Singapore Airlines converts part of Boeing 787-10 order to 777-9

Singapore Airlines' first Boeing 787-10. Photo: © Joshua Drake / Boeing

Singapore Airlines has announced adjustments to its outstanding aircraft orders, to reduce capital spending by four billion Singapore Dollars (US $3 billion) until the 2022/23 financial year.

Introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, these changes will push back delivery schedules, resulting in aircraft being delivered to Singapore Airlines over a longer period of time than originally planned.

Additionally, the airline has opted to convert 14 of its existing orders for Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to eleven of the yet-to-be-introduced Boeing 777-9 (also known as the 777X), for its ‘long-term fleet needs beyond FY 2025/26’. As the company had already signed for 20 777-9, this now brings its total order for the type to 31. With that, Singapore Airlines becomes the third largest customer for Boeing’s next generation of the 777, behind Emirates and Qatar Airways.

Last week, it was reported that Dubai-based Emirates, the largest 777X customer with 115 signed aircraft at present, is considering swapping a third of its order to the smaller 787 Dreamliner.