Andrew From Singapore, joined Dec 1999, 369 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2623 times:
With only 1 plane in the fleet, you can't offer a daily A380 service to London as the flight time for the return journey SIN-LHR itself would take approximately 26 hours. And that excludes transit time.
With SIN-SYD it's possible as each sector is only about 7 hours either way. Plenty of time to turn her around within 24 hours.
You can be sure that SQ would want to put the A380 on the SIN-LHR route as soon as they can, to offer passengers on the Kangaroo Route an A380 all the way from Australia to the UK. Way before QF gets their aircraft.
Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1729 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2459 times:
Yes, I thought that they are putting her on the SYD runs as the crews grow accustomed to the plane, but I thought it was a rather long route to start up with. I think when JL received their first B744, they flew her to SEL (GIM) since that was before ICN opened up. I think NH did something similar for the crew to get accustomed to the plane.
One airplane, the ability to fly the aircraft to SYD and back in one 24 hour period, and SQ's desire to keep its first A380 ""in the neighborhood"" during its initial break in period. All new airliners have issues when they are introduced, especially an airplane like the A380 which is larger than anything currently hauling pax and introduces many new systems....thus, SQ can better handle the isses that certainly will arrise in the first months of A380 operations by keeping the airplane in the region and being able to service/study the airplane at its SIN base on a daily basis.
Sydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 2377 posts, RR: 18 Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1684 times:
Quoting StealthZ (Reply 10): That would be the ability to rub Qantas' nose in the fact that they are operating A380 and QF are not.
Not to mention the fact that the Premium Class experience on the SQ A380 will be better than anything currently operating the Kangaroo Route. On an overnight sector from Singapore that gives SQ a nice advantage that alot of higher yielding passengers would want to try out.
Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1729 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1407 times:
Quoting StealthZ (Reply 10): That would be the ability to rub Qantas' nose in the fact that they are operating A380 and QF are not
Well maybe??? But wouldn't ICN or PEK be other possibilities as well? KE confirmed their orders didn't they? And CA and the others are listed as candidates for ordering the A380. And ICN and the others such as PEK or PVG would fit the list of keeping it close to home.