GuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 845 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2965 times:
No , SQ will not use them for the SIN-CDG route. They have the 777-200ER for that. The A340-500 was bought specifically for the nonstop longhaul from SIN to West Coast USA (SFO/LAX). I think it is still very much in the works that SQ will be getting these aircrafts.
Singapore 777 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1031 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2965 times:
I believe an SQ insider has just confirmed that SQ will be getting the aircraft in November or December 2003 and will initially be using them on the Singapore - Los Angeles route before attempting to use them on the Singapore - New York (non-stop) route.
Flying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2433 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2816 times:
I had never heard about those rumours of SQ cancelling their A345 orders... so far.
But I don't believe it. California and the Canadian West Coast are two top markets for SIA. So a non-stop flights to LAX/SFO/YVR do make sense.
But as far as I know they intended to keep the Megatop on those routes as the A345 were meant to be two-class only flights, First & Raffles.
But I can't wait to see the first A345 in service !
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2725 times:
I hear that sq have cancelled spares etc, so my bet is on them not getting A345 at all.
I've never heard this, but it would certainly be welcome news if true! It'd make much more sense for SQ to operate the 772LR on its transpac nonstops; and I wouldnt be surprised to see them consider it in the long run, as the 772LR had not been launched at the time SQ ordered its A345s.
Be interesting to know if Boeing's behind this.... perhaps a repeat of the famous "SQ-F.U." to Airbus?
Ejazz From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2002, 735 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2608 times:
Some great rumours here but a few facts.
SIA confirmed the A340-500 order last year for 5 firm and 5 options. The aircrafts first commercial service was due on Nov 3 2003 but now appears more likely to be in Dec 2003. Boeing may well be brewing some ideas but the A340-500 will join SIA in the forseeable future, as the A343 did except for 2.
Management pilots and engineers have more or less been confirmed for the fleet. Line pilots can now apply to join the fleet. First courses in Toulouse will be in about 3 months.
First flights will be to Los Angeles and once a daily service has been established non-stop flights to New York will follow via the pole. This is confirmed by an internal memo.
There are no plans as yet for non-stops to San Francisco. Vancouver was never on the cards. The route has minor high yield and originating traffic from Singapore. Vancouver survives because of the stop in Seoul.