Singapore Airlines Just Ordered 39 Boeing Widebodies to Refresh Its Fleet
Singapore Airlines is certainly one of my favourite carriers, providing excellent service and a focus to element in its product — even in financial system, the place the seat has a foot relaxation and cup holder and you’ll really think about their flight attendants touring to Bollywood movie festivals to select the proper inflight leisure selections or making treks to uncover the most effective tea to serve onboard.
They’ve confronted many challenges. Southeast Asia is a hotbed of extremely low price service operations. They’re hamstrung within the US market due to geography and plane — they haven’t been in a position to economically fly continuous to the US (although they’re now flying the ‘short’ San Francisco route, launched after United started its personal service) and this implies there’s little benefit to flying them even to their house market of Singapore — not to mention past which requires an additional connection in contrast to Cathay Pacific or Korean Air. Not to point out that for a lot of locations you’d be overflying and have to backtrack.
Singapore Airlines US Routes
Nonetheless they proceed to make investments aggressively of their product and know-how, their area of interest out there is as a most popular service whereas additionally providing differentiated merchandise underneath totally different manufacturers.
Singapore Airlines simply signed a agency order for 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 Boeing 787-10s. It had been introduced with a letter of intent again in February. Now it was made agency at a signing ceremony on the White House “witnessed by US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.” This makes me tremendously involved about the way forward for American enterprise, not less than of the non-cronyist selection, enterprise that isn’t favored by or kowtow to no matter politician is in energy.
The order is valued “at US$13.8 billion, based on Boeing’s published list prices.” so assume about half that quantity.
- The Boeing 777-9s are primarily going to be used on long-haul routes and can begin arriving in 2021-2022.
- The Boeing 787-10s are for medium-haul routes and can start deliveries in 2020-2021.
Singapore is already the launch buyer for the 787-10, with the primary one being delivered subsequent 12 months, so these 19 planes add to 30 already on order. Singapore at present operates 53 Boeing 777s.
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
These new Boeings add to 49 Airbus A350-900s on order plus 5 Airbus A380s. Their brief haul subsidiary SilkAir has 36 Boeing 737 MAX 8s getting into the fleet, and low price service Scoot has 5 Boeing 787s and 39 Airbus A320neos approaching.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Business Class
The new Airbus A350ULR (Ultra Long Range) will come into the fleet subsequent 12 months permitting the airline to re-start continuous Singapore – Los Angeles and Singapore – New York service.
In normal, and there definitely is variation throughout their crews, however I discover that Singapore Airlines has the most effective meals and I like their ‘Book the Cook’ function. I love their enterprise class product and I believe their firstclass seat is phenomenal (albeit not fairly an Etihad ‘First Apartment’ and no showers). I’m wanting ahead to the brand new firstclass suites onboard the model new A380s they carry into the fleet quickly. And service — I like lots of the Singapore Airlines crews although I can perceive those that would possibly desire a extra formal (ANA, Japan Airlines) or a extra understated and fewer obtrusive (Cathay) expertise.
Prawn and Chicken Laksa, Business Class Singapore – Bali
The level although of the piece is that we will have these discussions of whether or not or not Singapore is the most effective in any given space. That’s arduous to think about for many airways on this planet.