Thursday, October 28, 2010

Singapore Airlines (SQ) will Buy 50 New Aircraft


Singapore Airlines (SQ) will buy 50 new aircraft to support flight operations of all of their route serves. Public Relations Manager of Singapore Airline (SIA) Gloria Henriette said the ordered aircrafts is consisting of eight units of Airbus A380-800, two units of Airbus A330-300, 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, and 20 units of Airbus A350-900 XWb.

Gloria explains, for A380 and A330 are already produced commercially can begin to be sent in stages starting next year. However, for the B787 and A350, both of a new aircraft which are still prepared by manufacturer for commercial sale. Thus, the delivery depends on the readiness of Boeing and Airbus. "But from now we already ordered. Later, all aircraft will be purchased. Singapore Airlines (SQ) has enough financial to buy it," said Glory, Wednesday (10/27/2010).

If Singapore Airlines (SIA) use the option to pay cash for all aircraft ordered, they surely must prepare a lot of money. The Airbus A380 have a price per unit of USD 317.2 million to USD 337.5 million. As for the A330 at USD 195.9 to USD 205.7 million per unit. While the A350 XWB at USD 238.2 million to USD 242.9 million per unit and  B787-9 sell at USD 194 million to USD 205.5 million per unit.

"Singapore Airlines (SQ) has a policy if an aircraft has been operated for five years it will be handed over to its subsidiary, Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) for lease to other airlines. Along with the arrival of new aircraft," Gloria explained.

Today's the Singapore-based airline already operates 105 aircraft, comprising 11 of A380-800, 5 of A340-500, 17 of A330-300, 7 of B747-400, 19 of B777-300ER, 12 of B777-300, 9 of B777-200ER, and 25 of B777-200 with an average aircraft age of 5 years 11 months. As for cargo aircraft, Singapore Airlines (SIA) operates 11 of B747-400 Freighter.

Singapore Airlines (SQ) flights to 17 countries around the world, namely Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Indonesia. For Indonesia, the SIA has a flight from Singapore to Denpasar 21 times per week, and Singapore-Jakarta, 49 times per week.