With Airbus trying to sell SQ
the A330-200Lite and the A340-600, and Boeing wanting to sign SQ
up for the 7e7, 777-300ER and 777-200LR, anything can happen, this is a huge contest and both manufactures will do what they have to in order to get the order, including the possibility of Boeing taking SQ
's A345s in trade (we all know its happened before).
But, we could be jumping to conclusions about all of this, maybe SQ
is dropping the Leadership name for the A345 aircraft simply for marketing purposes, ie, the name does not send the right message to passengers. I am just guessing here, but maybe consumers just did not get it? SQ
has a very nice tradition on giving names to its aircraft types, but maybe this one simply did not catch on. (The Celestar A343s did not set the world on fire either!) Maybe someone more familiar with SQ
's operations can help us out.
Regarding the simulator, I had the understanding that SQ
is getting an A346 simulator because there is currently no simulator available for the A345 so this was the next best thing........however, if Boeing can convince SQ
to go with the 777LR, it will gladly reimburse SQ
whatever costs it has incurred in connection with this simulator.