Singapore Airline’s little sister and regional carrier signed a letter of intent today with Boeing signing for a total of 68 Boeing 737 aircrafts. The agreement includes a firm order for 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft, and purchase rights for another 14 aircraft. Under the agreement, Silk Air can change the variant of the 737 if needed, providing them with flexibility in the number of seats and range if needed.
The Boeing order is significant for Silk Air, because it is the first time in years that the regional carrier will fly Boeing airplanes, after negotiations with Boeing surpassed those at Airbus.
“The selection of the B737 follows detailed evaluations and extensive negotiations with both Airbus and Boeing. The order will enable us to maintain a young and modern fleet, with an aircraft that has a proven track record of strong customer appeal, excellent reliability and low operating costs,” said SilkAir chief executive Marvin Tan.
Silk Air current operates 21 Airbus 319/320s and will take delivery of 3 more A320s by 2013. They fly these planes to 41 destinations across the Asia-Pacific regions with planes reaches destinations such as Indonesia, China, Nepal, Australia and Myanmar. The 54 new Boeing Airplanes will be used for both fleet renewal and growth as the ASEAN open skies agreement kicks in, in 2015.
I’m excited to see Silk Air take these new Boeing aircraft for a number of reasons, the primary reason, my father is a inspector on the Boeing 737 line in Renton, Washington. However, more importantly, I’ve always been a Boeing fan (maybe because my whole family works for Boeing?) due to the quietness of the aircraft, cabin comfort, and just due to personal preference. These new planes will be shiny and new and seeing any airline grow and double their fleet is always exciting!
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