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Singapore Airlines is presently taking delivery of their first Boeing 787-10, for which they’re the launch customer. While this plane can operate longhaul routes, Singapore Airlines plans on using the 787-10 for regional flights, primarily around Asia. While taking delivery of the new plane, Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Goh Choon Phong, revealed a couple of interesting things about the carrier’s future. The Straits Times has all the details.
Not only is Singapore Airlines the launch customer for the 787-10, but they’re also the launch customer for the A350-900ULR (the “ULR” stands for “ultra long range”). The airline has seven of these planes on order, and they should take delivery of their first one later this year. While Singapore Airlines already has A350-900s (they have 21 in their fleet, with a further 39 on order), the A350-900ULR is even longer range.
Singapore Airlines plans to use the A350-900ULR to launch nonstop flights to New York and Los Angeles. They operated these flights until 2013, but were forced to end them when they got rid of their A340-500s.
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