There were 5 VA ATR’s lined up at NSN when I passed by last week, not sure if there are anymore hidden. Pretty crazy really, you would think you were talking about SA or TG or some other poorly run airline with near new aircraft parked like that.
SQ will begin A359 operations on SQ297 SIN-CHC tonight, using a long haul configured A359 (J42W24Y187), departing SIN at 1915 hours and arriving into CHC tomorrow at 1005 hours. Note there’s a slight schedule timing change from the SQ297/298 pair operated by the 77E’s.
And at the moment, 9V-SMF is rostered to operate the inaugural flights. SMF is the 10000th Airbus aircraft delivered to an airline customer, and have a special sticker on the rear fuselage to depict its “special status”. So CHC spotters, this would be your chance to head out to CHC tomorrow to capture this historic moment.
As an aside, 9V-SVB operated the final SQ297/298 flight on 5th / 6th Jan, with the final SQ298 flight leaving today.
And good to see the SQ/NZ alliance means NZ running the additional services next year.
9V-SVB was back today running the SQ295/296 service.
SQ are obviously quite successful in CHC, only CZ and CX go there non stop from Asia, it would be good to see some other carriers from Asia there. I’m surprised KE never returned, maybe MU from PVG.