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Old November 4th, 2010, 07:36 AM   #1061
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Source:http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...04/3057244.htm

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Qantas plane in mid-air scare
By Indonesia correspondent Matt Brown and wires

Qantas says one of its passenger planes has landed safely at Singapore's Changi airport after experiencing an "engine issue" shortly after take-off.

The airline says the Airbus A380 aircraft, with 433 passengers and 26 crew aboard, made the emergency landing about 11.45am (local time).

Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Worth says all passengers and crew on flight QF32 are safe and well.

Earlier a Qantas spokesperson said the plane had been forced to shut down one of its engines.

There are reports that parts may have fallen from the plane and debris has been found on the ground on the Indonesian island of Batam.

A witness says they saw an explosion in the air over the island, south of Singapore.

The head of Indonesia's Air Transport Department says several parts from the Qantas plane crashed to earth on Batam.

The head of the local police station there says chunks of debris, several metres long, featuring red and white paint work fell in two locations.

He says a cargo door was found on a street in a housing complex and television pictures also show a large, curved piece of red metal crossed by a strip of white which resembles the distinctive curve of the flying kangaroo.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokesperson said the Qantas flight from Singapore to Sydney developed mechanical problems.

"The flight has landed safely at Changi Airport and there are no passengers or crew injured," the spokesperson said.

DFAT says the Australian High Commission staff are on their way to Changi to assist any Australians on board the flight.

If you are unable to contact relatives and hold concerns for their welfare, call DFAT's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on (02) 6261 3305 or within Australia on 1300 555 135.

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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:39 AM   #1062
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Qantas plane makes emergency landing in S’pore
By Ewen Boey – November 4th, 2010



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(UPDATE) SINGAPORE– A troubled Qantas Airbus A380 plane landed in Singapore on Thursday with smoke coming out of its underside and was quickly surrounded by six fire engines, an AFP reporter said.

Fire engines immediately swarmed the aircraft as soon is it landed on the tarmac on Changi Airport.

“I can see smoke coming out of it,” the reporter said.

Debris including what appears to be a piece of the tail of a Qantas jet was also found in the Indonesian town of Batam after a loud mid-air explosion, a witness added.

“I didn’t see a plane crash but I heard a loud explosion in the air. There were metal shards coming down from the sky into an industrial area in Batam,” witness Noor Kanwa told AFP.

Earlier reports said the plane has experienced engine trouble over Indonesian territory and attempted an emergency landing in Singapore once it had used up its fuel, an Indonesian official told AFP.

“According to the airport officials in Batam, who received radar information from Singapore, the aeroplane is trying to make an emergency landing in Singapore,” National Transportation Safety Committee head Tatang Kurniadi said.

When contacted, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson from the Australian consulate in Canberra told Yahoo! Singapore, “A scheduled Qantas flight from Singapore to Sydney has developed mechanical problems and has returned Singapore. The flight has landed safely at Changi Airport and there are no passengers or crew injured.”

“Australian High Commission staff are on their way to Changi Airport to assist passengers if required,” she added.
Yahoo! Fit to Post reader, Paku B, who stays in Batam, said, “I saw with my eyes and heard with my own ears a very loud explosion. A lot of people ran outside and saw a very big airplane coming out smoke from one of wing (sic). Then so many parts of airplane body fell to the ground and some on the roof of the house.”


Debris photo on Indonesian TV (Twitter photo courtesy of @RodrigoBNO)

If you have concerns for the welfare of family and friends on board Qantas flight 32 from Singapore to Sydney, you should first attempt to contact them directly. If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 02 6261 3305 or within Australia on 1300 555 135 (local call cost).
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:55 AM   #1063
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Some pictures of QANTAS flight QF32

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Old November 4th, 2010, 09:28 PM   #1064
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Old November 7th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #1065
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Source:http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20101105...d-0c152ae.html

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AP - Friday, November 5

SINGAPORE – A Qantas Boeing 747 with 431 people on board returned to Singapore with an engine problem shortly after takeoff Friday, a local TV station reported.

Channel News Asia quoted Qantas as saying that flight QF6 operating from Singapore to Sydney "experienced an issue with its number 1 engine" shortly after takeoff.

Qantas added that as a precaution, the captain of the jumbo jet sought priority clearance to return to Singapore, CNA reported. The aircraft landed safely, it said.

It said there were 412 passengers, three flight crew and 16 cabin crew.

The incident comes a day after an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet belonging to the Australian airline made an emergency landing in Singapore after one of its four engines suffered a blowout. That aircraft was also going to Sydney.

Qantas grounded its fleet of A380s, and other airlines made checks of their planes that have the same Rolls-Royce engine. The A380 shed debris from the busted engine onto the thickly populated Indonesian island of Batam.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 02:49 PM   #1066
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Source:http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles...et-restaurants

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Major airports capitalise on travellers’ appetite for gourmet restaurants

New York’s LaGuardia airport is the latest in a line of major airports keen to capitalise on travellers’ appetites for top-quality cuisine.

Delta Air Lines main terminal at LaGuardia has launched a new gourmet dining hall which, it is hoped, will compete for hungry travellers with the likes of the popular JetBlue lounge at rival JFK airport.

Flights comparison site by Skyscanner takes the following look at five top gourmet airport dining experiences.

LaGuardia, New York

At the heart of the new-look main terminal at LaGuardia will be a gourmet food court backed by some of the Big Apple’s top restauranteurs, such as Chris Cannon and Garrett Oliver who are keen to expand their audience and promote their main New York City eateries. The gourmet dining hall will house 13 new restaurants, including a French bistro, a fresh fish and shellfish bar, an Asian restaurant featuring traditional Vietnamese dishes and a wine bar featuring 101 premium wines.

Schiphol, Amsterdam

Europe’s third largest airport is a major hub for stopovers on long-haul flights. Luckily, there is a great range of restaurants here, including Bubbles Seafood Bar which not only features a champagne and caviar bar, but also a live aquarium where you can take a peek at your dish before it arrives on your plate.

Heathrow, London

Heathrow Airport’s £4billion Terminal 5 is not only the UK’s largest free-standing building, but also boasts some of the finest dining in the country. Among the culinary attractions is Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food, which offers a full à la carte menu carefully prepared by well-known celebrity chef and Ramsay-sidekick, Stuart Gillies.

LAX, Los Angeles

The strikingly futuristic Theme Building at LAX has been home to the Encounter Restaurant since 1997, and has attracted substantial numbers of celebrity clientele through its doors. Catering for events and private parties and housing a luxurious cocktail bar, the restaurant’s famous gourmet dishes include Belgian Endive and D’Anjou Pear Salad and is hugely popular with LA’s health-conscious crowd.

Changi, Singapore

Newly-crowned as airport of the year 2011, Changi Airport has a huge variety of top-end restaurants encompassing just about every type of major worldwide cuisine. The Green Market, a Japanese restaurant based in a tranquil eco-garden atop the departure lounge, caters for the weary traveller by providing a relaxing setting for guests to recharge their batteries and enjoy sophisticated, modern Japanese food.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 08:26 AM   #1067
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Source:http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_601042.html

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Nov 9, 2010
Changi Airport goes green
By Bryan Huang

SINGAPORE'S Changi Airport is targeting to reduce electricity consumption and use more recycled water at its terminals over the next three years.

As part of its effort towards environmental sustainability and the Changi Airport Group's (CAG) plan to set up an Environmental Management System based on ISO 14001 standards, the CAG announced a set of targets at the 'Changi Goes Green' roadshow on Monday.

These initiatives include dimming lights at airport terminals during off-peak hours, using natural lighting where possible, and installing motion sensors in some areas.

Changi Airport will also continue to explore means to use more recycled water from 55 per cent to 58 per cent over the next three years.

The airport currently uses recycled rainwater to irrigate plants, and NEWater for airport fire-fighting, sanitation and cooling of air conditioning chillers.

Other measures to conserve water include installation of tap flow regulators in all toilet taps to limit water flow from six litres per minute to two litres per minute.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 01:31 PM   #1068
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Some of the picture links of earlier posts are now dead and so I post here some more pictures to show more perspectives of Terminal 1 after the upgrade.

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This is the Orchid Library, comprising of potted orchids in bloom hovering in a frame, rising from the Arrival Hall to the Departure Hall.
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Sorry, I can't see the pics here either.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #1069
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Here are some pictures of the terminal one renovation progress:
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In this picture you can see that the carpets have been changed on your right hand side!

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Unrenovated part of terminal one!

The picture on top looks like T2s E20+/F50+ gates while the one at the bottom looks like those in E1-12 and F31-42 (those in the middle wings).
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Old November 10th, 2010, 11:14 AM   #1070
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Source:http://www.prweb.com/releases/tripex...web4759444.htm

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The best and worst airports in which to be stranded

With Singapore's Changi airport voted as the best place for unexpected stopovers, TripExtras looks at how to deal with the pitfalls of being stranded.


(PRWeb UK) November 10, 2010

If being stranded by unexpected delays is going to happen anywhere in the world, then the best place for it is Singapore's Changi airport according to a recent survey. A huge 32% of the 1,000 IAPA members surveyed said it was by far the best airport for delayed passengers.

Other favourites were Amsterdam Schiphol, Hong Kong International and Dubai International. London Heathrow, however, found itself topping both the best and worst lists as the most popular choice as the worlds worst airport in which to be stranded. Other undesirable airports were Paris CDG, Miami International, New York JFK and Mumbai International.

Poor facilities and services was a top frustration of being stranded, with 21% of responders citing this as their top annoyance. And it was Singapore's opportunities for entertainment during an unexpected stopover that made it stand out as an airport not to get bored in.

Some of those surveyed managed to spend their stranded time in the comfort of a VIP airport lounge, something which really comes into its own during stopovers - especially when hordes of passengers are crowding the terminal due to delays.

"Few people realise they can book into airport lounges when they fly economy, but for stopovers between flights and delays they are a little known gem", says James Berry, Director of TripExtras. "Our bookings for airport lounges in destinations such as Singapore, Dubai and Doha are increasing in popularity as more holiday makers discover the secret of being able to book into an airport lounge without having to fly first class".

TripExtra's airport lounges are available in over 100 airports worldwide and typically include complimentary alcoholic drinks and snacks, all within luxurious surroundings - a great way to cope with being stranded. To find out more information about TripExtras, visit http://www.tripextras.com/airport-lounges
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Old November 13th, 2010, 06:45 PM   #1072
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Terminal One renovation work:

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Old November 16th, 2010, 03:04 AM   #1073
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If I have an SQ flight out of T2 but checked-in online and have luggage to check-in, can I use the internet check-in lanes at T3 and clear passport control there?
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Old November 16th, 2010, 06:34 PM   #1074
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Nov 16, 2010
Changi brings Xmas tidings
By Lai Han-Wei

CHRISTMAS is in the air at Changi Airport, which is teeming with yuletide buzz.

The airport on Tuesday rolled out several Christmas-themed promotions and activities for the holiday season.

Travellers and visitors can look forward to freebies, song and dance performances as well as shopping offer as part of 'Changi Christmas Fantasy'.

To get passengers and shoppers in the mood, a 'Christmas wonderland' has been set up, featuring 'whimsical trees' and fantasy characters', said Changi Airport Group said.

A key feature of the 'wonderland' is a 'magical teapot', which sits prominently in the middle of Terminal 3's Departure Hall where visitors can experience hourly light-ups and a chance to win prizes.

Travellers can also catch song and dance performances at Changi's Transit Malls by costumed characters, who will also be joined by street magicians.

A new avenue for shoppers - [email protected] - will also open on weekends from 10am to 11pm from Dec 4.

A blogshop bazaar retail concept at Terminal 3's B2 Mall, it will feature three thematic retail zones offering ladies' fashionwear, kids' merchandise, as well as gadgets and gift items from popular blogshops.

Travellers shopping in Changi's Transit Malls can also redeem gifts by spending a minimum of $80 by Visa or $120 by other means in a single receipt.

Changi is also offering social media aficionados a chance to win shopping vouchers. Every week, the five best tweets with the #changifantasy hashtag on Changi's Christmas Fantasy website (www.changiairport.com/fantasy) will win $80 worth of Changi vouchers.

There will also be a daily trivia contest, where five winners will walk away with exclusive Changi premiums each day.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #1075
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How come HKIA be a 5-star airport? I think it's a 4 - 4.5-star. I agree that while HKIA is a very efficient compact airport, there is something missing there to make it truly 5-star, such as an airside transit hotel, airside communal space for temporary exhibitions, observation deck, etc.

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I think Hong Kong International Airport is a bit rundown. It doesnt even have exclusive waiting rooms for every flight like Changi. I think Changi is the best!!
Plus their passport control desks are understaffed. SIN's passport control desks are fully staffed and they are quite fast in processing incoming foreigners.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #1076
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Plus their passport control desks are understaffed. SIN's passport control desks are fully staffed and they are quite fast in processing incoming foreigners.
Yes they are but the queues in terminal one get pretty long at times due to the renovations.
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I noticed that when I was there last year though at least you can see everything is utilised unlike in HKG where only half the desks are actually staffed even if the queues are long. Imagine in SIN, if I wasn't interested in looking at what the terminals have to offer and had no luggage checked-in, I can leave the customs area in less than 15, possible even 10 minutes after disembarking from the plane. In HKG, I am stuck in the area before passport control for more than 25, maybe 30 minutes.
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I noticed that when I was there last year though at least you can see everything is utilised unlike in HKG where only half the desks are actually staffed even if the queues are long. Imagine in SIN, if I wasn't interested in looking at what the terminals have to offer and had no luggage checked-in, I can leave the customs area in less than 15, possible even 10 minutes after disembarking from the plane. In HKG, I am stuck in the area before passport control for more than 25, maybe 30 minutes.
That probably because their terminal is really big!! But architecture wise it is a nice airport.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 11:57 PM   #1079
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To be fair, the terminal is itself big. However, my arrival gate was not from the "north" but from the "eastern" wings (gate 16 or 18).
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I noticed that when I was there last year though at least you can see everything is utilised unlike in HKG where only half the desks are actually staffed even if the queues are long. Imagine in SIN, if I wasn't interested in looking at what the terminals have to offer and had no luggage checked-in, I can leave the customs area in less than 15, possible even 10 minutes after disembarking from the plane. In HKG, I am stuck in the area before passport control for more than 25, maybe 30 minutes.
Well to be fair, you only make your position based on the few observations you had at HKG. It really depends when you were at the airport.
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