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Topic: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Hkg_clk
Posted 2004-05-13 17:15:23 and read 3896 times.

Can anyone give an update of the delivery schedule?

Also, are the Singapore-Jakarta flights going to continue to be operated by A345s regularly?

Thanks

hkg_clk

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: As739x
Posted 2004-05-13 17:19:55 and read 3848 times.

Why would that route be served regularly? It was be run as a proving flight while the bugs got worked out. The plane is built for long long haul.

ASSFO

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Singapore 777
Posted 2004-05-13 17:28:24 and read 3778 times.

AFAIK, all five A340-500s have now been delivered. The last one, 9V-SGE, was delivered just a couple of days back.

They are doing regular runs on the Jakarta route so that pilots can get a chance to land and takeoff in the aircraft once every certain number of days to maintain their type currency. With the long SIN-LAX-SIN flights, most of them would probably not have a chance at a landing or takeoff.

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Dutchjet
Posted 2004-05-13 17:32:56 and read 3736 times.

I am not sure if the SIN-Jakarta flights are still operated by the A345s, but SQ (and other airlines operating ultra long range aircraft) have to deal with the issue of keeping its pilots current on the type. With so much time in the air on the very long flights (16 to 18 hour segments), the A345s do not take off and land very often, and pilots must complete a certain amount of landings and takeoffs each month to stay current on the type - there is a conflict between maximum hours flown per month vs. the number of take offs and landings per month when pilots are scheduled only for very long segments. (Remember also that on each long segment, there are atleast 2 crews to consider.) Therefore, if SQ can sneak a few short haul segments in with the A345s during their turnarounds in SIN, pilots have the opportunity to take off and land and stay current on the type.

New types bring new issues.

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Dutchjet
Posted 2004-05-13 17:34:08 and read 3719 times.

SIN777.....you answered while I was typing, sorry for repeating the info.

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: N949WP
Posted 2004-05-13 17:34:59 and read 3714 times.

I understand that 5 of them have been ordered, with the first 4 delivered and in service already (9V-SGA to -SGD). However, -SGD doesn't seem to be flying much, at least not while I was at SIN this past weekend. If -SGE was really delivered just a couple of days ago, then I must've just missed it.

As739x, they are being used daily on the short run to CGK. Many airlines here in Asia use their long-haul aircraft (744, 343, etc.) to do short regional hops during the day in between long hauls trips. If there is enough demand to fill seats and the cargo hold, why buy extra short-haul aircraft just for those routes when you'll end up having planes idle all day long?

[Edited 2004-05-13 17:38:50]

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Gigneil
Posted 2004-05-13 17:40:59 and read 3675 times.

Also, are the Singapore-Jakarta flights going to continue to be operated by A345s regularly?

Yes. They will be.

They give the aircraft a rotation when otherwise it would be sitting on the ground.

N

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Dutchjet
Posted 2004-05-13 18:02:29 and read 3598 times.

Until the SIN-EWR nonstop route is introduced in a couple of months, I would assume that the five SQ A345s have a light schedule; however, aren't pilots and cabin crews now being trained on the aircraft and I would think that SQ will begin running some proving flights on the long SIN-EWR route very shortly.

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: ScottysAir
Posted 2004-05-13 18:04:29 and read 3586 times.

Anyone who will flying nonstop from SIN-LAX or EWR this summer?

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Lyzzard
Posted 2004-05-13 18:07:09 and read 3572 times.

There are currently 2 daily flights, sometimes 3 that are operated using the A345 to Jakarta at the moment. These will carry on for the time being as there is a requirement to carry out line training, line checks and fulfill recency requirements (1 landing every 28 consecutive days for Captains and 3 in 90 days for First Officers).

All 5 aircraft have been delivered and all are deployed either to LAX or CGK. A new A340-600 simulator has also been ordered and should be online before the end of the year. This doesn't necessarily mean SIA is about to acquire A346s, it's just that there aren't any A345 sims in existence.

SIN-EWR commences on Jun28 so we can expect to see some reductions in the CGK service, perhaps only 2 daily flights.

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Sjoerd
Posted 2004-05-13 18:12:53 and read 3542 times.

What about their options ?

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: ScottysAir
Posted 2004-05-13 18:13:11 and read 3541 times.

all right and I can understand with all of those information about SQ.

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Roberta
Posted 2004-05-13 18:20:06 and read 3503 times.

They have 5 on option but I don't think they will order them too soon. Once the EWR and LAX routes are running smoothly and are becoming profitable (if they aren't already) they may start some new routes to ORD or YYZ and aquire more A345's. Unless Boeing get their own way and replaces them with 772LR's. Lets not tempt fate though.

Anyone know how well the LAX-SIN route is doing?

[Edited 2004-05-13 18:20:41]

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Ex_SQer
Posted 2004-05-14 01:12:53 and read 3254 times.

SQ is not expecting to make a profit on the nonstop services for a few years. I hear that bookings are currently decent only on weekends.

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: N754pr
Posted 2004-05-14 03:31:07 and read 3143 times.

Great answer As739x, how about thinking before you reply.

N949WP, apart from SQ 777's did you see anything  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

9V-SGA 492 31/12/03
9V-SGB 499 12/01/04
9V-SGC 478 23/01/04
9V-SGD 560 XX/XX/04 (Cant find the delivery date)
9V-SGE 563 04/05/04

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: N949WP
Posted 2004-05-14 03:49:42 and read 3105 times.

N754PR,

Well, according to your dates, -SGE would've been at SIN all the time while I was there, but I didn't even see one bit of her. Hiding in one of the hangar perhaps?

While there's an over-abundance of SQ777's, at least now I have a sizable collection of their -SR* and -SV* series of aircraft, which almost never comes to HKG. Then there was the USAF KC-135R (tail # 00345) on Saturday which was doing Diego Garcia - Singapore - Guam. Also caught a lot of CX 777's; wondered if our friend Cxflyboy was operating any one of them!!

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Tsentsan
Posted 2004-05-14 07:35:46 and read 2972 times.

Daryl,

9V-SGA 492 31-Dec-2003 Singapore Airlines In service
9V-SGB 499 12-Jan-2004 Singapore Airlines In service
9V-SGC 478 24-Jan-2004 Singapore Airlines In service
9V-SGD 560 9-Apr-2004 Singapore Airlines In service
9V-SGE 563 5-May-2004 Singapore Airlines In service

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: The777Man
Posted 2004-05-14 07:40:02 and read 2961 times.

SGD operated the flight to LAX this past Sunday.

The777Man

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: Lyzzard
Posted 2004-05-14 17:45:49 and read 2693 times.

True, currently there are 5 options. A request for proposal was reissued to both Boeing and Airbus last month for the B773ER and A346HGW. The RFP was actually in process when SARS hit last year and was cancelled. Pending the outcome of the current RFP, these options could easily be converted to acquite the A346 or perhaps more A345s... who knows? An answer should surface towards the end of this year.

All 5 airplanes have made runs to LAX and are currently rotated around both the LAX and CGK schedules. They are holding up quite well technically, just some minor issues which can be expected of any new fleet type. My own take is about an average 60% load factor for the SIN-LAX flights, breakeven point is about 70% from what I was told.

Topic: RE: SQ A340-500 Deliveries
Username: 9V-SVC
Posted 2004-05-14 17:57:12 and read 2646 times.

Time for me to hunt down SGD and SGE. I need them for my photo colletion. Big grin


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