From what I have read, It is EK
that will be the Launch Customer, but SQ
will be the one to operate the first Revenue-scheduled flight.
I have also heard rumours that the first 4 or 5 production aircraft (given the out-of-whack sequence, which I'm not totally sure of), will go to Etihad Airways, since these a/c are heavier than the will-be production a/c. Etihad paid less (and didn't care about the weight) than other airlines for these first 4 or 5 a/c because of the weight problem, and EK
as well as SQ
, is rumoured to receive the lighter production a/c, as opposed to the first couple of a/cs. This is why the delivery date for EK
is moved from 1st Q 2006 to late 2nd or early 3rd Q 2006.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but that was what I heard.