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Singapore Airlines announced that on Thursday September 18th 2008, it received its 6th Airbus A380 from Airbus. The airline is supposed to use the super jumbo jet for a second daily flight between Singapore and London.

It is good news for Airbus and Airbus Investors since the company seems to be sticking to its delivery target and schedule of 12 Airbus A380 by the end of the year (despite delay rumors).

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From the days of $149 per barrel of crude oil to $106-$108 per barrel, none of the airlines seem to have passed the fuel savings yet. (I do admit that one of the reasons is that oil is still very expensive from its cost of $60-$80 a barrel an year back).

Singapore Airlines just announced that it is going to cut its fuel surcharge by $4 – $10 (starting Tuesday September 8th 2008) on flights from Singapore to “Southeast Asian countries, Australia, New Zealand and other East Asian destinations“. The airlines is also cutting surcharges on “flights from Singapore to South Asia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, flights
between Dubai and Istanbul, the Dubai-Moscow route and the
Bangkok-Tokyo

BUT, surcharges on long-haul flights between Singapore and United States/Canada will remain unchanged! 😦 .

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In the recently held 26th OAG Airline Industry Awards, Singapore Airlines was voted “OAG Airline of the year” (with the Best Airline in Asia and Best International First Class) and Singapore Changi, Singapore’s International Airport was voted the “Best Airport”.

From OAG Website

“Multiple winners on the night included last year’s “Airline of the
Year”, British Airways, which retained its crown as Best Transatlantic
Airline and also won the Best Business / Executive Class category, an
award that had been won for the last five years by Continental
Airlines. Continental Airlines, however, did retain its title as Best
Airline Based in North America, for a fifth successive year, and also
won the new category for Best Airline Finance Deal for its EETC
(enhanced equipment trust certificate).”

Reflecting the global reach of the OAG awards other regional winners on
the night for best airline included Qantas (Australasia / Pacific), LAN
Airlines (Central/South America and the Caribbean), South African
Airways (Africa), Virgin Atlantic (Western Europe), and CSA Czech
Airlines (Central/Eastern Europe). Air New Zealand was voted Best
Transpacific Airline and American Airlines was recognised for Best
Economy / Coach Class.

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Singapore Airlines has been selling so many business class tickets on its routes from NYC-Singapore and LA-Singapore that “it is converting the five ultra-long-haul Airbus A340-500 jets that it uses on those routes to all-business-class seating“. Currently the aircrafts are – “outfitted in two classes: 63 business-class seats and 117 seats in what Singapore calls premium economy“.

How much does it cost?
From here

“How much does it really cost for a business-class seat? Every time I
ask an airline executive, I get a song and dance the likes of which
haven’t been seen since the Palace Theater featured vaudeville. The
walk-up fare on the trans-Atlantic routes is about $10,000, though
corporations negotiate discounts and a traveler wallowing in
frequent-flier miles used to be able to book an upgrade.”

The all-business class airplanes will have iphone/ipod docks and 15.4 inch LCD screens for each seat.

From Gizmodo

“Each business customer can dock their iPhone or iPod and watch their
own movies on the included noise-canceling headphones—which will be
interrupting when the captain wants tell you to look off to your left
so you can see a drunken Superman mooning your plane.”

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Tiger Airways, the largest low-cost airline based in Singapore, has come under fire for its discriminatory policies against handicapped passengers.

Last month, a group of four deaf adults were not allowed to fly because according to airline’s policy, they are supposed to fly with a care provider who can hear. The group have lodged a complaint with Australian government’s anti-discrimination watchdog for not

This is not the first time, the airlines had been in news for its discriminatory policies. In December 2006, two families (in separate instances) were denied boarding because they have a member in a wheel chair.

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Facts about the Video –

  • Singapore Airlines‘ Boeing 747
  • Landing at Zürich Airport
  • Watch out for how the 747 wings move with the cross winds
  • I wonder if an airplane of this size is swayed like this, what will happen to this aircraft 🙂

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