Singapore Airlines has announced that they will boost services into Indonesia with a new service to Surabaya and increased services into Jakarta and Bali from July this year. The new daily Singapore to Surabaya service will operate on a 285 seat Airbus A330 and will see the combined SilkAir Singapore Airlines capacity increase on the service to 48 percent. Also on 26 July, SIA will introduce a ninth daily service to Jakarta, and will simultaneously add its fourth daily service to Denpasar (Bali). SIA currently operates 56 weekly Jakarta flights – more than to any other destination in its network – and 21 weekly Denpasar flights. SilkAir currently operates 60 weekly fights to nine Indonesian destinations, and in July and August will launch services to two more points, namely Semarang and Makassar. “The Indonesian economy is growing and this has increased demand for both business and leisure travel,” said Ms Lee Wen Fen, SIA’s Acting Senior Vice President Marketing Planning. “Indonesia is an especially important market for the SIA Group, as demonstrated by SIA’s new services to Surabaya, our additional flights to Bali and Jakarta, and SilkAir’s new services to Semarang and Makassar. These new flights will provide even more options to our customers for travel to and from Indonesia, as well as for travel beyond Singapore to the many other destinations in our global network.”
Singapore Airlines have announced that Gho Choon Phong will be the next CEO of the company succeeding Chew Choon Seng as CEO when Chew retires in December 2010. Outgoing CEO had the following to say about incoming CEO Goh Choon Phong: “Goh Choon Phong is a worthy successor. During his twenty years with SIA, he has worked in various divisions, ranging from Marketing to IT to Finance and Cargo, and demonstrated his versatility and leadership. I am confident that, with the support of all colleagues in SIA and the guidance of the Directors, Choon Phong and the rest of the management team will uphold SIA’s core values, continue to build the business by working hard at satisfying customers and by rising to the challenges of the future, and keep SIA at the forefront of the airline industry. The company will be in good hands.” Singapore Airlines Chairman Stephen Lee paid tribute to outgoing CEO Chew, with the following statement: “Under Choon Seng’s leadership, the SIA Group not only maintained its unbroken record of full-year profitability, it set new profitability records while remaining innovative, including through the successful introduction of the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, in 2007. With his numerous contributions over many years, SIA has consistently been the industry’s most awarded airline and one of the world’s most admired companies, with its unwavering focus on offering the highest-quality products and services,” said Mr Lee. The full media release from Singapore Airlines can be read below GOH CHOON PHONG IS NEXT Singapore Airlines CEO The Board of Directors of Singapore Airlines is pleased to announce that Mr Goh Choon Phong will succeed Chew Choon Seng as CEO when Mr Chew retires at the end of December 2010. Mr Goh, age 47, joined SIA in 1990, after graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as three Bachelor degrees, in Computer Science and Engineering, Management Science and Cognitive Science. He has served in senior management positions in Singapore as well as overseas, and is currently Executive Vice President for Marketing and the Regions, having been appointed to the post earlier this year after four years as President of Singapore Airlines Cargo. He is also presently Chairman of SilkAir. “The time is appropriate for renewal of the leadership in SIA. The business has regained ground lost during the recession of 2008-9, the company is profitable and on an even keel, and I have had the privilege of leading this wonderful organisation for over seven years. It is timely for me to hand over to the next generation and move on,” said Mr Chew. “Goh Choon Phong is a worthy successor. During his twenty years with SIA, he has worked in various divisions, ranging from Marketing to IT to Finance and Cargo, and demonstrated his versatility and leadership. I am confident that, with the support of all colleagues […]
Singapore Airlines have announced that from 31 October 2010 they will launch two new services from Singapore to Haneda Japan. Both services will operate daily on Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft under flight numbers SQ634 / SQ633 & SQ636 / SQ635. The full media release from Singapore Airlines can be read below: New Flights To Tokyo Haneda Commence 31 October 31 March 2010 Singapore Airlines’ customers travelling to Tokyo can now enjoy even greater choice, with the launch of two daily flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport. These new flights are now available for booking, through singaporeair.com or travel agents. Flights to Haneda will be operated from 31 October 2010 with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring Singapore Airlines’ latest product offerings. The flights will complement the current twice-daily Tokyo Narita services, bringing total frequency to Tokyo to four times daily. SQ634, departing Singapore Changi Airport at 1540hrs, will arrive at Haneda at 2305hrs, while SQ633, the return flight, will depart Haneda at 0015hrs and arrive in Singapore at 0640hrs. The second flight, SQ636, will depart Singapore at 2220hrs and arrive at Haneda at 0545hrs the next day. The return flight, SQ635, will depart at 0655hrs from Haneda and arrive at Changi Airport at 1320hrs. The timings for both flights are subject to regulatory approval. Haneda Airport offers an extensive range of domestic flight connections, and business travellers will appreciate its proximity to Tokyo’s commercial districts. Customers interested in viewing fares and booking flights to Tokyo Haneda can visit singaporeair.com for more details. FLIGHT SCHEDULE From Singapore To Tokyo Haneda* Flight No. Day of Operations Depart Singapore Arrive in Tokyo Haneda SQ634 Daily 1540hrs 2305hrs SQ636 Daily 2220hrs 0545hrs the next day From Tokyo Haneda To Singapore* Flight No. Day of Operations Depart Singapore Arrive in Singapore SQ633 Daily 0015hrs 0640hrs SQ635 Daily 0655hrs 1320hrs * Schedules are subject to regulatory approval, and are applicable until 26 March 2011.
Singapore Airlines have announced that it plans to resume daily all business Class flights from Singapore to New York. Singapore Airlines originally operated daily all business class flights to New York however in Feburary 2009 due to the Global Economic Crisis they reduce this service to 5 times per week . The Article by AFP can be read below: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Thursday it will reinstate daily all-business-class flights to New York on January 18 as demand for the service begins to pick up. SIA in February cut the frequency of the 100-seat Airbus A345 trips to five times a week, saying fewer people wanted premium travel as a result of the global economic slowdown. “There’s increased demand, that’s why we are increasing the flights,” said a spokeswoman for the airline, which is reputed in the industry for its business and first class services to North America and Europe. Regional aviation analyst Jim Wong of Nomura Securities in Hong Kong said SIA’s latest move reflected a larger trend as Asian economies lead the rest of the world in recovering from the crisis. “The clienteles of a lot of Asian airlines are home-based,” he told AFP by telephone. “So if the Asian economies are recovering, the Asian airlines will recover that much faster.” A sharp recession in Singapore ended in the third quarter and other economies in the region, notably powerhouses China and India, are posting robust growth. Asia-Pacific economies are expected to grow 6.3 per cent in 2010, according to a recent UN survey.
Singapore Airlines have announced it will increase the number of daily flights from Singapore to Manila to 4 per day The full press release from Singapore Airlines can be read below: Singapore Airlines is to add a fourth daily flight between Singapore and Manila from 10 July. The increase from three to four daily flights, operated by the Boeing 777 family of aircraft, will expand capacity between Singapore and Manila, by more than 20%. This has been made possible as a result of recent bilateral air services consultations between Singapore and the Philippines. SQ916 will depart Singapore at 14:10 and arrive in Manila at 17:45. The return flight SQ921 will depart Manila at 18:50 and arrive in Singapore at 22:20. To give customers more flight options to suit their travel needs and to reduce transit times for onward departures from Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines will re-time one of its present Manila services. SQ912 will be retimed to depart Singapore at 12:10 and arrive in Manila at 15:45, while the return flight, SQ919 will leave Manila at 16:50 and arrive in Singapore at 20:20. “The frequency increase on this route underscores the strong and growing economic, business and tourism links between Singapore and the Philippines. It also improves the connectivity of Manila to the rest of the world. The scheduling of the four services to depart and arrive at various times during the day between the two cities, gives our customers more options to choose a flight which better suits their travel needs,” said Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Marketing and the Regions, Mr Huang Cheng Eng.
Singapore Airlines the world’s first airline to put into service the A380 aircraft has announced that it will begin services from Singapore to Hong Kong with the A380 aircraft. Hong Kong A380 flights will being from 9 July 2009 and is expected to be a move to seal some of the Cathay Pacific’s Singapore to Hong Kong market share. The full media release from Singapore Airlines can be read below: Singapore Airlines will fly the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, on the Singapore-Hong Kong route from 9 July 2009. Hong Kong will be the fifth international destination and second Asian city which Singapore Airlines operates the superjumbo aircraft to. The Airline started operating the A380 in October 2007 to Sydney and subsequently added services to London, Tokyo and Paris. The daily A380 flights will replace an existing daily B777-300ER service to Hong Kong. The operation of the 471-seat Singapore Airlines A380 to Hong Kong represents an increase of 10% in seat capacity to the city. “The operation of the A380 to Hong Kong shows our confidence in the demand for both business and leisure travel between Singapore and the famed ‘Pearl of the Orient’. Hong Kong is a vibrant business hub and at the same time it has much to offer leisure travellers looking for great places to shop, eat and play,” said Mr. Huang Cheng Eng, Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice President, Marketing and the Regions. Following the commencement of the A380 service, SQ862, from Singapore to Hong Kong, will be re-numbered SQ856. SQ856 will depart Singapore Changi Airport at 0945hrs and arrive in Hong Kong at 1330hrs. On the return leg, SQ861 will depart Hong Kong International Airport at 1600hrs and touch down in Singapore at 1940hrs. Singapore Airlines currently operates five daily non-stop flights between Singapore and Hong Kong, along with daily non-stop services between Hong Kong and San Francisco. Customers travelling on the Singapore Airlines A380 to Hong Kong will experience unrivalled standards of luxury and sophistication in air travel. Exclusively available on the A380 are the Singapore Airlines Suites. Each Suite customer enjoys a high level of privacy in his own cabin in the sky, behind sliding doors and adjustable roller blinds. The Suites come furnished with a luxurious and fully adjustable leather seat, upholstered by world-renowned Poltrona Frau, and a full-sized bed. For entertainment, customers can enjoy crystal-clear images on a sleek 23-inch high-resolution LCD monitor, mounted on the wall in each Suite. The Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class is in a league of its own. Measuring 86 centimetres (34 inches) in width, the Business Class seat is one of the widest in the world and each has direct access to the aisle. Each seat can be converted into a comfortable wide bed, simply by folding down the seat back. Singapore Airlines’ new Economy Class seats offer customers unprecedented comfort and space. The ergonomically designed seat not only maximises knee and legroom, it also boasts intelligent features such as a non-intrusive reading […]
Singapore Airlines have released more information regarding their reduction in services to existing routes. The full media release from SIA can be found below: CAPACITY REDUCTIONS ACROSS SINGAPORE AIRLINES NETWORK The 11% reduction in capacity announced by Singapore Airlines on Monday for the period April 2009 – March 2010 will mean suspensions of flights on a range of routes, and use of smaller aircraft on others. A number of changes have already been announced and some effected, including the withdrawal of service to Amritsar (from Feb 09) and Vancouver (from Apr 09), lower frequency of flights to India, as well as a cutback on the non-stop flights between Singapore and the USA. On the Australia routes, the frequency of service to Sydney will reduce to three times daily until July. The frequency of services to Brisbane and Perth will also be reduced in coming months. To the UK, London’s three times daily service will be maintained. However, the daily B747-400 service will be replaced with a B777-300ER from end-March, resulting in a seat count reduction of 97 (-7.5%) a day. Flights to Manchester will be at three times weekly from May, down from the present five-weekly. Service to Seoul will be reduced to twice-daily (from its already-reduced schedule of 17 times weekly). One flight will continue on to San Francisco. To Japan, the Singapore-Bangkok-Tokyo service will reduce from six to five flights per week. Services to China will also change. Flights to Beijing will decrease from 21 to 17 weekly. Guangzhou and Nanjing services will reduce to five and two per week respectively. In West Asia, aside from already announced changes affecting Indian gateways, Colombo and Male will each be served by five flights per week, down from seven. Other routes, such as Brisbane, Perth, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Rome will now be operated with variable frequencies depending on the season.
Singapore Airlines have announced they will introduce new Airbus A330 aircraft on routes between Singapore and Australia along with Singapore and Japan, the full press release can be read below: Singapore Airlines will introduce its new Airbus A330-300 regional aircraft on routes to Australian and Japanese cities, progressively from the end of March 2009. The first of 19 new A330-300s will be delivered to Singapore Airlines by Airbus in mid-January. The aircraft will initially be used to complete pilot conversion, and thereafter, operate some short sectors between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and Jakarta, during late February and March. Its full entry into commercial service will occur on 30 March 2009. To coincide with the 25th anniversary of the commencement of Singapore Airlines flights between the two cities, the craft’s first route will be between Singapore and Brisbane. From April, services between Singapore and Perth will be progressively converted from the existing B777 operations to A330, with conversion completed in May. The daily flight between Adelaide and Singapore will be converted by June. Also in June, following delivery of the eighth aircraft, the A330 will debut on Japan routes, with the daily service to Nagoya to be converted from B777 operations. By March 2010, the daily B777 service to Osaka will be replaced with the A330. The A330-300 twin-engine wide-body aircraft will be configured with 285 seats in two classes – Business and Economy. A new Business Class seat, designed especially for regional and medium-haul flights, as well as other cabin product features, will be unveiled when the aircraft is delivered in January. The Business Class cabin will consist of 30 seats, in a 2-2-2 configuration (distinct from the existing B777 on these routes, which is in a 2-3-2 layout). Economy will feature 255 seats, in a 2-4-2 configuration. All seats will feature the new KrisWorld – Singapore Airlines’ award-winning in-flight entertainment system. * Actual inaugural service will take place from Singapore to Brisbane (SQ255) on 30 March 2009 – the date of the 25th anniversary of the commencement of Singapore Airlines services betweenthe two cities. The first flight from Brisbane is SQ236 on 30 March 2009.