Singapore picks the A340-500 over the 777-200X

Date:         18 May 98 16:02:55 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
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Today's Wall Street Journal (p. C15 in the Western Edition) reports that
Singapore ordered five Airbus A340-500s on Friday and took options on
five more (Singapore has always executed all its options in the past).
First delivery is set for 2002.  These aircraft will be used for very
long range non-stops, such as SIN-LAX.

Boeing's offering in this competition was the 777-200X, and it was
widely thought that Singapore's order might be the launch order for this
derivative.  So far, Boeing only has an MOU (not a firm order) for 15 of
the planes from Malaysian Airlines.  Singapore's A340 order continues a
clean sweep by the A340-500/600 over longer-range 777 derivatives in the
last year, and is surely a hard hit for Boeing.

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