From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Organization: Concentric Internet Services Date: 22 Jun 96 18:30:37 References: 1
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In article <airliners.1996.943@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Bong <email@example.com> wrote: >I just finnished reading airbus' press release. In one of their article, >AI wrote that SIA(singapore airlines) will use its A340's in SIA's >singapore-paris route. i remember that SIA cancelled its MD-11 orders >becuase SIA wanted an aircarft to carry a 60000 lbs. in this route, but >during actual test flight showed that a MD-11 can only carry 40000 lbs. SIA did not "order" the MD-11; SIA signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to buy up to 20 MD-11s in 1990, I think. When McD and P&W could not guarantee year-round, non-stop operation between S'pore and Paris without payload penalty by assuming 5% (?) engine degradation, SIA chose the high gross weight A340-300X (now designated as the A340-300E) in 1991. >Now, A340-300 has a range of 7300 nm, and paris-sing. is roughly 6600 nm. >I think It would not be possible for the A340 to fly non-stop because of >the strong headwinds. Can someone tell me if I am wrong? > The A340-300E is originally certified at 271 tons of gross weight. According to an earlier report in AvLeak, SIA claimed the aircraft only had a range of around 6600 nm in SIA's configuration. Airbus was supposed to have the aircraft recertified at 275 tons either last month or this month (by adding a tank?). I believe SIA will start flying the A340 on the S'pore-Paris run in October. Let's see how it will perform.