Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11106 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6448 times:
CX has to move away from RR-powered 744s as none are available secondhand. At least not the required number. The much-rumoured deal with BA didn´t work out as BA won´t sell so many. QF won´t sell a single one before the A380s arrive. And who else has pax-744s with RRs? Air NZ a few, SAA a handful. Not enough for CX, not available shortterm. It was in the news already last two weeks that CX would have to go shopping at UA or - SIA.
Maybe they´ll try to get the secondhand 744s for their pax fleet still with RRs later.
Col From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2174 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6196 times:
Started by having a meeting in Brussels, so used UA BDL-IAD-BRU. Picked up BMI BRU-LHR (new 319). Then got on real class and flew LHR-SIN-PEK (SQ 744/772). Came back on PEK-SIN (SQ772), spent two days at home in Sing (lived there from 94 to 97), then up to BKK (SQ744 9V-SMO regional 744), back on same SMO, then overnight in Sing for early flight back to LHR. Transited through hell at LHR up to MAN, to pick up BMI 332 flight to IAD and back to BDL.
I used to live on East Coast Sing, so rented a car to tour round as I had 4th April off. You cannot get past the maintenance hangers of SQ anymore, they have re-routed the road.
I use SQ as often as possible, you know what you are going to get, and using Changi as a hub is so relaxing. Use MAN for Europe where possible.
FLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5207 times:
When I saw 8 744's being sold by SIA, something triggered. Despite bankruptcy protection, and all of the uncertainty that revolves around the company, in a bizarre twist, I wonder if AC will be the proud recipient.
Several months ago, a proposal by the VP of Flight Operations was put before the pilot group to acquire 8 - 744's with a provisional downgrade to 330/340 salary levels. Also, it appears that suddenly this weeks business model is to focus on international, particularly Asia and South America routes which are high yielding and lucrative.
What are the chances?? AC has no money to spend--it seems perfectly logical.
Andrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 463 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5120 times:
While I don't really mind if Cathay Pacific 744 operate with PW engines, I do hope they come in better shape this time unlike the A340-300 which had quite a lot of problems that need urgent attention and fixing after delivery. And most importantly I hope 9V-SMT DON'T get into CX/KA's fleet in anyway...
Philsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4951 times:
Please re-read the press release carefully. The 8 400s are going to be converted into freighters. So, that would rule out quite a few carriers that were names. It would leave CX. However, what about NWA getting them? They are a P&W operator, they have bought SQ a/c before and currently have 2 ex-UAL 200B SF in their fleet.
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4613 times:
Col: Singapore_Air is, surprisingly, not a Singaporean. He is British. As such he doesn't live in Singapore haha.
Well since the 744 is the only aircraft with the real 3-class premium product in SQ's fleet, does this mean that SQ is going two-class? Cos their Transcontinental 772s that have the spacebeds are only two class.
The Regional 772s that are configured in the Two or Three-class configurations do not have the "real" First or J class seats.
Since the regional 777s are put on routes as far away as Tokyo, Sydney and Istanbul (7-8 hours) it would mean that SQ has a rather weak product on its medium-haul routes on destinations to Australia, with QF fitting all Australia-SIN A330s with the Skybed.
For the first time in history, QF would have a stronger J product than SQ on ALL Australia-Singapore flights. (Discounting the daily 744s that SQ uses to SYD and MEL. PER, BNE and ADL will continue to see the regional 777s, as will 1-2 of the 3 daily SQ flights to SYD and MEL.)
On a lighter note,
Since Singapore_Air has taken the liberty to christen the SQ A380s the Gigatop, allow me to enlighten you on other names he has come up with for SIA aircraft. (They all start with W)