BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3152 times:
MEA's 3 A310-200s are leased from Singapore. However, with the 3 brand new A330-200s that MEA ordered coming in, the A310s are being returned to SQ. Does this mean SQ will immediately retire them when MEA returns them?
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Hkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 3113 times:
Given the current low load factors, I would have thought that the smaller A310 would have been a suitable aircraft to fly on many Aisan routes. If 777s are used instead of the A310s, wouldn't that be a lot of extra capacity?
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Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3068 times:
Yes, but getting rid of one aircraft type means that a whole lot of costs are gotten rid of. For example:
- SIA will no longer need to purchase spares for A310s, and it can liquidate its current inventory of spares (most of which are fully depreciated anyway, so SIA may well make an accounting profit from the sales)
- It gets rid of one administrative department.
- There will be savings on training and re-training costs.
- There will be less operational hassles.
I need to run off now - no time to think or list other cost savings. All in all I think the pros of retiring the A310 fleet early - even in this current climate - outweigh the cons.
Singapore 777 From Singapore, joined May 1999, 1008 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2849 times:
You can be rest assured that SIA will try their utmost not to let that happen as business travellers value the frequency and the widebodied plane. Most likely, when the travel climate improves, my guess is that SIA will go shopping for new aircraft again. And it will be a widebodied aircraft that is smaller than the Boeing 777 at the moment.
Singapore 777 From Singapore, joined May 1999, 1008 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2792 times:
We must remember that although it may not be suitable, it is probably, THE most suitable candidate around - that is if SIA does not want to send it's 777s on regional hops, it does not want narrowbody replacements and that it does not want to transfer those routes to SilkAir.
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4706 posts, RR: 26 Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2791 times:
Who knows, SIA might offload some of the regional destinations to SilkAir (MI) until the situation improves in the future? That is a solution i can think of for the moment. However, I wonder if MI can support the move with her small fleet of A320s.
That said and done, and nostalgia aside, I am not really a fan of the A310. I have flown it in all classes and found the amenities to be really bare. Probably unfair to compare the A310 to her bigger mates in SIA's fleet since she flies only regional routes. I think of those days when the A310 flew further afield before the arrival of the 777s and shudder at the tought of being stuck in that cabin. Imagine paying a premium price for a SQ tix to Adelaide or Perth and... voila!- you get the A310 with no PTV, manual footrests (urgh!) ...
So yes, here closes another chapter in SQ's history and lets look forward to better days.
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Singapore 777 From Singapore, joined May 1999, 1008 posts, RR: 3 Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2782 times:
No, the A340s use the vacuum flush system, if I am not mistaken that is. The last time i was on an A340 was in 2000! Haha, so three years have passed since then...
A lot of Airbusss?? Are you sure? If the A310s go in June and the A340s in July, they will not be flying any Airbuses from July till December, when the A340-500s come in. And even then, it's only like 5 in a 90-odd strong fleet of Boeing 747s and 777s.
I think too many 777s already, should start trading some in for A332s. :P