Monday, August 17, 2015

Exceeding the Older 777-200 Will Be The A-350-900

Yesterday's Blog was about going long with the 777-200 LR. Today the press came back with a reconfigured Singapore Airline A-350-900 from Singapore to New York for a 9,536 mile jaunt. This would make it about 1,000 miles longer than the Dubai to Panama run featured yesterday with the 777-200-LR. Boeing has not rolled out its 777X-8 yet, so observers can't actually confirm its capability until tested and built for any special long range configuration. 

Airbus or Singapore Air have convinced each other if you build less seats they will come the  15,355 KM. Airbus thinks it's a flying billboard for bragging points. Singapore is taking another shot at the longer range from its former failed attempt of lessons learned with an A-340 long range route, which became not feasible for the Airline. Both are talking up the new A-350-900 attempt, before its on paper scheme is shredded. 

Bloomberg Business “reveal”, is the link above:

Below are the clips and Quotes:

"Airbus Group SE’s airliner unit is working on a new variant of its A350-900 wide-body that would allow Singapore Airlines Ltd. to restore nonstop U.S. flights and regain the record for the world’s longest airline sector.

Airbus, which began deliveries of the twin-engine model last year, is working on changes to the cabin layout that would reduce the aircraft’s weight and let Singapore Airlines reach New York economically by 2018, said Kiran Rao, the planemaker’s executive vice president for strategy and marketing...

“I can’t go into details on the type of layouts they’re looking at but it would be a premium service,” he said. When Singapore Air last flew to the New York area directly it did so with just 100 business-only seats on a four-engine Airbus A340-500, an arrangement that ultimately proved non-viable."

The U.S. manufacturer could offer a development of its 787-9 Dreamliner for extended operations if it wants to compete in that area, according to Richard Aboulafia, an analyst at Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia. “Its market potential is pretty small, but it’s prestigious,” he said...

Boeing’s older 777-200LR -- the longest-range jetliner available today -- could make the distance, according to the U.S. company, and will be used by Emirates to fly the 13,821 km between Dubai and Panama from February. That flight will become the longest single sector currently flown, beating Qantas Airways Ltd.’s Sydney-Dallas Fort Worth route by about 20 km.
The 777-200LR entered service in 2006 and the last delivery to an airline was more than a year ago in April 2014."

This is showmanship for Airbus, and elitism for Singapore, as it becomes a talking point for capability and not having a great business sense for the long haul and its profit margins, despite the claims by both maker and customer. It has become another lost leader for the enticement within the market place.