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Old November 14th, 2004, 12:03 PM   #301
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uhhhh mr heir?! anyway i got no money also always go out with like 50 cents in my pocket
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i dunno... heirloom isnt even two words haha.. and mr hair?
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Old November 16th, 2004, 01:51 AM   #308
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This story was printed from TODAYonline

Terminal tussles

How big a threat will new Bangkok airport pose to Changi?

Tuesday • November 16, 2004

Tor Ching Li in Bangkok
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WHILE the fight for flights among airline companies — with or without frills — continues unabated in the air, competition on the airport tarmac is no less intense.

Since 1998, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul have all opened new international airports, spending $24 billion in all.

On Sept 29 next year, Bangkok is slated to unveil yet another threat to Singapore's Changi Airport with the New Bangkok International Airport (NBIA) — a project 44 years in the making, 10 times the size of the current Don Muang Airport, boasting an initial capacity of 45 million passengers a year and 3.3 million tonnes of cargo, with a whopping budget of US$4 billion ($6.6 billion).

These specifications will put the Suvarnabhumi Airport — "Golden Land" in Thai — one notch ahead of Changi Airport in terms of capacity and nearly three times larger in total land area.

Indeed, at Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's most recent meeting with Singapore Airlines and its unions, Mr Lee cited Bangkok's and Dubai's new airports as up and coming threats to Singapore's air hub status.

"Looking back 10 years ago, Thailand was nowhere as strong competition as it is today," he said.

At 563,000 sq m, the NBIA's passenger terminal will also be the world's largest building, with a 132m high control tower, designed to be the tallest in the world. Changi's trademark tower stands at 80m.

Said Mr Saksit Suksumek, director of policy and planning at NBIA Company, the airport developer: "The aim of the airport is … to be the nation's premier gateway and the region's aviation hub."

Already, Bangkok has the world's 17th largest airport by passenger traffic and the second largest in Asia behind Tokyo's Haneda airport, with around 35.3 million in passenger traffic over 12 months ending July — a surge of 19 per cent from the same period last year.

The same report by the Airports Council International ranks Singapore 27th largest in the world and fifth in Asia, with some 29 million passengers marking a growth of 15.5 per cent year-on-year — though the Transport Ministry projects this will reach a record 30.2 million passengers this year and 1.74 million tonnes of cargo.

Changi is ahead of Bangkok in terms of cargo, ranking fourth in Asia as of July — but Bangkok, ranked seventh, is growing at a nearly similar rate of 11 per cent.

Commented OCBC Investment research manager Rohan Suppiah: "With no real difference in distance between stopping at Singapore or Bangkok, especially on long-haul flights, where airlines and passengers decide to stop over will depend on the infrastructure of the airport and its network of interconnecting flights. The attractiveness of the stopover country itself as a tourist destination is also a factor."

Faced with keen competition along the "Kangaroo Route" between the United Kingdom and Australia, Singapore has its own plans: Changi's Terminal One and Two are undergoing a $500-million makeover, with a third $1.5-billion terminal in the works. Upon completion in 2008, Terminal Three will add a capacity of 20 million passengers a year, bringing the airport's total capacity to 64 million.

Cost is a key consideration to maintain Changi's air hub status.In this respect, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore's (CAAS) decision to build a 25,000 sq m low-cost terminal by mid-2006 to cater to budget airlines as well as full-service carriers is a step in the right direction.

The CAAS is also drawing on a $210m Air Hub Development Fund to give airlines a 15 per cent discount on airport charges till the end of next year. In contrast, the Airports of Thailand organisation has proposed a 20 per cent hike on fees at Bangkok airport.

And while work on Changi's Terminal Three is progressing on schedule, there are doubts that Bangkok's airport will make its Sept 29 deadline, despite Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's assurance.

As Mr Lee said at a meeting with the SIA unions: "Thailand has problems to resolve. By the time they resolve this, we should be further up."

But Mr Gabriel Yap, senior vice president of Kim Eng Securities, said "over time, the NBIA will do very well too. Like businesses, airports take time to establish themselves."

In the meantime, a stall within the Don Muang terminal set up to display a model of the Suvarnabhumi airport lies vacant and dusty. A sign reads: "Under Construction".

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Old November 16th, 2004, 10:13 AM   #309
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Posted: 16 November 2004 1231 hrs

Australia to reconsider open skies deal with Singapore in 12-18 months

SYDNEY : Australia said on Tuesday it will reconsider a stalled open skies deal with Singapore in 12 to 18 months amid signs the global aviation market is stabilising.

Australia suspended talks on the open skies deal more than a year ago amid turmoil in world airline markets caused by SARS, terrorism and the Iraq war.

In the meantime, Australian flag carrier Qantas has lobbied strongly to maintain the status quo, while Singapore Airlines (SIA) remains keen on an agreement that would allow it to compete on the lucrative Australia-Los Angeles route.

Transport Minister John Anderson's office said the government was willing to revisit the issue but not for 12 to 18 months.

"There's nothing concrete yet in terms of any times or any meetings set up with the Singaporean government," a spokeswoman for Anderson said.

"But (the minister) thinks the global aviation climate's stabilised a bit and we're willing to look at it in the medium- to long-term."

If adopted, SIA and Qantas would have unrestricted access between the two countries and beyond, eliminating restrictions on the number of flights and prices charged.

It would allow SIA to compete with Qantas on direct flights from Australia to the United States and Europe, and on the LA route in particular.

Qantas makes about 15 percent of its profits from the LA route, where it controls about 75 percent of direct flights and United Airlines has the remaining 25 percent. - AFP

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Old November 16th, 2004, 04:09 PM   #310
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Business Times - 16 Nov 2004

S'pore,Sri Lanka conclude open skies agreement

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Sri Lanka have concluded an open-skies agreement following air services consultations.

With immediate effect, airlines of both countries will be able to operate between and beyond Singapore and Sri Lanka with no restrictions on capacity, routing and aircraft type.

This complements the open-skies agreement on cargo services concluded at the previous round of consultations in October 2003.

Currently, Singapore Airlines operates 7 weekly services while Sri Lankan Airlines operates 8 weekly services between Colombo and Singapore.

Sri Lankan Airlines also code-shares with Emirates Airlines on 4 services on this route.

Passenger and airfreight movements between Singapore and Sri Lanka grew 27.2 per cent and 29 per cent respectively from January to September 2004 as compared to the same period in 2002.

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Old November 18th, 2004, 12:11 PM   #311
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Business Times - 18 Nov 2004

SATS passenger, cargo handling up in Oct

(SINGAPORE) Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) , the catering and ground-handling unit of Singapore Airlines, said it handled more passengers and cargo last month as trade increased and airlines added services ahead of year-end holidays.

The company handled 2.13 million passengers in October, 7.7 per cent more than a year earlier, it said in a statement to the stock market yesterday. Cargo and mail increased 1.2 per cent to 130,300 tonnes, and flights handled rose 17 per cent to 6,520.

SATS moves about 80 per cent of the cargo at Changi Airport, and provides baggage and security services for almost 30 million passengers expected to use the terminal this year, as well as catering to customer airlines. The number of passenger arrivals in 2004 is expected to surpass the 2002 record of 29 million people. - Bloomberg

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Business Times - 18 Nov 2004

LOGISTICS
S'pore will remain a vital hub for DHL

The logistics firm, which rode the hi-tech boom for its fast growth, now sees rising demand from life sciences, says CHEN HUIFEN

SINGAPORE'S logistics industry has always been a key part of the economy since the time of Sir Stamford Raffles. It is critical as an industry as well as an enabler, providing a support function to many other sectors here. As an industry, logistics accounts for more than 8 per cent of Singapore's GDP. As an enabler, it gives industries operating out of Singapore a significant competitive advantage.

One of the key players in the business is DHL, which operates a regional distribution centre in Singapore.

Global transport company DHL has been using Singapore as one of its key regional distribution centres in Asia since the early 1990s.

Underlying the decision to locate a hub in Singapore for the South Asia region is the island's strategic location, which Sir Stamford Raffles recognised as well when he established a trading port here.

But DHL Express Logistics Asia Pacific director John Farrell revealed that the development of Singapore as a regional distribution centre really kicked in during the late 1990s, along with the rising interest in technology goods and the creation of a knowledge economy.

'From 2000 onwards, it has been exponential, double digit growth in terms of the volume of our business,' said Mr Farrell.

He declined to reveal the actual shipment volume, but to give an idea, the regional distribution facility has grown from a 60,000 sq ft operation at Changi in 2000, to a 210,000 sq ft business now spread across three sites in Singapore. And there is still room to grow.

'We're growing at 30 per cent a year, so from that perspective, you will see that we're going to have half a million sq ft in Singapore in 5 years' time,' he said. 'So Singapore will always be an important regional distribution centre.'

Supply chain management

Driving this growth is the boom in the hi-tech industry which forms the bulk of its customers. What DHL does is to manage their spare parts supply chain processes, from inventory to the delivery point, to handling defective returns and, sometimes, even liaising with parts vendors.

Take for example, its partnership with Sun Microsystems. When an engineer in the region needs a spare part, he calls a number that is directed to DHL's call centre in Singapore, which will be picked up by a native speaking his language. The centre then checks for the availability of the component in the nearest parts centre and ensures that it gets delivered to the specified site in the required country - all within two hours.

'For Singapore and Hong Kong, we actually deliver in one hour,' he said. 'Because these city states have very good infrastructure.'

The supply chain management business is supported by a 24-hour, 100-staff call response centre in Singapore, which covers all the major languages spoken in the Asia-Pacific region. It also has 100 strategic parts centres offering inventory services and four other regional distribution centres in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney.

'The key thing is that the call centre and the warehouses are multi-user facilities,' said Mr Farrell. 'So the customers get the benefits of a lower unit cost from outsourcing because there're not only Sun Microsystem parts in the facilities, there are some other customers' as well.'

In the case of Sun Microsystems, DHL has managed to reduce the inventory cycle time from 100 days to 40 days and reduce costs by 35 per cent. Apart from Sun Microsystems, it also services Hewlett-Packard and nearly 70 other customers, who leverage on DHL's global transport network to bring about higher efficiency.

'Globally, the outsource market is growing at about 10 per cent per annum,' said Mr Farrell. 'And the spare parts market is growing at about 4 per cent globally. So if you add those two together, it's a very fast and vibrant growth in business.'

Although the high-technology industry has been driving the growth of its express services so far, Mr Farrell is seeing rising interest from other sectors.

'The life sciences and pharmaceutical industries are beginning to adopt some of the best practices from the hi-tech sector,' he said. 'It (the business arising from these sectors) is relatively small, but every month we see another organisation that approaches us and say they want to get involved in outsourcing their logistics. The momentum is building, I believe.'

DHL is expecting more demand for its regional logistics services coming from the sector, along with Singapore's push to develop a robust life sciences R&D industry. But unlike hardware, the logistics of handling pharmaceutical and life sciences products tend to be more complex.

Clinical trial samples, for instance, have shorter usable life span and are associated with higher cost, in the event of on-time delivery failure. Sometimes life sciences products like blood samples require chilling at low temperatures, or special packaging to ensure the items remain contamination-free.

Medical Express

But the company has built up a host of capabilities to meet the demand of this market. Last month, it launched a Worldwide Medical Express logistics solution in Singapore, covering temperature-controlled transportation of biological samples and diagnostic specimens between central laboratories, medical investigators, pharmaceutical and biomedical companies.

As its business grows, it also poses new challenges for DHL. Mr Farrell laments that IT solutions today are not growing at the same pace as the industry.

'When you develop an IT solution for this industry, what happens is that you get 10 more requirements in the following month from new types of customers who have some other requirements,' Mr Farrell said. 'So we have to develop an open platform that can constantly evolve to be able to support them.'

On the market outlook, he thinks Singapore will continue to play a critical role as a regional distribution hub for DHL. 'I think Singapore, because of its history in logistics, its high tech infrastructure, and the connectivity that it has at the Changi airport, is in a very good position as long as it keeps up with the pace of development in the logistics industry.

'Warehousing may have to move to other locations, but in terms of coordination centres, and call centres, in terms of regional distribution coordination, Singapore can play a key role,' Mr Farrell said.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Some facts and figures on DHL Singapore

-Close to 3.6 million shipments sent in 2003 (3.37 million express shipments)
-66.5 million kg sent in 2003 (13.2 million kg express shipments)
-23,000 TEU ocean freight in 2003
-More than 30,000 customers
-Over 1,500 employees, 300 vehicles and 10 locations around the island
-70 commercial flights utilised per day
-One of DHL's six Asia-Pacific hubs
-Multinational gateway for less-than-container load shipments

Information as at Feb 5, 2004

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Old November 18th, 2004, 12:49 PM   #313
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Too bad Singapore's only a hub, and not the hub of Asia, right?

But I love DHL's commercial shot in Tokyo. Tokyo is freaking cool!
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i saw a really really really really really long dhl poster shot in tokyo in the underground passageways to raffles place mrt and had a fun time picking out ugly people
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Is it still there?

Are you in sg now or perth? when are you coming back?
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Too bad Singapore's only a hub, and not the hub of Asia, right?

But I love DHL's commercial shot in Tokyo. Tokyo is freaking cool!
Better than not being a hub right??
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Old November 18th, 2004, 01:21 PM   #317
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i saw in october i think. coming back on sunday.
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Why are you travelling so frequently between Perth and Singapore? So many holidays?
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this time i wont have to go back to perth - my course just finished. tomorrow is the last day of exams. before this i came back because of holidays - 4 two week holidays in all.
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Posted: 18 November 2004 2156 hrs

Singapore and Turkey to expand air links
By Channel NewsAsia's Asha Popatlal in Ankara

ANKARA : Singapore and Turkey are planning to expand air links.

Currently, less than 10 flights are operated weekly by Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong is leading an official delegation on a four-day visit.

Turkey is home to some 70 million people.

So far, there have been some cultural and tourism ties between the two countries.

But the numbers are limited - only 5,000 to 6,000 Singaporeans visit Turkey each year.

Economic ties are also limited.

However, with this trip, it is clear that Turkey welcomes investment.

Singapore businessmen are also being encouraged to look at Turkey as an investment destination.

And to help them along, a guarantee agreement possibility is being worked out.

Mr Goh said: "The immediate outcome of this visit will be to see whether we can do an investment guarantee agreement between the two countries. If that can be done, it will give comfort to investors in Singapore and investors can be safeguarded under certain terms of the investment guarantee agreement."

He stressed that while political bridges can be built, it was then up to the private sector to come in and make business links.

To this end, an important first step was the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Singapore and Turkish business federations to further business opportunities.

The Singapore Business Federation said the MOU would create a better channel for the dissemination of information for businessmen, something that was lacking previously.

On the political front, Mr Goh floated the idea of Turkey taking part in the Asia Middle East Dialogue to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul.

The dialogue is an initiative, started by Mr Goh, to bring together Asian and Middle Eastern countries for peace talks.

It is scheduled to take place in Singapore next June and Turkey has agreed to be part of it.

Mr Goh, who spent the morning laying a wreath at famed Turkish leader Atuturk's grave, also held talks with Turkish leaders on terrorism.

Both countries agreed to have their intelligence agencies get together to foster closer relations.

Such high level dialogues among both countries' leaders are expected to continue even after this visit. - CNA

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