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Japan Airlines takes delivery of first Airbus aircraft – An A350-900

Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first ever Airbus aircraft – an A350-900 at a special delivery ceremony at the manufacturers plant in Toulouse, France. Airbus secured JALs order for the A350 in 2013, breaking into a national stronghold of rival Boeing. The airline currently operates an all Boeing fleet of 737s, 767s, 787s and 777s. JAL has …

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Inflight review: Singapore Airlines Business Class: Airbus A350-900 Regional: Singapore to Bangalore

I left the Silverkris lounge at Singapore Changi airport (read our lounge review) at 7:05 PM, one hour before the scheduled departure of my flight at 8:05 PM. The gate was close to the lounge and the agents told me that I would reach in about five minutes. Boarding was scheduled to commence at 7:35 PM. When I got to the …

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Now “Book The Cook” on Singapore Airlines flights from Mumbai and Delhi

Singapore Airlines Book The Book Lobster Thermidor ex-Mumbai and Delhi flights

Fancy a traditional Kaiseki gourmet meal at 35,000 feet? Or some Nalli Nihari lamb shank? How about a fancy Shahi Thali? I have always admired the variety and detail of the in-flight dining onboard Singapore Airlines. The news that has me excited is that Singapore Airlines has finally introduced its famous Book The Cook meal service on its flights originating …

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Lounge Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge Singapore Changi

I reached Changi airport at around 12.30PM, way before my flight at 8PM. After entering, I headed to the business class counters to check-in. Despite reaching so far in advance, I was quickly checked in without any issues. After getting my boarding pass, I headed to the Jewel for lunch. The Jewel at Changi Airport The Jewel is a multi-use …

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Japan Airlines will begin Bangalore flights in 2020

Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 at Delhi Airport.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that it will begin direct flights to Bangalore from summer 2020. The flight will be the first direct flight between Bangalore and Japan and will be the second Indian destination for the carrier after Delhi. The airline will operate the flight with one of its Boeing 787-8’s which are equipped with the SkySuite business class …

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Singapore Airlines begins operations with Bangalore bound regional A350

First A350 XWB of Singapore Airlines receives the traditional water cannon salute at Singapore Changi airport.

Singapore Airlines has begun operating its regionally configured Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The airline flew the inaugural flight of the new product from Singapore to Adelaide, Australia. The aircraft is configured 303 seats with 40 business and 263 economy seats. The product is the same regional product found on the airline’s Boeing 787-10. The business class features a 1-2-1 layout with …

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Singapore Airlines to add second flight to Bangalore with an A350

First A350 XWB of Singapore Airlines receives the traditional water cannon salute at Singapore Changi airport.

Singapore Airlines will add a second flight to Bangalore from 17 May 2019. The airline will operate the second flight with its regionally configured Airbus A350-900 three times a week. The airline currently operates a daily flight with a Boeing 777-200ER. Flight Number Origin Destination STD STA Frequency Existing 777 Service SQ502 Singapore Bangalore 2005 2150 Daily SQ503 Bangalore Singapore …

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Route transfers between Scoot, SilkAir, and Singapore Airlines to affect India

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is re-jigging routes between its low-cost subsidiary Scoot, which took over TigerAir, and its regional subsidiary SilkAir, as the latter mergers into it. A number of destinations in India are affected. Between April 2019 and end 2020, Scoot will take over some of SilkAir’s routes over the next two years, and also transfer some routes or services …

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China Southern is leaving SkyTeam

China Southern Airbus A321 B-8423. Taking off for it's delivery flight.

China Southern Airlines has officially conformed that it will leave SkyTeam at the end of the year. The airline which is Asia’s largest, posted the below notice to it’s shareholders and investors. There have been rumors of China Southern leaving SkyTeam and going OneWorld for some time now. The airline has had a second rate status in SkyTeam due to …

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Oops Cathay spells it’s name wrong on it’s plane

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific rolled out a Boeing 777-300 registered B-HNO from the paint hanger with the airlines name spelt with a typo. The name on the aircraft currently reads “Cathay Paciic”. All credit to Cathay who took the error like good sports – posting images through their twitter account. Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going …

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Singapore airlines to re-launch world’s longest flight

First A350 XWB of Singapore Airlines receives the traditional water cannon salute at Singapore Changi airport.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will re-launch the world’s longest commercial flights in October. The service will see the airline flying the new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) between Singapore and New York’s Newark Liberty International Airport. The airline previously operated the world’s longest and second longest routes, Singapore – New York and Singapore – Los Angeles respectively with a fleet of …

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Ocean Infinity calls off search for #MH370

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER registration 9M-MRO taken at Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11-Feb-2014. This aircraft went missing while performing flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 persons on board. Photo copyright M. Azizul Islam

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 is arguably the world’s most mysterious commercial aviation disaster. The aircraft which was carrying 239 passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared on 8th March 2014. A multi-national search effort over many years costing hundreds of millions of dollars was called off in 2017. Earlier this year the search was resumed by …

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SilkAir to merge into Singapore Airlines after cabin upgrade

SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 9V-MBB.

SilkAir which is the regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will undergo a major cabin upgrade program which will culminate with the carrier being merged into it’s parent airline. The airline operates a fleet of 34 aircraft comprising of Airbus A320 family aircraft and Boeing 737-800’s and MAX 8’s. The airline will transition to an all Boeing fleet and has another …

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Boeing delivers the first 787-10 to Singapore airlines

American airframer Boeing has delivered the first 787-10 to launch customer Singapore airlines at a special ceremony over the weekend. Around 3000 people marked the milestone delivery at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina facility which is the exclusive assembly site for the 787-10 unlike her smaller siblings which are also assembled at Paine Field at Everett, Washington. Singapore airlines …

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Analysis: Qatar buys 9.61% of Cathay Pacific for $662 million for China foothold

After being rebuffed in its attempt to buy a stake in US carrier and fellow oneworld member, American Airlines Group, national carrier Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C. has bought a 9.61% stake in another fellow oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. Qatar Airways bought 378,188,000 shares of Cathay Pacific from Kingboard Chemical Holdings and its allied companies for HK$5.2 billion (approximately US$662 …

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Photos: New Singapore Airlines A380. Apartment Suites and better Business.

Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKD. Image copyright Devesh Agarwal

Singapore Airlines has finally unveiled its much awaited new cabin for its Airbus A380 flagship fleet. The cabins in all four classes of service, Suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy are focussed around the theme of “Space made personal, experience the difference”. The new cabins feature intimate and bespoke elements while increasing space and privacy. The new configuration offers 471 …

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