Singapore Airlines (SIA) confirmed to AFP that it will take delivery of five Airbus A380 super jumbos as planned this year taking its A380 fleet to 11.
SIA CEO Chew Choon Seng confirmed the carrier will receive MSN019 (9V-SKG), MSN021 (9V-SKH) in May and three more though the fiscal year. Through calendar 2009 Airbus has planned production of 14 A380s, and 4 are committed for delivery to SIA.
Singapore Airlines is committed to renewing it’s fleet and will discontinue the famous Boeing 747-400 Megatop, retiring the last nine before this fiscal year which ends March 31, 2010.
Speaking at a media and analyst briefing Mr. Chew said
“We want the planes to come in and to continue with our policy of fleet renewal,”
“We are a long-term player here. Our strategies are long-term so the policy of operating a young, modern fleet is an ongoing one. It isn’t one that you turn on or off according to the whims and fancies of the business cycle.”
Mr. Chew also confirms Singapore Airline’s plans to take delivery of seven iPod socket equipped A330-300s in the current fiscal year to March 2010 which are being used on the lucrative Australia and Japan routes.
Singapore Airlines has always been a long term planner. Buoyed by years of profitability it has a strong war chest of reserves which will sustain it till the global economy and air traffic revives. While it’s fleet of 77 Boeing 777s, currently the largest in the world, will sustain even it’s high traffic routes during the downturn, the A380 will provide it capacity, status and fuel efficiency results over the longer term.