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Old October 13th, 2005, 01:14 AM   #541
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Oct 13, 2005
Mega jet to touch down at Changi in Nov
S'pore is first of three stops in Airbus A380's maiden test flight out of Europe

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent

THE world's largest-ever passenger aircraft will touch down at Changi Airport next month on its maiden test flight out of Europe.

Singapore has been picked as the first of three stops on the trip for the Airbus A380, which will also touch down in Kuala Lumpur and Sydney.

Singapore Airlines will be the first carrier to put the massive new double-decker plane into operation.

SIA has ordered 10, with an option for another 15.

The first few are due to arrive here in November next year - eight months behind schedule - and will initially be put into service on SIA's 'kangaroo route' from London to Sydney.

Though the plane can carry as many as 555 passengers, SIA will configure its A380s with 480 seats.

Sources told The Straits Times that the giant bird will take off from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, in the first half of next month and make a 12-hour non-stop flight to Changi.

So far, the A380 has not flown more than five continuous hours.

Airports worldwide have been gearing up to welcome the new aircraft.

Changi Airport is pumping $68 million into airport infrastructure, including the installation of 19 gates and larger holding rooms capable of handling the A380 and its passengers.

The Asia tour is also a good opportunity for Airbus, which has come under fire recently after announcing delays in deliveries, to generate some positive publicity.

The aircraft was unveiled at a lavish event in Toulouse in January attended by French President Jacques Chirac, outgoing German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Also at the event were the chiefs of 14 airlines that have between them ordered a total of 132 A380s. The airlines include Qantas, Lufthansa and Thai Airways.

Before the A380 can take to the skies commercially, several technical issues will need to be ironed out. Because of the turbulence generated by the aircraft's giant engines, a key area now being studied is how far other planes should fly behind the A380 during departure and arrival.

A working group, which includes representatives from Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States, will make recommendations to the International Civil Aviation Organisation by February next year.

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Old October 13th, 2005, 05:44 AM   #542
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whoo exciting...........
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Old October 13th, 2005, 06:06 AM   #543
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Old October 13th, 2005, 01:58 PM   #544
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When exactly will it be here? What are the dates?
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Old October 13th, 2005, 05:35 PM   #545
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Not sure......aiyo that means my travelling plans have to postpone liaoz.....
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Old October 13th, 2005, 07:06 PM   #546
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I'll already be away for most of November >.<
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Old October 15th, 2005, 05:03 AM   #547
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Oct 15, 2005
Will Qantas renew Sats deal? No signs yet
Aussie team here recently to meet SIA subsidiary and two ground-handling rivals

By Karamjit Kaur
Transport Correspondent

THERE are just two weeks to go before Qantas' passenger and baggage handling contract with Singapore Airport Terminal Services (Sats) expires and there is still no indication whether it will be renewed.

In August, Singapore Airlines (SIA) decided it would not renew its contract in Australia with Qantas' ground-handling arm and signed up three different companies, including Patrick Air Services, instead.

Naturally, there were suggestions that Qantas might retaliate by cancelling its own contract with Sats, a subsidiary of SIA.

A Qantas team was in Singapore recently to meet with representatives from Sats and its competitors, Swissport and Changi International Airport Services (CIAS), The Straits Times understands.

When contacted, the airline's spokesman in Sydney confirmed that talks with Sats, Swissport and CIAS had taken place, but declined to give details.

The looming deadline does not necessarily mean Qantas needs to decide soon whether it will abandon its 40-year association with Sats, observers said.

A Sats spokesman said: 'We will continue to provide the airline with ground-handling services while negotiations are being finalised.'

Of the 7,100 flights Sats handles at Changi each month, 310 - about four per cent - are Qantas services.

The contract now being negotiated is for passenger and baggage handling. Qantas' other contract with Sats for aircraft maintenance and cargo expires next year. Sats will fiercely defend its turf in both cases.

Even if the airline decides to part ways with Sats, the question is whether Swissport and CIAS would be able to service Qantas.

Swissport entered the scene in June last year and now has three clients, while CIAS has about 20 per cent of the ground-handling market at Changi.

The Australian airline is Changi's second biggest customer after SIA.

An insider said: 'They may not have what it takes to serve Qantas tomorrow, but passenger and baggage handling is not very complicated. If Qantas switches, it would probably take about three months or a little longer for the new service provider to prepare itself.

'If it so wishes, Qantas can always use delaying tactics and Sats really has no choice but to keep serving the airline in the meantime, because don't forget the other contracts are also up for renewal next year, so it makes no sense to burn bridges.'

Will Qantas switch?

Mr Seah Hiang Hong, head of research at stock brokerage Kim Eng Securities, said: 'In this very competitive and difficult climate, airlines go for good service at good prices. At the end of the day, I believe Qantas will make a rational decision.'

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Old October 19th, 2005, 03:23 PM   #548
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Business Times - 19 Oct 2005

CAAS surplus jumps 70% to $440m on strong traffic surge

Changi Airport passenger traffic grows 23% to a record 30.1m


By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) A strong recovery in air traffic last year enabled the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), which runs Changi Airport, to raise its net surplus by a whopping 70.1 per cent to $439.9 million during the last financial year.

This came on the back of a 24.5 per cent rise in total operating income to $971 million for the year ended March 2005.

As a result, the operator of the world's sixth-busiest airport had an accumulated surplus of $2.74 billion coming into the current financial year. Surplus from operations during the year totalled $349.5 million.

CAAS raked in another $66.9 million from jointly controlled companies and another $123.8 million from net non-operating income (primarily investments with fund managers and interest income).

The results reflect a remarkable change in fortunes for Changi Airport after a difficult 2003 when traffic dived 15 per cent as a result of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (or Sars) pandemic which swept across Asia.

Last year, the airport enjoyed a 23 per cent jump in passenger traffic to a record 30.1 million, compared to 24.7 million in 2003. At the same time, cargo traffic reached highs of 1.78 million tonnes, up 10.2 per cent from the 1.61 million tonnes moved in 2003.

For the first eight months of 2005, the multiple award-winning airport handled a total of 21.12 million passengers, a 7.3 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

The traffic figures enjoyed by Changi Airport far surpassed the global average, where worldwide passenger traffic rose 15.3 per cent, with the Middle East and Asia Pacific leading the way with growth rates of 24.8 per cent and 20.5 per cent respectively.

Changi Airport is currently served by more than 80 airlines connecting to over 180 cities in more than 50 countries, with more than 3,900 weekly flights.

With traffic set to grow by 4 to 6 per cent a year for the next 10 years, and chased by new airports such as Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport vying for regional hub status, Changi Airport has embarked on an ambitious upgrading programme to stay ahead of the competition.

Major capital expenditure programmes underway include the construction of $1.75 billion Terminal 3, the $45 million low cost airline terminal project, some $240 million to upgrade Terminal 2 and another $68 million to strengthen runway's, taxiways and prepare the terminal facilities to cater for the new giant Airbus 380 planes ordered by Singapore Airlines, Qantas and others.

CAAS is also calling bidders to build a 400-room, four-to-five-star hotel at Terminal 3.

Through its subsidiaries Changi Airport Managers & Partners (Champs) and SCAE Alterra Pte Ltd, CAAS also provides consultancy and has invested in several airport projects around the world, including Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica, the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Peru and the London Luton Airport.

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Old October 20th, 2005, 06:57 PM   #549
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Business Times - 20 Oct 2005

Changi airport's passenger traffic up almost 9% in Sept


SINGAPORE - Changi airport handled 2.65 million passengers in September, up 8.7 per cent over the same month last year with the rise due partly to the school holidays, the airport operator said on Thursday.

'The demand for air travel increased during the weekends before as well as after the school holidays between Sept 5 and Sept 10,' the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

Total passenger traffic in the nine months to September totalled 23.8 million, representing a 7.5 per cent jump over the same period in 2004, it said.

Airfreight handled by the airport rose an annual 2.8 per cent to 160,000 tonnes bringing overall volumes in the first nine months of the year to 1.34 million tonnes, up 2 per cent from a year ago.

Changi airport is currently served by more than 80 airlines connecting to more than 181 cities worldwide.

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Old October 21st, 2005, 06:57 AM   #550
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6.55 million more in the next 3 months to break 2004's record. Do you think CAAS will get that, or much more???

What are the average passenger traffic numbers for the final 3 months of the year from past years?
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Old October 21st, 2005, 07:10 AM   #551
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6.55 million more in the next 3 months to break 2004's record. Do you think CAAS will get that, or much more???

What are the average passenger traffic numbers for the final 3 months of the year from past years?
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October 2004 is 2.56M
November 2004 is 2.71M
December 2004 is 2.96M
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6.55 million more in the next 3 months to break 2004's record. Do you think CAAS will get that, or much more???

What are the average passenger traffic numbers for the final 3 months of the year from past years?
I estimate the figure to be around 32 million.....
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Old October 21st, 2005, 05:21 PM   #553
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21 October 2005

Boeing, A*Star to jointly develop technologies in aerospace
By Chua Chin Chye, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : US aerospace giant Boeing is tapping on research capabilities in Singapore.

It has signed a deal with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

Together, the two partners will develop technologies in areas such as advanced materials, computational science and wireless communications, for use on a wide range of Boeing products and services.

These range from commercial jetliners and military aircraft, to missile defence and satellite communications systems.

The deal with Singapore's A*Star is part of Boeing's effort to reach out worldwide and tap on research capabilities.

That is despite having some 4,000 researchers already in its stable.

Miller Adams, Vice President, Boeing Technology Ventures, said, "We do have lots of very talented researchers in Boeing and in Boeing Phantom Works where I am employed. However it would be somewhat arrogant perhaps for us to think that we are the only people in the world who would have good capabilities from a technology perspective. We embark on an exercise of finding good technology organisations anywhere in the world to supplement what we do internally, and assist us with meeting our expectations"

A*Star says Singapore has a ready pool of researchers, with platform technologies that can be applied to aerospace needs.

Professor Chong Tow Chong, Executive Director, Science and Engineering Research Council, A*Star, said, "Although we talk about aerospace, but aerospace technologies come from manufacturing, come from materials, and of course, in the future, will be more (of a) infocomm type of thing.

"Over the years, we already have these generic platform technologies built up within our research institutes. These are platform technologies. The key is how we apply these platform technologies in different industries. It is not that we start from zero."

Mr Adams added, "What we will be able to do here in Singapore is unique. There are capabilities at A*Star that are very very good in the materials area, in the information and communications area. And we consider them world-class in those areas."

Observers say the outreach will also help Boeing understand its customers in Asia better.

The three-year deal with A*Star will be Boeing's second collaboration in the Asia Pacific, after Australia.

Boeing already has 14 such partnerships worldwide.

No financial details of the deal were given - but both parties say the spin-offs are tangible.

Professor Chong said, "When we develop these technologies, relating to, let's say, new aircraft, new materials, new monitoring, new technologies...We can actually transfer this to our local industry. That in turn will conduct the repair, maintenance and overhaul of aircraft. In that sense, we transfer this technology to our local industry. And they can be competitive, and engage with the airlines."

Singapore's aerospace industry is a significant contributor to the economy.

It employs 13,000 workers in some 100 companies, with wide-ranging operations from aircraft and engine repair and overhaul to avionics and wireless communications.

Annual output amounts to more than S$4 billion. - CNA/ms

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Old October 22nd, 2005, 12:46 AM   #554
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Changi airport's passenger traffic up almost 9% in Sept


SINGAPORE - Changi airport handled 2.65 million passengers in September, up 8.7 per cent over the same month last year with the rise due partly to the school holidays, the airport operator said on Thursday.

'The demand for air travel increased during the weekends before as well as after the school holidays between Sept 5 and Sept 10,' the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

Total passenger traffic in the nine months to September totalled 23.8 million, representing a 7.5 per cent jump over the same period in 2004, it said.

Airfreight handled by the airport rose an annual 2.8 per cent to 160,000 tonnes bringing overall volumes in the first nine months of the year to 1.34 million tonnes, up 2 per cent from a year ago.

Changi airport is currently served by more than 80 airlines connecting to more than 181 cities worldwide.

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Interesting...
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I saw it.....but forgot to take a picture of it.....
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This story was printed from TODAYonline

Changi first non-American airport to take off with this airport security award

Tuesday • October 25, 2005

SECURITY measures at Changi Airport have been given the thumbs-up by Airport Security Report, a United States-based leading publication on airport security.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), which operates and manages Changi Airport, is the first non-American airport to receive the Excellence in Airport Security Award at a major North American aviation event held in Toronto last month.

According to a judging panel of aviation security specialists, Changi Airport won for its good security management practices and infrastructure, well-trained security staff, overall operating efficiency and non-oppressive screening measures.

"In security, it is necessary to be constantly vigilant and not take anything for granted," said CAAS director-general of civil aviation Wong Woon Liong. "The Singapore Police Force and security agencies at Changi Airport have put in commendable efforts to achieve a high level of security here."

Last month, 703,901 visitors passed through the arrival halls at Changi Airport.

This is a 6.9-per cent rise compared to the same period last year.

The top five visitor markets are, in descending order, Indonesia, the People's Republic of China, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.

These markets accounted for half of Changi Airport's total visitor arrivals for the month. — Jasmine Yin

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Business Times - 25 Oct 2005

Changi Airport wins US award for aviation security

Among criteria is balancing security with operating efficiency

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Singapore Changi Airport has received an award for its efforts to maintain safety and security of the air travelling public, the first ever winner of the award outside the United States.

US-based publication on airport security, Airport Security Report, conferred Changi with its 'Excellence in Airport Security' award in the International Airport's category.

A judging panel comprising leading aviation security specialists considered various elements of security preparedness, including good security management practices and infrastructure, overall operating efficiency, attention to detail, well-trained security staff and non-oppressive screening measures.

The six basic criteria used to evaluate airports nominated for the award were significant advances in airport security, security effectiveness, security management, leadership, achieving a balance in airport security programmes and airport operations, and maintaining public confidence in air travel.

The award was presented to The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) at the Airports Council International-North America's 14th Annual Conference and Exhibition, held in Toronto, Canada recently.

CAAS director general Wong Woon Liong commended the Singapore Police Force and security agencies at Changi Airport for putting in commendable efforts to achieve a high level of security there.

'CAAS works closely with these organisations to improve aviation security policies and practices on the one hand, while balancing the needs for passenger facilitation and cost efficiency on the other,' he said. 'In security, it is necessary to be constantly vigilant and not take anything for granted.'

This brings to 17, the number of awards Changi Airport has garnered this year. Recently, it also won recognition for passenger comfort from British frequent travellers. For the 18th consecutive year, readers of the Business Traveller (United Kingdom/Europe) magazine voted Changi the 'Best Airport in the World'.

And for the 8th consecutive year, Britain's The Daily Telegraph's reader survey ranked Changi the 'Best International Airport'.

Meanwhile, the latest 'Travel Awards 2005' survey conducted by Selling Long Haul magazine, travel agents in UK and Ireland voted Changi the 'Best Airport in the World'.

Changi, the world's sixth-busiest airport, handled 23.8 million passengers between January and September 2005, representing a 7.5 per cent climb over the corresponding period last year.

Over 30 million passengers passed through Changi last year.


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Let me see, S'pore is a fine city!
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