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SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) will begin flights to Chicago via Amsterdam in August, making the 'windy city' SIA's fourth US destination.
The thrice-weekly service will use Boeing 777-200 extended range (ER) aircraft, which will number among SIA's fleet from July, SIA said in response to queries.
The national carrier already flies to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
SIA also said that its order of 20 777-200s from Boeing earlier this week, consisting of 10 firm orders and 10 options, will not include the 'super-long range version' that can fly non-stop between Singapore and the US.
Its vice-president for public affairs, Mr Rick Clements, said the airline has the flexibility to use the 10 options for 777-200s, 777-200ER and 777-300 airplanes.
But it will not order the super-long range aircraft which is powered by a different engine and 'does not feature in our plans'.
The latest order is expected to replace SIA's fleet of Airbus A310 airplanes.
I agree with Singapore 777 that unless Boeing gives more options on engine choice, i don't see the possibility in SQ's fleet.
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