Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13742 posts, RR: 19 Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 16253 times:
Today - 28 June 2004, Singapore Airlines Limited - A Member of Star Alliance - inaugurated its world record breaking A340-500 non stop flight from Singapore Changi Airport to New York (Newark) Liberty Airport.
Flight SQ022 (full according to Rick Clements, Senior Vice President Public Affairs for the Airline, however with 13 SpaceBeds seemingly unfilled as of yesterday according to Singapore Airlines' reservations system), left Gate F52 at 1204 Singapore Time and took off at 1224.
At the gate, passengers indulged in champagne and a buffet and also received a polaroid to commemorate the occasion, along with a commemorative plaque. An apple was also given to each passenger. The boarding music was Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York."
“The flights will take an average of 18 hours in each direction and will save customers up to four hours in travel time as compared to our one-stop services. Today’s flight will travel even further but it will be in the comfort, style and high level of service that our A340-500 is now associated with," said Mr. Huang Cheng Eng - Executive Vice-President - Marketing and the Regions.
Singapore Airlines A340-500 - Making The World A Smaller Place
Tsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 16117 times:
Should get an updated pic of the A345, none wear the "Leadership" titles now.
Cld u also confirm that info came from Rick Clements? I heard that he quite SIA a few weeks/months ago (Can anybody confirm that?). I looked up the article on CNA and his name wasnt mentioned there as well.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16866 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 14543 times:
The Newark-Singapore route uses the Polar route that CO's EWR-Hong Kong and CX's new JFK-Hong Kong route uses, straight North from NYC over the Canada and the North Pole then down over Siberia Russia into China.
The routes from Singapore, Hong Kong to EWR/New York follow a more traditional route across Japan, then over Alaska then Down over Western Canada to NYC.
The return routes to NYC are to take advantage of favorable winds.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 14521 times:
Why was EWR chosen for these flights instead of JFK? Better connecting flights from within the US? Don't have support at JFK (Company that owns SK also owns a 40% part of VS, which operates at both EWR and JFK, so could have through JFK)
767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13794 times:
Pretty amazing if you think about it...we could fly westward or eastward but nonstop and end up at the same place...hehe...Know Columbus must be kicking in his grave. Congrats SIA and A340-500...
Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
Antares From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 1402 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13746 times:
Several points. I have met Rick Clements at financial briefings. I wish him well in his retirement, which is the natural culmination of a distinguished career. Of course he went to the ceremony. He had put many months of effort into helping prepare for the great day, and would have gone in an iron lung with medical attendants had that been necessary.
There were only ever 181 seats shown in all the material given to analysts concerning the SQ A340-500.
If the experience of the LAX non-stop is any guide, SQ will fly very innovative flight paths according to the conditions forecast for the day. Expect a more easterly than northerly route across northern Greenland and toward Spitzbergen going to Singapore and one that goes close to Anadyr or Yakutsk coming from Singapore, depending on the circumstances. Welcome to the quest for perpetual tailwinds....
I have arrived at approxaimate figures for the margin made on these flights using data I cannot share on a public forum. It may not be much, perhaps a few brand new cars in the US or one quarter of a car in Singapore, which has a punitive tax regime for autos, but on the other hand, the flights will probably make more money each way than all of the big six US carriers will make across their entire networks in the same 24 hours.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13691 times:
This is one good for more new service to EWR today and I think will be arriving shortly. I will check those out with their flight tracker to EWR. This is moment with more excellent service to EWR & LAX. Will even make flying back to SIN this late evening and how is load factor on their way back to SIN?