Singapore Airlines orders more Airbus A380s
This is on top of an earlier order of another 20 A350 XWBs (Xtra Wide-Body). The delivery of these 20 aircraft will begin in 2015.
The A350 XWB family’s cabin width is five inches wider than the nearest competitor's. It is also said to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent.
On the other hand, the airlines’ A380s also offer one of the widest long-haul business seats (34 inches) and one of the widest long-haul economy seats (19 inches).
The Singapore-based carrier currently owns a fleet of 19 A380s, which mostly serve long-haul destinations like Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich.
World's longest route ceases operation in 2013
As a part of the deal, SIA will return five A340-500s to Airbus.
SIA will stop flying the world’s longest non-stop route, Singapore-Newark, as well as the Singapore-Los Angeles. They will cease operation by the end of 2013.
“This major order will provide us with additional growth opportunities and is consistent with our longstanding policy of maintaining a young and modern fleet,” said Goh Choon Phong, SIA’s CEO.
Singapore Airlines has one of the youngest fleets in the world -- the average age of its 101 aircraft at the moment is six years and four months.
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