Singapore's PM urges Trump to maintain good relationship with China

President Donald Trump and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong look on as Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong left and Kevin McAllister president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes sign a contract in the Roosevelt Roo

Singapore's PM urges Trump to maintain good relationship with China

Singapore Airlines formalized a $13.8 billion dollar with Boeing on Monday, cementing a deal first announced in February.

"SIA has been a Boeing customer for many decades and we are pleased to have finalised this major order for widebody aircraft, which will enable us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet", said SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong. The firm orders are valued at US$13.8 billion, based on Boeing's published list prices. "Otherwise we cancel the order".

"That's jobs", Mr. Trump said to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In addition, SIA signed a 12-year agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, fix and overhaul of its 45 GE9X engines that will power its Boeing 777-9 aircraft.

Mr. Lee joked that SIA "is not a bad airline".

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s. According to Boeing, the 787-10s will serve SIA's "medium-range operations while partnering with the 777-9 for the carrier's long-haul routes".

The order for the 19 787-10 Dreamliners - also Boeing's latest and biggest variant of that aircraft - are on top of 30 that Singapore has already made for the jet. "These new aircraft will ... provide the SIA group with new growth opportunities, allowing us to expand our network".

He urged Trump to build a good relationship with China, noting that Singapore and other countries in the region "watch your relations with China very closely" and see it as "the most important bilateral relationship in the world".

Concurrent with the signing ceremony, SIA said it had signed a 12-year service agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, fix and overhaul of 45 GE9X engines to be installed on the 20 new 777-9 aircraft (five engines are spares).

The deal also includes options on six of each aircraft type.

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