megatop
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SIA Planning For Growth And Fleet Renewal

Thu Mar 04, 2004 5:14 pm

Here is an article from SIA homepage:
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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has advised both major airframe manufacturers that it is considering placing new orders later this year for a range of aircraft to cater for fleet renewal as well as future growth needs.

SIA will place the orders in line with its strategy of maintaining a modern and young aircraft fleet and with a long-term growth focus which looks beyond the immediate global economic and geo-political situation.

SIA currently operates one of the world’s youngest passenger fleets, with an average age of 5 years 6 months. Its operating fleet currently consists of 84 aircraft, comprising 30 B747-400s, 51 B777s and three A340-500s. In addition, 20 aircraft are on firm order, including 8 B777s, two A340-500s which are due to enter the fleet in the next two months and 10 A380 aircraft, of which SIA will be launch customer in early 2006. SIA also has placed options for 45 further aircraft.

The request for proposal to both airframe manufacturers is intended to cover SIA’s long and medium haul and regional needs over the coming years. The make-up of the global network is changing, with some medium-haul and regional routes requiring larger capacity aircraft while some long-haul markets have thinner traffic volumes.
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What is your meening. Will SIA go for A og B ?

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Motorhussy
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RE: SIA Planning For Growth And Fleet Renewal

Thu Mar 04, 2004 6:28 pm

Sounds like a very bitter 7E7 vs. A332 battle looming.

I think the contingency that's a decider will be the delivery timeframe that SQ requires.

Currently the A332 is the best in its field, but the 7E7 should be able to improve on performance margins in most areas (newer tech. etc not because it's Boeing).

Airbus can deliver sooner and has the advantage of a larger sibling with newly extended range capacity... also has extended family currently and soon to be in the employ of SQ.

So, will it be soon when they need it or will they wait for a marginal improvement on what's currently on offer and miss the interim performance advantage?

And who'll come up with the best deal? And who has the best leverage with other products on order? But mostly, who desperately needs this deal and will drop their pants first to get it?
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AA787
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RE: SIA Planning For Growth And Fleet Renewal

Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:47 pm

I bet Boeing offers SQ a sweet deal on the 7E7 while selling SQ the 772LR and the 773ER. Plus Boeing will trade the 772LR for the A345, like they did with the A343 and the 777. I think SQ will go for the 773ER and hopefully the 7E7 as well.
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ConcordeBoy
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RE: SIA Planning For Growth And Fleet Renewal

Fri Mar 05, 2004 3:28 am

Boeing's made it clear that they're basically going to lube up and bend over if that's what it takes to get the 772LR in SQ's hands. Public releases, et al.

The airline itself has demonstrated interest in the 773ER, and the 7E7 might entice it (time/availability could be a factor with the latter though).
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