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Old 10th June 2018, 10:58 AM   #1996
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Even if its SEA, there's no need for the A350ULR as the standrad A350 can easily make it non-stop from SIN-SEA
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Old 11th June 2018, 02:50 PM   #1997
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Personally I would like to see a direct to SEA, whether it is on the -900 or the ULR.

I wonder if the IAH is a potential candidate for the ULR, replacing the MAN stopover flight. It would cut the flight time substantially from the current 22-24 hours to perhaps 19. ORD would be my other bet.
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Old 12th June 2018, 09:08 PM   #1998
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The confirmed registration for SQ's 1st A350-900 ULR is 9V-SGE. She is currently performing her 11th Test Flight.



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Old 13th June 2018, 11:57 AM   #1999
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The confirmed registration for SQ's 1st A350-900 ULR is 9V-SGE. She is currently performing her 11th Test Flight.



You can say it is 1st, or it is 5th
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Old 13th June 2018, 12:58 PM   #2000
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Thanks SQKevin for the pics.

No special livery for the ULRs.... I supppose the only way to tell it apart from the other 359s is the window arrangements
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Old 13th June 2018, 05:11 PM   #2001
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Personally I would like to see a direct to SEA, whether it is on the -900 or the ULR.

I wonder if the IAH is a potential candidate for the ULR, replacing the MAN stopover flight. It would cut the flight time substantially from the current 22-24 hours to perhaps 19. ORD would be my other bet.
I had the exact same thought about IAH, which would allow them to make MAN daily without scheduling hassles. Their MAN-IAH traffic isn't too woeful to necessitate it, but removing Y as an option could cut some of the SIN-IAH traffic I wonder?
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Old 13th June 2018, 10:11 PM   #2002
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You can say it is 1st, or it is 5th
1st A350-900 ULR in production and 5th to be delivered.
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Old 13th June 2018, 10:17 PM   #2003
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Thanks SQKevin for the pics.

No special livery for the ULRs.... I supppose the only way to tell it apart from the other 359s is the window arrangements
You are welcome, 9V-JKL.

9V-SGE will be the 5th ULR to be delivered, while 9V-SGA will be the 1st ULR delivery. 9V-SGA is still unpainted, so we may still see a special livery. But, then again, we didn't have a special livery or sticker for the 1st B787-10. So let's wait and see.
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Old 13th June 2018, 11:23 PM   #2004
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Thanks SQKevin for the pics.

No special livery for the ULRs.... I supppose the only way to tell it apart from the other 359s is the window arrangements
The ULRs also have new Sharklets that are less swept backwards compared to the original ones.
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Old 14th June 2018, 03:59 AM   #2005
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I had the exact same thought about IAH, which would allow them to make MAN daily without scheduling hassles. Their MAN-IAH traffic isn't too woeful to necessitate it, but removing Y as an option could cut some of the SIN-IAH traffic I wonder?
On the face of it, IAH going non-stop is highly unlikely. SIN-IAHvv traffic is very low, roughly 50-70 per flight. Unless the overwhelming volume/value of SIN-IAH traffic routes via other airlines, this is obviously too low. It is the SIN-MAN and MAN-IAH traffic that makes SQ51/52 work, albeit the present difficulty is how to add capacity to MAN-SIN when SIN/MAN-IAH traffic doesn't warrant the increase.
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Old 14th June 2018, 05:40 AM   #2006
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On the face of it, IAH going non-stop is highly unlikely. SIN-IAHvv traffic is very low, roughly 50-70 per flight. Unless the overwhelming volume/value of SIN-IAH traffic routes via other airlines, this is obviously too low. It is the SIN-MAN and MAN-IAH traffic that makes SQ51/52 work, albeit the present difficulty is how to add capacity to MAN-SIN when SIN/MAN-IAH traffic doesn't warrant the increase.
Agreed. Interestingly, though small, IAH has more traffic to SIN than ORD, SEA, etc. It's the fourth largest US market from SIN behind NYC, SFO & LAX. However, I understand SQ is targeting the oil industry in Aberdeen by connecting IAH and MAN (hence the codeshare with FlyBe). I can't see them operate a nonstop SIN-IAH alongside the existing SIN-MAN-IAH service. With oil prices rebounding, I'm not sure they'd be willing to quit the MAN-IAH market now, particularly given their current monopoly on the route.
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Old 14th June 2018, 12:28 PM   #2007
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The ULRs also have new Sharklets that are less swept backwards compared to the original ones.
Indeed the're different but they're not very obvious unless one looks really hard.
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It is the SIN-MAN and MAN-IAH traffic that makes SQ51/52 work, albeit the present difficulty is how to add capacity to MAN-SIN when SIN/MAN-IAH traffic doesn't warrant the increase.
If traffic rights allow, another SIN-MAN-North America route, maybe 3x/4x weekly to start.
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Old 14th June 2018, 07:39 PM   #2009
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If traffic rights allow, another SIN-MAN-North America route, maybe 3x/4x weekly to start.
Manchester is a convenient stop off point between Singapore and any one of a number of major cities on the eastern seaboard and Midwest including New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and Toronto. I don't think it is impossible, but who knows what SQ think.
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Old 16th June 2018, 04:20 AM   #2010
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Just read that the A350ULR comes with its forward cargo hold deactivated. With belly cargo considered an important component in improving the yield of a flight, this sure sounds like a downer.
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