They did. Perhaps I should have been a bit more clear and said "An additional Launch Customer"... I believe AC will also be a Launch Customer for the type. Hey, seeing how conservative SIA has been, perhaps they'll wait awhile before committing.
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PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3583 times:
The 777F while a very good freighter, really doesn't fit into SQ Cargo route structure. The 747AF is really what they need. The increased lift and lower operating costs would make it a great addition. The key is it would also keep the infrastructure changes to a minimum.
NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10064 posts, RR: 11 Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3419 times:
First I must say its odd you chose the least impressive of the 3 possibilities evaluated by SIA for the title of this discussion.
Anyway, besides that I wouldn´t bet on any type alone. 747 Advanced looks most likely to me as it fits best and seems to have the optimum size for large scale freight operators. The recent rise in orders for the 744F shows that again. The 777ERF, which has had a rather slow program start so far with dissappointingly few sales in the first 6 months, I can only see as a minor sub-fleet. The 777ERF surely will never feature as the standard freighter of SIA, but maybe they want a few for more exotic destinations as there could to be a chance for some growth. In general SIA seems to do very fine with the 744Fs alone (that is strengthened by the fact that they just announced to convert three older pax 744s). The A380F is a different issue. So far it doesn´t seem to be a much liked choice of operators who use and need the unique capabilities of 747Fs now.
Zvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 65 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3368 times:
The B747AdvF seems nearly certain to be ordered by SQ. The B777F is a possibility, but I would bet against it. The A380F seems most unlikely as it has no advantages for SQ (or any other cargo carrier which cares more about weight than volume) over the B747AdvF.
PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2862 times:
Quoting N1120A (Reply 16): The 772LRF is a more capable freighter from an uplift standpoint than either the A380F or the 744F
I think you're mistaken. The current 744F has a max payload of just under 124 Tonnes while the 777LRF has a max payload of just under 104 Tonnes. The 747AF is obviously an improvement above the current 744F.
So, I don't know how you can make a statement about the 777LRF.
One thing I did fail to mention about the current evaluation is the A380F is DOA due to it's payload restrictions and limited payload when compared to lift v. ZFW.