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White B777 In SIN Last Week?  
User currently offlineJohnClipper From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2005, 837 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

I was in SIN last week and noticed an all white B777 by the SQ maintenance area. It looked like it had blue engine nacelles (so it wasn't an SQ bird). Anyone know which it was? Does UA send their B777s to SIN for repainting?

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User currently onlineQF744ER From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

Probably N208UA...was destined for BI, but that seems to of fallen through, ex UA and RG.

It's been there for some time now.

Very sad to see a B772ER parked up for so long.


User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2073 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

My sources tell me she's a rust bucket.

User currently offlineSQA350 From Thailand, joined Apr 2007, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2557 times:

I saw an unidentified 777 too yesterday at SIN, not sure if it's the same one. The engines nacelles were covered with clothes and most of the tail fin was covered with some foil or something. Looked a bit like the bird was in the process of being repainted. Under the foil I thought to have seen some blue colour (not SQ blue).


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2477 times:



Quoting QF744ER (Reply 1):
Very sad to see a B772ER parked up for so long.

I thought this was a B-777A.


User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

This one? Thats N208UA.

http://www.tungsten.per.sg/images/planes/n208ua.jpg



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User currently offlineFlyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

This is definitely an -ER and I beleive it was destined for Brunei. Shame there is little hope of it ever landing in BWN.
Does anyone know the whole story of what happened?


User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2073 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

The official version is RBA and the bank who financed the 4 B777's could not agree on who was to pay for returning the aircraft to an airworthy state. There have been allegations about the role of the aircraft broker (a company owned by an ex RBA pilot) and what he knew and/or didn't know about the condition of the aircraft and what that company disclosed to RBA. At one point only the two ER aircraft were to be delivered, then the whole deal was shelved.

It has been suggested that one of the B777's required so much work and was so poorly maintained in storage that it may never return to service.

Add one (or three) to the rumour mill: RBA is continuing its death spiral and may soon suspend DPS, PVG, SYD.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4751 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1992 times:



Quoting ETA Unknown (Reply 7):
Add one (or three) to the rumour mill: RBA is continuing its death spiral and may soon suspend DPS, PVG, SYD.

It is a sad day for a country to lose their flag carrier / national airline. The "death spiral" which you are referring to has been long overdue for RBA who has never seen a single day of profit since their formation in 1976. The Sultan is desperately trying to convert Brunei's economy to be less reliant on oil (which will eventually run out) into an economy that is more market driven. It has so far seen limited success because it is not easy when you have a population that is so used to the tax-exempt lifestyle and their higher than normal GDP for that region. The Brunei Dollar is inter-changeable with the Singapore Dollar so these 2 currencies can be used together in each other's countries. It is pretty evident that it would be hard for the local dwellers to break the habit when they are enjoying such a lavish gold laden life or simply lazing away in their water villages.

Maybe they should take a page out of UAE's transformation and learn a thing or two. Who knows RBA can be the next Emirates (which seems to exists purely because Dubai does)?



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User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2073 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

Unfortunately, RBA is the de-facto dumping ground for locals who weren't lucky enough to get a job with Shell or the Brunei Civil Service. Although RBA has never made a profit, their accounting procedures are rather unique, for example writing off the cost of an asset (read: B767) over 6 years instead of 15 years, so it's possible the huge losses incurred aren't that bad if standard accounting practices had been used.

I've also heard the Brunei Dept. of Civil Aviation has recently restricted RBA's maintenance capabilities, but can't confirm that.

The fact DPS has survived as long as it has with no FRA or KIX feed is remarkable.
PVG... RBA didn't learn from their BJS mistake, but kudos for trying again with better suited aircraft, just not frequency.
SYD... where to begin? Half the flight don't connect with LHR, so filling flights with cheap SGN tickets.

Plus no senior management in place at many outstations, but I'm not going to dwell further on that one...


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