The aircraft, a Boeing 787-9, will play a key role in the low-cost carrier’s strategic plan to expand its long-haul fleet, according to Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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SIA’s latest A380 order will be the third to be placed by the airline and its A350 XWB order the second. Singapore Airlines now operates 19 Airbus A380s and already had firm orders in place for 20 A350s, for delivery from 2015. SIA will transfer 20 Boeing 787s on order to low-cost arm Scoot and return its five A340-500s to Airbus.

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