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Perth to be the second destination to be served by Singapore Airlines new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

Singapore Airlines has made this announcement:

Perth will become the second scheduled destination to be served by Singapore Airlines’ new Boeing 787-10 fleet. Flights are expected to commence in May 2018, subject to regulatory approvals, initially on one of the Airline’s four daily flights between Singapore and Perth.

The 787-10s will feature Singapore Airlines’ new regional cabin products and will seat 337 customers in two classes, with 36 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats.

Prior to the launch of services to Perth, the 787-10s will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes, before the first scheduled service to Osaka in May 2018.

The first aircraft in Singapore Airlines’ livery (9V-SCA) completed its flight testing at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility on February 9, 2018 (above).

Singapore Airlines will be the world’s first airline to operate the 787-10 and has 49 firm orders for this aircraft type. The Airline will take delivery of its first 787-10 from Boeing in March 2018.

Measuring 68 meters in length, the 787-10 is the longest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner range of aircraft, which are constructed using technologically advanced lightweight composite materials.

In addition to the 49 firm orders for 787-10s, the Airline has a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.

Photo: Singapore Airlines.

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Airline safety can be fun – according to these 6 videos

Let’s face it: Airline safety videos are a tricky matter. It’s a challenge for carriers to present content that’s been heard a million times before in a way that makes it seem like it’s the latest thing. Furthermore, this prerecorded material should be creative enough to make passengers – from all backgrounds and attention spans – watch it from start to finish.

Fortunately, over the years, airlines have produced inventive safety videos, proving that with the right amount of imagination, it’s possible to make something as routine as reminding people to fasten their seatbelts fun and rather memorable. So, are these six short clips entertaining or just distracting? You be the judge.

1. Singapore Airlines 

The Singapore Girl is a prominent element of the Singaporean national carrier’s marketing. Here, dressed in her signature sarong kebaya – made of traditional Asian batik and designed by Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain in 1968 – she takes passengers on a tour of the island city-state. Along the way, important instructions to ensure one’s safety on board are shown.

2. British Airways 

This six-minute short features some of the the UK’s best-known actors, comedians and celebrities, such as Rowan Atkinson, Ian McKellen, Gordon Ramsay and Thandie Newton. Done in collaboration with the UK charity Comic Relief, these personalities are seen auditioning in sketches in front of comedian Asim Chaudhry – as his alter ego Chabuddy G –for a role in British Airways’ new safety video.

3. Philippine Airlines 

According to the Philippine flag carrier, inflight safety is their top priority. In this nationwide crowd-sourced video, various individuals share safety procedures while enjoying some of the Southeast Asian archipelago’s attractions. It’s a safety video and tourism presentation cleverly rolled into one.

4. TAP Portugal 

The Portuguese national airline recruited actual passengers to perform safety instructions in a set located in a hangar at its primary hub, Lisbon Airport. One thousand travellers from different nationalities tried out for a spot in the video, and only 25 were picked to take part in the production which took eight days to complete. All that effort paid off, since the video won the APEX Passenger Choice Award for Best In-Flight Video in 2013.

5. Air France 

Living up to its reputation as the country that invented chic, this video from the French flag carrier features the actress Dorcas Coppins in a flight attendant’s uniform, delivering the safety message in both French and English. Simultaneously, five women in Breton tops and flowy skirts act out the instructions or hold props as a song by American electronic duo Glass Candy plays in the background.

6. Air New Zealand 

To celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – in 2014, the official airline of Middle-earth unveiled what it dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Directed by Taika Waititi, the four-minute-long clip stars Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, John Rhys-Davies (as Gimli) and New Zealand’s own Sir Peter Jackson.

 

Singapore Airlines’ first Boeing 787-10 to serve Osaka

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced Osaka will be the first scheduled  destination for its new Boeing 787-10 fleet, with services expected to begin in May 2018.

SIA will be the world’s first airline to operate the 787-10. SIA has 49 Boeing 787-10s on firm order, with the first aircraft due for delivery from Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility in March 2018.

Prior to the introduction of regular services to Osaka, the 787-10s will be operated on selected Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur flights for crew training purposes.

SIA will also debut its highly-anticipated new regional cabin products on its 787-10s, fitted with 337 seats in two classes, with 36 seats in Business Class and 301 seats in Economy Class. More details will be revealed at a later date.

Measuring 68 meters in length, the 787-10 is the longest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner range of aircraft, which are constructed using technologically advanced lightweight composite materials.

In addition to the 49 firm orders for 787-10s, the airline has a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year.

Photo: Singapore Airlines.

SIA to launch Melbourne-Wellington services and daily flights to Canberra

Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-212 ER 9V-SVL (msn 32336) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912971.

Singapore Airlines has made this announcement:

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will introduce a new service that will connect Singapore and Melbourne to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. The new service will be introduced as part of a restructuring of existing Singapore-Canberra-Wellington flights, which will see the Canberra-Wellington flights de-linked and Canberra served on a daily basis, up from the existing four times per week.

The new Singapore-Melbourne-Wellington service will be operated four times per week as flight SQ247 starting May 3, 2018. Return services will be operated as flight SQ248 on a Wellington-Melbourne-Singapore routing.

Flights will be operated with 266-seat Boeing 777-200s fitted with 38 Business Class seats and 228 Economy Class seats.

Also on May 1, 2018, SIA will launch a new daily service to Australia’s capital city, Canberra, via Sydney. Flights will be operated as flight SQ288 on a Singapore-Sydney-Canberra routing. Return services will be operated as flight SQ288 on a Canberra-Singapore routing.

The airline will operate services to Canberra via Sydney using its 264-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with four First Class seats, 48 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy Class seats and 184 Economy Class seats.

SIA first launched services from Singapore to Canberra and Wellington in September 2016. It also became the first airline to operate regularly scheduled international flights to and from Australia’s capital city.

In addition to Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Wellington, SIA’s Southwest Pacific network includes flights to Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch and Perth.

The new flights are subject to regulatory approvals. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively through the various distribution channels.

Flight Number and Routing Days of Operation Time of Departure Time of Arrival
SQ247 Singapore-Melbourne Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 19:45 05:10+1
SQ247 Melbourne-Wellington Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 07:00 12:20
SQ248 Wellington-Melbourne Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 13:45 15:30
SQ248 Melbourne-Singapore Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 16:50 22:45
SQ288 Singapore-Sydney Daily 10:30 20:10
SQ288 Sydney-Canberra Daily 21:20 22:20
SQ288 Canberra-Singapore Daily 23:15 05:15+1
*All times stated are local

Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-212 ER 9V-SVL (msn 32336) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912971.

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London and Hong Kong are the next destinations for Singapore Airlines’ new A380 cabin products

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKD (msn 008) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 905255.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that London and Hong Kong will be the next destinations to be served by its newest Airbus A380 aircraft, featuring the Airline’s recently unveiled new cabin products.

Starting February 16, 2018, the aircraft will operate as SQ322 (Singapore-London) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From February 17, 2018 to April 5, 2018, it will operate as SQ305 (London-Singapore). With effect from April 7, 2018, the new aircraft are scheduled to operate as SQ317 (London-Singapore) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

From February 18, 2018 to April 6, 2018, the new A380s will also be deployed on services to Hong Kong, operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as SQ860 (Singapore-Hong Kong) and SQ863 (Hong Kong-Singapore). With effect from 8 April 2018, the aircraft are scheduled to operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as SQ856 (Singapore-Hong Kong) and SQ861 (Hong Kong-Singapore).

SIA’s new cabin products were publicly unveiled early in November and debuted on December 18, 2017 to Sydney following the delivery of the first of five new A380s being acquired from Airbus.

The new cabin products will initially be fitted to the five new A380s, following which retrofit work will commence on 14 aircraft that are already in service.

The new cabin products seat up to 471 customers in four classes, with six in Suites, 78 in Business Class, 44 in Premium Economy Class and 343 in Economy Class.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Singapore Airlines): Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKD (msn 008) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 905255.

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Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A380 cabin product is introduced on the Sydney route

Customers travelling between Singapore and Sydney have become the first to experience Singapore Airlines’ all-new cabin products, with the entry into service of its recently-delivered Airbus A380 aircraft equipped with the new seats and in-flight entertainment system.

The aircraft entered into service as flight SQ221, which departed from Singapore at 2047 hrs local time on December 18, 2017 (Monday) and arrived into Sydney at 0743 hrs local time on December 20, 2017. The return flight operates as SQ232, departing from Sydney at 1215 hrs local time and arriving into Singapore at 1735 hrs local time.

A special event was held at the boarding gate room at Singapore Changi Airport to celebrate the inaugural flight. Customers departing for Sydney were presented with gift bags containing collectibles including a commemorative certificate, glassware, stationery and amenity kit.

The entry into service of Singapore Airlines’ newest A380 is the outcome of four years of extensive product development, reaffirming the Airline’s commitment to product innovation and leadership.

The new cabin products will be initially fitted to five new A380s being acquired from Airbus, following which retrofit work will commence on 14 aircraft that are already in service.

Singapore Airlines’ new A380s will be fitted with 471 seats in four classes, with six in Suites, 78 in Business Class, 44 in Premium Economy Class and 343 in Economy Class.

Photos: Singapore Airlines.

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New Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 cabin takes to the skies

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKB (msn 005) LHR (SPA). Image: 935861.

Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of the first of five new Airbus A380 aircraft scheduled to join the carrier’s fleet over the coming year, at a special ceremony hosted by Airbus in Toulouse.

The aircraft delivered is the first in the airline’s fleet to feature its recently launched on-board cabin products and innovations (above and below).

In addition to the five new aircraft, Singapore Airlines will also retrofit 14 A380s already in service (above) with its new cabin products. The retrofit work is expected to begin late in 2018 and will be undertaken by the airline in conjunction with Services by Airbus. All 14 aircraft are scheduled to be retrofitted by 2020.

The new Singapore Airlines A380 offers more personal space in all classes, accommodating a total of 471 passengers. The cabin features six private Suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck and 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck. The aircraft also features the latest in-flight entertainment systems and full connectivity from every seat.

Capable of flying up to 8,200 nautical miles nonstop, the A380 is the world’s largest and most spacious airliner and offers the most efficient solution to meet growth in passenger traffic on the world’s most heavily travelled routes. The A380 is the only aircraft with two full decks, featuring wider seats, broader aisles, and more floor space. Today the A380 is flying with 13 world class airlines on 120 routes around the globe. Since entry-into-service in 2007 the A380 world fleet has carried over 190 million passengers.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKB (msn 005) LHR (SPA). Image: 935861.