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"Airlines with the B777-200LR can fly nonstop London to Sydney in 18 hours and there's very little any airport, be it Changi or Bangkok, can do if an airline decides to bypass," Shukor said.
SIA is already making nonstop flights to the U.S. using Airbus' (ABI.YY) A340-500 aircraft. What worries Singapore's Changi, Asia's sixth busiest airport by arrivals, is the 777-200LR (long range) that rival aircraft maker Boeing Inc. (BA) is developing.
The long-range version of the 777 is fitted with raked wingtips, a wider wingspan and is powered by higher thrust engines, giving additional cruise altitude and range. It has been designed to compete with the A340-500, which has a flight range of 16,700 kilometers.
With a list price of US$209 million to US$232 million, the 777-200LR has an advantage over the slightly cheaper Airbus A340-500 as Boeing claims its plane burns at least 20% less fuel, even as airlines are getting squeezed by high oil prices.