Sunday, November 20, 2016

Singapore Airlines to fly A350, 787 on Indian routes

Bengaluru: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced plans to introduce its new types of aircraft on its Indian routes, beginning from 2017.

The flag carrier of Singapore will be launching Airbus A350 services in India in 2017, while its yet-to-be inducted Boeing 787-10X is expected to be coming to India in 2018.

Currently, the airline operates a fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft in India, a few of which, will be replaced by the said new planes, once the latter get inducted into serviced routes.

“Today, the all-wide-body fleet of Singapore Airlines boasts of 105 aircraft — 34 777s, 19 A380s, 26 A330s, and six A350s. In totality, we’ve ordered 67 A350 aircraft, of which, 20 aircraft would be inducted into our fleet by the end of the next financial year. In terms of the Boeing 787-10X, we’ve ordered 30 planes, which are yet to come on board,” Singapore Airlines General Manager (India) David Lim informed DH.

The A350, a state-of-the-art airliner regarded for its full-efficiency, has been deployed on long-haul routes. But, considering India as an important destination, Singapore Airlines has decided to bring it here. The 787, however, is itself a medium-haul airliner, and will be deployed in the country.
20/11/16 Hrithik Kiran Bagade/Deccan Herald

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