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Singapore Airlines: Remain Committed To Boeing’s Dreamliner

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SINGAPORE -(Dow Jones)- Singapore Airlines Ltd. (C6L.SG) Friday said that it remains committed to the delivery of Boeing Co.’s (BA) much-touted Dreamliner planes, even as the aircraft maker is yet to work out the new delivery dates.

“Boeing has been keeping us advised about delays to the 787 program. We are not an early 787 customer, so precisely how this will impact each of the delivery dates for our 20 ordered aircraft will be worked out over time,” Singapore Airlines Vice President of Public Affairs Stephen Forshaw told Dow Jones Newswires in an e-mailed statement.

Boeing said Thursday that it is pushing back the schedule of its troubled 787 jet program by about six months as it unravels delays caused by a recent union- machinists strike and problems of improperly installed fasteners on the first few planes.

“We remain committed to delivery of these new generation of aircraft, because new technology is vital to make our industry more fuel efficient and economical. Delays are always frustrating, but the most important priority is to develop and build the aircraft without rushing in a way which may compromise standards,” Forshaw said.

The Dreamliner is scheduled for delivery from early 2011 to mid-2013 and is tipped to be a “game changer” because of its ability to cut fuel costs by 20%.

In its fleet, Singapore Airlines has 90 Boeing planes of different models and 11 Airbus planes, including six A380s. The airline has also placed a firm order for one Boeing 777-300ER, with an option of purchasing another 13 of the planes.

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