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Old October 18th, 2010, 09:57 AM   #121
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PETALING JAYA: A war of words has erupted between two budget airlines in the region, with Singapore-based Tiger Airways accusing the AirAsia boss of making a racial slur with his "white guys" remark.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes' comments to Bangkok Post on Tiger Airways' plan to partner Thai Airways to set up a budget carrier in Thailand, has left its management fuming. Fernandes, however, is sticking to his guns and not budging.

Tiger Airways is headed by Tony Davis, a British, who is both president and chief executive officer of the airline. He was also the founding managing director of bmibaby, a British low-fare carrier which took off in 2002.

In the Bangkok Post article, Fernandes was quoted as saying he was sceptical over Westerners running any successful Asia-based businesses, pointing out that Thai AirAsia is run by a Thai management that is well versed with the local and Asian markets.

"We're Asians, not a bunch of white guys running the airlines," Fernandes was quoted as saying.

The report irked Tiger Airways which issued a statement, saying they were "disappointed and surprised" by Fernandes' "racial remarks against Tiger Airways".

"While we understand that we are intensifying the level of competition with our expansion across Asia, resorting to racial slurs is unbecoming and unnecessary," the statement issued on Friday said.

Reports by Singapore?s The Straits Times and TODAY said Fernandes stood by his comments, and that his remarks were neither racial nor a general statement of all Westerners running Asia-based businesses.

"I gave my honest opinion. I was just talking about the Westerners in Tiger Airways' management who do not know Asia very well," Fernandes told The Straits Times.

He also told the daily that there were many Westerners in AirAsia and AirAsia X management.

In the Bangkok Post interview, Fernandes joined other industry figures in questioning the move to create Thai Tiger Airways (TTA), claiming that Tiger Airways was an ?odd? choice for a business ally given its problems, especially with pilot shortage and flight cancellations.

"They have not yet been able to solve their problems, so what are they going to teach the Thai (Airways)," Fernandes told the Bangkok Post.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 05:11 PM   #122
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I heard the news that IB also operate this flight on that day. (SQ vs IB in BCN) here is IB schedule:

BCN 0130 GRU 0800 L, J, S
GRU 1345 BCN 0535 L, J, S


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Iberia takes another step to make Barcelona airport a major intercontinental hub

  • Iberia is growing in Barcelona with new transatlantic flights, the creation of an intercontinental hub at El Prat, networks for distributing traffic to the Americas, and a new maintenance hangar.
  • In the upcoming summer season the airline will operate direct flights from Barcelona to Miami and São Paulo.
  • Iberia will transform El Prat into a genuine hub for its flights between Europe and most of the Americas (the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Southern Cone of South America). It will be fed chiefly by the Vueling network, which serves 16 destinations in Spain and nearly 30 more in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
  • Both in Miami and São Paulo, Iberia has a major flight network for distributing traffic to most of the Americas: from Miami to other cities in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America; and from São Paulo to the rest of Brazil and the countries of the Southern Cone.
  • Iberia's new maintenance hangar, which opens today, is the only one in Barcelona capable of accommodating aircraft with more than 100 seats. The new installations will help drive the airport's development and invigorate Barcelona's industrial economy, while providing between 150 and 200 highly-skilled jobs.

Madrid, 18 of October of 2010

Iberia is growing in Barcelona. In the next summer season, the Spanish airline will operate direct transatlantic flights from the city to Miami and São Paulo. To bring traffic to these flights, Iberia is transforming El Prat airport into a genuine hub for flights by the Vueling and Iberia Regional /Air Nostrum .

In addition, for passengers on the new flights from Barcelona to Miami and São Paulo, Iberia has a thick web of connections to distribute this traffic throughout the Americas: from Miami to other U.S. and Central American cities via code shares with American Airlines; and from São Paulo to the rest of Brazil and cites of the southern cone of South American with the Gol company, under a new code share agreement that is now being negotiated, and with other airlines in the region.

Added to this is the new maintenance hangar in Barcelona that Iberia is opening today, which is the only one in Barcelona able to accommodate aircraft with more than 100 seats, and will deliver a strong impulse to the future development of the airport.

Direct Iberia Transatlantic Flights from Barcelona

Starting on March 28th, Iberia will offer direct flights from Barcelona to Miami and São Paulo. The company will operate three weekly flights to each of the two cities, using Airbus A340/300s, and scheduling the flights to ensure convenient connections.

Iberia expects many passengers on the new Barcelona-Miami and Barcelona-São Paulo route to be heading to or from other cities, and that the Barcelona airport will thus become another important hub for distributing passenger traffic to and from the Americas. El Prat airport is served by both Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum and by Vueling. Passengers on the Barcelona-São Paulo route can connect to or from Vueling's 43 destinations in Spain, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. This airline, in which Iberia holds a minority share, is a "new generation" airline that offers customers the possibility of reserving connecting flights and booking their luggage through to the final destination.

The new flights will also enable Iberia to expand its cargo services in Barcelona, particularly with export shipments to the United States and Latin America.

From Barcelona to Miami, Other U.S. Cities, Mexico, and Central America

In the first year of operation, average seat occupancy on the new flight is expected to reach 80%, for a total of more than 50,000 passengers in 2011. Of these, 31% will be travelling beyond Miami, mainly to other U.S., Mexican, and Central American destinations. Iberia passengers in Miami can connect to flights to ten destinations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico (San Juan, Houston, Orlando, Dallas, Tampa, Key West, Norfolk, Pensacola, Ft. Myers and Tallahassee), and to another five cites in Mexico (Mexico City, Cancun) and Central America (Managua, Panama City, San Pedro Sula, Mexico City, and Cancún) thanks to the code sharing agreement between Iberia and American Airlines.

In addition, all flights over the North Atlantic are covered by the "joint business" agreement signed by Iberia, American Airlines and British Airways, whereby customers get cheaper fares, extra frequent flyer points, more travel options, and easier connections within the oneworld alliance to 663 destinations in 134 countries.

Cruise ship passengers are expected to constitute a significant proportion of the passengers on the Barcelona-Miami flights, since about 20% of Miami-Barcelona passengers board cruise ships in Barcelona.

From Barcelona to São Paulo and the Entire Southern Cone

Iberia also expects to fly some 50,000 passengers on the Barcelona-São Paulo route in 2011, with 83% seat occupancy. The Barcelona-São Paulo flights Iberia's gateway to Brazil, where passengers will find connections to another 13 cities (Bel Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Goiania, Iguaçu, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador de Bahía, and Vitoria), thanks to the agreement, subject to the authorities approval, with the Gol airline. Iberia passengers can also connect in São Paulo to Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia.

A New Hangar for Barcelona

Iberia's other new strength in Barcelona is the maintenance hangar that is being opened today. It is the sole facility in Barcelona with a capacity to accommodate aircraft with more than 100 seats, and is expected to help drive future development of EL Prat airport.

It will also contribute to Barcelona's business and industrial development, as its production steadily increases. In the medium term it is expected to create between 150 and 200 direct highly-skilled jobs

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AirAsia chides Singapore rival in newspaper



PETALING JAYA: The rivalry between the two Tonys heading two budget airlines in the region continues – with AirAsia taking out a full-page colour advertisement chiding the Singapore-based Tiger Airways.

The advertisement, published in The Straits Times yesterday, depicted a cartoon caricature of a tiger cub on the bottom left with the words: “If tigers were meant to fly, they would be born with wings.”

AirAsia put out the advertisement after Tiger Airways had reportedly accused the AirAsia boss of making a racial slur with his “white guys” remark.

Tiger Airways, headed by British Tony Davis, had earlier expressed disappointment over AirAsia head Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes alleged racist remarks.

In a recent Bangkok Post article, Fernandes expressed his scepticism over Westerners running any successful Asia-based business.

“We’re Asians, not a bunch of white guys running the airlines,” Fernandes was quoted as saying, and this caused the eruption of the war of words between the two Tonys.

According to reports, the Thai Transport Ministry had opposed the 51:49 joint venture between Thai Airways and Tiger Airways – with local industry players questioning the need since Thai Airways already had a 39% share in Nok Air, Thailand’s budget airline.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 05:52 PM   #124
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Temporary suspends Sao Paulo Reservation

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Singapore Airlines temporary suspends Sao Paulo Reservation as of 21OCT10

Singapore Airlines has temporary suspended reservations for new service to Sao Paulo, due to launch from 29MAR11.

On Amadeus FLIFO, 3 weekly Singapore – Barcelona – Sao Paulo flight, both SIN GRU and BCN GRU sector are now displaying “NO LOCAL TRAFFIC RIGHTS”, and in SQ’s inventory display, SIN GRU and BCN GRU sector is removed from the system.

It is expected that reservation will be open once again, either pending on SQ’s internal system adjustment or traffic rights permission.
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singapore to sao paulo via spanair? i've always wanted to go to brazil, but having just checked out spanair's current seat offerings, i dont think i'd like to put myself through such torture for the second half of the journey... emirates looks like a better option.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 03:29 AM   #126
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singapore to sao paulo via spanair? i've always wanted to go to brazil, but having just checked out spanair's current seat offerings, i dont think i'd like to put myself through such torture for the second half of the journey... emirates looks like a better option.
SQ operating the route, spanair codeshare.
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Singapore Airlines resumes Sao Paulo reservation

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Singapore Airlines resumes Sao Paulo reservation as of 22OCT10

As of 22OCT10 1100GMT/1800 Singapore Time, Singapore Airlines has reopened reservation on its Singapore – Barcelona – Sao Paulo NEW service, due to launch 28MAR11.

Per SQ’s inventory display, flight is now showing available for reservation on all class of service, despite Amadeus FLIFO still displays “No Local Traffic Rights”.
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 06:26 PM   #128
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Cut-price Tiger Airways builds up fleet
The Australian
October 22, 2010

TIGER Airways is expected to announce today that it will bring two more Airbus A320s into Australia.

The Singapore Airlines-backed budget carrier expects the two aircraft to be delivered before the end of Tiger's financial year, on March 31 next year, adding 1 million domestic passenger seats annually.

In September Tiger revealed it would take delivery of a 10th Australian aircraft, to be based in Melbourne, before the end of the year.

The airline is believed to be still considering where the two extra aircraft will be based.

The move comes as Tiger plans to base two aircraft at Avalon Airport, near Geelong, from November 10.

They will operate seven daily flights to destinations including the Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney, Mackay, Adelaide and Rockhampton.

In the long term Tiger plans to put 1 million new domestic seats in the sky, flying out of Avalon, every 12 months.

Tiger Australia managing director Crawford Rix ruled out relocating the airline's Victorian base to Avalon Airport, saying the airline would continue to pursue a complementary strategy at Tullamarine and Avalon.

"Never say never," he said, but relocating all the airline's Victorian operations to Avalon was not in the plan.

"It is very much a complementary strategy to the Tullamarine operation," he said.

Mr Rix acknowledged that Tiger's growth options at Tullamarine airport were restricted. He said the carrier was in talks with the airport's owners, Australia Pacific Airports Corporation, about the low-cost facilities and ramp capacity at the airport.

"The airport needs to invest in more capacity here for us to grow," he said. "We are working very closely with the airport authority, so we will see where we get to.

"There is a huge opportunity, and in terms of the low-fare revolution there are loads of people out there who want to fly -- new people to fly.

"I would never say it is unlimited, but there are growth opportunities aplenty.

"I believe airfares in Australia are still far too high.

"We want to grow, to get our economies of scale up, and actually drive fares even lower so we can get more and more people flying."

The Fox family's Linfox, which has a 99-year lease on Avalon, has completed the first stage of a $10 million terminal upgrade, which will add 400sq m to an existing check-in area and align the building for continued eastward expansion.

That will allow for more check-in desks in response to the growth in passenger numbers.

Analysts have put Tiger's cost saving at Avalon, compared with Tullamarine, at $5 a passenger.

Mr Rix said the addition of the 10th Airbus A320 aircraft into Australia before the end of the year would improve the airline's on-time performance, which was the poorest of the domestic jet carriers in August -- the latest available statistic -- at 72.6 per cent.

"As part of our punctuality initiative we are bringing this 10th airplane into the business, and it will work as hard as the other nine, so it will give us . . . a little bit of breathing space.

"As we grow, as well, it will help the on-time performance," Mr Rix said.

Tiger has the toughest punctuality requirements for passengers, requiring them to check in 45 minutes before departure.

"It is a matter of remaining focused, keeping the customers well-informed to know they have to turn up on time," Mr Rix said. "There is an education process."

Tiger has also been criticised for introducing extra charges, including a $10 fee for passengers who choose to check in at the airport, levied from July 1.

The airline was ranked last in the Australian domestic airline customer satisfaction survey run by Roy Morgan Research this year. But on Wednesday evening it was named low-cost airline of the year by the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation.

Mr Rix made no apologies for the charges, saying the "unbundling" of airfares allowed passengers to choose what they wanted to include in their tickets and helped the airline to offer the lowest fares.

"I think it is a matter of education, to make it as clear as we possibly can. I think we are fairly clear," he said.

"I think the low-fare revolution is still in its infancy.

"There is still an education process to be done about that. We will do that, and continue to do that."

Before arriving in Australia, Mr Rix spent the previous four years as chief executive of a British low-cost carrier, BMIbaby, whose parent, British Midland Airlines, is now part of the growing Lufthansa empire.

Mr Rix said Tiger was constantly looking at its onboard product mix and flagged that it might introduce sandwiches.

"We want to put product we believe we can sell, and sell at a profit, so that we can turn it into reduced airfares," he said.

"Today we don't do sandwiches, so we might do sandwiches in the future. We may have a look at those and some other products," he said.

"But the principal objective here is to ensure the airplanes are light.

" We don't want to add product that adds weight, because weight is cost in terms of fuel. And we don't want to add waste."

Tiger Airways has also introduced a membership club called Stripes to give members access before others to special promotions across the Tiger network, including international flights by Tiger Airways Singapore and domestic flights by Tiger Airways Australia. Membership costs $29.95 a year.

Tiger has also introduced a priority boarding service that costs $6.

Mr Rix said he would consider introducing "vertical seats" -- standing-room spots at the back of the plane on short-haul flights -- if they were made available by aircraft manufacturers.

European budget carrier Ryanair floated the concept in July, but it was rejected by Boeing.

"As far as I am concerned, we would look at any options that reduce our costs," Mr Rix said.

"On shorter flights in Australia, I think, it would be OK.

"The question has been asked, not just by us, and people have said they would travel if the price was low enough.

"You are not talking about things that would be uncomfortable. You are talking about something that would be reasonable for an hour or hour and a half flight."
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Tiger Airways Wins CAPA Low Cost Airline of the Year Award for 2010
October 22, 2010

Tiger Airways has made 2010 truly the “Year of the Tiger” by winning the coveted Low Cost Airline of the Year award from the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). In the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence 2010, Tiger Airways again beat the field repeating the feat it first achieved in 2006.

Tony Davis, President & Group CEO of Tiger Airways Holdings, said, “We would like to thank CAPA, the judges, our partners and customers for this award. 2010 has been a phenomenal year for Tiger Airways that started in January with our successful IPO – the first airline IPO in Asia for 5 years, completed during one of the most challenging financial climates in recent history. Since then we have reported three straight Quarters of profitability with Tiger Airways Singapore achieving a third successive year of profitability and Tiger Airways Australia breaking even in only its second full year of operations.

“We are already number 1 in Asia and Australia in generating ancillary revenues and we aim to be in the top three airlines globally. We are widening this lead by offering our customers more and more innovative ancillary services that empower them with choice, coupled with low fares – our latest product is our loyalty membership scheme called “Stripes”.

“We have also achieved record passenger numbers and sustainable growth in excess of 43% this year, while maintaining a world-class cost base that enables us to offer the lowest fares.

“We are expanding our paw-print as a truly pan-Asian airline through adding our third base in Australia, expanding our network in Asia, accelerating our aircraft deliveries and increasing our fleet size to at least 26 aircraft by the end of March. With our newest cub “Thai Tiger” on track to launch in the first Quarter of next year – bringing more competition and lower fares to travellers visiting Thailand - it’s no wonder some of our competitors are getting so rattled.

“We look forward to continuing our growth, bringing more competition to more routes and winning more accolades as our pawprints appear at more and more airports in the Asia Pacific region” said Tony Davis.

In the judging process, Asia Pacific airports, airlines and the industry are reviewed constantly through the year via CAPA’s extensive data and information services gathering and reporting. This daily performance analysis, along with feedback from CAPA Members, is accumulated into a series of recommendations. A highly experienced aviation advisory panel – including industry CEOs – reviews and decides on the recommendations.
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Tiger Airways to stop Bangalore flights from Nov 14
Posted: 25 October 2010 1727 hrs

SINGAPORE: Budget carrier Tiger Airways has confirmed it is stopping services to Bangalore from 14 November. No reason has been given for the termination.

At present, the carrier operates four flights weekly to the Indian IT hub.

Tiger Airways has of late cancelled numerous other flights, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

The woes have been attributed to aircraft problems and severe crew shortage.

Passengers affected by the latest service disruption have been notified to get their refunds and to look for other travel arrangements.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010, 12:07 pm
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Singapore Airlines Appoints New General Manager

Singapore Airlines has appointed James Lim as General Manager New Zealand. He was most recently based in the airline’s Copenhagen office.

James started his career with the airline in 2001 in sales. He was subsequently appointed to the Head Office Market Communication and Development Department, the West Asia Regional Office and then posted to the Lahore station before being sent to Copenhagen.

He replaces Looi Tein Po who has been appointed as General Manager South Africa for the airline.

James is charged with leading Singapore Airlines initiatives together with New Zealand businesses and organisations to facilitate, promote and enhance travel and trade between New Zealand and Singapore, and beyond Singapore to other fast-growing Asian markets.

“I’m one hundred percent excited about working and living in such a wonderful country,” says Mr Lim. “New Zealand is a very special place for me personally as my wife and I spent two weeks in the beautiful South Island on our honeymoon.”

“New Zealand is an important market for Singapore Airlines,” says Mr Lim. “We now operate 17 flights each week out of New Zealand, 12 from Auckland and five from Christchurch.”

“New Zealand has huge tourism potential with its scenic natural beauty. We have partnered with Tourism New Zealand to promote the country in several of our key markets in Asia and Europe and there is a lot of interest in visiting New Zealand.

“Of course, Singapore continues to be an attractive destination for New Zealanders, and we have seen particular growth in the family and stopover holiday categories,” adds Mr Lim. “New integrated resorts such as Marina Bay Sands, theme park attractions and the world’s tallest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyover, all provide high quality attractions for holiday-makers – and for those who like their leisure louder, we have the Singapore Grand Prix, the world’s only Formula One night race.

“Singapore is also an excellent hub for New Zealand businesses to expand into fast-growing markets of China, India, and other Asian countries. Conversely, Singapore provides efficient links for people from these markets to come to New Zealand. Singapore Airlines, together with its regional airline Silkair, provides convenient connections to the major commercial cities in China and India.”

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Dont know why they say its a Singapore Airlines flight in the headline when its a Tiger Airways flight. Anyway:

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Singapore Airlines flight aborts take off: 132 passengers stranded

Chennai, Nov 1 : A Singapore Airlines flight with 132 passengers and eight crew members on board aborted its take off at the last minute after the pilot noticed a crack in the wind screen here last night.

Airport sources said a Tiger Airways, Singapore flight was on the runway and was about to take off at 2350 hrs from the Anna International airport here last night when the pilot noticed the crack and informed the Air Traffic Control(ATC).

The officials, immediately asked the pilot to abort the take off and return to the bay as the crack would lead to serious complications. Following this, the pilot returned to the bay.

Engineers tried in vain till 0230 hrs to set up a new windscreen.

The passengers were then asked to disembark from the aircraft. They were moved to the airport lounge.

As no alternate arrangements were made till around 0500 hrs this morning, the passengers became restless and staged a protest demonstration in the lounge itself.

The authorities, then accommodated them in different hotels in the city and promised to make alternate arrangements. They were likely to fly to Singapore either tonight or tomorrow morning, the sources said.

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Singapore Airlines links Abu Dhabi to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport

The airline connects the Emirate of Abu Dhabi with two major airports in Tokyo, Narita & Haneda International Airports; operating four flights daily from Singapore.

1st November 2010 - Abu Dhabi, U.A.E: Starting from 31st October 2010, Singapore Airlines will connect Abu Dhabi International Airport via Singapore with Haneda International Airport, flying there twice a day from Singapore. The new route will complement the airline's already existing two daily flights to Narita International Airport, the second largest airport in Tokyo.

Singapore Airlines operates on a daily basis a state-of the-art A330-300 aircraft departing from Abu Dhabi at 1:15 am, local time, arriving to Singapore at 12:30 pm to depart to Haneda International Airport in Japan at 15:40, within the convenience of 3 hours, and arriving into Haneda at 23:05, local time. The aircraft will offer both business and economy class services.

Singapore Airline's frequency increase from two flights to four flights daily to Tokyo came as a response to the growing demand that the travel market is witnessing for more flights to and from Eastern Asia. Haneda International Airport boasts better domestic connections in Japan, and is situated in Tokyo's city centre.

Adding to this, Singapore Airlines will increase its flight frequencies to certain destinations. This will include daily non-stop flights to Los Angeles, Perth, Auckland and Christchurch. Singapore Airlines will add three new weekly flights to Osaka City in Japan, which will all be connected to Abu Dhabi, offering more destination choices for passengers transiting in Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Singapore Airlines started its operations from Abu Dhabi International Airport in March 2006, and it connects the emirate of Abu Dhabi with a list of leading international destinations such as Kuwait, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bali, and Bangkok.
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Updated: 18:08, Wednesday November 3, 2010

Tiger Airways has flagged establishing a new Australian base for aircraft and crew, as the low-cost carrier expands its operations.

Tiger Airways group chief executive Tony Davis said the airline would 'inevitably' base airplanes and crews beyond its current base of Adelaide and Melbourne's Tullamarine and Avalon airports.

'We are talking to airports and state governments right now with a view to announcing some more bases in the coming year,' Mr Davis said from Singapore during a conference call on Wednesday.

The Singapore-headquartered Tiger began flying in Australia in November 2007 from bases at Tullamarine Airport and Adelaide.

It was due to begin operations from Melbourne's Avalon Airport later this month, where two aircraft will be based.

It announced recently that Brisbane-Sydney flights would start in February next year.

Mr Davis said Tiger's policy was for its crews and aircraft to return to their home base at the end of each day in a bid to reduce costs.

The airline will have 12 aircraft flying in Australia by the end of fiscal 2011.

Tiger recorded a net profit of $S16 million ($A12.5 million) in the six months to September 30, as revenue growth outpaced increases in passenger volumes.

The result was a turnaround from a $S8.3 million loss in the prior corresponding period, Tiger said on Tuesday.

Revenue for the half rose 39.4 per cent to $S229.8 million, of which roughly a quarter was from ancillary revenue, or fees paid for items such as checking in bags, seat selection or food on board.

Mr Davis said the airline was always looking for ways of increasing ancillary revenue to somewhere closer to 35 per cent of total revenue.

Asked what further initiatives could be introduced in a bid to increase ancillary revenue, Mr Davis said: 'The honest answer is I don't know, but we are not going to stop looking.'

Tiger ranks fifth among all airlines in terms of the percentage of revenue derived from ancillary services.

Mr Davis said forward bookings were strong for the peak travel period between December and February.

Tiger said it was focused on 'ramping up services on existing routes as well as introducing new routes, in particular to Greater China and India from Singapore, and domestically in Australia'.

Mr Davis also reiterated the airline's desire for rules to be changed to allow Tiger to to begin international operations from Australia, particularly to New Zealand.

He said adding Tiger to the sector would help mitigate any competition issues in relation to the proposed alliance between Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand on trans-Tasman routes, adding that it was 'absolutely nonsensical' that Tiger is currently excluded.
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SIA says no plans to ground its A380 fleet
By Timothy Ouyang | Posted: 04 November 2010 1537 hrs

SINGAPORE : Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it has no plans to ground its current fleet of 10 Airbus A380-800 aircraft.

This comes after the Australian flag carrier, Qantas, grounded its fleet of A380s after one of its aircraft was forced to land in Singapore with engine trouble on Thursday morning.

In its statement on Thursday, SIA said its operations are continuing as normal.

SIA added that it is premature at this point to speculate on the cause of the incident, and it is awaiting advice from its aircraft and engine manufacturers as the investigation progresses.

In 2007, SIA was the first airline to fly the A380 superjumbo, which can carry more than 500 passengers.

Four other airlines currently fly the aircraft, including, Qantas, Emirates, Air France and Lufthansa.

This is not the first time that an A380 aircraft has encountered engine problems.

In September 2009, a Singapore-bound SIA A380 flight was forced to turn around mid-flight and head back to Paris after one of its four engines failed.

Separately, Singapore Changi Airport said it will reopen its Runway 2 later Thursday.

Airport authorities had to close Runway 2 earlier to facilitate an emergency landing for Qantas Flight QF32 which experiencing engine problem.

The A380 Qantas flight, bound for Sydney, Australia, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 9:56 am local time.

For technical reasons, the aircraft turned back to Changi and landed safely at 11:46 am.

Changi Airport Group's Airport Emergency Service (AES) responded with six fire vehicles, in accordance with standard operating procedure for such incidents.

In response to the pilot's request, checks were conducted on the aircraft by AES.

Once the checks were completed, passengers and crew began disembarking from the aircraft at Runway 2.

Buses were arranged to ferry them to the airport terminal.

Disembarkation of all 469 passengers and crew on board was completed by 1:40 pm.

Changi Airport Group said flights have continued to take off and land at Runway 1 and operations at Changi have, otherwise, not been affected. - CNA /ls
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Published 11:15 PM, 4 Nov 2010 Last update 2:10 AM, 5 Nov 2010

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SINGAPORE - Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines suspended flights of Airbus A380 superjumbos after engine failure forced an emergency landing in Singapore.

One passenger reported hearing a "massive bang" before the aircraft turned back and Indonesian TV showed pictures of debris on the ground near Batam airport which it said belonged to the Qantas plane.

Authorities said none of the 459 people on board the Qantas flight was hurt in the most serious incident for the world's largest passenger plane in three years of commercial flight.

"This was a significant engine failure," Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told reporters in Sydney. "We are not underestimating the significance of this issue."

Qantas A380s use Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. Rolls-Royce, whose shares were down more than 5 per cent, said it was working with authorities to understand the incident.

Planemaker Airbus said it will provide full technical assistance to Australian and French accident investigators.

One of the Airbus A380's four Rolls-Royce engines failed minutes after it had left Singapore for Sydney. Qantas chief executive Joyce said the plane was capable of flying on two engines.

Passengers said they saw parts of the engine fall off.

"I just heard this massive bang, like a shotgun going off," Tyler Wooster told Australia's Network Nine television. "Part of the skin had peeled off and you could see the foam underneath, pieces of broken wires sticking out."

The flight had begun in London.

Qantas, which operates six A380s, said it was grounding the aircraft pending a full investigation. Three A380 flights scheduled for Thursday, one originating in Sydney and two in Los Angeles, have been scrapped.

"We will suspend all A380 takeoffs until we are fully confident we have sufficient information about (flight) QF32," Mr Joyce told reporters.

Singapore Airlines said it will delay all flights on its A380 fleet pending precautionary checks recommended by Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

It was not immediately clear how many flights would be affected or for how long.

Investigation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was leading the investigation into the incident, Mr Joyce said. Passengers will stay in Singapore overnight and another plane will be dispatched for them on Friday morning.

Initial media reports said the plane had crashed after an explosion over the Indonesian island of Batam, near Singapore.

There have been no fatal incidents involving A380s since they were launched in 2005 as the greenest, quietest -- as well as the biggest -- jetliner. Shares in Airbus parent company EADS were down more than four per cent by 1245 GMT. Qantas shares were little changed.

Emirates [EMIRA.UL] said it was not considering suspending flights as its engines are from a different supplier. European airlines Air France and Lufthansa said they would continue to use the aircraft as normal.

The plane involved in the incident was built in 2008.

More than 200 orders have been placed for the A380, and 37 are in operation worldwide, according to Airbus. The plane cost $US17 billion to develop and has been dogged by production delays.

Qantas has never had a fatal accident. A mid-air explosion blew a minivan-size hole in the side of a Qantas 747-400 in 2008 which Australian air safety investigators blamed on an oxygen bottle.

One of the planes operated by Qantas burst two tyres this year when landing in Sydney, and in September 2009 an A380 was forced to turn around in mid-flight and return to Paris.

"This is probably the most serious incident involving the A380 since it began flying in commercial service," said aviation expert Tom Ballantyne, chief correspondent of Orient Aviation magazine. "There have been minor engine incidents before but nothing like this."

Singapore's Channel NewsAsia said the plane circled Singapore to burn fuel before making an emergency landing.

Former aircraft engineer Neil Shephard was on board.

"Four or five minutes after the flight (took off) there was a loud bang," he told Reuters. "The pilot said there was a technical issue with the plane and then we circled around for an hour to dump the fuel. During the landing, it was a bit wobbly."

Passengers were kept informed at all times, others who were on board said.

"It appears from the images of the plane that one of the engines has experienced a failure and it looks to be a fairly massive internal failure at that," said Peter Marosszeky at the University of New South Wales' aviation department.

"This failure has caused some of the engine ducting known as bypass ducting to depart from the engine. This type of incident has been seen previously but it was a long time ago and with much older planes than the A380."

A Reuters reporter said the plane was surrounded on the ground by emergency vehicles but there was no sign of any smoke or fire. One of the four nacelles -- structures that house the engines -- was missing and there appeared to be charring around that area of the plane.

Mr Rusdi, a witness in Batam, told Indonesia's Metro TV: "After an explosion, the plane was still moving but smoke was trailing from one of its wings."

Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi has erupted several times in the past week, spewing ash into the sky, but is several hundred miles from the A380's flightpath.

Thursday's incident came just days before Qantas was due to celebrate its 90th anniversary with a special open day in Brisbane.
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Published 11:26 AM, 5 Nov 2010 Last update 12:31 PM, 5 Nov 2010

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Singapore Airlines has resumed flying its A380 fleet, lifting a grounding order imposed after a Qantas A380 engine failed in-flight, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing.

The Qantas engine failure, which forced the plane back to Singapore airport on Thursday, marks the biggest incident with the A380, the world's largest passenger plane which has been in service only since 2007. Qantas' A380 fleet remains grounded.

Singapore airlines said it had checked and cleared its entire fleet of 11 Airbus A380 aircraft for service, said a spokeswoman for the airline in Australia.

All 11 of Singapore Airlines' A380 aircraft had been inspected and were found be safe, Susan Bredow told Reuters.

"They have all been inspected in accordance with the requirements of Airbus and Rolls-Royce. That was done overnight and everyone is satisfied the aircraft are serviceable and will be back on their scheduled routes as soon as possible," she said.

Qantas Airways on Thursday grounded its six A380 aircraft, pending the outcome of investigations into the reasons for the failure of one of its four Rolls-Royce engines which appeared to break apart during the Sydney-bound flight.

British engine maker Rolls-Royce issued a statement urging operators of the aircraft to perform safety checks on its Trent 900 engines.

One passenger aboard flight QF32 reported hearing a "massive bang". Qantas described it as a significant engine failure.

Photographs of the engine showed its outer, rear casing had been torn apart.

Passengers also reported that a second engine on the stricken Qantas aircraft failed to shut down once on the tarmac, sparking fears it could ignite spilling fuel from the failed engine.

Passengers said they were warned of the dangers of using any electronic device, as firefighters sprayed the aircraft which was leaking fuel from a hole in the wing.

"Despite all the lights being off, everything being turned off, there was a rumbling in the plane," passenger James Henderson told ABC Radio.

"And the captain then came out and said, 'Oh look we are sorry. As you can probably gather, one of our engines won't turn off but we are now pouring water into it to stop it'."

Passenger Christopher Lee said: "Obviously in the back of your mind you're concerned about a very hot engine next to leaking fuel. Obviously you're in a state of anxiety."

A Qantas spokesperson could not confirm the passengers' report of a second engine problem.

At 1205 AEDT, Qantas fell 0.69 per cent to $2.87, against a 1.11 per cent rise in the benchmark index.
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Tiger Airways has announced two more routes from Melbourne's Avalon airport as the low-cost carrier begins services from its third Australian base.

Tiger said on Tuesday it would offer flights from Avalon to Brisbane and Canberra from February next year.

The new services bring to nine the number of destinations Tiger will serve from Avalon, located about 55 kilometres west of Melbourne and owned by Linfox.
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The airport is Tiger's third Australian base, following Melbourne's Tullamarine and Adelaide Airport.

Avalon has undergone significant development since Qantas' low-cost offshoot Jetstar started flying from there in 2004

It is also one of Qantas' maintenance and engineering facilities.

Tiger's first flight from Melbourne's second gateway is scheduled to depart on Wednesday, bound for the Gold Coast.
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November 09, 2010, 5:57 AM EST

By Chan Sue Ling

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Singapore Airlines Ltd., the world’s second-largest carrier by market value, said it would increase capacity 5 percent in the fiscal second half as business travelers and holidaymakers reserve more flights.

“Advance bookings for the coming months indicate that demand is holding up,” the carrier said in the statement today. The airline also reported second-quarter profit of S$380 million ($296 million), surpassing analysts’ estimates.

The carrier has added flights to cities including Los Angeles, Tokyo and Seoul as global air travel recovers from the worst drop since World War II. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. has also said it plans to return capacity to pre-crisis level, while Tokyo-based All Nippon Airways Co. is boosting overseas flights 15 percent in the year ending March.

“Singapore Air will continue to benefit from a global recovery and an increase in demand for leisure and business travel in the medium-to-long term,” said Steven Lim, who manages about $200 million at Daiwa SB Investments in Singapore. “The recovery in premium travel is still intact.”

The carrier’s capacity in the fiscal first half ended September was little changed from a year earlier. Airlines slashed flights last year as travel plunged during the global recession.

Capacity Increase

Asian airlines have so far limited capacity increases amid rising demand to preserve margins. Regional passenger numbers jumped 15 percent in the nine months ended September, while capacity rose 3.3 percent, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, which represents 15 carriers including Singapore Air, Cathay Pacific and All Nippon.

Singapore Air’s passenger numbers were little changed at 4.17 million in the three months ended September, according to the statement. The carrier filled 80.3 percent of seats in the quarter, compared with 79.6 percent a year earlier.

Passenger yield, or the average price a traveler pays to fly one kilometer, increased to 11.8 Singapore cents from 9.8 cents a year earlier. The carrier expects yields to be “steady.”

Second-quarter revenue rose 18 percent to S$3.6 billion. Net income in the period surpassed the S$366 million average of seven analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. A year earlier, the airline had a loss of S$159 million.

The carrier gained 0.9 percent to S$16.32 at the close of trading today. The results were released after the market closed. Of the 23 analysts tracked by Bloomberg data in the past 12 months, 20 have a “buy” rating, two recommended that investors hold the stock, while one says “sell.”

The company is proposing to pay an interim dividend of 20 Singapore cents per share, according to the statement.

Singapore Air has resumed all services on its Airbus SAS A380 after conducting “precautionary technical checks” recommended by Rolls-Royce Group Plc and the planemaker following a Qantas Airways Ltd. engine blowout on Nov. 4. Singapore Air, the first to fly the double-decker plane, has 11 Airbus A380s.

Airlines in the Asia Pacific will probably post a combined profit of $5.2 billion this year, more than double an earlier forecast of $2.2 billion, the International Air Transport Association said in September.

--Editors: Dave McCombs, Neil Denslow.
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