* Planes to be delivered between 2013-2015, to use
* To be deployed in routes within Asia, to Australia and
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SINGAPORE Jun 29 Singapore Airlines (SIA)
said it had reached an agreement with Airbus
to lease 15 more A330-300 aircraft.
SIA, 55 percent owned by Singapore state investor Temasek
Holdings , said in a statement on Wednesday that the
aircraft will be delivered from the world's largest plane maker
between 2013 and 2015 and will use engines from Rolls-Royce
The carrier said the planes will provide additional growth
opportunities, signalling optimism in the outlook for air travel
over the next few years at a time when Asia has overtaken North
America as the busiest travel market.
"They will be operated by Singapore Airlines on routes
within Asia as well as to points in Australia and the Middle
East," SIA said.
"The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700
engines. They will be leased for a minimum of six years, with an
option to extend the lease term, and will join 19 Trent
700-powered A330-300s already in service."
SIA declined to provide provide financial terms of the deal
but industry data shows the total value of the 15 aircraft would
be more than $3 billion at list price.
The airline currently operates a total of 108 aircraft,
according to its website, including 11 Airbus A380 super-jumbos.
(Reporting by Harry Suhartono; Editing by Anshuman Daga)