Aeroclassics recently released SIA and PIA Airbus A300B4s and as with my Western/Air Pacific DC-10s it turns out they are the same airframe. Singapore Airlines was renowned during the 1980s for operating aircraft for only very short periods prior to selling them on.
Its 727s delivered from 1977-1979 were sold from 1980-85, DC-10s delivered in 1979-80 were sold from 1981-83 and 757s delivered in 1984 were sold in 1989. Similarly Singapore purchased 8 A300B4s from 1980-83 (9V-STA-H) and all were sold by 1985.
This was partly due to a standardisation on the A310 for regional routes with 6 series 200s delivered in 1984-85 and 17 series 300s delivered from 1987-95. The A300s enabled upgauging of regional 727 routes but following the airlines head to head competition between the 757 and A310 the A300s were replaced by its smaller sister variant. The A310 saw much longer service than previous types with most aircraft serving for at least a decade.
During the 1970s PIA was one of the premier airlines of Asia and in 1980 it began to receive its first Airbus product when 4 A300B4s were delivered (AP-BAX-Z, BBA). These replaced Boeing 720s on regional routes and were supplemented by AP-BBM an ex-Hapag Lloyd frame in 1983, AP-BBV (ex-Laker) in mid-1984 plus BCJ and BCP in 1986. BCJ had been only delivered to Singapore Airlines as 9V-STG in September 1983 after her first flight in July 1983 as F-WZMV.
Six new A310s arrived from June 1991 but PIA’s A300 fleet was also supplemented by second-hand aircraft in 1993 (AP-BEL & BEY) and several on short leases from 1997. BCJ was written off in 2001 when she ran off the runway at Dubai into sand following the collapse of her right maingear.
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