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Old December 9th, 2010, 04:30 PM   #181
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Budget carrier Tiger Airways carries 464,000 passengers in Nov
Posted: 09 December 2010 1916 hrs

SINGAPORE : Singapore-listed budget carrier Tiger Airways said it carried 464,000 passengers in November, up by 10 percent when compared with the same month last year.

However, the load factor edged down by one percentage point to 86 percent in the same period.

Tiger said, in the 12 months ended November 2010, a total of 5.7 million passengers chose to fly with the carrier.

That was an increase of 34 percent over the 4.2 million passengers in the preceding 12 months.

The average load factor for the 12-month period to November of this year reached 86 percent, an increase of three percentage points on the year.

Going forward, the carrier said it would extend the leases on two Airbus A-320 aircraft for a further 18 months from January of next year.

This will boost Tiger's fleet at the end of the current financial year to 28 aircraft, from the current 26.

Looking ahead, Tiger said it plans to take advantage of numerous near-term expansion opportunities.

CEO Tony Davis says heading into 2011, Tiger plans to grow its existing operations in Singapore and Australia, develop its Partner Airline Programme and establish Thai Tiger Airways. - CNA/ch
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SIA resumes Sydney flights with A380 aircraft.

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Singapore Airlines from 10DEC10 is resuming Airbus A380 service to Australia, with 1 of 2 Daily Singapore – Sydney flight to be operated by A380 once again.

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Singapore – Sydney A380 service resumptions
SQ231/222 eff 10DEC11 (11DEC10 from SYD)
SQ221/212 eff 17DEC11 (18DEC10 from SYD, remains unchanged)
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December 09, 2010, 11:37 PM EST
By Chan Sue Ling


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Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore Airlines Ltd., the world’s second-largest carrier by market value, said the introduction of its 12th Airbus SAS A380 has been delayed after Koito Industries Ltd. failed to deliver business-class seats on time.

The plane had been due for delivery this quarter and “has been delayed as a result of the issues that Koito has faced,” Nicholas Ionides, a spokesman for the carrier, said in an e-mail reply to Bloomberg queries. He said the delay isn’t affecting the airline’s current operations and he expects the plane to arrive before the end of March.

The postponement is the second time Singapore Air has pushed back introduction of an A380 because of late Koito seat deliveries. Rivals All Nippon Airways Co., Continental Airlines Inc. and Thai Airways International Pcl have also suffered delays after Koito in February admitted it falsified test results and made unauthorized design changes to its seats for at least a decade.

“We are working closely with Airbus, Koito and the relevant regulatory authorities and expect the issues to be resolved soon,” Ionides said in the e-mail.

Koito Industries spokesman Hidetsugu Matsudaira had no comment on the Singapore Air statement.

Koito rose 3.5 percent to 150 yen as of 1:31 p.m. in Tokyo trading. Parent Koito Manufacturing Co., part-owned by Toyota Motor Corp., advanced 0.6 percent to 1,275 yen. Singapore Air fell 0.9 percent to S$15.66 in Singapore trading.

Seat Glitch

Singapore Air’s A380, configured to carry 471 passengers, is fitted with 60 business-class seats on the second level of the double-decker aircraft, according to its website. The carrier received its 11th superjumbo in July, six months late because of the seat glitch.

The airline plans to operate its 12th A380 between Singapore and Los Angeles, via Narita, Japan, when it’s delivered, Ionides said today. The aircraft will replace the Boeing Co. 747-400 currently used on the route.

Koito said in April it would stop taking orders for plane seats for as long as three years to focus on maintenance, including checking about 1,000 commercial planes in which its seats are installed. The Yokohama-based seat manufacturer paid 3.6 billion yen ($43 million) in compensation in the year ended in March and expects to pay another 3.3 billion yen this fiscal year.

Thai Airways, Thailand’s largest carrier, said in October it’s seeking as much as $180 million in compensation from the seatmaker.

Koito also makes business-class seats for Singapore Air’s Airbus A340-500s, as well as first-class seats for its Boeing Co. 777-300ERs, according to Ionides.
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Published: 11/12/2010 - Filed under: News »

One of the advantages in booking an economy class ticket on one of SIA’s A380 super jumbos is that you get to sit on the upper deck. But take advantage of this facility while you can.

As regular travellers will testify this is the choicest location for economy passengers. The small upper deck cabin (located behind business class) has a club-like atmosphere and a quieter ambience than in the economy cabin’s main location on the A380’s lower deck. Passengers are accommodated eight-across (2-4-2) upstairs compared with ten-across (3-4-3) downstairs.

As the word has got around the upper cabin has become ever popular. A reader, recently returned from Sydney in economy class, reports that upstairs can be fully booked while choicer seats (with window or aisle locations) remain empty downstairs.

But all good things must come to an end. Although SIA has not announced the news officially, Business Traveller has learnt that the carrier’s 13th and subsequent A380s (scheduled for delivery in May 2011 onwards) will have the upper economy removed in favour of extending business class all the way to the back.

It means that these later A380s (SIA has a total of 25 on order) will accommodate more business passengers to meet demand. But this will be at the expense of those in economy class.

At the time of writing, it seems that SIA’s existing 12 A380s will retain their same configuration.

The reconfigured A380s are likely to appear on prime business routes such as Singapore to London Heathrow, Paris CDG and Zurich as well as the forthcoming Singapore-Tokyo-Los Angeles route (see Online news December 3).

The existing A380s (with the upper deck economy) would be rostered on sectors where business demand is not so high, such as Singapore to Melbourne and Sydney, or regional routes like Singapore to Hong Kong.

The good news is that readers have months or years to sample the upper deck economy class. It will be some considerable time before the new batch of A380s takes over.

In the meantime, passengers travelling from May onwards must check their seat assignments carefully. They must also note that airlines can, and do, make last minute plane changes.
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Foreign airlines rank high among travelers
Foreign airlines significantly outranked domestic airlines in Zagat's annual airline survey, with Singapore Airlines garnering the highest score. Virgin America was the highest-scoring airline that flies within the U.S.

By Josh Noel
Chicago Tribune


Foreign airlines significantly outranked domestic airlines in Zagat's annual airline survey, with Singapore Airlines garnering the highest score. Virgin America was the highest-scoring airline that flies within the U.S.

Zagat, which has surveyed travelers about the state of the airline industry since 1990, asked participants to rank airlines on a 30-point scale regarding comfort, service, food and quality of Web site. Subjects such as timeliness, check-in, luggage policy and in-flight entertainment were also covered.

Continental Airlines was the top-rated "large domestic premium class" airline with a score of 21, followed by American (18), Delta (17), United (16) and AirTran (15). Among "large domestic economy class" airlines, JetBlue scored highest (19), followed by Southwest (15).

The highest score was awarded to Singapore Airlines (28) in "international premium class."

The survey covered 16 domestic and 74 international airlines as well as 30 major domestic airports.

Conducted on zagat.com, more than 8,000 frequent fliers participated.

For full results: www.tinyurl.com/232e7nw.
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By Teo Xuan Wei | Posted: 15 December 2010 1721 hrs

SINGAPORE: An Irishwoman has been charged with endangering a Singapore Airlines flight by trying to open the aircraft door mid-flight.

Diana Mary Scanlon, 28, is accused of committing the offence on November 30 on board SQ 327.

One hour before the flight was due to touch down in Singapore at 7.55am, Ms Scanlon, who works in the hospitality industry, committed the alleged offence. She was understood to be heading to Perth.

The court ordered her to be remanded for two weeks for psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health.

Her case will be mentioned again on December 29.

If convicted, she could be fined up to S$5,000 and/or jailed up to one year.

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AsiaOne | Wed, Dec 15 2010

Customers can expect increased frequencies to destinations like Taipei, Osaka, Male, Athens and Rome.

SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) will increase flights from March 27 to Oct 20 next year on selected routes, in response to growing demand.

Changes to its Northern Summer 2011 schedule, announced by SIA on Wednesday, will see frequencies in the Asian and European sectors boosted, together with the extension of the Airbus A380 service to Los Angeles (LA).
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Starting March 27, the A380 will replace one of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft on the LA service which flies via Tokyo Narita. LA will be the A380 fleet's eighth destination, since the carrier started operating the superjumbo in 2007.

In Asia, four weekly flights will be added to the Singapore-Taipei route, bringing the total number of weekly frequencies to 18. Osaka services will increase to twice-daily from ten times per week, with four more flights.

Flight frequencies to Male in the Maldives will increase from 7 to 10 per week, with the addition of a new service that departs Singapore in the morning and returns from Male in the early afternoon.

Flights between Singapore and Athens, as well as those between Singapore and Rome, will operate three times per week from end-June 2011 to October 2011, up from the current two times.

During the Northern Summer schedule, SIA also plans to fly to its first South American destination with a three-flight-per-week service to Sao Paulo via Barcelona. The effective date of SQ68/67 has not been confirmed, and is still subject to Brazilian regulatory approval, SIA said.
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CHINA CARGO AIRLINES, $65m DEAL

SIA acquires 16% stake
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SINGAPORE Airlines Cargo has signed an agreement to acquire 16 per cent of China Cargo Airlines for 328 million yuan (S$65 million), subject to regulatory and other approvals.

China Cargo Airlines is a Shanghai-based company incorporated in the People's Republic of China, with an initial registered capital of 950 million yuan.

It operates a fleet of 13 aircraft comprising three Airbus A300 freighters, two Boeing 747-400 freighters, three Boeing 777 freighters and five McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighters whose global network global route network extends to 26 destinations outside Shanghai, covering major cargo ports in China, Asia, Europe and the United States.

Following an investment agreement signed in Shanghai on Monday, the parties will seek approvals for China Cargo Airlines to be re-organised into a limited liability Chinese-foreign equity joint venture company with an increase registered capital of 3 billion yuan.

China Eastern Airlines will now hold a 51 per cent stake, China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company will hold a 17 per cent stake and both Concord Pacific Limited and SIA cargo will hold 16 per cent each.

SIA Cargo's President, Mr Tan Kai Ping, said: 'We are excited about the joint venture. It affords SIA Cargo greater participation in the booming cargo transportation sector in China and we look forward to working closely with our new partners.'
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by Jeremiah F. de Guzman

Four local carriers led by Philippine Airlines have opposed the partnership between Southeast Asian Airlines and Tiger Airways, claiming that the Singaporean company now virtually controls the Filipino firm.

PAL, Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air and Air Philippines in a letter asked Transport Undersecretary and Civil Aeronautics Board chairman Glicerio Sicat to stop SEAir and Tiger Airways from selling and promoting the Clark-Singapore flights until the ownership was resolved.

“The oppositor carriers chose to transcend our usual independent and fiercely competitive positions vis-a-vis each other, and instead resorted to a consolidated position because of the unusually serious and consequential issue at hand,” the four airlines said.

SEAir president Avelino Zapanta said the government had already ruled on the same issue two years ago, adding that the four carriers feared its partnership with Tiger Airways would tighten competition.

SEAir flights from Clark to Singapore started on Dec.16.

PAL asked the government to investigate the possibility that the SEAir-Tiger service might not actually be a Philippine carrier operation.

“[This may be] the first salvo of a foreign air carrier operating a Philippine-based international route network in the guise of a Philippine air carrier and making use of Philippine carrier international traffic rights privileges,” the four carrier said.

SEAir earlier announced that it signed an agreement with Tiger Airways market and distribute the local carrier’s flights in the Asia Pacific region through its Web site. SEAir also signed an aircraft lease agreement with Tiger Airways.

The Singaporean airline advanced the delivery of leased Airbus 319s from next year to November this year. It delivered A319 planes on November 23 and 29. Two more A319s are set for delivery next year, earlier than the original schedule of 2016.

PAL and the three airlines noted that Tiger Airways suspended its Singapore-Clark services on December 15, a day before SEAir’s Clark-Singapore flight was launched.

Zapanta, meanwhile, said SEAir’s partnership was purely a leasing and marketing agreement.

“The government did not act on the issue because the same case was raised against us years ago and had been decided in 2008 favoring SEAir,” Zapanta said.
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Singapore Airlines re-opens reservation for new Sao Paulo service with schedule change

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As per 30DEC10 GDS inventory display, Singapore Airlines has re-opened reservation for its planned 3 weekly Singapore – Barcelona – Sao Paulo service, due to launch on 28MAR11.

However, flight schedules has been revised, in particular for Sao Paulo departure has been pushed back by nearly 4 hours.

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SQ068 SIN0040 – 0820BCN0930 – 1555GRU 77W 146
SQ067 GRU0145 – 1735BCN1845 – 1335+1SIN 77W 257
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December 30, 2010, 11:21 PM EST
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Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Goh Choon Phong, who takes over as chief executive officer tomorrow, may shed the last major remains of the carrier’s global expansion strategy as he confronts rising competition in Asia.

Goh, 47, may get offers for the airline’s 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic after the U.K. carrier said this month it had received tie-up inquiries. Outgoing CEO Chew Choon Seng called the investment “underperforming” two years ago and has said the airline would consider a sale.

In Asia, Goh faces low-fare competition on long-haul routes from Jetstar and AirAsia X Sdn., as well as renewed efforts by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Korean Air Lines Co. to lure lucrative business-class travelers. Middle East carriers Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways Ltd. and Etihad Airways have also ordered close to 300 planes since 2007 as they build hubs linking Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

“Goh has a tough job ahead of him,” said K. Ajith, a UOB- Kay Hian Research Pte analyst in Singapore. “The environment is drastically different from five or 10 years ago, when SIA managed to fend off competition by focusing on its branding.”

Virgin, 51 percent owned by billionaire Richard Branson, hired Deutsche Bank AG to explore options as British Airways Plc boosts cooperation with American Airlines across the Atlantic and completes a merger with Madrid-based Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA. Singapore Air bought its stake in a 600 million-pound ($930 million) investment concluded in 2000.

Singapore Air would consider “interesting opportunities” for the stake, Nicholas Ionides, a spokesman, said in an e-mail. Goh, who joined the carrier as a cadet administrative officer in 1990 after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, declined interview requests, he said.

Virgin Offer

Whether Singapore Air will sell the Virgin stake will largely depend on what price is offered since the carrier isn’t short of funds, said Rohan Suppiah, an analyst at Kim Eng Securities Pte in Singapore.

“SIA isn’t in a hurry to sell, but if they get a fair price they will,” he said. “Virgin hasn’t provided any significant synergies over the years.”

Delta Air Lines Inc. and Middle East airlines are among carriers exploring a Virgin tie-up, Sky News reported this month, without saying where it got the information from. Singapore Air’s stake complicates a deal as local ownership rules limit non-European investors to minority stakes.

“Either Singapore Air sells or Branson loses effective control by selling part of his stake,” said Andrew Miller, chief executive officer of CAPA Consulting LLC, which advises airlines.

Very Supportive

Singapore Air is “very supportive of our business strategy including the review by Deutsche Bank,” Greg Dawson, a Virgin spokesman, said without elaborating. Virgin operates 38 twin- aisle planes, according to its website.

Chew, who has spent almost four decades at Singapore Air, sold a leasing arm and spun off a ground-handling unit while CEO to focus on the carrier’s main flying business. He will take over as Singapore Exchange Ltd.’s chairman on Jan. 1.

Chew’s predecessor, Cheong Choong Kong, bought stakes in Virgin and Air New Zealand Ltd. to expand overseas. The value of the Air New Zealand investment was written down in 2001, and the remaining holdings were sold off three years later. Virgin was expected to hold an initial public offering within three to five years of Singapore Air’s investment, Chew said in 2006.

Shares Trailing

Singapore Air, which operates 110 planes, was unchanged at S$15.54 as of 11:04 a.m. in the city-state. The carrier has trailed the 15-stock Bloomberg Asia Pacific Airlines Index this year amid rising competition for premium and low-cost travelers. The shares have climbed 4 percent this year, compared with the index’s 27 percent advance.

Competition is intensifying in the premium market, which accounts for about 40 percent of Singapore Air’s sales. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is working on a HK$1 billion ($128 million) business-class upgrade to lure executive travelers.

Korean Air, which aims to get 50 percent of passenger sales from premium classes by 2019, will receive its first five Airbus SAS A380s next year. The superjumbos will each be fitted with 94 business-class seats, compared with the 60 found in Singapore Air’s A380s. Emirates is building a fleet of 90 A380s.

“Singapore Air needs to think about how to position for the longer-term given the competitive landscape,” said Christopher Wong, who oversees $45 billion of assets, including Singapore Air shares, at Aberdeen Asset Management.

Budget Competition

Singapore Air has responded to budget competition through a 33 percent stake in Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. The low-cost affiliate, which operates from Singapore and Australia, plans to form a budget airline in Bangkok next year with Thai Airways International Pcl.

Tiger, Qantas Airways Ltd.’s Jetstar and AirAsia Bhd. are leading discount carriers’ market share gains in Asia as they add new planes. Budget airlines accounted for about 22 percent of passengers in the first 10 months of the year at Singapore’s Changi airport. That compares with 12 percent in 2008, according to data from operator Changi Airport Group.

Low-fare carriers are also adding intercontinental routes. Jetstar started flights to Melbourne from Singapore this month, touting fares 30 percent cheaper than full-service airlines. It plans to add more long-haul services next year. AirAsia’s long- haul affiliate is offering flights to Australia, London and Japan from its base in Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore Air’s corporate travel base and reputation will be an asset as Goh faces the new competition, said Steven Lim, who manages about $200 million at Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. in Singapore. The carrier, among six airlines with Skytrax’s highest five-star rating, has also been profitable every year since going public in 1985.

“As a business hub, Singapore Air does enjoy the advantage of business travel,” Lim said. “Goh’s immediate challenge is to continue Chew’s good work, keep the company’s profit record intact and maintain the reputation Singapore Air has as a premium airline.”
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Since Air France and British Airways had been denied landing authorizations at John F. Kennedy airport by the Port Authority of New York both airlines were searching for routes to operate their Concordes on. An important and lucrative market to BA, besides North America, was Asia and its former colonies, such as Singapore (SIN), Hong Kong (HKG) and the 'Kangaroo Routes' to Australia - more specifically Sydney (SYD) - where 747-200s making the long journey had to make two stop-overs.
During the route proving flights, before entry into service, a great deal of flight time was spend on trips to the Far East and Australian in preparation for Concordes eventual use on these routes.

The first step of a Concorde route to South-East Asia and Australia was the inaugural BA Concorde flight between London - Heathrow (LHR) and Bahrain (BAH) on 21 January 1976 by G-BOAA

Unfortunately, the route was mainly overland, forcing the Concorde to fly at subsonic speeds on large portions of the LHR-BAH flight. But the aircraft still managed to save around two and a half hours over the regular flights with a M.95 cruise speed during these segments. The supersonic operations over the Saudi desert had to be dropped after some complaints from nomads whose camels reportedly stopped breeding because of the supersonic boom!

The choice of Bahrain as stop-over for the Concorde operations was due to the ideal location en route to South-East Asia. Furthermore the engines had an improved performance at 55-60,000ft, where the air is colder around the tropics. The better conditions could add up to 200 more miles range to the aircraft with 75 passengers on board

On 26 October 1977, BA and Singapore Airlines announced an agreement for a thrice-weekly Concorde service between London and Singapore via Bahrain. On 09 December 1977, BA and Singapore Airlines started a service between LHR and Singapore - Paya Lebar via Bahrain, bringing the travel time to only 9 hours.

This service basically was a very early form of code share/alliance between both airlines. The technical crew and operations were supplied by British Airways while the flight attendants were 50/50 between the two.

BA had battled hard with the Indian government to gain the approval to fly supersonic over the country, which the Concorde was forced to avoid, adding more flight time and increasing the fuel consumption. The Indian government had demanded that in exchange Air India (AI) would get more slots and 5th freedom rights at LHR.

The Concorde assigned to the Singapore route was G-BOAD (c/n 210), The airplane was easily identified, as it had been repainted with the Singapore Airlines' livery on its left side, while BA's was kept on the right side.

The Singapore - Bahrain leg against the headwinds was sometimes payload-restricted because of the temperature at Paya Lebar Airport, even though the Concorde could accelerate straight after its take-off to M2.02.

The service was withdrawn on 13 December 1977 after only 3 return flights, because of complaints from the Malaysian government about the supersonic boom over the Straits of Malacca, on the West coast of Malaysia. But in the summer of the same year, Malaysia Airlines plans of further capacity increase on the London route were denied in order to protect BA and Cathy Pacific, causing a clash between the Malaysian and British governments. In addition to these difficult relations, Singapore Airlines was a tough Malaysian competitor.

Even though the service was not running the aircraft kept the Singapore Airlines livery during this time, giving them a free adverts as the aircraft was utilised on other routes, including flights to the USA

On 24 January 1979 the service was resumed with new routings avoiding Malaysia and a recommended take-off from runway 02 at SIN to avoid flying over the Malaysian state of Johore.

The service was ended for good on 01 November 1980, mainly because of falling traffic on the route, which was reportedly losing around ? millions a year. The loads had been very low
, especially on westbound flights. The operations, especially at subsonic speeds, were extremely expensive, demanding load factors that could not be achieved.







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Very interesting article!! The Concorde looks really weird with SIA's livery...................................
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