United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1914 times:
Does anybody know what Singapore Airlines plan is for Singapore to Los Angeles. They will be starting to fly the route non-stop with the Airbus A340-500 but when they get there A380 will they still fly non-stop to Los Angeles with there A340-500?
Will SIA fly non-stop everyday and fly to LAX with the A380 a few days out of the week?
Also do they plan to start A340-500 flights to Vancouver also? Could we also see there A380-100 at SFO?
Ejazz From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2002, 717 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1875 times:
A340-500 is planned to operate to LAX non-stop from Nov 3 2003. The next destination on the table is New York possibly followed by San Francisco.
A380 will firstly operate on the SIN-LHR route followed by SIN-HKG-SFO.
Vancouver will definately not see the A340-500.
Singapore is an extremely small country with a small market base. It relys on non Singapore orginating, transit and fifth freedom traffic for the majority of its business so stopovers enroute are sometimes vital. The Vancouver route for example is only sustainable because of the traffic generated by its operation via Seoul and transit traffic from such places as India.
The high yield traffic from LAX to Singapore and vice versa can warrant a low density configured A340-500 with a high proportion of the seats being First or Business. Its these high yield passengers who are asking for non-stop services.
The LAX flights via Tokyo or Taipei do well because of these stopovers. These stops are vital in maintaining the load factors. If an A380 were to operate one it would probably be via Taipei.
So the A380 and A340-500 can operate side by side on some routes. The first route to see both, if at all, I'd guess would be San Francisco and not LAX.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1647 times:
Could QF send a very-limited-seating A345 nonstop SYD-LHR? Would people pay for that? Heh maybe all J class.
Sure they could, but doing so would dilute the yield on most of their other flights so much as to negate their useage. If someone has the ability to pay $12,000+ for a 1stop, they probably wouldnt blink at $14,000 or so for a nonstop. If all/most F and J pax chose the nonstop, what incentive do the airlines have to continue their 1stops for steerage pax?