I was just reading the press release about SQ
ordering the 773ER and noted that they are retiring their 744s..
On certain routes, would SQ
not be better keeping the 744s (eg SYD
etc)... i mean these flights do have good loads, so why drop the size of the plane... surely this will dent their annual profits?
i'm sure QF
could do with a few of the 744s!
have canned the Airbus and Boeing proposals for regional routes!
here is the part of the press release..
"The order reinforces SIA's standing as the biggest customer for the Boeing
777. SIA presently flies fifty-five B777s, and has another four B777s on
firm order. With this latest order, the number of B777s in the SIA fleet
will eventually reach seventy-seven units.
"The B777-300ER, seating about 350 passengers and with a range of 7,000 nm, will be deployed on SIA's long-haul and medium-haul routes. The new order will allow SIA to achieve capacity growth of between 4 and 6 per cent a
year. At the same time, it will maintain SIA's fleet as one of the industry
's youngest, as the B747-400 is progressively retired.
"SIA had also sought proposals from manufacturers for suitable aircraft to
operate on its regional routes. The manufacturers offered the Airbus
A330-200 and the new Boeing 7E7 for evaluation. SIA has decided not to
place any order for the regional aircraft because the proposals submitted
did not meet SIA's financial criteria. The airline will continue to use the
B777-200 to serve the regional routes.