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Singapore Airlines to open restricted SIA Training Centre to public on July 25

SIA Training Centre. Cabin evacuation training simulator

On any other day the SIA Training Centre is a fortress. Restricted, where visitors are admitted only after a specific invitation and a thorough security checking. But, only July 25, 2015, Singapore Airlines is throwing open this secretive centre open to the public as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the island nation’s founding. Called the SIA Open House, …

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Garuda signs intent for 30 787-9 Dreamliners, 30 737 MAX 8, and 30 A350

CGI of Garuda Indonesia 737 MAX 8 and 787-9. Boeing image.

National carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced its intent to purchase 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, as well as up to 30 737 MAX 8 airplanes. Boeing will officially post this order to its orders & deliveries website once the airline finalises the order. In addition to the announcement today, the flag carrier also reconfirmed its intent to purchase 50 737 MAX …

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A day of revival at Malaysia Airlines and lessons for our national carrier

The 1st of June was a day of revival for Malaysia Airlines. As of that day all 20,000 odd employees were served termination letters and all assets transferred to a new entity. The new company will subsequently re-employ 2/3rds of the staff but on new terms and contracts. This drastic but necessary decision is being carried out given the precarious …

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Vietnam Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 takes off

Vietnam Airlines A350-900 first flight.

Vietnam Airlines is due to become the first Asian airline and second carrier globally, after launch customer Qatar Airways to operate the Airbus A350 XWB. The first of the airline’s 14 ordered A350-900 completed its first flight in Toulouse, France yesterday. Vietnam Airlines has a very recognisable blue and gold livery which looks good on the new aircraft. The aircraft …

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Singapore Airlines unveils SG50 livery on it’s A380

One of the two Airbus A380's painted into the special SG50 paint scheme.

Singapore Airlines has painted two of it’s Airbus A380’s in a special livery for the island nations Golden Jubilee celebration. The livery features the Singapore flag on both sides of the aircraft and the official SG50 logo on the two inboard engines. The first aircraft in the special scheme is 9V-SKI is expected to be in service from early June …

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In-flight review: Singapore Airlines Business Class: Airbus A380: Mumbai to Singapore

Call it a sheer coincidence, but despite my frequent travels, I had never flown the Airbus A380 till October 14, 2014. Given my years of loyal patronage of Singapore Airlines, divine providence ensured my first A380 flight would be with the island nation’s carrier who was the launch customer of the A380, and coincidentally on the first A380 delivered in …

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Malaysia Airlines bans e-cigarettes from check-in luggage

Last month the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) advising airlines about potential fire risks from e-cigarettes which use lithium batteries to heat nicotine in to a vapour inhaled by users. The SAFO issued after two instances of fire caused by e-cigarettes, called for banning of these popular devices from checked-in baggage. Though …

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In pictures: Singapore Airlines’ new premium economy class, routes, dates

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

Singapore Airlines has finally unveiled its previously announced premium economy class, and has opened up selected routes for sale which will commence operations on August 9, 2015, the island nation’s 50th independence anniversary, on the Singapore Sydney route. Singapore Airlines will invest $80 million to install the new class on 19 Airbus A380s, 19 Boeing 777-300ERs (B77Ws) and the first …

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TigerAir terminates SpiceJet agreement due to latter’s network changes

SpiceJet and TigerAir announcing their interline partnership in December 2013 which has now been terminated.

A SpiceJet spokesperson has confirmed that its year old passenger inter-line agreement with Singapore based low cost carrier TigerAir has been “terminated based on mutual decision [since SpiceJet’s] network changes made it no longer commercially worth doing.” As per reports in The Business Standard and The Economic Times, Tiger had terminated the agreement due to SpiceJet’s “non-performance”. The financially troubled …

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Vistara and Singapore Airlines launch Frequent Flyer Programme partnership

It was inevitable. Singapore Airlines and Vistara (Tata-SIA) have announced a partnership between their KrisFlyer and Club Vistara frequent flyer programmes. The partnership enables KrisFlyer members to earn and redeem miles on Vistara flights and Club Vistara members can earn and redeem points on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights. The accrual of miles and points for members of both frequent …

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Malaysia Airlines says website intact after hacker attack

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-400 9M-MMD Penang Bayan Lepas Int'l Airport.

National carrier Malaysia Airlines suffered a DNS poisoning attack where visitors who typed in the airline’s website address www.malaysiaairlines.com were re-directed to a hacker site. However the carrier said all the passenger data remains secure. In a statement the airline said At this stage, Malaysia Airlines’ web servers are intact. The airline has resolved the issue with its service provider …

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Malaysia Airlines equips its A330 pilots with iPad Air electronic flight bags

Malaysia Airlines implements electronic flight bag from Lufthansa Systems with Airbus Flysmart application.

National carrier, Malaysia Airlines is equipping its Airbus A330 fleet with electronic flight bags consisting of Apple’s iPad Air tablets installed with electronic navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems and integrating the Airbus Flysmart application. The iPad will replace the bulky hard copy charts, route navigation, and other information with a paperless cockpit solution containing all the information required for routes …

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Singapore Airlines introduces Taittinger Prelude Champagne in business class

Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus Cuvée NV tasting notes

Singapore Airlines is now serving the Prelude “Grands Crus” from the world renowned Champagne house, Taittinger, one of the few remaining family-owned Champagne houses. Prelude “Grands Crus” is comprises only cuvée (first pressing) and is a blend of 50% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Le Mesnil sur Oger) and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims area …

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Seat-belt warning. Mumbai bound A380 suffers injuries during turbulence

Bangalore Aviation has always promoted the wearing of seat-belts when seated on-board an aircraft. An incident on-board a Mumbai bound flight highlights our safety campaign. On Saturday October 18, 2014, at around 21:30 IST (16:00Z) approximately 30 minutes before arrival, a Singapore Airlines A380-800 9V-SKJ performing flight SQ424 from Singapore to Mumbai with 408 passengers and 25 crew on-board, suffered …

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China Airlines receives first Boeing 777-300ER featuring “family couch” economy seat

China Airlines' first Boeing 777-300ER B-18051.

Taiwan’s China Airlines’ first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft has landed at its home base of Taipei. Line number 1227, registration B-18051 is part of a 10 aircraft order. The carrier will induct two more 777-300ERs in October and November this year. The 777-300ERs will feature a new cabin product designed by award-winning Taiwanese architect Ray Chen. China Airlines will seat 358 …

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Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand alliance code-share flights on sale now

Star Alliance members Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand who announced an alliance in February, will launch their flights under the alliance from January 6, 2015. Tickets for their code-share flights are on sale now. The alliance will see the two airlines operating one daily round-trip flight each, between Singapore and Auckland, and Singapore Airlines operating a daily flight between …

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TigerAir offers exclusive special fares on Cleartip as part of partnership

Tigerair signs strategic distribution partnership with Cleartrip Also announces exclusive special fares for Cleartrip customers Singapore based budget airline Tigerair, has signed a strategic distribution partnership with on-line travel agent Cleartrip.com. To celebrate this partnership, Tigerair has announced one off special fares with limited sales period exclusively for Cleartrip customers starting at INR 5,499 for one-way travel to Singapore for …

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#MH17 – Count increased to 298. Aircraft first flew on same date of crash exactly 17 years ago

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash 9M-MRD Engine Debris July 17, 2014 Boeing 777-200ER

On the ill-fated flight MH17 which crashed in eastern Ukraine while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines has increased the POB (persons on board) count from 295 to 298. This would imply a full flight given the seating capacity on board Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777-200ERs are 282; 35 in business class, 247 in economy. Nationalities of persons on …

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#MH17 – Malaysia Airlines releases official statement

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRL. Sister of 9M-MRO which crashed #MH370 and 9M-MRD which crashed #MH17.

Malaysia Airlines has released a statement at 12:30am local July 18, (16:30Z July 17) regarding flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that has disappeared presumed crashed on July 17, 2014. Media Statement 1 MH17 Incident Released at 12:30am/18 July 2014 Malaysia Airlines confirms it received notification from Ukrainian ATC that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 …

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