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