Singapore Airlines raises S$2 billion from airplane sale-and-leaseback deals

Singapore Airlines raises S$2 billion from airplane sale-and-leaseback deals

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines Ltd said on Monday (May 3) it had raised about S$2 billion through sale-and-leaseback deals for 11 of its planes to help bolster liquidity as it grapples with the pandemic-related plunge in travel.

The airline said it would continue to explore other ways to raise liquidity after reaching deals with four parties over seven Airbus SE A350-900s and four Boeing Co 787-10s.

Rivals such as Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd and Qantas Airways Ltd have done similar deals during the pandemic.

"The additional liquidity from these sale-and-leaseback transactions reinforces our ability to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from a position of strength," Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Goh Choon Phong said in a statement.

Singapore Airlines said it had access to more than S$2.1 billion of undrawn credit lines and an option to raise up to S$6.2 billion in convertible bonds before its annual meeting in July 2021.

The airline lacks a domestic market and has been hit hard by the virtual halt to international passenger travel because of border controls and quarantine measures.

Singapore Airlines Group reported a decline in overall passenger carriage for March by 90.2 per cent year-on-year, as border controls and travel restrictions continued worldwide.

Source: Reuters/ac