Singapore Airlines has signed an agreement with Airbus to lease another 15 A330-300 aircraft.
Under the terms of the agreement the aircraft will be delivered new from Airbus’ production line between 2013 and 2015. They will be operated by Singapore Airlines on routes within Asia as well as to points in Australia and the Middle East.
The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. The aircraft are to be leased for a minimum of six years, with an option to extend the lease term, and will join 19 Trent 700-powered A330-300s already in service.
“The A330s will enable us to add more capacity on regional and medium range routes and further strengthen Singapore Airlines’ network offering. These new planes will also provide enhanced levels of comfort to our customers and boost operational efficiency,” said SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong. “Together with the additional A380s that we are taking delivery of this year, as well as Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s on order for the years ahead, the lease of the A330s is consistent with our longstanding policy of operating a young and modern fleet.”
The A330-300s will be configured in a two-class layout featuring the airline’s latest cabin product and service offerings.
The Business Class cabin features a new seat specially designed for regional and medium-range routes, in a 2-2-2 configuration. The seat converts into an incline lie-flat bed.
The Economy Class cabin is laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration, featuring a new-generation seat which is also available on the airline’s Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Ergonomically designed, the seat provides more personal space and increased legroom.
All seats feature the new KrisWorld, Singapore Airlines’ inflight entertainment system.