Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Airbus have agreed to defer the delivery dates of ten A340-500 aircraft, five of which are on firm order and five on option. These aircraft are intended for transpacific services and have the range to fly non-stop between Singapore and the West Coast of the USA.
Delivery of the first A340-500, which had been due in January 2003, is now planned for October 2003. The remaining four A340-500s on firm order will be delivered by March 2004.
The five aircraft on option will now be delivered between April 2005 and April 2006.