Singapore Airlines regional affiliate SilkAir has retired two Airbus 320 aircraft, marking the next phase of its transition from an all-Airbus to an all-Boeing 737 fleet.
The carrier took delivery of its first 737-800 in February, and currently has three in the fleet, which also includes 16 A320s and six A319s. Eight Boeing aircraft are expected to join the fleet this year, with the remaining aircraft to be delivered by 2020.
The original aircraft order, finalized in November 2013, was for 23 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s, scheduled for delivery by the end of the decade when all the Airbus aircraft will have been retired.
A SilkAir spokesperson told ATW: “Airbus and Boeing are both well-established players in the narrowbody aircraft market. After careful deliberation and consideration of each manufacturer's proposal, we felt Boeing’s proposal to be a better fit for our overall requirements.”
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