AIRBUS is celebrating another significant aircraft order from Asian carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA).
The company has announced an order for 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five double deck A380s and 20 A350-900s which will be operated on its long range and regional services.
The Airbus plant at Broughton, near Chester, employs more than 6,000 staff making wings for all its commercial aircraft.
The latest A380 order will be the third to be placed by the airline, bringing the total number of double-decker A380s ordered by SIA to 24.
SIA, which was the launch operator for the A380, now has 19 aircraft in service, flying to 10 destinations in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region from its Singapore base.
In the mid-size category, the new A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) order will see the airline double its backlog for the all-new aircraft to 40.
“This major order will provide us with additional growth opportunities and is consistent with our longstanding policy of maintaining a young and modern fleet,” said SIA chief executive Goh Choon Phong.
“It demonstrates our commitment to the Singapore hub, and our confidence in the strength of the market for premium full-service travel.
“The aircraft will enable us to further enhance our network, providing more travel options to our customers. They will also feature the next generation of in-flight cabin products to keep us at the forefront of airline product innovation.”
John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers, Airbus, said: “This announcement from one of the world’s most prestigious carriers underscores the unrivalled comfort and efficiency offered by Airbus widebody aircraft.”
“As Singapore Airlines has shown, the A380 has proven itself to be a game changer at the top end of the market. We are now set to bring new levels of efficiency to the mid-size segment with the arrival of the A350 XWB.”
Since first entering service with SIA in 2007, the A380 has joined the fleets of nine world class carriers.
Typically seating 525 passengers in three classes, the aircraft is capable of flying 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres, non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment.
To date, Airbus has recorded 257 firm orders for the A380 from 20 customers.
The A350 XWB is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts.
The new Family uses 25% less fuel, providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions.
Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, the A350 XWB has already won 558 firm orders from 34 customers worldwide.