Singapore Airlines may cancel an option to buy nine Airbus A380 planes if delivery delays are too lengthy, the dailies La Tribune and Le Figaro said, citing airline operations chief Bey Soo Khiang. The option was signed in July to supplement a firm order for ten A380s from the troubled EADS unit, which has put back the A380 schedule several times amid wiring problems that have slowed production.
Singapore Airlines will also spend S$570 million upgrading its aircraft cabins, the Straits Times reported Wednesday, citing company officials.
SIA will offer wider seats, larger personal entertainment monitors, and more leg room in all classes, the Singapore daily said. But airfares will be 10% to 20% higher to make up for the reduction in capacity, it said.
The new cabins will be built on SIA’s 19 new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the first of which is scheduled to arrive next month, and which will be put into service on the Singapore-Paris and Singapore-Zurich routes.
SIA’s Airbus 380’s, delivery of which has been delayed, will also feature the new cabins, the Straits Times reported.