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Re: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR

Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:33 am

RJMAZ wrote:
jagraham wrote:
If the A359 has such margins, why did SQ take out 50+ seats?
There are no more seats on the A359 than on the 789 United is using ... 50-900.php

The A359 doesnt really seat more people. The cabin is the same length, the economy seats will simply be half an inch wider on the A350. The extra weight over the 789 mostly goes to the extra 500nm range advantage.

UA will still be removing freight and blocking a row or two in winter on the SFO-SIN route. On the LAX route it was a regular occurance with the 789 and often multiple rows of seats blocked in winter. Thats a huge hit in profit.

Singapore airlines with their A359 even on the worst winters day will not have to block rows, even on the LAX route. They can fit all passenger baggage and simply add or reduce any extra freight depending on weather. As they will be using the same aircraft to do LAX and SFO they have the cabin set up to do the longer route. SFO route could more extra freight than the LAX route.

We have to be mindful that when we talk about the LAX route - SQ is not going to use a standard config A359 on the LAX route. Unless SQ or even UA starts using a standard config A359 on the LAX route, how it will cope in the winter versus the 789 is all theory for now. Separately, for PER-LHR, QF ran a simulation model for 2 years prior to launching the route on the 789, and according to them whatever challenges they are facing flying westbound is under control.

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