Singapore Airlines (SIA) has increased its orders for the Airbus A350 XWB with an additional 30 A350-900s, plus options for a further 20 aircraft.
The agreement firms up a commitment announced by Singapore Airlines and Airbus last month.
Under the terms of the finalized agreement, announced during the Paris Air Show 2013, Singapore Airlines will be able to select either the baseline Airbus A350-900 or the larger A350-1000 when exercising the options.
This is the third order from Singapore Airlines for the Airbus A350 XWB family. The deal sees the carrier’s total firm order for the new widebody family increase to 70 aircraft, with SIA also holding options on 20 more.
Singapore Airlines will operate the A350 XWB on long-haul and regional services.
The Airbus A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is a new, mid-size, long-range widebody family comprising three versions, which seat from 270 to 350 passengers in typical three-class cabin configurations.
According to Airbus, the aircraft will use 25 per cent less fuel than existing aircraft in the same size category and will provide an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions.
The extensive flight-test program for the A350 XWB is now underway, following a successful 4 hour 5 minute first flight on June 14.
Entry into commercial service of the first customer aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2014.