Singapore Airlines Signs Deal for 39 Boeing Aircraft at The White House

Singapore Airlines Signs Deal for 39 Boeing Aircraft at The White House

The signing took place on Monday, 23 October US time, at the White House in Washington DC, at a ceremony witnessed by US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

The deal with Singapore comes at a time when Boeing is in the midst of a trade dispute with Canadian plane maker Bombardier, with the US aerospace manufacturer accusing its rival of selling its new C Series single-aisle jets at significantly lower prices in the USA market. The airline group is the launch customer for the 787-10.

He urged Trump to build a good relationship with China, noting that Singapore and other countries in the region "watch your relations with China very closely" and see it as "the most important bilateral relationship in the world".

He is now in the US for an official working visit at the invitation of US President Donald Trump. McAllister responded "Yes, Mr. President" and Trump replied, "Okay, go ahead", at which point the two executives signed the order agreement.

Mr. Lee joked that SIA "is not a bad airline".

Besides the 39 orders, the purchase agreement comprises six options for each aircraft type, which if exercised will enlarge the deal to as many as 51 aircraft, SIA said.

The 777-9s are intended primarily for long-haul routes and are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.

Concurrent with the signing ceremony, SIA said it had signed a 12-year service agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, fix and overhaul of 45 GE9X engines to be installed on the 20 new 777-9 aircraft (five engines are spares).

SIA has more than 50 current-generation Boeing 777 aircraft in service. With that original order for 30 787-10s SIA now holds orders for 49 of the type, making it the double-stretched 787's biggest customer.

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