What is the market for a A350-900LR like aside from SQ's interest.
Is SQ looking to convert or exercise their A350 options, and hence may bear a preference to the -900LR?
Considering how the 777-200LR has sold, I doubt the market would be that large although from Airbus's perspective, it should be pretty easy to do the LR with low costs of development. A freighter version of the lr might sell quite well though.
I feel as if SQ has too many A359s on order (especially when you consider they also have 30 78Js on order) so I wouldn't be surprised if some of those are converted to -1000s or LRs. If they do place a new order it would probably be quite small. In the past they only had 5 A345s which were used to serve LAX and EWR although I don't think those flights were daily.
I am sure this is minor quantity - really few operators who need such an extreme range and again it is going to be extremely un-efficient concerning cost..... How ever the changes would be minor and simple so not a big deal for AB to make.
On the other hand the stretch might be more interesting for the airlines - but again how many could be sold ?
Those "extreme" stretches were in the history proven not too successful: 757-300 767-400 340-500 340-600
I guess an LR version would work by having more First Class / business class / premium economy seats, so less passengers and baggage and less cargo to save weight, replaced by extra fuel tanks ?
SQ does not want an all-premium aircraft. According to Leeham, a 12 tonnes MTOW increase is enough to do the trick, while preserving payload. It should not be expensive, since it appears to be mostly - not only - a paper change. Airbus actually needs to increase MTOW by 5 tonnes over what has already been certified.
I think Airbus is trying to keep the 777X out of SQ's fleet.
EDIT : I should have mentioned that the LR version requires a larger tank (the same Airbus has developped for the -1000) and improved brakes. The main cost should be certification.
Last Edit: Jul 16, 2015 16:33:41 GMT 1 by philidor
Post by stealthmanbob on Jul 16, 2015 15:47:37 GMT 1
I did not mean ALL premium. I meant on a very long flight you would normally expect more passengers (and their employers Flying T&Cs) to choose First / Business / Prem Economy Over economy etc. meaning a diff config of seating, the over all effect being say 40 less passengers and their bags (saving weight).