TG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 11 Posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
A Singapore based company Safe2Travel have chartered an NZ 744
to transport Singapore Military Troops from Singapore to Rockhampton.
The schedule involves 25 Charter flights mainly between ROK and SIN carrying the troops and 2
flights AKL – SIN,
2 flights ROK – AKL,
1 flight AKL – ROK and
1 flight SIN – AKL positioning sectors giving a total of 31 sectors.
These flights will be done in 3 waves from
3 – 6 November,
17 – 22 November and
5 – 11 December.
Good opportunity to see the Koru in SIN again and a rare 744 visit there.
Why are Singapore military troops on their way to Austrailia? And, since they are Singapore military, why NZ??? Aren't there a bunch of old SQ 747s lying around? Also, last time I checked, Singapore Airforce had a bunch of C-130 trasports. Why not use those?
ZKNBX From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 464 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2677 times:
What does this suggest about utilisation on NZ 744s... is the Air India lease still on, or is it in limbo? Rumour has it that loadings are now so strong on daily AKL-SFO that the route will change to 744 daily, on a permanant basis.
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1954 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2360 times:
Many charters for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) are done by airlines other than SQ. Eg Royal Brunei to Brunei, EVA Air to Taiwan, and NZ to AKL. Though my friends did go on the SQ 744 to Rockhampton about 3 years back I think. A tender is put out and the company that puts up the best deal is selected by the SAF.
I know the officers get to sit in J and the junior ranks sit in Y, but everyone gets Y food. But who cares about the food though, those lucky officers get to sit in NZ's Business Premier! Good for them!
Quoting ZKNBX (Reply 8): They do these trips every year for annual exercises. Interesting to note, the training area they use here in NZ is larger than their entire country.
That's cos any war that's fought by Singapore will never be fought on Singapore's territory. By the time *they* get to us and our little island, we're dead. Singapore will always make the first move and fight it *there*. Queensland has rainforests and landscapes very similar to *there*, a certain country to the north of Singapore.
With bases in Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, France, USA and Europe, it ensures that if Singapore is ever attacked (presumably by the countries to the north and south of the island, again I am not mentioning names!) SIN troops and equipment can then be deployed from the north (Taiwan, Thailand) South (Australia) to corner those countries.