Court sets aside SIA's default win against US firm over sale of plane

At the hearing last year, SIA had sought to affirm the contract based on its first statement of claim.
At the hearing last year, SIA had sought to affirm the contract based on its first statement of claim.PHOTO: ST FILE

It says hearing needed to determine if airline was entitled to end deal after US firm failed to complete transaction

National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA), which had obtained a default judgment against a United States-based firm that failed to pay for a US$6.5 million (S$8.9 million) second-hand Boeing 777-212 plane, will have to make its case in court again.

It follows a High Court decision to set aside SIA's default win last November after the buyer - CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing - argued that SIA was procedurally wrong to enforce the sales deal in court and later treat the deal as cancelled for non-payment and seek damages instead.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2019, with the headline 'Court sets aside SIA's default win against US firm over sale of plane'. Print Edition | Subscribe