Tag Archives: Singapore Airlines

Airbus cutting A380 superjumbo production to 14 deliveries in 2009 20+ in 2010

Airbus has confirmed it is further cutting down production rates for its A380 superjumbo from 18 to 14 for this year in response to specific customer requests for deferrals during the on-going economic crisis. According to the new plan, Airbus expects to deliver 14 double-decker aircraft in 2009 and more than 20 aircraft in 2010 Airbus had already revised its …

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Singapore Airlines drops Hyderabad Silkair takes over, SpiceJet adds six new flights

Singapore Airlines will discontinue its thrice a week service to Hyderabad/Shamshabad and hand it over to its regional subsidiary SilkAir will will increase frequency to five a week service from June 15, using an Airbus A320 aircraft. The current schedule is :MI478 Departing Singapore 21.00 arriving Hyderabad 23.05 except Tue, ThuMI477 Departing Hyderabad 00.05 arriving Singapore 07.25 except Wed, Fri …

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Bengaluru International Airport runs out of gates to accomodate widebody flights

Last night, as Easter Sunday came to an end, a traffic jam began at Bengaluru International Airport (BIA), which exposed the weakness of having only four “contact stands” (aero-bridge equipped gates) at the new Bengaluru International Airport, capable of handling wide-body aircraft. In the current summer schedule, the peak period for international flights, is between 22:00 (10 PM) and 02:00 …

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Skytrax awards Qatar Airways best Economy class in the world, Etihad Business, Singapore Airlines First

Qatar Airways has won the annual SkyTrax airline award for the best Economy Class in the world, which means a lot in these tough economic times when passengers are increasingly moving to the back of the plane from the front. Qatar Airways recently revamped its Economy Class meal service using a more environment friendly, upmarket, appetising and stylish way. Qatar …

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Travel agents to send a hundred thousand e-mails to Singapore Prime Minister to protest zero commission

The three month old stand-off between travel agents and Singapore Airlines on the zero commission issue shows no signs of abating. Both sides have tried to negotiate but remain apart. If anything, the dispute has entrenched both sides in to their respective stands even further. In the latest move to pressure the Singapore national carrier, Indian travel agents will send …

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Trivia answer: The world’s longest non-stop commercial flight?

Firstly, many thanks to all the Bangalore Aviation readers who participated in last week’s trivia question – Which is the longest scheduled commercial airline flight ? For the purpose of definition I placed four criteria for an ultra long-haul non-stop flight: Operated by a commercial airliner with a definite schedule No intermediate stop-over point within its scheduled duration More than …

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World’s largest Boeing 777 operator confident in Rolls Royce Trent 800 engine

Follow Bangalore Aviation on Twitter On March 12th, I had written about the “urgent” safety recommendations by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding the Rolls Royce Trent 800 RB211 engines which are used by many Boeing 777 operators. It is estimated that there are currently about 220 Boeing 777s powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines in operation with …

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Mangos trigger fire alarm onboard Singapore Airlines bound for Amsterdam

March 2nd, the crew of a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration 9V-SFK performing freight flight SQ7344 from Nairobi, Kenya to Amsterdam Schiphol, Netherlands, declared an emergency reporting a fire alert and automatic activation of the cargo fire suppression system and diverted to Munich, Germany. The aircraft landed safely, and the crew remained on board while the emergency services checked …

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10th Airbus A380 for Singapore Airlines MSN045 takes first flight after rejected take-off

Airbus A380-861 MSN045 currently registered as F-WWSG, and destined as the 10th A380 for launch customer Singapore Airlines made its first flight on February 23 and flew straight to Hamburg, where it will undergo outfitting for the Singapore Airlines’ luxurious interiors, and is expected to be delivered late this year and registered 9V-SKJ. The plane had a rejected take-off the …

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The best wine cellars in the sky

Very rarely do I get an opportunity to combine my two passions of aviation and wine and write about it. A very special thanks to the In-flight Supervisor on a recent Singapore Airlines flight who went in to the first class cellar and served me a superlative Chateau Leoville Poyferre, St. Julien, Bordeaux. Even at 35,000ft, it was one the …

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Singapore Airlines to park 17 aircraft, announces massive global capacity cuts, India services hit hard

Singapore Airlines (SIA) on the most profitable airlines in the world, announced today further route adjustments as part of the 11 per cent reduction of capacity from April 2009 to March 2010. While Bangalore remains unaffected, for now, most other gateways of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad have already been or are being affected by this latest …

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Singapore Airlines cuts capacity to India Thailand USA Europe, increases Middle East

Singapore Airlines is making further adjustments to its route network, primarily cutting back flights to various destinations in India, Thailand, Europe, and USA, while increasing capacities to the middle east. The changes, will take place progressively from now and will apply for the rest of the Northern Winter schedule (i.e. till end-March 2009), and will most likely continue in to …

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Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER low visibility take off

Over the last few weeks, we in India, especially New Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata have been experiencing flight disruptions due to low visibility and fog. May be this picture from Flickr user moonm, of Singapore Airlines newest Boeing 777-3000ER, 9V-SWT, taking off from the cold foggy confines of Paine Field, might inspire some airlines, airports, and air traffic controllers, to …

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Images: Singapore Airlines unveils A330 cabin with iPod iPhone support in Economy

Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 aircraft, 9V-STA, today, and also unveiled the cabin product. Acquired under a lease agreement with Dublin-based AWAS, and powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, the aircraft was handed over to the airline at a ceremony in Toulouse today attended by Mak Swee Wah, Executive Vice President Operations and Services, Singapore Airlines, …

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Singapore Airlines to upgrade Bangalore to Boeing 777-300

In its Summer 2009 time-table, effective March 29, Singapore Airlines will revert back to servicing Bangalore Singapore with the Boeing 777-300, an upgrade from the existing Boeing 777-200. The slowdown in the global economy caused significant impact in the Information Technology sector, which constitutes a bulk of Bangalore’s international traffic. In response Singapore Airlines had downgraded services from a daily …

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Singapore Airlines to operate Airbus A380 superjumbo to Paris

Singapore Airlines will introduce the the Airbus A380 super-jumbo, on its Singapore-Paris route from June 1, 2009 . Using the A380 in precisely the manner Airbus intended, i.e. lower frequency with a ultra-large aircraft, Singapore Airlines will cut down the frequency from the current 10 a week Boeing 777-300ER flights to a daily Airbus A380 flight. Paris will be Singapore …

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Singapore Airlines reduces Mumbai Delhi flights, DragonAir reduces Bangalore

Singapore Airlines is reducing operations from Singapore to Mumbai and New Delhi, while Dragonair is cutting back on its Hong Kong Bangalore route. Singapore – MumbaiSQ422/SQ423, service is reduced from a daily to five a week (Daily except Tuesday and Thrursday) from February 9, 2009. Service operates with a Boeing 777-200. Overall frequency to Mumbai reduced to 12 weekly from …

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Singapore Airlines prepares to fly its one millionth A380 passenger

A mere 16 months after launching services with the Airbus A380 superjumbo, Singapore Airlines is expecting to fly its one millionth A380 customer in February 2009. Singapore Airlines was the first airline in the world to fly the Airbus A380 super-jumbo, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, when it began commercial services between Singapore and Sydney in October 2007. The Airline …

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