Singapore Airlines firmed (15-Sep-2011) up an agreement with Airbus to lease another 15 A330-300 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. The agreement was originally announced in Jun-2011. The aircraft will be delivered new from Airbus’ production line between 2013 and 2015 and will be operated on routes within Asia as well as to points in Australia and the Middle East. [more - original PR]
Singapore Airlines firms up A330 agreement
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