Is it just me or does SQ try to send old planes to developing countries?

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RaptorNation158

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Is it just me or does SQ try to send old planes to developing countries?

I've noticed whenever I fly to India (Mumbai, Hyderabad) SQ mostly (75% of the time) use their ageing planes for those red-eye flights. Is it because the travellers don't expect much so that they could send those planes to other places? Food and everything is fine as normal I am just talking about the plane. The IFE wasn't as modern as those I find on MEL-SIN flights, and the planes overall were in bad shape. Any insight on this would be appreciated, and if you have experienced this please let me know. I don't know if EK also do it but I think they might.

Serg

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Member since 12 Apr 2013

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Why it surprises you? I think it is common practice.

RaptorNation158

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It doesn't surprise me but I wanted to hear the opinions of what others think as well.

Serg

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Member since 12 Apr 2013

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I think it is common practice :-)

Why they will send tired metal to premium market?

henrus

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Member since 23 Oct 2013

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Yes EK and SQ do it

EK will send A330, A340 and B772 aircraft that have not had a recent referb and SQ is the same

I think SQ even sent some of their old 777-200's to Scoot with out even changing the seat config so the IFE was left in the seats but scoot did not use it

Typically flights to MEL, SYD, LAX, LHR are longer and a better plane would create a better flying expirence

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

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I didn't know Brisbane was a developing country! :P

Serg

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Member since 12 Apr 2013

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Chris, inside Australia one should replace "developed" to "business", so MEL-SYD route should attract most new fleet :-)))

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

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Yes, "developing" is a bit optimistic for Brisbane.

Amjid

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I know that SQ & CX used to when they used to fly to Pakistan. EK does the same on some routes (re: PEW & SKT), however recently they got a brand new B777 and flew it to LHE. 

abudhabi1

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Member since 15 Jan 2013

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Vietnam was the biggest shock to me the first time I went there.Flew up the day before out of Adelaide to Singapore on a fresh A330 WITH ALL THE ENTERTAINMENT and comforts only to get this really old 777 onto Ho Chi Minh City that didn't even Audio Video on Demand and it was the same on the return out of Hanoi.(These 772's were the ones that replaced the A340 AT SIA)so many of them would have been at least 10 years old.If I had known any better I would have flown Thai Via Bangkok both ways with a Virgin Blue domestic connection(This was in 2009)Adelaide to Melbourne return.

seanpodge

Member since 05 Jun 2012

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They regularly use the old 772s for the overnight flight from SIN to PEK and PVG as well. They really are a step down from their newer planes. If it wasn't for the ease of connections with those flights, I'd avoid them like the plague.

yanos09

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SQ use their older, un-refurbished 772's on the Athens route. Still uses business class product from over 10 years ago. They use the refurbished 772's on Istanbul which is a completely different experience.

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