Airbus and the Republic of Singapore have been strategic partners for over 40 years, with a strong relationship dating back to 1975 when the company established a liaison office on its main island.
As Singapore developed into one of the world’s leading aviation hubs, Airbus was there every step of the way – making significant contributions with its cutting-edge products and services, as well as a growing presence in Singapore’s important aerospace industry.
Airbus’ success in the country spanned every area of its business, including commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space. In addition, the company has developed a strong local presence primarily focussed around high-value services.
Airbus has sold more than 620 civil passenger aircraft to airlines and leasing companies in Singapore, making it one of the top five markets in the region for company.
Customers include Singapore Airlines (SIA), Scoot and Silkair, as well as leading lessor BOC Aviation. Combined, they have placed orders across the Airbus commercial aircraft product line – including the flagship A380 superjumbo, the popular and versatile A330 wide-body, the all-new long-haul A350 XWB and the best-selling single-aisle A320 Family.
Singapore Airlines first became an Airbus customer in May 1979 with an order for the A300B4, the original wide-body twinjet aircraft. Since then, the airline has placed orders for 144 wide-body aircraft from the company.
The carrier was the launch customer for the A380 following the aircraft’s entry into service in 2007. Deliveries of its latest batch of A380s began in December 2017, with Singapore Airlines launching its latest cabin products on these aircraft. Today SIA operates 21 A380s on its flagship routes from Singapore to key points in Europe, the US and selected destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
In 2014, Singapore ordered the new-generation A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to enhance its air-to-air refuelling capabilities, undertake passenger and cargo transport missions, and support international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. The first aircraft was delivered to the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) in 2018, and made its public debut at the service’s RSAF50 parade in September that year.