Re: Virgin Atlantic becomes first A340-600 customer; Air

Date:         09 Aug 97 02:28:29 
From:         Celestar 9V-SJH <bunnylee@pacific.net.sg>
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At 05:41 AM 8/8/97, you wrote:
>>based on 206 seats and year-round non-stop operation
>>between Singapore and Los Angeles.  That's nearly 80 seats less than
>>the current B777 that SIA is operating.

206 seats on a B777-200??? Wow..... that's really spacious!!!!!!

>>SIA does not have any B747-100/200s for replacement by the A340-600. And
>>they are already operating 37 B747-400s, with almost 8 more on firm order
>>and 10 on options (the largest fleet of 747-400 in the world). I doubt
>>they'll acquire the A340-600 for expansion too. Their order for 61 B777s
>>should be sufficient.
>Some of the -400 are almost ten years old.  Supposedly, in another
>two to three years, the first batch of the -400 should be replaced.
>The B777-300/-300X, as well as the A340-600, can be potential
>candidates.

Yes, I think you've got a point there. Singapore Airlines still has 9 more
B747-312s (3 on lease to other airlines), which can be replaced by the
A340-600.

SIA exercised 2 of its B777 options to B777-300s. Anyone knows which
aircraft they'll be replacing? Could just be a fleet expansion.