Thank you for your point, Airbus Lover. SQ
's smallest aircraft in their fleet is the B772. The A310 is no longer operational in their fleet, and is being transferred to another airlines (correct me if I'm wrong), and about 5 of them, if not less, are being stored in Changi Airport. Certainly, it's Asia, the continent with the highest number of inhabitants than anywhere else in the world!
I certainly have flown so many times with SQ
, being a regular with them (with Star Gold status), I certainly enjoyed flying with them. Larger aircraft are more comfortable than smaller ones. And believe me, the SIN
sector is often empty. This is because they have 8 or so scheduled flights per day!! I was in a flight once when there was only about 3 people per row of the aircraft, meaning that only about one-third of the aircraft are filled. Yet, they still fly with bigger aircraft!!
is currently putting the 7E7 on the shelf, as they may consider the Airbus A350, or the A330Lite they call it, as a direct replacement for the A310, but that doesn't mean that they're not going to buy 7E7s. ANA, as a member of StarAlliance, is the launch customer for the 7E7s. What this could mean, is that because they're in the same alliance, they could be 'influenced' to buy aircrafts other airlines in the alliance uses. So I don't see why SQ won' buy the 7E7s.
The reason they bought more T7s is because if you recall back in 1995, they had a contract of obtaining 77 T7s, and currently, they have 55 in their fleet, meaning they have the flexibility of ordering 22 more T7s, which now includes the 773ER, though the powerplant is a bit of a problem. SQ
uses P&W engines, whereas the 773ER uses the GE90-115B engine. But they are still obtaining them anyway, and we should see the first 773ER in Singapore colours in 2006
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