Singapore Airlines is turning to Boeing to shape its long-range fleet for the next decade, with a US$13.8 billion (A$18bn) order for both the Boeing 777-9 and 787-10 Dreamliner jets.
The Singaporean flag-carrier has inked a deal for 20 of the next-gen Boeing 777-9, due for delivery from the 2021-2022 financial year, alongside 19 of the passenger-packing Boeing 787-10, for which it is already the global launch customer on the back of a 30-strong order due from 2018-2019.
Singapore Airlines also has a tranche of all-new Airbus A380s slated for October 2017, which will see the debut of all-new first class suites and business class seats, along with the ultra-long range Airbus A350-900ULR which will restart direct flights to New York and Los Angeles from 2018.
Star Alliance sibling Lufthansa is another customer for the Boeing 777-9 but has opted not to install first class on the aircraft, instead plumping for an enlarged business class cabin with a new generation of seats.
Qantas has also flagged the Boeing 777-9 as a likely replacement for the Airbus A380 as the airline reshapes its international network around long-range direct flights to cities such as New York and London.