Singapore Airlines has been forced to delay the launch of its new first and business class for the Boeing 777-9, and it could now be closer to the mid-2020s before the next generation suites and seats take to the skies.
The Singapore flag-carrier is among several airlines which intend to use the Boeing 777X series of jetliners as the launchpad for new premium product, with that debut in turn tied to the delivery of its first 777-9 – which airline CEO Goh Choon Phong in late 2019 said he expected in 2022, at a time when Boeing was still aiming for a 2021 rollout.
Boeing this week revised its own schedule, saying the already-late 777X was now planned to make its way to airlines from sometime in 2022.
Launch customers Emirates and Lufthansa are first in line to pick up the keys to their 777-9 jets, with Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways also early in the queue (although both are in discussions with Boeing about pushing back on their deliveries).
Singapore Airlines is now also looking to delay the arrival of its 20-strong Boeing 777-9 order on the back of this week’s dramatic $1bn loss over the April-June 2020 period and forecasts that travel won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.
“We continue to engage aircraft manufacturers to negotiate adjustments to the delivery stream of existing aircraft orders,” the airline said in a statement, adding that it had “reached an agreement with Airbus on some of these