LondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1344 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6333 times:
I don't know if anyone has yet picked up on this ...
But from March 29, SQ is using its A380s to operate the morning, rather than the afternoon, flights out of Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore. In the A380's place, SQ will be using smaller B777s. It looks as though SQ is now targetting more the Asian, rather than the European, market out of these two Australian cities:
RobMEL From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 78 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5513 times:
Yeah, I noticed this the other day too. Mind you, I was checking out how much the flights I had purchased in December for June had gone up by, and saw I'd been "downgraded" to a 773 from an A380 on my outbound flight. I still have my inbound SIN-MEL scheduled as an A380, so hopefully they don't play with that flight either!
DocPepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1955 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5481 times:
Simple explanation. With the introduction of the A380 to ZRH, they can't have A380s spending more than 24 hours away from SIN in MEL and SYD. Currently, the A380s get to SYD/MEL in the morning, spend 10 hours on the ground,then come back to SIN at around 10pm. The cycle time is 26 hours - which means they won't have enough A380s to put on the ZRH run.
From end March, the A380 cycle time to SYD/MEL reduces to about 18 hours.
ABpositive From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5313 times:
The most magnificent sight this morning in MEL - walked out of the house to walk the dog, looked up in the sky and saw the majestic SQ A380 on its base heading straight for me. Than just above me it lowered the gear and turned to final. So quiet and graceful. Perfect way to start the day...
IndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2636 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5294 times:
Certainly is a better miove in terms of utilisation, not so for their best performing service, which is the one it currently is used on (5pm depating MEL). That has always been the flagship service out of theirr MEL flights.
Not sure how successful the move will be in either MEL or SYD
IndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2636 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5204 times:
Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 6): I also noticed in today's Sydney Morning herald that BA was also re gigging the schedule to SYD, according to the article schedule's will alter up until mid year, downgrading from 747 to 777.
Said they were having trouble filling seats !!
BA are really struggling across the board it seems. They are losing huge amounts of money with no end in sight of their issues.
The SYD route has always been a strong one for them, as was MEL when they operated the routes here, but the yields on the route, coupled with the QF-BA profit sharing deal, really have seen them pass most of the work onto QF to fly. With the A380 also flying to London now from SYD and MEL, they may have lost pax also to those services. The A38-0 is the premium option and unfortunately BA has older equipent and product on the route. It therefore becomes a secondary option for higher yielding pax.
The introduction of the A380 onto MEL-SIN-LHR is likely to have generated some of the loses of pax too. Like it or not, the SYD services are filled with pax from MEL and to a lesser extent BNE and other closer destinations. If there are better options from other destinations, those SYD hubbed pax will go direct from another airport.
SYD-LHR and SYD-LAX are definately over serviced routes and you can see the effect that it is having on QF having all this competition. QF-BA are likely to have considered this and will work towards bringing capacity back to required levels to help boost yields and LF on their services to LHR.
6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3292 posts, RR: 21 Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4886 times:
Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 5): Certainly is a better miove in terms of utilisation, not so for their best performing service, which is the one it currently is used on (5pm depating MEL). That has always been the flagship service out of theirr MEL flights.
I think these use to be the flagship services for MEL and SYD as they use to be the main connectors to SQs midnight departures to Europe.
However, as the middle east carriers have added capacity, I think SQ is attracting less of this traffic, and is more focussed on India and China, in which case the morning departures may become the 'flagship' services.
Either way, the move is probably as practical as it is for strategic reasons.