Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


20 Airbus A350 Xwb-900s and 9 Airbus A380s Ordered

Singapore Airlines Orders 20 Airbus A350 Xwb-900s and 9 Airbus A380s

Singapore Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase 20 Airbus A350 XWB-900s and nine additional Airbus A380-800s, with options on another 20 A350 XWB-900s and six A380-800s.

The A350 XWB family of twin-engine next-generation aircraft is the newest offering from Airbus and was unveiled this week at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK.

At manufacturer catalogue prices, the value of the 29 aircraft on firm order is NZ$12.1 billion (US$7.5 billion).

Deliveries for the A350 XWB-900s are scheduled to begin in 2012 and run through to 2014. The deliveries for the nine additional A380s will commence in late 2008 and run until 2010 (see Note to Editors below).

The A350 XWB-900 can carry up to 314 passengers in a three class configuration, over a range of 8,500 nautical miles (approx 15,750 kilometres). It can also carry over 20 tonnes of cargo.

The range allows this aircraft to operate on routes to continental Europe, Australia, the Middle East and East Asia.

Apart from its extensive use of new technology, which will enhance operating efficiency and environmental performance, the A350 XWB-900 will enable Singapore Airlines to continue its strong commitment to innovation and improvement in providing service, comfort and entertainment to customers.

The decision to order nine more A380s comes after extensive discussions with Airbus about delivery positions, as well as existing and forward contractual obligations.

These orders follow the decision, announced in June, to order 20 Boeing 787-9s for delivery between 2011 and 2013, with purchase rights over another 20.

To fill the Airline’s capacity requirements on an interim basis until the delivery of new aircraft ordered from the two manufacturers, Singapore Airlines will enter into a lease arrangement with Airbus for 19 A330-300 aircraft for delivery from early 2009 until late 2010.

“It is heartening that Airbus has listened to customer airlines and has come up with a totally new design for the A350. The technical specifications and guaranteed performance will make it a very competitive aircraft in its class for the coming decades.

“Separately, Airbus has demonstrated to Singapore Airlines’ satisfaction that the engineering design of the A380 is sound. It has performed well in flight and certification tests, and the delays in its delivery have been caused more by production, rather than technical, issues.

“This latest order, together with Singapore Airlines’ order in June for 20 Boeing 787s, will position the Airline well for future growth and uphold our policy of continuous fleet renewal and modernisation,” said Mr Sak Hin Chin, General Manager New Zealand.

The engines to power the new aircraft on order will be selected at a later date.

Singapore Airlines will be able to fund all the acquisitions by cash flow generated from airline operations.

Note to Editors:

 Product information on the Airbus A350 XWB-900 is attached

 Singapore Airlines currently has orders for 10 Airbus A380s. Under the revised delivery schedule, these aircraft will be delivered between the end of 2006 and mid 2008. The delivery schedule for the additional nine aircraft takes into account revisions to the delivery schedules for the A380s announced by Airbus in June 2006.

 With this order, Singapore Airlines will have 19 firm orders and 6 options for the Airbus A380 and is now scheduled to take delivery of its first aircraft in December 2006.

AIRBUS A350 XWB-900: Key facts and figures

Seating: up to 314 passengers
(In manufacturer three class configuration)
subject to operator configuration

Range: 8,500 nautical miles
(15,700 kilometres)

Configuration: Twin aisle

Cross Section: 591 centimetres

(233 inches)

Wingspan: 64 metres

(210 feet)

Length: 64 metres

(210 feet)

Height: 17 metres

(56 feet)

Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 265,000 kilograms (584,200 pounds)

Program Milestones: Entry into service in 2012

For technical information from the manufacturer, please go to:


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news