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Following on from Singapore-New York, SIA intends to operate non-stop Singapore-Los Angeles in 2019.
SIA used to ply the latter route non-stop with A340-500s a number of years ago.
Maybe that is why United (who currently flies non-stop Los Angeles-Singapore) announced today it would axe its service from Los Angeles. Instead it would be transferred to San Francisco.
The move takes effect from October. It means that United will have been operating this non-stop Los Angeles-Singapore route for just one year.
United announced the service in June 2017. Service started the following October. It was billed as “the longest non-stop route from the US.”
Many of you will have read our review of this flight
The subsequent piece focusing on the small matter of pyjamas, or lack of them, is causing some interesting debate.
See the comments at the end of the piece….
Can anyone find out the difference in fuel burn per hour between the A340-500 and the A350-900?
Will be interesting to see how much cheaper it is for Singapore Airlines to operate this route now with the A350.
A very quick estimate of the fuel burn for the 340-500 vs. the 350-900 is about 8000kgs/hr for the 340-500 and about 5800kgs/hr for the 350-900. Please be advised those figures are an average for a comparable flight. The fuel burn will be much greater in the first few hours of the flight and much lower in the last few hours of the flight. But the difference is about 2200kgs/hr which is a fairly significant difference in fuel burn.
The difference is about 590 US gallons at a spot price of $2.28 is $1345.20 price difference in favour of the 350. Add in the decreased maintenance costs of 2 engines vs. 4 engines and the savings start to add up. A 16-hour trip would result in $21,523 savings in fuel alone.