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Old February 28th, 2011, 01:05 PM   #281
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Pay for SIA flights using PayPal
By Linette Lin

SINGAPORE Airlines customers in the United States, Singapore and five other Asia-Pacific countries and territories can now pay for their flights with PayPal on singaporeair.com.

This facility will progressively be made available to the Airline's customers in up to 17 countries, making this the largest collaboration between PayPal and an Asian carrier to date.

After booking Singapore Airlines flights online, travellers can now pay for tickets using their PayPal account in as few as three clicks and without the need to retype their credit card or financial details.

Besides using their online balance, PayPal users can pay for their Singapore Airlines flights from their bank accounts, credit cards or debit cards that are linked to their PayPal account.

Because PayPal doesn't share its users' financial information, this increases the security of the online transaction and protects privacy of users.

More marketing promotion deals: www.paypal.com/sg/sia.
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SilkAir launches Pekanbaru-Singapore route

JAKARTA - SINGAPOREAN airline SilkAir launched on Monday regular flight services between Changi International Airport with Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru, Riau, the airline said in a press statement on Monday.

The inaugural flight, MI 252, departed Changi Airport at 9.30am and arrived at Sultan Syarif Kassim II an hour later.

The new thrice-weekly service between Singapore and Riau's provincial capital - with over 700 seats per week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday - will provide a further boost to Pekanbaru's trade and tourism, to meet growing demand for more international travel to and from the city, SilkAir said.

SilkAir's chief executive Marvin Tan, who was on the inaugural flight, joined the local authorities and special guests, including Riau Governor H.M Rusli, in celebrating the first flight.

SilkAir, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, currently operates Airbus A320 and A319 narrow body airplanes. -- THE JAKARTA POST/ANN
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Posted: 03 March 2011 1458 hrs

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Thursday it had discovered five cases of oil leaks on the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines on its Airbus A380 planes, but insisted the planes were safe to fly.

SIA said the leaks were minor and did not pose any safety issues on the flights.

"It is correct that we have had five cases of oil leaks on Trent 900 engines but there was no safety of flight issue on any of those occasions," a spokesman with the airline said in a statement to AFP.

"The issue that caused the leaks was identified and corrected. They were minor and we never needed to reduce power during flight."

He said some of the leaks were discovered after a Qantas A380 plane made an emergency landing in Singapore in November last year due to a mid-air engine explosion, while the others were found before that incident.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said in a report that the blast on the Qantas aircraft could have been caused by a possible manufacturing issue related to oil pipes on the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.

The Australian safety watchdog said the problem could lead to fatigue cracking, oil leakage and potential engine failure from an oil fire.

Last month, Qantas estimated it had suffered an A$80 million (US$81.1 million) financial hit from November's blast and resultant aircraft groundings. It said it was still discussing compensation with the British engine-maker.

SIA carried out engine checks on its own A380 fleet after the Qantas incident.

Shukor Yusof, an aviation analyst at Standard and Poor's Asia Equity Research, said the leaks would have minimal impact on SIA.

"I don't see any major technical difficulties with what has happened to those engines because as we all know, Singapore Airlines has a very stringent maintenance programme," Shukor told AFP.

"They will make sure everything is in perfect order before they fly those aircraft."

SIA shares closed at S$13.44, up 10 cents, or 0.75 per cent, from the previous day.

SIA is the first airline in the world to fly the A380 and now has 11 of the massive aircraft in service, with another eight on order.

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SIA, SilkAir impose higher fuel surcharges
Posted: 09 March 2011 1748 hrs

SINGAPORE : Singapore Airlines (SIA) Wednesday said it was hiking fuel surcharges for the second time this year due to skyrocketing jet fuel costs.

The surcharge increases of "between $2 and $26" depending on distance and class of travel, will be levied from next Thursday on SIA flights as well as regional wing SilkAir's, the airline said in a press statement.

"Singapore Airlines will increase its fuel surcharge for tickets issued on or after 17 March 2011, as a result of the continued escalation in the price of jet fuel," it stated.

"The price of jet fuel is now above $130 per barrel, which is the highest in two years."

SIA's latest surcharge hike was its second this year after it raised rates in January due to escalating oil prices, and its third since December 2, 2010 when jet fuel surged above $95 per barrel.

Prior to December, the last increase was in June 2008.

There were three fuel surcharge cuts - in September and November 2008 and in February 2009.

"The adjustments will offer only partial relief from the higher operating costs arising from increases in the price of jet fuel," the airline said.

"Singapore Airlines will continue to closely monitor the price of fuel and keep surcharges under constant review."

Standard & Poor's Equity Research Aviation analyst Shukor Yusof said SIA had little option other than to raise fuel surcharges to offset the effect of escalating jet fuel costs.

"The continual rise in oil prices are now at a stage where they are threatening the financial health of most airlines if not all. If you look at jet fuel prices, it has exceeded a level that most airlines can contain," he told AFP.

"So the implication pretty much is that in order to remain profitable and in order to be solvent, I think airlines have very little choice other than to impose fuel surcharges."

Shukor added that SIA would be hit especially hard should jet fuel prices continue to rise due to its fleet of large planes, which consume more fuel.

"If it goes on climbing higher and higher, than its going to be tough for airlines, especially SIA which runs a fleet of wide-body aircraft," he said.

SIA's operating fleet as of December 31, 2010 comprised 109 passenger aircraft, including 11 A380 superjumbos, its third-quarter earnings report released in January stated.

The airline had in the report said rising jet fuel costs, along with US, European Union and South Korean antitrust fines were a major factor dragging down its third-quarter earnings.

Jet fuel prices had also been the company's biggest expense during the October-December quarter, it said.

SIA's net profit in the period fell 29 percent to S$288.3 million ($225.30 million), down from S$403.7 million a year earlier.

Crude prices were mixed in late Asian trade Monday as traders tracked the supply situation amid ongoing unrest in Libya and awaited energy inventory data in the US.

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for April delivery, fell 19 cents to $104.83 per barrel while Brent North Sea crude for delivery in April gained 59 cents to $113.65.

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Singapore is about to start its new route to South America.

The first flight will arrive in March, 28th in São Paulo, Brazil.
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By Timothy Ouyang | Posted: 11 March 2011 1655 hrs

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines says two of its flights en-route to Tokyo have been diverted due to the closure of Narita Airport, following the massive earthquake and tsunami which hit the north-east of Japan this afternoon.

The carrier says, flight SQ12 which took off from Singapore at about 9.45am, will be diverted to Fukuoka in southern Japan instead.

The flight was originally scheduled to land at Tokyo's Narita International Airport at about 5pm local time - but it had to be diverted, after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan earlier today forced several airport closures.

Separately, flight SQ11 from Los Angeles to Narita will be diverted to Haneda Airport.

The flight is expected to reach Haneda just before 6pm Japan time.

SIA has another flight, SQ 634, scheduled to leave Singapore at 3.40pm for Haneda.

Some Singaporeans working in the city of Yokohama felt the tremors.

29-year-old Mr Abel Li is on work attachment in the city, with two other colleagues.

Mr Li was in a Yokohama factory office at the time of the earthquake.

"The tremours lasted more than two minutes before everybody was given the signal for everybody to evacuate and everybody went down to the assembly area, for the next hour, there were some minor after shocks", said Mr Li.

Yokohama wasn't hit by the tsunami.

Some travel agencies have Singaporean tour groups in Japan.

CTC Travel said it has three groups totalling 130 people, two in Tokyo and another in Hokkaido.

It says it has established that members of the three groups are safe.

Chan Brothers said its six tour groups of 160 people across Japan are not affected by the quake.

It also has a group leaving for Hokkaido via Tokyo tonight.

A spokesman said they're waiting for updates and will re-route if Narita Airport remains closed.

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SIA's passenger load drops to 75.1% in February
By Ryan Huang | Posted: 15 March 2011 2206 hrs

SINGAPORE : Singapore Airlines has reported a 4.8 percentage point drop in its passenger load factor in February compared with the same period last year.

Last month, passenger load factor was at 75.1 per cent, down from 79.9 per cent a year ago.

The decline came despite a 0.6 per cent increase in the number of passengers to 1.27 million.

Capacity was added to several destinations, including Manchester, Houston, Osaka and Seoul.

All regions saw a decline in passenger load factors, except East China, which was flat.

Overall, for both passengers and cargo, SIA filled 66.9 per cent of the space available on its planes in February, down 4.5 percentage points from the same period a year ago.

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Singapore Airlines cuts fuel costs by converting magazines to digital
Singapore Airlines has implemented digital versions of its in-flight magazines in a bid to reduce fuel costs, according to international magazine body Fipp.


Singapore Airlines: cuts fuel costs by converting magazines to digital

Singapore Airlines has abandoned the paper version of three of its in-flight titles on two of its Boeing 777-300 ER carriers.

The airline has worked with SmartPapers Aviation to replicate the content of its magazines as digital-only products, available on screens on the back of airline seats.

Magazines SilverKris, KrisShop and KrisWorld are all available as digital-only versions on these two planes, Fipp's Innovations in Magazines 2011 World Report says.

The publications are high-resolution and passengers are able to choose their own font as well as search the title’s contents by keyword.

According to Fipp, airlines can save $440,000 (£274,641) a year for every 11.5 kilograms of paper weight eliminated from the aircraft.

The report shows how airlines such as Air France and Delta, who are currently considering making lighter seats to reduce fuel costs, could consider repackaging their in-flight reading material to deliver savings.

According to Fipp, Singapore Airlines is considering rolling out digital versions of its magazines on more planes, and will adapt 100 international and local magazines usually carried in the cabins for digital screens.

The airline is also understood to be exploring the possibility of converting other paper products, such as menu cards, to digital.

Jeffrey O'Rourke, chief executive of Ink Publishing, which publishes a range of in-flight magazines for clients including easyJet, Ryanair, KLM and bmibaby, said: "It's not something we focus on as we don't think it's a big channel.

"IV technology (the screen technology on planes) is not there yet. We sell advertising on IV systems in front of movies but we're not trying to replicate magazines on them."

Singapore Airlines was unavailable to comment.
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Tell me it ain't so! Reading magazines on the screen?? That is absolutely lame.
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SIA ups capacity of flights to Tokyo Haneda
Posted: 18 March 2011 1602 hrs

SINGAPORE: Starting on Saturday till March 21, Singapore Airlines will be operating larger capacity 777-300 aircraft for flight SQ633 from Tokyo Haneda to Singapore, to cater to increased demand.

The larger aircraft will take 332 passengers, about 50 more than the current Boeing 777-300ER.

The flight will depart Tokyo Haneda at 12.30am and make a stop-over at Seoul Incheon at 2.30am, before departing an hour later. It will arrive in Singapore at 9.05am.

This stop-over is to enable a change of crews as SIA's crew operating the flight have been moved to Seoul Incheon due to fears of aftershocks in Tokyo.

There are also changes to the timings for SQ638 on March 16 and March 22, which operates from Singapore to Tokyo Narita.

It will now depart later from Singapore at 3.00am instead of 12 midnight, and arrive in Narita at 10.35am instead of 7.30am. This means the ground time in Tokyo will be reduced by about 3 hours.

There is no change to the departure time of the flight out from Narita back to Singapore, SQ637, which is 11.30am.

From March 17 through March 22, flights SQ12 and SQ11 between Singapore and Los Angeles via Tokyo Narita will also make an additional stop at Osaka Kansai airport.

SIA says this is to ensure that its crew have sufficient rest, as aftershocks are still being experienced in Tokyo.

The flight details and timings are as follows: SQ12 will depart Singapore at 9.45am, arriving in Narita at 5.20pm. It will depart Narita at 6.30pm, arriving in Osaka at 7.40pm. It will then depart Osaka at 8.40pm, arriving in Los Angeles at 2.00pm.

SQ11 will depart Los Angeles at 3.45pm, arriving in Narita at 7.25pm the following day, before departing Narita at 8.35pm, arriving in Osaka at 9.45pm. It will then depart Osaka at 10.45pm, arriving in Singapore at 4.45am the following day.

In addition, SIA is postponing the introduction of Airbus A380 services on flights SQ12 and SQ11 between Singapore and Los Angeles via Tokyo Narita until further notice. The flights will continue to be operated with Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

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Drunk passenger jailed 16 months for bomb threat
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Eduard Gerard Jacobus (not pictured) was jailed for 16 months for threatening to blow up the Singapore Airlines plane he was on. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGARAN

A DUTCHMAN was jailed for 16 months on Monday for uttering a bomb threat on board a Singapore Airlines plane and kicking a cabin crew member.

Eduard Gerard Jacobus, 37, a dredge operator, pleaded guilty to uttering the words 'terrorist', 'bomb', 'blow up the plane' and threatening to blow up the aircraft on the Perth-bound flight that was taxiing to the runway at Changi Airport last Sep 29.

A Community Court heard that Jacobus, a transit passenger, was very drunk when he uttered the bomb threat. He had stood up and was gesticulating.

A cabin crew tried to calm him down and get him back in his seat when Jacobus kicked him.

The aircraft returned to the departure gate. The rest of the passengers disembarked and were subjected to another round of pre-board screening

The plane eventually took off after a four-hour delay.
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Singapore Airlines suspends flights to Haneda as demand weakens after quake
By Wayne Chan | Posted: 21 March 2011 1941 hrs

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Monday that it is suspending two out of four flights operating between Singapore and Haneda, due to the weakening demand following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

SIA said Flights SQ635 and SQ636 will be suspended from March 27.

It added that customers booked on these flights will be contacted and put on other flights to or from Tokyo.

However, SQ633 and SQ634, which fly daily between Singapore and Haneda, will continue to operate.

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SINGAPORE, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DHL Global Forwarding Singapore, the freight forwarding arm of DHL, the world´s leading logistics company, in Singapore, has been awarded a prestigious business win with Singapore Airlines. As the provider of choice for Singapore Airlines, DHL will manage global transportation of all in-flight amenities from Singapore Airlines - mainly through its distribution hubs in China, Germany and Singapore - to all of its network destinations and offices in the world. The contract covers both ocean freight and air freight services.

As part of the contract, DHL will also provide all inland transportation services to Singapore Airlines´ China and Germany hubs through its Supply Chain unit. The operations commenced as of 15 January, at Singapore Airlines´ hub in Singapore, and are expected to roll out in China and Germany in April and May, respectively.

Commenting on the win, Sam Ang, CEO, Southeast Asia, DHL Global Forwarding, said: "This is a prestigious win for DHL and we look forward to bringing our worldwide logistics and international knowledge and expertise to this project. We are confident that DHL can help Singapore Airlines deliver reduced costs and enhanced logistics efficiency, in order to meet global passenger demands. We are very excited about this partnership with Singapore Airlines, one of the leading airlines in the world, as this contract further reinforces our footing in international aviation logistics."
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