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Old 2nd July 2008, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default SIA to introduce new routes that use more direct flight paths

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...357622/1/.html With high fuel prices here to stay, airlines around the world are seeking new ways to ease the pressure on their margins. Stephen Forshaw, Vice President, Singapore Airlines, said: "Frankly, we are a little surprised that the market has borne as much as they've been able to. But I think we do acknowledge there is a point at which this will start impacting on customer demand." So instead of simply passing down the higher fuel costs to its customers, SIA is looking at other ways to reduce its operating expenses. It is now working on improving its air traffic management by increasing the use of more direct point-to-point routes. A study already shows that by using more direct flight paths to its destinations in India, SIA can reduce travel time by up to half an hour. This alone will save the carrier at least 24.5 tonnes of jet fuel per annum. In a bid to further reduce fuel consumption, SIA is introducing new measures to reduce the load on its flights. For example, it plans to cut the amount of water it carries on each of its flights by a third. Mr Forshaw added: "Every effort is going into making sure that the aircraft are configured right and that we are not carrying more fuel than we need. The 787s coming in a few years and the A350 coming early next decade, are the type of technology changes that we are going to try and get into the fleet as quickly as we can in order to bring our fuel consumption down." SIA is keen to have more fuel-efficient aircraft in its fleet. It is currently the only airline in the world flying the Airbus A380, which is touted to be the world's most fuel efficient plane.
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Stephen Forshaw, Vice President, Singapore Airlines, said: "The 787s coming in a few years and the A350 coming early next decade, are the type of technology changes that we are going to try and get into the fleet as quickly as we can in order to bring our fuel consumption down." SIA is keen to have more fuel-efficient aircraft in its fleet.
SQ could have had 787s about three years earlier had they ordered them about one year earlier than they did. This might be SQ's costliest mistake of the decade.
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