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Old October 15th, 2004, 10:15 AM   #461
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Budget-airline effect

Watch costs or watch clients fly, Dr Balakrishnan warns private healthcare sector

Friday • October 15, 2004

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FULL-service airlines such as Singapore Airlines aren't the only ones that should be watching their backs with the emergence of budget airlines in Singapore and the region.

Yesterday, a group of medical professionals in the private sector were warned of the spill-over effects of cheaper air travel.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (picture), Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, called on the private healthcare sector here to stay competitive in its pricing.

Speaking at the opening of Pacific Healthcare Holding's new Specialist and Wellness Centre, he said: "Patients these days are very mobile. A low-cost air ticket to go elsewhere for treatment is, I'm sure, much less than what it would cost to consult you. Don't kill the golden goose."

The former CEO of Singapore General Hospital also dismissed the argument that it would be difficult to keep prices down in Singapore.

"There is a school of thought that one cannot be competitive in Singapore because everything is expensive and there's a need to charge more to pay oneself. Frankly, that is an argument that will cut no ice with a mobile patient," he said.

To battle regional competition and strengthen Singapore as a regional medical hub, the private and public healthcare sectors should work together instead of competing with each other, he said.

He urged the healthcare industry to benchmark its services against those provided in the region, in cities such as Bangkok and Malaysia, as well as in cities such as London and New York. "It's not just about ambience or quality of service, but cost and the ability to deliver these services," said Dr Balakrishnan, who later toured the 10,000 sq-ft centre located on the penthouse floor of Paragon's office block in Orchard Road.

The centre, which was renovated at a cost of $2 million, will complement Pacific Healthcare Holdings' multi-disciplinary specialist centre at the Paragon.

Apart from cosmetic-surgery and gynaecology services, the centre boasts Singapore's first maternity spa. There, women can enjoy luxuries such as pre- and post-natal massages and hydrobaths. There are even massage treatments for newborn babies.

"We hope that our spa will make pregnancy more enjoyable and help entice the stork to visit more frequently," said Dr William Chong, the group's executive chairman.

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Got 4 times more expensive mair?? Sg-KL is S$304 while Sg-bangkok is roughly S$150 by tiger.......or are you comparing the S$1 dollar tickets??
Oh...I am assuming a Sg-Bkk flight costs about S$70? I cant even remember where I got that impression from!
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Oh...I am assuming a Sg-Bkk flight costs about S$70? I cant even remember where I got that impression from!
Haha....if only it is that cheap.........Anyway, I seen Japan Airlines offering the Sg-KL flight at S$129(without tax)......maybe it's an indication on how low price can go??
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Haha....if only it is that cheap.........Anyway, I seen Japan Airlines offering the Sg-KL flight at S$129(without tax)......maybe it's an indication on how low price can go??
Hmm....you are refering to a previous price?
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Hmm....you are refering to a previous price?
Hmm...not really.....it's a price that I saw on Zuji.com recently........

It's one of the lowest price to KL I've seen.........
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Business Times - 18 Oct 2004

Budget airlines hold their breath as fuel costs soar

Larger carriers may be better protected by hedging

(HONG KONG) High oil prices are putting the squeeze on airlines worldwide, and passengers are seeing fuel surcharges tacked onto tickets as executives keep a nervous eye on the bottom line.

But low-cost budget air carriers taking off around Asia see little choice but to press ahead. They're pushing on with expansion plans and insist they can still beat their bigger, established rivals on price.

'Our fuel bill is small because we're small,' said Sim Kay Wee, chief executive of Singapore-based Valuair, which has two Airbus A320s and flies daily to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Jakarta. 'It's not as bad as if you're a big oil drinker, but we're riding the roller coaster, so to speak.'

Even though Valuair's fuel bills are rising, it plans to double its fleet with two new jets, offering more services to Hong Kong and new ones to the western Australian city of Perth and Guangzhou, China.

Oil prices stirred worries about the global economy by pushing through US$50 per barrel on the New York futures market last month, then continually creeping higher into the mid-US$50 range. Analysts can only guess when prices will finally peak in what has been a one-way market for weeks.

Expensive oil is a particularly sharp blow for airlines, which count fuel bills among their highest operating costs along with staff.

If oil damages the broader economy, it could cut into demand for air travel, though that has not yet been a problem in the Asia-Pacific region.

In fact, rising demand is helping carriers offset bigger fuel bills by increasing their revenue, said regional aviation consultant Peter Harbison.

Airlines have been hiking fares for months, trying to achieve a delicate balance between containing their higher costs without scaring off their travellers. Even some low-cost carriers - who depend heavily on marketing that portrays them as more affordable alternatives - have had to push up ticket prices.

Valuair recently had to raise its fuel surcharge on tickets to S$8 per flight sector, but Mr Sim says he can still keep his tickets about 20-30 per cent cheaper than bigger carriers like Singapore Airlines.

Perhaps the best-known regional budget carrier, AirAsia, has not added on any fuel surcharges and it's moving forward with plans to sell shares on the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange as early as next month.

Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia executives were unavailable to discuss any fuel worries due to restrictions on public comments ahead of the stock listing.

But with cash from the share sale, AirAsia hopes to expand its fleet by four-fold and mount a bigger challenge to established Asian carriers across the region.

The company launched services in 2002, modelled after no-frills US carrier Southwest Airlines, which has successfully weathered the ups and downs of the business for decades.

Mr Harbison said the impact of high fuel prices is being felt across the industry, though some larger carriers might be better protected after hedging their fuel costs in the futures market.

Others who did not hedge are feeling more pain, said Mr Harbison, managing director at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation in Sydney, Australia.

'Once fuel prices went north of US$40, very few carriers were ready to hedge at that stage,' Mr Harbison said. 'They thought, 'we have to bear some pain for a while and ride this out'.'

Airlines can hedge their fuel costs by agreeing to buy in the future at a specified price. If the actual market value of jet fuel rises, they save money on their purchases, but if it falls, the money they lose on the futures trade is covered by their lower cost for actual fuel.

Mr Harbison said Asian airlines are being cushioned to some degree from the rising fuel costs by an increase in traffic that is pushing revenues higher.

'While there's a lot of fuel cost pain out there, the bottom line is in most cases black because of the growth on the revenue side,' Mr Harbison said.

In that regard, the low-cost airlines are putting a pinch on the bigger players in that area, by forcing them to discount some seats heavily. - AP

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These budget airlines here seem to have sprouted at possibly one of the worst times in aviation history or something?
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These budget airlines here seem to have sprouted at possibly one of the worst times in aviation history or something?
But in business.....the timing is always "bad"......haha....

I think budget airlines are here to stay......it's just a matter of who's surviving the test.......
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Posted: 20 October 2004 2044 hrs

Tiger Airways CEO Patrick Gan said to be leaving carrier

SINGAPORE : Speculation is growing that top management changes are underway at Singapore Airlines' budget carrier, Tiger Airways.

Sources tell Channel NewsAsia that Tiger's CEO, Patrick Gan, is leaving the firm.

He apparently resigned his position some time ago, but was asked to stay on until the carrier launched its first flight in September.

Mr Gan is said to be moving on to handle cargo operations, possibly with SIA Cargo.
It is not known who will take over the CEO post at Tiger Airways.

When contacted, Tiger refused to comment, while Mr Gan himself could not be reached as he's away on business in Vietnam.

And Singapore Airlines declined to comment as well.

Mr Gan was appointed chief executive in February this year.

He has no experience in the aviation industry.

But he has an 18-year track record in top multinational pharmaceutical firms, including Roche and Glaxo Wellcome.

This apparent move comes at a time when new budget carriers are carving out their own market shares in a highly competitive market.

Tiger competes with Singapore's Valuair, Malaysia's AirAsia, and Qantas-led Jetstar Asia, which is due to fly from Singapore next month. -CNA

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SIA Cargo denies market talk that Patrick Gan is joining company: report

Tiger Airways CEO Patrick Gan is not joining SIA Cargo in any capacity after leaving his CEO position at Tiger.

This was confirmed by SIA Cargo, refuting intense market speculation that Mr Gan was moving to the company.

It was reported on Wednesday that Mr Gan was leaving Tiger Airways soon.

Sources said he was moving on to handle cargo operations, possibly with SIA Cargo.

He apparently resigned some time ago, but was asked to stay on until Tiger launched its inaugural flight last month.

It is not known who will replace him.

Mr Gan was scheduled to return to Singapore on Thursday from a business trip to Vietnam.

Tiger Airways has refused to comment.

Mr Gan took over the helm of Tiger in February this year after 18 years in top multi-national pharmaceutical firms. - CNA

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Business Times - 22 Oct 2004

Tiger Airways confirms CEO stepping down

SINGAPORE - The Board of Directors of Tiger Airways has accepted the decision of CEO Patrick Gan to leave his post.

The board said it was informed in Jul04 of Mr Gan's wish to leave his post.

Bill Franke, Chairman of Tiger Airways said: 'Patrick has done a good job in the process leading to the launch of operations last month and Tiger is now on course with its business plan to provide customers with more low fares to new destinations.'

Bill added: 'The Board wishes Patrick well in his future endeavours. An announcement on a replacement CEO will be made shortly.'

Rumours and rumblings about Mr Gan's impending departure started making their rounds after Tiger Airways launched its promotional fares at $1 to Hatyai, Bangkok and Phuket.

The resulting rush by customers caused a Web gridlock which shut down the reservation systems and left the budget carrier facing angry complaints from the public.

Company insiders said a furious Tiger Airways board, led by William Franke confronted the management team led by Mr Gan, about the fiasco.

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Icelandair buys 8.4-percent stake in EasyJet

LONDON (AFP) - Icelandair said it had bought an 8.4 percent stake in British low-cost carrier easyJet, describing the holding as a "long-term trade investment."

In a statement issued to the London Stock Exchange, Icelandair said it might buy further shares in the short term.

"We have a positive opinion of the easyJet business model and we think that the company has a bright future," Icelandair chairman Hannes Smarason said.

"Part of the company's investment policy includes making investments in sectors where the group has specialised knowledge.

"The Icelandair group is financially strong and the company is seeking ways to improve the return on its cash. We have therefore kept our eyes open for the opportunities in airline-related securities," he added.

EasyJet shares had earlier closed up 16 percent at 152 pence on rumours of takeover bid for the no-frills carrier.

The Guardian newspaper reported here Friday that three Icelandic airline companies -- Air Atlanta Icelandic, which owns British budget airline Excel Airways, plus Iceland Express and Icelandair -- were buying shares in easyJet.

EasyJet was founded in 1995 by Cypriot-born businessman Stelios Haji-Ioannou, whose family remains the major shareholder.
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If the airline gets overwelmed by orders for those super cheap tickets, isnt it to be expected in Singapore? Dunt noe why there are folks thinking its a black mark on his reputation or something.
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Rumours not true, says Tiger Air CEO

Patrick Gan 'shocked' by reports that he resigned after a 'fiasco'

Weekend • October 23, 2004

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IT IS surprising how quickly rumours spread when a chief executive officer of a budget airline — backed by powerful shareholders such as Singapore Airlines — is said to be leaving the fort for good.

Not least of all to the man himself, Tiger Airways CEO Patrick Gan.

Looking tired when Today dropped in unannounced at his Changi Airport office on Friday, Mr Gan said he was "shocked" about the "totally false" reports that had been circulating about his — then unconfirmed — resignation and the underlying reasons that might have prompted it.

After refusing since Wednesday to comment on reports, Tiger finally issued a statement on Friday confirming that Mr Gan would be leaving.

The CEO had informed the airline's board of directors of "his wish to leave his post as CEO" and the board had accepted his decision "with regret", the statement read.

Usually tight-lipped and known for giving stock answers to the media, Mr Gan was unexpectedly candid.

Though he had been amply warned that there would be speculation on his impending departure from Tiger Air, nothing had prepared him for the fresh conjectures that appeared in a local broadsheet on Friday.

He had just returned late on Thursday from a three-day trip in Vietnam, where he was exploring the possibility of new routes and opportunities, he said.

"I was shocked by the article. Don't reporters check their facts before going to print?" asked Mr Gan, barely masking his disappointment.

The report had suggested that after Tiger Air's website experienced a "gridlock" due to overwhelming response to the launch of its $1 promotional fares in September, company insiders said a "furious" board had confronted the management team led by Mr Gan "about the fiasco".

But Mr Gan told Today that he got along "very well" with the airline's directors, including board chairman William Franke, who is the managing director of Indigo Partners, an aviation investment company in America.

"Nobody seems to have any issues or problems with what I've done. Everybody was commenting that I'd done such a good job," he said.

"In fact, I had resigned a while back, in July."

To clear things up, he e-mailed the article to Mr Franke and asked if the allegations were true. "He came back saying it's totally inaccurate," said Mr Gan.

However, the CEO conceded he "didn't expect to quit so quickly", having started work just nine months ago amid much fanfare.

A pharmacist by training, Mr Gan had applied for the top job at the behest of his wife, and because he was bored with the pharmaceutical industry — despite having no experience in the aviation industry.

He described being the top man at Tiger the "best job in his life" and found the experience "fulfilling" and "challenging".

Without saying where he was headed next, Mr Gan explained his departure thus: "Tiger opened up a lot of opportunities … good offers."

"It was a very good job, but not my dream. I thought I could go on working a few more years, but something came along that I've been waiting for for a long time …

"It's all about the timing, and I'm not getting any younger."

Did the board try to convince him to stay?

"I made it very clear to them. This opportunity comes but once in a lifetime.

"I thanked them very much for giving me the chance (to set up and run an airline). But in order for me to ask my sons to live their dreams, I've got to be the role model," he said.

Mr Gan — who is 47 — and his wife have a 22-month-old son and are expecting their second in December.

"This dream that I'm going to fulfil is something I want to build and pass on to my children when I'm successful with it," he said, smiling.

And will he ever return to the airline industry? "Let's just say I'm leaving that option open."

Tiger Airways will announce its replacement CEO soon.

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Singapore-based “mid frills” carrier Valuair has appointed World Aviation Systems as general sales agent in Australia and New Zealand in the lead-up to the launch of daily Perth-Singapore flights from December 1.

Perth will be the first Australian destination for the carrier which was launched in May this year and currently flies Airbus A320 twinjets to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Jakarta.

“Valuair will offer a range of “value for money” air fares between Perth and Singapore, and will announce details in the coming week,” World Aviation Systems general manager Melvyn Almeida said.

“Unlike most other low cost operators, Valuair will include light meals, coffee and tea, audio and video entertainment, allocated seating and a free baggage allowance of up to 20 kilograms per person.”

The single-class aircraft will also feature leather seats with a 34-inch seat pitch (compared with 32 inches on other airlines on the route).

Valuair flight VF101 will depart Perth at 11.55pm, arriving in Singapore at 5.30am.

The return service, flight VF102, will leave Singapore at 5.40pm and arrive in Perth at 11.05pm
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October 27, 2004

AirAsia shelves S'pore plans after AOC delayed

Rivals given licences first despite applying much later: airline

By Chua Kong Ho

MALAYSIA'S AirAsia has shelved plans to start a budget airline here, after what it sees as a snub from the Singapore authorities, which granted approval to its rivals even though AirAsia had applied for a licence earlier, in January.

AirAsia, South-east Asia's largest no-frills carrier, recently invested in the Indonesian market, buying over defunct airline PT AWAir for a token US$2 (S$3.32).

"No one in Singapore ever replied to us (about our AOC application), so we take it as Singapore did not want AirAsia," said AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes in an e-mail.

"So we have taken our investment elsewhere."

AOC stands for air operator's certificate.

The Malaysian airline made no mention of any Singapore plans in its initial public offer prospectus, which was launched recently.

AirAsia had applied for an AOC in January and had announced it with great fanfare then, scheduling a press conference at DBS Bank's corporate premises in Shenton Way.

Mr Fernandes had said then that its Singapore carrier would initially use two Boeing 737 aircraft to operate between 18 and 32 daily flights to six regional destinations and described Singapore as a "good market" with "inbound market potential".

Tiger Airways, backed by Singapore Airlines, Temasek Holdings and two foreign partners, received its AOC and started operations last month, even though it had applied for the licence in March, after AirAsia.

Another carrier, Qantas-backed Jetstar Asia, expects its AOC early next month, said chief operating officer Con Korfiatis.

Jetstar Asia, too, handed in its application papers months after AirAsia.

Jetstar's major shareholder Qantas is the largest airline operating in Changi after home carrier SIA.

A Singapore flag carrier can use the country's bank of air rights.

Said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore in a statement yesterday: "CAAS has received several AOC applications, including AirAsia's. We have prioritised the processing of the various AOC applications based on the value-add and benefits the potential carrier can bring to Changi Airport and Singapore."

CAAS was responding to a query by Streats about the status of AirAsia's AOC application.

The airline has been building up its Johor hub and currently operates 63 flights a week from Senai to four domestic destinations and two international destinations.

AirAsia last week launched Malaysia's biggest IPO for this year, aimed at raising RM1.04 billion ($455 million) to fund its regional expansion plans. The company is offering 700.5 million shares, or about 30 per cent of its existing share capital.

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October 28, 2004

Valuair to begin Perth flights from Dec 1

By Chua Kong Ho

VALUAIR will launch a daily service to Perth on Dec 1, its fourth destination after Bangkok, Jakarta and Hong Kong.

The "mid-frills" airline plans to release details of its fares tomorrow, said Valuair spokesman Nilesh Pritam.

Valuair is also expected take delivery of two new Airbus 320 aircraft, which it will use on the Singapore-Perth route.

Streats understands that the airline is still finalising some ground-handling arrangements but has been granted approval to start flights between the two cities.

Valuair chief executive officer Sim Kay Wee said last month that it would likely charge between $400 and $450 for a return ticket, excluding taxes and surcharges.

However, some market watchers expect the actual fare to be higher because a surcharge will be imposed to offset sharply higher fuel prices.

A check of Singapore-Perth fares with ticketing portal Zuji for travel on Dec 1 showed that British Airways, Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines charged $700 for a return fare, inclusive of a $40 fuel surcharge, but excluding taxes.

Being the first low-fare carrier to fly the Singapore-Perth route, Valuair will be pitted against SIA and Qantas, as well as other premium airlines offering stopover flights to Perth.

Valuair also has to contend with being allocated a seemingly awkward flight slot that may not appeal to some travellers.

According to its Sydney-based general sales agent, World Aviation Systems, Valuair flight VF101 will depart Perth at 11.55pm, arriving in Singapore at 5.30am. The return service, flight VF102, will leave Singapore at 5.40pm and arrive in Perth at 11.05pm.

The inaugural Dec 1 flight to Perth will mark the entry of a low-fare carrier on the Singapore-Australia sector. Australia's homegrown budget carriers Virgin Blue and Jetstar have so far limited themselves to domestic routes and do not offer linkages to South-east Asia.

Qantas's Singapore-based Jetstar Asia has said that it can service Perth and Darwin from Singapore but has yet to announce a list of destinations.

Valuair is working with the Singapore Tourism Board on stopover packages for Australian tourists.

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More details about the new perth flight........

Oct 28, 2004
Valuair to fly to Perth daily

THE stranglehold that Singapore Airlines and Qantas have had over the highly lucrative route to Perth will be broken on Dec 1, when low-frills airline Valuair starts daily flights to the Western Australian city.

The carrier, the first of the budget crowd to venture into Australia, will do so at round-trip fares that start at about half of what the big boys charge.

It will cost those who book at least a month in advance S$350 - excluding taxes and other surcharges - for a round trip. Travellers who book at least two weeks beforehand will pay S$420.

The airline said it will reveal special student fares soon.

Currently, SIA and Qantas fly to Perth 28 times a week and charge return fares of about S$650 to S$700.

Valuair received the official nod to fly to the popular destination from the relevant Singapore authorities in September and got the green light from Australia last week.

Bookings for the Perth service, which is being launched at a time Singaporeans tend to flock to the city, start on Sunday.

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Now there is a smarter way from Singapore to Perth & back.
SIN-PER from S$350 (excluding tax and surcharges of approx S$145)
PER-SIN from AUD399 (excluding tax and surcharge of approx AUD115)

Sales start on 31 Oct 2004.

From 1 December 2004, you can fly daily from Singapore to Perth and back on Valuair, Singapore's first smart value airline. On Valuair, you'll enjoy even more leg room compared to economy class seats on other airlines. That's not all. You'll also get to view a selection of in-flight entertainment programmes.

To celebrate our launch, the first 50 passengers to come to the Valuair Singapore ticket office to book on our first two flights to Perth will receive a S$50 Valuair voucher. Terms and conditions apply

Full fare tables will be available at www.valuair.com.sg from 31st Oct onwards.

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Oct 29, 2004

Round trip to Perth for $350

Valuair's daily flights to Perth from Dec 1 will cost about half of SIA and Qantas fares

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent


THE stranglehold that Singapore Airlines and Qantas have had over the highly lucrative route to Perth will be broken on Dec 1 when Valuair starts daily flights to the Western Australian city.

The low-frills carrier, the first of the budget crowd to venture into Australia, will do so at round-trip fares that start at about half of what the big boys charge. It will cost just $350, for a round trip, for those who book at least a month in advance - excluding taxes and other surcharges. Travellers who book at least two weeks beforehand will have to pay $420.

Currently, SIA and Qantas fly to Perth 28 times a week, charging about $650 to $700 return. Valuair said its highest fare will be 25 to 30 per cent less than what they charge. It will also have special student fares.

The airline received the nod to fly to Perth from Singapore last month, and got the green light from Australia last week. Its daily flight will leave Changi Airport at 5.30pm and reach Perth at 11.05pm that day. Flights from Perth will take off at 11.55pm and arrive here at 5.35am the next day.

'It's a good time to arrive in Singapore because passengers can then connect to our other flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong or Jakarta,' Valuair chief executive officer Sim Kay Wee told The Straits Times. 'And this way, we also help to promote Changi Airport as a hub.'

Those taking the carrier will find they have more leg room than on many other full-service airlines, as Valuair will be soon be acquiring two more Airbus A320 aircraft for its Perth service. Said Mr Sim: 'Each aircraft will have 150 seats instead of the usual 162, which means passengers will have a seat pitch of 86cm for a more comfortable ride.' The standard for economy class seats is 81cm.

Unlike its first two aircraft, its latest planes will also have in-flight entertainment systems, so movies can be screened. Mr Sim explained: 'The flights we now do to Bangkok, Jakarta and Hong Kong are less than three hours. But it's about four to five hours to Perth, so it's important to provide entertainment.' Valuair, which started operating in May, also serves food and allocates seats, unlike budget carriers Tiger Airways and AirAsia.

To gear up for its new service, it is working with the Singapore Tourism Board on promotions in Australia from next month, including lucky draws with air tickets and holiday packages here as prizes.

Mr Sim expects the Singapore-Perth route to be highly popular, as 55,000 Singaporeans visited West Australia last year. This is expected to jump to 61,000 this year. They make up about 14 per cent of West Australia's international visitors and are the state's second biggest source of foreign arrivals.

Bookings for the Perth service start on Sunday.

Housewife Zahara Bibi, 47, said: 'I've a sister who lives there, so this will give me a chance to visit her more often.'
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