 9 Airbus A380s; option for six more
Singapore Air also said it has signed an option to buy six more of the aircraft, despite the delays in delivery of the initial batch. The first of the A380s is due to be delivered in October 2007.
SIA chief executive Chew Choon Seng said the leasing deal is an interim solution to cover its requirements, prior to completion of deliveries of the A380s . The lease duration will be flexible, depending on market demand, he said.
"The certification programme (of the A380s) has been very successful with sound engineering behind the airplanes, and I think it would be great if Airbus use all this (extra) time to make sure that (the A380s) enter commercial service in 2007 as one of the most thoroughly, if not the most thoroughly inspected aircraft," Chew said.
"We can't exclude (the possibility of further delays) but we are doing what we can to prevent that," Gallois said.
He added that he now expects more orders for its A380 aircraft from existing customers but declined to estimate a figure.
SilkAir said the new aircraft order will allow it to increase its frequency on existing routes, and commence services to new destinations in the region when there is sufficient demand.