Singapore Airlines buys nine more A380s

Singapore Airlines plans to purchase another nine A380s from Airbus with an option for a further six more, this comes despite delays in the initial order. The carrier will also lease 19 Airbus A330s and its regional airline, Silk Air, is ordering 20 Airbus A320s, SIA said at a press conference. The A320 order will cost $1.33 billion and the aircraft are to be delivered between 2009 and 2012.

“We are very pleased today to reach agreement with Airbus for a second tranche of A380s. We are looking forward now to delivery in October and commencing services very soon after,” said SIA’s Chief Executive Chew Choon Seng.

Singapore Airlines is expected to take a decison on the purchase of Airbus A350 aircraft by next month, Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy told a news conference in Singapore on Wednesday.