Singapore Airlines 777-200. Courtesy, SIA

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has denied media reports that it will launch its new budget long-haul, low-cost subsidiary airline in April with one Boeing 777-200 aircraft (ATW Daily News, July 25).

On Tuesday, the Straits Times reported the launch date, which was later denied by SIA through Dow Jones. According to the report, the yet-to-be-named airline will have four 777s by July with an eventual fleet of 14.

In July, SIA selected the 777-200, to be drawn from its own fleet, for the new LCC. The aircraft will be reconfigured in a new seating layout that will almost certainly feature a 10-across, 3-4-3 configuration in economy.

SIA has 35 777-200ERs, and 31 777-300/300ERs.

The new LCC will be wholly owned by SIA, but will be operated independently and managed separately, operating no-frills, medium- and long-haul flights.