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SIA Would Not Launch Ultra Long-Haul Flights Today

Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:35 am

Read the following short news today...


SIA Would Not Launch Ultra Long-Haul Flights Today
70 words
12 June 2006
Aviation Daily
Volume 364, Number 50
(c) 2006 McGraw-Hill, Inc.
Given a choice, Singapore Airlines would not launch ultra-long-haul flights today, CEO C. S. Chew told The DAILY. Its Singapore-Los Angeles nonstop service was profitable at the end of 2004, Chew said, but turned negative with the rising fuel costs. SIA operates daily Airbus A340-500 services to Los Angeles and New York with five aircraft.

Does this mean:

1. SQ may cancel its ULR flights and get rid of its 345 and also not considering 772LR, or
2. A345 is not efficient and not able to carry a full load, or
3. Is it just SIN-LAX-SIN not profitable as article seems to indicate?
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RE: SIA Would Not Launch Ultra Long-Haul Flights Today

Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:18 am

I think 772LR would probably profitable on the run. It should be able to carry 300 pax, much more than the A345 and 11 tons of cargo against almost nothing on A345, on top of the fuel burn advantage.

I think 8 abreast 777 would be as comfortable as the current 7 abreast 345.

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RE: SIA Would Not Launch Ultra Long-Haul Flights Today

Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:29 am

The B787-9 would be even more profitable, but we'll have to see about payload/range performance for EWR-SIN. SFO/LAX-SIN should be fine.

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