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Old December 6th, 2004, 05:33 PM   #341
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Hmm...I am kinda surprised. The brits gave them the green light to fly that route??
You'll be even more surprised that they give another middle eastern airlines Gulf air to fly the Singaapore-London route too......
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Old December 6th, 2004, 06:57 PM   #343
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You'll be even more surprised that they give another middle eastern airlines Gulf air to fly the Singaapore-London route too......
Haha...and continues to pout when SIA tries to fly more to London (and beyond)?

Lovely protectionism!
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Old December 12th, 2004, 10:06 AM   #344
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Haha...and continues to pout when SIA tries to fly more to London (and beyond)?

Lovely protectionism!
Hmm...sounds strikingly similar to the sydney-LA thingy........
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Old December 13th, 2004, 07:44 AM   #345
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Aiyah....their two national airlines are allies for a reason then?
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Old December 13th, 2004, 02:55 PM   #347
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Old December 13th, 2004, 03:13 PM   #348
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Old December 13th, 2004, 03:51 PM   #349
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Haha...and continues to pout when SIA tries to fly more to London (and beyond)?

Lovely protectionism!
Indeed....

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Posted: 13 December 2004 2124 hrs

Qantas CEO Dixon still against full Australian-Singapore open skies
By Asha Popatlal, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Qantas Chief Executive Geoff Dixon is still against a full open skies agreement between Singapore and Australia.

He's stuck to his long-held position that Qantas is unable to get the same advantages from Singapore, as Singapore Airlines trying to get from Australia.

Remember, Qantas has so far managed to persuade the Australian government to hold off any open skies agreement with Singapore.

A deal would allow Singapore Airlines to fly directly from Australia to the US, which is a highly-lucrative route.

Last month, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister, John Anderson, said his government would consider granting SIA unlimited acess to such trans-Pacific routes in the next 12 to 18 months.

"What we are saying and have always been saying is that we cannot get the same advantages from Singapore as Singapore Airlines is seeking from Australia. That may not be the Singapore authorities' fault. But right now, we cannot fly from Singapore to any places because our government has not been able to negotiate the rights to those countries. So, we are in a different and more difficult position from Singapore Airlines. And it's very easy for SIA to say we should be able to fly here and there. Australia is among the most open aviation markets in the world and Qantas competes against some 40 odd carriers coming in every day. So my view is that when Qantas can get proper reciprocal rights, then yes but we can't get that," said Geoff Dixon, Qantas's chief executive. - CNA

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Old December 16th, 2004, 02:25 PM   #350
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Singapore inks aviation maintenance MOU with HK
By Thomas Cho, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department have signed a memorandum of understanding, opening up the markets for companies doing aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul works.

Under the agreement, Singapore-based companies can repair Hong Kong-registered aircraft without having to obtain additional approval from the SAR's Civil Aviation Department.

Likewise, Hong Kong-based companies can maintain aircraft components for Singapore-registered planes.

The CAAS said Thursday's agreement would increase business opportunities for companies in the industry.

Some 60 aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul companies in Singapore stand to gain from the MOU. - CNA

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Old December 17th, 2004, 09:57 AM   #351
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Business Times - 17 Dec 2004

Changi's Nov passenger volume sets record

SINGAPORE -Changi Airport's November 2004 passenger traffic rose to 2.71 million,12.8 per cent higher than November 2003, and a 15.5 per cent increase over November 2002.

For the first time in Changi Airport's history, the daily passenger traffic exceeded 100,000 passengers.

This milestone was crossed 3 days in the month of November.

The traditional peak season for air travel is the month of December.

The last two highest daily figures were 98,213 passengers in December 2003 and 98,421 passengers in December 2002.

Taken as a whole, Changi Airport handled 27.4 million passengers in the first 11 months of this year, a 24.7 per cent improvement over the corresponding period last year, and a 4.5 per cent hike over 2002.

Changi Airport's airfreight volume also rose as it processed 149,297 tonnes of air cargo in November 2004, a 3.8 per cent increase over November 2003, and 2.3 per cent stronger than November 2002.

Between January and November 2004, Changi Airport handled 1.62 million tonnes of airfreight.

This is 10.3 per cent more than the same period last year, and an 8 per cent jump over 2002.

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Old December 17th, 2004, 07:09 PM   #352
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Old December 18th, 2004, 03:25 AM   #353
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Dec 18, 2004
Record passenger numbers at Changi
Daily 100,000 mark hit three times last month, thanks in part to low-cost carriers

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent

STRONG GROWTH

-Changi Airport handled 27.4 million passengers in the first 11 months of the year, a 24.7 per cent rise over the corresponding period last year.

-Total sales at the more than 100 shops in the two terminals rose by 21 per cent in the same period, compared with the same period in 2002.

-The airport processed 1.62 million tonnes of cargo between January and November, up by 10.3 per cent compared to same period last year.

FOR the first time in Changi Airport's 23-year history, the number of passengers coming through it in a day has crossed the 100,000 mark, a major achievement in a year when competition from regional airports has been hotting up.

It happened on three days last month, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) yesterday. The previous record was 98,421 passengers a day in December 2002.

Overall, the airport handled 27.4 million passengers in the first 11 months of the year, a 24.7 per cent rise over the corresponding period last year when Sars hit, and a 4.5 per cent increase on 2002.

With just two weeks to go before the year ends, the final tally is expected to top 30 million, setting yet another record. The last record of 29 million passengers was set in 2002.

Part of this year's strong growth came from budget carriers now operating at Changi. Changi hopes to attract more low-cost carriers next year when its no-frills terminal is ready.

This year's increased passenger traffic has also resulted in more business for airport retailers.

Revenue figures are not available, but according to CAAS, total sales at the more than 100 shops in the two terminals between January and November this year rose by 21 per cent compared to the same period in 2002.

One of those to benefit from the higher traffic is Naunce-Watson, which runs 15 cosmetic and perfume outlets at the airport.

Its executive general manager, Mr Ken Tse, said: 'It's been a great year and we expect sales to hit over $170 million, compared to about $130 million last year and $120 million in 2002.'

He attributed the increase not only to the greater number of passengers going through the airport, but also to CAAS' help with marketing and publicity.

Singapore has gone all out to promote Changi Airport as a shopping haven in the past few years, holding regular promotions and sales. Mr Tse said: 'We expect next year to be just as good and are projecting a further 5 per cent growth.'

The airport also handled more cargo this year. Last month alone, it processed 149,297 tonnes, 3.8 per cent more than in November last year, and 2.3 per cent up compared to the same month in 2002.

In the first 11 months of this year, the airport processed 1.62 million tonnes of cargo, up by 10.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Changi's performance mirrors Singapore's success in attracting a record number of visitors this year.

The Republic has broken its annual record of 7.69 million tourists and looks set to hit the eight million mark next week, based on the latest projections by the Singapore Tourism Board.

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Old December 18th, 2004, 03:37 AM   #354
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Dec 18, 2004
Move to resume direct S'pore-Kuantan flights

GENTING HIGHLANDS - PAHANG is discussing with Malaysia Airlines the resumption of direct flights from Singapore to Kuantan.

The move would boost tourism in Pahang, which is trying to attract more tourists this year, state executive councillor Maznah Mazlan said.

She said Pahang, which offers beaches, eco-tourism and cool highland resorts, is popular with Singaporean tourists.

Pahang expects about 3.4 million tourists this year, a far cry from the peak of 5.2 million in 2002 before the Sars outbreak. \-- BERNAMA

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Old December 20th, 2004, 12:12 PM   #355
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Business Times - 20 Dec 2004

Time ripe for S'pore to be plane financing hub: SALE

Move would capitalise on aviation hub status, travel surge

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Singapore should capitalise on its status as an aviation hub and the surge in regional aviation activity to build itself up as an international aviation finance centre, according to Robert Martin, the chief executive of Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE).

'We have the aviation hub and we have low-cost carriers starting up all around the region, including three here in Singapore. And we have global aerospace players like SIA Engineering and ST Aerospace, and operating lessors like ourselves,' Mr Martin observed. 'What we need is to bring together players who can also develop Singapore into a centre for aircraft financing.'

He said that while Singapore banks have been involved in aviation finance, they had not been big players on the international scene.

But this could change soon. BT understands that DBS Bank has very recently formed a dedicated international aircraft financing team, headed by veteran Peter Davis. And OCBC Bank, whose chairman and executive director Cheong Choong Kong is involved in a China-based low cost airline venture, is also said to be preparing to set up a similar unit.

But for Singapore to establish itself as an international centre for aviation finance, its various Singapore financial sector players have to work together, Mr Martin said.

'We have our banks who handle the debt and debt capital markets. We have big equity market players like GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corp) and Temasek Holdings. And on the operating lessor's side, there is SALE.

'But all are working individually at the moment. If we combine our resources and capabilities, we can provide tailored solutions for the international aviation market.'

Mr Martin is upbeat on the prospects for this, and believes that Singapore's status as a regional aviation centre will be further enhanced when it signs the Capetown Convention on ownership and security rights for aircraft.

In the longer term, Singapore also needs to explore the aircraft securitisation market, he added.

'Hedge funds are setting up shop here in Singapore, and if we really want to work with them we need to look at securitisation,' he said.

'This also requires the banks to be involved in terms of managing and executing the process. There is no reason why we can't do 'reits' for aircraft.'

SALE, which was set up in 1993, is one of the world's leading aircraft leasing companies, with a portfolio of 60 aircraft leased to 29 customers across the globe.

It deals with over 40 banks worldwide, including the three homegrown banks here, and has also been securing export credit guarantees from both the European Export Agencies and US Exim Bank for its acquisitions of new aircraft from Airbus and Boeing.

It has also raised S$265 million via two bond issues in recent years.

Mr Martin revealed that SALE will be placing an order for between 30 and 50 new Airbus, Boeing and Embraer planes next year, just before its current deliveries of 10 to 15 aircraft a year runs out in May 2006.

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21 December 2004

Singapore and Australia to hold talks soon for open skies agreement

Singapore and Australia will meet soon to discuss an open skies agreement.

This was revealed by Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong on Tuesday.

He said he will be meeting Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister John Anderson in the coming months for talks.

Singapore is pushing for access to flight routes between Australia and the US.

But Qantas Airways has been lobbying against a full open skies agreement between the two countries.

This is because it will allow SIA to compete with Qantas on direct flights from Australia to the United States and Europe, in particular, the highly-lucrative Los Angeles route. - CNA

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Business Times - 22 Dec 2004

Australia, S'pore differ on when to have open skies

By DONALD URQUHART

AUSTRALIA and Singapore agree on the concept of open skies but not the pace of reaching that agreement, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said yesterday.

'I think the two governments have made their stands quite clear - that the ultimate end-point that both of us are looking at is a complete open skies agreement,' Mr Yeo told reporters. 'Where we differ is the pace.' Asked whether Singapore needed to apply pressure on Australia, he said: 'We have to.'

Singapore - largely on behalf of Singapore Airlines - has been pushing for a while for so-called fifth-freedom rights to carry passengers onwards from Asia via Australia to the US.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson said during the September 2003 signing of the liberalised air agreement between the two countries that access to the lucrative trans-Pacific market would be re-visited once the international airline industry had recovered. Although high fuel prices are a concern, this recovery has largely occurred, according to airline analysts.

Asked yesterday whether Mr Anderson has reneged on his promise to re-visit the issue, Mr Yeo said they will meet 'in the coming months' and 'the fact that we are going to be talking is a good sign'.

'I think the industry did take some time to settle down,' Mr Yeo said. 'The key thing is being able to agree on the timetable on getting to the end-point. And that's what we're going to be talking about when I meet him.'

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Dec 24, 2004

New air pact sets pace for Asean travel

Singapore, Thailand and Brunei will sign an open skies deal on Monday

By Karamjit Kaur
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THE push for more liberal skies in Asean is gaining momentum, with a new deal to be inked by Singapore, Thailand and Brunei on Monday. It will let their respective airlines operate an unlimited number of passenger services on any route in the three countries.

Although Singapore carriers already fly without restriction to Thailand and Brunei, the pact had an added significance, said a Transport Ministry spokesman, responding to queries from The Straits Times.

It is a pioneering pact the other Asean countries can use as a reference point and join it when they are ready. The spokesman said: 'We believe it is important to participate in this landmark multilateral agreement as it establishes a useful framework for Asean to fully liberalise its passenger services eventually.'

The pact, to be signed in Bangkok, will also take Asean a step closer towards giving each other unlimited passenger services to the different capital cities by 2008. Asean's goal is to let airlines criss-cross the region without restriction. It means, for example, Singapore Airlines can pick up passengers in Kuala Lumpur and then fly to Bangkok or any other Asean destination.

SIA yesterday welcomed the multilateral pact. Said its spokesman Stephen Forshaw: 'We see these types of open multilateral arrangements as a good follow-up to liberalised bilateral air service agreements. They provide benefits to consumers and allow for good growth for travel in coming years.'

Singapore has long championed a liberal aviation policy. It has open skies deals with the United States, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Brunei, Chile, Peru, the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka. Talks are on with Australia to allow airlines from both countries to operate without restrictions.

The Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalisation of Passenger Services will be signed by Singapore's Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong, Brunei's Communications Minister Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Zakaria and Thailand's Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit.

It is the second pact to be sealed since former prime minister Goh Chok Tong and Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra suggested last October that an Asean initiative should be allowed to proceed as long as two member countries back it. Last February, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei signed a multilateral deal for unlimited all-cargo services in the three countries. Cambodia joined it three months later.

Said the Singapore Transport Ministry's spokesman: 'A large pie for Asean would naturally mean more benefits to each individual member, including Singapore.' With more air links, Asean would also be more appealing as a tourist destination and create more opportunities for joint marketing, she said.

Mr Forshaw said SIA was projecting a 7-10 per cent growth in passenger numbers. He added: 'Healthy economies in Asia should continue to drive growth. The regulatory environment needs to keep pace with that.'
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The reclaimed land area is huge!
Yeah, but we still dunt know what exactly is the airport expansion plan gonna be like. Strange for them to pop up a military airbase right next to Changi on the new reclaimed land!
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