ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3981 times:
Thusfar, EK has only utilized their A345s for higher payloads on B-market routes.
SQ, on the other hand, flies the longest routes in the world... using heavily payload-restricted A345s. Since the 772LR is expected to achieve significantly better performance speculations, and due to the massive size of SQ's already-operating 777 fleet; there's quite a bit of speculation that the A345's time at SQ will be as similarly short as the Celestars'.
SV777KiloAlpha From Saudi Arabia, joined Dec 2003, 266 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3759 times:
EK has been using the A345 on its DXB-SYD service for many months, and even before SQ got their A345s. I would consider the DXB-SYD route with a 14 hours flight to be a long route. Wouldn't you? Same for the DXB-JFK service.
I have tried the A345 (First Class) on a DXB-KIX service last April. The First Class Suites and the entertainment system were the best I have ever seen. SQ can't come close.
Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 2984 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3488 times:
The SQ dumbass, as you so eloquently put it, that chose not to include first class aboard their A345 fleet was a number of SQ marketers, engineers, planners et al that realised, after thorough investigation, that the A345, the world's current long-range title holder, would not be able to reach JFK or LAX year round while fully laden with the added weight of a first class cabin. The freight or range penalty was too high lowering the potential overall yield. They chose to focus on premium passengers with enhanced business and enhanced economy products. This appears to be working for them very well.
LX001 From Austria, joined Jun 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3387 times:
On my opinion, SQ has got the more innovative product on it´s A345. Of course, there´s no First but the executive economy is a good and innovative product and business has more space than on the other fleet of SQ.
Emirates has still an outdated businessclass and comparing to SQ a poor economy with less room on a long flight. Please don´t misunderstand me - I really like Emirates and I´m going to fly with them this weekend, but I think that in this case SQ has done better.
Antares From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 1402 posts, RR: 40 Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
Re Dubai-Sydney being a B class route. It is in fact an A class route to London or other ports in Europe as a one-stop competitor to flights via Changi or Bangkok and it is causing an A-class pain in the A** for Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
The SQ A345 order happened because it built a jet that Boeing couldn't match AT THE PARTICULAR TIME. SQ has now received an Airbus which (drum roll.....ta dum) actually does everything SQ paid for. But it would like 'more' and the much delayed 777-200LR is almost certainly going to provide it, three years after the SQ flights to LAX and ERW non-stop started.
I doubt that the A345 will go the way of their dismal A340 Celestars, ie, to Boeing. They could keep them and use them very effectively on long range flights from Australia to the US if they get TransPac rights, or to develop other 'minor' routes. Or they could sell them as a block to someone who needs five ultra long range jets that can deal with transAntartica routes or far southern routes that are operationally forbidden territory to the 777-200LR and likely to stay that way forever.
I'll bet that the new leadership of Mr Chew at SQ is even thinking about how they might bury the hatchet with Virgin Blue and Pacific Blue and offer them the A345s for Pacific Blue flights like Perth-London, Perth-LAX, Adelaide-LAX, Sydney-Chicago, or Auckland-JFK.
Qantas will wet itself again at the thought of what these wicked Singaporeans might do to 'their' market.
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16308 posts, RR: 87 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2214 times:
Re Dubai-Sydney being a B class route. It is in fact an A class route to London or other ports in Europe as a one-stop competitor to flights via Changi or Bangkok and it is causing an A-class pain in the A** for Qantas and Singapore Airlines
Not class. Market. A B market route is one outside the capabilities of the 777-200A, 777-300A, or A330.
A Market - A330, 777-200A, 777-300A
B Market - A340-600, 777-300ER, 777-200ER
C Market - A340-500, 777-200LR
EK is operating their C market plane on routes that a B market plane could fly, while SQ is clearly operating far into the C market space.
TexAussie From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 142 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1818 times:
EK A345 is very nice... albeit no leg room in economy. First and Business very nice. The ICE system is amazing... you can call seat-to-seat for free.
It has wireless internet onboard! How do they do that? The stars on the ceiling are a nice touch. Too bad Emirates service is getting worse. The 345 crews I've been on are terribly unfriendly. The 777 crews are always great. An F/A told me the 345 crews only work that plane and the rest of the cabin crews work across the fleet.
SQ is, well, SQ. No complaints!
I have ridden all of the A & B offerings extensively (OK, not the 773ER yet) and would have to say the EK 345 is THE NICEST airplane I have ridden on to date. Coach is not comfortable, unless you have an empty seat next to you, but the rest of the plane is amazing. SO quiet!
Ekfirstclass From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1676 times:
The 345 crew is not working only on that aircraft. Everybody must fly on all the aircrafts. The priority will be given though for A345 when the rosters are made. I'm a 345 crew but I didn't fly that aircraft for a month now... I'm sad to hear that you found unfriendly crew on your flights... I recommend you to talk to one of the Seniors and point any bad attitude on the spot. If you don't say anything nothing will change.