Re: Singapore Airlines The A340 vs 777 saga continues

Date:         27 Aug 99 03:08:22 
From:         "BAP" <bapatterson@ibm.net>
Organization: Global Network Services - Remote Access Mail & News Services
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Problem with the A340-500 is that a fuel economy guarantee penalty is
essentially meaningless to the airlines.  The almost sole reason to buy
this airplane is for the range.  If the fuel burn is higher then
promised, the aircraft will be unable to make the promised range.  A
fuel consumption penalty won't really help the airline that has to make
a technical stop while enroute from LAX-SIN.

Same problem with weight.  The heavier the aircraft, the higher the fuel
burn.  Since the airlines will be using this airplane near its range
limits, an increase in MGTOW isn't going to help since range will be
affected.

The bottom line is that if the A340-500 can't make it year-round
non-stop from LAX to BKK, SIN, and KUL, it will be dead on the drawing
board.  If they build it and it doesn't make the range, no one will buy
it (unless they give them away for the same price as a 200 series).