The two routes carried only 100 passengers each and were all business class, priced at over $8,000 there and back. Now those flush round trippers will have to hope for cushy lounges at a layover airport.
In case you're wondering, the new king of non-stops will be Qantas Airways' 8,600-mile Sydney-Dallas jaunt.
But the Singapore switch could still count as progress. The airline is returning the A340-500s to Airbus and says it's part of a youth movement for its fleet, in which it is buying the A380s as well as the relatively lightweight A350 planes - with improved fuel efficiency - even if they can't stay aloft as long as their predecessor could.
NOTE: In an earlier version of this story I really goofed in saying that the Airbus A380 is also called the "Dreamliner." The Dreamliner is, of course, the new long haul plane from Airbus' arch-rival Boeing. We all make mistakes, but this momentary jumbling of jumbo jets was indeed embarrassing. Apologies all around. Corrected at around 6:15 a.m. PDT. The mistake did not change the premise of the story, which remains the same: the new Airbus A380 cannot travel as far on a tank of fuel as can the earlier model A340-500. -- MH.
Photo is from Singapore Airlines
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