Showing posts with label Singapore Airlines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Singapore Airlines. Show all posts

18 December, 2023

Singapore Airlines to start new London Gatwick service.

One of the leading global carriers, Singapore Airlines has confirmed it will start direct flights between its home base of Singapore and London's second busiest airport - London Gatwick from next summer.

Subject to regulatory approval, flight SQ310 will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The inaugural flight will depart Singapore for Gatwick Airport at 2355hrs (local time) on 21 June 2024 and arrive in London at 0625hrs (local time) on 22 June 2024.

Singapore Airlines will deploy the long-haul variant of its Airbus A350-900 aircraft on the route which features 253 seats in three cabin classes: 42 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy Class, and 187 in Economy Class.

The return leg, flight SQ309, will operate from Gatwick Airport to Singapore on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The inaugural return flight will depart at 1015hrs (local time) on 22 June 2024 and arrive in Singapore at 0620hrs on 23 June 2024. The early morning arrival offers customers options to connect to SIA and Scoot flights to destinations across Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Together with its current four-times daily services to London’s Heathrow Airport, this will bring the total number of flights to the United Kingdom’s (UK) capital to 33 weekly services from today’s 28 weekly services. SIA also operates five times a week services to Manchester Airport.

Mr Dai Haoyu, Acting Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning, at Singapore Airlines, said: "London has always been a very important market for the Singapore Airlines Group. With the introduction of this new service to London’s Gatwick Airport, Singapore Airlines’ customers will have an additional flight to choose from when flying between Singapore and the UK. It also opens up additional travel options to other points in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.”

Mr Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, London Gatwick, said: “Renowned as one of the world’s best carriers, we are delighted to welcome Singapore Airlines to London Gatwick. It showcases the high regard in which Gatwick is held, and connecting to the impressive Changi Airport is a big boost for the whole region. For passengers across London and the South East, the new route will provide huge connectivity potential, not only to the fantastic destination of Singapore, but more widely across South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. With significant increases in trade between the UK and Singapore in recent years, the service also provides exciting opportunities for local and regional businesses.
 
Passengers arriving from Singapore will benefit from London Gatwick’s outstanding connections, with our newly redesigned train station providing direct access to the heart of London in less than 30 minutes, alongside services to world-famous cities such as Cambridge and the UK’s beautiful south coast.”


Tickets for SIA’s flights to London’s Gatwick Airport will be progressively made available for sale through the various distribution channels from tomorrow - 19 December 2023.

The announcement has been welcomed by industry professionals and travellers alike,  Kenny McNatty of a Crawley-based financial services company said,  "This is wonderful news, we have offices in both Hong Kong and Singapore,  so this new direct flight will save the trek over to Heathrow and make it so much easier to get to and from the airport." 

The airline also recently announced the strengthening of its strategic partnership with Marriott International, which provides members of Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel programme, and KrisFlyer, the SIA Group’s lifestyle rewards programme, with more ways to maximise their benefits.

Eligible members of the two programmes may receive a status match and take advantage of an accelerated pathway to obtain a higher elite status. The expansion of this collaboration is in addition to the two-way points and miles transfer benefits for members of both programmes that was announced in January 2023, and allows them to convert their Marriott Bonvoy points into KrisFlyer miles and vice versa.














15 December, 2023

First come, first served – uncovering first-class cabin designs



As any seasoned traveller knows, there is flying – and there is flying first class. The vast majority of us will never attain such dizzy heights and can only dream of that elusive upgrade.  Artemis Aerospace has a look at what we’re missing and explores some of the world’s best first-class cabins.

As you board a plane and shuffle down the aisle of economy class, you might have booked a window seat for the view or opted for an aisle seat for easy access to the loo. However, what happens next is in the lap of the gods.

Heading towards your seat, you might be considering a whole host of possibilities that could cause you unwelcome distractions while onboard. For example, will your neighbour be fidgety or insist on fighting for the armrest? Or will there be a lively child directly behind you constantly kicking the back of your seat? Will there be enough legroom? Will the meal be something you like, and will there be enough to sustain you during the journey? Despite these concerns, economy class passengers usually end up at their destination having had a perfectly pleasant flying experience.

For passengers who want a more exclusive experience, there is the option of business class or first class. Both are more luxurious compared to economy, but the differences vary from airline to airline. Generally, business class offers more legroom than economy but you won’t necessarily be given a private space. In first class, there is usually a seat which turns into a bed, and sometimes a private space or even apartment. Food and drink in business class is typically at good restaurant level, whereas in first class, there is likely to be an impressive menu carefully curated by an award-winning chef.

In today’s economy, however, with commercial aviation only just beginning to recover from the pandemic, some airlines are concentrating on business class and phasing out the first class offering altogether. Even before COVID-19, in the ten years to 2018, British Airways dropped 100,000 of its first-class seats, and when ordering new aircraft today there is no first-class option included. The US airline Delta has halved its first-class seats from 400,000 to 200,000 in the last ten years.

So, if you want to experience the high life, now is the time to do it; we’ve selected five of the most luxurious first-class spaces to take your pick from.

Qatar Airways


The luxury first class experience on Qatar Airways ensures complete privacy and offers a top of the range, full flat bed to ensure passengers get a perfect sleep and arrive refreshed, along with designer lounge wear from The White Company. There is an ร  la carte menu prepared by top chefs, including some with Michelin stars, and food can be ordered from it at any time. The personal spaces can be transformed into a workspace with onboard Wi-Fi and there are in excess of 4,000 entertainment choices.

Etihad Airways



Etihad Airways is one of the two national airlines of the United Arab Emirates. A first-class passenger’s journey starts with a luxury limousine to the airport, and, once on board, encompasses fine dining, expert wine pairings with your meal and a ‘signature Cognac service’ to finish. Chairs recline into a flat bed when required and there is free Wi-Fi access, an amenity kit with body lotion, cologne, eye mask, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, plus over a thousand hours of on-demand in-flight entertainment. For the ultimate experience, passengers on the airline’s A380 can book a luxurious suite for two, with its own private shower room, bedroom with double bed and separate living room.

Singapore Airlines

09 November, 2023

Singapore Airlines and TATA Communications partner for employee productivity enhancements.......


Tata Communications, a global digital ecosystem enabler and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), the national carrier of Singapore, announced a multi-year agreement to transform the airlines communications and collaboration tools to enhance employee productivity and boost user experience.

SIA and Tata Communications have a successful, long-standing association that has been strengthened over several years. This new transformative initiative delivered on Tata Communications GlobalRapide platform enables SIA users to be connected and collaborative anytime and anywhere globally.

"We take great pride in our long-standing relationship with Singapore Airlines. As a global CommTech player, we are privileged to be chosen as their partner in progress as they emerge stronger than ever and strive to create new benchmarks in customer experiences," said Amitabh Sarkar, Vice President & Head of Asia Pacific and Japan – Enterprise, Tata Communications.



18 August, 2023

The best airlines for business class...

The Business Travel Index from Tipalti has analyzed factors such as service, lounge facilities, seat comfort and inflight entertainment, to reveal the airlines to travel on in business class. 




The top 10 best airlines for those travelling business class: 

Rank

Airline

Average Lounge Score

Average Seat Score

Average Inflight Score

Overall Score

1

Oman Air

4

5

3.5

8.39

2

Cathay Pacific Airways

4

4.8

3.75

8.28

3

EVA Air

4

4.6

4

7.93

4

Qatar Airways

4

4.2

4

7.7

5

Vistara

3.75

4.6

4

7.47

6

Japan Airlines

3.8

4

4

7.24

7

Asiana Airlines

4

2.8

3.75

6.09

8

Kenya Airways

4

4.8

2.75

6.09

9

Qantas Airways

3.8

3.8

3.25

5.98

10

Singapore Airlines

3.4

3

4

5.75




Topping the list of best business-class airlines is Oman Air, with an overall score of 8.39. The airline is based at Muscat International Airport and travels to over 50 destinations, including the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Egypt. 

Oman Air scores 5/5 across the board when it comes to its aircraft’s business-class seats, making it the highest-scoring airline in this category. It also receives 4/5 in areas such as staff service (both inflight and in the lounge), inflight entertainment, and lounge catering.

Following closely behind is Cathay Pacific Airways, which receives an overall score of 8.28. It is the largest airline in Hong Kong, with its head office located at Hong Kong International Airport. The airline provides flights to over 60 destinations, such as Seoul, Dubai, and Johannesburg.

Cathay Pacific Airways scores 4/5 for the comfort of its seats (both sitting and sleeping), as well as for their width and length, meaning those travelling long haul can rest comfortably. The airline also scores highly for its catering options in lounges, which include The Teahouse in the Pier Business lounge and Noodle Bar in the Wing Business lounge, both located at Hong Kong International Airport.

In third place is EVA Air, with an overall score of 7.93. It is one of the two largest airlines in Taiwan and has hubs in both Taoyuan International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport. The airline flies to 30 different countries, including Thailand, Japan, and China.

EVA Air scores no less than 4/5 across all three categories, receiving 4 for both its lounges and inflight services and 4.6 for its seats. The airline scores 5/5 for the sitting comfort, width, and length of its seats, meaning that anyone choosing to travel with EVA Air is guaranteed to have a comfortable and relaxing experience when travelling long distances.




19 April, 2023

Bringing Singapore closer to you.......

Singapore Airlines, Singapore Tourism Board and NOMADS Amsterdam have partnered to bring you a unique epicurean collaboration direct in Amsterdam, specially curated by NOMADS.

Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board brought NOMADS on a true foodie trip in Singapore where they were immersed in the authentic flavours of Singapore. Get ready to taste the flavours NOMADS has brought back from cooking with the locals but with their own unique twist.



Chilli Crab

Families and friends often gather together for large group dinners at a round table to share a meal. Chilli Crab is an established part of Singaporean cuisine, where different restaurants prepare it their own traditional way. Cracking the shell to eat the crab means that it is typically a messy dish to eat, only adding to the fun of ordering it.

Chilli crab is often served together with deep fried steamed bread for you to dip in the delicious sweet and spicy sauce that accompanies it.

Did you know NOMADS uses soft shell crab in their version instead of the traditional mud crab?


13 February, 2023

Vietnam Airlines And Singapore Airlines strengthen commercial cooperation

Vietnam Airlines And Singapore Airlines 

strengthen commercial cooperation

 
               Vietnam Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the commercial collaboration between the two airlines.

The carriers will initially explore opportunities for codeshare arrangements to facilitate better connectivity between Vietnam and Singapore. This could potentially be expanded to include other destinations that SIA serves. The two airlines will also explore other areas of commercial cooperation that could offer more value and options to their customers.

Mr Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, witnessed the exchange of the signed MoU during the Vietnam-Singapore Business Forum on 10 February 2023.

03 February, 2023

Singapore Airlines named as one of the 50 most admired companies in the world.


Fortune magazine has named Singapore Airlines one of the 50 most admired companies in the world.

The airline said in a statement "We would like to thank our customers for their continuous support, which we do not take for granted. This accolade is a testament to the dedication of our people, who have been critical to our recovery and who strive to exceed the expectations of our customers every single day."

For more details, visit https://bit.ly/3XW3YLP.

Other airlines on the list include Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Southwest, Air France-KLM, Alaska Air and United. 


SIA Rolls Out Complimentary Unlimited In-Flight Wi-Fi For All Business Class Customers And PPS Club Members

  • All KrisFlyer members in Premium Economy Class and Economy Class now enjoy free three-hour and two-hour Wi-Fi surf plans respectively
  • All-new attractive price-based Wi-Fi plans rolled out for all customers



Singapore Airlines (SIA) has rolled out complimentary unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi for all Business Class customers, as well as its PPS Club members and PPS Club supplementary card holders. In addition, KrisFlyer members now enjoy free three-hour Wi-Fi plans when travelling in Premium Economy Class and free two-hour Wi-Fi plans when travelling in Economy Class.


Customers who are not KrisFlyer members, and members who may have consumed their complimentary plans, may take advantage of SIA’s new attractive and simplified Wi-Fi price plans. These range from US$3.99 (approximately S$5.25) for one hour, US$8.99 (approximately S$11.80) for three hours, and US$15.99 (approximately S$21.00) for the entire flight1.


These enhancements further elevate the in-flight customer experience on board SIA flights, with the Airline’s Suites and First Class customers also enjoying complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.


As a result, SIA becomes one of the first airlines to offer complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi across its passenger network2 for its Suites, First Class, and Business Class customers, as well as PPS Club members.

02 February, 2023

Singapore Airlines shows you what contributes to its cabin crew’s world-class service?



Singapore Airlines has launched a new advertising campaign that artistically focuses on the service the renowned carrier has offered for years.  

If you've ever wondered what contributes to Singapore Airlines cabin crew’s world-class service?

It’s their interactions with various local cultures around the world, creating diverse experiences that build a unique combination of attributes such as empathy, confidence and passion.

Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President of Commercial, Singapore Airlines, said: “At Singapore Airlines, service excellence is deeply ingrained in our DNA, and our customers are at the heart of everything we do. This campaign highlights our unwavering commitment to delivering a world-class travel experience, no matter the duration of the journey. Our award-winning cabin crew are central to this promise, with their rich and diverse experiences, as well as their dedication to customer service, having a positive impact on everyone around them.”




Directed by filmmaker Liz Murphy, the uplifting video was filmed in Singapore, Auckland in New Zealand, Barcelona in Spain, Mumbai in India, and Shanghai in China. The Airline conducted in-depth research to measure its global brand perception and used the findings to create a campaign that aims to resonate with customers around the world.
  

31 January, 2023

Welcome to 'World Class'



Singapore Airlines has launched a new advertising campaign that artistically focuses on the service the renowned carrier has offered for years.  

If you've ever wondered what contributes to Singapore Airlines cabin crew’s world-class service?

It’s their interactions with various local cultures around the world, creating diverse experiences that build a unique combination of attributes such as empathy, confidence and passion.

Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President of Commercial, Singapore Airlines, said: “At Singapore Airlines, service excellence is deeply ingrained in our DNA, and our customers are at the heart of everything we do. This campaign highlights our unwavering commitment to delivering a world-class travel experience, no matter the duration of the journey. Our award-winning cabin crew are central to this promise, with their rich and diverse experiences, as well as their dedication to customer service, having a positive impact on everyone around them.”




Directed by filmmaker Liz Murphy, the uplifting video was filmed in Singapore, Auckland in New Zealand, Barcelona in Spain, Mumbai in India, and Shanghai in China. The Airline conducted in-depth research to measure its global brand perception and used the findings to create a campaign that aims to resonate with customers around the world.
  
Welcome to World Class | Singapore Airlines




"Singapore Airlines has been at the forefront of passenger service for decades that it is sometimes easy to forget just how good the service is if you haven't flown with them for a while, its just sort of expected - it goes with the name - Singapore Airlines = great service. I remember a few years ago I took a flight from Cairns to Singapore and then another on to London after a brief stopover with Singapore Airlines and the service, even in economy was far superior to British Airways Club World. The crew were so attentive and actually seemed to care about the passenger rather than performing a 'service'."   Jason Shaw. 




30 January, 2023

Singapore Airlines new advertising campaign - Welcome to World Class!



Singapore Airlines has launched a new advertising campaign that artistically focuses on the service the renowned carrier has offered for years.  

If you've ever wondered what contributes to Singapore Airlines cabin crew’s world-class service?

It’s their interactions with various local cultures around the world, creating diverse experiences that build a unique combination of attributes such as empathy, confidence and passion.

Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President of Commercial, Singapore Airlines, said: “At Singapore Airlines, service excellence is deeply ingrained in our DNA, and our customers are at the heart of everything we do. This campaign highlights our unwavering commitment to delivering a world-class travel experience, no matter the duration of the journey. Our award-winning cabin crew are central to this promise, with their rich and diverse experiences, as well as their dedication to customer service, having a positive impact on everyone around them.”




Directed by filmmaker Liz Murphy, the uplifting video was filmed in Singapore, Auckland in New Zealand, Barcelona in Spain, Mumbai in India, and Shanghai in China. The Airline conducted in-depth research to measure its global brand perception and used the findings to create a campaign that aims to resonate with customers around the world.
  
Welcome to World Class | Singapore Airlines




"Singapore Airlines has been at the forefront of passenger service for decades that it is sometimes easy to forget just how good the service is if you haven't flown with them for a while, its just sort of expected - it goes with the name - Singapore Airlines = great service. I remember a few years ago I took a flight from Cairns to Singapore and then another on to London after a brief stopover with Singapore Airlines and the service, even in economy was far superior to British Airways Club World. The crew were so attentive and actually seemed to care about the passenger rather than performing a 'service'."   Jason Shaw. 




29 November, 2022

Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons agree to merge Air India and Vistara.......

A major shake-up of the commercial airline scene in India..



Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Tata Sons (Tata) have agreed to merge Air India and Vistara, with SIA also investing INR 20,585 million (S$360 million, US$250 million) in Air India as part of the transaction. This would give SIA a 25.1% stake in an enlarged Air India group with a significant presence in all key market segments1. SIA and Tata aim to complete the merger by March 2024, subject to regulatory approvals.

SIA intends to fully fund this investment with its internal cash resources, which stood at S$17.5 billion as of 30 September 20222.

SIA and Tata have also agreed to participate in additional capital injections, if required, to fund the growth and operations of the enlarged Air India in FY2022/23 and FY2023/24. Based on SIA’s 25.1% stake post-completion, its share of any additional capital injection could be up to INR 50,200 million (S$880 million, US$615 million), payable only after the completion of the merger.

The actual amount will depend on factors including the progress of the enlarged Air India’s business plan, and its access to other funding options. SIA intends to fully fund any additional capital injections with its internal cash resources.

The merger will create India’s leading airline group


Through this transaction, SIA will reinforce its partnership with Tata and immediately acquire a strategic stake in an entity that is four to five times larger in scale compared to Vistara. The merger would bolster SIA’s presence in India, strengthen its multi-hub strategy, and allow it to continue participating directly in a large and fast-growing aviation market.

Mr Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines, said: “Tata Sons is one of the most established and respected names in India. Our collaboration to set up Vistara in 2013 resulted in a market-leading full-service carrier, which has won many global accolades in a short time.

“With this merger, we have an opportunity to deepen our relationship with Tata and participate directly in an exciting new growth phase in India’s aviation market. We will work together to support Air India’s transformation programme, unlock its significant potential, and restore it to its position as a leading airline on the global stage.”

Mr Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman, of Tata Sons, said: “The merger of Vistara and Air India is an important milestone in our journey to make Air India a truly world-class airline. We are transforming Air India, with the aim of providing great customer experience, every time, for every customer. As part of the transformation, Air India is focusing on growing both its network and fleet, revamping its customer proposition, enhancing safety, reliability, and on-time performance.

“We are excited with the opportunity of creating a strong Air India which would offer both full-service and low-cost services across domestic and international routes. We would like to thank Singapore Airlines for their continued partnership.”

India is the fastest-growing global economy, and is projected to become the third-largest in the world by 20273.  It is also the world’s third-largest aviation market. Demand for air travel is surging with passenger traffic expected to more than double over the next 10 years, supported by rising income levels and ongoing investments in its aviation infrastructure. However, India also remains underserved with low international seats per capita, signifying significant growth potential4 .

19 November, 2022

Singapore Airlines special offers on flights from UK to Houston.....


Photo Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines, one of the most popular carriers has released some special offer fares for its new services from the UK to Houston. 

America's fourth-largest city is a cosmopolitan destination, filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife. It is a true city of distinction, it likes to be known as the Energy Capital of the World and boasts the world’s largest medical centre.  

It is easy to see why Houston is staking its claim as the most exciting metropolis in the country.  Just take a stroll through the historic Heights, or explore the Museum District, then perhaps pop down to Space Center Houston and you'll still have tonnes more to explore. 

There are hundreds of good quality restaurants and eating places to enjoy before visiting one of the city's nightspots. 

Houston has long been known for oil-baron opulence, mega highways and concrete sprawl, H-town is a city reborn. Now, it's a cultural and culinary powerhouse where its inhabitants – the most diverse in the nation – mingle in pedestrian-friendly areas brimming with greenery, forward-looking architecture, restored historic structures and innovative public art. For travellers, this could mean waking up to a free yoga class on Discovery Green, browsing world-class museums, unrolling a blanket on a hillside to catch a free (yes, free) evening opera performance, then unwinding with dinner and drinks at one of the country’s best bars. And you won’t even have scratched the surface.

So pack your bags, leave your preconceptions at home and see why Houston is now one of the top destinations in the U.S. 


Fly from Manchester to Houston


Photo Singapore Airlines
Economy: Fly from Manchester to Houston for £345 one-way fare, or £475 return fare.

Premium Economy: Fly from Manchester to Houston for £679 one-way fare, or £999 return fare

Business: Fly from Manchester to Houston for £1,192 one-way fare, or £1,855 return fare


 

Fly from Aberdeen to Houston


Photo Singapore Airlines
Economy: Fly from Manchester to Houston for £434 one-way fare, or £585 return fare.

Premium Economy: Fly from Manchester to Houston for £783 one-way fare, or £1,124 return fare

Business: Fly from Manchester to Houston for £1,406 one-way fare, or £2,090 return fare


Photo Singapore Airlines


 
 

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