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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Ten-year-old leased Double-deck Airbus A380 to be handed back next year by Singapore Airlines, but 5 'new' A380's due in 2017



First A380 being handed back to 'leaseco' says Singapore Airlines but five 'new' ones due for delivery from September 2017.

In what seems to be an astute commercial move, Singapore Airlines is not to invoke the option to renew the 10-year off balance sheet operating lease at the end of next year, on the very first of five Airbus A380s' leased by the operator, nine years ago. Contrary to some media reports, the airline still backs the A380 and will take delivery of five 'new' A380's starting in the second half of 2017.  

Aircraft trends and deteriorating world political developments, (essentially the whole of North Africa and round to Egypt is now a mass transit no-go area) have proved difficult for the larger Airbus' super-jumbo variants, with the later fuel efficient twin engine narrow body jets now dominating the market.  In a blaze of PR hype Singapore Airlines was the launch customer for the double-deck  A380 jet in 2007.


Airbus meanwhile has more than halved the projected delivery numbers for A380 production.


In a statement Singapore Airlines said: "Our first five A380s are on 10-year leases, with options to extend. The first [lease] expires in October 2017, and we have decided not to extend it. For the other four, decisions will be made later."




The airline in addition to the leased aircraft still has orders for five  Airbus A380s and these will roll off the production line in the second half of 2017. Although 'jumbo' style aircraft have fallen out of favour, the iconic Boeing 747 revamped as the 747-8 is ironically finding new markets in the freight, and heavy lift sectors; re-engined with new 'leap technology' as rumoured at Farnborough earlier this year.


The Boeing 747-8 will also continue to serve the White House...  The U.S. Air Force announced that it will continue the Boeing tradition with the 747-8, which will replace the two 747-200s that serve as the presidential Air Force One fleet. 


When the 747-8 takes flight as the next Air Force One, Boeing airplanes will mark more than half a century of presidential service through the Jet Age.  Possibly a Trump card? Who knows...
 




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