That Singapore Airlines (SIA) has decided not to extend the lease contract for its first Airbus A380 is not a surprise, but the decision illustrates how much the long-haul aircraft market has changed since the A380 was conceived—and it sheds light on SIA’s increasingly difficult competitive position. Its initial A380, the first delivered to any airline, will now be returned to its owner, German investment fund Dr. Peters Group, in October 2017. SIA has to restore the aircraft to ...

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