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Old October 17th, 2004, 11:15 AM   #221
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Changi Airport woos IT shoppers with digital fair for travellers
By Yvonne Cheong, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : When it comes to buying laptops or digital cameras, many locals and tourists head for Sim Lim Square or Funan Centre. But now Changi Airport also wants to be known as an IT shopping haven.

The airport's digital fair for travellers is on till 24 October.

Digital cameras, laptops, and MP3 players are some of the favourite buys among travellers passing through Changi Airport.

And this month, shoppers are in for a treat.

At the airport's IT fair, retailers at the terminals will compete with downtown shops by offering more freebies.

IT and consumer electronic goods are the third most popular items at Changi Airport, after liquor & tabacco, and perfumes & cosmetics.

In fact, IT-related sales at Changi Airport were up 20 percent in the first eight months of this year, compared to last year, and Australian and European travellers make up half of the sales.

The airport says this is because shops at its terminals offer international warranties and there is no goods and service tax.

"Sometimes it's cheaper at the airport, especially (compared to) some countries where you have to pay the tax for it," said one traveller.

"I'm looking at cameras, digital cameras, but compared to the price in America, it's very expensive," another said.

But others still prefer to go downtown if they had the time.

"I think I would go to the town -- more shops. Friends told me you can go to shops and the prices are not the same. But we can't go to the town because we are here two hours," said one shopper.

Jeffrey Loke, senior commercial manager at CAAS, said, "We have some requests from websites as well as passengers who just e-mail us to ask for the latest phones or the latest MP3 players because most of these tend not to be available at their country, or are out of stock or they don't have the colour they want."

For those who do not want to buy anything there are also six Xbox Live game stations and 30 Internet terminals at Terminal 2. - CNA

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Old October 19th, 2004, 09:40 AM   #222
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In transit? Try iConnect

Changi travellers now get free Internet, chat and video games

Tuesday • October 19, 2004

Seah Siew Hua
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Besides losing themselves in the myriad of duty-free shops, travellers at Changi Airport now have a cost-free means to pass time.

Homesick travellers will be able see and speak to their friends and family using webcams, while business travellers will no longer have to suffer withdrawal symptoms from the lack of Internet access during long-haul flights.

Last month, the Internet-based iConnect facility was added to the airport's Terminal 2 departure lounge. This is in addition to the existing 200 Internet-enabled PCs in terminals 1 and 2.

Spanning 250 sq metres, this entertainment and business centre contains six Xbox Live gaming consoles, 30 PCs and 10 flatscreen television sets and 15 connection points that boast LAN and dial-up points.

One exceptional feature of this facility is the ability to carry out online conversations via the microphone and webcam attached to each PC terminal.

Using online messaging applications from MSN or Yahoo!, users can take part in real-time video-enhanced conversations with their friends, family and co-workers. CAAS' airport manager, Mr Kenneth Lo, said: "We are possibly one of the first few airports in Asia that offers webcam facilities."

In addition to Web conference applications, the Interactive Content engine on the PCs lets users view music videos and watch news channels such as CNN and BBC by queuing their requests and having them screened on one of the 10 flatscreens.

The game zone, made possible through a partnership with Microsoft, features six Xbox Live game consoles that are very popular with children and teens. Players can pit themselves against other players online on Xbox's latest games such as Soul Calibur II, Splinter Cell, Shrek 2, Project Gotham Racing 2 and Crimson Skies. These games will be updated regularly.

The area is most crowded during morning and evening peak hours, with all the game consoles and PC terminals being occupied. Since iConnect's inception, the PC terminals have chalked up more than 40,000 log-ins. Australian traveller Sue O'Donoghue, who was in transit to India, said: "We have used it a couple of times. It's fantastic and it's free."

Feedback from users has been largely positive and enthusiastic; the only inconvenience that users seemed to mind was the 15-minute time limit for each log-in.

iConnect, together with the rest of the upgrading works in Terminal 2, adds up to about 2,800 square metres worth of new facilities, including food outlets, retails shops and a foot reflexology centre.

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Old October 19th, 2004, 05:58 PM   #223
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Wah the tiger airways plane seems to be parking at the same bay all this while.......

Compared with the picture I took on the 9/10/04.....
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Wah the tiger airways plane seems to be parking at the same bay all this while.......

Compared with the picture I took on the 9/10/04.....
They are different planes... Note the different serial numbers near the tail end. That must be the Tiger Airways Gate.
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They are different planes... Note the different serial numbers near the tail end. That must be the Tiger Airways Gate.
Hmm.....thats interesting...... Almost like VIPs.....but seem like all airlines stick to the same gates, right??
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Oct 20, 2004
Open skies the way to go for Singapore and KL
Both sides risk losing out to cheaper cities in region if they shackle air travel
By Karamjit Kaur

A RETURN ticket between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur costs $304, whether you fly Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airways.

In this era of budget airlines, it is at best an anachronism, at worst, daylight robbery.

All that could change, though, now that prime ministers Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of Malaysia are thinking of revising the 32-year-old bilateral air service agreement and opening the route to competition.

While this poses a challenge to SIA and MAS, it is also expected to boost the economies of both countries by generating more tourism and business traffic.

With such evident benefits, it's reasonable to wonder why it has taken so long for a concrete move to be made on the issue.

The answer lies in the nature of air service agreements and the need to protect the bottom line of airlines and airports. In the case of Singapore and Malaysia, these already complex considerations are compounded by historical and political rivalries.

Securing the rights for an airline to fly to a foreign country is the end-result of delicate manoeuvring, with one eye on the commercial interests of the country's carrier(s) and the other on the spin-off benefits that increased traffic brings to the country and its airport.

After more than two decades, SIA is still eyeing the lucrative Australia-US route and negotiations are continuing for Singapore-based carriers to gain more access to India and China.

For Singapore, the big prize is open skies: The right for its airlines to fly as many times as they choose to any point in the target country and, from there, secure 'beyond rights' to fly to a third country. It is a prize rarely won.

Of the more than 90 air agreements Singapore has signed so far, only eight, including those with the US and New Zealand, provide for open skies. The rest restrict the number of destinations to which Singapore-based carriers can fly, how many flights they can operate and how many passengers they can carry.

Because countries may have several airlines and not all may want to fly to the same points, every air service agreement also includes the names of the designated carrier or carriers.

Governments are usually cautious about dishing out air rights, because their airlines may end up losing traffic and revenue. For example, if SIA is allowed to operate a Sydney-Los Angeles service, Qantas Airways, which has a virtual monopoly on the route, would suffer.

Fifth freedom rights, which allow an airline like SIA to pick up passengers from one foreign country and offload them in another foreign country, are particularly difficult to secure.

While air agreements do not usually require the consent of national carriers, it is common procedure for governments to consult their airlines before deals are sealed, and in countries where major airlines have a lot of clout, their interests often come before those of the country as a whole.

For Singapore, which wants Changi Airport to become the region's busiest, the more carriers that fly here, the better. Other countries in the region, though, which have similar ambitions for their own airports, may not want their own carriers to feed Singapore too many services. The thinking is: Why give Changi the business?

For a small country like Singapore, it is usually a case of give more and take less, and the strategy seems to have worked so far.

As one industry veteran put it: 'Air talks are difficult enough but when it comes to Singapore and Malaysia, they become even more difficult because there is so much historical baggage.

'Add to it the political dimension and the proximity of the two countries and you have quite a challenge.'

When Malayan Airlines split into SIA and MAS in 1972, it was agreed that the Malaysians would take over the domestic market while SIA focused on international routes. As a result, the Malaysian government had little incentive to give SIA the rights to fly to Malaysia because it had nothing to gain in return.

For a long time, air travel between the two countries was just Singapore-KL. The deal was: 'You fly to one point in my country and I fly to one point in yours.'

In 1980, that changed.

After eight rounds of talks over almost three years, both sides agreed to have bigger aircraft ply the route, and with increasing frequency. MAS was also allowed to operate flights to Singapore from Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia. SIA was given access to Penang, but not the other two cities.

It is believed that Malaysian fears of closer ties between predominantly Chinese Singapore and East Malaysia were behind this slightly imbalanced agreement.

The close proximity of Changi and Kuala Lumpur - flying time is a mere 45 minutes - poses other problems.

The closer the competitor, the greater the probability that an outside airline will bypass one in favour of the other, to avoid overlapping services.

Where the growth of one airport can be at the expense of another, it invariably poses a problem.

Against such a complex backdrop, SIA and MAS chose to focus on building their own international networks instead. Besides, with so much money to be made in long-haul sectors, there was little incentive for either airline to push their governments into a more open agreement.

In fact, both SIA and MAS have nothing much to gain and quite a bit to lose if other airlines, especially the new budget carriers, enter the market. On short flights such as Singapore-KL, passengers are likely to care only about the fare.

Indeed, it's possible that if air links are expanded, MAS and SIA may even withdraw from the Singapore-Malaysia market altogether. And with little harm done to either. If this is the case, then both governments know they can approach the issue with less at stake.

There is another, possibly more important, reason.

It is clearly not in the interests of either Singapore or Malaysia to have traffic diverted to other cities like Bangkok, Jakarta and Hong Kong, where air fares are much lower. Rather than watch each other like hawks, both sides seem to be realising that, even if one side has to lose out, in the long term there is much more to gain by promoting Singapore-Malaysia air travel than shackling it.

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Old October 20th, 2004, 01:26 PM   #228
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Business Times - 20 Oct 2004

Changi Airport's Sept passenger,cargo volumes up

SINGAPORE - Air cargo and passenger volumes at Singapore Changi Airport continued their steady climbs in September.

Changi Airport has handled over 1.3 million tonnes of airfreight in the first nine months of this year, chalking an 11.5 per cent jump from the corresponding period a year ago and an 8.5 per cent hike from January to September 2002.

The Airport handled 155,802 tonnes of airfreight last month, the third time this year that monthly air cargo volume has crossed the 150,000-tonne mark.

Changi Airport processed 156,032 tonnes of air cargo in March 2004 and 151,494 tonnes of air cargo in July 2004.

Before these peaks, airfreight volume had hit a record high of 150,641 tonnes in October 2003.

The airfreight volume of 155,802 tonnes in September 2004 represents a 10.2 per cent increase from a year ago, and a 12.2 per cent rise from September 2002.

In all, The upward trend of air cargo volume at Changi Airport is in line with the general economic recovery of Singapore this year.

Growth was broad-based, with strong demand especially from the Chinese and Indian markets.

Changi Airport was ranked 4th busiest air cargo hub in Asia last year, with 1.61 million tonnes of airfreight traffic processed here.

Meanwhile, passenger traffic at Changi Airport also rose last month to 2.44 million passengers.

This is an 8.8 per cent from September 2003 and 4.1 per cent stronger than September 2002's number.

Besides seeing an increase in traffic, Changi Airport has also increased its haul of international awards with the addition of three awards in the first two weeks of October.

The first was presented by international periodical, TIME, on 6 October 2004.

Changi Airport topped the list as Favourite Asian Airport, ahead of Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok and Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport in the 4th Annual TIME Readers' Choice Travel Awards.

Nearly 2,500 TIME readers across the region cast their votes in the yearly survey and some 70 per cent of them chose Changi Airport.

Changi Airport has emerged in the top spot since the annual awards were launched in 2001.

Changi Airport received its second international recognition in the month of October at the annual Telegraph Travel Awards ceremony held on 11 October 2004 in London.

Readers of UK newspapers, The Daily Telegraph & The Sunday Telegraph, singled out Changi Airport for the 'Best International Airport' award.

This marked the seventh year that Changi Airport is receiving this award.

On 12 October in Bangkok, Changi Airport collected the 'Hall of Fame' Airport award from Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Asia, a travel industry publication in the Asia-Pacific.

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Oct 21, 2004
Passenger flow up

THE number of passengers going through Changi Airport continues to swell.

Last month, it saw 2.44 million, bringing the total for the first nine months of the year to 22.1 million.

This is more than the record 21.5 million it serviced from January to September 2002, which was a bumper year.

If the pace of traffic continues, the final passenger tally will easily top 30 million by year-end, the highest in the airport's history.

Changi also handled 155,802 tonnes of air cargo last month, up 10.2 per cent from a year earlier and 12.2 per cent compared to September 2002.

In a statement yesterday, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said: 'The upward trend in cargo volume is in line with the general economic recovery of Singapore this year.

'Growth was broad-based, with strong demand especially from the Chinese and Indian markets.'

Last year, the airport was ranked the fourth busiest air cargo hub in Asia, with 1.61 million tonnes processed.

Despite the good show, Changi continues to battle with other regional airports - in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong - to maintain and grow its status as the premier air hub in the region.

To keep pace with the competition and attract visitors, improvements are continuously being made.

Terminal 2 is now being upgraded, while work on Terminal 1 will start soon.

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Old October 21st, 2004, 02:50 PM   #229
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The new skyplex lounge.............



The Skyplex Entertainment Lounge brings you the finest in chic design, cutting-edge technology, and a variety of programming from around the world -- a visual feast unfolding on more than 24 plasma and LCD screens. The Skyplex rises from comfortable designer seating and screen clusters to a 3-by-4-metre Big Screen showing the world's hottest programming, and to a "Sky" of beautifully illuminated pillars and ceiling strips. Throughout the lounge are innovative technologies sponsored by Panasonic -- high-definition TV screens, Finite Listening Zone acoustics delivering a discreet zone of pure sound, unique internet surfing platforms, and a "World of Ideas" interactive display wall with live viewcam footage from cities around the world.



The lounge's many screens play a feast of different cable and terrestrial TV content, showcasing the day's hottest programming and events worldwide -- from sports and entertainment to key breaking news stories. In all ways, the Skyplex brings together for you a world of relaxation and entertainment.

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huh how are you supposed to watch with so many screens?? what do you watch anyway? and how do you hear?
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huh how are you supposed to watch with so many screens?? what do you watch anyway? and how do you hear?
I suppose it has a headphone or something........not sure how it works....perhaps those who frequent the airport could enlighten us....
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where is it? i'll go have a look when i come back in november if i can find it..
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Didn't you all watch the news the other time...

Step 1: Choose which tv you want to watch.
Step 2: Sit at the chair in front of the tv you want to watch. Thats that... The sound from the nearby tv sets wont disturb you as it uses some high tech audio equipment which ensures that only the person sitting at that seat hear the sound from that specific television set. No headsets or anything required...
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is it one chair per tv?
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For every television tuned into a specific channel, there is cluster of designer seating in front of it. Each of the seats in this cluster receive sound from this television set only.
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Didn't you all watch the news the other time...

Step 1: Choose which tv you want to watch.
Step 2: Sit at the chair in front of the tv you want to watch. Thats that... The sound from the nearby tv sets wont disturb you as it uses some high tech audio equipment which ensures that only the person sitting at that seat hear the sound from that specific television set. No headsets or anything required...
How come I smell creative tech. in that paragraph?
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Posted: 25 October 2004 1924 hrs

BAX Global to open S$48m regional logistics mega-hub in Singapore
By Chan Hwa Loon, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : International logistics firm Bax Global will open its S$48 million regional mega-hub in Singapore at the end of next year.

It will become the largest occupant in the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore.

The company's warehouse capacity will then be boosted to more than a million square feet.

It currently has two purpose-built facilities at Changi Business Park.

Construction of the new four-storey complex at the Airport Logistics Park will start soon.

Besides providing logistics services, Bax will also explore the possibility of providing repair and light assembly work within the complex. - CNA

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Sterling Hostipal may join Singapore Airlines for meditourism

Commenting on the advantages of the package, Dhavan said, ‘‘We are providing stay and airfare at half the price along with pre and post-surgery checkup.’’

Sterling Hospital has tied up with Hotel Cama and Shanku’s Water Park and final talks are on with the airlines. Dhavan said, ‘‘We may tie up with Singapore Airlines as it halts at Ahmedabad.’’

Generally NRGs visit India between October and February every year so that they can participate in various festivals like Navratri, Diwali, Uttarayan and attend weddings too. And NRIs come to India during the same time to spend their winter vacation here.

Apollo Hospital has tied up with Airport Authority of India to provide medical services for domestic as well as international airlines customers, who land at the airport or board flights from Ahmedabad airport.

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Oh...that articles could have been posted in the Singapore Airlines thread instead, but nvm. Quite interesting to see that a possible tie up is considered thanks to SIA flying there!
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Business Times - 27 Oct 2004

Jackspeed wins AirAsia job

The Malaysian budget carrier has awarded the S'pore listed company its first commercial aircraft refurbishment contract, reports SAMUEL EE

JACKSPEED Corporation Ltd is taking off with AirAsia after the Malaysian budget carrier awarded the listed company its first commercial aircraft refurbishment contract.

Jackspeed said yesterday evening that its Malaysian subsidiary, Jackspeed Industries Sdn Bhd, will make and supply leather seat covers and seat cushions for AirAsia's Boeing 737-300. The aeroplane has about 150 seats.

'We will begin fabricating the seat covers and carpeting with a few aircraft in December,' said Jackspeed group chairman and CEO Jackson Liew. He added that Jackspeed has also secured 'authorised vendor' status from the airline to provide leather seat covers, aircraft interior refurbishment and aircraft seat cushions.

Mr Liew told The Business Times that the contract marks his company's first entry into the Asian commercial aviation market. He explained that Jackspeed had pushed to expand its aviation business to a regional level and set up operations in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand. The plan is to work with regional airline operators to offer on-time delivery to them in their home countries.

'As AirAsia's awards to Jackspeed include not just leather aircraft seats but also other aircraft interiors, such as seat covers and carpets along the aircraft walkway, it is a vital acknowledgement of Jackspeed's niche expertise in aviation upholstery and is expected to propel Jackspeed's future growth in the aviation sector,' he said.

Jackspeed is already well-known for its manufacture of custom-fitted automotive leather trim for car seats. It also provides leather wrapping of other car interior products, such as steering wheels, consoles and gear knobs. But the company moved into the aviation sector in a bid to tap the growing maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO) business.

Since May last year, its wholly-owned subsidiary Jackspeed Aviation and Marine Pte Ltd has provided interior refurbishment services to nine helicopters and nine private aeroplanes. Work on these mainly corporate aircraft from around the region includes cleaning services, and changing the leather and carpet surfaces. Jackspeed also offers its specialty - customised seat design.

Singapore is an authorised service centre for Eurocopter-made craft and a job on a chopper such as the AS365 Dauphin type of helicopter, Ekovest or Super Puma, may range from $10,000 to $50,000 depending on customer requirements regarding design and materials used.

On the other hand, work for private aeroplanes such as the Lear Jet and the bigger Kingair series, which has anything from six seats to 19, costs between $25,000 and $100,000.

Last month, Jackspeed Aviation and Marine was appointed a 'preferred partner' of Hawker Pacific Asia Pte Ltd and an 'approved vendor' by ST Aerospace Engineering Pte Ltd. ST Aerospace itself has been called one of the most aggressive MRO players in the world in a global market worth US$38 billion.

In Singapore, the source estimated the interior refurbishment market to be worth up to $1.5 million a year.

Jackspeed registered net group profit of $1.98 million in the previous financial year. But yesterday's contract will not have any material impact on the company's earnings per share and net tangible assets per share for the current financial year ending February 2005.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the republic is one of the most comprehensive aerospace MRO hubs in Asia-Pacific. There is a huge market given the high volume of air traffic passing through Changi airport and the region and the government wants to develop Singapore into a one-stop global aerospace repair and manufacturing hub to support the industry's needs. With more than 100 aerospace companies here, the aerospace industry registered an output of $3.8 billion in 2003.

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