StarLux Airlines officially launched its inaugural flight between Singapore and Taipei today (September 23). Once again, the airline achieves a significant milestone despite the pandemic following the opening of new routes to Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila earlier this year. STARLUX will initially operate two flights per week. The schedule is listed below.
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Changi Airport welcomed the inaugural flight from Taipei with a water salute today.
STARLUX has been continuously adjusting its flight schedule and aircraft delivery plan in response to the changing conditions caused by the pandemic. In this respect, the airline has opted to open routes to important business destinations rather than popular vacation spots. With the new route launching today, the airline is now servicing nine destinations from Taoyuan including Macau, Penang, Bangkok, Osaka, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Singapore.
The airline currently operates five Airbus A321neo aircraft, each having 188 seats, including eight in business class and 180 in economy class. Each seat in business class transforms into an 82-inch fully flat bed. Every seat in economy is equipped with a personal entertainment system.
The cabin interior was designed by BMW Group Designworks and features natural and warm colors to evoke a sense of being “Home in the Air.” On flights departing from Taoyuan, the business class meals are specially prepared by the Michelin Taiwanese restaurant “Longtail,” while economy class features a menu created by the renowned Japanese-style grilled meat restaurant “Hutong” in Taiwan. STARLUX prides itself on painstaking detail regarding accommodation and services on all STARLUX flights. In spite of the current challenges facing the airline industry, most services remain available, allowing the airline to continue providing the most enjoyable flights an airline can during this difficult time.
Entry into Singapore from Germany for fully vaccinated travelers will be possible again as of 8 September. A previously imposed quarantine upon arrival in Singapore will no longer be required from this point on. Germany is the first country with which the mega city in Southeast Asia has signed an agreement to this effect.
The quarantine exemption applies to specific flights, known as Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights. Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines will jointly offer one of these VTL flights every day, either from Frankfurt or Munich, beginning on September 16, 2021. Bookings are already possible. Customers will also be able to register for VTL flights on a Singapore government website beginning on September 1, 2021.
Since the announcement by the Singaporean government, demand for flights between Germany and Singapore has tripled.
The following criteria qualify travelers for a VTL flight to Singapore:
a full vaccination carried out in Germany or Singapore with Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna, or another WHO EUL vaccine.
stay in Germany and/or Singapore for at least 21 consecutive days prior to departure for Singapore. VTL travelers do not have to have German citizenship.
a Covid-19 PCR test with a negative result taken at most 48 hours before departure and a second PCR test upon arrival in Singapore. Until the negative result of this text is received, travelers must stay in their specified hotel or accommodation in Singapore. Depending on the duration of the trip, a maximum of two additional PCR tests may be required in Singapore.
SF Airlines today (September 4, 2018) launched its second international cargo route from Shenzhen to Singapore.
The new route will operate with Boeing 767-300F freighter aircraft.
The first international route was launched on August 5, 2018 from Shenzhen to Chennai also with Boeing 767-300Fs.
Above Photo: Flight crew of the maiden flight from Shenzhen to Chennai arrive at Chennai International Airport of India.
According to the airline, “the line from Shenzhen to Chennai is an air logistics solution of SF Airlines customized for customers’ demands as a response to the state’s One Belt and Road Initiative to transport general cargo, mainly from Xiaomi Corporation.”
Founded in 2009, SF Airlines is the cargo airline of S.F. Holding.
Lanmei Airlines (Phnom Penh) has announced it will introduce a new route linking its Phnom Penh home with Singapore. The new route will fly six days a week with Airbus aircraft starting on April 22, 2018.
Previously, the airline added a new route to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) on March 7, 2018 using its Airbus A321 aircraft (above).
Lanmei Airlines (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. was founded on March 7, 2016, and commenced its first flight on September 29, 2017.
On June 27, 2016, Singapore Airlines flight 368 with the pictured Boeing 777-312 ER 9V-SWB (msn 33377), suffered an engine oil leak during a flight from Singapore to Milan (Malpensa).
The flight returned to the Singapore base and on landing, the right, number 2, engine caught on fire. The right wing was engulfed in flames. The fire was reportedly extinguished in 15 minutes. There were no reported injuries. 9V-SWB was significantly damaged.
Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312 ER 9V-SWB (msn 33377) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 933502.
Finnair (Helsinki) and Jetstar Asia (Singapore) launch a codeshare cooperation today that will provide Finnair customers with a wider choice of destinations and departure times across Asia and Australia.
From December 15, 2015, Finnair customers will be able to travel on codeshare services operated by Jetstar Asia to and from its Singapore hub.
Finnair customers will benefit from the convenience of the single ticket itinerary that includes Finnair’s baggage allowance. The passengers will also enjoy a seamless transfer at Singapore Changi Airport, with baggage being through-checked and onward boarding passes being received at the initial departure point.
Finnair’s code will be added to Jetstar Asia’s flights between Singapore as well as Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Phuket in Thailand and Perth and Darwin in Australia.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Finnair’s first Airbus A350-941, registered as OH-LWA (msn 018), departs from London’s Heathrow Airport.
Singapore Airlines (Singapore) has announced Amsterdam will be the inaugural destination for its new-generation Airbus A350 fleet, with services expected to begin by April 2016.
Singapore Airlines has 63 A350-900s on firm order, the first of which is due for delivery in January 2016. Prior to the introduction of Amsterdam services, the aircraft will be operated on select Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur flights on a temporary basis, for crew training purposes.
Singapore Airlines has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for nonstop flights to the US. Under an amendment to the carrier’s existing order for 63 A350-900s, seven of the aircraft will now be delivered with an Ultra-Long Range capability for flights of up to 19 hours. In addition, the carrier has placed an additional order for four A350-900s, taking its total firm orders for the A350 XWB Family to 67.
Singapore Airlines expects to take delivery of 11 A350-900s in the aircraft’s first year of operation.
British Airways (London) will go to a daily Airbus A380 operation the London (Heathrow) – Singapore route on February 24, 2016 instead of early March, 2016. As previously reported, the Super Jumbo will also be introduced on the London (Heathrow) – Miami route on October 25.
Also on October 25, BA will introduce the new stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (below) on the London (Heathrow) – Delhi route.
Image Above: British Airways.
Top Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLEE (msn 148) taxies at the London (Heathrow) hub.
AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) CEO Tony Fernandes (below) is fighting a critical report by the independent research firm GMT. The report, according to this story by The Financial Times, states the airline is “teetering on default”.
Above Photo: AirAsia. Time Magazine previously proclaimed CEO Tony Fernandes as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.
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