YouTube user/Channel Flight Travels has a great YouTube Video Review of Economy Class Singapore Airlines B777-300E from Seoul to San Francisco. Check out the seat features and experience the long-haul service on-board Singapore Airlines B777-300ER aircraft. It was an enjoyable and comfortable experience even though the flight was full. Interestingly, many passengers appeared to be of South Asian ethnicity (given the flight was one from South Korea to the United States) and the meal service was quite interesting, given the large number of requests for Indian vegetarian and Indian non-vegetarian meals. I couldn’t sleep but spent my time enjoying the movies, filling myself with water and snacks in between the meals that were served. Have you flown Singapore Airlines on this route or aircraft, tell us what you thought of your flight and service? .
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.”
With Singapore Airlines signalling the end of the Boeing 747 the airline has announced that it will operate special commemorative flights between Singapore and Hong Kong on 6 April 2012 to mark the retirement of the Boeing 747 after nearly four decades of service. Flight SQ747 from Singapore to Hong Kong and SQ748 from Hong Kong to Singapore will be operated with the B747-400, replacing existing flights SQ860 and SQ863, which are normally operated with Airbus A330-300s. The special flights, which will be SIA’s last commercial passenger services with the B747, are now open for sale. In addition to more than 300 commercial passengers, on board will be employees who have worked on the aircraft throughout its storied history, as well as a group of disadvantaged children and media. “Saying farewell to the Queen of the Skies will not be easy. Over more than 38 years, the B747 has played an important role in helping SIA become the global airline that it is today. It enabled us to extend our network around the world and introduce innovative new products and services,” said SIA CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong. “These flights will mark the end of an era, but the spirit of innovation will live on at Singapore Airlines. With every new generation of aircraft that we introduce, we will continue to set new benchmarks in the premium air travel segment with industry leading product offerings for our customers.” The commemorative flights will have an extended flying time of one hour to enable those on board to be treated to a unique inflight experience. This will include specially crafted meal services and inflight entertainment. Customers will also receive limited edition B747 memorabilia. First Class customers will be provided an additional experience – an exclusive tour of the Airline’s cabin crew training facilities and B747-400 flight simulator in Singapore. A dedicated website has been set up to commemorate the jumbo’s retirement, at www.SIAjourneys.com, featuring milestones and records set over the years, historical photographs and video footage, including interviews with staff and customers. Information about fares for flights SQ747 and SQ748 can also be found on the website. Flight times will be as follows: SQ747 / 6 April SQ748 / 6 April SINGAPORE 0830 HRS HONG KONG 1445 HRS HONG KONG 1315 HRS SINGAPORE 1930 HRS
The Virgin Australia Singapore Airlines Airline Alliance has received regulatory approval from the Singapore Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), after this all that is left is approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for the alliance to become reality. The alliance will allow Virgin Australia to offer code share services to most Singapore Airlines destinations which includes an extensive range of Asian destinations, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing, Siem Reap to name a few as well as an extensive range or European and American destinations. In return Singapore Airlines will be able to sell code share services on within Australia. Both airlines welcomed the decision from Singapore’s CCS Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti welcomed the approval and noted that the alliance would give the carrier a competitive edge with a “first-rate product to Australian and Asian travellers, as well as promote tourism in the two regions”. In the alliances submission to the ACCC its submission stated “The Alliance will enable Virgin Australia to offer connections from anywhere within its domestic network to any codeshare destination available with Singapore Airlines, opening up many new routings, including from regional Australia to destinations throughout the world,” “Singapore Airline is widely regarded as one of the bet airlines in the world and, following recent re-positioning of our brand and the introduction of our new business and economy class product, Virgin Australia is a well-suited partner,” Mr Borghetti Said.
Starting August 1, passengers of Singapore Airlines can now connect to Virgin Australia flights to various Australian destinations on one ticket, which includes meals, terminal transfers, and in-flight entertainment. August 1 also marks the launch of reciprocal lounge access between Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia, which is said to be phase 1 of the two airlines’ alliance. Members of Singapore Airlines’ PPS Club and KrisFlyer Gold will have access to Virgin Australia’s six domestic lounges which they can enjoy when they fly with Virgin Australia. Similarly, members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold will have access to 14 Singapore Airlines lounges worldwide when they fly with Singapore Airlines. The two airlines lodged an application with the ACCC in June to propose an alliance which would allow Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia to: provide seamless flight connections between the two countries by coordinating schedules codeshare on domestic and international flights engage in joint marketing, sales, and distribution efforts and activities have reciprocal lounge access and frequent flyer benefits Ms. Merren McArthur, Virgin Australia’s Group Executive, said this interline agreement will make it easier for Singapore Airlines passsengers to go through domestic and regional destinations in and around Australia, which would also help promote tourism in the country. Singapore Airlines Executive VP Commercial Mr. Mak Swee Wah also said their partnership and alliance with Virgin Australia is already providing their customers greater convenience and more travel options. Wah also said the interline benefits and offerings will get even better by late this year when both airlines get regulatory approval for their proposed interline benefits and alliance.
After a short delay Singapore Airlines has announced that it will commence their Airbus A380 service from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo from 1 July 2011. Singapore Airlines had originally intended to operate this service from 27 March 2011 but these plans were delayed due to the Japanese Earthquake that struck the sea off of Japan on 11 March 2011. Singapore Airlines A380 Singapore Tokyo Los Angeles route will operate under flight number SQ12 Singapore to Los Angeles and SQ11 Los Angeles to Singapore. Singapore Airlines Singapore to Los Angeles is Singapore Airlines 8th Airbus A380 Route. From Singapore to Los Angeles via Narita Flight No. Days of Operation Depart Singapore Arrive in Narita Depart Narita Arrive in Los Angeles SQ12 Daily 0925hrs 1730hrs 1915hrs 1330hrs From Los Angeles to Singapore via Narita Flight No. Days of Operation Depart Los Angeles Arrive in Narita Depart Narita Arrive in Singapore SQ11 Daily 1545hrs 1915hrs +1 * 2050hrs +1 * 0305hrs +2 * * +1 indicates that the time listed is one day after the date of departure, while +2 indicates two days after the date of departure. Singapore Airlines was the first Airline to put the Airbus A380 into production and Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380 features three classes with 12 private suites in a 1-2-1 seating configuration in First Class (Singapore Suites Class), 60 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 seating configuration and 399 Economy Class seats in a 3-4-3 seating configuration.
Flightglobal is reporting that Singapore Airlines has been granted special authorization from Airbus to allow the installation of Singapore Airlines extremely popular business class seat into is 12th Airbus A380 aircraft. Last year the manufacturer of Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class seat Koito of Japan admitted falsifying data on 150,000 of its seats in use on 1000 aircraft from 32 different carriers, in response to this Airbus slapped a “cannot produce seat or seat parts for airborne use” order on the Koito. Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class Seat is extremely popular with its passengers as it widest and one of the most comfortable Business Class seats in the sky (widest seat title shared with Air Frances’ A380) It is also believed that Singapore Airlines plans to install the Koito seat on at least two more of its delayed Airbus A380 Aircraft (SIAs 13th & 14th Airbus A380). The ATI Flightblogger blog said “Airbus’ exceptional authorization is understood to have been issued with a number of stipulations, including EASA approval prior to delivery.” “We have three A380 deliveries coming up in the next few months and the priority has been on working with Airbus and Koito to meet certification requirements for the business class seats,” a Singapore Airlines spokesman said Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class seat is 34” (86.3 cm) wide, converts into a full lie-flat bed and seats are configured in a 1-2-1 seating configuration
Singapore Airlines and Channel News Asia will soon be providing Channel News Asia Text updates on Singapore Airlines flights that are equipped with the latest Krisworld Panasonic eX2 in-flight entertainment system. No details were provided as to when the services is expected to go live however it was revealed that it will first be implemented on 19 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft followed by its Airbus A340-500, A330 and A380 fleet. We here say Singapore Airlines don’t invest in a one dimensional system go the whole hog and give as what we truly want, that is an in-flight Wi-Fi Internet system. The press release says “The new service will provide SIA customers with up-to-the-minute news through scrolling headline text, more commonly termed “news tickers”. News from popular categories such as Asia Pacific, Singapore, Business, Sports and Entertainment will be relayed to SIA’s inflight entertainment screens from the website, channelnewsasia.com, while the international news reports will be provided by Agence France-Presse (AFP).” Mr Philip Koh, Managing Director of MediaCorp’s Interactive Media Division, said, “We are pleased to partner Singapore Airlines and be the first to offer SIA passengers real-time news headlines from channelnewsasia.com. The days of passengers being shut off from live events when on the plane, will soon be a thing of the past. In time to come, we hope to offer even more value-added services from our award-winning news website.” “The ticker tape news service is a step towards offering more value-added services to meet the needs of our customers. On top of KrisWorld’s already extensive selection of entertainment options, we wanted to provide content which would keep our customers updated with real-world information as they are flying with us. We are excited to be the first airline partner of Channel NewsAsia, one of the most established broadcasting companies in the region,” said Mr Tan Pee Teck, Singapore Airlines’ Senior Vice President Product and Services.
Singapore Airlines have announced that they intend add another daily flight on their Singapore to Hong Kong route to take their number of daily return flights between Singapore and Hong Kong up to seven daily return flights. Singapore Airlines additional daily flight will be added on the 27 March 2011 and will be operated on a Boeing 777-200ER under SQ890 (Singapore to Hong Kong) departing Singapore at 0735hrs and arrive in Hong Kong at 1120hrs with the return flight operating under SQ891 Hong Kong to Singapore, departing Hong Kong at 1230hrs and arrive in Singapore at 1610hrs. Mr Mak Swee Wah, Executive Vice President Commercial said “We are grateful for the continued support of our customers on this popular route and are delighted that we now have the opportunity to offer both business and leisure travellers an additional choice of flight timings,” The new service will provide 2,151 seats per day between Singapore and Hong Kong, from the previous 1,847 daily seats Flight Schedule for flights to and from Hong Kong (Northern Summer 2011/12, commencing 27 March 2011)
Singapore Airlines has announced a new route from Singapore to Sao Paulo from 28 March 2011. The Singapore Airlines Sao Paulo Service will be operated on a 3 class Boeing 777 and will feature the new first class cabin as well as the full lie flat 30” seat in Business Class. The full media release from Singapore Airlines can be read below: Singapore Airlines To Fly To Sao Paulo from 28 March Singapore Airlines will begin services to Sao Paulo in Brazil on 28 March, subject to regulatory approvals. Sales have now begun and tickets can be purchased over singaporeair.com or from appointed agents. Flights will operate three times per week on a Singapore-Barcelona-Sao Paulo routing. Spanair will be codesharing on the flights, which will be operated on the following schedule: Singapore-Barcelona-Sao Paulo* Flight No. Days of Operation Depart Singapore Arrive In Barcelona Depart Barcelona Arrive in Sao Paulo SQ68/JK9954 Mon/Thur/Sat 0040 hrs 0820 hrs 0930 hrs 1555 hrs Sao Paulo-Barcelona-Singapore* Flight No. Days of Operation Depart Sao Paulo Arrive in Barcelona Depart Barcelona Arrive in Singapore SQ67/JK9955 Tues/Fri/Sun 0145 hrs 1735 hrs 1845 hrs 1335 hrs + 1 day *Schedule for 28 March 2011 – 15 October 2011. Detailed flight schedules/timing after 15 October 2011 will be released at a later date on singaporeair.com Sao Paulo will be Singapore Airlines’ first South American destination. Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will be used for the new services, featuring the Airline’s latest product offerings. These include a new First Class seat which converts into the largest full-flat bed in the sky, a 30-inch-wide Business Class seat, the widest in its class, and the unprecedented comfort and space offered by the all-new Economy Class seats. Customers can also be entertained by more than 1000 on-demand options available on Singapore Airlines’ award-winning inflight entertainment system across all three classes.