SIA in particular wanted an airplane that could fly non-stop between Singapore (SIN) and Los Angeles (LAX), year-round, carrying at least 206 passengers. LAX-SIN has a still-air distance of 16,260km (8,790nm) [...].
In its official presentation, Airbus revealed it had increased the gross weight of its A340s by 8,980kg (19,800lb) mainly at the request of the very coveted carrier, Singapore Airlines. Now at 364,670kg (803,960lb) MTOW, the A340-500 and -600 had range for 15,740km (8,500nm) and 13,890km (7,500nm).
A major defeat in the battle against Airbus occurred in May 1998, when key prospect Singapore Airlines placed an order for ten A340-500s and five options. While both the 777-200X and A340-500 were able to match the required performance for non-stop transpacific flights, Airbus had come up with a better pricing for its four-holers.
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