LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4141 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1013 times:
Don't forget that SQ lost enourmous amount of capacity on the AMS-SIN route once they started the flights to ORD with the B777 last year. Just as with the EWR-AMS-SIN flight the capacity on the AMS-SIN leg is limited. As the holidays have just started here in The Netherlands it's no suprise that some airlines can need some additional capacity (allthough I doubt that the yield is very high).
BTW not only SQ is fully booked. KLM, Garuda, Malaysia seems to be doing pretty well aswell ex AMS
Al From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 993 times:
European flights via the traditional Kangaroo route to anywhere in Europe at this time of year are always heavy, but are heavier than normal this year. You've got the Commonwealth Games starting in England later this month, there is a pent up demand from many people that deferred travel plans after 11/9 (or 9/11 for our Nth American friends!) who are only now prepared to travel and stragglers and travellers who have moved from the World Cup to see other parts of the far east and asia before going home. Just the Commonwealth Games by itself in the "Mother country" will see many thousands of Aussies and Kiwis taking the trip north.
Ex_Sqer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 971 times:
It's not unusual to see extra capacity to Europe in the summer, or to anywhere else during peak periods for that matter. SQ ran an additional 1x weekly SIN-VIE-AMS in Summer 97, if I remember correctly, and in Summer 98 a lot of SIN-FCO services were upgraded from 343 to 744.
LJ was spot on when he talked about the loss of capacity following the start of two-class 3x weekly 772ER services to AMS. All in all that was a probably a positive move for SQ, though, given AMS' notoriously low yields and lack of premium traffic.
9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1858 posts, RR: 10 Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 910 times:
Actually SIA was right in deploying the B777-212/ER to AMS as there is hardly any premium traffic. On my flight to FCO I also noticed most of the passengers in J class were dressed in smart casual attire.
Perhaps due to the arrival of 9V-SVH, SIA can launch the flight due to additional capacity. I won't be suprised if 9V-SVH is seen doing that route.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 730 times:
I dont want to get into the business class fashion discussion......but SQ and other carriers offer reasonable upgrade prices out of AMS, BRU, etc to the Far East and Australia. The supplement is something like Euro 2000.00 return, still a lot of money, but far less than a full fare business class ticket.
Higher-budget vacation travellers frequently take advantage of these offers, thus smart-casual clothing instead of shirts and ties? Who knows, I fly up front often and never dress for the occassion.