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SIA-VISIT SINGAPORE NIGHTCLUBS
FORMED IN 1972 BY BREAKUP OF MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE AIRLINES (MSA). NATIONAL AIRLINE. REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
Airline House, 25 Airline Road
Singapore 819829, Singapore
PO BOX 501, AIRMAIL TRANSIT CENTRE
SINGAPORE 918101, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE (REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1965, IT IS AN ISLAND THAT COVERS 618 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 4.0 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS SINGAPORE, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.
DECEMBER 1992: THE GOVERNMENT OWNS 54%. SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) OWNS 100% OF SILKAIR (SLK).
$3 BILLION, 7/13 ORDERS (1996) A340-300'S (CFM56-5C4).
JANUARY 1993: 1992 = +$513 MILLION (+$539 MILLION), AS THE WORLD'S MOST PROFITABLE AIRLINE: +10.9% (RPK) (TRAFFIC), +9.9% PASSENGERS (PAX), +24.4% (FTK) (FREIGHT TRAFFIC).
DECEMBER 1993: IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS, 747-412 (RT519 - 23) DELIVERIES, INCLUDING BOEING (TBC)'S 1,000TH 747.
LAST 6 MONTHS = +8.5% PASSENGERS (PAX).
AUGUST 1994: AWARDED "BEST AIRLINE FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRAVELLER" (5TH YEAR IN A ROW) & "BEST GLOBAL CARGO CARRIER."
$2 MILLION CONTRACT FOR 2 HEAVY MAINTENANCE CHECKS ON 2 AIR NIUGINI (NIU) A310-300'S.
1 747-400 LEASED TO CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) FOR 2 YEARS. 747-400F "MEGA ARK" DELIVERY. LEASED 3 747-300'S TO ANSETT (ANS) & 1 747-200F TO KOREAN (KAL).
JANUARY 1994: 1993 = +$523 MILLION (NET PROFIT) (-5.8%) (SIA) GROUP, +$345 MILLION (SIA).
JANUARY 1995: 1994 = +$689.2 MILLION (WORLD'S HIGHEST): +7.3% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +14% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
1 747-400F (PW4056) DELIVERY (5TH IN 12 MONTHS).
MARCH 1995: 2 A310-200'S (JT9D-7R4E1), EX-SILKAIR (SLK).
SEPTEMBER 1995: 747-400F TO (JFK) VIA DUBAI & BRUSSELS (NOW
CARGO IS 19.6% OF TOTAL (SIA) REVENUE).
OCTOBER 1995: CHRIS TAY, PROJECT MANAGER AT BOEING EVERETT FOR 747-412 (RT530) DELIVERY.
1ST 6 MONTHS FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1995 = +$383 MILLION (+12%) (NET PROFIT): +7.8% (RPK) (TRAFFIC), +6.4% (ASK) (CAPACITY), +14% (FTK) (FREIGHT TRAFFIC), 72.8% LF (LOAD FACTOR) (+$342).
SILKAIR (SLK) TRANSFERRED BACK TO (SIA), SINGAPORE - KAOHSIUNG ROUTE.
WINS CONDE NASTE "BEST AIRLINE" AWARD FOR 7TH TIME. SWISSAIR (SWS) 2ND; & QANTAS (QAN) 3RD.
+1 ORDER 747-400F (PW4056). $12.7 BILLION, 34/43 ORDERS 777-212B'S (RR TRENT 800), INCLUDING 6/10 ORDERS FOR SINGAPORE LEASING ENTERPRISES (SIL). HAS RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE 300 PAX 777-200B WITH 350 PAX STRETCHED 777-300 OR 777-100 WITH 8,500 NM RANGE FOR SINGAPORE (SIA) - LOS ANGELES (LAX). WILL TRADE IN A340'S. 1 DC-8-73, (STT) LEASED.
DECEMBER 1995: NEW CARGO (F) ROUTE: TOKYO, SEOUL, ANCHORAGE, CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES (LAX), TAIPEI (747-400F).
747-412 (RT831) (PW4056) DELIVERY. (RR) (TRENT) 777 ORDER = $1.8 BILLION.
FEBRUARY 1996: CODE SHARE WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL) TO CHICAGO (ORD) VIA LOS ANGELES (LAX) AND SAN FRANCISCO (SFO).
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) SERVES 77 CITIES IN 42 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING 4 ALL-CARGO.
MARCH 1996: J Y PILLAY, CHAIRMAN, RESIGNS TO TAKE HIGH COMMISIONER TO UK POSITION. HAS BEEN CHAIRMAN SINCE SPLIT WITH (MAS) IN 1972.
S DHANABALAN, DIRECTOR & NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, AN EX-MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
25,746 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 5,280 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 3,714 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
35TH 747 DELIVERY.
APRIL 1996: SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) WINS "BEST AIRLINE" AWARD (FOR LAST 6 YEARS) IN "TRAVEL SUPPLIERS" CATEGORY & SUBSIDIARY, SILKAIR (SLK) WON "BEST REGIONAL AIRLINE."
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1995 (SIA) GROUP = +$728 MILLION (+11.7%). (SIA) = +$537 MILLION (+$576 MILLION) (-7.4%).
SOLD 1 747-200 & 1 747-200F TO NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA). 1ST 2 A340 -300E'S, HIGH-GROSS-WEIGHT DELIVERIES. INITIALLY TO FLY BANGKOK, JAKARTA, MELBOURNE ROUTES, LATER TO SYDNEY & PARIS.
JUNE 1996: CONTRACT WITH COMPUTER RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL (CRI) TO DEVELOP A DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR MANAGING, PUBLISHING, AND DISTRIBUTING SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA)'S STRUCTURED INFORMATION AND DATA. PLANS TO TAKE FULL BENEFIT FROM BOEING (TBC)'S DIGITAL DELIVERABLES. THE (CRI) PROGRAM IS BASED ON ORACLE, THE (SGML) AND (CALS) STANDARDS CALLED LIFE*CDM = OPEN ARCHITECTURE, PUBLISHED APPLICATIONS PROGRAM INTERFACE (API), WHICH SUPPORTS CUSTOMIZATION AND EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS. IT IS OSF/MOTIF BASED AND IS AVAILABLE ON MAJOR UNIX PLATFORMS. THE (CRI) SYSTEM WILL BE USED TO EQUALIZE MANPOWER AND SKILL REQUIREMENT OF SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE PACKAGES, PROVIDE CHECK PACKAGE ACCESS REQUIREMENTS AND MAINTENANCE TASK OPERATING PLANS. THE STRUCTURES PROGRAM WILL BE GOVERNED BY CALANDAR BASED RATHER THAN CYCLE LIMITS.
(SIA) SIGNS FOR (RR TRENT 800) ENGINES FOR 77 777'S. 1 747-400 & 2 A340-300E DELIVERIES. SINGAPORE AIRCRAFT LEASING ENTERPRISE (SALE) (SIL) (MOU) 8 ORDERS A320, 4 A321 +12 OPTIONS, JOINTLY OWNED BY (SIA) & BOULLIOUN (TEX - EX-BOEING SALES) AVIATION SERVICES, BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON.
JULY 1996: JOINT VENTURE WITH TATA, INDIA TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN COMPUTER SOFTWARE IN MADRAS FOR (SIA) MARKETING, ENGINEERING, FINANCE, & AIRPORT OPERATIONS.
CONSORTIUM OF SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA), MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS), GARUDA INDONESIAN (GIA), & ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES (RBA) CALLED PAN ASIA PACIFIC AVIATION SERVICES (PAPAS), HAS NEW CONTRACT FOR CHEK LAP KOK (CLK) AIRPORT LINE MAINTENANCE FOR ALL AIRPLANES & ENGINES = 20% OF AIRPORT TRAFFIC.
AUGUST 1996: SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA)/AEROSPATIALE AGREEMENT FOR "CERTIFIED REPAIR STATION FOR AIRBUS (EDS) AVIONICS COMPONENTS" ((SIA) RECENTLY RECEIVED ATEC 6000 TEST STATION).
"ASIAN BUSINESS" MAGAZINE VOTED SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) AS "ASIA'S MOST ADMIRED COMPANY."
LIM WENG KHOON, MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES; LIM SAY YOW, MANAGER PROJECTS. DR CHEONG CHOONG KONG, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN & CEO.
SOLD 2 747-200'S TO NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA). 38TH 747-400 DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1996: TO HIRE APPROXIMATELY 500 PILOTS (FC) IN NEXT 5 YEARS FOR FLEET EXPANSION, IN ADDITION TO CURRENT 1,200 FLIGHT CREW (FC). TRAINED 1,200 PERSONNEL ON NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM, SOFTWARE IS LOTUS NOTES, TO BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE TELEX, FAX & INTERNET ACCESS.
SOLD 747-200 TO UNITED PARCEL SYSTEM (UPS). NOW ONLY OPERATES 1 747-200F. DOES HAVE 1 747-200F, EX-FEDEX (FED) LEASED TO KOREAN AIR (KAL), NOW SOLD TO NORTHWEST (NWA).
OCTOBER 1996: EXPANDED CARGO OPERATIONS WITH +2 747-200F JOINT VENTURE WITH LUFTHANSA CARGO (LUB), THURSDAY & FRIDAYS, FROM FRANKFURT AND SINGAPORE VIA SHARJAH. NEW 747F SERVICE TO DUBLIN VIA DUBAI AND COPENHAGEN.
5TH 747-400F DELIVERY. SALE (SIL) 8 ORDERS A320'S, 4 ORDERS A321'S & 12 OPTIONS EITHER (JANUARY 1998). 2 A340-300'S (CFM56-5C4) DELIVERIES.
NOVEMBER 1996: VOTED "BEST AIRLINE IN WORLD" BY CONDE NAST "TRAVELLER" MAGAZINE (8TH TIME HAS WON THIS AWARD).
NEW NON-STOPS TO PARIS (A340-300E) & VIENNA, COPENHAGEN, ATHENS, &
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) ENGINEERING GETS TO (ISO) 14001 STANDARDS (ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT). (SIA) WAS CERTIFIED TO (ISO) 9002 STANDARD IN MID-1995.
DECEMBER 1996: NEGOTIATING STAKE IN SEMPATI AIR, JAKARTA.
JANUARY 1997: OVER NEXT 5 YEARS WILL INVEST $21 MILLION IN TOOLING, FACILITIES, & EQUIPMENT. WILL TRAIN 100 MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL FOR 777'S. 10 747 STRUT MODIFICATIONS DONE.
AEROSPATIALE DESIGNATED (SIAEC) AS APPROVED REPAIR STATION FOR A330/A340 AVIONICS & EXTEND TO A320 IN 1997.
HUMAN FACTOR ERROR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM DEVELOPED WITH UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, ENGLAND.
CODE SHARE WITH AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) TO VIENNA.
STUDYING POSSIBLE 3RD HANGAR.
NEW A310 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH MERPATI (5 YEARS), "C" CHECKS ON 2 (SAQ) 737-300'S, "D" CHECK ON (CUL) 737-300 SUBCONTRACTED FROM (SASCO).
TO OFFER IN-FLIGHT GAMBLING IN MID-1997, & ESPRESSO MACHINES IN 1ST CLASS.
THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT OK'S NEW DOMESTIC AIRLINE OWNED 40% BY (SIA) AND 60% BY TATA GROUP FOR FLEET OF 19 AIRPLANES WITHIN 5 YEARS.
OFFICIAL AIRLINE GUIDE (OAG) SPONSORED "EXECUTIVE TRAVEL" MAGAZINE GIVES AWARDS TO SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) FOR "AIRLINE OF THE YEAR," "BEST AIRLINE TO FAR EAST," "TOP LONG-HAUL CARRIER" /"BEST AIRPORT LOUNGES."
1996 = 33.45 BILLION (RPK) (TRAFFIC) (#12 HIGHEST IN WORLD).
FEBRUARY 1997: +6 ORDERS 777 FOR S A L E (SIL).
MARCH 1997: SINGAPORE MEETS (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT STANDARDS.
VOTED "BEST AIRLINE OF 1997" BY UK "EXECUTIVE TRAVEL" MAGAZINE.
LEASED 747-300 TO GARUDA (GIA) FOR HADJ. SALE (SIL) 10 YEAR LEASED 747-400F TO ASIANA (AAR). 6TH 747-400F DELIVERY. TO SELL 6 A310'S IN 1997. 7TH & 8TH A340-300E DELIVERIES.
APRIL 1997: TO JEDDAH (A340-300).
SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES AEROSPACE (ST AERO), PARENT COMPANY OF SASCO 1996 = +$20M (-$35M).
MAY 1997: 50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
WINS ZAGAT "FREQUENT FLYER" AWARD AS "BEST AIRLINE IN WORLD" OF 61 SURVEYED BASED ON "COMFORT, SERVICES, TIMELINESS, AND FOOD." RATED NEAR PERFECTION IN ALL CATEGORIES.
FY 1996 = +$624M (+$622M): 12M PAX, +8.7% PAX, 74.4% LF (+1.4).
27,737 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 5,768 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 4,190 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
$15M JOINT VENTURE WITH (RR) FOR ENGINE COMPONENT REPAIR & OVERHAUL.
777'S TO PENANG, JAKARTA, KUALA LUMPUR, LATER MELBOURNE, MANILA AND
DELHI. TO JEDDAH (A340-300).
1ST 777 DELIVERY "JUBILEE 777" OF 77, 288 PAX, 12F (60 INS PITCH), 42C "RAFFLES" (50 INS), 234Y (33 INS). (ETOPS) ON HOLD UNTIL AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE (AD) WITH REDESIGNED PARTS ACCOMPLISHED. 10 CASES OF ENGINE OIL LOSS & 1 BEARING FAILURE. CONVERTED 2 ORDERS 777-200 IGW TO 777-300'S.
JUNE 1997: TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS ANNIVERSARY, TO GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES A SPECIAL BONUS OF 5 WEEKS PAY. STANDARD PRACTICE IN SINGAPORE IS TO GIVE EMPLOYEES SEVERAL MONTHS SALARY AS A BONUS AT THE END OF EACH YEAR.
LARGEST ASIA/PACIFIC ALLIANCE WITH ANSETT (ANS) & AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ): CODE SHARE & TECHNOLOGY SHARE: SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) 80 AIRPLANES, 50.1B RPK (/96); (ANS) 71 AIRPLANES, 15.5B RPK; (ANZ) 72 AIRPLANES, 20.1M RPK. TO >200 CITIES, 47 COUNTRIES.
ENGINEERING AWARDED (ISO) 14001 CERTIFICATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FROM SINGAPORE PRODUCTIVITY & STANDARDS BOARD.
JULY 1997: (SIAEC) (ENGINEERING COMPANY) JOINT VENTURE WITH (P&W) (51%) FOR (JT9D), (PW4000), & (CFM56) ENGINES.
100 MINUTES (ETOPS) OK FOR 777 ONLY FOR ROUTES TO MELBOURNE & MADRAS.
777-212 IGW (28508) DELIVERY. SOLD 747-212F (SCD) TO (STT) & 747-312 (SCD) (23410) TO TAAG ANGOLA (ANG). A310-222 (347) LEASED TO MIDDLE EAST (MEA). A340-313X (185) DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1997: 3RD 777-212 IGW DELIVERY (28509).
SEPTEMBER 1997: NEW ROUTE TO THIRUVANANTHEPURAM THROUGH BILATERAL AGREEMENT WITH INDIA.
ALTHOUGH RECOGNIZED AS WORLD #1, (SIA) IS STILL TRYING TO IMPROVE PASSENGER SERVICE BY HIRING NON-SINGAPOREAN CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA)'S EMPLOYEES. NOTE: CURRENT "SINGAPORE GIRLS" COME FROM MALAYSIA, INDIA, INDONESIA, KOREA, JAPAN, CHINA, AND TAIWAN.
EVALUATING NEW 737-400'S VS MD-80'S. SELLS & LEASES BACK 747-400. 4TH 777-212 IGW DELIVERY. 1 A310-222 (372) LEASED TO (BLG).
OCTOBER 1997: 27,241 EMPLOYEES.
1ST 6 MONTHS PRE-TAX = +$382M (+20.3%): +9.9% RPK, +9.6% ASK, 70.4% LF. 1ST 9 MONTHS = 41.84B RPK (12TH HIGHEST IN WORLD).
777, 100 MINUTES (ETOPS) TO MELBOURNE (MEL) & (MAA).
10TH A340 DELIVERY. NOW HAS 83 AIRPLANES INCLUDING 49 747'S, WITH AVERAGE AGE FOR ALL OF 5.1 YEARS.
DECEMBER 1997: (MOU) WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) FOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP MAY PUT STAR ALLIANCE ASIAN HUB AT SINGAPORE. DISSOLVES (DLH) GLOBAL EXCELLENCE ALLIANCE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) & SWISSAIR (SWS) EVEN THOUGH EACH OWN 5% OF EACH OTHER. SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) ALREADY HAS TRILATERAL REGIONAL ALLIANCE WITH AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) & ANSETT (ANS). (SIA) HAS HAD JOINT CARGO FREIGHTER SERVICE WITH LUFTHANSA CARGO (LUB) SINCE 1989 FRANKFURT - SHARJAH - SINGAPORE.
POSSIBILITY OF SALE OF 2 747-300'S TO START-UP FIJI INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS.
2 GOVT INVESTMENT ARMS BOTH PUT $62.5M EA FOR 14.5% STAKE IN SALE (SIL) (ORDERS FOR 12 A320'S & 6 777'S). 1 A340-313X (202).
JANUARY 1998: S A L E (SIL) TAKES DELIVERY OF 1ST A320 (V2500) OF
15/10 ORDERS TO LEASE TO (TSD).
MARCH 1998: USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH AIR INDIA (AIN), INDIA VIA SINGAPORE, TO LOS ANGELES (LAX).
6TH 777-200 DELIVERY. 12TH A340-313X.
APRIL 1998: CODE SHARE WITH ASIANA (AAR) TO KOREA ALLOWING BLOCK OF SEATS (A310 & A340). VIA AMSTERDAM TO NEWARK.
27,737 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 5,768 FC & 4,190 MT).
13TH A340 DELIVERY. SOLD 1 A310 TO BRITISH WORLD (BAF).
MAY 1998: DR MICHAEL FAM, CHAIRMAN.
INCREASES ITS STAKE IN SUBSIDIARY SILKAIR (SLK) BY $154.8M.
(SIA) GROUP FY 1997 = +$556M (+2%), HELPED BY SALE AND LEASE BACK OF 4 747-400'S. PROFITS FELL AT (SIA) ENGINEERING. AIRLINE TRAFFIC 10B RPK (+5.5%), +7.6% ASK, 69.1% LF (-1.4).
$2.2B AIRBUS ORDER (/02) 5/5 ORDERS A340-500 (TRENT), 313 PAX, 3 CLASS, FOR NONSTOPS TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) & SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), 8,600 NM, 17 HOURS.
JUNE 1998: JOINT VENTURE WITH HAMILTON STANDARD (51%) FOR FUEL ACCESSORY SERVICE TECHNOLOGIES REPAIR & OVERHAUL FACILITY NEAR CHANGI AIRPORT TO START OPERATIONS IN 2/99.
CODE SHARE WITH AIR NZ (ANZ). NEW ROUTE, VIA AMSTERDAM, TO NEWARK.
777-200 IGW DELIVERY.
JULY 1998: LAUNCHES JOINT VENTURE WITH (P&W) CALLED EAGLE SERVICES ASIA, (P&W) 51%, FOR 94- AND 10-INCH VERSIONS OF (PW4000), (JT9D) AND (CFM56-5) ENGINES.
MERVYN SIRISENA, PROMOTED TO DIVISION VP, MAINTENANCE.
1997 TOP WORLD AIRLINE COMPARISONS:
EMPLOYEES (K): 7 NWA 48; 8 USA 42; 9 CAL 10 AFA 36; 11 QAN 30; 12 SIA 28; 13 KLM 27; 14 SWA 25.
NET ($M): 1 AMR 985 (1,016); 2 UAL 949 (533); 3 DAL 934 (248); 4 BAB 754 (876); 5 SIA 670 (731); 6 NWA 597 (536).
RPK (TRAFFIC) (B): 6 JAL 77; 7 CAL 77; 8 DLH 71; 9 AFA 70; 10 USA 67; 11 QAN 59; 12 KLM 55.42; 13 SIA 55.39; 14 ANA 51; 15 SWA 46.
PASSENGERS (PAX) (M): 18 JAS 17; 19 IBE 15; 20 GUN 15; 21 TII 15; 22 KLM 15; 23 ACN 14; 24 ANS 13; 25 ASA 12; 26 SIA 12.
FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC) (B): 1 FED 9.3; 2 GRC 6.5; 3 KAL 5.7; 4 UPS 5.4; 5 AFA 5; 6 SIA 4.8; 7 JAL 4.2; 8 BAB 3.9; 9 KLM 3.7; 10 CAT 3.6.
(ETOPS) 100 MINUTES FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL): 8 777'S = 76 (981) OVER INDIAN OCEAN AND INDONESIA.
777-200 DELIVERY. NOW HAS 13 OF 17 A340-300'S, WILL DEFER 2 FROM 1999 TIL 2001.
AUGUST 1998: (MOU) FOR STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH CHINA AIRLINES (CHI), TAIPEI FOR SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) TO TAKE 5-10% STAKE IN (CHI) FOR $185-$370M WITHIN 6 MONTHS WITH POSSIBLE RAISE TO 30%, CODE SHARE, FLEET & CARGO PLANNING, AND EXCHANGE OF STAFF.
PLANS FOR 3RD HANGAR 2 & 1/2 BAY WIDEBODY TO BE COMPLETED IN 2ND Q 2000. EXPECT 3RD PARTY WORK = >40% OF (SIA) REVENUE BY 2000.
GOVT OK FOR ALLIANCE WITH ANSETT (ANS) AND AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ),
INCLUDING CODE SHARES TO >200 CITIES IN 47 COUNTRIES.
SALE (SIL) +2 ORDERS A320'S FOR TOTAL 16 INCLUDING 1 A321.
SEPTEMBER 1998: (IATA) SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$709.7M. ALTHOUGH (SIA) FINANCIAL RESULTS ARE STILL +VE, 20 TOP EXECUTIVES, 316 MANAGEMENT & 9,000 STAFF UNION EMPLOYEES ALL DECLINED RAISES DUE IN 10/98.
USA "TRAVEL & LEISURE" MAGAZINE NAMES (SIA) "BEST FOREIGN AIRLINE" WITH 1ST IN "CABIN COMFORT," "IN-FLIGHT SERVICE," "ON-TIME RECORD," "FOOD & CUSTOMER SERVICE."
CODE SHARE WITH SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) MAY LEAD TO JOINING STAR ALLIANCE.
SPENDS $300M ON PRODUCT & SERVICES UPGRADE INCLUDING COMPLETE REDESIGN OF 39 747-400 FIRST-CLASS CABINS.
747-412F (PW4956) (1173-26558) DELIVERY. LEASES 3RD A310-200 TO MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES (MEA). A340-313X (CFM56-5C4) (236) DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 1998: LAST 6 MONTHS SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) GROUP = +$152M (-44.2%): (SIA) = +$247M (-26.5%): 26.77B RPK (-.9%), 66% LF (-3.5), 2.3B FTK (-.9%), 5.8M PAX (-2.8%). FY 1997 = +$642.9M (+$638.5M).
FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA). INCLUDES CODESHARE TO TAKE EFFECT IN 4/99. CODE SHARE WITH AIR INDIA (AIN) TO LOS ANGELES (LAX).
10 777'S 100 MINUTES (ETOPS) OVER INDIAN OCEAN/INDONESIA FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL FLIGHTS) = 143 (1,318).
NOVEMBER 1998: SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) WINS TOP AWARDS IN 4 SURVEYS: "CONDE NASTE TRAVELER" MAGAZINE NAMED (SIA) "TOP INTERNATIONAL ROUTE AIRLINE" FOR 10TH TIME IN 11 YEARS, SWISSAIR (SWS) 2ND, & JAPAN (JAL) 3RD; FRENCH "BUSINESS TRAVEL" SURVEY NAMED (SIA) "BEST LONG-HAUL" FOR 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR, CATHAY (CAT) 2ND, (JAL) 3RD; DANISH "TRAVEL" NAMED (SIA) "BEST INTERCONTINENTAL," THAI AIRWAYS (TII) 2ND, BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) 3RD; & "M&C" GOLD AWARDS, KUALA LUMPUR, NAMED (SIA) "BEST AIRLINE."
PLANS TO PHASE OUT ITS REMAINING FLEET OF 4 A310-200'S AND 17 A310-300'S BY /02.
MICHAEL LOONG, (SIA) DIVISION VP ENGINEERING, RETIRED, NO REPLACEMENT ASSIGNED.
DECEMBER 1998: 747-312 (584-23028) RETURNED FROM ANSETT (ANS). SOLD 4 747-312'S (621-23244; 626-23245; 637-23409 (SCD); 666-23769 (SCD). 3 REMAINING 747-300'S WITHDRAWN FROM SERVICE AND STORED IN ARIZONA DESERT. 777-312 (180-28515; 184-28516) DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 1999: DROPS BID FOR 10% SHARES IN CHINA AIRLINES (CHI) FOR LACK OF INTEREST. ALSO, PULLED OUT OF BID FOR PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL).
FEBRUARY 1999: POSSIBLE 25% BUY OF ANSETT (ANS).
DR CHEONG CHOONG KONG, CEO, NAMED "(SIA)'S BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR" BY
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) OPERATES TO 96 DESTINATIONS IN >40 COUNTRIES.
"OFFIAL AIRLINE GUIDE (OAG) WORLDWIDE" AWARDS (SIA) 11 "GOLDS" AFTER A 2ND TO EMIRATES (EAD) AS OVERALL BEST AIRLINE: "BEST EUROPE-ASIA AIRLINE;" "BEST TRANSPACIFIC;" "BEST SHORT & LONG HAUL ECON CLASS;" BEST LONG HAUL EXECUTIVE/BUSINESS CLASS;" & "BEST ASIAN."
CONFIRMS 5/5 ORDERS (11/02) A340-500'S, 8,600 NM RANGE FOR NONSTOPS TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) & SAN FRANCISCO (SFO).
CHANGI, SINGAPORE'S AIRPORT, OPENS TERMINAL 1 EXPANSION, COSTING $262M FOR +8 AEROBRIDGES, FOR TOTAL 67, IN TERMINALS 1 & 2, +2 "TRAVELATOR" MOVING SIDEWALKS, PART OF PLANNED $3B PROGRAM, INCLUDING EXTENSION OF TERMINAL 2 & PLANNED 3RD TERMINAL, +6 KM RAPID MASS TRANSPORT LINE. +10 BRIDGES FOR TERMINAL 2 IN 4/00, FOR 44M PASSENGERS (+10M).
1998 = 12.4M PAX (+1.1%), 58.2B RPK (+4.9%), 10.4B FTK (+2.5%), 70.9% LF; PAX (-1.6) OVERALL 67.7% LF (-2.6).
HAS 91 AIRPLANES, & 37/46 ORDERS.
MARCH 1999: (MOU) SIGNED WITH SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) & LUFTHANSA (DLH) FOR INTEGRATED AIR CARGO INCLUDING COMMON INFRASTRUCTURE FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. 3 OPERATIONS COMBINED = 13% OF INTERNATIONAL CARGO MARKET.
BIDS 50% STAKE IN ANSETT (ANS) FOR $320M (NEWS LTD). SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) IS EXPECTED TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) & THAI AIRWAYS (TII) IN 1999.
APRIL 1999: 28,000 EMPLOYEES.
ALLIANCE WITH SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) INCLUDING FREQUENT FLYER MILES, COOPERATION IN MARKETING, CATERING, CARGO SERVICES, ENGINEERING, & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, FOR FLIGHTS TO COPENHAGEN (A340) & (SAS) 767 FROM COPENHAGEN VIA BANGKOK.
1998 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC RPK (B):
1 UAL 200 (195); 2 AAL 175 (172); 3 DAL 166 (160); 4 BAB 117 (106); 5 NWA 107 (116); 6 CAL 87 (77); 7 DLH 72 (71); 8 USA 66 (67); 9 SIA 58
(55); 10. KLM 57 (55); 11. SWA 51 (46); 12. ANA 45 (51).
MAY 1999: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 PRE-TAX (SIA) GROUP = +$597.4M (-4.7%): (SIA) = +$520M (-14.5%): +7.3% RPK, +7.7% ASK; 72.5% LF (+2).
FLEET INCLUDES 4 777-300, 89 AIRPLANES, AVERAGE AGE 4.9 YEARS.
JUNE 1999: NEW NONSTOP TO LAHORE, PAKISTAN, 2/WEEK, AND RETURN VIA KARACHI.
RUPERT MURDOCK'S NEWS CORPORATION REJECTS SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA)'S BID FOR 50% OF ANSETT (ANS).
SALE (SIL) FY 1998 = +$21.8M (+$9.2M). SALE (SIL) PORTFOLIO IS 3 737'S, 1 747-400F, 5 767'S, 2 777'S, 3 A310'S & 8 A320'S.
1998 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC RPM (B):
1 UAL 124.54; 2 AAL 108.87; 3 DAL 103.24; 4 BAB 72.08; 5 NWA 6.71; 6 CAL 50.94; 7 JAL 48.97; 8 DLH 46.88; 9 AFA 46.35; 10 USA 41.25; 11 SIA 35.88; 12 KLM 35.59; 13 QAN 35.22; 14 ANA 33.38.
PARIS AIR SHOW - SALE'S (SIL) $920M, +23 ORDERS A319/A320/A321'S FOR TOTAL 39 (20 A320'S & 3 A321'S). $1.9B, EXERCISES 10 OPTIONS 777-200ER'S INCLUDING PHASE OUT OF A340-300 FLEET BY TAKING 15 A340-300'S IN TRADE +2 ORDERS A340-300. 777-212 (226-28518, 9V-SQG), DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1999: 747-412 (PW4056) (24062), LEASED TO ANSETT (ANS). 747-412F (1224-28032, 9V-SFH) & 2 777-212ER (237-28519, 9V-SQH; 239-28523, 9V-SRE), DELIVERIES.
SEPTEMBER 1999: TO LAUNCH 2ND WEEKLY AMSTERDAM (747-400F) & IN 10/99 TO UPGRADE 727-200F WET-LEASED TO A 747-400F TO BANGALORE, & LAUNCH NEW CARGO FREIGHTER SERVICE TO PRESTWICK, SCOTLAND WITH (747-400F) VIA SHARJAH, ONTO COPENHAGEN, RETURN VIA SHARJAH.
WILLIAM TAN SENG KOON, SENIOR VP ENGINEERING; JACK KOH, VP TECHNICAL PROJECTS.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) VOTED "BEST AIRLINE" BY "TIME ASIA" MAGAZINE.
1ST 8 MONTHS = 42.22B RPK (+13.2%), 3.46B FTK (+12.3%), 8.86M PAX (+10.7%).
SWISSAIR (SWS) SELLS ITS 0.62% STAKE (8M SHARES) IN (SIA) FOR $81M. ALSO, SIMULTANEOUSLY, (SIA) AND DELTA (DAL) SOLD EACH OTHER'S SHARES ENDING THEIR 10-YEAR RELATIONSHIP. (SIA) MADE $309M FROM SALE OF BOTH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) & SWISSAIR (SWS) STOCK.
2 747-312'S (580-23026, 9V-SKA; 590-23029, 9V-SKD), RETURNED FROM ANSETT (ANS). 747-412 (755-24064, 9V-SMD), LEASED TO (ANS). 777-312ER (244-28531, 9V-SYE), DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 1999: ALL AIRPLANES HAVE IMPROVED MEDICAL KITS AND AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS INSTALLED.
BECOMES 12TH AIRLINE MEMBER OF STAR ALLIANCE.
747-312 (JT9D-7RG4), LEASED 6 YEARS TO CORSAIR (COR) (584-23028, N117KC).
NOVEMBER 1999: 1ST 6 MONTHS = +$345M (+23%): +12% RPK, +7.3% ASK, 74.8% LF (+3.8). 1998 = +$525.7M (+$709.7M): 35.88B RPM (+4.8%), 7.14B FTM (+3%)
ROBERT TAN, CHAIRMAN & CEO (SIAEC) RETIRED, REPLACED BY MERVYN
DECEMBER 1999: BUYS 49% OF VIRGIN ATLANTIC (VAA) FOR #P600.25M, INCLUDING A #P49M CAPITAL INJECTION.
1ST 10 MONTHS = 53.39B RPK (+12.7%), 4.47B FTK (+13.2%), 11.17M PAX (+10.4%).
EXERCISES OPTIONS ON 10 777-200'S. A310-324 (433, 9V-STO) LEASED 3 YEARS TO BIMAN BANGLADESH (BNG).
JANUARY 2000: INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING (IPO) IN 2ND Q OF (SIA) ENGINEERING & SINGAPORE AIR TERMINAL SERVICES (SATS).
A310-324 (443) SOLD TO ROLLS ROYCE (RR).
FEBRUARY 2000: CHEW LENG SENG, CEO, (SIA) ENGINEERING (SIAEC) 4/00. LT-GENERAL BEY SOO KHIANG, EXECUTIVE VP TECHNICAL IN 7/00, EX-26 YEAR SINGAPORE AIR FORCE (SAF), PILOT, MASTER ARTS AERO ENGINEERING FROM CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, & MASTER PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FROM KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVT, HARVARD. MERVYN SIRISENA, PRESIDENT & COO, (SIAEC) IN 4/00.
"AIR TRANSPORT WORLD" MAGAZINE, AWARDS SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) "BEST PASSENGER SERVICE."
(SIAEC) HAS 2-YEAR HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR POLAR AIR CARGO (PAO) 9 747-100F'S & 5 747-200F'S.
MARCH 2000: SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) GROUP PROPOSES ALL 27,400 EMPLOYEES BE PART OF SHARE OPTION SCHEME (SIA OUTLOOK).
RUMOR OF (SIA) TAKING 17% TO 25% STAKE IN AIR NEW ZEALAND.
1999 = 64.53B (+11.8%); 5.48B FTK (+13.5%); 13.55M PAX (+9.9%).
CODE SHARE WITH ANSETT (ANS), SINGAPORE - ZURICH.
ADDS CARGO FREIGHTER SERVICE TO MACAU - CHICAGO - NEW YORK (WEEKLY).
NEW WEBSITE HAS "VIRTUAL REALITY" WITH 360-DEGREE STEERABLE CAMERA VIEW OF CABINS DISPLAYING "PANORAMIC VIEWS" OF FEATURES OF EACH CLASS FROM MANY ANGLES.
747-412 (1241-29950) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2000: (SIA) ENGINEERING CO (SIAEC) IS NO LONGER A SOLELY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF (SIA). STOCK WILL BE OFFERED TO PUBLIC.
CHEW LENG SENG, CEO, (SIAEC); MERVYN SIRISENA, PRESIDENT & COO, (SIAEC).
(SIA) BECOMES FULL MEMBER OF STAR ALLIANCE INCLUDING: (ACN), (ANZ), (ANA), (ANS), (DLH), (SAS), (TII), (UAL), (VAR), AND (AUL). LINKS WITH STAR ALLIANCE PARTNERS (SAS) AND LUFTHANSA CARGO (LUB) TO FORM "NEW GLOBAL CARGO," USING COMMON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY E-COMMERCE INFRASTRUCTURE.
BUYS 8.4% OF AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) FOR $69.6M. NEW ZEALAND GOVT OK'S UP TO 25% BY (SIA). LATER, PAYS $141.2M FOR EXTRA 16.7% FOR TOTAL 25% OF (ANZ).
MAY 2000: ACCELERATES DEPLOYMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY FOR ACHIEVING COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE (PACE) PROGRAM, INTRODUCED BY PAUL BOURDON, PRATT & WHITNEY.
2 747-300'S (23244; 23245), TO BE LEASED TO AFRICAN STAR (STZ) IN 7/00, FOR JOHANNESBURG - LONDON STANSTED - MUNICH. SHOWS INTEREST IN 10/6 ORDERS A380-100, 555 PAX (12/05).
JUNE 2000: FY 1999 (SIA) GROUP PRE-TAX = +#S$1.64B (+86%): INCLUDING +#S$86M FROM SALE & LEASE BACK OF 3 747-400, TRADE-IN OF 1 A310-300 TO RR, & SALE OF SPARES & ENGINES; +#S$371M FROM DIVIDEND ON INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING (IPO) FOR (SIAEC) & (SIA) AIR TERMINAL SERVICE; +#4$169M ON SALE OF 5M SHARES IN (DAL), 320K IN (SWS) & 33% OF EQUANT: 12B RPK (+11.8%), +8.1% ASK, 74.9% LF (+2.4%).
JULY 2000: IN 10/00, 747-400F SERVICE TO SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), VIA MACAU AND ANCHORAGE.
1999 WORLD TOP AIRLINES COMPARISONS:
RPK (TRAFFIC) (B): 1 UAL 201.9; 2 AAL 177.3; 3 DAL 168.6; 4 NWA 119.3; 5 BAB 117.5; 6 CAL 93.4; 7 AFA 83.7; 8 JAL 82.9; 9 DLH 81.4; 10 USA 66.9; 11 SIA 64.5; 12 KLM 58.9; 13 SWA 58.7; 14 QAN 58.1; 15 ANA 56.7.
NET ($M): 1 DAL 1,285; 2 UAL 1,235; 3 AMR 985; 4 SIA 737; 5 DLH 633;
6 SWA 474; 7 CAL 455; 8 FED 442; 9 AFA 340; 10 KLM 324.
EMPLOYEES (K): 11 CAL 44.1; 12 USA 41.6; 13 IBE 29.1; 14 SWA 27.7;
15 SIA 27.4; 16 KLM 27.3; 17 SAS 25.8; 18 TII 24.1.
FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC) (B): 1 FED 10.31; 2 LUB 7.07; 3. UPS 6.02; 4. KAL 5.96; 5 SIA 5.5; 6 AFA 4.73; 7 BAB 4.54; 8 JAL 4.42; 9 KLM 4.15; 10 CAT 3.77.
FY 1999 = +$737.45M (+$473.57M): 64.53B RPK (+11.8%), 5.48B FTK (+13.5%); 13.55M PAX (+9.9%); 13,690 EMPLOYEES.
CHEW SIONG HEE, VP ENGINEERING SYSTEMS/INFO TECHNOLOGY.
ANNOUNCES AT FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW, IT IS CONVERTING OPTIONS OF 1 777-200 & 2 777-200ER'S, TO ORDERS.
AUGUST 2000: JOINS E-COMMERCE VENTURE CALLED "aeroexchange" FOR AIRPLANE PARTS, MAINTENANCE SERVICES, & GENERAL SUPPLIES WITH 12 AIRLINES: CAT; DLH; SIA; FED; NWA; ACN; ANA; AMW; SAS; KLM; AUL; ANZ. ORACLE CORPORATION IS THE TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER & INCLUDING PRODUCTION PLANNING MANAGEMENT FEATURE, EXPECTING $45B ANNUAL BUSINESS.
DR CHEONG CHOONG KONG, CEO, BORN IN MALAYSIA /41, B SC MATHS UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, PH D MATHS, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CANBERRA, EX-ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY MALYSIA; CHAIRMAN (SIA) ENGINEERING CO.
SEPTEMBER 2000: 747-412F DELIVERY. $8.6B, 10/15 ORDERS (2/06) A380'S.
OCTOBER 2000: 1ST 6 MONTHS = +S$1.14B (+93.3%): +58% FUEL COSTS: 33.79B RPK (+10.1%); 2.88B FTK (+13%); 7.13M PAX (+10.2%).
1ST 6 MONTHS TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC RPK (B):
1 UAL 100.26; 2 AAL 92.41; 3 DAL 89.82; 4 NWA 62.13; 5 CAL 60.38;
6 USA 35.07; 7 SIA 33.79; 8 SWA 32.84; 9 KLM 28.94.
CARGO COOPERATION WITH (JAL) CARGO, EXPANDED WITH 747-400F SERVICE TO
OSAKA KANSAI, INCLUDING REGULAR ELECTRONICS & PERISHABLE SHIPMENTS.
INVESTS $57M IN NEW E-BUSINESS SYSTEM (mysap.com).
STARTS DAILY 747F SERVICE TO LOS ANGELES (LAX). SINGAPORE - SHARJAH - DUBLIN - COPENHAGEN (747-400F, WEEKLY). CARGO = 23% OF TOTAL REVENUE. NOW 34F FLIGHTS/WEEK USING 9 AIRPLANES.
CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN), SINGAPORE - COPENHAGEN/LONDON - TORONTO.
13,464 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,357 FC, 5,943 CA, & 509 MT) (-2.4%).
(SIAEC) HAS S$40M, 5-YEAR, MAINTENANCE/TOTAL SUPPORT CONTRACT, FOR REGIONAIR (RAE) 1 A300-600, AND 3 A310-300'S.
ACCDT: 747-412 (1099-28023, /96 9V-SPK) CRASHED ON TAKEOFF FROM TAIPEI IN STRONG WIND STORM = 4/79 FATALITIES OF 20/159 (TOOK OFF ON WRONG, ADJACENT RUNWAY 5R, AND COLLIDED WITH CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING MOBILE CRANE. LATER, AFTER ANALYSIS OF ACCIDENT, AND A HEARING, SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) FIRED BOTH PILOTS.
$1.3B, 6/9 ORDERS (2/02) 747-400F'S.
NOVEMBER 2000: IN 4/01, WILL FORM SINGAPORE AIRLINES CARGO (SQC), AS A SEPARATE COMPANY.
SELLS 2 747-312BC'S (23409; 23769) TO DRAGONAIR (DRG), FOR CONVERSION TO FREIGHTERS.
DECEMBER 2000: SELLS 1 747-312 (JT9D-7R4) (621-23244, /85)
TO PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA (PWC).
TOP 10 WORLD AIRLINES 1ST 9 MONTHS 2000 TRAFFIC RPK (B):
1 UAL 153.29; 2 AAL 143.21; 3 DAL 133.04; 4 NWA 97.47; 5 BAB 90.35; 6 CAL 78.55; 7 AFA/DLH/JAL 67.38; 8 USA 56.07; 9 SIA 52.77; 10 SWA 0.48.
JANUARY 2001: WITH SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) BEING THE 1ST CARRIER TO OPERATE THE A380, ITS ENGINEERING SUBSIDIARY, (SIAECO) HAS STARTED CONSTRUCTION ON 2 NEW HANGARS TO ACCOMMODATE THE AIRPLANES, FOR MAINTENANCE, REPAIR & OVERHAUL (MRO). STARTS ON 3RD, ADJACENT TO EXISTING HANGARS, & 2 MORE, EXPECTED TO BE READY, IN 2002 & 2003, INCREASING CAPACITY BY 30%, & BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE A380.
2ND 747-312 (23245) TO P&W CANADA (PWC).
TOP WORLD AIRLINES 2000 - TRAFFIC RPM (B):
1 UAL 126.88; 2 AAL 116.51; 3 DAL 107.78; 4 NWA 79.10; 5 BAB 73.88; 6 CAL 62.31; 7 DLH 58.52; 8 AFA 57.04; 9 JAL 55.30; 10 USA 46.83; 11 SIA
43.99; 12 ACN 42.38 13 SWA 42.23; 14 QAN 39.46; 15 KLM 37.49.
FEBRUARY 2001: IN 8/01, TO MUNICH - CHICAGO (ORD) (777-200ER, 4/WEEK). IN 9/01, TO MUNICH - NEW YORK (JFK) - MAASTRICHT (747-400F, 2/WEEK).
2-YEAR HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR ATLAS (TLS) 747-200F/-300F'S. 1 747-412 (PW4056) (1266-28031, 9V-SPN) DELIVERY. 1 747-312 (590-23029) RETURNED TO BOEING (TBC). $4B, 10/10 ORDERS 777-200'S TO REPLACE A310 FLEET.
MARCH 2001: MERVYN SIRISENA, VP ENGINEERING (EFFECTIVE 4/01). WILLIAM TAN, CEO, (SIA) ENGINEERING (SIAEC) (EFFECTIVE 5/01).
CODE SHARE WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) (STAR) TO MUNICH (A340-300, 3/WEEK)
1 747-412 (28028, 9V-SPO) DELIVERY. 1 777-200ER (TRENT 892B) (28521, 9V-SRF) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2001: (SIAEC) ACQUIRES 15% STAKE IN ROHR AERO SERVICES ASIA (RASA), FOR $15M, WITH OPTION FOR +10%. (RASA) IS WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF GOODRICH AEROSTRUCTURES, AT LOYANG 10 MILES OUT OF SINGAPORE. ALLIANCE, WILL REPAIR & OVERHAUL, AIRPLANE NACELLES, THRUST REVERSERS AND PYLONS. CURRENTLY HAS 30 ASIAN CUSTOMERS, IN ITS 60,000 SQ FT, (MRO). (SIAEC), S$30M CONTRACT, TO MANAGE FREIGHTER CONVERSION OF 2 DRAGONAIR (DRG) 747-300'S, AT (TAECO), XIAMEN, IN LATE 2001, AND ALSO SUPPORT MAINTENANCE, PLANNING, LOGISTICS & MATERIAL.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) CARGO (SQC), A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY, RECEIVES ITS OWN AIR OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC), AND WILL OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY, AS A SEPARATE, ALL-CARGO AIRLINE, IN 7/01. MICHAEL TAN, CHAIRMAN, (SIA) CARGO. HAS 9 747-400F "MEGA-ARKS," WITH +8 ORDERS. EXPECTS TO GROW +10%/YEAR, FOR NEXT 5 YEARS.
IN 8/01, (SIA) TO AMSTERDAM - CHICAGO (ORD) (777-200ER, 3/WEEK).
SELECTS TENZING COMMUNICATIONS, SEATTLE, USA, FOR INFLIGHT E-MAIL AND WEB ACCESS, FOR USE WITH MATSUSHITA (IFE) SYSTEMS, ON 39 747-400'S & 45 777'S. INSTALLED ON 1 747 & COMPLETE ON FLEET BY END OF 3Q 2001.
2ND A310-304 (PW4152) (548) LEASED TO AIR-INDIA (AIN).
MAY 2001: 2000 FY = +$857M (+33%): +46% FUEL COSTS, 15M PAX (+8.9%), 975M KG FREIGHT (+7.8%).
BY 12/02, ALL AIRPLANES FITTED WITH ENHANCED GROUND PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEM (EGPWS) AND UPGRADED ITS TRAFFIC COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM (TCAS).
IN 2001, WILL TAKE DELIVERY OF 2 747-400'S, 2 747-400F'S, 14 777'S, AND DELETE 7 A340-300'S.
JUNE 2001: KOH BOON HWEE, CHAIRMAN, REPLACES DR MICHAEL FAM.
CREATES SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) CARGO DIVISION (SQC) AS SEPARATE OPERATION. THE DIVISION, WILL ALSO MARKET THE ENTIRE BELLY SPACE OF ALL ITS PASSENGER AIRPLANES. (SIA) CARGO (SQC) REPRESENTS 20%, OF (SIA) REVENUES. EXPECTS TO GROW 9 747-400F'S TO 17 AIRPLANES, OVER NEXT 5 YEARS. (SIA) CARGO (SQC) WILL EMPLOY 650 EMPLOYEES, WITH 250 LOCATED IN SINGAPORE.
747-412 (28029) DELIVERY. 10 ORDERS (2/03) 777-200ER'S (TRENT 892).
JULY 2001: 747-312F (637-23409) SOLD TO DRAGONAIR (DRG).
24TH 777-212ER DELIVERY FOR CHICAGO (ORD) - AMSTERDAM - SINGAPORE. A340-313X (123) RETURNED TO AIRBUS.
AUGUST 2001: TO CHICAGO (ORD) (ITS 5TH US AIRPORT) (777-200ER 3/WEEK). OTHER 4, ARE NEW YORK (JFK), NEWARK, SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) AND LOS ANGELES (LAX).
+3 ORDERS 777'S FOR TOTAL 58. 1 777-212ER (355-28526, 9V-SVC), DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 2001: 1 747-412F (1285-26559, 9V-SFJ) & 1 777-312 (360-30868, 9V-SYF), DELIVERIES.
OCTOBER 2001: 1ST 6 MONTHS FISCAL YEAR (FY) PROFIT = +$270.95M (-35.9%), DUE TO SLOWDOWN OF US ECONOMY, & WORSENING SLUMP IN THE GLOBAL ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY.
TOP WORLD AIRLINES 1ST 9 MONTHS 2001 - TRAFFIC RPK (B):
1 UAL 149.50; 2 AAL 135.28; 3 DAL 123.87; 4 NWA 94.04; 5 BAB 82.06; 6 CAL 77.83; 7 AFA 66.52; 8 DLH 61.32; 9 USA 59.63; 10 JAL 55.73; 11 SWA 54.24; 12 SIA 53.02; 13 ACN 52.85; 14 KLM 45.30; 15 CAT 34.34; 16 MAS 27.9.
1 777-212ER (366-30869, 9V-SVD), 1 777-312 (364-28528, 9V-SYG) & 1 747-412 (1289-28025, 9V-SPQ) DELIVERIES. 2 747-412'S (24062; 24064) RETURNED FROM ANSETT (ANS). 2 A340-313X'S (139; 149), TRADED IN TO BOEING (TBC).
NOVEMBER 2001: REDUCES ITS STAKE IN AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ), FROM 25% TO 5.9%, & EVENTUALLY WILL REDUCE TO 4.25%.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) CARGO TO DALLAS/FORT WORTH (DFW) & MUNICH (747-400F, 2/WEEK). (SIA) CARGO, AROUND-THE-WORLD, 2/WEEK, TO (DFW), VIA BRUSSELS AND BOMBAY.
LAST 6 MONTHS 4/ - 9/01 = +$73.5M (-90%).
777-212ER (372-28527, 9V-SRJ; 374-30870, 9V-SVE), DELIVERIES. DEFERS 1ST DELIVERY OF A340-500 FROM 1/03 TO 10/03.
DECEMBER 2002: 747-312 (23243) RETURNED TO WILMINGTON TRUST (WBT).
JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 69.14B RPK (-2.3%); 5.88B FTK (-2.3%); 14.7M PAX (-1.2%).
2001 TOP 50 WORLD AIRLINES - TRAFFIC B RPM:
1 UAL 116.60; 2 AAL 106.15; 3 DAL 97.60; 4 NWA 73.11; 5 BAB 64.24; 6 AFA 59.54; 7 CAL 58.76; 8 DLH 56.76; 9 JAL 50.77; 10 USA 45.93; 11 SWA 44.50; 12 SIA 42.76; 13 QAN 42.14; 14 ACN 41.49; 15 KLM 35.76; 16 ANA 33.16; 17 CAT 27.81; 18 TII 27.43; 19 IBE 25.64; 20 KAL 23.73; 21 ALI 22.45; 22 MAS 22.29; 23 AMW 19.06; 24 VAA 17.65; 25 VAR 16.02; 26 CHI 16.00; 27 EAD 14.37; 28 SAS 14.26; 29 ANZ 13.54; 30 SAA 12.70; 31 SVA 12.56; 32 BEJ 12.39; 33 ASA 12.23; 34 JAS 10.06; 35 THY 9.35; 36 AMX 8.51; 37 PAL 8.36; 38 GIA 8.15; 39 CMA 7.99; 40 ELA 7.79; 41 GUL 7.65; 42 PIA 7.24; 43 AIN 7.10; 44 TAP 6.43; 45 EGP 5.53; 46 OLY 5.24; 47 AUL 5.06; 48 FIN 4.93; 49 IND 4.52; 50 CQT 4.51.
CANCELS ITS CONTRACT WITH TENZING COMMUNICATIONS, SEATTLE.
OPENS SINGLE BAY, 10,625 SQ M, HANGAR N0 3, TO HANDLE 2 AIRPLANES SIMULTANEOUSLY. WILL ADD NO 4 & 5, OVER NEXT FEW YEARS, TO HANDLE A380 MAINTENANCE.
IN 8/02, NONSTOP HONG KONG TO LAS VEGAS (777, 3/WEEK).
2 747-400'S RETURNED FROM ANSETT (ANS). TO DELAY DELIVERY DATES OF 5 777'S AND 1 747-400F. 777-212ER (378-30871, 9V-SVF) DELIVERY. PLANS TO ACCELERATE PHASING OUT OF REMAINING 9 A340-300'S BY 3/03. A340'S BEING REPLACED WITH 777'S (CURRENTLY OPERATING 30).
FEBRUARY 2002: SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA)'S 34% STAKE IN AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) HAS DROPPED TO 4%, FOLLOWING LOSS OF -$154.9M, IN INVESTMENT IN 2001.
1 747-400F & 1 777-212ER DELIVERIES.
MARCH 2002: NEW, GLOBAL CARGO VENTURE WITH SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS), AND LUFTHANSA (DLH), TO BE CALLED "WOW."
777-212ER (389-28529, 9V-SRK) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2002: 14,254 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: SINGAPORE CHANGI (SIN).
(TELEPHONE: +65 542 3333). (FAX: +65 545 5034).
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) ENGINEERING COMPANY BUYS 25% STAKE IN GUANGZHOU AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING COMPANY (GAMECO), TAKING SHARES FROM LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS SERVICES INTERNATIONAL.
CHEONG CHOONG KONG, GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR, WILL STEP DOWN IN 6/02, AT AGE 62.
A310-324 (500) SOLD TO ROLLS ROYCE (RR) AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT.
MAY 2002: 5th anniversary of Star Alliance: (ACN); (ANZ); (AUL);(BMA); (CMA); (DLH); (LAL); (SAS); (SIA); (TII); Tyrolean; (UAL); & VAR).
2001 Top World Airlines by Traffic (RPK B):
1 UAL 187.67; 2 AAL 170.88; 3 DAL 163.66; 4 NWA 117.66; 5 BAB 106.27; 6 CAL 98.37; 7 AFA 94.42; 8 DLH 86.70; 9 JAL 84.27; 10 USA 73.93; 11 SWA 71.59; 12 SIA 69.15; 13 QAN 67.89; 14 ACN 67.03; 15 KLM 57.85; 16 ANA 56.90; 17 CAT 44.79; 18 TII 44.04; 19 IBE 41.30; 20 KAL 38.45; 21 MAS 38.31; 22 ALI 36.52; 23 SWS 32.98; 24 TWA 31.85; 25 AMW 30.69.
2001 Top World Cargo Operators B FTK:
1 FED 11.05; 2 LUB 7.08; 3 UPS 5.96; 4 SIA 5.88; 5 KAL 5.57; 6 AFA 5.12; 7 KLM 4.64; 8 JAL 4.19; 9 BAB 4.033; 10 CHI 4.030; 11 NCA 3.93; 12 CAT 3.89; 13 CLX 3.77; 14 EVA 3.28; 15 UAL 2.80; 16 NWA 2.79; 17 AAL 2.56; 18 MTH 2.40; 19 AAR 2.38; 20 DAL 2.31; 21 MAS 1.84; 22 SWS 1.79; 23 TII 1.67; 24 QAN 1.57; 25 AHK 1.55.
2001 (SIA GROUP) = +$351.23M (+$903.39M): 69.15B RPK (-2.3%); 74% LF (-2.8); 14.70M PAX (-1.2%); 5.88B FTK (-2.3%); 14,254 EMPLOYEES.
June 2002: Alex de Silva, DVP Safety, Security & the Environment.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo (SQC) moves its cargo freighter operations from Shanghai Hong Qiao Airport to PuDong International Airport, and increases frequency to 4/week.
Introduces 777-200ER, on route to Vancouver.
(SIA) group = 29,467 employees. (SIA) = 14,083 employees.
2 777-212ER's (406-30875, 9V-SQH; 407-28532, 9V-SQH) deliveries. A310-324 (500, 9V-STR), sold to Rolls Royce.
July 2002: A joint venture, between Singapore Airlines (SIA) Engineering Co and Goodrich Aerostructures Group (BFG), will build a $13.5M, repair facility in the eastern part of Singapore, called Rohr Aero Services - Asia (RASA), including 22,000 sq m, facility, by 9/03. William Tan, (SIA) Engineering, CEO, stated "We are confident, that (RASA) will benefit from the growing market, for repair and overhaul of high-technology, composite structures, which are increasingly prevalent in new-generation airplanes, such as the 777, and A340." (RASA) will undertake aerostructure maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) for >40 airlines, in the region.
1st 6 months = 36B RPK (+5.7%); 7.49M PAX (+2.6%); 3.26B FTK (+15.5%).
August 2002: Launches free message, in-seat, short message service (SMS), & email, on 10 747/777 long-haul airplanes. The service allows travelers to send text messages of up to 160 characters, to mobile phones, or e-mail addresses, on the ground. The in-flight, Communicator service was developed by Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation. Singapore Airlines (SIA) will spend $300M over the next 2 years on cybercabins, which have email, internet browsing, onboard chatrooms and extended entertainment facilities on long-haul flights.
A310-324 (534) sold to Rolls Royce Aircraft Management. 2 777-212ER's (412-32316, 9V-SVI; 415-32335, 9V-SVJ), deliveries.
October 2002: In 12/02, nonstops to Johnnesburg (weekly) and to Mauritius (2/week).
6 months end 9/02, (SIAEC) = +$101.3M (+3.9%); (SIA) = +$744M (+$134.8M) (due to improved cargo operations and a tax write back of $278M): 37.8B RPK (+4.8%); +2.4% ASK; 73.3% LF (+3.7); 7.78M PAX (+1.8%); +22.6% FTK.
1st 6 months Top World Airlines Traffic B RPK:
1 AAL 95.18; 2 UAL 84.56; 3 DAL 74.53; 4 NWA 56.50; 5 BAB 49.30; 6 AFA 48.21; 7 CAL 47.49; 8 DLH 42.06; 9 JAL 39.44; 10 SWA 36.03; 11 SIA 36.00; 12 ACN 33.69; 13 USA 33.06; 14 KLM 27.54; 15 CAT 23.07; 16 IBE 19.53; 17 KAL 16.47; 18 CHI 15.70; 19 AMW 15.20; 20 ALI 14.21; 21 EAD 13.45; 22 VAR 12.68; 23 GUN 12.49; 24 SAS 12.01; 25 BEJ 10.32.
777-212ER (419-28520, 9V-SVK) delivery. A310-324 (634, 9V-STY) wet-leased to Air-India (AIN). A340-313X (190) sold to Boeing (TBC).
November 2002: To Christchurch (daily).
(SIA) has won the TTG Asia travel awards so many times (1st every one of the last 13 years) it has now been elevated to the TTG "Hall of Fame."
14,268 employees (-2.9%). (SIA) Group = 29,998 (-1%).
1st 9 months = 55.6B RPK (+4.9%); 11.46M PAX (+1.9%); 4.99B FTK (+17.4%).
1st 9 months Top World Airlines Traffic RPK B:
1 AAL 148.39; 2 UAL 132.89; 3 DAL 123.75; 4 NWA 88.26; 5 BAB 76.23; 6 AFA 74.00; 7 CAL 73.12; 8 DLH 67.07; 9 SIA 55.60; 10 SWA 55.20; 11 JAL 54.81; 12 ACN 54.41; 13 USA 50.38; 14 KLM 48.87; 15 QAN 43.76; 16 CAT 36.14; 17 IBE 30.78; 18 KAL 28.06; 19 AMW 23.82; 20 TII 19.76; 21 ALI 19.68; 22 SAS 18.82; 23 CHI 18.23; 24 VAR 17.47; 25 GUN 17.21.
777-212ER (422-32336, 9V-SVL), delivery.
December 2002: 1 A310-324 (589, VT-EVU) leased to Air India (AIN). 2 747-412's (24062; 24064) to be leased to Air Pacific (APC) in 4/03.
January 2003: Cheong Choong Kong, CEO, will retire after 30 years with Singapore Airlines (SIA) in 6/03, and be succeeded by Chew Soon Sang, currently Senior Executive VP.
In 3/03, Singapore - Manchester (4/week). In 4/03, (SIA) Cargo direct flts from China to US, with Singapore - Xiamen and Nanjing, then on to Chicago (ORD) (747-400F, 3/week).
747-412F (1322-32897, 9V-SFL) delivery. A340-313X (202) sold to Boeing (TBC).
February 2003: In 5/03, Singapore - Bangalore (3/week).
Cathay (CAT) Cargo, Japan Airlines (JAL) Cargo, Qantas (QAN) Freight, & Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo (SQC) signed an (MOU) to partner in a new e-business portal (working title is "Air Cargo Exchange") that is to go online by mid 2003. At the heart of the new portal will be a joint operation provided by the Cargo Community Network Singapore and Global Logistics System Hong Kong, also known as Traxon Hong Kong. Initially, customers will be able to make allotment and free-sale bookings, conduct tracking and tracing, as well as review flight schedules of the 4 carriers. Interestingly, Japan Air Lines (JAL) & Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQC), are also affiliates of the "WOW" cargo alliance, including Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Cargo & Lufthansa Cargo (LUB). Cathay (CAT) & Qantas (QAN) are linked to the OneWorld alliance.
3 777-212ER's (428-33368, 9V-SQK; 430-33874, 9V-SVM; 431-33873, 9V-SVN), deliveries.
March 2003: FY 2002 = -# S$167M/-$93.6M: 74.19B RPK (+7.3%); 15.34M PAX (+4.4%); 6.77B FTK (+15.8%).
China Airlines (CHI) selects Singapore Airlines Engineering Co (SIAEC) to restructure its engineering maintenance division. (SIAEC) will assist with its daily operations as well as work with (CHI) on its overall systems, policies, and processes. 8 (SIAEC) senior executives are to be sent to Taipei to oversee the contract.
In 4/03, (SIA) Cargo (SQC), Singapore - Adelaide (747-400F).
747-412 (27071) sold to Caspian Leasing and leased back for 6 years. 9 A310-300's will be retired later this year, 6 months ahead of previous schedule.
April 2003: 14,500 employees.
Parent organization/shareholders: Temasek Holdings (Private) (56.76%); Raffles Nominees (11.77%); DBS Nominees (8.19%); HSBC (Singapore) Nominees (4.38%); other shareholders (3.2%); Citibank Nominees Singapore (3.06%); DB Nominees (Singapore) (2.21%); & United Overseas Bank Nominees (1.65%).
Retired its last 3 A340-300's and traded-in a brand-new A340-313X (528) to Boeing as part of a 777 order. By 6/03, it will have parked its remaining 9 A310-300's and will withdraw 5 747-400's temporarily.
World Top 20 Airlines 1st Q Traffic (B) (RPK):
1 (AAL) 44.67; 2 (UAL) 39.66; 3 (DAL) 36.82; 4 (NWA) 26.65; 5 (BAB) 23.31; 6 (AFA) 23.27; 7 (CAL) 21.35; 8 (DLH) 20.62; 9 (SWA) 17.53; 10 (KLM) 14.04; 11 (USA) 13.28; 12 (SIA) 12.20*; 13 (ACN) 9.65*; 14 (CAT) 8.51*; 15 (AMW) 7.84; 16 (QAN)* 7.18; 17 (KAL)* 6.72; 18 (IBE) 6.17*; 19 (EAD) 5.69*; 20 (AAT) 5.42. * 2 mths only.
May 2003: Asks its approx 6,600 cabin crew members (CA) to take 7 days of unpaid leave every 2 months for the rest of the financial year that ends 3/04 as the carrier continues to grapple with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus crisis. Has cut its capacity ASK's in 4 & 5/03 by -28.9%.
(SIA) Group FY 2002 = +# S$1.06B/+$618M (+68.6%) (+# S$631.7M), however, the terrorist attacks in Bali last fall, the buildup to the war, the Iraq war itself, and the (SARS) outbreak "caused a severe softening of demand." (SIA) = +# S$618M (+9%) (+# S$567.2M): 74.2B RPK (+6%); +5.3% ASK; 74.5% LF (+.5).
(SIA) Cargo, Singapore to Xiamen and Nanjing, and on to Chicago (747-400F, 3/week). Also, from Chicago and Los Angeles, respectively, to Nanjing and on to Singapore (747-400F, 2/week).
717-212ER (438-32370, 9V-SRM) delivery.
June 2003: After losing $6M/day during 4 & 5/03, (SIA) is to cut -414 (-1.5%), (including -196 at Singapore Air Terminal Services unit, -129 at the airline, & -63 at Singapore Airlines (SIA) Engineering), and eventually -2,500 jobs (first cut in 20 years) as it struggles with a huge looming loss and a decline in traffic. Has reduced capacity by -30% and cut management wages by -27.5%.
2002 = +$635.1M (+$392M): 74.18B RPK (+6%); +5.3% ASK; 74.5% LF; (+.5); 15.3M PAX (+3.8%); 6.91B FTK (+14.5%); 14,418 EMPLOYEES (+1.5%).
2002 TOP 25 WORLD AIRLINES - TRAFFIC - B - RPK
1 (AAL) 195.81; 2 (UAL) 176.15; 3 (DAL) 152.66; 4 (NWA) 115.91; 5 (BAB) 99.71; 6 (AFA) 96.80; 7 (CAL) 95.51; 8 (DLH) Grp 88.57; 9 (JAL) 83.54; 10 (QAN) 75.23; 11 (SWA) 73.05; 12 (SIA) 71.12; 13 (ACN) 69.42; 14 (USA) 69.42; 15 (KLM) 58.89; 16 (ANA) 52.97; 17 (CAT) 49.04; 18 (TII) 48.51; 19 (KAL) 41.80; 20 (IBE) 40.47; 21 (MAS) 36.90; 22 (AMW) 31.98; 23 (SAS) Grp 30.91; 24 (EAD) 30.17; 25 (ALI) 29.84.
2002 TOP 25 WORLD FREIGHT CARRIERS - B - FTK
1 (FED) 13.20; 2 (LUB) 7.16; 3 (UPS) 6.62; 4 (KAL) 6.25; 5 (SIA) 6.08; 6 (AFA) 4.87; 7 (CAT) 4.85; 8 (CHI) 4.60; 9 (JAL) 4.39; 10 (CLX) 4.16; 11 (BAB) 4.12; 12 (KLM) 3.99; 13 (EVA) 3.28; 14 (NWA) 3.24; 15 (AAL) 2.93; 16 (UAL) 2.79; 17 (AAR) 2.75; 18 (NCA) 2.21; 19 (POA) 1.97; 20 (EAD) 1.96; 21 (MAS) 1.92; 22 (BEJ) 1.88; 23 (TII) 1.824; 24 (DAL) 1.823; 25 (ACN) 1.58.
747-412 (722-24062, 9V-SMB), leased to Air Pacific (APC). A340-313X (215) sold to Boeing (TBC).
July 2003: Code share with Virgin Atlantic (VAA), Singapore to Manchester (777-200ER, All-economy (Y), 5/week). In 9/03, code share with Royal Brunei (RBA), Negara Brunei Darassalam to Singapore.
2nd Q = -# S$312.3M/-$177.7M (its 1st ever quarterly loss!) (+# S$478.4M/+$273M): 9.88B RPK (-45.7%); -28.6% ASK; 57.4% LF (-18.1). At the height of the (SARS) outbreak (SIA) was losing -$3.4M/day.
2002 FY (SIA) Group = +$600.55M (+$356.28M): 71.12B RPK (+8.2%); 76.8% LF; 15.00M PAX (+8.9%); 6.08B FTK (+7.2%).
747-412 (859-25127, 9V-SMK) sold to Wells Fargo and leased back, changing registration to (N127LC). 2 777-200ER's (447-32321, 9V-SRO; 448-3369, 9V-SRP), deliveries, initially stored at Everett Paine Field (ferried later in 10/03). A340-313X (236) sold to Boeing (TBC).
August 2003: Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) unveiled its 1st airplane in "WOW" livery, an MD-11F, representing the "WOW" Cargo alliance, encompassing Japan Airlines (JAL) Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo (LUB), (SAS) Cargo, and Singapore Airlines (SIA)/(SQC) Cargo. Has the biggest air cargo partnership with a 20% market share. In 9/03, will inaugurate an exclusive common cargo terminal in Cargo City North, Frankfurt, to handle alliance shipments. Each of the 4 cargo carriers since 7/03, has been setting up to 10% of each's capacity for the express shipments of the other 3 partners. They have agreed on a unified Info Technology (IT) support and common quality service and handling standards in order to guarantee the uniformity and reliability of their services.
In 2/04, Singapore - Los Angeles (A340-500, nonstop), with no first-class section, but will introduce 181 passengers (PAX) in a 2-class configuration: 64 Raffles Class lie-flat Spacebeds in 2-2-2 business-class (C) layout, and 117 20-in-wide Executive Economy Class (Y) seats that will feature in-seat power & 37-in pitch in a 2-3-2 layout.
747-412 (860-25218, 9V-SML) withdrawn from use (WFU) at Mojave. 737-412 (831-24227, PV-SMH) stored at Victorville. 747-412 (1333-32898, 9V-SFM) delivery. 50th 777 delivery of 2 777-200ER's (451-33370, 9V-SQL; 449-33371, 9V-SRQ).
October 2003: Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group = +# S$305.8M/+$176.1M (+3.6%) (+# S$295.1M): -9.3% RPK; -10.8% ASK. Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aero) 3rd Q = +# S$45.9M/+$27 (+13%) (+# S$40.8M). Sells its DalFort Aerospace (MRO), Dallas Love Field and lays off its 500 employees.
In 1/04, Singapore - Shenzhen (3/week).
747-412F (1052-26560, B-2409), leased to Air China (BEJ). A340-313X (282) sold to Boeing (TBC). A340-541 (492, 9V-SGA), delivery.
November 2003: (LOI) with Connexion by Boeing for installation of an onboard Internet service on 40 (SIA) long-haul airplanes (3rdQ 2004) with a number of options for additional instls. Connexion will also provide real-time television for its inflight entertainment system as part of its "development of the (SIA) CyberCabin."
At the Singapore Air Show in 2/04, (SIA) is expected to announce an order for up to 20 777-300ER's to replace its 747-400's that are being phased out of its fleet. Currently has 39 747-400's with at least 9 still grounded.
December 2003: Will introduce its new low-fare carrier named "Tiger Airways" in the latter half of 2004. Partners in the project include Indigo Partners LLC (24%), the aviation partnership of David Bonderman and William Franke; Irelandia Investments Ltd (16%), the Ryan family's investmenmt vehicle; and (SIA) & Temasek Holdings (49%), which controls Singapore Airlines (SIA). (SIA) & Temasek will own a majority of the new airline, but Tiger Airways will be certificated separately and operated independently. Dr Tony Ryan said "it was a personal pleasure to return to Asia with a new airline venture." Heading Tiger Airways will be Charlie Clifton, former Director Operations, Ryanair (RYR).
A310-324 (665, 9V-STA) leased to Air-India (AIN). 2 A330-541's (492, 9V-SGA; 478, 9V-SGC), deliveries.
January 2004: 4th Q = +# S$377.9M/+$223.4M (+# S$180M): -1.2% RPK; -5.4% ASK. Last 9 months = +# S$371.3M (-61%) +# SW$953.5M).
Singapore - Shenzen (3/week).
Star Alliance (Singapore Airlines (SIA) is one of 15 members) signed a 5-year Information Technology (IT) accord with BEA Systems Inc, San Jose, California, an application infrastructure software firm. The contract gives Star's 15 members "the opportunity to introduce BEA's innovative application platform suite at a cost no single airline would be able to negotiate" said Michael Stagl, Star CIO. United Airlines (UAL), Lufthansa (DLH), & Singapore Airlines (SIA), as well as the alliance itself, have developed ticketing, baggage handling, and loyalty software applications on the BEA WebLogic platform in recent years. Under the new agreement, BEA WebLogic Server and BEA WebLogic Integration become Star's preferred application server and integration software.
Will increase its capacity by +3.1% ASK when the northern summer schedule comes into effect in 3/04. Will launch service to Nanjing, increasing the number of services to China to 53/week. In mid 2004, New York - Singapore nonstop (A340-500). Will also launch additional weekly services to Surabaya, Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi, to Melbourne (5/week), and to Auckland (2/week). In Europe, it will increase services to Amsterdam (daily) and Athens (3/week).
747-412 (24226) sold to Boeing (TBC). A340-541 (499, 9V-SGB) delivery.
February 2004: Code share with Virgin Atlantic (VAA) extended to Manchester - Orlando.
Lufthansa Systems said Singapore Airlines (SIA) had successfully deployed the innovative new Routing Selector tool for optimizing cargo business by supporting management of all airline booking requests & bookings.
Completes world's longest nonstop flight, Singapore to Los Angeles (A340-500, 64C, 117Y) in 18 hours 15 minutes, gate to gate.
March 2004: Singapore inks open skies agreement with United Arab Emirates (UAE) that provides both countries with unrestricted traffic rights. Dubai International Airport has had +11.4% traffic annually since 1993, whereas Changi has had only +5%. Between Dubai and Singapore, Emirates (EAD) has operated 72 passenger flights and 2/week cargo freighter service, with Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s 25 passenger flights, and a large array of freighter services. Singapore also has open skies pacts with the USA, New Zealand, Chile, and Peru.
Singapore - Nanjing (3/week). Code share with BMI British Midland (BMA), Singapore - London and to Belfast, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.
Sold its 51% stake in Aviation Software Development Consultancy India, a Chennai-based info technology (IT) company to its partner Tata Group for $3.1M.
Low-fare subsidiary, Tiger Airways appoints Patrick Gan, CEO, 47, ex-pharmaceuticals executive; and William Franke, Chairman, ex-Indigo Partners. Plans to launch operations in 4th Q with 5 or 6 airplanes, expanding to 25 by the 3rd or 4th year.
747-412 (1342-32899, 9V-SFN) & 777-212ER (471-28533, 9V-SVO) deliveries. 14th 747-400F Mega Ark delivery for (SIA)/(SQC) Cargo. 4/2 orders (7/04) A320's (V2500), 180Y, for Tiger Airways (TGR).
April 2004: Code share with BMI British Midland (BMA) adding its code on routes to Belfast, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, that connect with (SIA)'s (3/day) Singapore - London Heathrow (LHR). In 7/04, Singapore - Ahmedabad (777, 3/week).
Projects Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 = ># S$600M/+$357.6M, and actually predicts +# S$702M!
Skytrax, a UK-based market research firm, voted Singapore Airlines (SIA), the "World's Best Carrier," Emirates (EAD) was 2nd, and Hong Kong was travelers' most favored international airport.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace (SIA) & Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI), through ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering and Bedek Aviation Group respectively, signed a licensing agreement with Boeing to convert 757's into freighters. Under the accord, Boeing will license to ST Aero and (IAI), data relating to the 757 Special Freighter STC originally developed for the (DHL) conversion program. ST Aero and (IAI) were risk-sharing partners with Boeing in that program and performed touch labor. They will "build upon the knowledge and experience gained" from converting the first 34 (DHL) airplanes to "develop their own (STC) for variants of the freighter for new customers." ST Aero & (IAI) expect to introduce the 1st 757-200 for conversion by the 3rdQ 2005.
(LOI) to sell 8 of its 28 747-400's to 2 airlines to be converted to Special Freighters. 747-412's (717-24061; 736-24063), to be leased for 2 years to Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) who will wet-lease them to Iberia (IBE) in 6/04.
A340-541 (560, 9V-SGD) delivery.
May 2004: In 6/04, Newark - Singapore (A340-500, 2 class, daily nonstop, >10,000 miles, 18 hours - -4 hours from current).
Sells 5 747-412's to Dragonair (DRG), which (SIA) Engineering Co Ltd will convert from passenger to Special Freighters (F), with 2 completed in 2006, 2 in 2007, & last in 2008.
FY 2003 = +# S$849.3 Million/+$504 Million (-20.2%) (+# S$1.06 Billion).
Singapore Technologies Aerospace purchased an additional 21% shareholding in its UK facility, Bournemouth Aviation Services from its joint venture partner, FR Aviation, a subsidiary of Cobham plc, for # 448,000 Pounds/$791,195.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) Engineering 10-year contract, # S$120 Million/$71 Million to perform maintenance on sister company Silkair (SLK)'s fleet of A320's.
2 747-412's (24063; 24065) leased to Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID). 777-312 (33376, 9V-SYL) delivery. A340-541 (563, 9V-SGE) delivery.
June 2004: Singapore - Amsterdam (777-200ER, daily). Code share with Austrian Airlines (AUL), Vienna - Singapore. In 8/04, code share with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Singapore to Tokyo Narita, Osaka Kansai, Nagoya, & Fukuoka.
Broke its own nonstop flight distance record with an A340-500, Singapore - Newark, 9,000 nm in 18 hours, 18 minutes.
Star Alliance: Air Canada (ACN); Air New Zealand (ANZ); All Nippon Airways (ANA); Asiana (AAR); Austrian (AUL); Blue 1 (applicant); bmi (BMA); (LOT) Polish Airlines; Lufthansa (DLH); Scandinavian (SAS); Singapore Airlines (SIA); South African Airways (SAA) (applicant); Spanair (SPP); (TAP) Air Portugal (applicant); Thai Airways (TII); United Airlines (UAL); US Airways (USA); & Varig (VAR).
July 2004: 2nd Q = +# S$258.6 Million/+$150.5 Million (-# S$312.3 Million/-$181.8 Million): 18.17 Billion RPK (x2); +46.7% ask; 72% LF (+14.6) (57.5% LF due to (SARS).
Singapore to Ahmedabad (Gujarat) (777, 3/week). In 11/04, Singapore - Cape Town (777-200, weekly).
747-412's (24061; 24066; 24226; 24975) sold to Guggenheim Aviation Partners for conversion to freighters by Boeing (TBC). (24066; 24226), will be leased to Air-India (AIN). 747-412 (PW4056) (26548) leased to Cathay Pacific (CAT). 777-212ER (485-33372, 9V-SQM) delivery.
August 2004: Introduced text message check-in for its passengers. Passengers can text-in remotely and collect their boarding passes and check their bags at special counters, thus avoiding the regular check-in lines. The (SMS) check-in will be available at 12 airports including Singapore, Auckland, Bangkok, Christchurch, Hanoi, and Kuala Lumpur.
All 4 US airlines that fly 777's over the North Pacific ocean: American (AAL), Continental (CAL), Delta (DAL), & United (UAL), plus All Nippon (ANA), Singapore (SIA), & Korean (KAL) are flying 207-minute (ETOPS). Boeing twin-engine airplanes have dominated flights over the North Atlantic ocean and are now expected to dominate the Pacific. With the current trend of 390 Pacific (ETOPS) flights/day and rising, Pacific (ETOPS) flights will soon outnumber those over the Atlantic ocean.
Will outsource its information technology (IT) "infrastructure functions" to a major (IT) services provider. Expects annual savings of -#S$15 Million/-$8.85 Million after absorbing "one-off costs associated with the transition of around # S$10 Million. Functions to be outsourced comprise the Data Center, End User Computing Support; & Help Desk. Approximately 130 staff at (SIA) will be affected and be offered the opportunity to work with the major (IT) service provider.
Will install anti-SAM/MANPAD equipment on all its airplanes and SilkAir (SLK) within 12 to 18 months.
Follow-up contract to Lufthansa (DLH) Systems for its (MDT) analysis solution, which provides the airline "with detailed insight into its own data as well as that of its competitors."
Code share with All Nippon Airways (ANA)), Tokyo (NRT) - Singapore and Singapore - Tokyo (NRT)/Osaka (KIX)/Fukuoka. In 10/04, Singapore - Amritsar (3/week).
Plans to launch its A380 flights in 4/06 and configure it with <500 passengers (PAX), indicating there will be a significant business-class (C) cabin.
$7.35 Billion, (LOI) 18/13 orders (2/06) 777-300ER's (GE90-115B). 777-212ER (33373, 9V-SQN), & 777-312 (32327, 9V-SYI) deliveries.
October 2004: Has given up its ambitions to forge a lasting relationship with Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand (ANZ) and will sell its remaining 6.5% in (ANZ) for # NZ$61.7 Million/$41.6 Million.
Finalizes a 3-year deal with Jeppesen to provide its e-Link Internet service, whereby Singapore Airlines (SIA) Flight Operations can access and print Jeppesen's full library of tailored electronic charts and data via a secure Internet connection. This will set the stage for a "digital transformation," with (SIA) exploring an electronic flight bag solution for its entire fleet.
Sold its 6.3% shareholding in Air New Zealand (ANZ) for $41.3 Million, representing an investment loss of some -$336 Million over 4 years. (SIA)'s majority owner, goernment investment agency Temasek Holdings, picked up a 3% stake in Qantas (QAN).
(SIA) Group 2nd Q = +# S$357.3 Million/+$214.8 Million (+16.3%) (+# S$305.8 Million): +12.3% RPK; +9.4% ASK. 6 months = +# S$615.9 Million/+$364 Million (-# S$6.5 Million/-$4 Million).
November 2004: ST Technologies Aerospace 10-yr, $438 Million airplane maintenance contract with (UPS) DC-8's, MD-11's & A300's at any ST Aero airplane repair station (MRO) around the globe.
Singapore and Sri Lanka have signed an open skies agreement, where restrictions have been lifted on the countries' operations between the 2 countries.
2 A310-324's (693, 9V-STE; 697, 9V-STF) stored at Victorville.
December 2004: Signs definitive agreement with Connexion by Boeing covering the installation of high-speed Internet service on its long-haul fleet, initially offering the service on its Singapore-London route in 1st Q 2005. Will achieve world's 1st in bringing live international TV on board, beamed through Connexion by Boeing to passenger laptops.
January 2005: Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group 4th Q = +# S$475.6 Million/+$290.8 Million (+25.9%) (+# S$377.9 Million). Last 9 months = +# S$1.09 Billion (+# S$371.4 Million).
March 2005: Launched real-time high-speed Internet access on its London - Singapore (3/day) flights with Connexion by Boeing. Will introduce the service progressively on other long-haul flights and by end of 2005, will be installed on >15 airplanes.
747-412 (25128) to Cathay (CAT) for conversion to freighter (SCD). 747-412 (27066) to Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID). 2 777-312's (33374, 9V-SYJ; 33375, 9V-SYK), deliveries. +1 order 777-312ER.
April 2005: Singapore Technologies Aerospace opened its completed $12 Million hangar capable of holding 2 narrow body airplanes simultaneously.
May 2005: 2004 Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group = +# S$1.39 Billion/+$839.7 Million (+63.6%) (+# S$849.3 Million). 1st Q = +# S$297.8 Million (-37.7%) (+# S$477.9 Million).
777-312 (33376, 9V-SYL) delivery. A380 first delivery which was supposed to be May 2006, has been postponed until later in the year.
June 2005: Turkish Airlines (THY) and Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aero) signed an (MOU) to create a 50/50 partnership in a new Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility to be built at Istanbul's second airport, Kurtkoy Sabina Gokcen International. The center to be called "HABOM," is to be operated and managed by ST Aero and will offer 3rd party services covering airframe, engine & component overhaul & support as well as supporting (THY) with other than line, light & technical services. (THY) will also use ST Aero's global network of (MRO) centers for service & support consisting of commercial airplane maintenance, repair & modifications, engine & component maintenance, overhaul & integrated component support.
In 9/05, Bangkok - Tokyo (6/week).
July 2005: Singapore Technologies Aerospace, ST Aero Supplies has a $21 Million, 5-year complete component support contract with Spring Airlines (CQH) for its fleet of up to 15 A320's on a maintenance-by-the-hour basis. Spring Airlines (CQH) is owned by the largest travel agency in China, Shanghai Spring International Travel Service, and plans to launch service this year with 3 A320's.
Becomes the first carrier to introduce live TV on international flights. The infotainment option was enabled by Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s installation of Connexion by Boeing, and TV is free for passengers paying for Connexion for their laptops. (SIA) is proceeding with plans to bring TV to seat-back In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) by 2006. The 4 international channels to be beamed live are BBC World, EuroNews, EurosportsNews, and CNBC.
August 2005: 2nd Q (SIA) Group = +# S$235 Million/+$141.8 Million (-7.9%) (+# S$255 Million): 19.36 Billion RPK (+6.6%); +7.5% ASK; 71.3% LF (-.7); 4M passengers (+5.7%).
13,572 employees (-3.1%).
Singapore's Changi Airport has at least one gate ready for the A380, although the airplane is still more than 12 months away from first delivery. Airport operator (CAAS) announced that it has converted gate F31 and an existing hold room in Terminal 2 into an A380-compatible gate, enlarging it to provide more holding and circulation space. The upgrade is the first of a number that will be done at Terminals 1 and 2. The gates also will feature a new third boarding aerobridge arm for passengers on the A380's upper-deck. (CAAS) is spending $60 million to modify five gates at T1 and six at T2 plus the runway and taxiway work required to accommodate the aircraft. When the new T3 opens in 2008, there will be a total of 19 gates that can serve A380 flights.
Garuda (GIA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be able to increase services as the result of an MOU signed between Singapore and Indonesia that formalizes an agreement in principle reached in 5/05. (SIA) will be given more access to Bali and Jakarta while (GIA) will get fifth freedom traffic rights from Singapore.
Singapore and India inked an agreement that allows airlines of both countries to expand services between Singapore and Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Fifth freedom rights also were granted.
September 2005: Star Alliance chose UK-based Zero Octa as the preferred vendor for revenue recovery and protection services. Ten member carriers - - Air Canada (ACN), Air New Zealand (ANZ), Asiana Airlines (AAR), bmi (BMA), (LOT) Polish Airlines, Singapore Airlines (SIA), Spanair (SPP), United Airlines (UAL), US Airways (USA) and Varig (VAR) - - will be using Zero Octa.
(SIA) and Asiana (AAR), both members of the Star Alliance, have begun codesharing between Singapore and Seoul. (SIA) is putting the SQ code on 10 weekly A330 services operated by Asiana (AAR), while the latter is putting the OZ code on 44 weekly 747 and 777 services operated by (SIA). Subject to regulatory approval, the carriers expect to extend their cooperation to include transpacific flights beyond Seoul, domestic destinations in South Korea, intra-travel in north Asia and flights beyond Singapore.
Boeing is moving closer to the launch of the 747-400 ADV with the announced sale of four 747-400Fs to Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). According to insiders at the manufacturer, the next delivery slots are 747-400ADV airplanes. This year, Boeing has sold 24 747-400s and now has a backlog of 30 net of five cancellations logged in 2005.
Cargolux (CLX) has announced its intention to order 10/20 747-400ADV freighters. Other carriers identified with the program are China Airlines (CHI), Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Japan Airlines (JAL), Singapore Airlines (SIA), and British Airways (BAB).
October 2005: Singapore Airlines (SIA) launches 4x-weekly service to Hyderabad from October 30 using 777-200/777-300 equipment. On the same day, (SIA) will increase its number of weekly flights to Bangalore from three to five.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and (LOT) Polish Airlines implemented a code share agreement for customers traveling between Warsaw and Singapore and beyond markets in Asia. Beginning October 30, (SIA) passengers will be able to connect to (LOT)'s daily services to Warsaw through (SIA)'s European gateways of Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Zurich. (LOT) customers will have more travel options to Singapore on (SIA)'s 2x-daily flights from Frankfurt and daily flights from Zurich and Amsterdam, with connections in Singapore for travel onward into Asia and the South Pacific.
(SIA) announced a 67.9% passenger and cargo load factor for September, a +0.6 point rise from the year-ago period.
Changi Airport will install hundreds of surveillance cameras to scrutinize passenger activity around the clock, according to local media reports. A local newspaper reported that the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore issued a contract to install more than 400 cameras that can alert security personnel if luggage is left unattended for an extended period or if vehicles are left in a restricted area for too long. Changi Airport handled 2.19 million passengers in September, a +8.5% increase over the same month in 2004, Singapore Airport Terminal Services said. It said the rise reflected the rapid growth of low cost carriers there, which experience a +10.1% increase in flights.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) parent SIA Group reported a profit attributable to shareholders of +S$343.2 million/+$202.8 million for the fiscal second quarter ended September 30, down less than -1% compared to earnings of +S$346.4 million last year despite a +65% jump in fuel costs between the periods.
Operating revenue rose +9.7% to S$3.35 billion while expenses climbed +10.4% to S$3.02 billion. (SIA) noted that excluding fuel, expenses actually declined -6.1% compared to the year-ago period. Operating profit rose +3.4% to S$330.6 million from S$319.7 million in 2004.
Passenger boardings at (SIA) grew +7.4% to 4.35 million while RPKs (passenger traffic) climbed +6.8% to 21.31 billion. With ASKs (capacity) up +4.7% to 27.61 billion, load factor advanced +1.5 points to 77.2% LF.
For the fiscal first half ended September 30, (SIA) Group net income dipped -3.9% to S$577.8 million from S$601.1 million last year. Operating revenue rose +10.7% to a record S$6.4 billion; however, operating cost climbed +12.7% to S$5.81 billion owing to a +61.9% jump in fuel cost. (SIA) noted that fuel accounted for 33.4% of group expenditure in the first half, up from 23.2% in 2004. Operating income fell -6.3% to S$583.7 million from S$622.8 million.
1st 9 months = 59.87 Billion RPK (passenger traffic) (+5.4%); 5.50 Billion FTK (freight traffic) (+5.2%); 12.25 Million passengers (+4.9%).
(SIA) Group recently announced that Koh Noon Hwee will step down as nonexecutive chairman and director of Singapore Airlines at the end of 2005. He will be succeeded by Stephen Lee Ching Yen.
The second A380 took to the air yesterday, nearly six months after MSN001 lifted off on April 27. Like its slightly older sibling, MSN004 is outfitted with four Rolls-Royce (Trent 900) engines. It also is equipped with heavy test instrumentation for trials in extreme weather conditions and altitudes. Electromagnetic interference tests will be conducted during flights through the first half of 2006 as well. MSN001 has logged 105 flights and 366 hours testing aerodynamics and response to low speed and flight vibration, and Airbus said it has conformed to data collected on simulators and in test preparation. It will visit Frankfurt for an airport compatibility test later this month and then set out on a visit to the Middle East and Australasia. "The tests are going better than we expected and we can already say with certitude that we will deliver a great airplane," said Charles Champion, Airbus (COO) & Head of the A380 Program. Five planes will be included in the test program; two will undergo cabin and noise tests, route proving and airport checks, while the fifth will be used for trials linked to the Engine Alliance (GP7200). More than 2,500 flight hours will be logged in total. Singapore Airlines (SIA) will take delivery of the first A380 in late 2006 and that airplane just rolled out. Sixteen customers have placed 159 orders.
November 2005: Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched 4x-times-weekly service from Singapore (SIN) to Hyderabad October 30. Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced the resumption of service to Pakistan nearly 4 years after flights were discontinued on security concerns. The airline will start service from Singapore to Karachi and Lahore on February 1st with 3 flights a week. On Monday, the route will be (SIN) - Lahore - Karachi - (SIN), on Wednesdays/Saturdays it will be (SIN) - Karachi - Lahore - (SIN).
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will move into the new South Wing of Narita Airport Terminal 1 in June 2006, along with fellow Star Alliance members Air Canada (ACN), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lufthansa (DLH), Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai International (TII), United Airlines (UAL), and Varig (VAR).
Singapore Airlines (SIA) signed an Integrated Material Management and Airplane Health Management contract with Boeing covering jet airplane Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on the carrier's 747-400s and 777s.
A310-324 (634), traded in to Boeing (TBC).
December 2005: China and Singapore agreed to an expanded air services deal lifting restrictions on routes, capacity and airplane type on flights between the countries. The contract was signed in Beijing, according to media reports.
Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s latest bid to gain access to the Australia - USA route appears to have stumbled again now that Australian Prime Minister John Howard seems to be raising the "national interest" flag. The Australian reported that senior government figures said (SIA)'s attempt to gain greater access had "largely failed."
Both (SIA) and Emirates Airlines (EAD) have been pushing for access to routes that are Qantas (QAN)'s most lucrative. Only United Airlines (UAL) competes on the transpacific, which over the years has been a graveyard for carriers. Air New Zealand (ANZ) suspended its Sydney - Los Angeles service after 9/11, while Northwest Airlines (NWA), Continental Airlines (CAL) and American Airlines (AAL) all have tried it and withdrawn. American (AAL) currently codeshares with Qantas (QAN).
Howard hinted strongly that Qantas (QAN) will be protected, saying on ABC Radio, "There are very strong arguments put by Qantas (QAN) that the current policy, at least in the near term, should be kept. You have got to be absolutely certain that each participant in the market is coming from the same launching pad as far as government support and so forth is concerned."
Analysts believe (SIA) may be granted limited access with routes such as Brisbane and Melbourne to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Qantas (QAN) has waged an intense lobbying campaign in Canberra, saying (SIA) and Emirates (EAD) pay limited or no taxes and their entry would distort the market. Howard appears to have taken the Qantas (QAN) line, stating on (ABC) Radio, "We need to [introduce competition] in a balanced way that reflects the differential circumstances that many of the global carriers operate under that is different to Qantas (QAN)."
Meantime, (SIA) rejected the implication that it receives government subsidies. "That's just Qantas (QAN) spin, which isn't backed by fact," spokesperson Stephen Forshaw told the Associated Press, adding that (SIA) "plays by exactly the same rules" as any other Singapore-based company. "The airline that benefits financially the most from support from government is Qantas (QAN) because of its protection from competition on the Australia - USA route. That protection effectively amounts to a hidden subsidy," Forshaw said.
(SAS) Group is selling a 67% stake in its component overhaul and support business to Singapore Technologies Engineering, parent of ST Aerospace, for €80.4 million/$96 million. (SAS) Group will maintain a 33% share of (SAS) Component. As part of the transaction, (SAS) will release capital from its component inventories (rotable components and spares), lifting the total value of the transaction to €260 million. (SAS) Group also has a put option on the remaining 33% of the shares to ST Engineering from year three of the transaction.
"This cooperation is a perfect industrial fit . . . [It] enables (SAS) Component to expand as part of a global jet airplane Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) group and is good for our employees as well as our customers," (SAS) Group President & (CEO) Jorgen Lindegaard said. (SAS) Component employs 1,000 and generated revenue of €105 million in the first half of 2005, with (EBITDA) of €18.6 million.
Coincident with the transaction, (SAS) Component signed a multiyear material supply agreement to provide material support, component (MRO) and logistics support for (SAS) Group's fleet. (SAS) Group and ST Aero also signed a letter of intent for joint cooperation in other areas of (SAS) technical services. Additionally, the companies agreed "in principle" for (SAS) Component to acquire ST Aero's European components and material services operation, Airline Rotables Ltd, at a price to be determined. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close early next year.
"(SAS) Component is an important milestone in the ST Engineering Group's investment drive into the European market," President & (CEO) Tan Pheng Hock stated. "We look to be even bigger in Europe in the years to come."
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch thrice-weekly service to Moscow Domodedovo via Dubai from March 1 aboard a 777-200. Flights will depart (SIN) on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays and (MOW) on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays. Singapore Airlines (SIA) will resume 3x-weekly service to Lahore and Karachi from February 1.
Boeing appears to be finalizing the business case for the 787-10 just one week after Qantas (QAS)'s order for the 787-8 and 787-9HGW versions. The increase to an (MTOW) of 255 tons for the 787-9 gives it the range of the dash 8 and the weight for an effective additional stretch, taking seating capacity up to that of the 777-200ER. The increase has been a requirement of Emirates Airlines (EAD), the principal catalyst behind development of the 787-10.
"It's fairly obvious to us that it's very doable with modest investment," 787 Program VP and General Manager Mike Bair said in a conference call. "It's clearly an airplane we see a marketplace for, obviously being spurred on by Emirates (EAD), which is very interested in the airplane."
Boeing agreed to the higher-weight version of the 787 in late September and Emirates (EAD) held off committing to the A350-9 while trying to convince the USA manufacturer to build the 787-10. Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark said at the A380 Reveal nearly a year ago that "we have told Boeing we want [the 787-10]."
The additional model in the 787 family also will help Boeing in its attempt to secure orders from Singapore Airlines (SIA), British Airways (BAB), and Lufthansa (DLH). Bair said the dash 10 likely will not be ready before 2012. (SIA) is expected to be the next major carrier to announce its intentions, likely in late January, while Emirates (EAD) could be close behind, possibly at February's Singapore Air Show.
(SIA) was evaluating the 787-8 last year for intra-Asia routes but was not happy with the business case when compared with the pricing of A320s/737NGs to (LCC)s. Now it is looking at the 787-8 and 787-9 for long, thin routes to Europe, while the 787-10 would be ideal for intra-continental high-density services. Qantas (QAN) will be a certain buyer for the 787-10, as it already operates 747-300s and 747-400s on transcontinental services from Perth to Melbourne and Sydney.
Bair said the 787-10 could have "about 300 seats, + or -10 or so" and that its overlap with the 777-200ER is not a huge concern. "Better for us to step on it than somebody else. If you can do a product the market is clamoring for, you'd be silly to deny it," he said.
Bair added that the company is on schedule to deliver 112 Dreamliners in 2008 and 2009 and is committed to fulfilling orders through 2012. He said a post-2009 production rate should be finalized in the first quarter.
2 A310-324's (589; 634), returned from AirIndia (AIN).
January 2006: Full year 2005 = Passenger traffic 80.99 Billion (RPK) (+5.1%) (13th highest in world); Freight traffic (SQC) 7.60 Billion (FTK) (+6.5%); 16.62 Million passengers (+4.7%).
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch 3x-weekly service to Abu Dhabi from March 1 aboard 777-200s. Flights will continue to Jeddah. The airline will operate 3x-weekly continuing to Jeddah with departure from Singapore on Wednesdays/Thursdays/Sundays, from Jeddah on Wednesdays/Thursdays/Sundays and from Abu Dhabi back to Singapore shortly after midnight on Mondays/Thursdays/Fridays. Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase service from March 26 to Adelaide (daily from 5x-weekly), Taipei (3x-daily from 2x-), Hong Kong (38x-weekly from 35x), Guangzhou (10x-weekly from 7x-), Ho Chi Minh City (13x-weekly from 12x-), Penang (3x-daily from 18x-weekly) and Athens (3x-weekly from 2x-).
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will begin limited testing of e-passports that include biometric information in an embedded chip. The test will apply to passengers who are citizens of Australia or New Zealand, Singapore Airlines (SIA) crewmembers and USA diplomatic officials holding e-passports and traveling to (SFO), Singapore Changi or Sydney. The testing, which will run through April 15, will measure the operational impact of new equipment and software used to verify the embedded information.
Rockwell Collins' eFlight initiative made sales to two key airline players, giving the program a big boost after years of development. EasyJet (EZY) plans to go live in April with a fleetwide Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system for its 54 737s, according to Aircraft Operations Cost Manager Taylor Bradbury. This will allow electronic posting of technical and journey logs via Panasonic CF-18 laptops linked by cellphone wireless during base airport turnarounds while providing automated weight and balance computations. Speaking in Washington, Bradbury said easyJet (EZY)'s next step is to include, in what will be a Class 2 (EFB), all flight documentation and added that the carrier is about to start talks with Collins about that upgrade. At the same press conference, K K Goh, acting VP Flight Operations Technical at Singapore Airlines (SIA), said his airline was unable to find a single vendor to put as many as 12 flight and airline management processes into an information management context but selected Collins "to supply a critical component we need to optimize performance," starting with implementing Class 1 (EFB)s on 747s and, working with Boeing, providing applications for the Class 3 (EFB)s on 777s under construction. Rockwell Collins also will install the eFlight ground system to move information between (SIA)'s fleet and back office. More than 33 airlines now have bought the ground system, Collins officials said. Mark Harris, VP-eFlight, noted, "aviation is one of the last frontiers to connect operations with the back office," holding down the industry's ability to automate, cut costs and boost efficiencies. The key reason: "A lot of the industry's infrastructures are behind the times, relying on paper." He said that the benefit/cost ratio for going to a complete information management solution from cabin to cockpit to maintenance to back office is "between 2:1 and 5:1" depending on the operator over a 5 - 10 year period.
Evans & Sutherland (E&S) Computer Corporation said Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will equip its Thales A380 flight6 simulators with (E&S)'s EP-1000CT visual system. Emirates (EAD), Qantas (QAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) also recently placed orders for the system. (E&S) signed a deal with (CAE) to produce an EP-1000CT/ESCP-2000 system for an Embraer 170 simulator ordered by Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA).
February 2006: Record revenues were not sufficient for Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group to stave off soaring fuel costs during the fiscal third quarter ended December 31 as the company reported a +S$396.6 million/ +$244 million net profit that represented a -14.6% decline from net earnings of +S$464.6 million in the year-ago period.
The latter total was boosted by the sale of (SIA)'s remaining stake in Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand (ANZ). Numbers from the 2004 - 2005 fiscal year were recalculated according to new national accounting standards.
(SIA) Group posted record revenues of +S$3.56 billion during the quarter, an improvement of +11.1%. Expenses rose +14.1% to S$3.18 billion and operating profit dipped -9.1% to +S$374.7 million. The expense increase was due to a +49.2% jump in jet fuel cost to S$1.18 billion, or 37.2% of total spending. Fuel accounted for 28.4% of expenses in the year-ago quarter. (SIA) also said that less favorable exchange rates lowered operating profit by -S$66 million.
The carrier flew 21.12 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic during the quarter, an increase of +4.1%. Capacity climbed +3% to 27.57 billion (ASK)s and load factor rose +0.9 point to 76.6% LF. Yield went up +5.9% to 10.8 cents. Cost per (ASK) grew +7% to 7.6 cents, but declined -12.5% excluding fuel. SIA Cargo (SQC) reported a +9.7% increase in (FTK)s, a +5.3% rise in capacity and a 66.6% LF load factor, up +2.7 points. Yield climbed +6.8% to 40.6 cents.
For the nine-month period, (SIA) Group's net profit fell -8.6% to +S$974.4 billion. Revenues rose +10.8% to S$9.95 billion, expenses shot up +13.2% to S$9 billion and operating profit decreased -7.4% to +S$958.4 billion.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will offer 3x-weekly service to Abu Dhabi.
Singapore Changi Airport handled a record 32.4 million passengers in 2005, up +7% over the previous year. Cargo throughput also reached a new high, rising +3.3% to 1.83 million tons.
Meantime, the Singapore government announced it will set aside S$300 million/$184.1 million over the next three years for the second phase of the Air Hub Development Fund, which will provide incentives such as landing fee rebates and rentals to attract new airlines and encourage others to expand their services at the airport.
The sale of Thailand's Shin Corporation, which owns 50% of Thai AirAsia (THA), to an investment group led by Singapore's Temasek Holdings sent shockwaves through Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia (ASW). Thai AirAsia (THA) was a joint venture between AirAsia (ASW) (49%) and Shin, the telecom giant founded by Thailand's controversial Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, with 50%. The remaining 1% of the discount airline is owned by Thai AirAsia (THA) (CEO) Tasapon Bijleveld.
Temasek, the investment arm of the Singapore government, has a portfolio valued at S$103 billion/$63 billion and is the controlling shareholder of Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) with 57%. It also is a partner in Tiger Airways (TGR) with an 11% stake and Jetstar Asia (JSA) with 19%. It is acquiring Shin Corporation in two stages, having spent THB73.3 billion/$1.85 billion for a 49.6% share with plans to invest THB79 billion for the remainder, according to The Nation in Bangkok.
Its acquisition of Shin Corporation pushes the foreign ownership component in Thai AirAsia (THA) above the 49% level permitted by law. According to sources at Thai AirAsia (THA), the airline has several Thai candidates lined up to buy the 50% stake from Temasek, although the latter has not indicated it is interested in selling the holding.
Later, details stated Temasek Holdings, the controlling shareholder of Singapore Airlines (SIA) and a major investor in two Singapore-based Low-Cost Carriers (LCC)s, Tiger Airways (TGR) and Jetstar Asia (JSA), will retain a sizeable stake in Thai AirAsia (THA) under a new ownership structure announced recently to keep the carrier in compliance with Thai laws on foreign ownership. Temasek acquired Thai telecom giant Shin Corp, which owns 50% of Thai AirAsia (THA). The other major shareholder is AirAsia (ASW) with 49%. Thai AirAsia (THA) CEO Tasapon Bijleveld holds 1%.
Under Thai law, foreign investors may not own more than 49% of an airline, an amount that was exceeded given that AirAsia (ASW) is based in Malaysia and Temasek is based in Singapore.
Under the new shareholding structure, Shin's 50% stake is being sold for THB400 million/$10.2 million to a Thai company named Asia Aviation Company Ltd, which is owned 49% by Shin and 51% by Thai businessman Sittichai Veerathummnoon. AirAsia (ASW)'s stake will remain at 49%.
The Australian government, as expected, rejected Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s plans to offer service on the transpacific route to the USA, bowing to a concerted campaign by Qantas (QAN) to limit competition on its most profitable route and ruling that there would be minimal benefits to Australia. The route accounts for 20% of Qantas (QAN)'s profits, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. It wasn't all good news for Qantas (QAN), however, as the government blocked its effort to lift foreign ownership beyond 49%. In addition, the way now is clear for Virgin Blue (VOZ) to establish long-haul services to the USA in competition with Qantas (QAN), United Airlines (UAL) and Air Canada (ACN). The latter enters the market next year.
"Liberalization of market access is essential and must continue. However, this requires equal opportunity for Australian carriers, which is not now available in many instances," Qantas (QAN) CEO Geoff Dixon said.
Anticipating the decision, (SIA) issued a statement saying that "consumers will continue to pay high fares and suffer a lack of service enhancements that competition would bring" by the government's opting to "continue an outdated legacy of protecting Qantas (QAN)." (SIA)'s Australian head Paul Tran insisted Australians are "getting a raw deal on the Pacific route."
(SIA) had argued that its entry would generate A$114 million/$84.4 million in additional tourism revenue by bringing +48,000 extra USA visitors to Australia. However, the emergence of Virgin Blue (VOZ) and Air Canada (ACN) swayed the debate in Qantas (QAN)'s favor. The government had assured Singapore in 2003 that talks would resume on an open skies pact between the countries once stability returned to the international aviation industry. It suggested a regional alliance between (SIA), a Star Alliance member, and Oneworld's Qantas (QAN) but (QAN) Chairman Margaret Jackson said the Australian carrier was not interested.
Regarding foreign ownership, Dixon said raising the limit would have helped the airline lower its capital costs "as well as provided parity with other Australian international carriers, allowing us to operate competitively while not in any way endangering our role as a major Australian company."
Air Canada (ACN) intends to challenge Qantas (QAN) between Los Angeles and Sydney next year, operating fifth freedom services as part of a daily Toronto - Sydney service that will commence during the first half of 2007 when its new 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs begin arriving. (ACN) said it will use authority contained in the recent open skies agreement between the USA and Canada and will apply to Canadian and Australian authorities for permission to operate the route. (ACN) flights will be timed to offer "convenient connection possibilities" from (LAX) to and from Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver as well as connections across the USA via Star Alliance partners United Airlines (UAL) and US Airways (AMW)/(USA). (ACN) already operates between the USA and Australia on its Vancouver - Honolulu - Sydney service using existing route authorities.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) ordered Boeing's Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) installation kits for its entire fleet of new and existing 777s. (SIA) has 58 777s in service, the largest fleet in the world, and an additional 19 on order. With the (EFB) order, it becomes the first airline in the world to operate multiple Boeing e-Enabled maintenance and performance products on the same fleet of airplanes.
The first Singapore Airlines (SIA) A380 won't land at Changi until at least November, but the airport is more than ready to receive it. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), which manages Changi, has invested some S$60 million/$36.8 million to prepare for operations with expanded passenger holding areas at 19 gates, widened runway shoulders and bi-level boarding bridges designed by Japanese firm Shinmaywa to accommodate the upper deck of the A380. The flights will be serviced with three boarding bridges.
"We have been working really hard to get ready for the A380," said (CAAS) Director-Corporate Marketing Goh Yong Long.
Currently, Changi sets a goal of moving baggage to the carousels for pickup in under 29 minutes for widebodies and 12 minutes on average for other airplanes, Long explained. The airport is still working on a baggage-handling target for the A380, having extended the carousels to accommodate the 500-plus passengers that will arrive en masse on a single flight.
In addition to (SIA), both FedEx (FED) and (UPS) have indicated they will operate A380 freighters at Changi, which has constructed two new freighter stands to accommodate the larger airplanes.
Concurrently with the A380 preparations, the airport's Terminal 2 has been undergoing a $200 million upgrade, Long said. When T2 is completed, renovation work will begin on T1. A third terminal estimated to cost $1.7 billion is under construction and is scheduled for completion in 2008. Last year, Changi served 32.4 million passengers.
"Changi is a work in progress," Long said of the airport that features amenities such as indoor gardens, health clubs, a swimming pool and a free mini-movie theater.
March 2006: Singapore Airlines (SIA) inaugurated nonstop service from Singapore to Abu Dhabi. The airline now operates 3 flights a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays using a 777-200. Singapore Airlines (SIA) inaugurated direct service from Singapore to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. The airline now operates 3 flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays using a 777-200 with a stopover in Dubai.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will offer Connexion by Boeing inflight Internet service on flights to Sydney.
2 747-412's sold to Oasis Hong Kong Airlines (OHK) to be delivered in July 2006.
April 2006: Singapore Airlines (SIA) appointed Emphasis Media to produce inflight entertainment guides and act as media sales representatives starting this month.
The Star Alliance is working on collective specifications for the 787, Air New Zealand (ANZ) CEO, Rob Fyfe said during the group's meeting in Johannesburg earlier this week. The alliance has a working group including member airlines Lufthansa (DLH), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Singapore Airlines (SIA), (ANZ), Air Canada (ACN) and (LOT) Polish Airlines negotiating with Boeing on a wide spectrum of specifications ranging from cockpit configuration through galley configuration and seat pitch. Individual carriers would buy the airplanes, "but a far-reaching commonality in the specifications facilitates the seasonal airplane swapping between members," Fyfe noted, adding there is also a cost benefit. "The more you have commonality in your requirements, the more that Boeing will look to feed those issues into the base design, rather than having to do them as add-on incremental." Economies of scale are an additional advantage.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) now offers interline e-tickets for connections to American Airlines (AAL), British Airways (BAB), Continental Airlines (CAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and Varig (VAR), bringing to 17 the number of carriers with whom (SIA) has partnered for interline e-ticketing.
May 2006: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.06 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in April, a +11% increase over the year-ago month. Capacity rose +4.1% to 9.26 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +4.8 points to 76.3% LF.
Record revenue and a commitment to cutting costs, helped Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group reduce the impact of soaring fuel prices to record a massive +S$1.24 billion/+$791.3 million profit for the fiscal year ended March 31, just -8.3% down on the previous year. The group enjoyed a +11.1% hike in revenue to S$13.34 billion. Operating profit fell -7.9% to +S$1.21 billion, as rising fuel costs hit the bottom line. Expenditures increased +13.4% to S$12.13 billion with fuel accounting for 35%, up from 25.2% in the previous fiscal year. Excluding fuel, costs dipped -1.4%, the result of productivity gains and cost management programs. The group also suffered a foreign exchange loss of -S$137 million, a reversal of a +S$112 million gain in Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, that was offset by revised accounting standards, that resulted in a net addition of +S$279 million.
Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s operating profit slipped -6.7% to +$651 million. The airline made up 53.6% of the group's operating profit, while Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQC) contributed 14.3%, Singapore Airport Terminal Services 15.2% and (SIA) Engineering Company 11.1%.
(SIA) carried a record 17 million passengers during the year, up +6.6%. Passenger traffic (RPK)s grew +6.6% to 82.74 billion and capacity (ASK)s rose +4.6% to 109.48 billion, lifting load factor +1.5 points to 75.6% LF. Unit costs increased +7.1% to S$7.5 cents, wiping out a +5% improvement in yield to S$10.6 cents.
The group sees the outlook for the current year as positive, but fuel prices remain a "significant challenge." (SIA) will be looking to grow as it takes delivery of seven A380-800s and nine 777-300ERs in the 2006 - 2007 year, although those deliveries will be offset somewhat by retirement of five 747-400s. The carrier announced that a fleet plan had been presented to the board, which authorized "final negotiations to be entered into with the manufacturers."
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch thrice-weekly nonstop services to both Barcelona and Milan Malpensa. The airline will operate 3 flights a week, departing Singapore on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays and departing Barcelona and Milan on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays, operated with a 777-200ER.
(SIA) increased its fuel surcharge per sector to $20 from $15 on flights to select cities in Southeast Asia, and to $60 from $50 per sector on all other flights effective May 15.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) appointed Senior VP, Finance, Goh Choon Phong as President of (SIA) Cargo (SQC), effective June 1. He replaces Hwang Teng Aun, who will become Senior VP-Marketing (Special Projects). Divisional VP Finance, Chan Hon Chew will replace Goh.
Great Wall Airlines (GWZ) is a joint cargo venture between Singapore Airlines (SIA)/(SQC) and Beijing-based China Great Wall Industry, which launched cargo jet airplane services with a 747-400F, (SIA) wet-leased. Intends to fly to points in the USA, Europe, and within Asia. Parent organization/shareholders: China Great Wall Industry (51%); Singapore Airlines (SIA) (25%); Dahlia Investments (Temasek Holdings) (24%). Main Base: Beijing Capital (PEK).
747-412F (28263, 9V-SFE), (SQC) wet-leased to (GWZ).
The first A380 destined to enter commercial service with Singapore Airlines (SIA), took its maiden test flight in Toulouse. The flight was 2 hours 15 minutes. The airplane will be operated on the London - Singapore - Sydney route. (SIA) has 10 A380s on firm order with options for 15.
June 2006: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a +8.9% year-on-year growth in May (RPK)s passenger traffic to 6.75 billion. Capacity rose +3.7% to 9.55 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +3.3 points to 70.7% LF.
Singapore Transport Minister, Yeo Cheow Tong said the new $1.1 billion Terminal 3 at Changi will be able to handle 20 million passengers a year after its schedule opening in 2008. T1 and T2 facilities have capacities of 21 and 23 million passengers, respectively. The new terminal will have 28 aerobridges and a gross floor area of 380,000 sq m.
In what All Nippon Airways (ANA) President and CEO, Mineo Yamamoto described as a "great day for (ANA) and the Star Alliance, and the dawn of a new age" for air travel in Japan, 10 of the 11 Star Alliance airlines serving Tokyo Narita begin operating today from co-located facilities in the airport's Terminal 1 South Wing. Star members that moved overnight into the newly rebuilt terminal are (ANA), Air Canada (ACN), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lufthansa (DLH), (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai Airways (TII), and United Airlines (UAL). Air New Zealand (ANZ), which has a codesharing relationship with Japan Airlines (JAL), remains in Terminal 2.
Bringing the carriers under one roof will result in international-to-international connecting times being reduced more than -50% from 110 minutes to 45 minutes and create "huge opportunities" to develop domestic connections with (ANA), according to Star CEO, Jaan Albrecht. In total, the 10 airlines offer more than 794 weekly flights to 30 destinations in 15 countries from Narita.
Among the many firsts in the spacious and attractive South Wing, are common "zone check-in" areas for all carriers save (SIA), with check-in areas organized by class of travel across the airlines. The hall features a record 126 common-use self-service check-in kiosks and common-use check-in desks. (ARINC) is the technology vendor for both.
Travelers on (ANA), United (UAL), Air Canada (ACN) and Austrian (AUL) can use the kiosks, which are equipped with passport readers. By year end, Star expects passengers on any of the 10 member carriers to be able to check in via the kiosks. The new terminal also offers curbside check-in, a first for Japan, and the country's first baggage reconnecting facility for passengers connecting from an international to a domestic flight.
Additional and upgraded premium lounges are part of the package, as is a new pier with eight attached airbridges. (ANA) has four lounges with shower facilities, which it claims is a first for a Japanese carrier. Its domestic arrivals lounge also is equipped with showers.
This is the third and largest "Move Under One Roof" exercise for Star. Last year, it brought carriers at Paris Charles de Gaulle T1 together and Star members at Centrair near Nagoya also are co-located.
The (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) formally approved a resolution making membership conditional on (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification despite plenty of protest, mainly from African carriers, against the new prerequisite. Under the regulation, all new (IATA) members will be required to pass (IOSA) before they join, while existing members must contract for an audit by year end and complete it by the end of 2007. "Safety is our number one priority," (IATA) Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani stressed. "Last year was the air transport industry's best year ever, with an accident rate of 0.76 per million sectors - - one accident for every 1.3 million flights. (IATA) members did considerably better at 0.35 per million sectors - - one accident for every 2.9 million flights."
(IOSA) was launched in 2003 as the industry's first global standard for airline safety management and 189 member carriers and 57 nonmembers, representing more than 80% of scheduled international traffic, currently are in the (IOSA) process. Chile and Egypt incorporated (IOSA) into their safety oversight programs and the Arab Civil Aviation Commission recently passed a resolution urging its 16 member states to require (IOSA) registration for any carrier based in their territories or using their airports.
The (IATA) Board of Governors elected Singapore Airlines (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng as its new Chairman, succeeding Air Canada (ACN)'s Robert Milton. The next (AGM) and (WATS) will be held in Vancouver June 3 - 5, 2007.
The European Union (EU) advanced its aim to liberalize international air transport broadly, reaching terms with Singapore and opening for signature an agreement to create a single European air market by 2010. The "horizontal" agreement with Singapore, which removes nationality restrictions contained in bilateral accords between that country and individual (EU) member states, is the first the (EU) has signed with an Asian economy. The deal allows any (EU) airline to operate flights between any (EU) nation, where it is established, and Singapore, gives Singapore the right to seek further-liberalized aviation agreements with (EU) states, and puts in place the framework for an eventual open skies accord that would remove all restrictions for flights between the (EU) and Singapore.
"This agreement recognizes that airlines in the (EU) are not any longer national airlines," European Commission (EC) VP, Jacques Barrot said. "This is an important step in our external aviation policy and particularly in our aviation relations with the Asia/Pacific region."
The common aviation area agreement opened for signature represents the "first steps" toward a single European market comprising 35 countries and 500 million people, the (EU) said in statement. It would extend the European aviation market beyond the 25 (EU) members to 10 additional nations, comprising eight Southeast European countries, Iceland and Norway. The formal agreement follows a "political agreement" announced last month. The (EU) has set 2010 as its goal for implementing the common aviation area, which aims to harmonize safety and security regulations and liberalize market access among the 35 nations.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) kicked Airbus while it was down, announcing that it signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 787-9s plus 20 options. (SIA) stressed, however, that the A380 delay did not affect its selection. CEO, Chew Choon Seng was among those who expressed displeasure with the A350, but the airline's reported concern over securing early Dreamliner delivery slots appeared to keep Airbus in the game. This did not matter in the end, and (SIA) opted not to wait for the redesigned A350 and instead will wait until 2011 to take its first 787. The order for the firm airplanes is worth $4.52 billion at list prices. Deliveries will occur through mid-2013. It did not announce an engine choice.
"In 2004, (SIA) deferred its decision on regional aircraft," Boeing said. "During the new evaluation, begun last year, Boeing clearly demonstrated the 787's value and market acceptance, resulting in this announcement."
The carrier said it will fund the purchase "by cash flow generated from airline operations" and that its selection of the 787-9 variant was due to the fact that it has "the largest cabin and longest range." A larger version, the 787-10, has yet to be formally launched.
The 787-9 can carry 250 - 290 passengers in a standard three-class configuration, depending on whether customers choose an eight-abreast or nine-abreast main cabin. Range is 8,600 - 8,800 nm/15,900 - 16,300 km. (SIA) will operate the airplanes on routes to northern Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
Airbus revealed that A380 launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA) will receive its first airplane too late in the year to place it into service in 2006, as (SIA) had hoped. The airframer also said that the A380 delivery schedule will undergo a shift of "six to seven months" and that "production ramp-up issues" likely will limit 2007 deliveries to just nine airplanes rather than around 20 as previously planned. A further shortfall in deliveries of 5 - 9 airplanes is expected in 2008 and approximately five in 2009. Speaking to reporters in Toulouse at the company's annual technical press briefing, President and CEO, Gustav Humbert said he had spoken personally with 10 CEOs whose airlines are affected by the delays. "They were not happy with Airbus, but they appreciate our approach," he said, adding that "Airbus takes full responsibility" for the situation. According to a company statement, the delays are owing to "industrial issues only . . . mainly traceable to bottlenecks formed in the definition, manufacturing and installation of electrical systems and resulting harnesses." A total of 15 airplanes have been assembled, including the static and fatigue test airframes, but many are awaiting wiring. Customers for the A380-800F will not be affected by the delays. The manufacturer also said a review has indicated that "further actions are required to secure a ramp-up recovery" in 2008 - 2009.
Under the original program schedule, (SIA) expected to take its first A380 last month. In May 2005, however, Airbus said the program would slip several months. This recent announcement is the first time it formally confirmed that (SIA) will not be able to place the A380 into service in 2006. The carrier is believed to be taking the first five, followed by four to Emirates (EAD) and two to Qantas (QAN). An Emirates (EAD) spokesperson told Reuters that the airline now expects its first A380 in September 2007, with Entry Into Service (EIS) in January 2008. When the original delivery delays were announced a year ago, Qantas (QAN) was told to expect its first airplane in May 2007, a date that apparently has slipped to the end of the fourth quarter or early 2008.
Airbus parent (EADS) said it anticipates average annual (EBIT) shortfalls of €500 million/$630 million in 2007 - 2010 owing to the delays. "We have a serious issue with the industrial ramp-up of the A380. We expect Airbus management to fully deliver according to the revised schedule and, if possible, even to improve," (EADS) Co-CEOs, Tom Enders and Noel Forgeard said in a statement.
Airbus said that it "disagrees" with (ICAO)'s interim recommendation that there be 10 nm of separation between the A380 and airplanes landing behind it. Speaking at the company's annual technical press briefing in Toulouse, Senior VP Flight Division, Claude Lelaie described the (ICAO) position as "not reality." He said Airbus's own extensive testing reveals that heavy airplanes need to be separated from the A380 by just 6 nm on approach to avoid complications from its wake vortex, or 1 nm more than currently is required for airplanes flying behind 747s on approach.
He added that the Airbus recommendation is "interim and conservative" and that the manufacturer will "continue to work on the subject" by conducting further flight tests. He conceded that not enough data exist to recommend modifying (ICAO)'s 10 nm regulation for airplanes flying behind A380s during cruise.
Lelaie insisted, however, that the (ICAO) interim policy "is based on . . . computations which had not been validated by flight test measurements." He said Airbus testing showed that "the A380 wake is slightly stronger than that of the 747."
The airframer is recommending that based on current data, airplanes categorized as medium, should be 7 nm behind A380s on approach and light airplanes should be 9 nm behind. Lelaie said further testing is needed before making a recommendation regarding takeoff separation. He added that flight tests will continue to be conducted by Airbus to prove that (ICAO)'s interim recommendation is unnecessary.
Separately, A380 customers began to examine their options following the recent announcement that deliveries will run 6 - 7 months behind and that just nine airplanes will arrive next year, down from the 20, Airbus had planned to deliver. Singapore Airlines (SIA) spokesperson, Stephen Forshaw told the Associated Press that (SIA) "was not happy with the delay," but that "the focus right now is working with Airbus to minimize it."
Qantas (QAN) CEO, Geoff Dixon said in a statement that the carrier will hold discussions with Airbus in the next two weeks after "a thorough internal review of the implications of the delay for Qantas (QAN)." It will discuss the new timetable for deliveries, competitive issues, "compensation and possible short-term replacement airplanes," Dixon said. It hopes to alleviate some of the difficulties by "deferring the retirement of airplanes, redirecting capacity and securing replacement capacity."
Emirates (EAD), the largest customer for the A380, said it is "considering its position," according to Bloomberg News.
July 2006: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.38 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in June, a +8.5% increase over the year-ago month. Capacity rose +2.1% to 9.24 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +4.7 points to 79.9% LF.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) confirmed it is in talks with several potential foreign investors including Singapore Airlines (SIA), according to press reports. Reuters reported that the carrier is considering selling at least a 20% stake, which would be worth approximately $260 million.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched a thrice-weekly Singapore - Milan Malpensa - Barcelona flight aboard a 777-200ER.
Embattled Airbus ended the Farnborough Airshow on a high note, announcing that Singapore Airlines (SIA) signed a letter of intent (LOI) for up to 40 A350-900 XWBs and up to 15 A380s, for which (SIA) is the launch customer. The (LOI) covers 20 firm plus 20 options for the A350 XWB and nine new orders for the A380 plus six new options. The A350s will be delivered in 2012 and as an interim measure, (SIA) will lease 19 A330-300s for delivery in 2009 - 2010. The first of the newly ordered A380s will be delivered in mid-2008.
The commitment from (SIA) provided a big boost for Airbus, which spent the weeks before the show attempting to recover from delays to the A380 program and contending with airlines' concerns over the original A350 design as well as a political firestorm that led to the resignation of CEO, Gustav Humbert.
The manufacturer unveiled a revamped A350 XWB at Farnborough and was able to secure an order by week's end. While Emirates (EAD) and International Lease Finance Corp (ILF) say they have not seen guarantees on the A350 XWB, an (SIA) spokesperson said that airline "had been given guarantees." (SIA)'s order for the A350 XWBs does not affect its commitment for up to 40 787s.
Overall, Airbus announced firm orders and commitments from 12 customers for 182 airplanes valued at $21.5 billion at Farnborough. "This air show clearly demonstrates the confidence our customers are placing in Airbus to deliver the product they need," new President and CEO, Christian Streiff said.
(SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng lauded the plane-builder for heeding airlines' concerns regarding the A350. "It is heartening that Airbus has listened to customer airlines and has come up with a totally new design," he said at Farnborough. "The technical specifications and guaranteed performance will make it a very competitive airplane in its class for the coming decades."
Meanwhile, the announcement that (SIA) is taking delivery of its nine new A380s from mid-2008, led analysts to speculate that some carriers have either cancelled delivery positions or let them slip. The latest production delays mean that Airbus likely will not catch up on deliveries until 2010, analysts said. No airlines have announced any cancellations formally, although industry speculation mounts on the exact status of orders by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Thai Airways (TII).
August 2006: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.76 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in July, a +5.5% increase over the year-ago month. Capacity climbed +2.3% to 9.56 billion (ASK)s, raising load factor +2.5 points to 81.2% LF.
A one-time gain from the sale of property in Singapore and record traffic helped lift Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group to a +S$575.1 million/+$364.3 million profit in the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, more than double the +S$234.6 million earned in the year-ago period.
"Demand for air travel got off to a good start in the first quarter, with passenger load factors for all route regions showing gains over the same months last year," the airline said. "The outlook for air travel remains broadly positive for the rest of the financial year, supported by favorable economic conditions, particularly in the Asia/Pacific region and Europe . . . Fuel costs, however, continue to weigh on the Group's financial performance."
Operating revenues increased +12.4% to a first-quarter record S$3.42 billion as expenses rose +12.8% to S$3.15 billion, driven by surging fuel costs. Excluding fuel, costs were up +1.3%. Operating profit climbed +8.2% to +S$274 million. Turnover was boosted by a +$223 million gain from the June sale of the 35-story (SIA) Building to TSO Investment, a subsidiary of a fund managed by CLSA Capital Partners, for S$343.9 million. The property was not considered a "core asset" and did not house (SIA) offices.
The group's constituent company operating performance was as follows: The airline earned an operating profit of +S$190 million, up +58.8%; (SIA) Cargo (SQC) incurred an operating loss of -S$5 million; Singapore Airport Terminal Services earned +S$48 million, down -9.5%; (SIA) Engineering Co earned +$33.1 million, up +0.3%. The latter recently signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with India's Wadia Group to form an (MRO) joint venture (JV) in India. (SIA) Engineering will hold a 51% stake in the (JV), which initially will offer line maintenance at eight airports.
The passenger airline flew 21.19 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic during the quarter, a +9.4% increase over the year-ago period. Capacity rose +3.3% to 28.04 billion (ASK)s on the same 90 airplanes operated by (SIA) in the 2005 period. Load factor climbed +4.3 points to 75.6% LF. Yield was up +2.9% to S$10.6 cents and unit costs increased +7.1% to S$7.5 cents but dropped -7%, excluding fuel.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase the frequency on its Singapore to Perth route from 19 flights a week to 3 flights a week on October 29th. All flights will continue to be operated with a 777-200. Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase the frequency on its Singapore to Shanghai from 4 fights a day to 31 flights a week on October 29th. The additional 5th flight a day will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays with a 777-200. On March 1st, the 5th flight will become daily for a total of 35 flights a week with a mix of 777-200s and 777-300s. Singapore Airlines (SIA) will improve the Singapore - Cape Town route, currently served with 1 weekly nonstop flight and 2 weekly direct flights via Jo'burg, making all 3 weekly flights nonstop from February 16th. Flights are operated with 777-200s.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) launched interline e-ticketing last week. The airlines already codeshare and have linked loyalty programs and a joint lounge arrangement.
Boeing and (SIA) Engineering Company (SIAEC) said they have reached an agreement under which the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) operator will participate in the manufacturer's Integrated Materials Management (IMM) program. Using (IMM), Boeing and other suppliers will own airplane parts that will be stored at (SIAEC)'s main maintenance base until needed. (SIAEC) will pay for the parts as it uses them, reducing inventory holding costs.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Airbus plan to test a new maintenance tool that will, for the first time, connect maintenance analysis software (called "Airman") installed on the airplane (for the A380) with the Airbus Technical AOG Center (AirTAC) (being tested on all five (SIA) A340-500's). Under certain scenarios, a "no technical objection" must be obtained from Airbus before proceeding with flights. With the Airman connection, the specialists will be able to instantaneously access data from the airplane before even recdeiving a phone call from the operator. The specialists will be at work on the problem, locate spares and plan logistics. First tests start in October.
September 2006: Honeywell (SGC) was selected by Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide next-generation weather radar for the carrier's 19 new 777-300ERs, with deliveries of its RDR-4000 windshear/weather radar system beginning this month.
Singapore Airlines (SIA), Emirates (EAD), and Qantas (QAN) are bracing for further delays in the delivery of the first batch of A380s.
Speaking last week at an Airways dinner at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, ILFC (ILF) Chairman, Steven Udvar-Hazy told guests and media that a third A380 delay is likely. According to Udvar-Hazy, the problems with the wiring required for airline customization are worse than expected and another delay may be announced soon. He said ILFC (ILF) learned of the possibility earlier that day.
It is understood that Airbus management will meet next week to assess the full extent of the problems and how to deal with them. The manufacturer announced a seven-month delay in early June, that forced the resignations of former Airbus CEO, Gustav Humbert and EADS (EDS) co-CEO, Noel Forgeard.
Last week, the highly respected head of the A380 program, Charles Champion, was replaced. His sudden departure is regarded as confirmation of further problems.
Reporting on the Airways event, Leeham Company consultant Scott Hamilton said Leeham sources, including one A380 customer, said that "as few as four A380s will be delivered next year." Those airplanes will go to (SIA). Under the current schedule, Emirates (EAD) was expecting its first A380 in September 2007 and Qantas (QAN)two months later. Originally, Airbus hoped to deliver 20 A380s next year. That number was slashed to seven in June.
(SIA) was expecting its first A380 before Christmas, but a March Entry Into Service (EIS) now is considered more likely. An (SIA) spokesperson said that the airline, which announced an order for nine additional A380s at Farnborough, is "awaiting the outcome of the Airbus review."
An Emirates (EAD) spokesperson said, "We are aware of the rumors but have not engaged with Airbus, and as far as we are concerned, we are waiting to take delivery of our first A380 in October 2007."
Qantas (QAN) CFO, Peter Gregg said that the airline has "been told by Airbus that we will get our first A380 in October 2007," but in a note of caution he added, "Airbus has also informed us that they are continuing to evaluate the delivery program and that this will be finalized at the end of September." EADS (EDS) co-CEO, Louis Gallois last week confirmed that the company will update the status of the A380 program publicly later this month, including the release of a revised delivery schedule.
Singapore Changi Terminal 2 renovations have been completed. The upgrade includes new commercial areas in the arrival and departure halls, more natural lighting, an extensive curbside canopy, and 15 new retail and 10 new food and beverage outlets. The S$240 million/$152.2 million renovation began in April 2003.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) plans to install Panasonic Avionics' new eX2 In Flight Entertainment (IFE) system on its 777-300ERs and A380s currently on order.
October 2006: Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group reported a net profit of +S$293.2 million/+$186.7 million for its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, down -14.6% from a +S$343.2 million profit in the year-ago quarter, a decline the company attributed to "higher fuel cost."
(SIA) said in a statement that demand "is expected to remain buoyant" but cautioned that "the price of jet fuel is still volatile and remains high."
Second-quarter revenues rose +7.7% to S$3.61 billion while expenses climbed +10.9% to S$3.35 billion, producing operating income of +S$259.4 million, narrowed -21.5% from operating income of +S$330.6 million in the year-ago quarter. Fuel spending jumped +27.4% to S$1.33 billion, more than double the next-highest expenditure, staffing, on which the carrier spent S$634.8 million. (SIA) pointed out that it spent S$2.56 billion on fuel for the six months ended September 30, an increase of +31.9% over the year-ago semester. Fuel accounted for 39.4% of total expenditures in the six-month period.
Second-quarter passenger traffic grew +5.9% to 22.57 billion (RPK)s on a +2.9% lift in capacity to 28.41 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 79.4% LF, up +2.2 points. Yield increased +2.9% to S10.8 cents. (SQC) Cargo traffic was ahead +2% to 1.98 billion (FTK)s on a +1.2% rise in capacity to 3.15 billion (FTK)s. Cargo load factor was 62.9% LF, up +0.6 point, and cargo yield grew +1.6% to S39.1 cents.
(SIA)'s half-year net profit was +S$868.3 million, up +50.3% from +S$577.8 million in the six months ended September 30, 2005. Revenues rose +9.9% to S$7.03 billion, expenses climbed +11.8% to S$6.5 billion and operating profit fell -8.7% to +S$533.2 million from +S$583.7 million.
1st 9 months = 64.71 billion passenger traffic +8.1% (RPK), 13.23 million passengers +8%.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) unveiled a $360 million revamp of its long-haul product that positions it at the very top of the premium market.
Originally designed for the A380, the features will be installed in the six new 777-300ERs scheduled to be in service by year end. According to (SIA) Senior VP Operations & Services, Bey Soo Khiang, "involvement of the airline's customers was key to the entire process." Those customers said they would be prepared to pay up to +20% more for the new features.
Bey said surveyed passengers wanted forward-facing seats and aisle access. The result is an innovative use of space that will see a 1-2-1 configuration in business class (C). All seats are wider. Seats in first class (F) are 35 inches wide, while those in business (C) are 30 inches wide. In economy (Y), (SIA) moved the in-seat video controller from the armrest to the seatback, narrowing the armrests. All seats have (USB) ports.
In first class (F), the KrisWorld entertainment system includes a 23-inch (LCD) screen, while business class has a 15.4-inch screen and economy a 10.6-inch screen. Passengers will have access to more than 1,000 on-demand options and office software, built in for passengers without laptops.
Bey said that the new product will be rolled out on the 777-300ERs and A380s, then retrofitted to other airplanes, based on demand. He conceded that the configuration will cost seats, but said (SIA) is positioning itself as the "premium leader."
Executive VP Marketing, Huang Cheng Eng said that the airline still is examining its options relating to the impending capacity shortfall caused by A380 delivery delays. It holds price rights on 13 777-300ERs.
The first 777-300ERs will be deployed on services to Zurich and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) finalized a purchase agreement for 20 787-9s for which it signed a letter of intent in June. It also has purchase rights on 20 more 787-9s. Value of the firm order is $4.52 billion at list prices. Deliveries will be scheduled between early 2011 and mid-2013, and will be for fleet renewal as well as growth, (SIA) said. No engine selection has been made. Boeing has received firm orders and commitments for 444 787s with options and price rights on another 325.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will shortly be taking delivery of its first 777-300ER - see photo.
November 2006: Singapore Airlines announced the deployment of new Boeing 777-300ERs on new routes as follows from December 2006 to mid-2007:
Singapore - Frankfurt, starting May 2007, daily;
Singapore - Hong Kong, starting December 2006, daily;
Singapore - Milan - Barcelona, starting December 2006, 3x a week;
Singapore - Paris, starting December 2006, daily;
Singapore - Seoul - San Francisco, starting March 2007, daily;
Singapore - Zurich, starting January 2007, daily.
Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) expanded their codeshare agreement to cover Virgin (VAA)'s flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to the UK and Dubai beginning December 1 and (SIA)'s service between London Heathrow and Singapore via Sydney from January 1.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) took delivery of the first two of 19 777-300ERs and has not ruled out orders for the 777-200LR and possibly the 747-8. With these latest 777 deliveries, the airline now operates 59 and it the world's largest 777 operator (31 B777-200s, 15 B777-200ERs and 12 B777-300s).
The airline accepted the airplanes, which feature a radical cabin upgrade, in Seattle and will take delivery of another four by December 31.
While the 777-300ERs are slated to replace 747-400s not replaced by the A380, (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng revealed possible interest in the 777-200LR and hinted that the airline even may take another look at the 747-8I. Speaking to media in Seattle, he said an order for the 777-200LR is up to "Scott and Stan," referring to Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO, Scott Carson and newly appointed VP-Asia/Pacific Sales, Stan Deal. He added that any commitment to the 747-8I depends on the "sticker price and the subject is still open for discussion."
(SIA) conducted a comprehensive fleet review earlier this year that resulted in additional orders for 20 787s and nine A380s and a letter of intent (LOI) for the yet-to-be-launched A350 XWB.
Chew indicated that the biggest competitor to the 747-8I is the 777-300ER, saying that the seat-mile costs of the 777-300ER are on a par with the 747-400, while trip costs are far lower. However, he said that progress, or lack thereof, on A380 deliveries also will have an effect on the airline's longer-term plans.
(SIA)'s 777-300ERs feature 35-inches-wide seats with 23-inches (LCD) video screens in the first-class (F) cabin and 30-inches-wide seats with 15-inches (LCD) screens in business class (C), as well as increased leg and knee room in economy class (Y), with seatback screens larger than 10 inches.
These deliveries take the carrier's 777 fleet to 60, the world's largest. "We are gladly accepting more," said Chew. "This delivery is reaffirmation of our confidence in the airplane."
Singapore Airlines (SIA) selected the (Trent 700) to power the fleet of 19 leased A330-300s it will operate from early 2009 while waiting for delivery of its A380s and A350s. The deal includes a TotalCare services agreement.
2 777-312ERs (33377, 9V-SWB; 34568, 9V-SWA), deliveries.
December 2006: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.43 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in November, up +10.1% from the year-ago month. Capacity rose +2.8% to 9.28 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +5.3 points to 80.2% LF.
As the Singaporean flag carrier, Singapore Airlines (SIA) operates an extensive network of scheduled services throughout Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
Employees = 13,572.
Parent organization/shareholders: Singapore Airlines Group (100%).
Owns: SilkAir (SLK) (100%); Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQC) (100%); Tiger Airways (49%); & Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) (49%).
Alliances: Star Alliance; Air-India (AIN); Malaysia Airlines (MAS); Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA); SilkAir (SLK); Vietnam Airlines (VIE); & Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA).
Main Base: Singapore Changi (SIN).
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; Adelaide; Ahmedabad; Amritsar; Amsterdam; Athens; Auckland; Bandar Seri Begawan; Bangalore; Bangkok; Beijing; Brisbane; Brussels; Cairo; Cape Town; Chennai; Christchurch; Colombo; Copenhagen; Delhi; Denpasar/Bali; Dhaka; Dubai; Frankfurt; Fukuoka; Guangzhou; Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh City; Hong Kong; Hyderabad; Istanbul; Jakarta; Jeddah; Johannesburg; Karachi; Kolkata; Kota Kinabalu; Kuala Lumpur; Kuching; Lahore; London; Los Angeles; Male; Manchester; Manila; Melbourne; Moscow; Mumbai; Nagoya; Nanking; New York; Newark; Orlando; Osaka; Paris; Penang; Perth; Rome; Rotorua; San Francisco; Seoul; Shanghai; Sydney; Taipei; Tokyo; Vancouver; Vienna & Zurich.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng said in Istanbul that the recently announced bid for Qantas (QAN) might be a wakeup call for Australian officials who favor protecting the flag carrier to the detriment of (SIA)'s wish to operate a transpacific service from Australia.
"I cannot comment on what reaction by the Australian government would be, or how such a transaction would affect aviation policy. All I can say is that from the comments that are being made by leading figures in Australia, there seems to be an acknowledgement that by keeping competition out of the Pacific, they are in essence protecting Qantas (QAN) and the beneficiaries of protectionism are not going to be the traveling public nor the greater Australian interests but financial investors," said Chew, who was in Turkey for a Star Alliance event. "I think that is something which Australian citizens and the Australian consumers, plus tourism interests would have to put to the central government in Canberra."
Later, Singapore Airlines (SIA) once again applied pressure on the Australian government for access to the Sydney - Los Angeles/San Francisco route after Virgin Blue (VOZ) announced it will not launch transpacific services until 2008 at the earliest. In a statement, (SIA) said, "Consumers will now be waiting at least another two full years before there's any new competition on that route. That means fares will stay high, and the Australian tourism industry will lag behind its potential, because the route will remain uncompetitive and protected." (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng said in Istanbul that the airline remains interested in the route despite Australia's repeated rejection.
Currently, only United Airlines (UAL) and Qantas Airways (QAN) operate the routes, with the latter holding a dominant position among premium travelers. Air New Zealand (ANZ), Continental Airlines (CAL) and Northwest Airlines (NWA) have withdrawn from the routes over the past 15 years. Virgin Blue (VOZ) said it is "expediting" its plan to offer transpacific service following its release of a profit forecast indicating that it expects to post +A$158 million/+$124.1 million in net earnings in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, a +39.8% increase over the +A$113 million earned in the previous 12-month period. It altered its fiscal year following Toll Holdings' purchase of a majority stake.
Separately, Chew said he did not share Lufthansa (DLH)'s enthusiasm for the new 747-8 Intercontinental and was happy to continue to wait for the A380. (DLH) ordered 20 of the type last week, plus 20 options.
"I think that airplane is based fundamentally on an airframe that is already 37 years old," Chew said, less than two weeks after hinting that (SIA) might have an interest in the Intercontinental. "Don't take me wrong. It is a wonderful airplane that has served many airlines including Singapore Airlines . . . Over the years we have bought more than 150 of those planes in one form or another. And we still operate a big fleet of them. We have a total right now of 49. Fourteen of them are freighters and 35 of them are passenger versions of the 747-400. The 747-8 had been presented to us. Although it is an interesting airplane, the improvement in operating economics . . . was not enough. I think in terms of improvements, unit operating costs and operating efficiencies, also in ecological terms, quietness and efficiency of fuel burn, the A380 should not be underestimated or forgotten."
A380 launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA) gave the beleaguered airplane program a boost by ordering nine more of the type along with six options, bringing to 19 the number of A380s it has on firm order.
The nine new airplanes are worth a combined $2.7 billion. (SIA) also ordered 11 A320s plus nine options to be delivered to regional affiliate, SilkAir (SLK) from 2009 to 2012, and said it is planning to lease 19 A330-300s. The SilkAir (SLK) order is valued at $1.33 billion. The regional said it will use the airplanes for flights in Asia.
Airbus (EDS) President and CEO, Louis Gallois was in Singapore for the announcement and reiterated that the plane-maker is "very sorry" about the A380 program's delays, which will cause (SIA) to take delivery of its first airplane in October 2007, 18 months later than originally scheduled.
It is unclear what sort of financial compensation factored into the new order, but both the airline and the manufacturer said they have reached accord on A380 delivery delay compensation. Gallois told Dow Jones he expects "no cancellations" from A380 customers going forward and indicated that those customers also may place additional orders for the next-generation airplanes. He insisted there "absolutely" will not be any further delays.
747-412 (27133), sold to Cathay Pacific (CAT). 4 777-312ERs (34569, 9V-SWD; 34570, 9V-SWE; 34571, 9V-SWF; 34572, 9V-SWG), deliveries.
January 2007: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 8.05 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in December, a +7.8% increase from the year-ago month. Capacity rose +2.9% to 9.59 billion (ASK)s and load factor climbed + 3.8 points to 84% LF.
In 2006, (SIA) had 87.65 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic (+8.2%) (world's 11th highest); 7.99 billion (FTK)s (+5.1%); and 18.02 million passengers (+8.4%).
Rolls-Royce (RR) signed a long-term TotalCare service agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) covering the (Trent 800)s on (SIA)'s 58 777s.
Amadeus will develop a plan for Singapore Airlines (SIA) to switch its legacy passenger service systems to the Altea Customer Management Solution.
Singapore Changi airport posted record traffic in 2006 with 35.03 million passengers, up +8%, and 1.9 million tonnes of cargo, up +4.2%.
February 2007: Sale of its stake in Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) (SIL) in December 2006, combined with rising loads, helped boost Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group to a +S$589.2 million/+$384.3 million profit in its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, a +48.6% improvement over the +S$396.6 million earned in the year-ago quarter.
(SIA) earned +S$198 million on the sale of its 35.5% stake in SALE (SIL) and enjoyed a +6.6% rise in revenues to S$3.79 billion. The Group took a S$38 million hit on losses from investments in "associated companies," which it said largely was related to accounting procedures that dragged Virgin Atlantic (VAA) into the red.
Still, (SIA)'s divisions all were profitable. The airline posted a +59.2% rise in operating profit to +$S306 million and (SIA) Engineering's operating profit climbed +17.3% to +$S27 million. (EBIT) fell -4% at Singapore Airline (SIA) Terminal Services to $S46 million and -46.3% at (SIA) Cargo (SQC) to $S52 million. Total group expenses climbed +5.1% to $S3.35 billion and operating profit was up +19.5% to +$S447.7 million.
Three-month passenger traffic rose +8.6% to 22.94 billion (RPK)s against a +3.1% lift in capacity to 28.43 billion (ASK)s, boosting load factor +4.1 points to 80.7% LF. (SIA) said traffic grew "on the back of benign conditions in the major economies." Yields inched up +1.9% to $S0.11, and unit costs were up +2.6% to $S0.08. The airline added six 777-300ERs during the quarter, and decommissioned two 747-400s. As of December 31, its fleet comprised 23 747-400s, 64 777s and five A340-500s.
Through the nine-month period, (SIA) Group posted a +$S1.46 billion net profit, a +49.6% increase over the +$S974.4 million earned in the nine months ended December 31, 2005. Operating profit was ahead +2.3% to +$S980.9 million. Looking forward, (SIA) said that "revenue growth will be constrained by the shortfall in capacity growth from the Airbus A380 delivery delays" and that it will concentrate on improving loads and yields.
Virgin Blue (VOZ) could be a target for an equity buyout by Singapore Airlines (SIA), according to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). (CAPA) Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison said, "Virgin Blue (VOZ)'s 62% owner, Australia's transport giant Toll Holdings, has again refused to rule out the possibility of liquidating its interest in the airline beyond the end of the current financial year to June 2007." He added that "this is near to an effective signal to the equity markets that Virgin Blue (VOZ)is up for bids." Some analysts believe Toll indeed is ready to sell down. The deal would be complex, but Harbison suggests it can be done. He floats the following factors and influences: Toll appears to be a willing seller; Tiger Airways (TGR), 49% owned by (SIA), has announced plans to enter the Australian market; (SIA) continues to be interested in the higher-yield end of the Australian domestic market, and Richard Branson has expressed interest in increasing his 25% stake in Virgin Blue (VOZ). The airline recently hinted at its own plans to counter Tiger (TGR)'s entry with an ultra-low-cost spinoff. Harbison suggested the equity buyers well may be crunching the numbers. One obstacle is that "despite the apparent common interest between Virgin Group (VAA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA), there is not always harmony between the Singapore flag carrier and Branson."
777-312ER (34573, 9V-SWH), delivery.
March 2007: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 6.86 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in February, a +6.9% climb from the year-ago month. Capacity was up +2.1% to 8.6 billion (ASK)s and load factor rose +3.6 points to 79.8% LF.
On March 25th, will substitute a 777-200 for a 777-300 for nonstop Singapore - Cairo, and eliminates a stop in Dubai.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and US Airways (AMW)/(USA) announced a codeshare deal under which (SIA) passengers to Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) can connect to (AMW)/(USA) flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix and New York (JFK), via Charlotte. (AMW)/(USA) will place its code on (SIA)'s flights from (SFO) and (LAX), as well as on services to Amsterdam, Manchester and Zurich.
2 777-312ERs (34574, 9V-SWI; 34575, 9V-SWJ), deliveries.
April 2007: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.82 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in March, a +9.8% increase over the year-ago month. Capacity climbed just +0.9% to 9.49 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +6.6 points to 82.4% LF.
May 2007: Record revenue and the proceeds from the sale of its stakes in Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) (SIL) and the (SIA) Building, helped carry Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group to a stunning +S$2.13 billion/+$1.4 billion profit for the fiscal year ended March 31, a +71.6% surge over the +S$1.24 billion earned in the prior 12-month period. A +8.6% increase in operating revenue to S$14.49 billion was boosted by +S$421 million from the aforementioned sales and an additional +$247 million gain resulting from a tax writeback. Expenses rose +8.7% to S$13.18 and operating profit climbed +8.3% to +S$1.31 billion. The company credited the airline segment for driving the improved group result.
Singapore Airport Terminal Services suffered a -16.8% drop in operating profit to +S$153 million, (SIA) Engineering's operating profit fell -24.3% to +S$102 million and (SIA) Cargo (SQC) swung to a -S$32 million loss from the prior year's +S$174 million profit.
Full-year traffic rose +7.7% to 89.15 billion (RPK)s and capacity was up +2.3% to 112.54 billion (ASK)s as (SIA) took delivery of nine 777-300ERs and decommissioned five 747-400s. Load factor climbed +3.6 points to 79.2% LF. Yield rose +2.8% to S$0.109 and cost per (ASK) increased +5.3% to S$0.079.
Looking ahead, (SIA) Group said, "The key challenges being faced this year are limited capacity growth arising from delays in the delivery of the Airbus A380, high price of aviation fuel, and uncertainty over the continued strength of the USA economy and its implications globally." It added that "competition will remain keen [and] discipline on costs will be maintained."
Its fiscal year fleet plan comprises the addition of three A380-800s and five 777-300ERs, and the retirement of five more 747-400s. In the fourth fiscal quarter, (SIA) reported net earnings of +S$671.3 million, improved over net income of +S$266.3 million in the year-ago period owing largely to the SALE (SIL) sale.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) stock continued to soar as widespread speculation continued that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is on the verge of taking a significant stake in the carrier, despite (CEA)'s insistence that concluding any deal requires more time. In the statement, (CEA) refused to offer details about any negotiations with (SIA), the most probable strategic investor. An (SIA) spokesperson confirmed that the carriers are "talking about possible cooperation" but said in a statement cited by press reports that "there have been no decisions to pursue any other relationships at this point in time." An internal source at (CEA) said that the company has little leverage in talks with (SIA) because of its poor financial performance. "That's why it's been so hard to reach an agreement with (SIA), even though the talks have lasted for ten months," the source said. China Eastern Airline (CEA) Group holds a 59.9% share of the carrier and intends to sell off a 20% to 25% stake to a new investor, while maintaining a controlling stake. Insiders speculate that it may opt for circulation of additional A and H shares tailored for (SIA), although this practice also may challenge the controlling stake position. Analysts have noted that the cheaper H shares will be more attractive to (SIA), which may walk away if A share prices rise higher than expected.
Recently, Air China (BEJ) expanded its stake in (CEA) to 8.26% from 7.88% through the purchase of 6 million H circulating shares. JP Morgan also raised its stake to 5.12% by paying HK$12.8 million/$1.6 million for 5.22 million H shares. UBS noted that a "drop of fuel price, appreciation of the yuan and strong market demand" will be main contributors to (CEA)'s turnaround this year, but that the deal with (SIA) is key. (CEA) reported a 2006 net loss of -CNY2.78 billion/-$360.9 million and a -CNY510.9 million loss in the first quarter.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA)'s negotiations with Singapore Airlines (SIA) concerning the sale of a strategic stake in the mainland carrier, are progressing well thanks to the support of the Chinese government, (CEA) President, Li Fenghua revealed, although there is no fixed timetable to seal the deal. Li confirmed that (SIA), or another investor, will hold no more than 25% of (CEA) in accordance with (CAAC) (CAC) regulations on foreign ownership in China's airlines. He refused to give further details.
Since China Eastern Airline (CEA) Group holds a 59.9% share of the carrier, and intends to maintain a controlling stake, insiders speculate that (CEA) may opt for circulation of additional A and H shares tailored for (SIA), although this practice could challenge its controlling stake position. But according to relevant Chinese regulations, the price of (CEA) shares, on sale to its strategic investor, must conform to the updated trading price of current circulation shares. Industry analysts have pointed out that "the government support" to which Li referred may be related to how it will sell the stake to (SIA). (CEA) said that it has consulted with the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council regarding the issue.
Interest in (CEA) has soared recently as the Citadel Group increased its share in (CEA) to 6.36% with the purchase of 15.21 million H shares.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) joined China Eastern Airlines (CEA) in suspending trading of its shares, saying it "is in an advanced stage of discussions for a potential investment," thereby deepening widespread speculation that it is on the verge of acquiring a 25% stake in (CEA). According to some Hong Kong press reports, negotiations already have closed and (CEA) is set to make an announcement soon, although its officials continue to say publicly that a deal has not been reached. (CEA) shares have risen rapidly in recent months, presenting a moving target for negotiators attempting to reach agreement on the size of (SIA)'s investment and stake. (CEA) President, Li Fenghua confirmed (SIA) will hold no more than 25%.
Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s and Temasek's acquisition of a 25%, $930 million equity stake in China Eastern Airlines (CEA) is close to being finalized, with regulatory approval from Beijing expected within a week. Final structure of the deal still may be altered somewhat owing to regulatory concerns within the Chinese government, sources in Singapore said.
Singapore Changi's Terminal 3 (T3) will commence flight operations on January 9, 2008. The terminal cost S$1.75 billion/$1.15 billion and will have a capacity of 22 million passengers per year, bringing the airport's total annual capacity to 70 million. T3 will be equipped with 28 gates, of which eight will be A380-compatible.
The Air Line Pilots Assn of Singapore announced that a Singapore court has ruled that Singapore Airlines (SIA) A380 captains (FC) will make a minimum S$700/$458.10 more per month than 747 captains, and A380 officers will make a minimum S$450 more per month than their 747 counterparts.
Airbus (EDS) completed painting on Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s first A380 in Hamburg. The painting took 21 days. Delivery of the airplane is scheduled for October.
June 2007: While China Eastern Airlines (CEA) is on the verge of selling a 25% stake to Singapore Airlines (SIA), Shanghai Airlines (SHA) appears to be interested finding its own foreign investor.
(ANA) President & CEO, Mineo Yamamoto revealed that the Japanese carrier is considering a cross-shareholding arrangement with its future Star Alliance (SAL) partner. Yamamoto said in Tokyo that an arrangement with Shanghai Airlines (SHA) would be similar to the agreement reached with Asiana Airlines (AAR) last month, under which each carrier took a $12 million stake in the other.
Shanghai Airlines (SHA) Secretary of the Board, Xu Junmin said the carrier has yet to receive the proposal from (ANA), while noting that it does have "cooperative relations with (ANA) on codeshare."
Meanwhile, Air China (BEJ) also has contacted Shanghai Airlines (SHA) about a deeper cooperation. With principal hubs in Beijing and Chengdu, (BEJ) has sought greater penetration in the Shanghai market. Shanghai Airlines (SHA) President, Zhou Chi has insisted that his carrier should "go its own way," despite the interest from potential suitors. (BEJ) will join Shanghai (SHA) and (ANA) in the Star Alliance (SAL) by year end.
Later, despite the delay, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) remains committed to selling a stake to Singapore Airlines (SIA) and plans to issue additional shares tailored for (SIA), when the deal finally is concluded, (CEA) President, Li Fenghua confirmed at the IATA (ITA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Vancouver. "We are still in talks with (SIA), as both sides share a similar wish to seal the deal," he said. In addition to the significant cash injection, which may amount to as much as $930 million for 25% of (CEA), Li said the alliance with (SIA) will help the Chinese carrier's management and brand building. But the agreement will not include a cross-shareholding, according to an internal source. Last year's cross-shareholding deal between Air China (BEJ) and Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) helped boost the former to a +CNY3.19 billion/+$416.6 million full-year profit. China Eastern (CEA) suffered a -CNY2.78 billion net loss in 2006.
Industry insiders remain optimistic about the deal. "As Air China (BEJ) has outlined its new Shanghai strategy of building it as its second base next to Beijing, China Eastern (CEA) will be able to boost its competitiveness and consolidate its position in the Shanghai market against (BEJ), once its alliance with (SIA) is realized," (CEA) and China Southern Airlines (GUN) independent nonexecutive Director, Le Gongnan said.
Guotai Junan Securities analyst, Lin Zhiyuan noted that (SIA) also may benefit by using Shanghai to generate greater transpacific passenger flow. "(SIA) needs a transit station to reach for the American West Coast market, and there's no doubt that Shanghai is a pretty good choice," he explained.
Air China (BEJ) last month raised its stake in (CEA) to 10.07%, which deepened popular speculation that Air China (BEJ) eventually may take it over. While the Chinese government may look favorably on the merger, both airlines have dismissed it. "It is only an investment and I don't think it will have much effect on our deal with (SIA)," Li confirmed.
The 2008 Singapore Airshow (February 19 to 24) is already +30% bigger than the last event and "is on its way to becoming the largest aviation event in the Asia/Pacific region," according to Singapore Airshow and Events Managing Director, Jimmy Lau. Speaking in Paris, Lau said next year's event is already 95% sold out and organizers are looking to add a further +2,500 sq m of space. The show is being held at a new 30-hectare site adjoining Changi Airport. In addition to the 40,000-sq-m purpose-built, air-conditioned exhibit hall, the site has a 90,000-sq-m static display area. The event will feature three themed pavilions covering airports, integrated land defense and space technology, plus several conferences including the Singapore Aviation Leadership Summit.
Singapore also is developing the Seletar Aerospace Park, set to open early next year and intended to attract new aerospace business to the country. It is being built on a 300-hectare site and already is home to more than >30 aerospace companies.
At the Paris Air Show, (SIA) firmed the order for 20 A350 AWB-900s. Rolls-Royce (RR) said Singapore Airlines (SIA) placed a (Trent XWB) engine order worth $800 million at list prices, plus a 12-year TotalCare services agreement, covering the 20 A350-900 XWBs. Deliveries are scheduled for 2013 to 2015.
777-312ER (34576, 9V-SWK), delivery.
July 2007: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.51 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in June, up +1.7% from the year-ago month, against a -1.4% decline in capacity to 9.11 billion (ASK)s. Load factor climbed +2.5 points to 82.4% LF.
Six weeks after trading in its stock was suspended, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) appears to be moving forward with its 25% stake sale to Singapore Airlines (SIA) with the submission of plans to relevant government entities. (CEA) President, Li Fenghua confirmed recently that the deal has been going through normal procedures and that everything is going well, although the reasons for the delay remain unclear. The state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of State Council, the Ministry of Commerce, the China Securities Regulatory Commission and (CAAC) (CAC) reportedly are among the agencies that must vet the deal. Approval is expected, but not soon. Details of the transaction also have not been revealed. It was speculated widely that (CEA) planned to circulate additional shares tailored for China Eastern (CEA) Group, Temasek Holding and (SIA), with each share valued at HK$3.73/$0.48. Following the sale, China Eastern (CEA) Group is expected to be the controlling stakeholder with 50%, while (SIA) and Temasek will hold 20% and 5% respectively.
(CEA) is committed to an internal improvement in addition to securing foreign strategic investors. Li noted that the airline is targeting a first-half profit. It suffered a net loss of -CNY2.78 billion/-$365.1 million in 2006.
Shanghai SR Aircraft Technics, the joint venture between SR Technics (SWS) and Shanghai Foreign Aviation Service Corp, signed a contract to provide line maintenance services for Singapore Airlines (SIA) 777s and 747s during their transit stops at Shanghai Pudong. Services commenced on July 1. Additionally, it will provide line maintenance services for (SIA)'s 747F cargo operations at the airport.
OEMServices was selected by Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide A380-800 component support services under a 14-year agreement. OEMServices, a joint venture company formed by A380 suppliers Diehl Aerospace, Liebherr-Aerospace, Thales and Zodiac (acting through IN-Services), will provide "complete support services for more than 600 part numbers." The agreement covers door-to-door repair and overhaul service including advance exchange for more than 300 components as well as coverage of (SIA)'s overseas stations.
Goodrich (BFG) will provide asset management services, including component and system maintenance and technical support, on Goodrich (BFG)-made components and systems onboard 19 A380s ordered by Singapore Airlines (SIA).
Airbus (EDS) said that "final preparations" are underway for the October delivery of the first A380 to Singapore Airlines (SIA). The manufacturer said the airplane returned to Toulouse after undergoing cabin interior installation in Hamburg.
747-412 (27069, 9V-SMV), sold to RBS Aerospace & leased to Cathay Pacific (CAT) as (B-HKU). 747-412 (26552, 9V-SPD), sold to Babcock (BBB) and leased to (CAT) AS (B-HKV).
August 2007: Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that it received court approval for a share buyback through a capital reduction that will see it cancel one share for every 15 held, paying shareholders S$18.46/$12.07 per cancelled share. (SIA) said it will carry out the cancellation on September 7.
Record first fiscal quarter revenue helped Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group to a +S$424.1 million/+$280.3 million net profit attributable to equity holders during the three months ended June 30, down from year-ago earnings of +S$575.1 million that were boosted by a one-time gain of +S$223 million from the sale of the (SIA) Building.
Net profit would have risen +20.6% year-over-year excluding the gain, (SIA) said. Group revenue grew +5.9% to S$3.62 billion against just a +0.4% increase in costs to S$3.16 billion. Operating profit soared to +S$463.3 million from +S$273.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Fuel accounted for 36.9% of the company's expenses, "although fuel prices eased slightly during the early part of the quarter," it said.
The airline segment reported an operating profit of +S$384 million, more than double the year-ago period's figure. Other subsidiary results included a +S$46 million profit at Singapore Airport Terminal Services (down -4.2%), a +S$29 million profit at (SIA) Engineering (down -11.8%), and an -S$11 million loss at (SIA) Cargo (SQC) (widened -115.7%).
The airline flew 21.82 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic during the quarter, up +2.9% year-over-year, against a -1.5% decline in capacity to 27.63 billion (ASK)s. Load factor subsequently rose +3.3 points to 78.9% LF. Yield climbed +8.5% to S$0.115 while unit cost was up +6.7% to S$0.08.
Nearly three months after trading in its shares was suspended, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) finally is on the verge of closing its deal to sell a 25% stake to Singapore Airlines (SIA).
The transaction has been approved by appropriate government entities and is awaiting only a final okay from the State Council. It is speculated widely that (CEA) will sell a 20% share to (SIA) and a 5% stake to (SIA) controlling shareholder Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singapore government. (CEA) likely will circulate additional "H" shares tailored for (SIA) and Temasek, although the Chinese carrier has not confirmed this. China Eastern Group currently holds 59.67% of (CEA).
Last month, (CEA) Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping said that although the relevant government bodies had reached a consensus on the sale, the airline had not been informed formally. He said he still expected final approval and that (SIA) is "a pretty good choice" as a new strategic investor. Industry insiders have suggested that (CEA) will be forced to merge with either Air China (BEJ) or China Southern Airlines (GUN), or both, if it fails in its latest effort to secure a new investor. Luo revealed that the State Council's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission has considered recombining the trio into a super airline for some time, but he argued that Chinese carriers need to find help on the open market rather than working through their difficulties by administrative order.
(BEJ) Board Secretary, Huang Bin said consolidation may be inevitable, as it would "definitely boost Chinese airlines' competitiveness when competing with foreign airlines, as the current vicious competition in the domestic market has damaged the economic interests of Chinese airlines as a whole."
Later, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) finally received approval from the State Council to sell a stake to Singapore Airlines (SIA). "We expect to sign a strategic cooperative contract with (SIA) and announce the relevant details of the deal on September 2," the source said, adding that the carrier's stock will resume trading the following day. (CEA) currently is in final discussions with (SIA) concerning the price for the stake, rumored to be 25%, and subsequent route cooperation between the airlines. (CEA) President, Li Fenghua confirmed in June, that the company will circulate additional shares tailored for (SIA), but he did not reveal whether it will circulate its "A" shares or "H" shares. Industry analysts have noted that Shanghai-based, (CEA) can count on a further cash injection once the deal with (SIA) is sealed. "We also hope (SIA), as our strategic investor, can improve our management level," Li said. The sale will provide (SIA) with a sought-after foothold in Northern Asia, through which it will exercise fifth freedom rights to open more international routes from Shanghai to the West, and grab a share of the profitable high-end market in China's business capital.
Fresh from his trip to the USA for the launch of Virgin America (VUS), Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) Chairman, Richard Branson was in Kuala Lumpur to announce that his Virgin (VAA) Group purchased a 20% share of Malaysia's FlyAsianExpress, which will operate low-cost, long-haul flights as AirAsia X. Price of the stake was not disclosed. AirAsia X expects to launch service next month. The airline has three A330s on lease and has ordered 10 396-seat A330-300s. plus five options. Recently, it announced that it has secured rights to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne's Avalon Airport - - home of Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Jetstar Airways (IMU) - - and London Stansted. Chairman, Kalimullah Hassan told reporters he expected to launch Australian service at the end of September. No other destinations or details were revealed.
Branson said he believed AirAsia (ASW)'s success would be replicated by AirAsia X in the long-haul market. "I am thrilled to be able to support them in this venture and look forward to seeing low-cost, long-haul travel being opened up from their base in Malaysia," he said.
Interestingly, Singapore Airlines (SIA), which may one day find itself competing with AirAsia X, holds a 49% stake in Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA).
Singapore Technologies Aerospace (STA) said it became the first company in Southeast Asia to receive a Design Organization Approval from (EASA), enabling (STA) to approve and perform engineering design work on (EU)-registered airplanes.
Airbus (EDS) announced that it will deliver the first A380 to Singapore Airlines (SIA) on October 15, with the carrier's first flight slated for October 25 from Singapore to Sydney. The airplane will be configured with 471 seats in three classes: Economy (Y), business (C) and "Singapore Airlines Suites" (F). Seats on the first flight will be auctioned via eBay and (SIA) said it will donate the proceeds to charity. The return Sydney - Singapore flight is scheduled for October 26. "Everyone at Singapore Airlines (SIA) is keenly anticipating the delivery of this new plane and our people are working hard on final preparation for its entry into service," CEO, Chew Choon Seng said. "The first flight promises to be one of the most exciting occasions in aviation history."
Under the original A380 program schedule, the first airplane was scheduled to be delivered to (SIA) in May 2006, or 17 months earlier than now is planned following several program delays.
Airbus (EDS) still touts the airplane as a 555-seater, but (SIA) followed Qantas (QAN) - - which plans to seat 450 on its A380s - - in revealing a configuration for far fewer passengers. Typically, 747-400s are configured for about 380 passengers, meaning the first A380s in operation will handle fewer than <100 additional passengers. However, they may not present the boarding and disembarking challenges some had feared.
While (SIA) said its A380 first-class suites "will be a product that totally redefines luxury in the sky," it did not say whether it will feature self-service bars and lounges in first (F) and business classes (C) similar to Qantas (QAN).
Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s auction for a "majority" of the seats on the first A380 flight, started on "eBay" and will close September 10. The first flight is a two-leg event stretching over two days. The airplane will leave from Singapore Changi Terminal 2 (SIN) at 0800 on October 25 and arrive in Sydney at 1725 local time. It will leave Australia the following day at approximately 1600, and land at (SIN) at 2200. (SIA) said the minimum bid for an economy (Y) seat is $3.80, for business class (C) $38.00, and for a suite $380.00. The proceeds will be donated to a variety of charities.
Total orders and commitments for the A380 stand at 173 by 14 customers, Airbus (EDS) said, adding that subsequent deliveries to (SIA), Emirates (EAD), and (QAN) are "well on track." The manufacturer said the airplane will have a per-passenger fuel efficiency of 2.9 litre per 100 km.
September 2007: Integration trials have commenced at Singapore Changi's Terminal 3, which will open for scheduled flight operations on January 9. The trials involve the terminal's check-in process, baggage handling system, immigration clearance system for departing passengers and security screening. Over the next few months, the airport plans 50 trials with 5,000 participants.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its parent Temasek agreed to purchase 15.7% and 8.3% stakes respectively in China Eastern Airlines (CEA), giving them a combined 24% holding valued at HK7.15 billion/$917 million. Based on the agreement, about which there has been speculation for months, (SIA) and Temasek will be entitled to nominate two and one (CEA) board members, respectively. In addition, (CEA) and (SIA) will cooperate on marketing and sales, personnel training and flight management. "Our routes are complementary with (SIA) and thus our cooperation with them has already started in the long-haul routes," (CEA) President, Cao Jianxiong said. Chairman, Li Fenghua noted that (CEA) hopes to take advantage of (SIA)'s experience in airline management to upgrade service levels and raise profitability. (CEA) posted a -CNY384 million/-$50.8 million net loss in the first half.
Industry analysts in China projected that the deal will herald a new era of tie-ups between Chinese airlines and foreign carriers, and also likely will alter Beijing's strategy to reorganize Air China (BEJ), China Southern Airlines (GUN), and China Eastern (CEA) into one mega-carrier. "I don't support Chinese airlines' reorganization by administrative orders," Li said. "[Any realignment] should be realized by market means." He added that the nation needs three carriers rather than one, because it would be difficult for a single airline to provide differentiated flight products to passengers in a market as vast as China.
Air China (BEJ) CEO, Cai Jianjiang said that he wouldn't exclude the possibility of merging with other Chinese carriers, but cautioned that there is "no specific timetable" and that "Beijing will have the final say on this issue."
Regarding the (SIA) investment in (CEA), the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said, "After all, China needs a fast-track route, if it is to assert itself most effectively in international markets."
Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) abruptly backed away from its proposed bid to buy a stake in China Eastern Airlines (CEA), that could have trumped the share sale agreement between (CEA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA). (SIA) and its parent, Temasek earlier this month agreed to purchase 15.7% and 8.3% stakes respectively in (CEA), but the deal has not yet been approved by (CEA) shareholders. Cathay (CAT) requested the suspension of trading of its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange "pending the announcement of a proposed transaction." Widespread reports speculated that (CAT) and Air China (BEJ) were preparing to invest $4 billion jointly in (CEA). But (CAT) issued a statement saying the purchase of (CEA) shares "will not now proceed." It offered no explanation for why it backed away from the deal, and said its shares will begin trading again. Air China (BEJ) said in a statement it would make no offer for (CEA) shares for at least "the next three months."
Later, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) said it is moving to complete a stake sale deal with Singapore Airlines (SIA) "as soon as possible" following Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT)'s decision earlier to back away from a (CEA) share purchase. (CAT) suspended trading of its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange pending a transaction announcement that was widely believed to be an offer to purchase a major stake in (CEA) in conjunction with Air China (BEJ). The deal could have trumped an agreement reached earlier this month in which (SIA) and its parent Temasek agreed to purchase 15.7% and 8.3% stakes, respectively, in (CEA). But (CAT) abruptly backed off the deal and Air China (BEJ) similarly said it had no plans to invest in (CEA), causing the stock prices of all three carriers to drop significantly. The (SIA) deal has yet to receive approval from (CEA) shareholders, leaving the door open for other offers. But a (CEA) official told reporters that the carrier is "unlikely to accept any other offers" until the (SIA) deal is either approved or rejected by shareholders, according to press reports. (CEA) added that the (SIA) deal has gained "initial approval" from the Chinese government.
The Singapore and Malaysia governments stated that unlimited access to the Singapore - Kuala Lumpur route, which a number of carriers have expressed interest in operating, will not be allowed until at least the end of 2008.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) sold the first ticket for the A380's first commercial flight on October 25 to Sydney resident, Julian Hayward for $100,380, via an eBay auction. (SIA) plans to fill both the initial Singapore - Sydney flight and the October 26 return by auctioning tickets and giving the proceeds to charity.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is promising a new class of premium travel that it calls "beyond first (F)" for its A380, scheduled to be handed over in Toulouse the morning of October 15. Unlike Qantas (QAN), which unveiled its A380 product in July, (SIA) has been tight-lipped on the details except to say that some elements are the same as its 777-300ER interior. It has said that the airplane will be in a 471-seat configuration, but no breakdown of classes or seat pitch figures have been given, with very few in the airline privy to the details.
Later, (SIA) stated its A380s will be configured with a main deck first class (F) cabin consisting of 12 "Singapore Airlines Suites," 60 business class (C) seats on the upper deck, and 399 economy (Y) seats spread across both decks.
It also confirmed that first A380 will begin scheduled services on October 28 between Singapore and Sydney, replacing one of three 747-400s on the route. The first commercial flight will take place three days earlier, on October 25, also to Sydney. Seats on that flight and for the return on October 26 are being auctioned on eBay with proceeds donated to charity. The airplane will be idle on October 27.
October 2007: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.48 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in September, up +4.1% on the year-ago month, as capacity fell -0.5% to 9.23 billion (ASK)s. Load factor rose +3.6 points to 81% LF.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has an optimistic outlook about its cooperation with Singapore Airlines (SIA), as the carriers share common business interests, (CEA) President, Li Fenghua said. "Our deal with (SIA) is a milestone and a turning point for us," Li commented. The deal was sealed last month, but has yet to be approved by shareholders. By selling a 24% stake to (SIA), (CEA) more than quadrupled its net capital to CNY14.13 billion/$1.88 billion and dropped its debt ratio to 80.17% from 94.95%. But Li said that cash injection was not the airline's ultimate goal. He said at this summer's (IATA) (ITA) Annual General Meeting (AGM), that (CEA) aimed to improve its profitability and management level by introducing (SIA) as its strategic investor. Once (CEA) shareholders approve the arrangement, which is expected to occur at year end, (SIA) will send 12 senior officials to help facilitate cooperation in Flight Operations, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), Service, Procurement, Marketing & Sales, and Training. Li also noted that (CEA ) is working on building its "Shanghai hub," and is targeting an increase of its share in that market from the current 36% to 50%. By 2010 it will develop a hub-and-spoke system, with Shanghai serving as an international passenger and freight hub, while Kunming, Xi'an and Wuhan will act as its domestic regional hubs. It expects to operate a fleet of 322 airplanes by that time, he added, compared to the 209 it was flying at the end of July.
Xinhua (XIH) reported that Li this week rejected the idea of a "super mega carrier" proposed by Air China (BEJ) President, Li Jiaxiang, who has suggested a merger between (BEJ) and domestic competitors, including (CEA), that would gain a stronger foothold in China and be better positioned to compete against foreign airlines. "It's not suitable for China to have only one 'super mega carrier' as it will damage the competition environment in China's airline industry," Li said.
Messier Services Asia completed a S$10 million/$6.7 million expansion of its facility in Singapore, that provides additional capacity for overhauling landing gears on 777, 737NG, A330, A340 and A320 airplanes, and also "establishes the infrastructure" for future Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) of A380, 787 and A350 landing gears.
Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems (HSPS) signed a maintenance support agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA), that includes an asset management plan for its A380s, which will be equipped with the Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC)/Hamilton Sundstrand (PW980) Auxilliary Power Unit (APU). Under the agreement, (HSPS) will perform Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), and provide spares support for up to 17 years.
The UK and Singapore concluded a significant aviation services agreement that removes all restrictions on flights operated by airlines of both countries, and includes beyond and domestic rights in the UK. The deal was reached almost two decades after Singapore first proposed it. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said the deal "virtually guarantees Singapore Airlines (SIA) will jettison its [49%] stake in Virgin Atlantic (VAA) and mount additional services to Heathrow and beyond to the USA in a staged manner from March 2008, when the UK-Singapore agreement takes effect."
There was a guarded sigh of relief in Toulouse as Airbus (EDS) handed over the first of 19 A380s to launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA), and a clearly delighted (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng said, "better late than never." Airbus (EDS) President & CEO, Tom Enders candidly admitted that it will be the manufacturer's "greatest challenge" to meet the revised production schedule of 13 airplanes next year. COO Customers, John Leahy told media he is in discussions with (ANA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), and Air-India (AIN), regarding future orders, although he conceded that none has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP). Leahy said he was "pleased" that (SIA) will be operating the A380 to key market San Francisco, via Hong Kong and also to Tokyo.
At the handover, the airline unveiled its A380 interior featuring 12 enclosed, truly opulent first class (F) suites. For couples traveling together, the beds in the middle two suites can be converted into an optional double bed, which the airline touted with red rose petals strewn over the setting. The suites are the largest offered to passengers in the modern era, and bristle with luxury features. Located on the main deck, ahead of economy (Y), they carry a 25% premium above first class (F) fares. The 60 business class (C) and 399 economy (Y) seats virtually are identical to those unveiled in the 777-300ER last year. The business class (C) seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration, are located on the upper deck, along with 84 economy (Y) seats in a 2-4-2 configuration. On the main deck, economy (Y) seats are 3-4-3. There is only one standup self-serve bar, which is found in business class (C). There are no lounges.
"This delivery marks the beginning of a new chapter for the aviation industry and we feel honored to be the ones opening this new chapter," Chew told the 500 assembled guests and media. He said that the A380's quiet cabin will be a major selling feature for the airplane, and Leahy added that "more airlines are focusing on the low noise level."
(SIA)'s A380 departed Toulouse and is to enter service on the Singapore - Sydney route on October 25. Delivery of the second and third airplanes in the first quarter of next year, will allow the airline to extend the service to London Heathrow. Delivery of the fourth in April will see Tokyo Narita service commence, and the fifth and sixth later in the year, will be dedicated to San Francisco service via Hong Kong.
Chew said that the carrier has no immediate plans to add to its order backlog and quipped, "It is up to Tom [Enders] and Jon [Rose, CEO of Rolls-Royce (RR)] to offer a package."
OCTOBER 25 - - The boarding was like no other - - almost every passenger had a camera in order to document almost every aspect of the A380's first commercial flight. But the frenzied, party-like atmosphere could not hinder the giant airplane, which slid back effortlessly from Singapore Changi's gate F31 at precisely 8 am local time. The sensation was like being on the Starship Enterprise, only with Captain Kirk replaced by Singapore Airlines (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng, who gave a big thumbs up from seat 27D (in business (C) class) as Flight SQ 380 slipped the bonds of earth at 8:15 am and rose almost silently toward the heavens, or at least toward Sydney.
Aviation history was made today and among those celebrating onboard was Thomas Lee, Director Business Development at California-based Monogram Systems, an A380 supplier. At age 17, Lee was on Pan American World Airways' first 747 flight from New York to London on January 21, 1970.
While Chew was relieved to be underway - - he said that he could "sit back and relax for this flight anyway" - - Lee was lyrical about the quietness of the A380. Lee, who was accompanied by his wife Sally (who was one of the first flight attendants (CA) with Southwest Airlines (SWA) in 1971) and daughter Briana, said he was "terribly impressed with the space and exceptionally smooth ride." That is the message Chew is hoping brings passengers to the A380, which up to now has had more than its fair share of negative publicity. Today he is all smiles, saying, "We have a winner in the A380. It ushers in a new era in aviation."
Seats on the first flights of the airplane, from Singapore to Sydney and back, were sold through eBay and raised almost S$2 million for charity. That effort was aided by (SIA) suppliers such as Exxon Mobil, which donated fuel for the charity flights. For the record, SQ 380 touched down in Sydney 1 minute early at 5:24 pm. The airplane boasted a clean bill of health with a zero tech report.
Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s second A380 service, a return flight from Sydney, was delayed more than >2 hours, when the Australian city was hit by severe thunderstorms and heavy rain.
Lufthansa (DLH) Systems said Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be using flight planning and dispatch solution Lido Operations Center for its first scheduled A380 flights (see story above), between Singapore and Sydney.
Panasonic Avionics Corp will provide the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), including its Panasonic eX2 system, onboard Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s A380s.
777-312ER (34577, 9V-SWL), and A380-841 (003, 9V-SKA), deliveries.
November 2007: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported net income of +S$507.8 million/+$349.8 million for its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, up +73.2% over a +S$293.2 million net profit in the year-ago quarter, on a +9.9% boost in revenue to S$3.97 billion.
"Passenger demand from both business (C) and leisure markets remained buoyant in the second quarter," (SIA) said. "The business landscape, however, remains challenging. While advanced bookings are holding up, slowing economic growth sparked by tight credit markets and increasing volatility in financial markets cast a cloud of uncertainty over the strong revenue environment. On the cost side, the price of fuel remains a significant variable for the second half of the financial year." Quarterly expenses rose +3% to S$3.45 billion and operating profit was +S$518.5 million, double operating income of +S$259.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Traffic increased +2.2% to 23.07 billion (RPK)s on a -0.5% dip in capacity to 28.28 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 81.6% LF, up +2.2 points. Passenger yield improved +11.1% to S12 cents, while passenger (CASK) grew +3.7% to S8.4 cents.
Fiscal first-half net profit climbed +7.3% to +S$932 million on a +8% rise in revenue to S$7.59 billion. During the six months ended September 30, (SIA) took delivery of one 777-300ER, leased a 747-400 and decommissioned four 747-400s, bringing its fleet to 92 passenger airplanes and 14 747-400 freighters at quarter's end. It took delivery of the first A380.
1st 9 months = 67.33 billion (RPK)s (+4.1%) traffic; 5.85 billion (FTK)s (+.3%) freight traffic; 14 million passengers (+5.8%).
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and parent Temasek said that they have signed a definitive agreement to buy 15.73% and 8.27% stakes respectively in China Eastern Airlines (CEA), nearly finalizing a deal that was announced in September. The agreement gives the Singaporean investors a 24% holding in (CEA) and has led to speculation about potential further foreign investment in Chinese carriers and also possible consolidation in the rapidly growing market. (SIA) and Temasek will pay HK$7.2 billion/$927 million for the combined stake. (CEA) Holdings will retain 51% ownership. (SIA) appears prepared to play a significant role in (CEA)'s development, saying in a statement that it will nominate its Chairman, Stephen Lee, and CEO, Chew Choon Seng to (CEA)'s board and "will work with (CEA) to implement best practices in corporate governance standards, improve operational efficiency and performance, raise product and service standards, and enhance the brand identity and image of (CEA)." It added that (SIA) and (CEA) will explore cooperation in Marketing, Purchasing, Flight Operations, and Training, among other areas. (CEA) shareholders and relevant regulatory authorities must still approve the stake sale.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) expects to improve its financial and operational performance greatly on international routes through its planned cooperation with Singapore Airlines (SIA), according to (CEA) Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping. "Currently we [lose] between CNY1 million/$134.000 to CNY2 million in one flight from Shanghai to New York," Luo said. "And our average load factor of business class (C)/first class (F) is 30% LF to 40% LF, in international routes, while this figure is more than >90% [for] (SIA), so we hope to raise our figure to 70% LF to 80% LF in partnership with (SIA)." (SIA) and parent Temasek recently signed a definitive agreement to buy 15.73% and 8.27% stakes, respectively, in (CEA), and (SIA) pledged significant cooperation with the Shanghai-based carrier. The airlines are considering operating a joint Singapore - Shanghai - New York route that would include cooperation on sales, cabin layouts and service. (CEA) said it would likely take six months to conclude research on the possible joint route. It said it plans to adapt (SIA) amenities and suggestions on other international routes, if it can turn around the financial performance of Shanghai - New York flights. "Maybe (SIA)'s cabin crews (CA) will even appear on (CEA)'s international flights in the near future," Luo said. He added that approval by (CEA) shareholders of the (SIA) stake purchase is expected to occur after Christmas.
Canada and Singapore announced an "open skies" agreement allowing any carrier from either country to operate passenger and cargo flights to any city at any frequency, as well as to codeshare.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase its Singapore - Milan Malpensa - Barcelona service to daily from four-times-weekly beginning January 14. Flights are aboard 777-300ERs.
Rolls Royce (RR) signed a TotalCare services agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) covering the (Trent 900)s on (SIA)'s A380s. (SIA) selected the engine for its initial 10 airplanes. The deal runs to 2021 and work will be conducted at Singapore Aero Engine Services.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is the first customer for A380 Flight Hour Services, a new Airbus (EDS) support package to provide airlines with "enhanced maintenance and logistics support for spare parts and services for their A380s." The agreement signed with (SIA) is for an initial 10-year period and covers Airbus (EDS) Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) spare parts, and services for avionics, cabin, and integrated modular avionics systems on all the A380s (SIA) will operate.
December 2007: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch four-times-weekly Singapore (SIN) - Houston Intercontinental - Moscow Domodedovo (DME) service on March 20, creating the first direct link between Houston and the Russian capital and complementing (SIA)'s thrice-weekly (SIN) - Dubai - (DME) flights. The Houston route will be operated with a 777-300ER.
The China Eastern Airlines (CEA) shareholders conference that will decide the fate of the Singapore Airlines (SIA) stake purchase is drawing near, and Air China (BEJ) parent, China National Aviation Corp (CNAC) again has raised its stake in (CEA). (CNAC) upped its share to 12.07% from 11.02%, by purchasing its 4.278 million "H" shares, according to data released by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. (CEA) Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping declined to comment, but insisted the carrier's deal with (SIA) has been approved by Beijing, although it still needs to be okayed by (CEA) shareholders on January 8. (CNAC) has increased its holding in (CEA) nine times since May, deepening speculation that (BEJ) may make a more limited purchase of (CEA) shares during the December 18 to January 8 period, that could trump the (SIA)/Temasek deal. In October, (BEJ) President, Li Jiaxiang said the airline still is considering a merger and will evaluate its options over a period that will expire December 18.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) applied to the Chinese government (CAAC) (CAC) to be allocated 40 of the 110 A320 family airplanes, Beijing recently agreed to purchase from Airbus (EDS) and is contemplating ordering a similar number of 737s. It also plans to give Singapore Airlines (SIA) executives significant management roles following next month's expected closing of (SIA)'s and parent Temasek's 24% stake purchase, according to Chairman, Li Fenghua. Li is in Hong Kong, touting the virtues of the (SIA)/Temasek deal, and in interviews with various media outlets, hinted at the carrier's future plans. He told "Reuters" that (CEA) formally has asked the government for 40 A320s that were part of the recent Airbus (EDS)/China accord, but conceded that it is "still uncertain how many we will get." He added that the carrier has had discussions with Boeing (TBC) regarding fleet expansion and may order up to 40 737s.
He also revealed that (SIA) officials will play a significant role in (CEA) management, following what he believes is near-certain approval from shareholders next month of the (SIA)/Temasek deal. (CEA) already had announced that (SIA) Chairman Stephen Lee, and CEO, Chew Choon Seng will join an expanded (CEA) board. Li told "The Wall Street Journal" that (SIA) also "will send 10 personnel from various departments to work side-by-side with us, mainly in Product Development, Sales & Mmarketing, and Treasury Operations. This is long term. They will actually be on permanent secondment to China Eastern (CEA)."
He added that the (SIA) officials assigned to (CEA) "will have sufficient authority to implement the changes they see as necessary. As Chairman, I will see that this happens. They are not coming just to be advisers. Otherwise, we could have just employed consultants." In addition, 20 (CEA) managers will spend six months in Singapore following the stake purchase, studying (SIA)'s management strategies and operations, he said.
Regarding possible divestment of the 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) that (SIA) acquired in 2000, CEO, Chew Choong Seng said, "We are exploring our options. We have reached no conclusion yet. There is no drain on our P&L account. We are not in a rush." He said the UK carrier is neither profitable nor loss-making, and conceded, "To be candid, they are underperforming."
Airbus (EDS) announced creation of the Airbus (EDS) Maintenance Training Network designed to extend its Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Network and simplify access to its training courses. Contracts with major training providers, include Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co Ltd (HAECO) (CAT), Iberia (IBE) Maintenance & Engineering, (SIA) Engineering Co, Sogerma Training, and SR Technics (SWS), according to the airplane manufacturer. Computer assisted training, Virtual Aircraft, and the Airbus (EDS) active learning and competence focused training concept, are some of the learning tools available.
Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s new A380 has performed with 100% reliability since the carrier placed it in operation about a month ago, CEO, Chew Choong Seng said during the Star Alliance (SAL) event in Beijing. "The extra time [due to the program delay] was put into good use. They used it to debug the airplane," he commented, adding that the reception of customers, pilots (FC) and cabin crew (CA) has been "extremely positive." The airplane operates on a daily, Singapore - Sydney service, logging some 14 block hours each day, and achieved a 80% LF load factor in its first month of operations. For the coming Christmas season, it will be 100%, Chew said.
In addition, the 12 first class (F) Singapore Airlines (SIA) Suites are selling very well, he revealed. "I suspect that our friendly competition is an enthusiastic customer," he laughed. In terms of technical performance, specifically fuel burn, the airplane is performing better than Airbus (EDS) promised. "In seat/mile terms, we achieve overall a +20% better fuel burn than our 747-400s."
January 2008: 2007 statistics: 90.45 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic +3.2%; +.5% capacity (ASK)s; +2.1 load factor for 80.3% LF. SEE ATTACHED COMPARISON CHART TO SELECTED OPERATORS - "SIA-2007-STATS."
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will start four-times-weekly, Singapore - Moscow Domodedovo - Houston Intercontinental flights on March 20, aboard a 777-300ER. (SIA) will add a fourth daily flight to Sydney beginning in April aboard a 777-300ER.
Singapore announced the conclusion of bilateral "open skies" agreements with Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The agreements provide for "unlimited hubbing rights" for cargo carriers, as well as conventional "open skies" conditions. Singapore now has "open skies" arrangements with 13 European Union (EU) countries.
Air China (BEJ) parent, China National Aviation Holding Co (CNAC) said that China Eastern Airlines (CEA) needs to renew discussions with Singapore Airlines (SIA) on the high-profile stake sale, arguing that the HK$3.80 price set for each of the additional shares tailored for (SIA) is inadequate. It was the second such statement from (CNAC), which said on December 26, that it never promised not to vote to veto the deal at a shareholders' conference scheduled for January 8. (CNAC) currently is (CEA)'s largest circulation shareholder with 12.07%.
(CEA) President, Li Fenghua admitted that the carrier is facing significant pressure from (BEJ), which he called a "troublemaker." But he insisted that the deal has been sealed and that the share price will not change. (BEJ) has said it is interested in partnering with (CEA) through a cross shareholding as well as establishment of a cargo joint venture. But CEA, Managing Director, Cao Jianxiong rejected the possibility, saying the carrier would rather cooperate with (SIA). "So far, China's big three airlines' (RASK) on long-haul routes is around CNY0.30, while this figure for (SIA) has reached between CNY0.60 and CNY0.70," he explained. "So (SIA) is a better cooperative partner to improve (CEA)'s management level in the long run, especially in long-haul operations, that account for one-third of (CEA)'s total operating revenue."
(BEJ) President, Li Jiaxiang was promoted to (CAAC) (CAC) Aviation Minister on December 28, which industry analysts have said could have an impact on the (CEA)/(SIA) deal.
The China Eastern Airlines (CEA)/Singapore Airlines (SIA) deal appears increasingly less likely to go through, with Air China (BEJ) stating that it is planning a counterbid, while a change in (CAAC) (CAC) leadership signaled that Beijing may be cooling to the stake sale. Li Jiaxiang, President of Air China (BEJ) parent, China National Aviation Holding Co, was promoted to head China's aviation ministry on December 28, and is known to be skeptical about foreign investment in Chinese airlines. (CEA) Chairman, Li Fenghua said last month, that (SIA)/parent Temasek's 24% stake purchase would not be blocked by minority shareholder (BEJ), which holds approximately 12% of (CEA), because the government supported the deal and would direct (BEJ) to approve it. But Li Jiaxiang's appointment to lead the (CAAC) (CAC) appears to have emboldened (CNAC), which in recent days has said (SIA)/Temasek is paying too little for the stake, and that negotiations between (CEA) and the Singaporeans (SIA) should be restarted. It has stated that it has not made any promises regarding the (CEA) shareholders' vote to be scheduled soon, and announced plans to offer its own bid for the 24% stake, if shareholders block the (SIA) deal. It added that it would vote against the (SIA) stake purchase unless the sale price, currently at HK$3.80/$0.49 per share, is "improved." Whereas shareholders may have been wary about voting against the stake sale to (SIA) because, as Li Fenghua suggested, it was Beijing's wish that it be approved, Li Jiaxiang's stance against foreign investment, and being in favor of building up China's airline industry internally, may reverse that calculation. (CNAC) denied that it has been given any direction by Beijing, and told various media outlets that it believed the government would allow (CEA) shareholders to make their own decisions. Interestingly, the official news agency of the Chinese government, "Xinhua," reported that the (CEA)/(SIA) deal "was left in uncertainty" and noted that (CNAC) has said it does "not reflect the fair value of" (CEA). According to "Xinhua," "Analysts said [CNAC's] statement, coupled with the promotion of Li Jiaxiang . . . added uncertainty to the share placement of China Eastern (CEA). Li has sought to build Air China (BEJ) into a 'super carrier' by restructuring domestic airlines, a move thought to be necessary, to compete with foreign competitors for larger market shares."
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) Chairman, Li Fenghua insisted that the carrier's plan to sell a 25% stake to Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its parent Temasek was not dead even after more than >77% of (CEA)'s minority shareholders voted against the deal, effectively killing it.
Li also vowed to continue to oppose efforts by Air China (BEJ) to take a similarly sized stake, declaring that (CEA) would not be swayed by a richer marriage proposal from (BEJ) and parent China National Aviation Holding Co (CNAC). "It's not simply the price that I look at. It's like if you don't like her, no matter how big the dowry is, it wouldn't work," he said. (CNAC), which led the opposition to the Singapore (SIA) investment, and Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) said they now will join together to bid on the stake in (CEA), which has a highly desirable hub in Shanghai. (CNAC), which holds about 12% of (CEA), made it clear in the weeks leading up to the shareholder vote, that it would move to block the sale because (SIA)/Temasek's HK$3.80/$0.49 per share offer was too low. (CNAC) said before the vote that it planned to offer HK$5 per share for no more than a 30% stake, if the (SIA) deal was vetoed. But Li told reporters, "We won't give up our deal with (SIA), as it is the best cooperative partner for us. . . We are aware that it's a long-term process to [convince] minority shareholders [to back the sale], but we will keep working on it." He added that another shareholder conference will take place in three months, and a vote will be taken again.
(SIA) said it will continue to pursue the stake purchase. "Singapore Airlines (SIA) is disappointed that the proposed transaction involving an equity stake in China Eastern Airlines (CEA) did not receive the required level of support from independent shareholders," it said in a statement. It added that it "will continue to support the building of a relationship with China Eastern (CEA)" and pointed to the fact that (CEA) and (SIA) are "mutually willing" to enter into a partnership. (SIA) reiterated that its offer represented "full and fair value."
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has begun to soften its stance on a possible investment by Air China (BEJ) and now says it plans to take seriously a cooperation with (BEJ) if Singapore Airlines (SIA), whose bid for a stake was rejected by minority shareholders recently, remains unsolved. "We are talking with Singapore Airlines (SIA) every day," China Eastern (CEA) Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping said, noting that (BEJ)'s stated intention to purchase a no-more-than-30% stake in (CEA) for at least HK$5/$0.64 per share, has raised minority shareholders' expectations that (SIA) will come back with a higher bid than the HK$3.80 per share offered originally. "But if Singapore Airlines (SIA) raises its price now, (BEJ) will possibly offer a higher price. So we have to wait until (BEJ) proposes its offer formally, and then we will make a serious consideration of it after proper discussions with (SIA)," Luo elaborated. (SIA) has said it will continue to pursue a stake purchase but has insisted that its offer represented "full and fair value."
(BEJ) parent, China National Aviation Holding Co said it is confident that its bid will be approved by the parties concerned, but that its ultimate success "depends on whether a possible price war [with (SIA)] will happen." According to the November agreement between (CEA) and (SIA), the carriers are not allowed to sign stake purchase agreements with other investors until August 9. China Securities Co aviation analyst, Li Lei noted that "(CEA) won't impede (BEJ) from proposing its offer, as there is little possibility that (CEA)'s deal with (SIA) can be successfully passed by (CEA)'s minority shareholders within this timeframe."
Later again, while attempting to hold off Air China (BEJ)'s drive to replace Singapore Airlines (SIA) as a strategic partner and purchase its own sizeable stake, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) found a domestic ally in China Southern Airlines (GUN), with whom it signed a cooperation agreement in Shanghai. The accord outlines a partnership that includes airplane purchasing, ground handling services, marketing and sales, network synergies, loyalty programs and other elements, but does not reference the attempted stake sale to (SIA), nor (BEJ)'s counteroffer. "Our domestic route network is complementary with (CEA)'s, as ours is mainly concentrated in the south, while (CEA) has a broad route network in the east," (GUN) Chairman, Liu Shaoyong said. (CEA) Chairman, Li Fenghua said, "This cooperation can lower both carriers' operating cost and provide better service to passengers." Liu also noted that (GUN) wants to recommend (CEA) as a future member of SkyTeam (STM), which China Southern (GUN) joined two months ago. Industry analysts saw the agreement as a sign that (CEA) and (GUN) intend to compete against Air China (BEJ), rather than cooperate or cede to its apparent "supercarrier" ambitions. "(CEA) has sent a very clear message to (BEJ) that the latter is not its cooperative partner and (CEA) can cooperate with other domestic carriers besides Air China (BEJ)," China Securities Co aviation analyst, Li Lei said. Industrial Securities analyst, Xia Fulu agreed, saying, "If (BEJ) successfully won its (CEA) bid, and gains more control over the latter, then its next target will be China Southern (GUN) . . . That's why (CEA) and (GUN) have vowed to deepen their cooperation now, in order to boost their own growth as they don't want to be merged into (BEJ) in the future."
Airlines throughout the world are contending with antitrust charges made at the end of 2007 by the European Commission (EC), which has accused at least 11 and as many as 25 carriers of "cartel" activity relating to airfreight transport. In addition to British Airways (BAB), Japan Airlines (JAL), Air France (AFA)/(KLM), (SAS) Group, and Cargolux (CLX) (all of which confirmed receipt of statements of objections from the (EC) before Christmas).(ANA), Air New Zealand (ANZ), Air Canada (ACN), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), (LAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have admitted to being charged.
(SIA) issued a statement noting that the formal charges mark a "preliminary stage" in the (EC)'s antitrust violation proceedings. "The commission (EC) has not made findings of infringement [and therefore (SIA) cannot] assess any financial impact on Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQC) or Singapore Airlines (SIA)."
Carriers charged late last year, have two months from the receipt of statements of objections to respond in writing to the (EC) and also have the option of requesting a formal hearing. An airline found guilty or admitting to guilt can be fined up to 10% of its annual revenue.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) began advertising its fares inclusive of all taxes, surcharges and fees. "In some markets, this may mean we look more expensive than our competitors at first glance. But we think consumers understand that there are a variety of extras that form part of the ticket price now," Executive VP Marketing & Regions, Huang Cheng Eng said. (SIA) has published all-inclusive prices on its website since November.
(SIA) extended the contract of CEO, Chew Choon Seng to December 2010, replacing a deal set to expire in June 2009.
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)'s new Terminal 3 opened for operations after months of intensive preparatory tests, which included 50 trial flights of which 20 were actual flights. First arrival was SQ001 from San Francisco at 11:50 and first departure was to London Heathrow at 12:50. T3 will increase (SIN)'s annual capacity to 70 million passengers. Singapore Airlines (SIA) was the first carrier to operate from Changi's new Terminal 3. The first outbound flight was SQ318 en route to London Heathrow. (SIA) will continue to operate out of T2 as well. The airline's flights to North America, Northern/Western Europe, East Asia (save certain Japanese services) and Oceania will operate out of T3.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) was named Air Transport World (ATW) magazine's "Airline of the Year for 2008," recognized for its superb safety record, exemplary commitment to operational excellence, and customer service, and strong financial performance. (ATW) editors applauded (SIA)'s history-making commercial introduction of the A380 and its decision to donate all ticket revenues from its innovative online auction of seats on the first A380 flight to charity. Editors also cited (SIA)'s Singapore Airlines Suites, which have raised the bar for ultra-premium airline service, as well as its $360 million investment in upgrading all cabin classes of its long-haul international airplanes.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) took delivery of its second A380, but it was news concerning a mishap with its first airplane that dominated the headlines. The first A380, which has been operating between Singapore Changi (SIN) and Sydney since October, rolled off the (SIN) tarmac at the new Terminal 3 and onto the grass after the truck that was pushing it failed, and disconnected from the plane, according to widespread press reports from Singapore. There were 446 passengers onboard and all disembarked safely. Arrangements reportedly were made to transport them to Australia aboard alternate equipment.
"As a consequence of the failure on the truck, the airplane . . . came into contact with the grass verge off the airport tarmac. The airplane was not under its own power at the time," an (SIA) spokesperson said. "It is too early at this time to know the cause of the incident, but Singapore Airlines (SIA) will investigate this quickly and is filing reports with the appropriate Singapore authorities." Four tires reportedly rolled up onto the grass and were replaced. The airplane was scheduled to be ready to fly later that day, "Agence France Press" reported, citing an (SIA) spokesperson. "The damage is very limited. It's superficial in the sense that there is possibly damage to tires, but nothing to the structure of the airplane,"(SIA) told the "Associated Press." "The engineers (MT) are doing a very careful inspection of the plane. They're being very careful because it's the first time and they just want to be very sure."
Meanwhile, back in Toulouse, (SIA) took delivery of its second A380 (9V-SKB), following a few days of delay. It will take its third at the end of February, enabling the launch of flights from Singapore to London Heathrow. The airplane just delivered will operate to Hong Kong in the interim.
The A380 will make its revenue debut in Europe on March 18, when it completes Singapore Airlines (SIA) Flight 308 from Sinapore Changi (SIN) to London Heathrow (LHR). (SIA) plans to take delivery of its third A380 in mid-March and put it into service soon thereafter. Its second arrived three weeks ago. "The arrival of the first commercial A380 flight to London will be a proud moment not only for Singapore Airlines (SIA), but also for British aviation, with the magnificent wings of the airplane made in Broughton and Filton in England, plus the [airplane] being powered by Rolls-Royce (RR) (Trent 900) engines," (SIA) General Manager UK & Ireland, Marvin Tan said. The airplane will return to Singapore (SIN) the same day as SQ319. The route then will be operated daily as SQ322 to (LHR), and SQ317 to (SIN). Seats for the route, including the inaugural flight, are on sale. - SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE - SIA-A380-2008-02.
February 2008: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported net income of +S$590 million/+$416.1 million for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, essentially flat, compared to +S$589.2 million, earned in the year-ago period, on a +13.2% boost in revenue to S$4.28 billion. (SIA) noted that the prior fiscal year's third-quarter profit benefited from a +S$198 million one-time gain, owing to its sale of a 35.5% stake in Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) (SIL), adding that the recently ended quarter's income was a +50.7% increase if that gain is excluded. "Demand for air travel as reflected in advance bookings continues to be firm," the carrier said. But it warned that "beyond the near term . . . the prospects are uncertain with financial markets under stress and growing concerns about potential recession in America." Third-quarter expenses rose +7.5% to S$3.6 billion, and operating profit lifted +50.7% to S$674.6 million from S$447.7 in the prior year. Traffic increased +2.7% to 23.57 billion (RPK)s on a +2% rise in capacity to 29 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 81.3% LF, up +0.6 point. Yield improved +12.7% to 12.4 cents, and passenger (CASK) climbed +7.7% to 8.4 cents.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) continues to press on in its effort to reach a deal with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and plans to cooperate with (SIA) parent, Temasek to fashion terms that will be acceptable to minority shareholders, who vetoed the sale of a 24% stake last month. (CEA) is preparing for the second minority shareholders conference even though it has yet to reach a revised deal with (SIA)/Temasek. The latter recently confirmed that it will work with (CEA) to win over minority shareholders. (SIA) repeatedly had said it would not raise its offer.
Meantime, the Shanghai-based carrier noted that it has made no progress with Air China (BEJ) parent, (CNAC), which presented its own offer for (CEA), that trumped (SIA)'s. Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), a close ally of (BEJ), offered its support to the bid earlier this week. According to the "Financial Times," (CAT) CEO, Tony Tyler said his airline wanted to avoid any dilution of its 17.5% cross-shareholding with Air China (BEJ), which would occur "if they were to issue a load of shares in order to buy China Eastern (CEA) or a big chunk of (CEA)." He also said that better management would have little difficulty in turning (CEA) around.
Later, Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) raised its stake in Air China (BEJ) from 17.5% to more than >18% through the February 6 purchase of 15 million "H" shares, according to a statement released by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange last week. (BEJ) Board Secretary, Huang Bin noted that Cathay (CAT) may want to avoid any dilution of its cross-shareholding in (BEJ), as the latter plans to circulate 400 million additional "A" shares to raise funds for the acquisition of 54 airplanes. That purchase is awaiting approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Cathay (CAT)'s holding in (BEJ) cannot exceed >20% under the terms of the agreement between the carriers. Huang ruled out the possibility that (CAT)'s purchase is related to (BEJ)'s bid for China Eastern Airlines (CEA), but (CAT) CEO , Tony Tyler said that his airline will help fund (BEJ)'s effort to beat out Singapore Airlines (SIA) for a strategic stake in (CEA). Industry analysts speculated that the share purchase has more of a symbolic significance to (CAT), as it bought the stock on the market rather than directly from (BEJ), which did not benefit financially from the transaction. However, by raising its stake in (BEJ), (CAT) sent a signal that it will stand by its promise to help the carrier in its bid for (CEA).
Later again, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) formally rejected Air China (BEJ)'s bid to raise its stake in the Shanghai-based airline from 12% to just over 26% and said it will continue its search for a strategic investor with a continued preference for Singapore Airlines (SIA). (BEJ) parent, China National Aviation Holding Co (CNAC) submitted its bid to (CEA) last month, saying it intended to purchase 2.9 billion "H" shares for at least HK$5/$0.64 per share. (CNAC) also said it would cooperate with (CEA), especially in Shanghai, and that the carriers would launch a cargo (JV). But (CEA) accused (BEJ) of "lacking sincerity to make the cooperation happen." (CEA) Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping noted earlier that the companies had no contact and conducted no negotiations following (BEJ)'s bid submission. Ying Ming Law Firm, (CEA)'s legal adviser, said in a statement that (BEJ)'s bid was full of "uncertainties" and could lead to "antitrust investigations." (CEA) financial adviser, Shenyin & Wanguo Securities Co said the bid would not enable (CEA) to realize its goal of importing foreign know-how that could advance its management expertise and upgrade its operating level and profitability. To that end, (CEA) Independent Director, Zhou Ruijin revealed that the airline's board still prefers (SIA)'s bid, even though (SIA) CEO, Chew Choong Seng insists there will be no increase of its offer for a 24% stake. "Whether (SIA) will raise its offer or not, is not the most important thing," Zhou said, adding that (CEA) and (SIA) will begin new discussions on the stake sale soon.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore will spend S$500 million upgrading Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)'s 27-year old, Terminal 1. Work will start in May, and be completed by 2011. The upgrade will reflect features of the newly opened Terminal 3.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), which is responsible for Changi Airport (SIN), has awarded Thales (THL) a contract worth more than >S$300 million/$209 million to provide a customised Air Traffic Control (ATC) system.
(CAAS) awarded a contract valued at S$12 million/$8.5 million to Stratech Systems to install its iFerret runway surveillance and foreign object detection system at Changi, the first of its kind to be deployed at a major airport. The iFerret system uses intelligent high-resolution cameras mounted alongside the runway to provide 24-hour surveillance of the runway surface, sending immediate alerts to an airport's control tower and airside safety workers, when debris is detected. "Currently, inspections for foreign objects (FOD) are done by physically visiting the runway," Stratech Executive Chairman, David Chew said during a contract signing ceremony at the Singapore Airshow. "Such inspections disrupt airport operations." (CAAS) Director General & CEO, Lim Kim Choon added, "The runways at Changi are physically inspected at intervals throughout the day . . . timed to avoid peak periods of airplane operation, [but] it is still possible that airplanes using the runway, may leave behind objects undetected in between inspections, that could endanger other airplanes using the same runway." Singapore-based, Stratech hopes to prove the iFerret system's effectiveness at Changi, and market the technology to major airports around the world.
Rolls-Royce (RR) announced that Singapore Airlines (SIA) ordered (Trent 900)s for nine additional A380s along with an accompanying "TotalCare" services agreement. (SIA) already had ordered the powerplant for its original 10 airplanes, two of which have entered service.
777-312ER (34578, 9V-SWM), delivery.
March 2008: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will reduce the weight limit for each piece of luggage on its USA services to 50 lbs from 70 lbs, effective April 1. Each passenger will be entitled to check two bags.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will open a new front in the increasingly heated competition for premium travelers, announcing that it will reconfigure its five A340-500s with 100 lie-flat business class (C) seats for use on transpacific routes to the USA. Since the routes were launched several years ago, (SIA) has operated the A340-500s in a business class (C)/premium economy configuration seating 181. Owing to range shortfalls, it never was able to incorporate a first class (F) cabin into the airplane. The all-business-class (C) configuration will feature a 1-2-1 arangement.
While legacy and niche airlines jockey for position over the Atlantic, (SIA) will stake its Pacific claim starting in May, when it begins retrofitting its first airplanes for service between Singapore (SIN) and Newark. Daily service with the all-business-class (C) configuration will start by the end of June, as airplanes are phased in, with flights to Los Angeles (LAX) set to commence in late September. To account for the removal of airplanes from the fleet during the reconfiguration, its (SIN) - (LAX) flight will not operate on Tuesdays from mid-May to late June.
"The new business class (C) is being very well received by our customers on long-range flights. The new product is the perfect fit for the ultra-long-haul services between Singapore and the USA," (SIA) Executive VP Marketing & Regions, Huang Cheng Eng said.
Economy passengers (Y) will continue to have access to a daily 747-400 flight between (SIN) and New York (JFK), a daily 747-400 flight to (LAX), via Tokyo Narita, and a four-times-weekly, 777-200ER service to (LAX), via Taipei.
Singapore and Portugal concluded an "open skies" agreement that will become fully effective from the 2010 (IATA) (ITA) summer schedule. Singapore now has concluded "open skies" agreements with 14 European Union (EU) countries.
Beijing Capital International Airport's new $3 billion-plus Terminal 3 opened as Shandong Airlines (SHG) (flight SC1151 arrived from Jinan at 8:39 am. UK architect, Norman Foster claimed it is the largest covered structure ever built - - 3.25 km long and 1.3 million sq m of floor space. Construction began in March 2004. The airport said the three-concourse facility welcomed Shandong (SHG), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Qantas (QAN), Qatar Airways (QTA), British Airways (BAB), and El Al (ELA). A second move is scheduled for March 26 when Air China (BEJ), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), (SAS), Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lufthansa (DLH), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Air Canada (ACN), United Airlines (UAL), (ANA), Thai Airways (TII), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Finnair (FIN), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), Japan Airlines (JAL), Dragonair (DRG), Turkish Airlines (THY), Emirates (EAD), Air Macau (MCU), S7 Airlines (SBR), and EgyptAir (EGP) will transfer to the new building. "Reuters" reported that airport capacity will be boosted to 76 million per year from the 52 million it served in 2007. The baggage system can handle 19,800 pieces per hour, it said.
Later, Star Alliance (SAL) carriers Air Canada (ACN), Air China (BEJ), (ANA), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Austrian Airlines (AUL), (LOT) Polish Airlines, Lufthansa (DLH), (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines (SAL), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai Airways (TII), Turkish Airlines (THY), and United Airlines (UAL) each completed the transfer of their operations to Beijing International's Terminal 3. The move was part of the collocation plan developed as a result of Air China (BEJ) and Shanghai Airlines (SAL) joining the alliance last year. A similar collocation will be completed at Shanghai Pudong on April 29.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) took delivery of the third production A380 (MSN006). The (Trent 900)-powered, 471-seat airplane will be placed into Singapore - London Heathrow service on March 18.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will fly the A380 to Tokyo Narita (NRT) on May 20, making the Japanese capital, the fourth city to receive A380 commercial flights. Flight SQ636 will depart Changi at 12:40 am and arrive at (NRT) at 8:30 am local time. The return flight will take off at 1 pm local time. Service will continue daily thereafter.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched its Singapore - London Heathrow A380 service. Flight SQ308 with 449 passengers took off from Changi Airport just after 9 am local time. The return flight, SQ319, arriveD back in Singapore.
AWAS (AWW) said it finalized the purchase of six new A330-300s from Airbus (EDS) for lease to Singapore Airlines (SIA). The transaction is valued at $1.2 billion at list prices and first delivery will be next year. The lessor said the order "reflects our goal to further diversify our airplane portfolio and broaden the appeal to our airline customers." It ordered up to 100 A320s two months ago.
2 777-312ERs (34579, 9V-SWN; 34580, 9V-SWO), and A380-841 (006, 9V-SKC), deliveries.
April 2008: Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) reaffirmed its well-known interest in acquiring bmi (BMA) and reportedly is seeking support from Lufthansa (DLH), which holds 30%-minus-one-share in bmi (BMA) and an option to acquire (BMA) Chairman, Michael Bishop's 50%-plus-one-share stake by the end of June 2009, for the tie-up. "We are very interested in a merger with bmi (BMA)," (VAA) External Affairs & Route Development Director, Barry Humphreys told "Sueddeutsche Zeitung," noting (DLH) could hold a stake in the new merged entity. Virgin (VAA) and bmi (BMA) held unsuccessful merger talks in 2003, but Bishop since repeatedly has stated that he is not selling his stake.
(DLH) declined comment, but (SAS) is prepared to sell its stake at the "right" price, "Thomson Financial" reported. "We are well aware that there may be limited interest for a 20% stake," an (SAS) spokesperson told the news service, adding that Virgin (VAA) has not contacted (SAS ), and that while (DLH) has no legal sway over its decisions, "they are our close partner so we'd want to discuss [a sale] with them." (VAA) is 51%-owned by the Virgin Group, while the remaining 49% is held by Singapore Airlines (SIA), which has left open the possibility of a divestment.
(SIA) Engineering signed a five-year fleet management program agreement with V Australia (VAZ) for maintenance of seven 777-300ERs. The contract is valued at S$90 million/$66.4 million and calls for transit and light maintenance checks, defect rectification, cabin maintenance, spares support, component repair and overhaul, and logistics management. Work will take place in Brisbane, Sydney, and Los Angeles.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) took delivery of its fourth A380 in Toulouse. It will enter service on daily flights to/from Tokyo Narita on May 20. (SIA) operates its other A380s to Sydney and London Heathrow, and has firm orders for an additional 15 plus six options.
SEE (SIA) A380 DOUBLE BED FEATURED IN ATTACHED ABOVE - - "SIA-A380-APR08-A/B."
2 777-312ERs (34581, 9V-SWP; 34582, 9V-SWQ), and A380-841 (008, 9V-SKD), deliveries.
May 2008: Singapore Airlines (SIA) parent, (SIA) Group reported a net profit of +S$2.05 billion/+$1.5 billion for its fiscal year ended March 31, down -3.8% from +S$2.13 billion earned in the prior year, but said the income falloff was attributable to one-time gains in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, and boasted that it was able to grow full-year revenue at twice the rate of costs despite high fuel prices. (SIA) said it "benefited from a strong business environment" during the fiscal year, but warned that "current turmoil in global financial markets has clouded the outlook for discretionary air travel." It added, however, that it "is well positioned to weather the storm."
It noted that the prior year's results benefited from "one-off gains totaling +S$421 million from the sale of noncore assets and a writeback of deferred tax provision of S$247 million." Revenue for the recently concluded year increased +10.2% to S$15.97 billion, while expenses rose +5.1% to S$13.85 billion, producing operating income of S$2.12 billion, up +61.6% over S$1.31 billion in (FY) 2007. Full-year fuel costs climbed +17% in USA dollars.
Fourth-quarter net income declined -21.4% to +S$527.5 million from +S$671.3 million in the year-ago quarter, but (SIA) said it rose +24.2%, excluding the tax writeback that was recorded in the prior year's final quarter.
Primary subsidiary, Singapore Airlines (SIA) boosted full-year operating profit +60.1% to +S$1.64 billion. Its traffic lifted +2.6% to 91.49 billion (RPK)s on a +1.2% gain in capacity to 113.92 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 80.3% LF, up +1.1 point. Passenger yield increased +11% to S12.1 cents, and passenger (CASK) rose +6.3% to S8.4 cents.
(SIA) Cargo (SQC)'s full-year operating profit was +S$132 million, reversed from a -S$32 million loss the previous year. Cargo traffic decreased -0.5% to 7.96 billion (RTK)s on a -0.8% cut in capacity to 12.79 billion (ATK)s, producing a load factor of 62.2% LF, up +0.2 point. Cargo yield lifted +0.8% to S38.7 cents.
During the fiscal year, the airline took delivery of three A380-800s and five 777-300ERs, while retiring five 747-400s, leaving it with a fleet of 98 passenger airplanes at year end. It said it will take delivery of its fifth A380 in July, but is uncertain about the timing of future deliveries owing to Airbus (EDS)'s most recent announcement regarding delays.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched its new all-business-class (C) service to Newark this week. Its five A340-500s are in the process of being reconfigured with the previous executive economy (Y) section removed. Total fit-out is for 100 of (SIA)'s new business class (C) seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. It is the only carrier offering an all-business-class (C) configuration across the Pacific. The upgrade will be completed by September for all nonstops from Singapore to Newark and Los Angeles.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) plans to schedule a second shareholder conference to consider Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s bid for a strategic stake, following the August 24 conclusion of this summer's Olympic Games. (CEA) minority shareholders rejected (SIA)'s purchase of a 24% stake in January. "So far, there is no specific timetable for our second shareholders conference, as all Chinese domestic carriers currently are busy with preparing for the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games," (CEA) Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping said, while confirming the carrier will set a new vote after the Olympics. Meanwhile, (CEA) rejected widespread reports that it is considering resubmitting (SIA)'s bid at its annual shareholders conference scheduled for June 30. (SIA) spokesperson Stephen Forshaw said the carriers remain in negotiations and confirmed that "no timetable has been fixed for the second shareholders conference."
Singapore Airlines (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng said that the company is "open to all reasonable offers" for its 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA). Reiterating comments he has made before, he told reporters, "It's not a secret that we regard it as an underperforming investment." But these remarks were the clearest indication yet that (SIA) is ready to move forward with a divestment of the stake it has held since 1999. Chew warned potential buyers that only serious offers will be entertained, quipping, "as they say in classified ads: No timewasters please." Following the release of (SIA)'s strong first-quarter results, he said the airline will receive two more A380s this year, but has been told by Airbus (EDS) "to expect some small delays on the deliveries that have been scheduled for next year."
Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched daily, A380 service to Tokyo Narita (NRT) using the fourth airplane that was delivered last month. The first three fly to Sydney and London Heathrow. The inaugural flight from (NRT) carried 420 passengers and fell on the 30th anniversary of the airport. Delivery of (SIA)'s fifth airplane is expected by the end of next month. (SIA) also recently announced that it will operate an A380 on one of its three daily flights to Beijing August 2 to 8 to accommodate increasing travel ahead of the Olympic Games. The other two flights will continue to be operated with 777s.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add a second A380 service to London Heathrow (LHR) beginning July 16. It will operate Flight SQ318 from Singapore to (LHR) and SQ321 on the return leg four-times-weekly, boosting service to 11 weekly flights. Executive VP Marketing & Regions, Huang Cheng Eng said, "Our A380 products have been very well received by our customers and loads on the Singapore - London route have been exceptionally encouraging."
777-312ER (34583, 9V-SWR), delivery.
June 2008: Saudi Arabian (SVA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) signed a marketing and cooperation Memo of Understanding (MOU) under which they will explore codesharing, schedule coordination, loyalty program linkups, and cargo and marketing coordination.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is increasing services in August to the Indonesian resort island of Bali, thanks to a new agreement signed with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) that will see the Indonesian carrier codesharing on (SIA)’s additional services to the island. An (SIA) spokesman in Singapore said (SIA) will be increasing its Singapore - Denpasar Bali service to four flights a day from three. (SIA) operates on the route using 777-200s, according to Innovata, which also shows Garuda (GIA) has 11 flights per week using 737-400s. The spokesman said (SIA) can increase services on the route, because it will be using some of (GIA)’s traffic rights and (GIA) will be placing its code on the additional seven flights per week. A (GIA) spokesman in Jakarta said even though (GIA) will soon be placing its code on some (SIA) flights on the route, it will “maintain the existing flights”. He also said under the new agreement, (SIA) in future will place its code on some of (GIA)’s domestic flights, but he was unable to provide details on this. Another aspect of the agreement is that (SIA) will help to sell tickets on (GIA)’s international flights that go via Singapore, and (GIA) will help sell tickets on (SIA) international flights to destinations in Asia, Europe, and elsewhere. The carriers can profit from this because the spokesman said each will get special rates on the other’s flights.
Garuda (GIA)’s fleet largely consists of short-haul airplanes that are mostly used on domestic routes, so in recent years, the airline has been looking to expand its international reach by co-operating with foreign carriers such as (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
(GIA) said Garuda (GIA) President, Emirsyah Satar, and (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng, signed the agreement on 20 June.
Amadeus said it reached an agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to replace the carrier's existing passenger service systems with its Altea Customer Management Solution. The technology is expected to enhance sales and reservations, as well as global inventory management and departure control operations. The decision follows a comprehensive review of Amadeus's experience in migrating from legacy applications and platforms to newer technologies.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is achieving load factors of 95% LF on its A380 services to London Heathrow, according to airline sources, while the four A380s currently in service are averaging nearly 80% LF. (SIA ) officials said the novelty of flying aboard the new jumbo airplane has contributed to their popularity. It launched A380 flights to Tokyo Narita last month and is scheduled to take delivery of its fifth A380 before July.
July 2008: China Eastern Airlines (CEA) remains confident in its plan to introduce Singapore Airlines (SIA) as its strategic investor, despite the fact that the exclusive stake sale agreement signed with (SIA) last September will be invalid after August 9. "As fuel prices keep surging, it is a difficult time for the airline industry, which makes it more necessary for carriers to conduct cooperation," (CEA) Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping said. "I think our cooperation with (SIA ) won't be hindered by the short-term difficulty caused by the rising fuel price. Now the only thing it needs is to be approved by our minority shareholders." Those shareholders rejected (SIA)'s purchase of a 24% stake in January. In May, (CEA) hinted it might schedule another shareholder vote following the conclusion of next month's Olympic Games. However, the Shanghai-based carrier did not discuss the stake sale at its annual shareholders conference June 30, except to note that "it will continue to push forward introducing a strategic investor." Industry analysts have said that if both (CEA) and (SIA) still wish to cooperate, they may sign a new agreement to extend the validity of their previous deal. So far, (SIA) has remained largely silent, saying it maintains contact with (CEA) senior management, but that discussion tends to center on future commercial cooperation.
SITA concluded a partnership with Singapore's Stratech Systems through which it will make Stratech's all-weather iFerret vision-based airfield/runway surveillance solution available to SITA's airport customers to identify, track and display foreign object debris in real time. The system has been deployed at Singapore Changi (SIN) and will be tested by FAA this winter at Chicago O'Hare (ORD).
Singapore Airlines (SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng said that (SIA)'s five A380s are flying very reliably. "But the most important thing for us is the airplane is very popular with our passengers. Overall A380 load factor on scheduled flights has risen up to 90% LF," he said. Chew said the airplane has enabled (SIA) to increase capacity on certain routes for the first time in 10 years. It had not had been able to do so operating 747-400s. The A380 flies from Singapore to London Heathrow, Sydney, and Tokyo Narita and will serve Beijing during the lead-up to next month's Summer Olympics.
Nevertheless, the carrier is feeling the same pressure facing other airlines. It repeatedly increased its fuel surcharges and is working on improving operating efficiency and removing excess weight from the airplane. "For example, we are fine-tuning how much water we take onboard, optimizing operating procedures without reducing safety. But like the rest of the industry, we have to carry the burden," Chew said. "We have also to do fine-tuning in our network. For example, from this autumn onward, we will stop flying from Los Angeles via Taipei to Singapore." (SIA) is investigating more permanent capacity adjustments throughout the region, including countries like India and Vietnam. His interest in operating an Australia - USA service remains; "when the Australian government is ready, we would be happy to have discussions with them," he said. (SIA) plans to phase out its last 747-400 by 2011 and possibly 2010. It currently operates 101 airplanes and has 14 A380s, 20 A350s, and 20 787-9s in the delivery pipeline.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) took delivery of its fifth A380 and 18th 777-300ER at the end of last month. The A380 will allow (SIA ) to upgrade more Singapore - London Heathrow flights from 747-400 service beginning July 16. The fifth airplane will be used August 2 to 8 on flights to Beijing to meet Olympics demand.
August 2008: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 8.34 billion (RPK)s traffic in July, up +6.7% year-over-year, against a +8.2% rise in capacity to 10.29 billion (ASK)s. Load factor was down -1.1 points to 81% LF. July load factor on flights to North America was down by -6 points to 84% LF.
1st 6 months = 46.23 billion (RPK)s traffic - - see "SIA-08TOPWLD6MTHSRPK.".
2nd quarter = net profit of +$277 million (+$328 million).
Singapore and Japan announced an expanded air services agreement that will nearly double the number of passenger flights, Singaporean airlines can operate to Tokyo, and also allow carriers from both nations to operate unlimited passenger and cargo flights between Singapore and all cities in Japan, other than Tokyo. Under the agreement, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singaporean carriers will be allowed to operate four daily flights between Singapore and Tokyo Haneda from October 2010. In addition, they will be allowed to increase the number of flights between Singapore and Tokyo Narita from March 2010. The (CAAS) added that the expanded agreement also allows Singaporean carriers to operate passenger flights beyond Osaka and Nagoya to the USA, while Japanese carriers will be allowed to operate passenger flights beyond Singapore to India and the Middle East. Eight airlines currently offer 288 weekly scheduled flights between Singapore and nine cities in Japan.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched thrice-weekly, all-business class (C) flights to Los Angeles with its 100-seat A340-500. Daily service will commence September 21. It launched a similar service to Newark in June. (SIA) will suspend its four-times-weekly, Taipei - Los Angeles on October 1.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will commence four-times-weekly, Singapore (SIN) - Dubai - Riyadh on December 14, aboard 777-200s. (SIN) - Dubai - Istanbul Ataturk will increase to six-times-weekly from four.
Singapore and Malta reached an "open skies" agreement effective December 1, 2010.
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) continued to hope that it could secure Singapore Airlines (SIA) as a strategic investor, even though its stake sale deal expired officially this month. (CEA) noted in a statement that the deal, reached last September, was "automatically terminated owing to the preconditions for implementing the agreement had not been satisfied by the deadline." Board Secretary, Luo Zhuping said that the sale's revival depends on acceptance by the carrier's shareholders and rejected local speculation that (SIA) has lost interest in a partnership. "Whether to renew the agreement or not, and when to renew the agreement, is only a technical issue," Luo said. Meantime, (SIA) said that it would continue to seek other ways to establish a foothold in China and that it is optimistic about the future of that country's commercial aviation industry. An (SIA) spokesperson recently told media that the carrier has not given up on the (CEA) deal, even though it was rejected by shareholders in January. The spokesperson, Stephen Forshaw, claimed (SIA)'s cooperation with (CEA) would focus on the commercial aspect and said it would not rule out an investment as long as the purchase price of HK$3.80/$0.49 per share was accepted by (CEA) shareholders. Air China (BEJ) Chairman, Kong Dong noted recently that the Beijing-based carrier remains interested in increasing its stake in (CEA). (BEJ) parent CNAC is (CEA)'s largest circulation shareholder at 12.07%. (CEA)'s share price just closed at HK$1.97.
Singapore Changi (SIN)'s 27-year old Terminal 1 is getting a S$500 million/$353.9 million facelift to improve passenger flow and refurbish interior designs and finishes. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore signed a contract with Takenaka Corp for the improvements, with completion expected in the third quarter of 2011. The project includes a new departure curbside canopy spanning the length of the building and a 35-m airside expansion. Terminal 1 also will feature a new garden with live flowers extending from the arrival hall to the departure hall. Another notable feature is a lantern-like structure on the roof that will be illuminated at night. There will two new skylights in the departure hall. In January, Changi opened its S$1.75 billion T3, which has 11 check-in islands with 132 counters and can accommodate the A380. It is upgrading its budget terminal, which opened in March 2006. That work includes seven new check-in counters, three gates, and new baggage handling equipment.
ST Aviation Services, a Singapore Technologies Aerospace subsidiary, reached agreement with Airbus (EDS) to provide heavy maintenance checks for 19 A330s leased to Singapore Airlines (SIA). The agreement is part of a multiparty contract to provide (SIA) with support under prior lease arrangements. Heavy maintenance is slated to begin in 2015 and expected to last 18 months.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is recruiting 777 and A300 Pilot In Command (PIC)s to be based in Singapore. Applicants can apply online.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) took delivery of its sixth A380, which will allow it to operate a second daily flight between Singapore and London Heathrow (LHR) from September 20. Aside from (LHR), (SIA) operates daily A380 flights from Singapore to Sydney and Tokyo. It has 13 more A380s on order and options on a further six.
October 2008: Singapore Changi airport is to be taken over on July 1, 2009, by Temasek Holdings, the state-owned investment company with a portfolio valued at S$185 billion/$126.29 billion as of March 31, 2008. The corporatization will see the airport's current operator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), hived off into a separate aviation regulatory and safety authority handling air traffic services, safety and economic regulation, and aeropolitical negotiations.
Changi handled 36.7 million passengers last year, up +4.8% over 2006, placing it 19th among the world's busiest airports. It also is highly profitable. The (CAAS) reported an operating surplus of S$367.7 million in its most recent fiscal year, on revenues of more than >S$1 billion, a near 40% operating margin, according to "The Straits Times." But according to a report by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), "The (CAAS) has suffered from a perception . . . of being a bureaucratic entity, rather than an edgy commercial operation." (CAPA) quoted Senior Minister of State for Transport, Lim Hwee Hua as saying, "the whole idea of transferring ownership to Temasek is to have a clearer separation of the role of the policymaker, regulator and the operators."
(IATA) (ITA) has criticized airport privatizations that do not also leave in place a strong regulator to insure that the airport operator does not take advantage of its monopoly position to levy unreasonable charges on airlines or forgo needed investment in order to boost returns to shareholders. Commenting on the pending corporatization of Changi, (IATA) (ITA) said, "While the proposed framework seems sound, the devil will be in the details. Determining the details of the economic regulation framework will be the challenge."
November 2008: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a S$323.8 million/$219.4 million profit in its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, a -32.6% decrease from the +S$507.8 million earned in the year-ago period, as fuel costs took their toll. (SIA) said the global "financial turmoil" and "weak consumer confidence" have impacted demand, and while advance bookings in the current quarter "are holding up reasonably well," it sees "signs of weakness beyond that." Nevertheless, it said its "sound finances and low level of debt put it in a position of strength."
Fiscal second-quarter revenue climbed +10.4% year-over-year to S$4.38 billion, against a +20.3% surge in expenses to S$4.15 billion. Operating profit fell -55.3% to +S$231.7 million. Passenger numbers increased just +1.4% to 4.9 million, as traffic measured in (RPK)s grew +4.5% to 24.1 billion. Capacity rose +7.7% to 30.47 billion (ASK)s and load factor slipped -2.5 points to 79.1% LF. Yield gained +6.7% to 12.8 cents, while unit cost climbed +13.1% to 9.5 cents.
During the first half of its fiscal year, (SIA) took delivery of three A380-800s and four 777-300ERs. It also decommissioned four 747-400s, leaving its operating fleet as of September 30 comprising 14 747-400s, 76 777s, five A340-400s, and six A380-800s.
Six-month net profit fell -26.8% to +S$682.4 million from +S$931.9 million in the semester, ended September 30, 2007. Operating profit plunged -41.4% to +S$574.9 million, as fuel costs soared +66.3%. Operating profits at all (SIA) Group units dropped save the cargo division, which swung to a -S$76 million loss from a +S$19 million profit.
(SIA) will cancel its Singapore - Amritsar service on February 4.
December 2008: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch four-times-weekly, Singapore (SIN) - Abu Dhabi (AUH) - Kuwait City service on March 15 aboard a 777-200. It will continue to operate a thrice-weekly, (SIN) - (AUH) and will add a fourth weekly, (SIN) - Dubai (DXB) - Cairo flight on March 12. It launched four-times-weekly, (SIN) - (DXB) - Riyadh on December 14.
GE Aviation (GEC) signed a contract with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to launch its "OnPoint" solutions covering systems content and capabilities for 777s. The contract support is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year, after final agreement details are complete. (GEC)'s Singapore facility will provide program management for the project.
January 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA)/(SQC) is negotiating leave without pay with its cargo pilots, VP Public Relations, Stephen Forshaw told "Agence France Presse." Unpaid leave periods could reach 30 months. "The outlook for the freight industry is weak . . . shipping companies are parking vessels and all-cargo airlines are being severely affected," Forshaw told the news agency. He said Singapore Cargo (SQC) "will work cooperatively with its staff and unions" on the matter and that layoffs "will only be considered as a matter of last resort." There are no discussions for unpaid leave with passenger pilots (FC), he noted.
A "tremendous team effort" enabled Airbus (EDS) to meet its 2008 delivery goal of 12 A380 super jumbos just two days before the end of the year. (EDS) delivered four A380s to Dubai's Emirates airline (EAD), five to Singapore Airlines (SIA) and three to Australia's Qantas (QAN).
January 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will cut -214 flights to China, Europe, Australia and India after passenger numbers slumped -7.5% in December. Cities affected are Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, New Delhi, London and Zurich. (SIA) carried 1.6 million passengers last month and flew 8.05 billion (RPK)s traffic, down -3.5% year-over-year. Capacity rose +1.7% to 10.07 billion (ASK)s and load factor slipped -4.4 points to 79.9% LF.
Singapore and the Czech Republic signed an "open skies" agreement on January 19. There currently are no direct services between the countries. Singapore has concluded "open skies" agreements with more than >30 countries, including 16 in the European Union (EU). Singapore and Iceland announced the conclusion of an "open skies" agreement that includes 7th freedom rights for both passenger and cargo flights.
Goodrich Corporation (BFG) reached a five-year, flight-hour agreement with Airbus (EDS) to provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) and asset management services as part of an (EDS) "Total Support Package" for Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s 19 leased A330s. The contract covers Goodrich (BFG) evacuation, lighting, actuation, sensors, deicing and power products.
(SIA) will launch A380 service to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on June 1. The daily flight will replace the existing 10-times-weekly, 777-300ER service. The (SIA) A380 is configured with 471 seats. (CDG) is the carrier's fourth A380 destination after London Heathrow (twice-daily), Sydney and Tokyo Narita (each daily). It has six A380s in service and a further 13 on order. The (CDG) route will follow the delivery of the seventh and eighth airplanes.
777-312ER (34585, 9V-SWT), delivery. 1st of 6 A330-343s (978, 9V-STA) (AWAS) (AWW) leased.
February 2009: Massive fuel hedging losses and falling revenue resulted in a -43% drop in fiscal third-quarter profit at Singapore Airlines Group, to +S$337.2 million/+$225.5 million from the +S$590 million earned in the three months ended December 31, 2007. Revenue fell -2.6% year-over-year to $4.16 billion, while a -S$125 million drop in fuel costs was offset by a -S$341 million hedging loss. "Other cost items were well contained," (SIA) said, as total expenditure climbed +5.7% to S$3.81 billion. Costs were down -5.5% excluding fuel, but (SIA) lost an additional -S$144 million on foreign exchange fluctuations. Operating profit plunged -47.1% to +S$356.7 million.
The airline unit (SIA) reported a +S$314 million operating profit, down -38.7% year-over-year. SIA Cargo (SQC) swung to a -S$46 million loss from a +S$73 million profit, the SilkAir (SLK) subsidiary posted a +S$12 million profit (down -17.2%), SIA Engineering enjoyed a +S$29 million profit (up +53.9%) and Singapore Airport Terminal Services recorded a +S$43 million profit (down -7.7%).
Third-quarter passenger numbers fell -4.2% to 4.8 million, while (RPK)s traffic were down -1.2% to 23.3 billion. Capacity rose +2.3% to 29.67 billion (ASK)s, dropping load factor -2.8 points to 78.5% LF. Yield rose +3.2% to S$12.8 cents and unit cost was up +10.7% to S$9.3 cents. (SIA) finished the quarter with 14 747-400s, 76 777s, five A340-500s and six A380-800s.
Nine-month profit of +S$1.02 billion represented a -33% decline from the +S$1.52 billion earned in the year-ago period. Operating profit fell -43.8% to +S$931.6 million. "Demand for air transportation is expected to remain weak for much of 2009," (SIA) said. "(SIA) will continue to monitor the patterns of demand and make appropriate adjustments to flight schedules and capacity, while managing costs tightly."
Singapore visitor arrivals were down -13% in January.
(SIA) management announced an additional capacity cut and said it has met with three staff unions to discuss its plans for "mitigating the impact of the global economic downturn." (SIA) said that falling advance bookings prompted it to reduce capacity in the fiscal year beginning April 1 by -11% year-over-year. (SIA) will ground 17 airplanes, 13 more than previously planned. It originally planned to convert one airplane into a freighter and return three others to lessors.
CEO, Chew Choon Seng said, "The drop in air transportation has been sharp and swift. Given the falls of over >20% that we have seen recently in air cargo shipments, and the tradition of demand for air travel following closely behind trends on the cargo side of the business, we have to face the reality that 2009 is going to be a very difficult year."
(SIA) said its lack of a domestic network left it particularly vulnerable to the slump in long-haul demand and that the "removal of surplus capacity will result in redundant resources and will draw sacrifices from every one of us in the company." It said retrenchment is a "last resort" and it is looking at a range of alternative options. These include leave without pay, redeployment of staff, efficiency improvements, reducing waste, accelerated clearance of leave entitlements, voluntary early retirement and shorter work months. It noted that if salary cuts are required, "management will be the first to take them." Chew added, "(SIA) will work with the staff and the unions in forging a consensus on the action plans. Together in cooperation, we will rise to the challenges confronting us and ride out the storm."
(SIA) also announced that after 20 years of operation, it is suspending its thrice-weekly, Singapore - Incheon - Vancouver service effective April 25.
(SITA) said (SIA) launched its upgraded "AirportHub" solution utilizing a communications platform with enhanced bandwidth to support services on demand at remote locations.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore will distribute S$200 million/$132.5 million this year "to help airlines and airport partners tide over the current economic downturn," comprising S$50 million in rental rebates, a S$20 million fund for concessionaires at Changi and a S$130 million Air Hub Development Fund "extended to airlines and airport partners."
Singapore and Oman announced an "open skies" agreement covering both passenger and cargo flights.
Boeing (TBC) delivered its 77th 777 (also its 19th 777-300ER) to (SIA) on January 30. It will be used initially on flights to Australia and Japan.
2 A330-343Es (983, 9V-STB; 986, 9V-STC), AWAS (AWW) leased.
March 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a record decline in passengers for February, a -20.2% year-over-year plunge to 1.2 million. (RPK)s traffic fell -17% to 5.86 billion against just a -8.5% cut in capacity to 8.41 billion (ASK)s, lowering load factor -7.1 points to 69.7% LF. Cargo declined -15.2% to 473.7 million (FTK)s freight traffic on a -7% fall in capacity to 835.1 million (ATK)s, dropping load factor -5.5 points to 56.7% LF. February 2008 figures were supported by the Chinese New Year holiday, the Singapore Air Show and the leap year.
(SIA)'s capacity contraction is the result of the planned grounding of 17 airplanes, introducing 777-300ERs to replace 747-400s and termination of some routes. It said it "will continue to monitor traffic movement and make appropriate adjustments to its route network where necessary to match capacity to demand." However, insiders at the airline said that traffic for March and April will be "no better."
(SIA) offered staff an opportunity to take between one week and two years unpaid leave as a way of avoiding layoffs, a spokesperson told "The Straits Times."
(SIA) named Reed Business Information Managing Editor Asia, Nicholas Ionides as VP Public Affairs, succeeding the departing Stephen Forshaw.
(SIA) launched a four-times-weekly, Singapore - Abu Dhabi - Kuwait service aboard a 777-200.
Korean Air (KAL), Asiana Airlines (AAR), (SIA) and Air Canada (ACN) began rerouting flights that normally pass through North Korean airspace after Pyongyang said it was "compelled to declare that security cannot be guaranteed for South Korean civil airplanes flying through the territorial air of our side." (KAL) and (AAR) began rerouting an estimated 15 daily flights that approach South Korea from the east to new flight paths that take airplanes over Japan, adding an estimated 40 minutes and $2,500 in operational costs to each flight. South Korea's Unification Ministry estimated that 33 flights pass through North Korean airspace daily, 18 of which are operated by non-Korean airlines.
North Korea has allowed commercial flights to pass through its airspace since 1998, after more than >40 years of prohibiting civil flights. According to JoonAng Daily, South Korean carriers submit flight plans to North Korea for each flight that will pass through its airspace and the nation collects an average of $870 for each. The Unification Ministry said 5,260 flights per year use the route, adding that South Korean carriers annually pay nearly $4 million to Pyongyang for airspace access. North Korea's threat was condemned widely. "The military threat against normal operation of civilian airliners under international aviation protocols is in violation of international norms and is inhumane," South Korea's government said in a statement. "It can never be justified under any circumstance. The South Korean government urges the North to withdraw its military threat as soon as possible." The USA called the threat "a provocation and . . . unacceptable." Tensions are high on the peninsula, with North Korea stating that it plans to conduct missile tests and South Korea and the USA planning to conduct annual military exercises this week that Pyongyang condemns. The USA and South Korea said they plan to carry forward with the exercises that North Korea cited as the reason for its threat against airlines.
(SIA) has "no immediate plans" to defer any airplane deliveries, including the four A380s scheduled to arrive this year, but said it does not "discount the possibility of deferring future deliveries as it considers the options for its fleet going forward," in a statement cited by "Agence France Presse." (SIA)'s February passenger traffic was down -20.2%.
A330-343E (997, 9V-STD), LF Lease Corporation International leased.
April 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) suffered another record passenger decline in March, a -23% year-over-year plunge to 1.3 million. (RPK)s traffic fell -21.8% to 6.27 billion against a -9% cut in capacity to 9.03 billion (ASK)s, lowering load factor -11.4 points to 69.4% LF. Loads fell in all regions, with the deepest reduction (-18 points) on European routes.
(SIA) said it signed "in principle agreements" with unions representing ground staff, cabin crew (CA) and administrative employees to shorten the work month by one day and "cannot rule out further measures to contain costs if the downturn worsens." (SIA) still is discussing the measure with pilots (FC) and hopes to implement the scheme across the company on May 1. Ground staff will take one day of unpaid leave each month while on-board personnel will take leave "in line with their excess staffing levels." (SIA) management at the VP level and above will adopt the shorter work month beginning Wednesday, with remaining management employees set to start in May. Salaries for all management personnel will be frozen this year.
2 A330-343Es (1006, 9V-STE; 1010, 9V-STF), LF Lease Corporation International leased.
May 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a -18.2% year-over-year plunge in passenger numbers last month to 1.2 million. Traffic fell -17.7% to 6.27 billion (RPK)s against just a -12.9% cut in capacity to 8.68 billion (ASK)s, lowering load factor -4.2 points to 72.2% LF. On the cargo front, (FTK)s were down -21.6% and load factor fell -3.7 points to 58% LF. (SIA) has cut flights to Los Angeles, Osaka Kansai, Vancouver, and Amristar and grounded 17 airplanes.
(SIA) blamed a severe deterioration in operating conditions in its fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31 and losses on fuel hedges for a -48.2% drop in its fiscal full-year net profit to +S$1.06 billion/+$722.9 million. (SIA) incurred a pre-tax loss of -S$109.7 million in the three months ended March 31 but tax benefits gave it a +S$65.1 million net profit for the quarter, down -92% year-on-year. Full-year revenue inched up +0.2% to S$15.99 billion, reflecting the robust first half, but costs leapt +8.9% to S$15.09 billion. Lower fuel prices saved the carrier -S$666 million but this was offset by hedging losses of -S$543 million.
Traffic dipped -1.5% to 90.12 billion (RPK)s, while capacity increased +3.4% to 117.78 billion (ASK)s, resulting in a -3.8-point drop in load factor to 76.5% LF. Cargo carried was down -7% to 1.21 million kg with a 2.8-point drop in load factor to 59.4% LF.
According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), "(SIA)'s cargo yields have collapsed to levels below the floors experienced during the Asian financial crisis more than a decade ago." Its yield plunged an unprecedented -27.9% in the three months ended March 31, despite a -9% reduction in cargo capacity, which dramatically illustrates the enormous challenges facing the global economy, (CAPA) said.
(SIA) warned that the outlook for yield on the passenger side is also poor, with promotional pricing and reduced business travel keeping revenue under pressure. During the financial year, it took delivery of three A380s, four A330s and five 777-300ERs, while decommissioning six 747-400s and one 777-200.
(SIA) reached an agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)-Singapore for a one-day furlough this month. The deal was reached with mediation by the Ministry of Manpower and constitutes "an interim measure to provide both parties more time for discussions on the number of compulsory no-pay leave days required to match head count to operational requirements," (SIA) said. Unions representing ground staff (MT), cabin crew (CA) and administrative personnel already have agreed to short-time work.
2 A330-343Es (1012, 9V-STG; 1015, 9V-STH), Lease Corp International leased, and 1 A380-841 (021, 9V-SKH), delivery.
June 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 5.92 billion (RPK)s traffic in May, down -22.8% from the year-ago month. Capacity fell -13.9% to 8.85 billion (ASK)s, lowering load factor -7.8 points to 66.9% LF.
(SIA) and Air Line Pilots Association-Singapore reached an agreement under which pilots (FC) will take one day of leave without pay each month and a cut of -65% from an additional day's pay effective July 1. The groups reached a similar deal in May that now is superseded. (SIA) plans to decommission 16 airplanes and cut capacity by -11% during the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. (SIA) said it expects short-time work and pay reductions throughout the company to save an estimated -S$21 million/-$14.4 million this year.
(SIA) will add a fourth daily, Singapore - Manila flight on July 10 aboard a 777.
(SIA) will fly the A380 to Hong Kong beginning July 9. The daily flight will replace an existing 777-300ER frequency and will bring to five, the number of airports served by (SIA)'s A380 fleet (Sydney, London Heathrow, Tokyo Narita, and Paris Charles de Gaulle). (SIA) operates five daily (SIN) - (HKG) flights.
A380-841 (019, 9V-SKG), delivery.
July 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 6.46 billion (RPK)s traffic in June, a -18.2% plunge from the year-ago month. Capacity fell -14.4% to 8.54 billion (ASK)s, lowering load factor -3.5 points to 75.7% LF.
The global economic downturn, swine flu and unfavorable fuel hedges were enough to drag (SIA) to its first quarterly deficit since 2003, a -S$307.1 million/-$212.6 million loss that compared to a +S$358.6 million profit in the fiscal first quarter of 2008 to 2009.
Group revenue during the quarter ended June 30 dropped -30.5% to S$2.87 billion, while expenses were reduced -15.8% to S$3.19 billion. A -S$287 million loss on fuel hedges partially offset the S$1.14 billion it saved on fuel prices compared to last year. Operating loss of -S$319.3 million represented a reversal from the +S$343.2 million earned in the year-ago quarter. (SIA) said it has initiated measures that will result in -S$60 million in employee cost savings in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. It said it also is "continuing its efforts to eliminate wastage and duplication and to negotiate with vendors to reduce rates."
The (SIA) airline segment suffered a -S$271 million operating loss in the quarter, compared to a +S$265 million profit last year. SIA Cargo (SQC) lost -S$104 million (+S$5 million profit), (SIA) Engineering made +S$12 million (down -25%) and SilkAir (SLK) lost -S$3 million (+S$10 million profit).
(SIA) took delivery of two A380-800s and four A330-300s, while decommissioning three 747-400s. It operated 107 passenger airplanes as of June 30. (SIA) flew 18.66 billion (RPK)s traffic, down -19.6%, against a -13.7% cut in capacity to 26.07 billion (ASK)s. Load factor dropped -5.1 points to 71.6% LF. Yield plunged -17.7% to S$10.2 cents and unit cost eased just 1.1% to S$8.6 cents.
The company said that if the "adverse business conditions" currently facing airlines continue, it will report a full-year loss. Airline revenue exceeds cash expenditure but not depreciation charges, but the group said it "does not foresee any necessity to raise capital."
(SIA) launched a daily, A380 flight to/from Hong Kong, the fifth destination served by (SIA)'s fleet of nine A380s.
(SIA) will begin operating the A380 to Melbourne on September 29. The Victoria capital will be the second Australian city, and sixth overall, to which (SIA) flies the airplane. Daily service will replace an existing 747-400 frequency, increasing seat capacity by +10% on the 21-times-weekly service.
(SIA) is retrofitting seven 777-300s with new first (F) and business class (C) seats and improvements to the economy (Y) cabin, including new seat covers and In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems. It said the remainder of the 777 fleet will be upgraded "at a later date." The first airplane is due to enter service with the enhancements on July 22, with the rest introduced before year end.
A380-841 (034, 9V-SKI), delivery.
August 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) system (RPK)s traffic for July declined -13.2% year-over-year, outpacing a -11.8% reduction in capacity (ASK)s. Load factor was down -1.3 points to 79.7% LF. Passengers carried, decreased -14.3% to 1.4 million. On the cargo front, (FTK)s fell -14.6% while capacity sank 18.9%, resulting in a +3.3-point improvement in load factor to 63.6% LF.
September 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Airbus (EDS) reached an agreement to delay the delivery of eight A380s by 6 to 12 months.
(SIA)'s 12th through 19th airplanes will be affected by the new schedule, which will see the 12th delivered in October 2010 rather than April, and the 19th arrive in January 2012 rather than January 2011.
It currently operates nine A380s, with two more due for delivery in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. (SIA) insisted it "is satisfied with the operational and commercial performance of its A380s," which it flies twice-daily to London Heathrow and daily to Sydney, Tokyo Narita, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Hong Kong. Flights to Melbourne begin September 29.
(SIA) suffered a -S$307.1 million/-$212.7 million loss in its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, its first loss since 2003. It decommissioned three 747-400s during the quarter and cut capacity by -13.7% (ASK)s.
Air India (AIN)/(IND) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) signed a reciprocal loyalty program agreement taking effect ahead of (AN)/(IND)'s entry into the Star Alliance (SAL).
Panasonic Avionics Corporation signed an agreement with (SIA) Engineering Company (SIAEC) covering maintenance of in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) systems on the (SIA) fleet. Panasonic is providing (IFEC) Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services for the entire (SIA) fleet over 10 years. It said that under the agreement with (SIAEC), the two will work together "to provide a 'one-stop-shop' solution covering all on-airplane labor, logistics, spares, repairs and media loading."
A380-84 (045, 9V-SKJ), delivery.
October 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 6.98 billion (RPK)s traffic in September, down -7.9% from the year-ago month. Capacity fell -12.5% to 8.63 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +4 points to 80.9% LF.
(SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng believes the traffic downturn largely has bottomed out. Chew cited "signs . . . that market demand has stabilized," adding that (SIA) has observed that some corporations are easing their travel policies. But he noted that "all of us have lost two years of growth" and "the fact of the matter is that the G20 countries are not out of the woods yet." Discussing the collapse in airfreight, which has hit Asia/Pacific airlines particularly hard, he said it is too soon to say whether it portends a structural or cyclical change in that segment of the business. (SQC) has parked only one of its 13 747-400Fs, while some others are "doing useful charter work carrying F1 race cars," he said, smiling. (SIA) has no plans to add any freighters.
(SIA) is turning all Singapore (SIN) - Phuket flying to its SilkAir (SLK) subsidiary.
(SIA) will fly the A380 to Zurich (ZRH) beginning in February, a (ZRH) spokesperson told the "Neue Zurcher Zeitung." (SIA) reportedly will cease its 12-times-weekly 777 (SIN) - (ZRH) service and replace it with a daily A380 flight.
(SIA) is not posting pilot (FC) requirements at this time.
November 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.28 billion (RPK)s traffic in October, down -6% from the year-ago month, against a -10.3% cut in capacity to 8.98 billion (ASK)s. Load factor rose +3.6 points to 81.1% LF.
The usually profitable (SIA) reported a -S$158.8 million/-$114.4 million loss in its fiscal second quarter ended September 30 (an off-peak quarter in south-east Asia), reversed from a +S$323.8 million profit in the year-ago period, but said that "advanced bookings indicate that demand for air travel has stopped declining and is gradually recovering."
Group revenue fell -29.6% year-over-year to S$3.08 billion against a -21.3% cut in expenses to S$3.26 billion. Operating result swung to a -S$181.4 million loss from a +S$231.7 million profit in the three months ended September 30, 2008.
The (SIA) airline unit suffered a -S$157 million operating loss in the quarter and now is -S$428 million in the red through the half-year, a figure that includes a -S$400 million fuel hedging loss. It reported a +S$495 million profit in the year-ago semester. (SIA) Engineering made +S$47 million in the six months ended September 30, (SIA) Cargo (SQC) lost -S$193 million and SilkAir (SLK) lost -S$5 million.
Second-quarter passenger numbers fell -13.6% year-over-year to 4.2 million as traffic (RPK)s sank -11.8% to 21.25 billion. Capacity was cut -12.4% to 26.69 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +0.5 point to 79.6% LF. Yield plunged -23.4% to S$9.8 cents and unit cost improved +8.4% to S$8.7 cents. Cargo load factor rose +2.1 points to 62.9% LF but carriage was down -15.4% and yield plummeted -32.5% to S$28.7 cents. "For the northern winter schedule, flight frequencies will continue to be adjusted to match demand," (SIA) said.
There are few carriers in the world as dependent on premium long haul travel, but at least (SIA) has a low cost base and a bullet-proof balance sheet to weather the storm.
(SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng called for airlines in the Asia/Pacific region to line up in support of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) in order to counter the regulatory strength of the (EU) and USA. Addressing the (AAPA)'s Assembly of Presidents in Singapore, Chew said despite the fact that the region accounts for half of world trade and soon will account for half of the world's aviation traffic, Asia/Pacific countries' clout in aviation policy making suffers because the region's airlines lack a united voice. "Airlines in the (EU) and the USA are consolidating with greater synergies and economies of scale," he explained. "With a 60-year-old prohibition against cross-border mergers, how will airlines in the rest of the world, like us, compete?" Chew pointed to a lack of Chinese members as one reason (AAPA)'s voice is not louder. "Our association would be more representative if we had members from China and it's timely to reinvigorate our courtship of the principal airlines from China," he said.
Separately, he called 2009 a year "that most would rather forget" but pointed to signs that the worst of the economic downturn is over. He noted that there appears to be "a growing appetite for airline risk by financial investors" in the USA. However, he warned that the economic recovery may stall as the first wave of government stimulus packages runs out. The early signs of recovery "may be a false dawn," he cautioned.
(SIA) took delivery of four A380-800s and four A330-300s during the semester, while decommissioning three 747-400s. The operating fleet comprised nine 747-400s, 77 777s, 10 A380-800s, eight A330-300s and five A340-500s as of September 30.
Looking ahead, (SIA) said that "market conditions allow for some rollback of promotional pricing but yields are unlikely to get back to pre-crisis levels within the next six months."
December 2009: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will suspend service to Karachi, Lahore and Nanjing as part of a series of capacity adjustments. Twice-weekly flights to Pakistan and Nanjing will cease February 17 and March 26, respectively. (SIA) cited the routes' performance as the reason for the decision. Other changes include addition of a fifth weekly, Singapore (SIN) - Moscow Domodedovo - Houston Intercontinental flight beginning December4 18, increase of five-times-weekly, (SIN) - Newark service to daily on January 19, a new five-times-weekly, (SIN) - Munich (with onward service to Manchester) in March and increased frequencies to Colombo, Dhaka, Mumbai, Delhi and Incheon. Previously announced twice-daily, (SIN) - Tokyo Haneda service will start next October. Reductions will come on frequencies to Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur. "Positive signs of a recovery in demand continue to be seen but operating conditions remain challenging and yields in particular remain under pressure," (SIA) said. (SIA) added a fifth weekly, Houston Intercontinental - Moscow Domodedovo - Singapore (SIN) flight and plans to restore its daily, Newark - (SIN) all-business-class (C) service on January 19. It operates a 100-seat A340-500 on the route.
However, coinciding with the opening of Tokyo Haneda's fourth runway in the fourth quarter of 2010, (SIA) plans to launch twice-daily flights between Singapore - Tokyo Haneda, complementing its twice-daily Tokyo Narita services, one of which continues to Los Angeles.
January 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) confirmed the March 28 launch of a daily A380 service to Zurich (ZRH), which will replace its 12-times-weekly 777-300ER service. (ZRH) will be (SIA)'s third European A380 gateway after Paris Charles de Gaulle and London Heathrow. (ZRH) will conduct final infrastructure tests required to attain A380 certification on January 20 to 21.
(SIA) Engineering Company (SIAEC) broke ground for a non-Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) provider of Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services by purchasing a stake in Pratt & Whitney (P&W)'s (PW1000G) engine "risk-revenue sharing program (RRSP)" in exchange for a key role in (P&W)'s (MRO) network.
(SIAEC), a member of Singapore Airlines Group, will hold a 3% stake in the engine (RRSP) for the Bombardier CSeries and a 1% stake in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet engine (RRSP). (SIAEC)'s joint venture with (P&W), Eagle Services Asia, will be designated as "the first engine center" in the global (RRSP) (MRO) network for the (PW1500G) geared turbofan variant that will power the CSeries scheduled to enter service in 2013. "We are pleased that (SIAEC) has committed to participate in our (RRSP) for the PurePower (PW1000G) engine," (P&W) Commercial Engines & Global Services President, Todd Kallman said.
"By scaling up the (MRO) value chain through our investments in the development of the (PW1000G) engine, our (P&W) joint ventures will benefit from the downstream (MRO) work," (SIAEC) CEO, William Tan said. "The acquisition of new engine capabilities will also enable (SIAEC) to access the markets of next-generation airplanes powered by the new engines."
February 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 7.29 billion (RPK)s traffic in January, a -1.6% fall from the year-ago month. Capacity was cut -7.8% to 9.21 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +5 points to 79.1% LF.
After two consecutive quarterly losses, Singapore Airlines Group returned to the black in its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, posting a +S$403.7 million/+$286.1 million profit that marked a +19.7% increase from the +S$337.2 million earned in the year-ago period. "Passenger loadings in January and bookings in hand indicate that the recovery in the third quarter is likely to continue in the final quarter," (SIA) said. "The improvement in yields is also holding up . . . The business outlook for the group in 2010 is encouraging but it must be acknowledged that uncertainties linger over the global economy."
Third-quarter revenue plunged -17.9% year-over-year to S$3.42 billion but expenses were cut -18.7% to S$3.1 billion. Operating profit slipped -9.5% to +S$322.9 million from +$356.7 million in the year-ago period. The airline unit posted an operating profit of +S$231 million, down -26.4% from +S$314 million the prior year. (SIA) Cargo's operating profit fell -13% to +S$40 million, (SIA) Engineering's dropped -24.1% to +S$22 million, while SilkAir (SLK), (SIA)'s short-haul subsidiary, reported a +91.7% improvement in operating profit to +S$23 million.
(SIA) transported 4.4 million passengers during the quarter, down -7.2%, as (RPK)s traffic slipped -5.1% to 22.11 billion. Capacity was cut -9.6% to 26.81 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +3.9 points to 82.4% LF. Passenger yield was down -18% to S$10.5 cents and unit cost declined -10.8% to 8.3 cents.
It decommissioned one 747-400 and one 777 during the period and at quarter's end, operated a fleet of eight 747-400s, 76 777s, 10 A380-800s, eight A330-300s and five A340-500s. (SIA) said it "continues to adjust capacity to match demand." Flights to Munich are scheduled to begin in March.
Through the nine-month period, the group's net loss of -S$62.2 million compared to a +S$1.02 billion profit the prior year. Operating result swung to a -S$177.8 million loss from a +S$931.6 million surplus on a -26.1% fall in revenue to S$9.37 billion.
Koito Industries of Yokohama was ordered by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to re-test some 150,000 airp-lane seats installed on around 1,000 airplanes operated by 32 airlines worldwide and make fixes if necessary. The (JCAB) accused the company of falsifying data from tests on the seats' fire and shock resistance and Koito, which is 20% owned by troubled automaker Toyota Motor Corporation, later admitted to the wrongdoing. Koito President, Takashi Kakegawa told reporters at a press conference that "the whole section in charge [of the testing] was systematically involved" in falsifying results. The (JCAB) said it has evidence the false test data dates back to the 1990s. Koito lists Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), (ANA), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Continental Airlines (CAL) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) as "major customers" on its website.
Airbus (EDS) acknowledged that (EASA) barred it in September from delivering airplanes with Koito seats, according to "Bloomberg News." The European safety agency determined that the seat-maker failed to share enough pertinent data on its seats to warrant continued approval and that there was evidence of "irregularities" at Koito. (SIA) reportedly was forced to delay delivery of its 11th A380 owing to the issues surrounding Koito seats, while (ANA) said the launch of its Inspiration of Japan long-haul product aboard a 777-300ER would be postponed until April because of a delay in the development of its new premium economy seats by Koito. Thai Airways (TII) announced that it has canceled a contract with Koito, blaming repeated seat-installation problems for the delayed delivery of five A330-300s. It said the seat-maker claimed it could resolve its issues and install the seats by August, but (TII) was unwilling to continue waiting for airplanes it said have been sitting idle in Hamburg since September.
A Singapore Airlines (SIA) 747-400 completed the fifth Asia Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) demonstration flight and the first multi-sector flight in the program, flying a Los Angeles - Tokyo Narita - Singapore (SIN) routing and achieving about a -5% to -6% fuel/carbon dioxide emissions savings compared to a usual (SIA) flight on the route.
(SIA) said total fuel savings were calculated at 10,868 kg while CO2 reduction was -33,769 kg, both exceeding the goals for the flight. Flight time was lowered by about 30 minutes. The flight was achieved through a collaboration among (SIA), the USA (FAA), the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, which Monday became the fifth air services provider to enlist as an (ASPIRE) signatory.
(SIA) Senior VP Flight Operations, Gerard Yeap, briefing reporters at the Singapore Air Show, explained that the 747-400 operated a "red carpet flight" in which every conceivable measure was taken to allow it to fly as efficiently as possible. "Look at it as an aspiration of what we'd like to achieve in a green flight," he said. "It shows it can be done."
Ground electrical supply was used instead of the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) to power the airplane at all three airports. The amount of fuel on board "was fine-tuned half-an-hour before flight, ensuring a better match with the actual airplane takeoff weight," (SIA) said. The 747-400 was allowed to make an "unrestricted climb" following takeoff and used a continuous descent approach at (SIN). (SIA) said that "the bulk of the fuel savings . . . came from using a User Preferred Route (UPR) generated from the flight planning system Lido/Flight from Lufthansa (DLH) Systems." Yeap explained, "Based on the latest weather at hand, the (UPR) is the most efficient route for the airplane to fly compared to an existing predetermined route."
The 747-400 used the FreeFlight module of the Lido/Flight solution, which Lufthansa (DLH) Systems noted "opens up almost unlimited options to calculate the most-efficient routing," adding that the system uses a "highly complex procedure of calculating the most efficient trajectory in terms of distance, flight altitude, wind direction and speed."
Yeap said FreeFlight meant the airplane was "not bound by traditional airways . . .[nor] ground-based routes." He said he hoped the success of the (ASPIRE) flights will encourage governments, airports and air service providers to invest in modernizing infrastructure. "Many airports in use today were designed in the days of the 707 and meanwhile airplane technology has advanced by leaps and bounds," he said. "There are regions in the world where, for one 1-hour flight, you have to do 10 heading changes." Relying more on satellite-based navigation and using the procedures employed in the (ASPIRE) flights "easily" could increase system efficiency significantly, he declared.
(SIA) Engineering Company (SIAEC) opened a 10,000-sq-m A380 hangar at Singapore Changi, the first Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) hangar in the world purpose-built for the extra-large airplane. The facility cost S$50 million/$35.5 million to construct, including S$6 million for a high-tech docking system that is hydraulically operated and "controlled with precision by computers," (SIAEC) Chairman, Stephen Lee said during the hangar's opening ceremony. He touted a "first in the world" feature that allows the docking system to transform to be able to handle 777s "at the touch of a few buttons." He added, "The revolutionary docking will improve productivity. Moving seats from the airplane to the workshop once took us six hours. Now we do it in two hours. An in-house developed dock control and material management system monitors the complete status of an airplane check. These advanced work processes will yield double-digit improvements in productivity and lead to a faster turnaround of checks."
The single-bay hangar will be used to perform (MRO) work on Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s A380s as well as some of its 777s. (SIAEC) hopes eventually to perform third-party A380 maintenance work at the facility.
Honeywell (SGC) finalized a 10-year maintenance agreement with (SIA) covering its IntuVue 3-D weather radar on (SIA)'s fleet of 19 777-300ERs.
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(AWAS) (AWW) delivered the fourth of six A330-343s (1085, 9V-STI) to Singapore Airlines (SIA). It is acquiring 19 of the type overall. The new 285-seat, two-class airplane will operate to Australia and Japan.
March 2010: (SIA) Engineering announced a three-year extension (plus two-year option) to its comprehensive Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) and fleet management support agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) worth S$2.2 billion/$1.57 billion. The new contract commences April 1.
(AWAS) (AWW) delivered a fifth A330-300 to Singapore Airlines (SIA). The airplane will serve Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Male, and Kuwait City beginning this month, with Fukuoka and Taipei added in April, and Colombo in May.
April 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch twice-daily, Singapore - Tokyo Haneda flights on October 31 aboard a 777-300ER. (SIA) already operates twice-daily to Narita.
2 A330-343Es (1105, 9V-STL), LeaseCorp leased and (1107, 9V-STM), (AWAS) (AWW) leased.
May 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported net income of +S$215.8 million/+$337.4 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, a -79.7% drop from a +S$1.06 billion profit in the prior year that nevertheless marked a recovery from a net loss of -S$466 million recorded in the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 to 2010.
(SIA) said passenger and cargo demand rebounded strongly in its fiscal year's second half. (FY) 2009 to 2010 revenue lowered -20.6% year-over-year to S$12.71 billion, while expenses dropped -16.2% to S$12.64 billion, producing an operating profit of +S$63.2 million, down -93% from +S$903.6 million in operating income in the prior year. Traffic decreased -8% to 82.88 billion (RPK)s on a -10.3% cut in capacity to 105.67 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 78.4% LF, up +1.9 points.
Fiscal fourth-quarter net income was +S$280.9 million, reversed from a net loss of -S$109.7 million in the prior-year period, on a +0.4% rise in revenue to S$3.34 billion. It noted that fuel expenses for the three months ended March 31 heightened +29.1% to S$220 million but said those costs were offset by a -$524 million year-over-year reduction in fuel hedging losses to S$19 million.
(SIA) took delivery of three A330-300s and decommissioned one 747-400 and one 777 in the fiscal fourth quarter. As of March 31, its fleet comprised 108 passenger airplanes: Seven 747-400s, 75 777s, 10 A380-800s, 11 A330-300s, and five A340-500s. (SIA) said it has signed agreements to lease six 777-200s to Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) for 2 to 2.5 years and sell four 777s to Transaero Airlines (TRX). In the current fiscal year, it expects to take delivery of four A380-800s and eight A330-300s, while one leased 747-400 will be returned. Its capacity is slated to rise +2% for (FY) 2010 to 2011.
Looking ahead, it said that "advance bookings for travel in the year ahead are encouraging, especially in business class (C). Similarly, forward indicators suggest that the recent recovery in volumes of air cargo will hold up in the near term. Yields for both passenger and cargo should keep pace with the growth in demand. The sustainability of this improvement depends on developments in the world economy and on business and consumer confidence."
(AWAS) (AWW) delivered a sixth A330-343E (1124, 9V-STN), LeaseCorp leased to Singapore Airlines (SIA), making (SIA) its largest customer to date.
June 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew 6.65 billion (RPK)s traffic in May, up +12.3% from the year-ago month. Capacity climbed +0.5% to 8.89 billion (ASK)s and load factor rose +7.9 points to 74.8% LF.
(SIA) will increase five-times-weekly, Singapore - Munich - Manchester 777-300ER service to daily on September 1.
July 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported net income of +S$253 million/+$184.7 million for its fiscal first quarter ending June 30, reversed from a -S$307 million loss in the year-ago period, and said the recovery in passenger demand and yield evident in the quarterly results "will hold up for the rest of 2010."
Revenue lifted +20.7% to S$3.47 billion, "reflecting the recovery in load factor and yields," (SIA) said. It noted that advance bookings continue to look solid. Passenger yield during the quarter rose +14.7% year-over-year to S$0.117.
(SIA) saw a particular boost in its cargo business, which reported a +5.2% increase in cargo and mail carried to 281.3 million kg. Cargo yield leaped +42.3% to S$0.387. "Leading indicators, as well as sentiment among shippers and forwarders, suggest that the recent resurgence in air freight may be sustained in the near term, although the rate of growth may abate," (SIA) said.
Fiscal first-quarter expenses increased +0.9% to S$3.23 billion "due primarily to higher expenditure on fuel [up +42.4%], partially offset by a smaller loss from fuel hedging (S$78 million this year versus $287 million last year) as well as other non-fuel expenditure savings of S$80 million," the company said. Operating profit was +S$250.5 million, reversed from a -S$319.3 million operating loss in the year-ago quarter.
Operating profit for its passenger airline business was +S$136 million, reversed from a -S$271 million operating loss in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 to 2010 first quarter. Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQC) swung to a +S$60 million operating profit from a -S$104 million loss in the year-ago period, while SIA Engineering earned +S$36 million on an operating basis, reversed from a -S$12 million operating deficit in the prior-year period. SilkAir (SLK) posted operating income of +S$15 million, turned around from a -S$3 million loss.
(SIA) said during the quarter it took delivery of four A330-300s and decommissioned six 777s. As of June 30, its passenger aircraft fleet stood at 106, comprising seven 747-400s, 69 777s, 15 A330-300s, 10 A380-800s and five A340-500s.
(SIA) CEO, Chew Choon Seng has signaled that he will step down soon, according to a "Bloomberg News" report. “It’s at the mercy of the board, but I am getting on in years,” Chew, who turned 64, told "Bloomberg" after a shareholders' meeting in Singapore. "I should move on.” Chew’s contract expires in December. He is credited with doubling the value of the airline’s shares since taking the helm in 2003. It has posted continual annual profits even as it faced multiple challenges such as (SARS).
(SIA) is expected to begin searching soon for a new CEO. It reported net income of +S$253 million/+$184.7 million for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, reversed from a -S$307 million loss in the year-ago period.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) says it will progressively introduce an electronic version of its three in-flight magazines as part of a trial conducted with Singapore-based "SmarttPapers Aviation." (SIA) will be one of the first carriers in the world to offer this feature on its airplanes equipped with the Panasonic eX2 in-flight entertainment system (IFE), starting with two 777-300ERs. Next in the trial will be two A380s, followed by other airplanes fitted with the eX2 system. The move will be not only environmentally friendly but also have economic benefits. In mid-2008, at the height of the recession, CEO, Chew Choon Seng told "The DAILY" in Cairo that efforts were underway to reduce the size of the in-flight magazine to reduce weight. Each 25-pound weight reduction saves -$440,000 a
year. Airlines have been looking at ways to cut soaring fuel bills. Delta (DAL) and Air France (AFA), for example, are considering
lighter seats, and others are carrying less water in faucets. (SIA) aims to extend the paperless initiative to other publications, including menu cards and the more-than-100 international and local magazines it carries system wide. It also plans to introduce e-newspapers and e-books on board, using the same technology.
The SmarttPapers application uses a patented technology to compress and transform magazine and newspaper content into a digital format for integration into the In-flight Entertainment (IFE). "This opens a wide range of opportunities to benefit our customers and at the same time results in less weight in the airplane. E-books and e-magazines have gained popularity, and we want to offer these to our customers, says (SIA) Senior VP Product & Services, Yap Kim Wah.
(ARINC) was selected by Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide its VeriPax Passenger Reconciliation System at Singapore Changi for passenger handling. The system provides high-speed processing using information from 2D barcodes on boarding passes. (ARINC) said it is currently installing VeriPax for an unidentified airport customer and that "multiple new product features are under development."
August 2010: 11th A380 delivery.
September 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) named Goh Choon Phong as CEO replacing Chew Choon Seng, who is retiring. (SIA) says Goh will formally take up the CEO position on January 1, 2011, and he will join the airline’s board on October 1, 2010.
Goh is currently Executive VP Marketing & The Regions for (SIA), and also is Chairman of the group’s short-haul carrier SilkAir (SLK). He is also a former President of Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQC). “The time is appropriate for renewal of leadership in (SIA),” says Chew, adding that “it is timely for me to hand over to the next generation and move on.” Goh will “continue to build the business by working hard at satisfying customers and rising to the challenges of the future,” he says. Chew became CEO of Singapore Airlines (SIA) in June 2003 and upon his retirement will have served 39 years with the group, says (SIA).
(SIA) is one of the world’s largest and most profitable airlines. But it faces renewed competition from full-service carriers such as Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Thai Airways International (TII), which are working to improve their service offerings.
Goh, 47, joined Singapore Airlines in 1990 after graduatng from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
SilkAir (SLK) has appointed Marvin Tan as CEO, effective October 11. Tan is currently Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s Divisional VP Customer Services. He replaces Chin Yau Seng, who is returning to Singapore Airlines (SIA) to be Divisional VP Cabin Crew
4 A330-343Es (1146, 9V-STP; 1149, 9V-STQ; 1156, 9V-STR; 1157, F-WWYX), deliveries.
October 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch thrice-weekly, Singapore Changi – Barcelona – Sao Paulo service in March.
OnAir said it has reached a "multi-million dollar" contract with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to deploy on board telephony and Internet features for (SIA)'s A380s, A340-500s and 777-300ERs, enabling passengers to make and receive voice calls, send text messages and e-mail. (SIA) said it will be the first major airline in Asia to launch a "full suite" of in-flight connectivity services. The service will be introduced "progressively" beginning "as early" as the first half of 2011. (SIA) was a customer for the "Connexion by Boeing" broadband solution withdrawn by Boeing (TBC) in 2006.
"The agreement sends a strong signal to the industry that in-flight passenger communications has come of age — and is a must have for airlines looking to remain competitive in the future," OnAir CEO, Ian Dawkins said. "Singapore Airlines (SIA) was in fact one of the pioneers to introduce Internet connectivity on board its (TBC) 747-400 airplanes in 2005," (SIA) Senior VP Products & Services, Yap Kim Wah said. "Unlike the earlier trial introduction of an Internet service, this suite of features is for full implementation and we are pleased to offer this as an added choice to our in-flight program."
(SIA) has so far placed orders for 19 A380s, 11 of which have been delivered, and retains purchase rights for six more. (SIA) operates five A340-500s and 19 777-300ERs.
November 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) parent, the (SIA) Group reported net income for its fiscal second quarter ended September 30 of +S$380.2 million/+$295.6 million, turned around from a -S$158.8 million net deficit in the prior-year period, as revenue jumped +17.9% to S$3.63 billion.
Quarterly expenses increased just +0.9% to S$3.29 million and operating profit was +S$345.7 million, reversed from an operating loss of -S$181.4 million in the September 2009 quarter. (SIA) noted that smaller losses on fuel hedging (-S$40 million in the 2010 fiscal second quarter compared to -S$200 million in the prior-year period) "offset increases in expenditure in other areas."
(SIA) said it is declaring a half-year dividend of S$0.20 per share, which amounts to S$239.3 million for its fiscal year first half. It will be paid out December 8 to shareholders of record as of November 25. Fiscal first-half net income was +S$632.7 million, reversed from a six-month loss of -S$465.9 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 - 2010.
(SIA) said that it earned an operating profit of +S$380 million in the first half of (FY) 2010 - 2011, reversing a -S$428 million operating loss in the year-ago period. (SIA) Cargo (SQC) posted a fiscal first-half operating profit of +S$102 million compared to a -S$193 million operating loss in the previous year's first six months. (SIA) Engineering nearly doubled its first half operating profit to +S$71 million compared to +S$47 million in the prior-year period, while SilkAir (SLK) earned +S$36 million on an operating basis in the six months, improved from a -S$5 million operating loss last year.
(SIA)'s fiscal second-quarter traffic rose +1.5% year-over-year to 21.56 billion (RPK)s on a +0.6% lift in capacity to 26.86 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 80.3% LF, up +0.7 point. Yield grew +20.4% to S$0.118.
Looking ahead, (SIA) stated that "advance bookings for the coming months indicate that demand is holding up. This should support an increase in +5% in passenger capacity in the second half of the financial year. Yields are expected to be steady." But it added that the positive financial outlook "has to be tempered with some caution" owing to "high and volatile" forward prices for jet fuel and "continuing volatility in the currency markets."
In the first half of the fiscal year, (SIA) took delivery of six A330-200s and one A380-800, while decommissioning 10 777s, six of which have been leased out and four of which have been sold. Its fleet as of September 30 comprised 105 passenger airplanes, including seven 747-400s, 65 777s, 17 A330-300s, 11 A380-800s and five A340-500s. Average fleet age is 5 years, 11 months.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) increased five-times-weekly, Singapore Changi – Moscow Domodedovo - Houston service to daily. (SAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) reached a code share agreement, effective December 1, under which (SAS) will place its (SK) code on (SIA)'s Copenhagen - Singapore and Singapore - Bangkok routes. (SIA) will place its code on (SIA) flights from Copenhagen to Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm.
The European Commission (EC) fined 11 airlines a total of €799 million/$1.1 billion for "operating a worldwide cartel which affected cargo services within the European Economic Area." In a statement, the (EC) said the carriers "coordinated their action on surcharges for fuel and security without discounts over a six-year period." Air France (AFA) received the largest fine at €182.9 million, followed by its affiliate (KLM) at €127.2 million. Other fines include British Airways (BAB) (€104 million), Cargolux (CLX) (€79.9 million), Singapore Airlines (SIA) (€74.8 million), (SAS) (€70.2 million), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) (€57.1 million), Japan Airlines (JAL) (€35.7 million), Martinair (MTH) (€29.5 million), Air Canada (ACN) (€21 million), Qantas (QAN) (€8.9 million) and (LAN) Airlines (€8.2 million).
Lufthansa (DLH) and its subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) "received full immunity from fines under the (EC)’s leniency program, as it was the first to provide information about the cartel," the (EC) stated.
"It is deplorable that so many major airlines coordinated their pricing to the detriment of European businesses and European consumers," said (EC) VP Competition, Joaquin Almunia. "With today’s decision, the (EC) is sending a clear message that it will not tolerate cartel behavior." The (EC) charged that the "cartel members" coordinated pricing from December 1999 to February 2006.
The (EC) in late 2007 sent out official statements of objections to as many as 25 carriers regarding cargo price fixing. It said that 11 carriers originally charged were not fined.
The (EU), USA Department of Justice, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and other authorities worldwide have been investigating anti-competitive practices in air cargo since 2005. Cargolux (C LX) President & CEO, Ulrich Ogiermann and Senior VP Sales & Marketing, Robert Van de Weg were recently indicted in a USA court on charges of conspiring to fix and coordinate certain surcharge rates on air cargo shipments to and from the USA.
In a statement, Air France (AFA)/(KLM) said it considered the level of the fine to be "disproportionate given the fact that the economic analysis demonstrated that the actions in question had no detrimental effect on the freight shippers or the freight forwarders. Moreover, the level of the fines disregards the economic hardship that the air cargo industry has suffered, and will have a distortive effect on the level playing field." It added that it intends to appeal the decision to (EU) courts. Because the level of the fine exceeds the level of provisions already taken by the company for potential cargo antitrust payments, (AFA)/(KLM) will book a charge of €127 million for the first half of its current fiscal year.
(SAS) said in a statement it has not been involved in a global cartel and the fines are disproportionate. It also plans to appeal the decision, a process that could take several years. The fines will be accounted for in (SAS)'s third-quarter earnings.
Air Canada (ACN) said in a statement it may appeal the decision and said the penalty is “more than adequately” covered by a C$125 million provision it made in 2008.
"We are highly disappointed and strongly contest the considerable level of the fines, which we believe to be disproportionate to (SAS) Cargo's actions," said (SAS) Chief Legal Officer, Mats Loennkvist. "We have cooperated fully with the (EC) during the entire investigation and, for slightly more than four years, we have disputed the (EC)'s view that (SAS) Cargo has been involved in a global cartel."
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has been forced to perform engine changes on three of its A380s as a result of ongoing investigations into the uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 972) on a Qantas (QAN) A380 after a recent take-off from Singapore. Initially, (SIA) inspected all its 11 A380s, powered by (Trent 970) engines, and returned them to service with some flights delayed. It performed one engine change but said it was unrelated.
“Based on further analysis of inspection findings as the investigation into this recent incident is progressing, (SIA) will be carrying out precautionary engine changes on three A380s.” The spokesman added that “Rolls-Royce (RRC) has recommended further detailed inspections of three engines [one on each A380air) as a result of oil staining. This is to ensure that the cause of the oil staining can be determined.”
The three A380s were located at Melbourne, Sydney and in London and it was planned to ferry them back to Singapore for the work. (SIA) added that the rest of its fleet would continue normal operations. “Any further checks that may be recommended by the manufacturers will of course be done and, in the meantime, we continue with our regular routine checks,” the spokesman said.
The (QAN) fleet of six A380s remains grounded with no firm date of when the airplanes will be returned to service. (QAN) is expected to take delivery of three more A380s before Christmas.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 900) series engines calling for “repetitive inspections of the Low Pressure Turbine stage 1 blades and case drain, HP/IP structure air buffer cavity and oil service tubes in order to detect any abnormal oil leakage” in the wake of the uncontained failure of a (Trent 972) on a Qantas (QAN) A380 on November 4. The (AD) says that “analysis of the preliminary elements from the incident investigation shows that an oil fire in the HP/IP structure cavity may have caused the failure of the Intermediate Pressure Turbine Disc.” It adds that “this condition, if not detected, could ultimately result in uncontained engine failure potentially leading to damage to the aeroplane and hazards to persons or property on the ground.”
The (AD) requires that all engines are inspected within 10 flight cycles of the date of the (AD) and then every 20 flight cycles. Any engine off-wing must be inspected immediately. (EASA) says that if any discrepancy is found, it prohibits further engine operation.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported that it had already implemented the (AD) as it knew it was coming and had rearranged its A380 flight schedule to accommodate the extra time required for the checks. (SIA) still has three A380s grounded for engine changes. Qantas (QAN) is keeping its six A380s grounded until at least next week.
Rolls-Royce (RRC) has said the failure of the (Trent 972) and the test-stand failure of a (Trent 1000) on August 2 are unrelated and that the cause of the latter is understood. However, (QAN) engineers and a former Australian Transport Safety Bureau inspector have said that there may be a connection between the two events.
Rolls-Royce (RRC) has advised airlines that up to 34 (Trent 900) engines may have to be replaced, according to airline sources in Sydney, who noted that Singapore Airlines (SIA) may have to replace up to 20 engines in its fleet of 11 A380s, and (QAN) may have to replace 14 engines.
(QAN) said it is still working through the issue with Rolls-Royce (RRC), while a Singapore Airlines (SIA) spokesman said (SIA) is “working with (RRC) on an agreed program, which will cover the replacement of a module in our A380 engines.”
Airbus (EDS) COO Customers, John Leahy told Australian media in Sydney that new-build (RRC) engines had the required modification, understood to be a bearing box, but older engines did not. As of press time, the engine maker had not officially advised its airline customers of the upgrade or a fix for older engines. At the briefing, Leahy said that (RRC) is “constantly upgrading its engines” and that the new engines had a modification relating to the oil leak problem. “The engines on the production line are to a new-build standard and do not have the [oil] problem,” Leahy said.
(QAN) continues to ground its A380s; Airbus (EDS) had offered to fly some new engines out, but that was before the new revelation on the number of engines to be replaced.
December 2010: The Australia Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has issued a Safety Recommendation for all Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 900) engines to be checked within two flight cycles for fatigue cracking within the stub pipe that feeds oil into the High Pressure and Intermediate Pressure bearing structure. The (ATSB)’s recommendation was quickly followed by an (AD) from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (ACASA) to Qantas (QAN) and is expected to be followed by an (AD) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The ongoing investigation by the (ATSB), (EASA) and Rolls-Royce (RRC) into the uncontained failure of the No 2 (Trent 972) engine on a (QAN) A380 on November 4 has revealed the oil pipe had “misaligned counter-boring understood to be related to the manufacturing process,” according to the (ATSB). The (ATSB) said the “condition could lead to an elevated risk of fatigue crack initiation and growth, oil leakage and potential catastrophic engine failure from a resulting oil fire.” It added that the misalignment had “produced a localized thinning of the pipe wall on one side. The area of fatigue cracking was associated with the area of pipe wall thinning.”
(QAN) said the “revelation appeared to provide a more definitive explanation for the engine failure that occurred on QF32.” It added that the (ATSB)’s recommendation that "these one-off inspections be conducted within two flight cycles," provides a level of inspection "over and above the current 20 cycle inspection required by the (EASA).”
(QAN) has two A380 airplanes in operational service. It said that both airplanes would be checked immediately. At the same time, (QAN) has filed a statement of financial claim with the Federal Court of Australia against (RRC). (QAN) was granted an injunction by the court, which will ensure it can pursue legal action against the engine maker in Australia under the Trade Practices Act if a commercial settlement is not possible. That claim is expected to run well over >$100 million with the repairs to the A380 alone to top $70 million.
“Today’s action allows (QAN) to keep all options available to the company to recover losses, as a result of the grounding of the A380 fleet and the operational constraints currently imposed on A380 services,” said (QAN) in a statement.
The relationship between (QAN) and Rolls-Royce (RRC) hit more turbulence after the engine maker’s lawyers failed to show up at an Australian Federal Court hearing to discuss a compensation claim for the grounding of (QAN)’s A380 fleet for 23 days following last month’s uncontained engine failure incident.
In a related development, (QAN)’s seventh A380 (on the production line in Toulouse) required one (Trent 972) engine changed because it was a “Mod A” with the faulty stub pipe thought responsible for the November 4 incident. The airplane is due to be delivered. (QAN) confirmed that it refused to accept the latest A380, named "Charles Ulm" after the pioneer aviator, until the “Mod C” engine was fitted, which was completed Wednesday.
(QAN) filed a 25-page statement of claim in the federal court to negotiate a commercial settlement with (RRC) over loss of earnings— which could run more than >$100 million by some estimates — from the grounding of its A380 fleet. Repairs to the airplane alone could be $70 million. (RRC) countered and filed an application to suppress aspects of the claim, but the judge declined because no lawyers for the engine maker showed up in court. He set a new date of December 16.
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Last week, the (ATSB) issued a safety recommendation for all (RRC) (Trent 900) engines to be checked within two flight cycles for fatigue cracking within the stub pipe that feeds oil into the high pressure and intermediate pressure bearing structure. The (ATSB) said that the oil pipe had “misaligned counter-boring understood to be related to the manufacturing process,” and the “condition could lead to an elevated risk of fatigue crack initiation and growth, oil leakage and potential catastrophic engine failure from a resulting oil fire.”
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has also found one engine with a suspected faulty pipe. A spokesman said that (SIA) had one “precautionary engine change” as a result of the inspections. “The engine was removed for a more detailed inspection in the shop.”
(SIA) will begin to operate its daily, Los Angeles (LAX) - Tokyo Narita - Singapore service with an A380 beginning March 27, a move that will offer passengers +100 additional seats on each flight versus the 747 currently operating the route. "The launch of our A380 to Los Angeles will bring our global flagship experience to this important market," Americas Regional VP C W Foo said. "With this new airplane, we can now offer passengers connecting or departing via (LAX) our newest and most luxurious seat products across all cabin classes, as well as substantial improvements in the number of in-flight entertainment options available."
(SIA)'s A380 is configured with 12 private suites, 60 business-class (C) seats and 399 economy-class (Y) seats.
Following investigations into the Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 972) engine failure on a (QAN) A380, (SIA) in November inspected all 11 of its (Trent 970)-powered A380s, and removed three airplanes from service for “precautionary engine changes.” This month, (SIA) performed another “precautionary engine change” after identifying a suspected faulty pipe.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has an entry-level flight crew (FC) cadet program for Singapore citizens, Singapore permanent residents or Malaysian citizens. (SIA) is not currently hiring experienced pilots (FC).
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Singapore Airlines (SIA) parent, the (SIA) Group earned net income of +S$288.3 million/+$225.4 million for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, down -28.6% from a +S$403.7 million profit in the prior-year period, a decline attributable to S$199.1 million in special charges related to price-fixing fines against (SIA) Cargo (SQC).
The company said in a statement that it "has accepted" a $48 million fine imposed by the USA Department of Justice, but is appealing a €74.8 million/$102.5 million fine from the European Commission (EC) and a KRW3.1 billion/$2.8 million penalty from the South Korean Fair Trade Commission. Excluding the fines, fiscal third-quarter net income would have risen +21% year-over-year, (SIA) said.
Quarterly revenue heightened +12.3% compared to the prior-year period to S$3.84 billion, while expenses escalated +7.4% to S$3.33 billion, producing an operating profit of +S$509.3 million, up +57% over operating income of +S$322.9 million in the quarter ending December 31, 2009. (SIA) said (SIA)’s fiscal third-quarter operating profit improved +63.6% compared to the prior-year period to S$378 million. (SIA) Cargo (SQC)'s operating profit increased +18% to S$48 million while SilkAir (SLK)'s operating income heightened +93% to +S$45 million. (SIA) Engineering posted a +38% lift in quarterly operating income to +S$34 million.
Passenger traffic for the quarter rose just +0.3% to 22.18 billion (RPK)s on a +3.7% heightening of capacity to 27.81 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 79.7% LF, down -2.7 points. Yield improved +15.2% to S$0.121.
(SIA) plans to enter the South American market on March 28 with the launch of flights to Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil from its Singapore Changi International Airport base. The 777-300ER service, which still requires government approval, will operate through Spanair (SPP)’s Barcelona El Prat Airport hub and carry (SPP)’s designator code. (SPP) is attempting to create a virtual international network through partnerships, such as this with (SIA).
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said in December that it remained open to any opportunity to quit its stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA). The comment was made to media in Singapore after rumors of another potential bid for the airline, in which (SIA) holds a 49% stake acquired in 2000. The relationship between the two airlines has been strained for years. However, (SIA) VP Public Affairs, Nicholas Ionides said that “no decision” has been made about any divestment.
Singapore’s Changi airport (SIN) reached 40 million annual passengers in 2010 for the first time ever. The record-breaking total reflects a surge in East Asian traffic, with passenger volumes to and from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Hong Kong, and Shanghai all growing by double digits year to year. The growth in low-fare travel on carriers like Tiger Airways (TGR), Jetstar (IMU)/(JSA), and AirAsia (ASW) is also contributing to Singapore’s robust performance.
INCDT: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is inspecting its fleet of A380s after one its A380-841s (TRENT 970) (008, /08 9V-SKD) experienced an in-flight smoke event on January 31. Flight 861 from Hong Kong was on descent into Singapore, when smoke was detected in a lavatory. Cabin crew (CA) discharged a halon fire extinguisher as flight crew (FC) continued the landing.
According to media reports, (SIA) stated that ground crews found evidence of burned electrical wiring in the forward cargo hold, which was below the lavatory where the smoke was detected. The airplane has been grounded pending further inspection. (SIA) currently operates 11 A380s.
(SIA) has an entry-level cadet program for Singapore citizens, Singapore permanent residents or Malaysian citizens. (SIA) is not currently hiring experienced pilots (FC).
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March 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add a seventh-daily, Singapore - Hong Kong service on March 27, operated by a 777-200ER. (SIA) launched Singapore - Sao Paulo, via Barcelona.
April 2011: Amadeus signed an agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide its subscribers with access to (SIA)'s flight schedules and fares for up to five years.
May 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIA) earned a +S$1.09 billion/+$885.3 million net profit for its fiscal year ended March 31, a more than fivefold increase over net income of +S$215.8 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 - 2010 and exceeding the +S$1.06 billion profit posted in (FY) 2008 - 2009. The strong results were achieved even with (SIA) making a S$201.8 million provision for paying cargo antitrust (ATI) fines to the USA, (EU) and South Korea.
Revenue generated in (FY) 2010 to 2011 increased +14% year-over-year to S$14.52 billion "as both carriage and yields recovered from depressed levels last financial year," (SIA) said. "This revenue growth was achieved in a year punctuated by disruptions ranging from volcanic ash in Europe (April 2010), snowstorms in Europe and the USA, floods in Australia, and earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan."
Fiscal-year expenses lifted +5% to S$13.25 billion. Fuel costs, excluding hedging, rose +24%, (SIA) said. Operating profit was +S$1.27 billion, significantly widened over an operating profit of +S$63.2 million in (FY) 2009 - 2010.
The parent airline company posted an operating profit of +S$851 million for (FY) 2010 to 2011, turned around from a -S$39 million operating deficit in the prior year. Subsidiary units also performed well on an operating basis in the year ended March 31: (SIA) Engineering's operating income of +$136 million was widened from a +$110 million profit in (FY) 2009 to 2010; (SIA) Cargo (SQC)'s operating profit of +$151 million reversed a -S$145 million operating loss in the previous year; and SilkAir (SLK)'s +S$121 million in operating income more than doubled a +S$49 million prior-year operating profit.
(SIA)'s (FY) 2010 to 2011 passenger traffic increased +2.3% year-over-year to 84.8 billion (RPK)s on a +2.3% rise in capacity to 108.06 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 78.5% LF, barely changed from 78.4% LF in the prior year. Passenger yield heightened +14.4% to S$0.119. (CASK) rose +3.5% to S$0.089.
In a major signal to the airline industry that the competitive landscape of long-haul travel is changing, (SIA) announced it will set up a new no-frills, low-cost carrier (LCC) operating twin-aisle airplanes on medium- and long-haul routes.
(SIA) said in a statement that “the new airline is being established following extensive review and analysis,” which was in part focused on the runaway success of AirAsia X (ASX) with its fleet of A330s and A340s. It added that the new airline would “enable the (SIA) Group to serve a largely untapped new market and cater to the growing demand among consumers for low-fare travel.”
The new carrier has not yet been named. It is expected to begin operations within one year. It will be wholly owned by (SIA), but will be operated independently and managed separately from (SIA).
“We are very excited about what our new low-fare subsidiary will offer to consumers. We are seeing a new market segment being created and this will provide another growth opportunity for the (SIA) Group,” said CEO, Goh Choon Phong.
He added, “We have observed on short-haul routes within Asia, low-fare airlines help stimulate demand for travel, and we expect this will also prove true for longer flights. At the same time, we remain fully committed to the further growth of (SIA), which will continue to offer the highest-quality products and services to our customers.”
(SIA) retired a 747-400 during the March quarter and as of March 31 its fleet numbered 108 passenger airplanes, comprising seven 747-400s, 66 777s, 19 A330-300s, 11 A380-800s and five A340-500s. In the current fiscal year, it expects to take delivery of eight A380-800s and decommission five 777s and all seven of its 747-400s. "The net decrease of four airplanes will bring the operating fleet to a total of 104 airplanes by March 2012," (SIA) noted. "The reduction in fleet size will be more than offset by increased utilization to produce passenger capacity growth of +6%" in the current fiscal year compared to (FY) 2010 to 2011.
Looking ahead, (SIA) said, "The twin challenges of near term weakness in load factors and high fuel prices will adversely affect the operating performance of airlines. (SIA) will be vigilant in cost management and closely monitor patterns of demand and adjust capacity accordingly."
June 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch thrice-weekly, Singapore (SIN) - Kolkata (CCU) service on August 1; its regional subsidiary, SilkAir (SLK) will launch four-times-weekly, (SIN) - (CCU) service on the same day.
The far-reaching alliance between Virgin Australia (VOZ) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) could significantly alter Australian airline market dynamics, according to analysts. Peter Harbison, CEO of the Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), described the partnership as potentially a "seismic shift in market power" given that (VOZ) is aligning with one of the world's most respected airlines. Subject to regulatory approvals, (VOZ) will code share on all (SIA) flights throughout Asia and India, while its frequent flyers will be able to use their points on any flights in (SIA)'s network. (SIA), in turn, will sell seats on all (VOZ) domestic flights.
The deal rounds out (VOZ)'s push to create global alliances to offer its passengers the same choices as Australian market leader Qantas (QAN). (VOZ) over the last year has re-launched itself with a business-class (C) offering and cemented cooperation agreements with Delta Air Lines (DAL), Etihad Airways (EHD) and Air New Zealand (ANZ) as well as carriers affiliated with the global Virgin Group.
(VOZ) CEO, John Borghetti said that the alliance with (SIA) is a "huge step forward for (VOZ)," adding that he did "not expect any regulatory hurdles" to impede establishment of the partnership. "This alliance is good for consumers and is pro-competition," said Borghetti. "With this new alliance we can now offer our passengers over >400 destinations around the world." The alliance with (SIA) accounts for 70 of those destinations.
Borghetti explained that the close link with (SIA) would help attract more corporate accounts to (VOZ) and assist in (VOZ)'s goal of lifting its share of that business sector from 12% currently to 20%.
However, (QAN) CEO, Alan Joyce said that he was "adamant that (QAN) would not give up any of its market share," leading analysts such as Harbison to forecast a fare war in the Australian market.
(VOZ) and (SIA) will also offer passengers reciprocal frequent flyer program benefits and lounge access and seamless connections. The two airlines will file an application for authorization with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to enable them to cooperate across a broad range of commercial functions.
(SIA) CEO, Goh Choon Phong said the partnership presents a significant opportunity for (SIA) to drive growth, product innovation and network connectivity. "It will enhance the attractiveness of Australia as a travel destination while also opening up new horizons for travelers from Australia," he commented.
It is expected that regulatory approval will be completed by the end of the year.
SEE ATTACHED - - "SIA-2011-06-ALLIANCE WITH (VOZ)."
Airbus (EDS) delivered its 50th A380-841 (058, 9V-SKL) to Singapore Airlines (SIA). It is (SIA)'s 12th A380.
(EDS) said it finalized an agreement with (SIA) under which (SIA) will lease 15 new A330-300s to be delivered by (EDS) from 2013 - 2015 to join an existing fleet of 19 A330-300s currently operated by (SIA).
The A330-300s will be powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines. They'll be used to fly "from Singapore to destinations across the Asia/Pacific region and to the Middle East," according to Airbus (EDS). (SIA) last month announced plans to set up a new no-frills, low-fare carrier operating twin-aisle airplanes on medium- and long-haul routes
July 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it will increase frequencies to a variety of destinations during the northern hemisphere's winter operating season in response to growing demand. An additional daily service will be introduced on the Singapore (SIN) - Bangkok route, increasing flight frequency to five per day from four, while services between (SIN) and Tokyo Haneda will return to twice-daily from daily. Frequency on the (SIN) - Osaka route will increase to 11 flights per week from 10.
(SIA)'s (SIN) - Guangzhou services will double to 14 per week, while (SIN) - Ahmedabad flying will lift from twice to thrice weekly and (SIN) - Mumbai flights will increase to 17 from 14 per week. (SIA) plans to lift its (SIN) - Istanbul services to six-times-weekly from four and add one more flight to four weekly (SIN) - Cape Town offerings.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) appointed General Manager Japan, Campbell Wilson as CEO of its no-frills, low-fare carrier (LCC) set to be launched next year. Wilson has been with the (SIA) Group for more than >15 years, holding various positions. "My immediate task is to establish a strong management team and we will be actively recruiting to fill senior positions," said Wilson. "There is huge potential in this new market segment and we can promise many exciting developments from the new airline in the lead-up to our launch next year."
(SIA) noted that the new airline will be wholly owned by Singapore Airlines (SIA) but operated independently and managed separately. It will operate wide body airplanes on medium- and long-haul routes.
(SIA) selected the 777-200 as the airplane type to comprise the fleet of its new long-haul, low-cost subsidiary airline scheduled to launch next year. The airplanes will "initially" be acquired from (SIA), which did not say how many 777-200s will make up the unnamed (LCC)'s operating fleet. (SIA) had 35 777-200ERs in its fleet as of March 31.
The airplanes will be reconfigured in a new seating layout for the (LCC) that will almost certainly feature a 10 across 3-4-3 configuration in economy (Y).
Campbell Wilson, newly named CEO of the (LCC), said, "The selection of the initial fleet marks another milestone in the establishment of the new airline. The process is progressing well for our launch next year." (SIA) said that "the airplane type was selected following a detailed evaluation . . . The 777-200's proven versatility and reliability are key deciding factors in the selection."
It called the 777 "a mainstay" of its fleet since its 1997 introduction. In addition to the 35 777-200ERs, (SIA)'s fleet as of March 31, also featured 31 777-300/300ERs.
The new (LCC) will be wholly owned by (SIA), but will be operated independently and managed separately, operating no-frills, medium- and long-haul flights. Details of its branding, products and services, and route network will be unveiled in the coming months."
August 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and TransAero Airlines (TRX) have reached a code share agreement under which (SIA)'s code will be placed on Transaero (TRX) flights from Moscow to Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Samara, and St Petersburg. (TRX) will place its code on (SIA) flights from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Singapore and Houston Intercontinental, USA.
(SIA) has begun accepting specific seat reservations in economy (Y) class. Previously, seat requests had only been available for suites, first (F) and business (C) class passengers.
(SIA) ordered eight more 777-300ERs valued at $2.3 billion at list prices to support growth plans. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013. (SIA) said the airplanes would be operated on medium- and long-haul routes. Powered by (GE90) engines, the 777-300ERs will join 19 of the model in the (SIA) fleet.
(SIA) operates the second largest 777 fleet after Emirates (EAD) with (SIA) having 47 777-200/200ERs, 12 777-300s, 19 777-300ERs.
September 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has firmed up an agreement with Airbus (EDS) to lease another 15 A330-300 airplanes. No other financial details were disclosed. The airplanes will be delivered between 2013 and 2015 and will be operated on routes within Asia, as well as to points in Australia and the Middle East. The A330s will be powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines and will join 19 already in service.
October 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has denied media reports that it will launch its new budget long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary airline in April with one 777-200 airplane. The "Straits Times" reported the launch date, which was later denied by (SIA) through "Dow Jones." According to the report, the yet-to-be-named airline will have four 777s by July with an eventual fleet of 14.
In July, (SIA) selected the 777-200, to be drawn from its own fleet, for the new (LCC). The airplane will be reconfigured in a new seating layout that will almost certainly feature a 10-across, 3-4-3 configuration in economy (Y).
(SIA) has 35 777-200ERs, and 31 777-300/300ERs.
The new (LCC) will be wholly owned by (SIA), but will be operated independently and managed separately, operating no-frills, medium- and long-haul flights.
(SIA) received another A380, this one with a more premium-heavy seating configuration. The A380’s second deck is now all business class (C), just like on the A380s flown by Korean Air (KAL).
October 25 will mark four years since its first A380 flight (Singapore to Sydney).
October 2011: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) reached a code share agreement under which (ETH) will place its code on (SIA) Singapore - Dubai service and (SIA) will place its code on (ETH) Addis Ababa - Dubai service from November 1.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted draft approval for Virgin Australia’s (VOZ)'s comprehensive alliance with Singapore Airlines (SIA).
The alliance with (SIA) completes (VOZ)’s global strategy of linking with some of the industry’s major players. In the past year, (VOZ) has won approval for alliances with Delta Airlines (DAL), Etihad Airways (EHD) and Air New Zealand (ANZ).
(VOZ) CEO, John Borghetti said the alliance will “enable us to deliver an attractive and competitive service for travelers in Australia and Asia,” calling it a “key plank in Virgin Australia (VOZ)’s strategy to build an international network of airline partners that offers global coverage.”
(ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims said the alliance will likely result in material benefits to the public, including enhanced products and services. It is also likely to make “(VOZ) more competitive with other airlines, including Qantas (QAN)," Sims said.
The Competition Commission of Singapore has approved the proposed alliance between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Virgin Australia (VOZ), removing the last hurdle for the tie-up.
November 2011: The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group posted a net profit of +S$238.9 million/+$187.6 million for its fiscal-year first half ended September 30, down -62% from net income of +S$632.7 in the year-ago period. It said the drop was "principally on account of high fuel costs."
The six-month operating profit of the parent airline company declined -86% year-over-year to S$53 million. "The prevailing economic uncertainty and weak consumer confidence are impacting demand for air transportation. Advance passenger bookings are showing signs of weakness, particularly in Europe and the United States," the (SIA) Group said in a statement. "Global purchasing manager indices have also fallen, pointing to weaker demand for airfreight. Both passenger and cargo yields are therefore expected to remain under pressure."
It added, "Exacerbating the impact of the weak outlook is the high cost of fuel, which is compounded by the recent strength in the USA dollar. Forward prices for jet fuel remain high and volatile."
The (SIA) Group's fiscal first-half revenue rose +3% year-over-year to S$7.28 billion, outpaced by a +10% lift in expenses to S$7.14 billion that included a +35% surge in fuel costs to S$747 million. It said the fuel spike was "partially offset" by a +S$118 million year-over-year gain in fuel hedging. Group operating profit for the six months sank -77.5% to +S$133.9 million.
(SIA)'s fiscal first-half traffic heightened +3.8% to 43.46 billion (RPK)s on a +6.3% increase in capacity to 56.09 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 77.5% LF, down -1.9 points. Yield was flat at S$0.118.
(SIA) took delivery of three A380-800s in the six months ended September 30, while retiring four 747-400s and returning a 777-300 upon expiration of its lease. As of September 30, its fleet comprised 106 passenger airplanes, including three 747-400s, 65 777s, 19 A330-300s, 14 A380-800s and five A340-500s.
INCDT: Munich Airport (MUC) suffered heavy traffic delays on November 3rd after a Singapore Airlines (SIA) 777-300ER slid off the southern runway just after landing. (SIA) flight 327, originating in Manchester, was carrying 143 passengers and 15 crew. There were no injuries.
“So far we have no information what was the cause for this incident, which happened during sunny weather,” an (MUC) spokesperson said.
One of the two runways was closed pending removal of the airplane. Thirty flights had to be canceled as of 5 pm local time. The spokesperson said the airport expects the remaining 400 to 500 flights of the day to be delayed.
This was the second incident this week to disrupt air travel in Europe after Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) was closed on November 1st and most of November 2nd following the emergency landing of a (LOT) Polish Airlines 767 that had to carry out a gear-up landing.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has revealed its new long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) will be named “Scoot” and will operate four 777-200s to be purchased from the parent company.
Scoot will start services in mid-2012 with fares up to -40% below legacy carriers. It will operate from SingaporeChangi Airport(SIN) Terminal 2, not the low-cost terminal, and will offer two cabins. Seats, cabin features and offerings are still being evaluated.
Scoot CEO, Campbell Wilson said the name was chosen because it is “short, sharp and snappy. It stands out. It’s geographically independent and can be a verb or a noun. Besides difference, it conveys spontaneity, movement, informality and a touch of quirkiness — all attributes we intend this company to be known for,” he said.
“These attributes will be personified in a unique spirit that encapsulates our values and style, and that should be apparent to guests whenever they interact with us. An airline with a different attitude. People with a different attitude. Scootitude,” Wilson said.
It’s still too early to judge the success of Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s new low-cost carrier (LCC), but its name certainly has raised some eyebrows – as well as a few chuckles. “Scoot,” as it’s called, is (SIA)’s latest bid to win back some of the business it has lost to the upstarts of Asia’s booming no-frills aviation sector in recent years, namely Malaysia’s AirAsia (ASW) and Australia’s Jetstar (IMU).
It plans to launch in mid-2012 with a fleet of 777-200s taken from the mother airline that will initially service routes to Australasia and China before expanding farther afield to destinations in India, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
Scoot’s CEO, Campbell Wilson, says its moniker is designed to evoke a sense of quirkiness, spontaneity and informality (a sharp contrast to the prestige and elegance of its silver-service parent company, which gained global recognition through its “Singapore Girl” marketing campaign in the 1980s).
The name is also a far cry from the no-nonsense culture of corporate rectitude that pervades the city-state’s government-linked enterprises, a point the airline is at pains to stress. “Rather than the tried and tired ‘airlines’ this, ‘airways’ that or ‘air’ yawn, (Scoot is) short, sharp and snappy,” Mr Wilson said in a press release. “It stands out. It’s geographically independent, and can be a verb or a noun.”
Scoot has hired Sparkfury Creative Consultants and its sister agency Tangoshark, two local houses of branding experts. Mr Wilson said he sought both agencies’ assistance because of their desire to challenge convention. “That’s exactly the spirit we like and want of our partners and our staff (an attitude that’s unique, the Scootitude that encapsulates our values and spirit and that should be apparent to guests whenever they interact with us),” he said.
The move might seem a belated attempt to give Singapore Airlines (SIA) a branding edge against the more outlandish antics of maverick airline types such as Virgin (VAA)’s Sir Richard Branson or AirAsia (ASW)’s Tony Fernandes and win over a younger more cost-conscious flying market. However, the airline’s branding gurus may have miscalculated their target market’s propensity for rapid-response ridicule.
Renowned Singapore blogger, Kin Mun Lee, known by his handle "Mr Brown," tweeted recently that Scoot could stand for “So Cheap-O Overseas Travel” while others have lampooned the name’s association with abusive imperatives to depart hastily.
Mr Fernandes of (ASW) couldn’t resist a swipe at the move, tweeting “(SIA) has no creativity. A confused puppy as an airline.”
Perhaps least flattering is Scoot’s veterinary-related homonym: A verb that refers to the canine or feline act of dealing with back-end irritation by dragging itself across the ground.
Ultimately, Scoot will be judged by its ability to win market share in what has become an increasingly competitive space. And it’s not entirely clear what (SIA)’s overall strategy is outside of its full-service operations. (SIA) already has a 33% stake in low-cost regional operator Tiger Airways (TGR), which was recently roiled by regulatory issues in the Australian domestic market, where it competes following several safety breaches this year. Scoot, a mid-to-long haul carrier, plans to operate on routes on the edges of and outside the reach of Tiger (TGR)’s network.
Additionally, (SIA) operates a mid-fare service, SilkAir (SLK), throughout South and Southeast Asia on routes also plied by the flagship brand carrier.
Although the group’s management maintains the three wholly-owned brands and Tiger (TGR) associate cater to very separate and distinct markets, analysts believe cannibalization across operations is inevitable.
Just as challenging for management will be the task of making sure its growing low-cost operations don’t dilute the excellent reputation its flagship brand has earned.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) confirmed it is the customer for eight previously unidentified 777-300ERs.
"This order is part of our ongoing fleet expansion and modernization program, which enables us to offer our latest cabin products to our customers," (SIA) CEO, Goh Choon Phong said. "The additional 777-300ERs will also help us further strengthen the Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s network, providing our customers even more travel options."
The order, valued at $2.4 billion, was first announced Aug. 10. (SIA) has ordered 85 777s, 27 of which are 777-300ERs.
The engine value at list prices on the (GE90-115B) engines powering the eight 777s for is more than >$450 million, (GEC) said.
December 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIN) and JetBlue Airways (JBL) have launched a new interline agreement under which customers will be able to book a single combined ticket for (JBL) and (SIA) operated flights with one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved the comprehensive integrated network alliance between Virgin Australia (VOZ) and Singapore Airlines (SIA).
The (ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims said the alliance “is likely to lead to increased competition for international air passenger services." Under the alliance, the airlines will cooperate on all aspects of their Australia - Singapore services and any international and domestic connecting routes, including joint pricing and scheduling, as well as joint marketing and sales.
"The ability to offer a comprehensive international and domestic network, along with enhanced frequent flyer and lounge products, is likely to be attractive to both corporate and government passengers," Sims said.
By the end of the year, (VOZ) and (SIA) will launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.
The Competition Commission of Singapore approved the tie-up in October.
The (ACCC) approval is the final tick for (VOZ)’s virtual airline strategy and it will now be able to offer global flight coverage through alliances with Etihad Airways (EHD), Air New Zealand (ANZ), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and (SIA), increasing its international reach from around 60 destinations to over >400 destinations worldwide.
Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s new long-haul, low-cost subsidiary, "Scoot," has chosen Sydney (SYD) as its first international destination. Scoot will fly daily between (SYD) to Singapore (SIN) from mid-2012 on a 777-200ER. This is a route that neither AirAsia X (ASX), which would obviously like to serve it from Kuala Lumpur but cannot get its flight rights, and Jetstar (IMU). Singapore Airlines (SIA) itself also flies the lucrative Singapore-Sydney route, with its A380. Also Qantas (QAN) and British Airways (BAB) working together, and even Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA). More destinations are expected to be announced shortly, with China and then Europe targeted for 2013.
Scoot will commence operations with four 777-200ERs with fares up to -40% below legacy carriers. It will operate from (SIN) Terminal 2, not the low-cost terminal.
Being very aware of the significance of the competition from (SIA)'s just launched "Scoot," AirAsia X (ASX) has initiated its first flight to Osaka, the birthplace of Kabuki theater. The real theatrics however, are happening in the air with Japan undergoing a low-fare revolution. (ASX) already serves Tokyo Haneda.
January 2012: (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of entering a joint venture (JV) to introduce Stockholm Arlanda – Singapore (SIN) (SIA)-operated service, as well as to increase frequencies on the 3X-weekly, Copenhagen - (SIN) route, depending on market conditions. The (JV) is subject to regulatory approval and includes coordination of flight schedules as well joint sales activities.
SilkAir (SLK) will serve Darwin, Australia. The new Darwin service follows the new joint venture (JV) being formed between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Virgin Australia (VOZ), which itself will start flying to Darwin from Sydney in an effort to feed the new SilkAir (SLK) flights. Singapore Airlines (SIA) and (VOZ) began frequent flier cooperation last month.
(SIA) is not currently hiring Flight Crew (FC) pilots. See FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
February 2012: Singapore Airlines (SIA) parent, the (SIA) Group reported a net profit of +S$374 million/+$298.2 million for the first nine months of its April 1 - March 31 fiscal year, down -59% from +S$921 million in net income in the year-ago period.
Results were not much better for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, for which (SIA) posted a +S$153 million net profit, down -53% year-over-year.
(SIA) said that "persistently high jet fuel prices adversely affected the Group's performance." (SIA) is not optimistic about the current quarter. "Forward bookings continue to show signs of weakness in the final quarter of the financial year, due to uncertainty in the global economy and the protracted Eurozone debt crisis," (SIA) stated. "Passenger yields are expected to remain under pressure, while cargo yields are expected to continue to decline. As the price of jet fuel remains high and volatile, fuel costs continue to adversely impact the Group's financial performance."
(SIA)'s fiscal nine-month revenue rose +2% to S$11.15 billion, while expenditures increased by +10% to S$10.86 billion "principally on account of higher jet fuel prices," (SIA) said. Nine-month operating profit fell -74% to +S$814 million.
Fiscal third-quarter operating profit was +S$159 million, down -69% year-over-year. Breaking down (SIA)'s fiscal third quarter by subsidiary, Singapore Airlines (SIA) earned a +S$137 million operating profit, down -64% (owing mainly to a +34% rise in airplane fuel costs); (SIA) Engineering posted a +S$28 million operating profit, down -17.6%; regional SilkAir (SLK) reported a +S$32 million operating profit, down -28.9%; and (SIA) Cargo (SQC) incurred an operating loss of -S$40 million, reversed from a +S$48 million operating profit in the 2010 December quarter.
(SIA) mainline passenger traffic rose just +2.5% year-over-year for the nine months ended December 31 to 65.64 billion (RPK)s on a +5.3% lift in capacity to 84.83 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 77.4% LF, down -2.1 points. Nine-month passenger yield was flat year-over-year at S$0.119.
(SIA) will be the launch customer for Boeing (TBC)’s new Electronic Logbook (ELB) software. The new version of (ELB), developed in partnership with Ultramain Systems, Inc, enables communication between pilots, ground crews, maintenance crews and engineering.
(SIA) will be deploying (ELB) on all their 777 airplanes.
(ELB) runs on an airplane’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) to connect flight data with ground-based technicians (MT) and equipment. The application feeds flight crew (FC) data into a central repository where it is combined with maintenance and engineering information. This allows airlines to better understand and diagnose issues within the context of multiple airplane systems.
“(ELB) allows us to transform data into usable information that can give our customers’ operations a competitive edge,” said Per Noren, VP of Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Information Services. “Airplane information is efficiently and quickly shared with the people who need it, which facilitates fast turnaround times – and that translate into better passenger service and greater airline cost savings.
“(SIA) consistently leads the industry in adopting technology to improve their quality, service and reliability. Their partnership throughout our development process helped realize important operational efficiency opportunities,” Noren added.
With this investment, (SIA) adds (ELB) to their existing Boeing (TBC) digital efficiency solutions: Maintenance Performance Toolbox, Airplane Health Management (AHM) and Integrated Material Management (IMM) services. Combining these Boeing tools, integrated into (SIA)’s back office resource management systems, will enable even better passenger service and greater maintenance and operational efficiencies.
At the Singapore air show the country's flag carrier (SIA) gave one of aviation's iconic airliners a worthy send-off. (SIA) will retire the Boeing 747 from its passenger fleet on 6 April after almost four decades of faithful service. Although the "Jumbo" will continue to haul freight for (SIA)'s cargo arm (SQC) for some time to come, it is game over for the "Mega Top" at the passenger division.
March 2012: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has named Zoë Martin as Public Relations (PR) Manager, UK & Ireland. Martin joins (SIA) from American Airlines (AAL) where she served as (PR) manager for Europe.
Scoot (SCT), the (SIA) subsidiary, which is to operate medium- to long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) operations, has set June 26 as the launch date when it will start operations with two 777-200ERs taken over from its parent Singapore Airlines (SIA) and offering five weekly flights from Singapore Changi International airport (SIN) to Coolangatta/Gold Coast airport (OOL) as well as a daily, Singapore Changi International airport (SIN) - Sydney Kingsford Smith airport (SYD) service.
"Scoot" (SCT) took ownership of its first airplane, a 777-200, on March 17. The 777, purchased from (SIA), was joined by a second 777-212ER on March 30. The two 777s will undergo a heavy maintenance "D" check, have their interiors refitted with Scoot (SCT)’s cabin product and be painted in Scoot (SCT)’s livery before entering commercial service. Scoot (SCT) aims to start flying between Singapore and Sydney by the middle of this year.
April 2012: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has relaunched its seasonal 3X-weekly, 777-300ER Singapore - Barcelona - Sao Paulo service, strengthening Singapore Changi Airport’s status as a global hub.
“With such high profile events as the 2014 (FIFA) World Cup (soccer) and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games lined up in Brazil, we are confident that travel demand to Brazil will be strong. Similarly, we hope that Brazilians will take the opportunity to visit Singapore and use Changi Airport as a gateway to the Asia/Pacific region,” (SIA) Executive VP Commercial, Mak Swee Wah said.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced it will operate its 3X-daily, Singapore - London Heathrow 777-300ER service with A380s from June 1, increasing seat capacity by +17% a day.
May 2012: The Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) reported net income of +S$336/+$269.5 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, a -69% drop from a +S$1.09 net profit in the prior year. It also sunk to a fiscal fourth-quarter net deficit of -S$38.2 million, reversed from a +S$171 million profit in the 2011 March quarter.
“High fuel prices and an uncertain global economy weighed heavily” on the results, (SIA) said.
(SIA)’s passenger airline unit saw its fiscal-year operating profit fall -79% year-over-year to +S$181 million. (SIA) said the steep drop “was principally on account of higher fuel expenditure [up +30%] and weaker yields.” Fiscal-year passenger yield was virtually flat year-over-year at S$0.118. Traffic rose +3.5% to 87.82 billion (RPK)s on a +4.9% lift in capacity to 113.4 billion (ASM)s, producing a load factor of 77.4% LF, down -1.1 points.
(SIA) has long been known for its iconic "Singapore Girls," the demurely smiling stewardesses whose beauty and in-flight pampering harken back to a day when aviation was glamorous—and profitable. That allure, made famous in ads, drew high-paying premium-class flyers to (SIA), which in 2006 became the airline with the highest stock market value in the world. Thanks to belt-tightening by business (C) travelers and the rapid growth of Middle Eastern airlines intent on offering even more in-cabin luxury, (SIA)’s passenger count has fallen -12% since 2008 (the biggest drop among 12 major full-service Asia-Pacific carriers). Air China (BEJ) overtook it in 2009 to become the world’s most valuable airline by stock value. Even worse, (SIA), which hasn’t recorded a full-year loss since it went public more than a quarter century ago, on May 10 reported red ink for the first quarter and slowed capacity growth at its flagship unit. “The fact is that they’re hurting,” says Peter Harbison, Executive Chairman of (CAPA) Center for Aviation, a Sydney-based company that advises airlines. “There’s good cause for a fundamental review of (SIA)’s strategy.”
(SIA), controlled by Singapore state-investment company Temasek Holdings, reported a loss of -S$38.2 million/-$31 million in the three months ended March 31, compared with a +S$171 million profit a year earlier. That followed five straight quarters of declining earnings. The company’s yields, a measure of average fares, are “under pressure” as competition forces it to keep prices low, said Goh Choon Phong, (SIA)’s (CEO).
Adding to the pressure, the price of jet fuel in Singapore has risen +37% since April 2010. Fuel now accounts for 41% of (SIA)’s costs vs. an average of 27% since 2004. A “high fuel price and weak economic environment are particularly challenging to long-haul airlines,” Goh said.
(SIA) faces greater competition on Europe-Asia routes as Emirates Airline (EAD) and Qatar Airways (QTA) expand their more centrally located hubs and win premium passengers with improved front-cabin service. At the same time, regional and economy travelers are being targeted by low-fare airlines such as AirAsia (ASW) and the Jetstar (IMU) unit of Qantas Airways (QAN). “They’re being squeezed at both ends of the plane,” says Andrew Orchard, a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) analyst in Hong Kong. “They have less growth now and a lot more competition.”
Last year, Qatar (QTA) was named the world’s best airline by rating group Skytrax, an award that (SIA) received in three of the five years through 2008 (and has not won since).
Southeast Asian rivals Thai Airways International (TII) and Malaysian Airline System (MAS) will this year both add A380s, (SIA)’s flagship plane. “Clearly, the competition in some areas has got a lot better,” notes Skytrax spokesman Peter Miller, citing (QTA) and Asiana Airlines (AAR). “We are seeing a more level playing field in product standards as many carriers seek to match (SIA).”
At Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN), Emirates (EAD) and Qatar (QTA) now operate a total of 74 flights a week. Low-cost carriers (LCC)s including Tiger Airways (TGR) Holdings, part-owned by (SIA), have boosted their share of Changi’s passengers to 26% last year, from 5.6% in 2005, helped by the opening of a budget terminal. (SIA) now accounts for about a third of Changi (SIN)’s passengers, down from more than half in 2008. Tourist spending in the city has jumped by half since 2008, aided by two new casinos and a 23% rise in passenger traffic through (SIN) airport. Many of those flyers didn’t choose (SIA), however.
With its front-cabin business under pressure, (SIA)’s management is moving to increase the (SIA)’s presence in the low-fare market. Besides its 33% stake in Tiger Air (TGR), (SIA) has set up a long-haul discount operator, Scoot (SCT). It will start budget flights from its base in Singapore to Tianjin in China, Bangkok, Sydney, and Australia’s Gold Coast this year.
(SIA) may have little choice since business (C) travelers, long the backbone of its profitability, are trading down. First (F) and business-class (C) growth industry wide peaked in May 2010 and has lagged the overall market since October, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). (SIA)’s available-seat kilometers (ASK)s (the standard measure of capacity) have fallen by -5.1% since 2008. And the number of seats occupied by paying passengers has dropped even further, sinking -7.3% over the period. (SIA) isn’t expecting a robust turnabout anytime soon: It recently began offering some of its pilots (FC) up to two years of unpaid leave to seek work with other carriers. “The world has changed for them,” says (CAPA)’s Harbison. “The days of being able to rely on the "Singapore Girl" to pull people in are gone.”
The bottom line: Singapore Airlines (SIA), which faces new competition from Middle East carriers, has seen its passenger count fall by 12% since 2008.
During the March quarter, (SIA) took delivery of two A380-800s, retired two 777-200s and a 747-400, and returned a 777-200 and a 747-400 that had been on lease. As of March 31, (SIA) operated 100 passenger airplanes: a 747-400, 59 777s, 19 A330-300s, 16 A380-800s and five A340-500s.
In (SIA)’s fiscal year started April 1, it plans to take delivery of three A380-800s and one A330-300. It will retire three 777s and a 747-400. Two 777-200ERs are slated to return to (SIA)’s fleet after lease to Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA). It will operate 102 passenger airplanes by March 31, 2013, with full fiscal-year capacity expected to rise +3% year-over-year.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have finalized a joint venture (JV) agreement that is expected to stimulate growth in existing air services between the two regions. It could also potentially pave the way for a new route between Singapore (SIN) and Stockholm.
(SIA) operates three flights a week between (SIN) and Copenhagen under a code share arrangement with (SAS). The new (JV) agreement fosters the development of business opportunities between the two carriers, such as coordination of flight schedules and joint sales activities, subject to regulatory approval from authorities in Singapore and Europe.
The (JV) agreement follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two carriers in January, covering routes between Scandinavia and (SIN).
(SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong called the agreement “a win-win for (SIA) and (SAS). When market conditions allow for it, we look forward to expanding frequency between Singapore and Copenhagen, and adding new destinations in Scandinavia.”
(SAS) President & (CEO), Rickard Gustafson said: “Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be a vital part of our Asian strategy and we look forward to jointly exploring further growth opportunities in this exciting and important market.”
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will suspend services to Abu Dhabi (AUH) in the (UAE) and Athens (ATH), Greece this fall as a result of sustained weak performance on both routes. The last flights to both cities will depart Singapore (SIN) on October 26.
(SIA) has served (ATH) since 1972 and operates two flights a week, which will increase to three between early July and late September. (AUH) joined the (SIA) route network in 2006 and is served with three flights a week. (SIA) said the suspensions were in line with its policy “to match capacity to prevailing market demand.”
(SIA) will continue to operate to Dubai in the (UAE), and connections to and from Athens are possible on Star Alliance (SAL) partner airlines via several (SIA) European destinations.
June 2012: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase 3X-daily, A380 Singapore - London Heathrow service to 777-300ER 4X-daily on October 21.
July 2012: AerCap Holdings (DEA) and AerDragon have agreed to acquire five new A330-300s for lease to Singapore Airlines (SIA).
“The A330-300s will deliver over the next 36 months starting in 2013,” AerCap VP Corporate Communications, Frauke Oberdieck said. AerCap (DEA) will lease four of the airplanes; AerDragon, its Chinese joint venture (JV), will lease the fifth.
According to an AerCap (DEA) statement, the transaction expands its total relationship with (SIA) to seven A330s and further strengthens its presence in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.
A380-841 (085, 9V-SKS), ex-(F-WWAH), delivery.
August 2012: Singapore Airlines (SIA) regional affiliate, SilkAir
(SLK) announced that Leslie Thng has been named its new (CEO), replacing Marvin Tan, who will return to (SIA) as Senior VP Cabin Crew. The changes will become effective September 3.
Thng joined (SLK) as a board director on April 1 and is currently (SIA)’s VP Network Planning. He has been with (SIA) for more than >13 years.
SilkAir (SLK), which now has an all-Airbus (EDS) fleet, has moved in a different direction with a letter-of-intent (LOI) to purchase 23 Boeing (TBC) 737-800s and 31 737 MAX airplanes valued at $4.9 billion at list prices. The (LOI) also includes 14 options and gives (SLK) the ability to switch among variants within the 737 product line.
“The order is the largest in (SLK)’s history and remains subject to the negotiation of a final purchase agreement,” (SLK) said. “Deliveries are due to begin in 2014 and continue to 2021, by which time (SLK)’s fleet will have more than doubled in size.” The airplanes will be used both to replace older A320 family airplanes and to grow capacity.
Boeing (TBC) confirmed the (LOI) and said it “looks forward to finalizing” the deal.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has contracted ONG & ONG, a Singaporean firm specializing in architectural and interior design, to develop a new concept for its lounges at airports around the world. (SIA) said it will spend more than >S$20 million/>$16 million over the next five years to revamp its airport lounges.
The first to be remodeled, starting in mid-2013, will be (SIA)’s Sydney Airport lounge. The airline has 15 airport lounges worldwide including new, under-construction lounges at Delhi and Seoul Incheon airports. The Delhi lounge will open next month.
September 2012: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch daily, Singapore - Yangon 777-200 service on October 28, subject to government approval.
OnAir has been granted authorization to provide its Internet OnAir in-flight Wi-Fi service within Australian airspace. This means that airlines (including Emirates (EAD), Qantas (QAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA)) that provide OnAir Wi-Fi services on flights to Australia, can now offer the service throughout the flight, including in Australian airspace.
OnAir (CEO), Ian Dawkins said, “Our expertise in securing regulatory approvals means we have a network of more than >80 governmental authorities and over >350 roaming agreements with mobile operators.”
(SIA) launched a $50 million in-flight connectivity program to bring Wi-Fi Internet access to more airplanes in its fleet. (SIA) said their OnAir in-flight connectivity service is now available on 14 airplanes in its fleet, including all A340-500s operating between Singapore and Los Angeles.
"Through a partnership with leading connectivity provider OnAir, the technology will be progressively rolled out across all of (SIA)’s long-haul A380-800, A340-500 and 777-300ER airplanes over the next two years," (SIA) said. Included in the in-flight connectivity package is the ability for passengers to send and receive text messages with (GSM)-compatible cell phones.
“As our customers’ preferences towards entertainment and connectivity options change over time, so must we. Mobile and Internet connectivity capabilities are just the start, enabling our customers to stay connected even when flying at 35,000ft. There will be much more investment in the months and years ahead to keep our customers both connected and entertained,” said Tan Pee Teck, Senior VP at (SIA).
(SIA) signed a $400 million agreement with Panasonic Avionics to install in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems for more than >40 Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) airplanes in its (SIA) fleet. The agreement will make (SIA) the launch customer for Panasonic Avionics’ ex3 (IFEC) system on its fleet of A350s, scheduled for delivery beginning in 2014.
(SIA)’s existing airplanes are powered by the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, which is powered by Panasonics’ ex2 platform. (SIA) said enhancements are planned for its existing KrisWorld systems prior to the launch of the new ex3 system.
The ex3 system provides broadband Internet access for all passenger wireless devices, mobile phone services and a global live television service.
The eX3 (IFEC) system will be outfitted on 43 airplanes (SIA) has on firm order; 20 A350s, 15 A330-300s and eight 777-300ERs. The A350s are slated for deliveries from 2014, while the A330s and 777s will begin deliveries next year.
(SIA) said it also plans to enhance its existing Panasonic KrisWorld (IFE) with wider program selection, new and exclusive content, and “possible” hardware upgrades.
(SIA) previously announced it would begin equipping its A340-500, A380-800 and 777-300ER airplanes with OnAir wireless internet and mobile data services
Lufthansa Systems (LHS) renewed a contract with Singapore Airlines (SIA) for its Lido/Flight route planner for eight years. (SIA) expanded the contract with the addition of several modules including airplane performance solutions.
(SIA) received its 19th A380. However, for the first time in 30 years, (SIA) has no jumbo 747s or A380s on order, which reflects its lower traffic volumes, as rivals like Emirates (EAD) fly connecting traffic through alternative gateways. Through its subsidiary, SilkAir (SLK), it has new 737 orders and its new Scoot (SCT) is acquiring 777s.
October 2012: Virgin Australia (VOZ) has acquired 60% of Tiger Airways Australia (TAU), 100% of Australian regional, Skywest Airlines (SKD) and has sold a 10% stake to Singapore Airlines (SIA).
(VOZ) said the deals will accelerate growth, diversify earning and intensify competition in Australia. If approved, the Virgin Australia Group will grow to 139 airplanes and more than >9,000 employees. “The acquisition of Tiger Australia (TAU) and (SKD) provides Virgin Australia (VOZ) with a strong presence in the budget, Fly-in Fly-Out and regional markets, enabling us to fast-track our expansion in these areas and become a stronger competitor,” (VOZ) (CEO), John Borghetti said.
Specifically, (VOZ) has inked a share purchase agreement with Tiger Airways (TGR) to acquire control of (TAU) for AUD35 million/$33.2 million, plus a further AUD5 million if “certain financial performance targets” are hit within five years. It has agreed in principle to fully acquire (SKD) for AUD0.45 per share, which would be paid in cash and new (VOZ) shares, although the deal still needs to be approved by (SKD)’s shareholders. Finally, (SIA) will buy 10% of (VOZ) through a share placement.
If the (SKD) deal goes ahead, the airline will become part of the (VOZ) brand, but will continue to fly under its existing air operator’s certificate (AOC). (SKD) will also retain its own (CEO) and management team and continue to be based in Western Australia. “We launched a regional network partnership with Skywest (SKD) in October 2011 and now we will be able to realize the full potential of the operation through developing a more integrated network, service and frequent flyer program,” Borghetti said.
Under the (TAU) deal, (VOZ) and (TGR) are planning to enter a shareholder, brand licensing and services agreement. The partners have also agreed to invest up to a further AUD62.5 million in (TAU). “The joint venture has flexibility to grow Tiger Australia (TAU)’s fleet from 11 to up to 35 airplanes by 2018,” (voz) said.
“This transaction enables Virgin Australia (VOZ) to access the budget market and enables Tiger Australia (TAU) to expedite its growth, providing greater competition to this important market segment. By partnering with Tiger Airways (TGR), we can use our expertise to leverage (TAU)’s competitive cost base and build a sustainable budget carrier. We are committed to maintaining the (TAU) business model and brand, and we look forward to collaborating with (TGR) as the business grows,” Borghetti said.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has agreed to order 20 A350-900 XWBs and five more A380s valued at $7.5 billion at list prices. Deliveries are slated to start in 2017.
Including the latest order, (SIA) now has 40 A350s and 24 A380s either in service or on order. It was the launch customer for the A380, taking delivery of the first in 2007, and currently operates 19.
“This major order will provide us with additional growth opportunities and is consistent with our longstanding policy of maintaining a young and modern fleet,” (SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong said.
Additionally, (SIA) said that part of the deal with Airbus (EDS) includes (EDS) buying back (SIA)’s five A340-500s, which (SIA) plans to remove from service in the 2013 fourth quarter. “This will result in the cessation of nonstop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles and between Singapore and Newark,” (SIA) stated.
Goh added, “Although disappointing that we will be halting these services, we remain very committed to the USA market.”
Airbus (EDS) has installed four Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 970-84) engines on the first A380 to be delivered to British Airways (BAB). The engines, installed at its Toulouse facility, each produce 70,000 lbs of thrust. The A380 is scheduled for delivery in July 2013. Others will follow in September and November 2013.
(BAB) has 12 A380s on order plus seven options. The A380, which will replace (BAB)’s older Boeing (TBC) 747s, is widely expected to be used initially on high-density Far East routes (such as Singapore and Hong Kong) and possibly to New York (JFK).
Rolls-Royce (RRC) has won a $2.6 billion order, at list prices, from Singapore Airlines (SIA) for (Trent) engines to power the order announced this month for 20 A350-900s and five A380s. The deal includes (RRC)’s long-term TotalCare service support.
(RRC) Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Civil Aerospace Nick Devall said, “This order further demonstrates (SIA)’s commitment to both (Trent XWB) and (Trent 900) technology and our comprehensive TotalCare support services.”
The (Trent 900) powers the A380 and has been selected by 11 of 17 airlines who operate the airplane. The (Trent XWB), which flew on a test bed airplane for the first time last February, will power the A350.
(SIA) is a significant customer for (RRC), operating 19 A380s powered by (Trent 900)s and 19 A330s powered by (Trent 700)s.
November 2012: According to the UK's "Sunday Times", Delta Air Lines (DAL) wants to partner with AirFrance (AFA)/(KLM) to buy Virgin Atlantic (VAA) by purchasing the 49% stake in (VAA) held by Singapore Airlines (SIA), (whom has long indicated it has wished to be rid of it). Another factor is that 49% is the limit under foreign ownership rules, and (AFA)/(KLM) could buy Sir Richard Branson's 51%, so that the three SkyTeam (STM) Alliance partners could together assume full control.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported net income of +S$168.1 million/+$137.8 million for the first half of its 2012 fiscal year started April 1, down -30% from a net profit of +S$238.9 million in the prior-year period, as revenue increased +4% year-over-year to S$7.57 billion.
(SIA) cited uncertain economic conditions in explaining the profit decline. “The continuing European economic crisis is dampening global business confidence, exerting downward pressure on loads and yields of both the passenger and cargo businesses,” it said. “These challenging market conditions are exacerbated by high and volatile jet fuel prices.”
(SIA)’s passenger traffic for the six-month period increased +8% year-over-year to 46.93 billion (RPK)s on a +5.1% rise in capacity to 58.94 billion (ASK)s, producing a load factor of 79.6% LF, up +2.1 points. This was slightly below (SIA)’s estimated breakeven load factor of 79.8% LF for the period. Passenger yield decreased -3.4% to S$0.114.
During the July - September period, (SIA) took delivery of two A380-800s and reinstated two 777-200ERs that it had previously leased out. It also retired two 777-200s and returned one 777-300 after the airplane’s lease expired. As of September 30, (SIA) operated 101 passenger airplanes, comprising 58 777s, 19 A330-300s, 19 A380-800s and five A340-500s.
December 2012: The balance of power in the London Heathrow (LHR) long-haul market may once again shift, as the Virgin Group and Singapore Airlines (SIA) appear to be moving closer to selling a stake in Virgin Atlantic (VAA), possibly to Delta Air Lines (DAL) and AirFrance (AFA)-(KLM).
(SIA) in a short statement to the Singapore stock exchange says it is “in discussions with interested parties concerning the possible divestment of its 49% shareholding in Virgin Atlantic (VAA).” But it adds, “These discussions may or may not result in a transaction.”
The disclosure came after UK newspaper "The Sunday Times," without citing sources, reported that (DAL) is in talks with (SIA) to buy its 49% stake in (VAA). The report also says (DAL)’s SkyTeam (STM) Alliance partners AirFrance (AFA)-(KLM) is planning to buy part of the Virgin Group’s 51% stake in (VAA).
(DAL), meanwhile, is not commenting on the story, calling it rumor and speculation. If (DAL) proceeds with the acquisition, the move would provide a major boost to the (STM) Alliance’s access at (LHR), and at the same time curtail Star (SAL) Alliance’s reach at the airport, which has been limited by Lufthansa (DLH)’s sale of its BMI (BMA) division to the International Airlines Group (IAG) unit British Airways (BAB). (BAB) currently is the dominant player on transatlantic services from (LHR), a position that is strengthened by its joint venture with Oneworld (ONW) Alliance partner American Airlines (AAL).
In contrast, (VAA)’s strategic position has become weaker as its competitors grow. This prompted (VAA) in 2010 to appoint an adviser to investigate potential growth options, including alliance membership and buying a stake in another airline. Sir Richard Branson, (VAA)’s controlling shareholder through his Virgin Group, has said that he wants to remain involved in (VAA) even if part of (VAA) is sold.
(VAA)’s biggest asset is its transatlantic network from (LHR), the main gateway into the UK and one of the world’s most important business destinations. But (VAA) has been losing money. In the 12 months ending February 29, (VAA) posted a loss of -£80 million/-$128.3 million, compared to a profit of +£18.5 million in the previous year. (VAA)’s (CEO), Steve Ridgway, at the time said the loss was due to “sky-high fuel prices,” global economic uncertainty and a +25% increase in passenger duty fees. Ridgway is due to retire from his position in early 2013.
(VAA) is particularly vulnerable to high fuel prices. Its fleet of 42 airplanes includes four A340-300s, 17 A340-600s and 13 747-400s. These four-engine airplane types burn more fuel and are more expensive to maintain than newer models. (VAA) has taken steps to update its fleet by ordering 16 787-9s and six A380s. First delivery of the 787-9s and A380s is in 2014 and 2015, respectively, says (VAA).
Despite the cost exposure, (VAA) has valuable airport slots and may be of strategic importance to a USA carrier. It will still be difficult for (SIA) to secure a price comparable to what it paid for its stake in early 2000. (SIA) paid £600.25 million for the 49% share, which included a capital injection of £49 million. The deal valued (VAA) at £1.2 billion, but (SIA) has since written down the value of the shareholding.
January 2013: Singapore Airlines (SIA), under (CEO), Goh Choon Phong, has been transformed from a carrier focused on the premium segment to an airline group with a range of brands for different market segments. No longer content to be reliant on the slow-growing premium business, the group aims to tap into all market segments with its portfolio: (SIA) mainline (premium), SilkAir (SLK) (premium short-haul), Tiger Airways (TGR) (low-cost short-haul) and Scoot (SCT) (low-cost medium-haul). Tiger (TGR) and Scoot (SCT) plan to add airplanes this year, as does SilkAir (SLK). In terms of route expansion, China will be a key focus for the group in 2013. It may also look to strengthen relations with Star (SAL) Alliance partner, Air China (BEJ) as another means of accessing China.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase Singapore service to Fukuoka (5X-weekly to daily), Osaka (11X-weekly to 2X-daily), Chengdu (7X-weekly to 9X-weekly), Wuhan (4X-weekly to 7X-weekly), Coimbatore (3X-weekly to 4X-weekly), Manado (4X-weekly to 5X-weekly), Danang (5X-weekly to 6X-weekly), Siem Reap (9X-weekly to 10X-weekly), Yangon (9X-weekly to 11X-weekly), Langkawi (4X-weekly to 5X-weekly), Penang (28X-weekly to 35X-weekly), Chiang Mai (4X-weekly to 5X-weekly) and Phuket (30X-weekly to 35X-weekly) March 31 - October 26; and increase 5X-weekly Singapore - Moscow - Houston to daily May 20 - August 11. It will also increase Singapore service to Adelaide (10X-weekly to 12X-weekly) and Melbourne (3X-daily to 4X-daily) July 1 and cease Singapore service to Los Angeles (October 20) and Newark (November 23).
(SIA) confirmed its order for an additional 5 A380-800 and 20 A350-900 airplanes, following a $7.5 billion agreement for the same deal in October. (SIA) currently has 19 A380 planes in service, making it the second largest customer for the wide body plane.
(SIA) will invest S$95 million/$77.8 million to upgrade the interiors of 10 777-200ERs with new business (C) class seats and larger in-flight entertainment screens. The first upgraded 777 was deployed on Singapore - Amsterdam service beginning January 13. The second will be deployed on Singapore - Mumbai service starting March 31, with the rest to be gradually introduced throughout fiscal year 2013 and 2014 on service to Auckland, Johannesburg (via Cape Town), Christchurch, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome, and Sydney.
The new Jamco (JCL) lie-flat business (C) class seats will be fitted in a four-abreast 1-2-1 configuration and are also featured on (SIA)’s A340-500, A380 and 777-300ER fleets. (SIA) will upgrade both its business (C) and economy (Y) class with Panasonic’s KrisWorld in-flight entertainment systems, featuring a 15.4-inch (LCD) monitor in business (C) and a 9-inch (LCD) monitor in economy (Y), up from 6.5 inch.
February 2013: Singapore Airlines (SIA) parent, the (SIA) Group said its net profit rose +6% year-over-year to +S$143 million/+$115.4 million for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31. It attributed the increase to the sale of airplanes, spares and spare engines, and higher net interest income, partially offset by a $20 million provision by (SIA) Cargo (SQC) related to air cargo price-fixing.
Group revenue fell -0.4% year-over-year to S$3.86 billion, largely due to lower cargo revenue and poorer loads, it said. Group operating profit fell -36.5% year-over-year to +S$87 million.
(SIA) Engineering saw a +10% rise in operating profit to +S$31 million, while regional affiliate SilkAir (SLK) recorded a +6.3% increase to +S$34 million and (SIA) Cargo (SQC) recorded an operating loss of -S$29 million, improved from its -S$40 million loss in the year-ago period.
“The outlook for international air travel demand continues to be challenging and the cargo market remains depressed amid the troubled European economy and the weak recovery in the United States,” the Group said. “Loads and yields of both passenger and cargo businesses are expected to remain under pressure. To maintain market leadership, the Group will continue to invest in product and service offerings.”
It anticipates the previously announced sale of its 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic (VAA) to close in the fourth quarter, from which it expects to record a gain of +S$322 million, not including selling expenses.
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April 2013: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is increasing its stake in Virgin Australia (VOZ) with the acquisition of a further 9.9% of (VOZ) shares. This will bring its stake in (VOZ) to 19.9%. (SIA) will purchase 255.5 million shares for a total consideration of A$122.6 million/$126 million.
The purchase is subject to approval from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). The move comes a day after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) approved Virgin Australia (VOZ)’s deal to purchase a 60% controlling stake in Tiger Airways Australia (TAU) from Singapore Airlines’ budget associate, Tiger Airways (TGR) Holdings Ltd.
Singapore Airlines (CEO), Goh Choon Phong said: “Increasing our stake in (VOZ) is another example of (SIA)’s deep commitment to the important Australian market. It also demonstrates our support for the ongoing transformation of (VOZ), which has created a more competitive aviation market in Australia.”
(SIA) acquired 10% of (VOZ) in October 2012 through an injection of funds in Virgin Australia (VOZ) Holdings. The two airlines began a long-term partnership in 2011 that encompasses code sharing; reciprocal frequent-flyer program benefits and lounge access; coordinated schedules to provide seamless connections; and joint sales, marketing and distribution activities.
May 2013: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will take over 2X-daily, Singapore - Surabaya flights from subsidiary, SilkAir (SLK), with A330s on July 26. (SIA) will also add a ninth daily service to Jakarta, and fourth daily to Denpasar.
Competition in the Indonesia - Singapore market will intensify in the 3rd quarter 2013 with Singapore Airlines (SIA) adding capacity while its regional subsidiary, SilkAir (SLK) and low-cost carrier (LCC) affiliate, Tiger Airways (TGR) each launch services to two new Indonesian destinations. Garuda Indonesia (GIA), (TGR) affiliate Mandala Airlines (MND) and Jetstar Asia (JSA) are all planning to follow (SIA), SilkAir (SLK) and (TGR) in adding capacity in the dynamic Indonesia - Singapore market.
The surge in capacity is in part made possible by a newly expanded bilateral agreement between the two countries. Slot constraints, however, threaten to impede growth for some carriers operating in the market and make it difficult to use newly awarded traffic rights. For example, Indonesia AirAsia (AWR) has already been set back by slot constraints at Changi Airport in attempts to launch three new routes to Singapore.
Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) move to nearly double its holding in Virgin Australia (PBI)/(VOZ) to 19.9% reinforces the (SIA) Group’s new strategy of focusing more on Asia-Pacific, including the Australian market. The recent purchase of an additional 9.9% stake in Virgin Australia (PBI)/(VOZ) from founding shareholder, the Virgin Group also dilutes the presence of (SIA) rival Etihad (EHD), which now owns about a 9% stake in Virgin Australia (PBI)/(VOZ).
Although equity is not the main driver, the increased stake could give the (SIA) Group an edge as it looks to further deepen its code share partnership with Virgin Australia (PBI)/(VOZ), particularly in the key Australia - Europe market.
Independent Virgin Australia (PBI)/(VOZ) has quickly emerged as (SIA)’s most significant partner in the two years since the two airline groups first forged a code share agreement, a further testament to the waning importance of global alliances. (SIA), which is a long standing member of the Star (SAL) Alliance but has traditionally taken a passive role in the alliance, is keen to embed its relationship with Virgin Australia (PBI)/(VOZ) as other current and prospective partners circle.
(SIA)s A380s have made the London - Singapore route (SIA)'s busiest in terms of capacity (ASK)s.
Details on Changi airport's long-term master plan, including that for a fifth terminal, will be released by the end of 2013, says Singapore's Transport Minister, Lui Tuck Yew. He added that Terminal 4, which is being designed, will facilitate quick flight turnarounds in line with the operating model for low-cost carriers (LCC)s, and will also handle short-haul flights operated by full-service carriers.
Airport operator, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) will also be redeveloping the car park at Terminal 1 into a multi-use complex. When these developments are complete, the airport will be able to handle 85 million passengers annually. Last year, passenger numbers at Changi crossed the 50 million mark for the first time, an increase of +10% from 2011.
There are 103 A380s in service as of early May 2013. Emirates (EAD) has 33 and Singapore Airlines (SIA) has 19, so when assessing network scheduling, these two and their hubs predominate: of the 1,048 weekly A380 flights, 402 are from (EAD) alone. Dubai and Singapore airport see the most A380 flights.
But there are some less predictable statistics. The airport to see the most A380 operators is Hong Kong, followed by Paris and Los Angeles. The largest A380 destination that is not (yet) an A380-hub is London Heathrow. The UK and USA are the most common A380 destinations after Australia, Singapore and the (UAE). Asia, not the Middle East, sees the most A380 flights; South America sees none. Guangzhou - Shanghai Pudong is the shortest A380 route at 1,202 km, while Los Angeles - Melbourne is the longest at 12,751 km. Qantas (QAN) and Lufthansa (DLH) have the highest average sector length, while Thai Airways (TII) is placing the most number of cycles (about two) on its airplanes per day. (QAN) and AirFrance (AFA) are placing the least (just over one).
(SIA) has agreed to buy 30 787-10s and 30 additional A350-900s. The orders are valued at a combined $17 billion at list prices. Boeing (TBC) has designed the 787-10X to replace its 777-200 and compete with the mid-sized Airbus A350, which is due for its first flight within weeks. The 787-10 would seat about +43 more people than the 250 to 290 passengers on the 787-9. Deliveries of the 787-10X Dreamliner are due to start in 2018.
Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) selected Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (RRC) engines to power the 30 787-10X jets it ordered as the first buyer of the new 787 Dreamliner model and for planes at discount subsidiary Scoot (SCT).
(SIA) chose the (Trent 1000) engines over a General Electric Corporation engine available for the airplane. The order is conditional upon Boeing (TBC) formally launching the 787-10X.
Singapore Air (SIA) agreed to order 30 787-10Xs and 30 more A350-900s, also powered by (RRC), as the region’s economic growth spurs travel demand. (CEO), Goh Choon Phong is adding more planes and has upgraded business-class (C) cabins as he faces increasing competition from Emirates (EAD) and other airlines expanding in Southeast Asia.
Rolls-Royce (RRC) will provide (Trent 1000)s also to power the 20 787s (SIA)’s Scoot (SCT) unit will operate from next year.
(SIA) signed a letter of intent (LOI) with (RRC) for a service package for both deals. Under the agreement, (RRC) will be responsible for the provision of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the engines, as well as for spare engine support.
(SIA) shares fell 1.05% to S$10.35 in the city before the announcement. The stock has dropped -3.7% this year.
The agreement with Boeing (TBC) comprises 30 firm-ordered 787-10Xs for delivery from the 2018 - 2019 financial year. The deal with Airbus (EDS) comprises 30 firm-ordered A350-900s, on top of 40 placed previously, for delivery from the 2016 - 2017 financial year, plus options for 20 more. The options may be converted into firm orders for larger A350-1000s on which (RRC) is the exclusive engine provider.
Rolls (RRC) also provides the engines for Singapore Air’s A380 superjumbos and last year opened a turbine assembly facility in the city-state.
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June 2013: Boeing (TBC) officially launched the Boeing 787-10 at the Paris Air Show. (TBC) is going ahead with the development of the 787-10 on the back of firm commitments for 102 from five different customers. The first 787-10 is to be delivered in 2018.
Among the customers launching the program are Air Lease Corporation (ALE) (30 airplanes), United Airlines (UAL) (20), British Airways (BAB) (12), Singapore Airlines (SIA) (30) and GECAS (GEF) (ten). All of the orders are new commitments except ten of the 20 (UAL) airplanes, which have been rolled over from a previous 787 order and converted into the larger version.
The 787-10 is a 18 ft stretch of the 787-9, allowing room for around +40 additional seats. Boeing (TBC) says it will offer room for around 300 - 330 passengers. The 787-10 will have a range of 7,000 naut mi. “The 787-10 will be the most efficient jetliner in history,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) President & (CEO), Ray Conner said at the launch event in Paris. “The 787-10 is +25% more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than >10% better than anything being offered by the competition for the future.”
According to Boeing (TBC), final assembly and flight tests of the 787-10 are both to begin in 2017 with first delivery scheduled for 2018. “The 787-10 will be one of the most powerful wide-body airplanes for decades ahead,” (ALE) Chairman/(CEO), Steven Udvar-Hazy said. In his opinion, the 787-10 will benefit from operational and development experience gained on the 787-8 and the 787-9.
Boeing managed to overcome Hazy’s initial concerns about range by increasing it to 7,000 naut mi. Hazy said that was addressed by introducing a slightly higher maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 553,000 pounds. Some reinforcements in the wing to body attachment area and on the landing gear were needed to accommodate the increased weight. Engine thrust will also be slightly higher than originally planned. “The range covers 97% of the wide-body city pairs of the world,” Hazy pointed out. Its range will be around 1,500 naut mi more than the 787-9.
The (ALE) (CEO) believes that a lot of 777-200s and Airbus A340s will be replaced by the 787-10. (ALE) is also working with Boeing (TBC) on the 777X, but it is still too early for a launch decision according to Hazy. “It is still under design refinement,” Hazy stated.
Airbus (EDS) announced orders that could potentially top $20 billion for more than >50 of its new wide body airplanes (the A350 XWB) at the Paris Air Show. Singapore Airlines (SIA) placed a firm order for 30 A350-900s, worth $8.6 billion at current list prices. The order includes options for 20 additional A350s, which Airbus (EDS) said (SIA) is considering converting into larger A350-1000s under the terms of the deal. (SIA) now has 70 firm orders for the A350, which made its first flight last week prior to the beginning of the Paris Air Show.
A330-343E (1427, 9V-STV), ex-(F-WWCH), Commonwealth Bank of Australia
At Los Angeles International airport (LAX), Singapore Airlines (SIA) can board an A380 with about 470 passengers in 40 to 45 minutes. What’s the secret? There are two. First of all, in the new Tom Bradley International Terminal, nine of the 18 gates are built specifically for the A380. This means they have three jetways per A380. And secondly, any wide body airplane has an advantage over a narrow body airplane when it comes to boarding, because generally passengers can select which aisle to use to approach their seat. If one aisle is jammed, passengers will select the other.
The airport staged a public preview of the new terminal. Much of the focus was on soaring architecture and the shopping options. In fact, Singapore and other carriers have been operating at the remodeled gates for several months.
The turn time for an A380, from the time it arrives at the gate until the time it leaves, is 110 minutes to 135 minutes, depending on the airport. (At Singapore Changi Airport, the turn time is 110 minutes). That includes time for security, catering, fueling and cleaning. “Managing turn time efficiently is critical for the profitable, efficient operation of an airline.” Having an attractive and efficient terminal, like the one (LAX) now offers, is important, because passengers “want to be able to board airplanes in an elegant, civilized manner.” From (LAX), (SIA) flies to Tokyo’s Narita Airport, then continues on to Singapore. (SIA) also operates an A380 from New York’s Kennedy International Airport to Singapore via Frankfurt.
(LAX) benefits from having three-jetway boarding for the A380. “The large gateway airports compete with each other for business. It’s important for (LAX) to offer this type of upgrade in order to maintain its status as a premier gateway for the Pacific Rim.” Among other world gateways, international airports in Paris, San Francisco and Singapore also offer three-jetway A380 boarding.
Other airlines flying A380s from (LAX) include AirFrance (AFA), China Southern (GUN), Korean (KAL), and Qantas (QAN). British Airways (BAB) and Emirates (EAD) are scheduled to begin A380 service to (LAX) this year.
July 2013: The Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) posted a net profit of +S$121 million/+$95.6 million for its fiscal first quarter ended June 30, up +56.2% over net income of +S$78 million in the prior-year.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add a third daily flight on winter service from October 27 - March 29 on New Delhi - Singapore with 777s.
It is better late than never for Hong Kong to use its proximity and scale with mainland China to cater to the booming China - Maldives market. Chinese nationals are the single largest inbound group to the Maldives, with 230,000 visitors in 2012 (more than double the next largest market, Germany, with 98,000 visitors in 2012). A few weeks after Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) resumed service to Male, the main gateway of the Maldives, Cathay Pacific (CAT) on July 22, 2013 opened reservations for four weekly flights from October 27, 2013. Reflecting inertia at the legacy carrier, (CAT) spent over a year deliberating on whether to serve the Maldives, while Singapore Airlines (SIA) and charter carrier MEGA Maldives (MEG) effectively cleaned up the market.
Cathay (CAT)'s services will bring stiff competition to (SIA). (CAT) and its Dragonair (DRG) subsidiary have a far deeper China network than (SIA) and its SilkAir (SLK) subsidiary, and connecting through Hong Kong is shorter than via Singapore. But (SIA) has a strong frequency advantage (double daily) and uses regional airplanes light on premium seats, whereas (CAT) will use a long-haul airplane heavy on premium seats.
Although there is considerable wealth in the outbound Chinese leisure market, it is still price sensitive and primarily package-driven. Existing operators Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) and MEGA Maldives (MEG) should consider gaining scale to reduce unit costs.
Singapore and Barbados have signed an "open skies" agreement that will liberalize air services between the two countries. The agreement allows designated airlines to fly between Singapore and Barbados, via and beyond any third country, without restrictions in capacity, frequency or airplane type, says Singapore's Transport Ministry. The agreement was signed in Singapore on July 17.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has unveiled its new generation of seats, and in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems that will be introduced on eight new 777-300ERs and later on its A350-900s. (SIA) says it will be investing $150 million to fit the new products on the 777s, which will be available on the Singapore - London route from September.
(SIA) will install Panasonic Avionics (eX3) (IFEC) system on the eight 777s. This follows last year's announcement that it would launch the (eX3) system on its A350 fleet. Key features of the system include new touchscreen handsets and the addition of (HDMI) input ports in first (F) and business (C) class, as well as (USB) and eXPort ports. Seats in all classes also have larger (LCD) displays.
The system will also introduce Panasonic's Global Communication Suite for onboard connectivity. (SIA) already utilizes the OnAir connectivity solution on 21 of its A380s and 777-300ERs.
(SIA) will also roll out new seats, which have been designed in association with DesignWorksUSA and James Park Associates, across all three classes. The airline's new first (F) class suite (SEE ATTACHED - - "SIA-2013-07 - NEW F SUITE") features a fixed-back shell design, with an increased seat width of 35in/89cm). The bed has also been lengthened from 80 in to 82 in and has an additional mattress layer. The suite also features a 24 in (LCD) display for (IFE). The new
business (C) class seat offers a 132 degrees of recline and improved ergonomic cushion, as well as two new seating positions. When converted to a flat-bed, the seat extends to 78 in. The seats will also have an 18 in (LCD) screen (SEE ATTACHED - - "SIA-2013-07 - NEW C SEATS"). The new economy (Y) class seats have a design that (SIA) says will provide additional personal space and legroom, as well as new backrests and side bolsters for better back support. It also features a larger 11.1 in (LCD) display (SEE ATTACHED - - "SIA-2013-07 - NEW Y SEATS").
These new products will first be fitted on to eight 777-300ERs that (SIA) is receiving from August 2013. (SIA) will take delivery of four 777s by the end of 2013, three in 2014 and one in 2015. "The significant investment in our next generation of cabin products reaffirms our commitment to product innovation and leadership, and demonstrates our confidence in the future for premium full-service air travel," said (SIA)'s Executive VP Commercial, Mak Swee Wah.
(SIA) is also scheduled to take delivery of its first A350 in January 2015.
August 2013: Citing global economic uncertainty and a "challenging" environment, Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s Maintenance subsidiary, (SIA) Engineering posted a -1.6% drop in its net profit to +S$69 million/+$54.7 million for its first quarter to the end of June, as revenue fell -3.7% to S$289 million on lower material and fleet management revenue. Operating profit for the quarter declined by a fifth to S$27.7 million.
Singapore’s (SIA) Engineering posted first-quarter group profit of +S$69 million/+$54.3 million on revenue of S$289.4 million for its financial period ended June 30.
According to FAPA.aero, (SIA) is not currently hiring pilots (FC) and has offered pilots (FC) non-paid leaves due to current flying cutbacks.
September 2013: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) have expanded their code share agreement with immediate effect to cover more destinations in Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
(SIA) is code sharing on (SAS)-operated flights from Copenhagen to Alesund, Bergen, Stavanger, and Trondheim in Norway; Gothenburg in Sweden; Aalborg, Aarhus, and Billund in Denmark; and Turku in Finland.
In turn, (SAS) is code sharing on (SIA)-operated flights beyond Singapore to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in Australia; Auckland in New Zealand; Denpasar and Jakarta in Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Star (SAL) Alliance partners (SIA) and (SAS) received final regulatory approval for a joint venture in November 2012.
Schedules show that (SIA) flies five times weekly between Singapore and Copenhagen.
Singapore - Indonesia has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing markets with capacity up +40% year-over-year. While capacity increases on the two largest routes connecting the two countries (Singapore to Jakarta and Bali) have captured most of the attention, secondary routes are growing even faster.
The third and fourth largest Indonesian destination from Singapore, Surabaya and Medan, will see capacity nearly double in November 2013 compared to November 2012. To the 10 other smaller Indonesian destinations served from Singapore, capacity is increasing by a collective +78%.
Low Cost Carrier (LCC) group Tigerair (TGR) has quadrupled its Singapore - Indonesia operation over the last year, growing its share of capacity in the process from about +4% to +15%. Tigerair (TGR) now serves eight Singapore - Indonesia routes, up from only two a year ago.
AirAsia (ASW) has a 17% share and also now serves eight Singapore - Indonesia routes, up from four a year ago although its capacity has increased a more modest +34% from a much higher base. The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group is the market leader with a 31% share and will soon serve all 14 routes as regional subsidiary SilkAir (SLK) has added three Indonesian destinations.
Asia's aviation axis has shifted from Singapore Airlines (SIA) to Cathay Pacific (CAT) as the region undergoes both cyclical and structural change. (SIA) is more exposed than Cathay (CAT) to the weak economies of Europe, while (CAT) can more effectively serve North America, currently a strong market. (CAT)'s Hong Kong hub is far better suited to capturing Chinese growth than is Singapore's Changi, and Hong Kong's more northerly location than Singapore, means diversions through the Middle East on Gulf carriers, are less of a threat than at (SIA).
Cathay (CAT)'s decision to offer premium economy (PY) (which (SIA) is still hesitant to do) is bearing fruit. (SIA), however, has made more significant and bolder change than (CAT), embarking on new partnerships and launching long-haul (LCC) Scoot (SCT). These will take time to mature: – Scoot especially.
These factors are unlikely to change in the short term, but the long term contains much greater uncertainty. The possibilities of deep partnerships, acquisition, consolidation, changes in bilaterals or a surge in growth out of India and Indonesia, to name but a few, could potentially re-balance not only (SIA) and Cathay (CAT), but all of Asian (and probably global) aviation.
The Tata group, India’s biggest business conglomerate, is partnering with Singapore Airlines (SIA), to launch a new full-service carrier based in New Delhi. "Reuters" reports that Tata and (SIA) will invest a combined $100 million, with Tata owning 51% and (SIA) the remainder.
Earlier this year Tata joined with AirAsia (ASW) on plans for a new low-cost carrier (LCC), AirAsia India (AAI), based in Chennai.
October 2013: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will have to again rely entirely on one-stop flights to serve the USA market after its exclusive all-premium non-stops to Los Angeles and Newark are dropped over the next two months. (SIA) will lose a competitive advantage, leaving it to compete with a large group of carriers that also offer one-stop products in the Singapore - Los Angeles and Singapore - New York markets.
(SIA)’s total capacity in the USA market will drop by a projected -16% to about 22,000 weekly seats. As a result, (SIA) stands to lose its status as the fifth largest Asian carrier in the USA and drop four places to ninth position. More significantly, the number of premium seats (SIA) has in the USA market will drop by at least -26%. Economy (Y) seats will drop by up to -12% as (SIA) is expected to mitigate the premium reduction by transitioning its one-stop New York and Los Angeles services from 471-seat A380s to 409-seat A380s.
Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) is to acquire its first A340-500 (492, 9V-SGA), currently in service with Singapore Airlines (SIA). The quadjet was recently ferried from Singapore to Lourdes/Tarbes ahead of delivery to South America. (ARG) currently operates four A340-211s and eight A340-300s on its Latin American, USA, Australian, and European services. (SIA) will offload its fleet of four A340-500s following a recent move to gradually phase out its Singapore Changi to Newark and Los Angeles International direct flights by year-end. Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) is expected to lease several A340-500s to eventually replace its aging fleet of four A340-200s delivered between 1994 and 1995.
November 2013: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has reported higher profits for the three months and fiscal first half ending September 30th 2013 up 77.8% from +S$90.1 million. But (SIA)’s operating margin was once again low, particularly by (SIA) standards, as it continues to see a drop in yields.
Market conditions for (SIA) remain unfavorable. Competition in Southeast Asia has been intensifying, while the cargo and long-haul passenger markets remain relatively weak. But the group has been trying to position itself for higher growth and profitability over the long term through a series of major strategic changes.
The last of several major strategic initiatives came towards the end of the most recent quarter as (SIA) unveiled plans to launch a joint venture full-service carrier in India with Tata. The new Indian carrier, which is expected to launch in 2014, follows the 2012 launch of Singapore-based long-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) Scoot (SCT) and an acceleration of expansion at regional full-service subsidiary SilkAir (SLK). Scoot (SCT) is not yet profitable and SilkAir (SLK) has seen its profitability decline in recent months, but over the long-run, the (SIA) Group will have a stronger portfolio with a potential for a return of higher profits.
December 2013: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Star (SAL) Alliance partner, (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines will begin code sharing on (SAS) flights Copenhagen - Berlin, - Hamburg, - Palanga, - Vilnius, - Gdansk, - Poznan, - Warsaw, and – Wroclaw.
January 2013: Singapore Airlines ((IATA) Code: SQ, based at Singapore Changi) (SIA) has increased its stake in Tigerair ((IATA) Code: TR, based at Singapore Changi) (TGR) to 40% following the recent acquisition of an additional 7.3% shareholding from Temasek Holdings. In its press release to the Singaporean bourse, Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it had acquired 72.33million shares in (TGR) from Dahlia and 1,800 shares from Aranda for SGD 49.034 million/USD 38.72 million, funded by (SIA)'s internal cash resources. Both Dahlia and Aranda are indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Temasek Holdings.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets per share or earnings per share of (SIA) for the current financial year ending March 31, 2014.
The move follows hard on the heels of Tigerair (TGR)’s announcement of strategic alliances with three regional airlines in a bid to accelerate business growth in the key Asian markets of Northeast Asia, India, and Singapore without overstretching its resources.
In December, Tigerair (TGR) signed a joint-venture (JV) agreement with Taiwan’s China Airlines (CHI) to establish Tigerair Taiwan, a Taiwan-based budget carrier. The new carrier will be independently managed and Tigerair (TGR) will initially hold 10% of the start-up company. (TGR)’s website will be the main sales and distribution platform. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs & Civil Aeronautics Administration.
Also in December, Tigerair (TGR) signed a three-year interline agreement with SpiceJet (ROJ) to facilitate greater connectivity between flights. As of January 1, passengers traveling on SpiceJet (ROJ)’s domestic network from 14 Indian cities, can connect seamlessly in Hyderabad onto (TGR)’s Singapore-bound flights. As of January 31, (TGR) customers will have more seamless access to SpiceJet (ROJ)’s domestic network in India.
In addition, Tigerair (TGR) signed an alliance agreement with Singapore-based no-frills carrier Scoot (SCT), which is also owned by Singapore Airlines (SIA), to further align their commercial activities and build on their existing interline cooperation. Both parties will seek anti-trust immunity from the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS).
Tigerair Group (CEO), Koay Peng Yen said: “These partnerships … will help us to expand our network, attain greater cost savings and build a stronger brand presence in the region. They will enable us to tap on the strengths of our strategic partners and extend our presence into existing and new markets without taxing our balance sheet.”
Established in 2004, Tigerair (TGR) comprises four airlines:— (Tigerair Singapore (TGR), Tigerair Mandala (MND), Tigerair Philippines (SRQ) and Tigerair Australia (TAU)) operating from bases in Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Collectively, the group’s network covers more than >50 destinations in 13 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Tigerair operates a fleet of 50 A320 family airplanes.
Air New Zealand (ANZ) commenced seasonal (until April 26) twice-weekly services between Christchurch (CHC) and Perth (PER) on December 3rd. Operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays by the Star (SAL) Alliance carrier’s 234-seat 767-300s, (ANZ) will face no competition on the 5,050 km sector.
Air New Zealand (ANZ) introduced "Skycouch," an unusual product that allows passengers to purchase a row of three seats in the economy (Y) cabin and turn it into a bed or play area on long-haul flights, more than >2 years ago, but the only place (ANZ) has been able to sell it, is on its website.
January 2014: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand (ANZ) will join forces in a new alliance that will see the return of (ANZ) to Singapore after an absence of almost eight years.
(ANZ) will operate a daily frequency on the route using newly refitted Boeing 777-200ER airplanes, taking over five flights currently operated by (SIA) and adding two more.
For its part, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will start operating its Airbus A380 airplanes to Auckland, initially during peak seasons only, progressively replacing an existing Boeing 777-300ER daily service. Under the terms of the alliance, (SIA) will also continue to operate a daily Singapore - Christchurch service.
The alliance remains subject to approval from the Competition Commission of Singapore and the New Zealand Minister of Transport, but is expected to boost capacity operated by the two Star (SAL) Alliance carriers between New Zealand and Singapore by up to +30% year-round over time.
(ANZ) (CEO), Christopher Luxon said: “(ANZ) is on a positive growth trajectory with a clear focus on Pacific Rim destinations. An alliance with (SIA) clearly fits our business objectives of working with the right partners in the right markets to deliver seamless customer journeys.”
(ANZ) will code share across (SIA)’s network for the first time since 2007, giving passengers connectivity to (SIA)’s South East Asia, UK, Europe and Africa routes, as well as on the network of its regional subsidiary airline, SilkAir (SLK). (SIA) will code share on (ANZ)’s domestic network and to selected international destinations.
(SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong said: “This alliance is another example of our commitment to the important Southwest Pacific market, and our commitment to the further enhancement of our network. This is a genuine win-win partnership, enabling (SIA) and (ANZ) to work together to provide more flight frequency and enhanced travel options to our customers.”
If the alliance is cleared by regulatory authorities, operations could begin in December.
The Indian government said it was lifting restrictions on Airbus A380 flights into the country. The decision will allow airlines like Singapore Airlines (SIA), Emirates (EAD), and Lufthansa (DLH) to start using the A380 on their India routes.
The ban had been in force over the years, to protect flag carrier Air India (AIN)/(IND) and also because of inadequate airport infrastructure.
A380s will be allowed into the country’s four largest airports at Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, which have infrastructure in place for the operations. The government has clarified that the flights will be subject to overall traffic entitlements within the bilateral Air Service Agreements with different countries.
Emirates (EAD) and Singapore Airlines (SIA), two of the largest international carriers operating to India, said they will review A380 plans now. India is a huge source market for originating passengers for both airlines. An Emirates (EAD) spokesperson said, “We welcome the decision of the Indian aviation authorities to allow A380 operations. We will be reviewing our existing operations, and look forward to serving Indian travelers with our flagship A380 in the near future.”
The call to allow A380 flights is the latest in a series of announcements by the Indian government, to liberalize rules for the airline industry. Opening up foreign investment into Indian carriers has led to new airline ventures being announced. The Civil Aviation Minister, Ajit Singh said the flights will help airports generate higher revenue and allow passengers to travel luxuriously.
David Lau, General Manager (India), Singapore Airlines (SIA) said, “The clearance to deploy A380s on Indian routes is favorable news to the Indian aviation industry. (SIA) will evaluate the commercial viability of this recent development based on available traffic rights and resources.”
Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) has awarded Takenaka Corporation a SGD985 million/$777 million contract to build Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4. Construction work will include a 195,000-square meter passenger terminal building capable of handling 16 million passengers a year; multi-story and open-air car parks; a two-story holding area for taxis; road improvement works including a new direct feed from T4 onto the East Coast Parkway; and a 68-meter high ramp control tower.
Takenaka, which was involved in the construction of Changi’s Terminal 1 and the subsequent upgrading of both T1 and T2, was selected from a total of five companies that tendered proposals.
(CAG) (CEO), Lee Seow Hiang said: “There were very competitive bids from local and international companies with vast experience in the construction of major infrastructure projects. Takenaka Corporation delivered the best overall proposal, which included an innovative construction methodology.”
T4 will have 17 contact stands for narrow body airplanes and four for wide body airplanes, and will handle both full-service and low-cost regional carriers.
It will also feature a number of self-service and automated options for check-in, bag drop, immigration clearance and departure gate boarding. Construction is due to begin in the first quarter of this year, with completion scheduled for 2017.
INCDT: A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus A380, enroute from London to Singapore, was forced to divert to Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday, January 6th due to a loss of cabin pressure. The depressurization caused oxygen masks to deploy. The airplane landed safely at Baku airport and there were no reported injuries.
Because (SIA) does not operate to Baku, staff had to be ferried in from Istanbul and Moscow to provide assistance on the ground, and attend to the 467 passengers and 27 crew members. A replacement airplane was dispatched from Singapore and was expected to arrive in Baku late Monday night. It is due to arrive back in Singapore carrying the transferred passengers and crew on Tuesday.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it is investigating the cause of the depressurization.
Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir (SLK), Cathay Pacific (CAT) and Dragonair (DRG) have adopted Abacus electronic miscellaneous document (EMD) technology, creating a new paperless ticketing environment, per (IATA) (ITA)’s mandate that all miscellaneous documents issued from January 2014 to be electronic.
The new Indian full-service airline planned by the Tata group and Singapore Airlines (SIA) has chosen to launch with Airbus A320 airplanes. Confirming the decision, a Tata spokesperson said the airline plans to start with 20 leased A320s. The yet-to-be-named carrier has applied to the Indian government for a No Objection Certificate (NOC).
The plan is to start with flights on domestic routes only. India’s civil aviation rules currently state that an airline has to be at least five years old and have a fleet of 20 airplanes before it is allowed to fly on international sectors. The Tatas and other airline operators are lobbying to change these rules.
The new airline expects synergies by operating a combination of domestic and international flights linking up with Singapore Airline (SIA)’s global network.
The Tata - Singapore choice underlines Airbus’s share of the airline business in India. India’s biggest airline by market share, IndiGo (IGO), is an Airbus operator and so is GoAir (GOZ), the smallest. IndiGo (IGO) operates 70 A320s and has around +190 more of the airplane family on order.
Flag carrier, Air India (AIN)/(IND) also operates A320 family airplanes in its narrow body fleet for domestic operations. Jet Airways (JPL) and Chennai-based low cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet (ROJ) are Boeing 737 operators.
The Tata group is India’s biggest business conglomerate and has a historical presence in Indian aviation. Former Tata Group Chairman, JRD Tata launched Air India (AIN) in 1932, which was later nationalized by the Indian government. Tata-Singapore will be based at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The Tata group has a 51% ownership in the airline, which has an initial investment of $100 million. It is on track to be the first carrier to launch in partnership with a foreign airline after India liberalized foreign direct investment (FDI) rules for the airline industry in 2012.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) currently operates 101 airplanes to 39 countries, 74 destinations on 140 routes and 256 daily flights.
February 2014: Singapore Airlines (SIA) parent, the (SIA) Group reported a net profit of +SGD50 million/+$39 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, down -65% from +SGD142.5 million during the same period the previous year.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has a new long-term agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to increase the use of Panasonic's global connectivity service to improve (SIA)'s airplane monitoring and communications. Under the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), (SIA) is looking to use the connectivity service to deliver real-time airplane health monitoring, including engine data transmission, critical systems monitoring and detection of communications issues prior to arrival.
Additionally, (SIA) will explore methods for using the service to perform more air to ground communications with information about turbulence, icing and weather updates. “Connectivity has the potential to change the airline industry in the same way the internet changed the way business is done everywhere on the ground. We salute (SIA) for recognizing the enormous value a truly connected airplane can bring to their operations," said Paul Margis, President & (CEO) of Panasonic Avionics.
April 2014: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has become the first international airline to operate Airbus A380 services into India since the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) agreed to lift restrictions on the A380 in January.
(SIA) will commence operations May 30, with up to 2x-daily (28 weekly flights) into Mumbai and Delhi. The A380 scheduled operations will replace existing Boeing 777 flights from Singapore.
January’s (DGCA) decision lifted the original 2011 restriction applied to the A380; it now allows the A380 to access Bangalore and Hyderabad in addition to Mumbai and Delhi. So far, neither Bangalore nor Hyderabad has indicated the A380 has been added to any carrier’s schedule. However, both Lufthansa (DLH) and Emirates (EAD) have expressed interest in using A380s for their Indian destinations.
The news comes on the heels of a statement from the Indian Ministry of Aviation that stated the A380s would “help airports generate more revenue, give more comfortable and luxurious travel and liberalize civil aviation in India.”
The A380s were originally banned by the (DGCA) due to their size; this was generally accepted to protect India’s local carriers, which did not have the A380.
However, the turnaround came partly as a result of international airline and Indian airport pressure, and partly from a wish to “boost the image of Indian civil aviation in the international market,” according to the Ministry of Aviation.
May 2014: The Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) earned net income of +S$360 million/+$288 million for its 2013 - 2014 fiscal year ended March 31, down -5% from +S$379 million in the prior fiscal year.
(SIA)’s overall fiscal-year revenue totaled S$15.2 billion, up +1% from the previous year, and operating profit was +S$259.3 million, up +13% year-over-year.
(SIA) said that the net profit decline "was mainly due to exceptional items and weaker share results from associated companies, partially offset by recognition of tax credits.” It said the weaker results from associated companies “arose primarily from losses of Tiger Airways (TGR) Holdings.”
During the fiscal fourth quarter, (SIA) posted a net profit of +S$27 million, down -60% from +S$68.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Total revenue for the quarter was S$3.63 billion, down -1% from S$3.7 billion in the 2013 March quarter. (SIA) incurred a quarterly operating loss of -S$60.3 million, widened year-over-year from an operating loss of -S$44.2 million.
Group passenger revenue was up +1% to S$146 million in the March quarter, but this was offset by a poor cargo performance.
During the fourth quarter, the Group took delivery of one Boeing 777-300ER and one Airbus A330-300, and decommissioned one 777-200. In addition, two 777-200ERs returned to the fleet upon lease expiration to Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA). As of March 31, the Group operating fleet was 103 passenger airplanes, comprising 58 777s, 26 A330-300s and 19 A380-800s.
Looking forward, the company said the operating environment “continues to be challenging with intense competition in many areas, and economic uncertainty in key markets.” (SIA) said it will invest “US$325 million to upgrade 19 Boeing 777-300ERs with the latest generation of cabin products, featuring new seats in all classes of travel and the world’s most advanced in-flight entertainment system. The significant investment program will provide consistency across (SIA)’s entire 777-300ER fleet, with next-generation cabin products that are the new industry benchmark for premium air travel,” it said.
(SIA) will introduce a new premium economy (PY) class (which it had previously resisted, principally due to its historical emphasis on segmenting business (PPS and Elite Gold)) from economy (Y) classes.
Executive VP Commercial, Mak Swee Wah said the move is “a big step for us, but we are ready for it,” adding that the new class should not cut into (SIA)’s solid business (C) class income. “We are now ready to address premium economy (PY) on the medium- to long-haul flights,” he added, noting the new offering would become available from the second half of next year, and be aimed at the business (C) and leisure class niche.
(SIA) Engineering Company has begun restructuring of Singapore Jamco, which is held by (SIA), Jamco and Itochu. It manufactures and supports galley equipment and seats. Jamco and Itochu have incorporated a new company, Singapore Jamco Services.
June 2014: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will further expand its code share portfolio to USA destinations with an expansion of its agreement with South Korea-based Asiana Airlines (AAR).
The new code shares will see Asiana (AAR) flying to Honolulu, Seattle, and Los Angeles with an SQ code, and linking to (SIA)’s Incheon flights. The flights will add to existing (AAR) code shares on flights between Singapore and Seoul, Jakarta, Perth, Auckland, and Cape Town.
The deal comes after the recent application to the USA Department of Transportation to add a bilateral agreement with a new partner: USA-based JetBlue Airways (JBL) to the (SIA) code share catalog. It builds on other recent agreements with Turkish Airlines (THY) and Air New Zealand (ANZ) to share capacity and extend (SIA)’s international connectivity deeper into traditional destination markets. New JetBlue (JBL)-operated destinations originating from (SIA)’s Singapore Changi base will include 16 destinations, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Tampa, and Washington DC.
The JetBlue (JBL) agreement would see what Singapore Airlines (SIA) calls “seamless connections between the two airlines” across the North American region, pending regulatory approval. The new (JBL) code shares will operate from (SIA)’s connections at New York (JFK), and Asiana (AAR) through Seoul’s Incheon International.
The deal with JetBlue (JBL) signals (SIA)’s continued efforts to expand coverage, without exposing its fleet to additional and expensive long-haul commitments in the face of increased competition from Middle East carriers. “This [agreement] shows how we can achieve more by cooperating with the right partners,” (SIA) Executive VP Commercial, Mak Swee Wah said of the JetBlue (JBL) deal.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has flown the first commercial Airbus A380 flight into India following the relaxation of restrictions imposed in 2008 by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The first time an A380 flew into India was in May 2007, when it landed at New Delhi on a demonstration flight. Since then, protectionist moves by India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation have blocked commercial landings. The ban was reportedly imposed as a result of pressure from the national carrier, Air India (AIN)/(IND), which had expressed concern about capacity drops if competitor airlines offered A380 services.
The (SIA) flight, from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, marks the first commercial service and will be followed by an additional Singapore - Mumbai service. The A380 will serve two flights per day to replace the current (SIA) Boeing 777 service.
The lifting of the ban on the A380 came in January, following pressure from major operators including (SIA), Emirates Airline (EAD) and Lufthansa (DLH), which all expressed an interest in flying the airplane into India. There was also a push from A380-capable airports, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, which had invested in facilities but were not able to maximize their usage.
Indian Aviation Minister, Ajit Singh said the decision to lift the ban was made after extensive talks with the Director General of Civil Aviation, Air India (AIN)/(INS) and state-run airport operator Airports Authority of India.
The new service will help popularize services at Indian A380-capable airports, (SIA) said. (SIA) has taken the unusual step of offering discount fares on some seats to help persuade travelers to take up the new route.
It is expected that Emirates (EAD) will also soon launch its Dubai - Mumbai route from July this year, although (DLH) (which was initially keen on the prospect) has been quiet about any possible A380 services on Germany - India routes.
(SIA) plans to introduce the Airbus A380 on its Singapore - Beijing route, replacing two existing Boeing 777 services. Starting August 1, (SIA) will open a new SQ802 schedule, running a 471-seat configuration, which means (SIA) will fly 3x-daily to Beijing.
The A380 will be used on a “day-only” service, which will leave Singapore in the early morning and return the same day, reducing the necessity of over-nighting crews (a significant cost factor on this kind of route).
(SIA) already operates the A380 to Shanghai and Hong Kong, in addition to its 777 services, but this is the first scheduled route for the A380 to Beijing. The change means (SIA) will operate 120 flights per week from Singapore to 11 cities across China, including another new route to Hangzhou from the end of June.
July 2014: June was Singapore Changi Airport’s best month this year for passenger movements, at 4.65 million, but still slightly off last year’s pace, reflecting the slowdown in airplane movements to 28,130 during the month.
The figures were partly skewed by the dramatic drop in travel to Thailand, which saw a slump of -18% over the first six months of 2014. This was partially offset by an increase in Changi travelers to North Asia by +5.1% and to South Asia by +4.1% over the same period.
In the first half, 26.61 million passengers passed through Changi; up +1.4% on 2013. Traffic to Denpasar in Bali registered the biggest jump, with a +31% increase.
Changi Airport Group (CEO), Lee Seow Hiang said some disturbance to traffic operations from new infrastructure projects (such as the new Terminal 4 and the Project Jewel destination hub) would bring “occasional inconveniences and impact to operations” that could affect both airlines and passengers at Changi, but said this would be minimized as much as possible.
August 2014: Net profits for Singapore Airlines parent, the (SIA) Group fell -71.4% year-over-year during its fiscal-first-quarter ended June 30. (SIA) reported a first-quarter net profit of +SGD35 million/+$28 million, down -SGD87 million from the year-ago-quarter.
The (SIA) Group’s first-quarter revenue fell -4.1% year-over-year to SGD3.7 billion. Operating expenses fell -3.1% year-over-year to SGD3.6 billion, resulting in an operating profit for the quarter of +SGD39.5 million, down -51.7% year-over-year.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a fiscal-first-quarter operating profit of +SGD45 million, down -49.4% year-over-year from +SGD89 million in operating profit the airline reported in the 2014 June quarter; (SIA) Engineering made +SGD21 million in operating profit, down -25% year-over-year from last year’s +SGD28 million; regional airline SilkAir (SLK) posted +SGD2 million in operating profit, down -85.7% year-over-year from the year-ago-quarter’s +SGD14 million; and (SIA) Cargo (SQC) reported a -SGD18 million loss, narrowed from a -SGD40 million loss the air freight carrier posted a year-ago.
Revenue decline was due to “weaker yields amid intense competition, and unforeseen events that depressed travel demand in some key Asian markets,” (SIA) said. “(SIA) Cargo (SQC) recorded lower revenue as the air freight market continued to be affected by excess capacity.”
“In addition to the weaker operating performance, results from associated and joint venture (JV) companies [down -32% (YOY)] also contributed to the decline in net profit,” (SIA) said. “Share of losses [by] associated companies increased by SGD16 million from last year, of which SGD14 million was attributed to Tiger Air (TGR) Holdings. The share of profits [by] joint venture (JV) companies [was] reduced by SGD11 million, mainly [attributable to] weaker performance from the engine repair and overhaul centers.”
For the first fiscal quarter, parent airline company, Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported +1.8% year-over-year passenger growth, carrying 4,652,000 passengers. (RPK)s were up +0.4% to just shy of 24 billion, while (APK)s grew +0.8% to 30.3 billion. Passenger load factor fell -0.3 point to 77.7% LF during the quarter. Passenger yield fell -1.8% to 10.9 cents.
SilkAir (SLK)’s first-quarter passenger count was 870,000, up +0.7% year-over-year. (RPK)s were up +2.6% year-over-year to 1.4 billion; capacity grew +2.8% year-over-year to 2 billion (ASK)s. SilkAir (SLK)’s resulting passenger load factor for the quarter came to 69.5% LF, a -0.1 point drop from last year’s first-fiscal-quarter. Passenger yield fell -5.7% to 13.3 cents.
(SIA) Cargo (SQC)’s freight traffic was 1.56 billion (CTK)s during the quarter, a -3.5% drop from the year-ago-quarter’s 1.62 billion (CTK)s. (SQC)’s capacity kept pace, also falling -3.5% year-over year to 2.5 billion tonne-kilometers. Cargo load factor came to 62.4% LF, -0.1 point year-over-year drop.
“The outlook for the air transportation industry has become more challenging with [the] continuing uncertain global economic climate, geo-political concerns in the region and elevated fuel prices,” (SIA) said. “In this difficult operating environment, the Group will continue to monitor demand trends closely and make appropriate adjustments to capacity deployment, alongside a continued focus on cost discipline.”
Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have been given the go-ahead by both Singaporean and New Zealand regulators to pursue their proposed alliance aimed at boosting existing capacity between the two countries by up to +30% annually.
The New Zealand Ministry of Transport said that over the ensuing four years, (ANZ) and (SIA) would need to demonstrate that the alliance has delivered real benefits to consumers, and that it has not had an adverse impact on competition in other markets.
According to the terms of the agreement, (ANZ) will launch daily services between Auckland International and Singapore Changi using newly refitted 777-200ER jets, taking over five flights currently operated by Singapore Airlines (SIA) and adding two more weekly flights, increasing the frequency to daily.
In return, (SIA) will begin deploying its 471-seat A380-800 on flights to Auckland from October 27, progressively replacing an existing daily service with the smaller 279-seat 777-300ER.
On some alliance routes (including to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, South Africa, and the United Kingdom) the parties will code share and coordinate pricing, while on others, cooperation will only extend to code sharing.
Tata (SIA) Airlines (TSAL) has announced that its New Delhi based carrier will be called Vistara (VST), with the carrier scheduled to start operations in October. "Vistara" is derived from the ancient Sanskrit word "vistaar," which translates as "limitless expanse," said the Tata Group on its web site. Similarly its logo, an eight-pointed star, is derived from a mathematical form that is said to represent the universe.
Tata owns 51% of Tata (SIA) (TSAL), while Singapore Airlines (SIA) owns the remaining 49%. (VST), which will have an initial combined investment of US$100 million or 600 crore rupees (US$1=60 rupees) from the Tata group and Singapore Airlines (SIA), marks the third foreign direct investment (FDI) in the aviation sector, since the government declared last year international airlines could buy as much as 49% of local carriers.
(VST) will receive its first airplane, an Airbus A320 in September, and will grow to 20 airplanes by 2019. (VST) plans to operate 87 flights a week during its first year of operation and nearly double that number during its second year. Vistara (VST) initially plans to operate domestic flights, but will eventually expand to international full-service flights.
"Today is a momentous day for the Tata group and Singapore Airlines (SIA),” said Tata (SIA) Airlines (TSAL) Chairman, Prasad Menon. “Vistara (VST) will redefine the way we travel in India. I can confidently say that Tata's and (SIA)'s legendary hospitality standards and service excellence will make Vistara (VST) a natural choice for passengers."
(TSAL) Director and Executive VP Commercial of (SIA), Swee Wah Mak said: “From a global investor’s perspective the Indian aviation sector has a lot of potential for growth and I am delighted that (SIA) now has a fruitful role to play here.”
(VST) will receive its first airplane, an Airbus A320 in September, and will grow to 20 airplanes by 2019. The lessor for the new carrier’s fleet is Singapore-based, BOC Aviation (SIL).
As of June 30, Singapore Airlines (SIA) fleet consisted of 103 airplanes (57 Boeing 777s, 27 Airbus A330-300s and 19 A380-800s). SilkAir (SLK)’s fleet comprised 26 airplanes (16 A320-200s, six A319-100s and four 737-800s). (SIA) Cargo (SQC) has a fleet of eight 747-400F freighters. The (SIA) Group’s low-cost-carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Scoot (SCT) maintains a fleet of six 777-200s.
September 2014: The recently approved alliance between Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) will officially launch January 6, 2015, marking the return of the New Zealand carrier to Singapore after an absence of almost eight years.
Code share flights on both airlines’ services between New Zealand and Singapore will go on sale Thursday, September 25th. Each airline will operate one return service a day on the Auckland - Singapore route, with Singapore Airlines (SIA) also operating a daily return service between Christchurch and Singapore.
Air New Zealand (ANZ) will operate newly refurbished Boeing 777-200 airplanes on the Auckland - Singapore route, while (SIA) will operate Airbus A380s on the route during the Northern Winter operating season, reverting to 777-300ERs during the Northern Summer. (SIA) will continue to operate retrofitted Boeing 777-200ERs on the Singapore - Christchurch route.
The main goal of the alliance (which was approved by the New Zealand Minister of Transport last month, following clearance from the Competition Commission of Singapore) is to boost capacity and frequencies between New Zealand and Singapore by up to +30% year-round over time.
(ANZ) (CEO), Christopher Luxon said: “By working closely together, we hope we can further stimulate the market and drive visitor numbers from both ends of the route.”
(SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong said the alliance was “a clear example of how our two airlines can do more by working together than we could do individually,” and reinforced the Singapore carrier’s commitment “to the important Southwest Pacific market.”
October 2014: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA), key stakeholder in the Tigerair (TGR) low-cost carrier (LCC) Group, has taken a controlling interest in the (LCC)’s holding company and sold the Tigerair Australia (TAU) offshoot to Virgin Australia (VAU) for AUD1 million/ $0.88 million.
In what is effectively a bailout of the Tigerair Group, (SIA) has upped its stake in Tiger Airways Holdings from a previous 40% to 55%. It announced a further “guaranteed buy” rights issue to raise some $190 million, which could boost its total ownership to around 70%.
These changes mark the latest elements of a major reorganization following Tigerair (TGR)’s group loss of -$177 million in the year ended March 31, 2014. Immediately after the losses were announced, new (CEO), Lee Lik Hsin was brought in from SIA’s executive team. “Many of the issues [leading to Tigerair’s losses] came from joint ventures (JV)s which simply didn’t work,” Lee said. “That is about to change.”
Since Lee took the helm, the group has sold its Tigerair Philippines (SQH) operation for $15 million to Cebu Pacific (CEB), closed down its Indonesian Tigerair Mandala (MND) subsidiary following a lack of potential buyers, and subleased surplus airplanes to other carriers.
Nonetheless, the latest figures show Tigerair (TGR) is still loss-making. (TGR)’s latest report shows a loss of -S$182.4 million /-$143 million for the three months to September 30, largely due to a S$99.3 million write-down on the sublease of ex-Filipino Tigerair Airbus A320s to Indian carrier IndiGo (IGO).
The sale of the remaining 40% of Tigerair Australia (TAU) to Virgin (VOZ) will take another (JV) headache off the Tiger (TGR) management’s plate. Tiger Australia (TAU) has failed to make a profit for the last two years and saw a ban on flights three years ago after operational irregularities. “Given the ongoing subdued consumer demand in the Australian domestic market, the growth of the Tigerair Australia (TAU) domestic fleet is likely to be reduced,” Virgin Australia (VOZ) (CEO), John Borghetti said.
Lee said the new structure at Tigerair (TGR) should now allow it to concentrate on being what he called “a broad no-frills airline that would tap into strategic alliances into overseas markets.”
This points to an impending tie-up with Tigerair (TGR)’s (SIA) sibling (the wholly (SIA)-owned Scoot (SCT) long-haul (LCC). Given the Competition Commission of Singapore’s recent green light for such an alliance and immunity from anti-trust suits for an alliance, the stage would seem to be set for a full (LCC) arm to be run out of Singapore Airlines (SIA).
With (SIA)’s new controlling interest in both, a joint long/short-haul (LCC) entity could deliver a much more targeted and operationally efficient product to compete with AirAsia in the region.
Lee hinted as much in a recent interview and stressed that Tigerair (TGR) was looking at “going beyond a strategic alliance” with Scoot (SCT).
News Item A-2: INCDT: A Singapore A380 flight SQ424, landing at Mumbai on October 18th from Singapore with 408 passengers and 25 crew ((FC) - (CA)) on board, encountered sudden severe turbulence during descent, leaving 8 passengers and 14 crew members injured. A medical emergency was declared and the injured were transported to two private hospitals in suburban Andheri.
The turbulence-hit airplane was not grounded as it was still fully operational.
News Item A-3: Singapore’s Changi Airport reported a decline of -0.5% in passenger numbers for September as traffic continues to slide year-over-year. The airport saw 4.25 million passengers and just over >27,020 aircraft movements (down from 4.65 million passengers and 28,360 movements in August 2014); the latter also registering a significant -5% drop from a year ago.
But just as significantly, cargo volumes (despite a slight strengthening in other cargo hubs such as Hong Kong) slipped -2.7% to 147,800 tonnes in September.
In comparison, Hong Kong International Airport saw just over >5 million passengers (up +4.8%) in September, and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) registered August 2014 growth of +7.1% over August 2013. Both saw increasing passenger volumes despite issues with political regional instability, airplane losses and tightening capacity issues.
Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International joined Changi in a slide of -13.3% over August last year.
One of the slightly brighter spots for Changi was passenger numbers to the new Denpasar International in Bali, which saw some +20% growth over January - September, possibly as a result of tourist passengers favoring that destination over Thai resorts. This was offset by a continuing slump in Singapore - Thailand traffic, which saw a -15% drop over the first nine months of 2014, as tourists continued to shy away from Thailand’s perceived political instability.
The tightened capacity and the increased introduction of long-haul, low-cost carriers (LCCs) to the region seem to be hurting Changi, as is the removal of Singapore from many Middle East carriers stopover schedules in favor of nonstop schedules on longer-range airplanes.
Emirates (EAD) and Qatar (QTA) already offer several nonstop Middle East - Australia schedules using wide body long-haul airplanes, removing the need for a stopover at Singapore, and Etihad (EHD) has said it will operate daily nonstop flights from Brisbane to Abu Dhabi from June next year.
Etihad (EHD)’s service will use a Boeing 787-900 to replace daily services, which currently operate via Singapore using an Airbus A330-200. The route has seen over half-a-million passengers stop over at Changi in the last six years.
But as Etihad Airways (EHD)’s President & (CEO), James Hogan noted, the new non-Changi schedule will offer “shorter travel times, and the convenience of one-stop connectivity to popular destinations in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.”
With the introduction of an Asian "Open Skies" regime across the 10 (ASEAN) nations looming for next year, with its attendant open market for all regional (LCC)s looking for lowest cost operating infrastructure, Singapore’s iconic airport is likely facing an even tougher future.
November 2014: The Singapore Airlines Group reported a net profit of +SGD126 million/+$97.5 million for the half year ended September 30, down -55.5% from the +SGD282.4 million reported for the same period in the previous financial year.
The airline group said its net profit had been severely affected by associates’ losses, and acknowledged that passenger yields remain under pressure, leading to a largely flat first half operating result.
The group’s operating profit was up +1.2% for the first half of the 2014 - 2015 financial year, reaching SGD171 million from SGD167 million year-over-year.
However, group revenue fell -2% to SGD7.6 billion, with passenger revenue down -0.4% despite a -1.4% increase in traffic. The competitive operating environment and depreciating revenue-generating currencies helped push yield down -1.8% year-over-year.
Cargo revenue declined -1.6%, driven by a -3.8% capacity cut, although this was partially compensated by better yields and higher load factor.
On a positive note, group expenditure was down -2.1% to SGD7.4 billion, with falling fuel costs a major contributor.
Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s operating profit fell -1.6% during the first half to SGD183 million. Revenue was down -2.4%, but was nearly offset by a -2.4% reduction in expenditure, due to lower fuel costs after hedging and stringent cost management.
Passenger numbers grew +1% to 9.5 million, with (RPK)s up a scant +0.12% to 48.52 billion. (ASK)s dipped slightly -0.15% to 60.83 billion. Passenger load factor was up +0.25% to 79.8% LF for the first half year.
(SIA) Engineering’s operating profit fell -33.9% in the half year to +SGD37 million. Total revenue fell -0.7% as a result of lower airframe and component overhaul revenue, while expenses increased +2.8%, primarily as a result of an increase in subcontract services.
(SIA)’s regional affiliate SilkAir (SLK) reported its operating profit plunged -77.3% to +SGD5 million, as weaker yields (-5%) put a drag on revenue and a +3.7% capacity injection pushed up operating expenditures.
Passenger numbers increased +2.4% to 1.73 million, with (RPK)s up +4% to 2.84 billion. (ASK)s were up to 4.08 billion from 3.93 billion in the year-ago period. Passenger load factor improved +3.8% to 69.7% LF.
(SIA) Cargo (SQC)’s operating loss narrowed to -SGD34 million from -SGD71 million for the same period last year. Improved capacity management saw yields improve +1.9%, while load factor was up +0.2% points.
The outlook remains “competitive and challenging, as an uncertain global economic climate and geopolitical concerns persist,” the airline group said. “Demand is generally flat, and yields will remain under pressure amid intense competition from other airlines and promotional activities in weaker markets.”
“While there has been a reprieve from cost pressures arising from the decline in fuel prices in recent months, there is concern that the decline reflects a slowdown in major economies in the world, which could ultimately hurt travel demand. The group will continue to track market movements closely and make appropriate adjustments to capacity, while practicing cost discipline in all business areas. With a strong balance sheet, the group is well positioned to meet the challenges ahead,” it said.
December 2014: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has increased its shareholding in Tiger Airways (TGR) from 40% to 56%, making the low-cost carrier (LCC) a subsidiary of the legacy carrier (SIA).
(SIA) converted all its perpetual convertible capital securities (PCCS) in Tiger Airways (TGR) into new shares and no longer holds any (PCCS) in Tiger Airways.
The Competition Commission of Singapore late last month cleared the proposed acquisition of (TGR) by (SIA), concluding it would not distort competition because Tigerair Holdings was otherwise likely to cease operations.
Although (SIA) only acquired a majority of the voting rights in Tiger Airways (TGR) following the (PCCS) conversion, it began consolidating the financial results of (TGR) as a subsidiary in its accounts in October.
News Item A-2: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has inked a code share agreement with Taipei-based (EVA) Airways on transpacific routes, extending its growing list of strategic codeshares.
From December 12, (EVA) flights from Taipei Taoyuan International to Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New York (JFK), Toronto, and Vancouver will be coded and sold as SIA (SQ) code shares.
The agreement adds to existing code shares between the two Star (SAL) Alliance carriers, which for the last year have been sharing schedules on three daily flights between Singapore’s Changi and Taipei Taoyuan.
(EVA) said the choice of (SIA) for the code share would open up more access for both carriers in the expanding transpacific business sector, and that the “key [North American] market for (EVA) Air” would see further expansion as a result.
The move comes on the heels of multiple code share agreements signed recently by (SIA) with carriers such as Air New Zealand (ANZ), Korea-based Asiana (AAR), USA-based JetBlue (JBL) and Chinese carrier, Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) to cement and expand its “Pacific Rim” coverage.
News Item A-3: SEE ATTACHED CARNOC.com PHOTOS "SIA-2014-12 - CHANGI AIRPORT JEWEL COMPLEX-A/B/C/D/E/F/G/H/I/J" UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN FRONT OF TERMINAL 1 (T1).
This new mixed-use complex features attractions, retail offerings, a hotel and facilities for airport operations. Strategically located in the heart of the airport, the Jewel complex is envisaged to be part of a world-class lifestyle destination that will enable the Changi air hub to capture passenger mindshare, and strongly boost Singapore's appeal as a stopover point for travelers.
Looking like a giant glass doughnut, the Jewel complex features a glass and steel façade that will be a visually stunning addition to the airport landscape.
Scheduled for completion by end of 2018, the complex will be 10 storeys (five storeys above ground and five underground, integrating airport facilities with retail and leisure outlets) including the "Rain Vortex," the world's tallest indoor waterfall.
These pictures give you a first glimpse of Jewel's unique architecture and design, as well as its exciting myriad of lifestyle offerings.
January 2015: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will cut as many as -90 captains (FC) over age 62, which is in line with new retirement criteria to alleviate staff surplus, as (SIA) faces increasing costs and strong regional competition.
The introduction of the new rules (which means (SIA) captains (FC) now have to retire at 62) follows a move last April to trim retirement ages for captains (FC) to age 64 from 65.
An (SIA) spokesperson said despite previous voluntary no-pay leave and redeployment initiatives, manpower pressures from network changes (along with a challenging business environment) means (SIA) must continue to reduce employee numbers. “We regret that we have to take this decision to reduce the surplus further, [but] are no longer able to offer re-employment to captains (FC) beyond age 62,” he said.
News Item A-2: Singapore-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Scoot (SCT) is significantly boosting its network in its key Australian market, thanks to a new interline deal with Virgin Australia (VAU).
Scoot (SCT), a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), will be able to sell tickets to eight additional destinations in Australia via the interline agreement with (VAU). Scoot (SCT) will connect to these routes through its existing Australian gateways in Sydney, Perth, and the Gold Coast.
The interline deal gives (SCT) the opportunity to expand its reach in Australia without committing more capacity. The recent and planned growth of international service into Australia by Asian carriers (particularly long-haul low cost carriers (LCC)s) has made adding new flights a tougher proposition.
The Virgin Australia (vau) destinations covered by the agreement are Adelaide, Ayers Rock/Uluru, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Hobart, and Launceston. Melbourne will also be included, until (SCT) launches its own direct flights to that city in November.
(SCT) has previously discussed forming a link with Tigerair Australia (TAU), which is a subsidiary of Virgin Australia (VAU). However, Scoot (SCT) presumably decided (VAU) offers a broader domestic network. The interline deal does not include any Tigerair Australia (TAU) services.
Scoot (SCT) already interlines with parent, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the group’s other subsidiaries, SilkAir (SLK) and the Singapore-based, Tigerair (TGR)) which is separate from Tigerair Australia (TAU). It also interlines with Thailand’s Nok Air (NKA).
The new interline deal is not reciprocal, so Virgin Australia (VAU) will not be selling interline tickets on any (SCT) flights. (VAU) already code shares with Singapore Airlines (SIA) on many international routes. The main benefit to the Australian carrier from the (SCT) interline, will be feeding more traffic into its domestic network.
Virgin Australia (VAU) has made it clear that it will not code share or interline with its own (LCC) subsidiary, Tigerair Australia (TAU), as it does not want to dilute its full-service product.
News Item A-3 Singapore Airlines (SIA) has selected Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd (MTT), the leading mobile travel technology provider, as its strategic mobile partner to re-launch (SIA)’s mobile apps, to bring fresh, cutting edge mobile services to its customers and to collaborate on a dynamic mobile strategy. (MTT) will re-launch Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s smartphone apps to be followed quickly by a new tablet app, with both focused on enabling excellent travel interactions in line with (SIA)’s commitment to delivering exceptional customer experience.
News Item A-4: (SIA) Engineering Company (SINDTSQ) has appointed Png Kim Chiang as (CEO).
February 2015: News Item A-1: The Singapore Airlines Group reported a net profit of +SGD203 million/+$151 million for the quarter ended December 31st 2014.
News Item A-2: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is joining the growing number of airlines that are introducing a premium economy (PY) class, with the product to be rolled out across a large part of its fleet over the next few years.
The premium economy (PY) seats are scheduled to debut on the Singapore - Sydney route on August 9, and will be used on other international routes throughout the year.
(SIA) plans to install the new product on 58 of its airplanes (including all 19 of its Airbus A380s, 19 of its Boeing 777-300ERs, and the first 20 A350s to be delivered. An (SIA) spokesman said (SIA) is not looking to retrofit the entire fleet at this stage, and will make a decision about future airplane deliveries at a later date. Retrofitting the 58 airplanes is estimated to cost $80 million.
Premium economy (PY) seats will be fitted on the A380s by the first quarter of 2016, while the retrofit of the 777s is due to be finished by early 2017. The 777s will also receive upgrades for their first (F), business (C), and economy (Y) products.
The premium economy (PY) product will be introduced in markets such as Auckland, Beijing, Delhi, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Zurich in the latter part of 2015 and early 2016.
The new seats for the A380s and 777s are manufactured by (ZIM) Flugsitz GmbH, while the A350 seats will be made by Zodiac Seats USA.
News Item A-3: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is boosting its wide body fleet with new 777s and A330s deliveries in the first quarter, although passenger demand has slipped back slightly at the start of 2015.
News Item A-4: Although Singapore’s Changi Airport registered a new record high in terms of passenger numbers at 54.1 million passenger movements in 2014, its year-on year-growth reflected only a +0.7% increase in passenger numbers compared to 2013.
Airport management said the poor figures were the result of “several unforeseen events that depressed travel demand, [together with] a difficult operating environment for many airlines in the region.”
Apart from a one-year hit in 2009, due to the global economic crisis, the airport has not recorded less than a <2.5% growth for 10 years. The airport’s slowing figures have been consistently downward, recording +13% growth in 2010, +11% growth in 2011, +10% growth in 2012, and only +5% 2013. Flight movements in 2014 dropped -0.7%, to 341,390, for the entire year.
In comparison, Malaysia’s Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group, which manages Kuala Lumpur airports, saw an overall passenger increase of +4.7% year-on-year from 2013, despite the slump in Malaysian travel attributed to the Malaysian Airlines (MAS)’ MH370 disappearance in March 2014 and MH17 shootdown in July 2014.
The predominant reason for the slackening growth is likely a significant pullback by Southeast Asian low-cost carriers (LCCs) from the Singapore sector; (LCC) seat capacity growth out of Singapore only increased +3% overall for 2014. (LCC)s (including AirAsia (ASW), Jetstar (IMU), Scoot (SCT) and Tigerair (TGR)) all trimmed their schedules or held back on promised expansion plans following the recent overcapacity issues that closed Tigerair Mandala (MND) and caused Lion Air (MLI) to trim schedules from Changi.
“2014 was a challenging year for the aviation industry, especially in Southeast Asia,” Changi Airport Group (CAG) (CEO), Lee Seow Hiang said. Lee said the group is committed to introducing ongoing programs to provide temporary cost relief for airlines to encourage them to “collaborate on new ideas to stimulate passenger traffic or boost operational efficiency” at Changi.
March 2015: News Item A-1: Singapore's founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew played a pivotal role in developing Singapore into an international aviation hub, (SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong said.
In a message to (SIA) staff on Mr Lee's passing, Mr Goh highlighted that Mr Lee had a keen interest in (SIA)'s development over the years.
Mr Goh wrote: "Mr Lee's bold decisions, such as to build Changi Airport to replace Paya Lebar Airport, gave Singapore the solid foundation upon which to develop a thriving aviation industry, which contributed significantly to Singapore's economic advancement."
Mr Goh went on to say: "His vision enabled Singapore to grow into a pre-eminent global air hub, and for Singapore Airlines (SIA) to prosper as a world-leading international airline."
News Item A-2: Singapore flag carrier, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has been in talks to buy around 20% of Korean low-cost carrier (LCC), Jeju Air (JJA) in the lead up to its initial public offering (IPO) later this year.
In a statement to the Singapore Stock Exchange, (SIA) confirmed “that discussions have taken place on a possible equity investment in Jeju Air (JJA).” (SIA) added that further public announcements could be on the way.
The deal would give the (SIA) Group considerably more access to the expanding Korea - China market, where full-service carriers are seeing high levels of competition from other (LCC)s such as Air Busan (ABN), Eastar (EJS), Jin Air (JIN), and T’Way (TWY).
The two countries have seen a huge surge in tourist passengers with South Korea becoming China’s third most popular destination with more than >6.1 million passengers in 2014, a +41% increase over 2013. Korea provided 4.2 million visitors to China in 2014, up +5.4% from 2013.
However, (SIA)’s links to the still-expanding Korean market are currently not strong, with Scoot (SCT) currently as its only link into the (LCC) market in the country. Locally, Korean (LCC)s have captured over >50% of the local market from legacy airlines in the last decade.
(SIA) started talks to buy into Jeju Air (JJA) with its parent Aekyung Group late last year, prior to the (LCC)’s plans to go for a (Q4) 2015 (IPO) to raise KRW200 billion/$180 million for expansion of its fleet and network, principally deeper into China’s second tier cities.
Late last month, Jeju Air (JJA) introduced a new 3x-weekly, Daegu - Beijing service using Boeing 737-800 airplanes.
News Item A-3: Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions has created Baggage Vision System to solve the problem of non-readable bag tags. The system uses digital images of the bag and applies (OCR) software to identify the flight numbers and airport codes on damaged luggage. The system is now being tested at Singapore Changi Airport.
April 2015: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has denied reports it is considering buying into Hong Kong Airlines (CRY). (SIA), the Singapore flag carrier recently entered into talks with Korean low cost carrier (LCC) Jeju Air (JJA), but says it is not looking to buy into the China-based carrier. (CRY) currently has an all Airbus (EDS) fleet of 24 airplanes.
May 2015: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said its fourth quarter net profit surged +47% year-on-year as its fuel bill declined, but warned of a tough outlook due to stiff competition.
Net profit in the three months to March 31 rose to +Sg$39.6 million/+$30.05 million from +Sg$27.0 million in the same period a year ago on revenue of Sg$3.88 billion, up from Sg$3.63 billion.
For the full year to March, net profit jumped +2.34% to Sg$367.9 million from Sg$359.5 million, the airline, known as (SIA), said in a filing to the Singapore Exchange.
Full-year revenue was Sg$15.57 billion, up +2.1% from Sg$15.24 billion.
Fourth quarter performance was boosted due to reduced operating expenditure from lower fuel prices, and improved passenger yields that benefited from “stringent inventory control,” (SIA) said.
Fuel costs, which account for over a third of expenditures, fell to Sg$1.29 billion from Sg$1.38 billion during the quarter.
World oil prices have fallen sharply since June last year due to a global supply glut.
(SIA) said full-year profits were dragged down by “weaker share of results from joint venture (JV) and associated companies.”
(SIA) currently owns 55.8% of Tiger Airways (TGR) after it annexed the struggling budget carrier last year.
For the full year to March, Tiger (TGR)’s losses widened to Sg$264.2 million from Sg$223 million a year ago, (TGR) reported separately on May 4.
(SIA) said the outlook remains tough. “Market conditions remain challenging amid an uncertain global economic outlook. Demand in key markets is soft, primarily on Americas and European routes,” it said.
“Competition remains intense as other airlines continue to inject capacity with aggressive pricing,” (SIA) added.
News Item A-2: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a new code share agreement with Croatia Airlines (CRH) for flights to and from the Croatian capital of Zagreb, London, and Copenhagen, and between Singapore, London, and Copenhagen.
News Item A-3: Airbus (EDS) has begun final assembly of the first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines (SIA) at its facilities in Toulouse, France.
The airplane is the first of 70 A350 XWBs ordered by the airline and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016. The A350 XWB will form a major part of Singapore Airlines’ future fleet and will be operated on (SIA)’s medium- and long-haul routes.
According to Airbus (EDS), the airplane is now in the initial fuselage section joining phase. Before the end of the month, it will move to the next assembly station for wing junction, start of cabin installation and first power-on.
News Item A-4: INCDT: A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus A330-300, en route from Singapore to Shanghai, lost power in both its Rolls-Royce (RRC) engines and descended 13,000 feet before the aircrew (FC) managed to regain powered flight.
The A330-300, registered as (9V-SSF) and operating flight SQ836, was carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew (FC) - (CA). It departed Changi Airport just before 5:30 pm local time May 26. The A330-300 was fitted with (RRC) (Trent) engines, and was delivered to (SIA) two months ago, after being handed over by Airbus to its lessors.
“The A330-300 encountered bad weather at 39,000 feet, about three-and-a-half hours after departure,” (SIA) said. Weather radar traces of the area at the time indicated major tropical storm activity over the South China Sea.
Details from the flight trace reveal that the crew took almost 30 minutes to restart the engines while the airplane descended at around 1,500 feet per minute under glide conditions, to approximately 26,000 feet.
“Both engines experienced a temporary loss of power and the pilots (FC) followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines,” (SIA) said. The A330-300 continued to Shanghai and landed safely at around 11 pm local time.
“The A330-300’s two (RRC) engines were thoroughly inspected and tested upon arrival in Shanghai and no anomalies detected,” (SIA) said, adding that it was reviewing the incident with both Rolls-Royce (RRC) and Airbus (EDS).
The airplane was operated on a return flight from Shanghai to Singapore.
June 2015: Three more airlines (Singapore Airlines (SIA), Royal Brunei (RBA), and Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG)) have signed up for (SITA) OnAir’s flight tracking system, and AIRCOM FlightTracker. These carriers will join Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Oman Air (OMR) and 10 other unspecified carriers that use the system.
(AIRCOM) has been developed by (SITA), working with a number of airlines to use equipment already fitted to the airplane to provide a tracking solution. No additional hardware is required, just an additional layer of software that can be installed and activated in a matter of days.
The system “meets and exceeds the flight tracking requirements defined by (IATA) and (ICAO),” (SITA) OnAir (CEO), Ian Dawkins said at the (SITA) Air Transport Information Technology (IT) Summit in Brussels.
AIRCOM FlightTracker harnesses the communications links already installed on most modern airliners to download position data to an airline's operational center, using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and (ATC) radar data as a tracking tool, while the aircraft is over land and switching to (ACARS) and (FANS) in the oceanic environment.
Dawkins pointed out that 14,000 airplanes in the global fleet are already equipped with some element of (SITA) OnAir, operated by 400 customer airlines. More than >95 of these are equipped with the (AIRCOM) server, meaning that the software upgrade can be deployed in days. (SITA) has also created a cloud solution for airlines that do not have (AIRCOM).
Norwegian (NWG) (COO), Geir Steiro said: “Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG) has a strict selection process for every new solution we introduce. (SITA) OnAir’s Flight Tracker is the most complete solution available. Using multiple sources of data, we can track all our aircraft at 15 minute intervals or less. It also provides the most accurate data, using “smoothing' to combine position sources. A bonus feature is the unique way it integrates (ATC) data into our systems. It will give us valuable insight into operations and how we can improve them.”
A total of 15 airlines are currently using (AIRCOM) FlightTracker and seven have also signed up for an option that issues an alert if an aircraft deviates from track. A refined version of the deviation alert system will be integrated into the next version of the system due for release later this year. This will define an operating corridor for the aircraft, incorporating (ATC) data link communications, to ensure that legitimate and approved deviations do not automatically trigger an alert.
(AIRCOM) FlightTracker forces the aircraft to communicate its position at a regular interval,” Dawkins said. “It guarantees regular flight position updates.”
(SITA) is also conducting trials with a major European airline testing the feasibility of streaming black box data from aircraft in the event of an emergency. Dawkins said that if the trials are successful, this capability could be incorporated into (AIRCOM) FlightTracker as early as the end of this year.
“Having immediate access to flight data can help to improve flight safety,” he said.
(SITA) OnAir said it would provide flight tracking and position reporting services free of charge to (SITA) members in the event of an emergency.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s lower fuel costs helped offset weak yields as well as losses from affiliates and hedging in the fiscal first quarter, which ended June 30. The group achieved a net profit of +S$91.2 million/+$66.8 million for the period, up from +S$34.8 million profit in the year-ago period. Group revenue fell -3.2% to S$3.6 billion, excluding subsidiary, Tigerair (TGR).
(SIA) reported an operating profit of +S$111 million between April - June 2015, up +$52 million on the previous year but warned of "weaker demand for the Americas and Europe regions, reflecting a competitive environment."
News Item A-2: (SIA) Engineering posted a group profit of +S$41.3 million/$30.2 million in the first quarter of 2015 - 2016. Revenue was S$277.3 million, down -5.7% from the same period, prior year. Profit was down -S$12.2 million or -22.8%. Revenue dropped primarily due to lower airframe component and overhaul revenue. Contributions from the engine repair and overhaul centers at S$11.2 million were $7.9 million or -41.4% lower than the same period last year.
News Item A-3: Singapore Airlines (SIA) plans to participate in a $20 million government-led initiative to promote inbound travel to Singapore.
The new partnership will see (SIA), the Changi Airport Group (CAG), and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) all pushing for new customers across the leisure, business and meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) market segments using intensified targeted marketing both direct to consumers and through trade partnerships.
The new initiative will target more than >15 specific markets worldwide that have been identified for their potential in the business, conference and leisure traveler markets. The (SIA) announcement flagged initial target markets including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Southeast Asia, Germany, the USA, and the UK.
“This partnership demonstrates our commitment to . . . promoting Singapore as a destination of choice,” said Singapore Airlines (SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong.
(SIA) is currently seeing strong competition from Middle East airlines on its key European routes, such as the introduction of Qatar (QTA)’s upgraded Airbus A350 feeder service to Hamad International in Doha.
Changi Airport has seen falling passenger numbers of late; in 2014, passengers numbers across the Middle East-Asia sectors rose +5.6%, but Changi’s growth registered +0.7% overall. Additionally, several major carriers (including Emirates (EAD), Qatar (QTA) and Qantas (QAN)) now fly direct services from Australasia, cutting out previous Changi stopovers in favor of nonstop legs.
(SIA) will also participate in the marketing of a Stopover Premium Package that offers hotel stays, visits to local attractions, and added bonus events for both premium leisure and business travelers.
News Item A-4: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is to give up seven of its outstanding Airbus A350-900 production slots, following a request from Airbus (EDS) to cut (SIA)'s order book from the 70-strong order firmed up in 2013 to 63 aircraft.
Announced as part of its recent quarterly report, (SIA) said the change would “not materially affect (SIA)’s fleet renewal or growth plans, as adjustments have been made to bring forward deliveries of other A350-900 aircraft on order.”
The exact timing of the forfeited deliveries was not given, but (SIA) said the removal of the aircraft from the delivery schedule should not make any impact on its fleet renewal plans. It said it has advanced delivery schedules for some of its other A350s on order, and has the option to extend some existing Airbus A330 leases.
(SIA) said the change in the delivery schedules was mutually agreed as part of a “series of adjustments to orders and deliveries to meet the immediate needs of the airline and the plane maker.”
(SIA)'s first A350-900 is due to be delivered early next year, and purchase options for a further 20 A350-900s remain unchanged.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) celebrates Singapore’s 50 years of nationhood with a low-level flypast of a newly liveried Airbus A380 on Singapore’s National Day, August 9.
This is the first time a civilian airplane has participated in the country’s annual National Day Parade and will see the A380 in a special livery, featuring a 47m-long Singapore flag design on both sides of the fuselage.
The special anniversary livery will be used on two in-service aircraft, both of which will be used on routes to Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney, and Zurich.
As part of the National Day celebrations, (SIA) will also introduce its Premium Economy (PY) Class.
News Item A-2: Singapore’s Changi Airport has introduced a trial of a new Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) automated check-in system at Terminal 2. The trial is currently only working with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir (SLK), but will extend to other carriers in coming months.
The system uses automated check-in kiosks and bag drops; it also accepts mobile phone and web-login check-in services. Changi Airport Group (CAG) said the system will promote significantly faster processing with less queuing. Terminal 2 will offer 24 self-check-in kiosks, with another 24 planned for Terminal 3.
(CAG) Senior VP Airport Operations Management, Jayson Goh said the move will “improve productivity and efficiency, while at the same time providing passengers greater flexibility and convenience.”
Selected flights will allow passengers who have already checked in online or on their mobiles to bypass check-in completely and go straight to Departure/Immigration. They will be able to use pre-printed or mobile-scannable boarding passes.
Walk-in passengers will be able to print a boarding pass and bag tags at the kiosks by scanning their (ID)s, or to just print the boarding pass and go directly to Departure Immigration if they have no baggage.
Tagged bags can be dropped at the automated bag drop points for automated delivery to the relevant airplane loading stations.
Changi says that previous, smaller-scale trials have seen a 97% satisfaction rate for the system, with travelers keen to use it again.
The (FAST) system is due to be applied extensively at the soon to be completed Terminal 4, where facial recognition and other (FAST) automated clearance and identification technologies are slated to save up to 40% of carriers' ground operating costs when it opens in 2017.
News Item A-3: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said that after nearly six months, talks concerning the possible acquisition of a stake in Jeju Air (JJA) have come to an end with no deal signed.
"Singapore Airlines (SIA) wishes to announce that discussions have now ceased and the parties will not be proceeding with a transaction," (SIA) said in a filing to the Singapore stock exchange.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) maintains stakes in several Asia-Pacific operations including Vistara (VST) in India and Virgin Australia (VOZ), as well as in NokScoot (NSC) via its Scoot (SCT) subsidiary.
News Item A-4: "Top 10 Premium Economy Classes 2015" by AIRWAYS publication placed Singapore Airlines (SIA) in 3rd place - - see attached "SIA-2015-08 - Top 10 Premium Economy Class 2015."
September 2015: News Item A-1: Due to delays in the retrofit process, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has postponed the planned launch of its new premium economy (PY) class on some major international routes. These include Paris, Frankfurt, New York, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Tokyo, and are all served with Airbus A380.
(SIA) said the new seat class, originally due to launch fleetwide on August 9, has been delayed because A380 modifications are still incomplete. The upgrade process delay has also made the aircraft unavailable. “We had expected to have seven retrofitted A380s in service by now but, at present, we have [only] three, serving the Sydney, Hong Kong and London routes,” an (SIA) spokesperson said.
(SIA) has offered passengers who booked seats as far back as February this year a change to an alternative seat type, along with an onboard-spend voucher of up to $180. Affected customers “will be contacted progressively by Singapore Airlines (SIA) or travel agents to offer alternative travel arrangements,” it said.
The new $80 million seat retrofit is based on (ZIM) Flugsitz seats as specified by in-flight designer, the (JPA) Design Group.
However, the complexity of installing the seats in existing aircraft has apparently taken longer than projected. (SIA) said it is “working to complete the installation program as quickly as possible” on its website. The website also stated that some services will not be able to offer originally scheduled premium economy (PY) seats until after February or March 2016.
Premium economy (PY) seats that were booked on (SIA)'s Boeing 777-300ER airplanes are not affected by the delays, and are being scheduled as originally planned.
News Item A-2: Technology specialist (WIN) is expanding its e-booking system to connect independent forwarders to 16 airlines. (WIN) already connects to over 90 airlines for electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB). The carriers available for e-bookings include British Airways (BAB), Iberia (IBE), Etihad Airways (EHD), (SAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Jet Airways (JPL), Swiss (CSR), American Airlines (AAL), Air France (AFA), Finnair (FIN), Korean Air (KAL), (KLM), Lufthansa (DLH), United Airlines (UAL), Emirates (EAD), and Gulf Air (GUL). The all-in-one tool includes the ability for customers to look up flight schedules, create and manage bookings in real-time, transmit (e-AWB) data, and receive full (e-AWB) tracking automatically.
October 2015: News Item A-1: "Singapore Airlines to Transfer Jeddah Route to (LCC) Scoot" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, October 15, 2015.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will hand over its Singapore - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia schedule to long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Scoot (SCT) from May 2016.
(SIA) said the move would “better optimize the utilization of the (SIA) Group’s resources” and would also increase (SCT)’s capacity on offer both to and from Jeddah.
The new service will fly direct 3x-weekly from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, using Scoot (SCT)’s 335-seat Boeing 787-800 airplane.
(SIA) currently offers the same 3x-weekly service using 285-seat Airbus A330-300s, but with a one-stop schedule at Dubai.
This will be Scoot (SCT)'s first venture outside the north - south Asia region, and is its first wide body service to the Middle East or Europe. It is also the first indication of (SCT)’s previously mooted plans to push into the Middle East and European markets.
Scoot (SCT) (CEO), Campbell Wilson said the route would help the (SIA) group service “both commercial [passengers] as well as [those traveling to] the principal gateway for religious pilgrimages at nearby Mecca.” It will also likely offer a lower priced ticket range than the (SIA) service it replaces.
“We have long wanted to operate to Saudi Arabia,” Campbell said. “Scoot (SCT) looks forward to improving connectivity between Singapore and this important world city.”
The "Hajj route," as the Jeddah/Mecca route is known, has seen significant rise in interest from Southeast Asian carriers recently, with AirAsia X (ASX), Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) all recently upgrading services or introducing new schedules to Jeddah.
News Item A-2: "SIA Subsidiaries to Increase Route Sharing" by (ATW)
Jeremy Torr, October 20, 2015.
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) group is consolidating its network among its subsidiaries, with long-haul low cost carrier (LCC) offshoot, Scoot (SCT) adding one of its Boeing 787s to an existing Tigerair (TGR) schedule to Guangzhou, China.
Tigerair (TGR), the regional (LCC) subsidiary of (SIA), currently operates a single daily flight from Singapore's Changi Airport to Guangzhou Baiyun International using Airbus A320 aircraft. From January 2016, Scoot (SCT) will add a parallel 787-9 service to the route to "jointly serve the market more efficiently," Tigerair (TGR) (CEO), Lee Lik Hsin said.
The route sharing announcement follows (SCT)'s plans to take over (SIA)'s Jeddah service from next year, and the imminent replacement of a 4x-weekly, SilkAir (SLK) ((SIA)'s regional full-service subsidiary) schedule to Hangzhou with a new 5x-weekly, Scoot (SCT) service, again using the long-haul carrier's 787s.
(SCT) Head of Commercial, Steven Greenway said that (SCT) was looking to expand to at least six new destinations in coming months, partly as a result of "much better coordination" between the (SIA) subsidiaries. The move also underlines the commitment given by (SIA) Chairman, Stephen Lee recently to promote a "progressive stepping up [of Scoot's (SCT)] co-operation with Tigerair (TGR)" to provide what he described as a "win-win" situation for both carriers (and their home hub at Changi Airport).
Both Scoot (SCT) (CEO), Campbell Wilson and Tigerair (TGR)'s Lee have flagged increasingly close ties between the two carriers, with Lee noting the move would also enable (TGR) to redeploy its current resources for expansion to new destinations.
There is also further consolidation to come; (TGR) added that the two carriers were currently "finalizing a similar arrangement for another route."
News Item A-3: INCDT: Singapore Airlines (SIA) A330-343E (Trent 700) (1012, /09 9V-STG) suffered a nose wheel collapse, while parked at a gate outside Changi Airport's Terminal 3.
(SIA) said the aircraft was undergoing a landing gear system operation check at the terminal's Gate A17 on October 11, when apparently the gear retracted unintentionally, causing the front of the aircraft to collapse onto the apron. “There were no passengers or crew on board at the time," (SIA) said. It added that one engineer (MT) was on board, but was unharmed.
(SIA) said it would cooperate fully with the authorities in their investigations following the incident. Reports indicate that damage to the nose wheel door was sustained, as well as the front port access door, which was open and connected to an airbridge at the time of the incident. It is not clear if damage was also sustained to the engine nacelles touching the apron as a result of the collapse.
"We do not have details of damage to the aircraft at this point," (SIA) said, adding that a full assessment would be carried out, once the aircraft was raised and it was removed from the gate.
The incident is the second to affect an (SIA) Shanghai flight this year. Another (SIA) Airbus A330-343E (9V-STF), suffered a double engine failure in May, but landed safely after restarting its Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines in-flight.
News Item A-4: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced its first Airbus A350 XWB route will be Singapore - Amsterdam from April 2016.
According to (SIA), the first of 63 A350-900s will be delivered in January 2016. (SIA) expects delivery of 11 A350-900s in 2016. Further routes will be announced as more aircraft are delivered.
Last July it was reported that (SIA) is to give up seven of its outstanding A350-900 production slots, following a request from Airbus (EDS) to cut (SIA)’s order book from the 70-strong order firmed up in 2013 to 63 aircraft.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) holds an additional 20 options for the A350-900.
Airbus (EDS) (CEO), Fabrice Brégier said recently (EDS) is studying an ultra-long-range A350-900 version, offering a range of up to 19 hours of nonstop flying time. “This is possible with some limited modification to the aircraft. But it will not be a new member of the A350 family, like the A350-1000, because it is a "niche" market [it will be an A350-900 version],” he said.
News Item A-5: "Airbus Launches A350-900ULR; Singapore Airlines Orders Seven" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann and Aaron Karp, October 13, 2015.
Airbus (EDS) has launched an “ultra-long range” version of the A350-900 and Singapore Airlines (SIA) has agreed to be the launch customer.
(SIA) has converted seven of its 63 existing A350-900 orders to the A350-900ULR, which can fly up to 19 hours (8,700 nautical miles). (SIA) plans to use the A350-900ULRs, the first of which is expected to be delivered in 2018, to fly from Singapore to the USA. (SIA) has also placed an additional order for +4 more A350-900s.
According to Airbus (EDS), the A350-900ULR will include a modified fuel system to increase fuel carrying capacity, an increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and aerodynamic improvements. (SIA) will be able to use the aircraft to serve points on the USA West Coast as well as New York.
Airbus (EDS) President & (CEO), Fabrice Brégier recently said that the A350-900ULR would be “possible with some limited modifications to the aircraft. But it will not be a new member of the A350 family, like the A350-1000, because it is a "niche" market.”
(SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong said that “customers have been asking us to restart nonstop Singapore - USA flights and we are pleased that Airbus (EDS) was able to offer the right aircraft to do so in a commercially viable manner.”
(SIA) ended service from Singapore to Newark and Los Angeles in 2013 as it phased out its A340-500 fleet. (SIA) plans to take delivery of its first A350-900 in April 2016 and will use it to fly between Singapore and Amsterdam. (SIA), the Star (SAL) Alliance member expects to take delivery of 11 A350-900s in 2016.
Airbus (EDS) said it now has firm orders for 783 A350s from 41 customers.
News Item A-6: "Airbus Completes Painting of Singapore Airlines’ First A350-900" by (ATW) Linda Blachly, October 14, 2015.
Airbus (EDS) has completed painting Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s first A350 XWB-900 in Toulouse. The aircraft will now move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Singapore Airlines (SIA) in the first quarter of 2016.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has ordered 67 A350s and will operate the aircraft on long-haul routes to Europe as well as on ultra-long range nonstop services to the USA and selected regional routes.
November 2015: News Item A-1: "Singapore Airlines Boosts (1H) Profit, Bids for 100% Tiger Ownership" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, November 10, 2015.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a 2015 first-half profit of +S$305 million/+$217 million, up +41% from a +$126 million profit in the year-ago period. (SIA) said the results were due to an improvement across all of its business units, particularly regional carrier SilkAir (SLK), and lower fuel expenditure.
First-half revenue fell -4.5% to $5.1 billion due to lower passenger numbers and yield. Expenses lowered -5.7% to $4.9 billion from the year-ago period, to give an operating profit of +$214 million, up +40% from a +$125 million operating profit in the prior-year half.
(SIA), the Singapore flag carrier, itself reported a traffic fall of -1.7% and a -3.7% drop in overall yield, but SilkAir (SLK) countered this with a +11.1% growth in passenger traffic and a +0.8% rise in yield.
(SLK) was the bright spot in (SIA)'s results with an operating profit of +$18 million, +$14 million up +77% from the same period last year.
The figures do not include the results from (SIA)’s majority-held subsidiary, Tiger Airways (TGR), which reported a +$1.1 million net loss in June this year.
(SIA) holds 55.8% of the low-cost carrier (LCC), but has submitted an offer for all remaining shares at a 32% premium on current market rates. This would see (SIA) spending over $315 million on total ownership of the loss-making (LCC).
(SIA) (CEO) Goh Choon Phong said if the offer was successful, Tiger (TGR) would be de-listed and taken completely into the group. This would allow (SIA) to push further integration and network synergies between (TGR) and its wholly owned long-haul (LCC) Scoot (SCT).
“This [will] ultimately strengthen the (SIA) group,” said Goh, adding that the potential takeover of Tiger (TGR) would bring “an additional engine of growth in an expanding segment of the air travel market.”
News Item A-2: Singapore Changi International Airport saw a -11% drop in passenger movements from 4.95 million in August to 4.42 million passengers in September 2015. This was a +3.9% rise in monthly numbers over September 2014, but was significantly lower than the +6.6% year-on-year growth registered in August 2015.
Likewise, year-on-year airplane movements grew by +5.3% to 28,460 year-on-year, but slipped from 29,610 recorded in August 2015.
Changi management said the passenger figures for the July - September quarter as a whole were nonetheless the highest the airport had recorded in a single quarter at 14.3 million, and were boosted principally “by an increase in passengers traveling with low-cost carriers (LCC) following a period of depressed demand.”
China traffic, in particular, saw strong growth in the quarter, with a +14.9% rise year-on-year in overall numbers, but Indonesia, Changi's biggest market, registered a small shrinkage with a drop of -0.4%.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) last month awarded a $790 million contract to a Samsung (C&T) Corp./Koh Brothers joint venture (JV) for initial work on construction of a third runway system at Changi. “In addition to terminal capacity, airfield capacity is a critical determinant of [our] growth potential. The three runway system is a crucial part of Changi Airport’s development plans,” Changi Air Hub Development Executive VP Yam Kum Weng said.
The (CAG) said it plans to begin three-runway operations in the early 2020s.
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January 2016: News Item A-1: "Singapore Airlines (SIA) Raises Offer for Tiger (TGR) Buyout" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr. January 5, 2016.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has raised and extended its buyout offer to Tiger Airways (TGR) shareholders following protests by a shareholder activist group.
(SIA), the Singapore flag carrier has offered a nearly +10% increase per share of S$0.04 to $S0.45/$0.32, and has also extended the offer deadline to January 22 from the original cutoff date of December 28, 2015.
The increased offer comes after the Securities Investors Association Singapore (SIAS) protested the original offer price was too low. “This offer, the minority [shareholders] feel, is not reasonable,” said (SIAS) (CEO), David Gerald following the announcement of the original offer.
The new offer now prices the Singapore-based Tigerair (TGR) group at some S$1.125 billion, and represents a price premium of >49% over the one-month volume weighted average price per share, (SIA) said. “We are providing Tiger Airways (TGR) shareholders certainty with the new offer price of S$0.45,” said (SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong, adding this latest offer “will not be revised further.”
(SIA) did, however, leave open the possibility of another cutoff extension from the end-January date, adding the offer could be finalized on “such later date(s) as may be announced.”
The new offer will only stand if (SIA) manages to convince enough minority shareholders to sell at the new price; the offer is conditional on the carrier holding 90% of the stock by the offer close date. If the offer is accepted, (SIA) has said it will take Tigerair (TGR) private.
Goh said he was “optimistic” the new offer would be considered favorably by the shareholders who had balked at the first offer.
(SIA) currently controls or has agreements to acquire some 75% of the budget carrier’s stock. Its last significant buy of Tigerair (TGR) shares was in 2014, when it paid more than >S$0.50 per share for an extra +16% stake.
News Item A-2: Singapore’s Changi Airport reported a new annual record for passenger traffic in 2015, with 55.4 million passengers (up +2.5% on 2014) and more than >346,300 aircraft movements for the 12-month period.
Changi Airport Group (CAG) (CEO), Lee Seow Hiang said 2014’s dip in numbers was a result of several aircraft accidents and losses, coupled with depressed industry yields. This, he said, had led to a “relatively weak first six months” in 2015, but that the second half of the year saw a marked improvement in numbers.
“Our efforts have yielded some positive outcomes. We have seen both full-service and low-cost carriers (LCC)s add capacity in recent months and this has resulted in stronger passenger growth of about +5% for the second half of the year,” he said.
However, cargo figures saw a negligible increase from 1.84 million in 2014 to 1.85 million tonnes in 2015. (CAG) said this was offset slightly by a significant rise in specialist high-value freight, with pharmaceuticals cargo registering significant +44% growth year-on-year from 2014.
Aircraft movements rose +1.4% overall in 2015, and regional traffic continued to top the list of passenger traffic increases with Thailand (+12.5%), Vietnam (+7.2%) and China (+7.0%) all contributing strongly. However, Indonesian traffic dropped -7.3%, and another key market, Hong Kong also fell -1.2%.
(CAG) said that while the overall trend was up, traffic to Singapore had been impacted by the strength of the Singapore currency against some less robust regional currencies.
In 2015, Changi Airport saw the highest monthly figures so far recorded with 5.29 million passenger movements (a rise of +3.9% year-on-year and 29.71 aircraft movements) up +3.1% year-on-year.
News Item A-3: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will upgrade its fleet of Boeing 777s with Astronautics Corporation of America’s Block Point 4 Electronic Flight Bags (EFB)s.
February 2015: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) group reported a net profit rise of +35% to +S$275 million/+$196 million for the three months through December 31, 2015, compared to a net profit of +S$202.6 million in the year-ago quarter. (SIA) cited lower fuel costs and a significant performance improvement from some of its subsidiary carriers for the profit increase.
The higher profit was achieved despite revenue dropping by -3.9% due to weaker yields in the period, which is (SIA)’s fiscal third quarter. Passenger yields fell -4.6% and cargo yield declined by -13.5%.
Cost savings were enough to overcome the revenue slide, however. Net fuel costs were down by -S$354 million, with lower oil prices offset somewhat by hedging losses of -S$72 million and -S$77 million in losses related unfavorable exchange rate movements.
The group’s operating profit more than doubled to +S$288 million for the quarter, with most of its subsidiaries boosting their results. The parent airline led the way with an operating profit of +S$181 million, thanks mainly to the fuel cost savings. Its passenger traffic rose +1% year-on-year with capacity dropping -1.2%.
Long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Scoot (SCT) achieved an operating profit of +S$18 million, reversed from a loss of -S$17 million a year earlier. (SIA) says this was Scoot (SCT)’s strongest-ever quarterly result. Although (SCT) grew capacity by +34% in the quarter, it boosted passenger traffic by +37%.
SilkAir (SLK) recorded an operating profit of +S$33 million, up from +S$18 million. Its capacity growth of +9.5% was not matched by traffic growth of +8.5%, however. Tiger Airways (TGR) also improved its operating profit to +S$9 million, versus +S$4 million in the same period in 2014.
(SQC) Cargo operating profit dropped to +S$2 million compared to +S$17 million a year earlier.
News Item A-2: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to take full control of Tigerair (TGR) after more than 90% of the budget carrier's shareholders voted to accept its revised offer of SGD0.45/USD0.32 per share up from SGD0.41/USD0.29 offered in November last year.
As it currently stands, the deadline for acceptance of the offer has now been extended to February 19 following which, trade in Tigerair (TGR) shares will be suspended.
(TGR) shareholders who accept the offer will also have the option to subscribe to (SIA) shares at SGD11.1043/USD7.97 per share within ten days.
News Item A-3: SITAONAIR’s MobileOnAir’s M1 Limited has introduced a new billing structure for Singapore Airlines (SIA), where customers pay less for using their smartphones for email, social media, and synching their apps over the Internet. It is available on (SIA)’s Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER long-haul fleets.
News Item A-4: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and (GE) signed an extension to its OnPoint solution agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of (GE90-115B) engine that power 19 of its Boeing 777-300ER airplanes.
News Item A-5: (UTC) Aerospace Systems has signed a 12-year agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide asset management and repair services for (SIA)'s fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft. The long-term maintenance agreement is part of (UTC) Aerospace Systems’ Comprehensive Accessory Repair & Exchange (CARE) Program. Under the customized (CARE) agreement, (UTC) Aerospace Systems will provide inventory support and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services for air management systems, actuation systems, electric systems and lighting on Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s fleet of A350s.
News Item A-6: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will launch high-speed connectivity over global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat’s (GX) Aviation network in the second half of 2016. The first airplane type to be equipped will be (SIA)’s Boeing 777-300ER airplanes, followed by Airbus A380-800s and A350-900s.
News Item A-7: "Singapore to Develop ATM Research Laboratory" by (ATW) Editor Karen Walker, February 16, 2016.
Singapore is establishing an air traffic management (ATM) research laboratory to develop technologies that can advance airspace efficiency in a region that is becoming increasingly congested.
The agreement between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) to establish a joint (ATM) (R&D) laboratory was signed February 17 at the Singapore Airshow.
(R&D) focus areas will include automatic speech recognition technology to facilitate (ATM) operations; data analytics for (ATM) performance measurement and improvements; and advanced visualization technologies to facilitate the use of remotely operated airport control towers.
With the continued and forecast growth in air passengers and flight movements in the Asia-Pacific region, there is increasing urgency in calls to address infrastructure and find (ATM) solutions before congestion and delay problems become acute.
The (CAAS)-(I2R) joint laboratory will be the third facility dedicated to (ATM) (R&D) established in Singapore. (CAAS) has already established the (ATM) Research Institute with the Nanyang Technological University and the MITRE Asia Pacific Singapore with MITRE Corporation.
The (CAAS) has also entered into several collaborative agreements with (ATM) and research organizations that include Airbus ProSky, SESAR2 and the (FAA).
News Item A-8: Singapore Airline’s (SIA) first Airbus A350-900 has completed its maiden flight and will now enter the final production phase as it prepares for delivery in the coming weeks, Airbus (EDS) said. The aircraft, the first of a 67-strong order for (SIA), is slated to open business on the Singapore - Amsterdam route.
(SIA) is set to take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on March 2, two months after the original schedule. (SIA) is also set to take delivery of seven of its outstanding A350 order as the recently announced long range (-ULR) variant, and has said it will use them on Singapore - USA mainland schedules of up to 19 hours duration. It canceled its previous Los Angeles and New York nonstop flights in 2013, when the A340-500s that were then used for the route were retired, partly due to spiraling costs due to high jet fuel prices.
(SIA) also has 30 Boeing 787-10s on order, which are scheduled for delivery from (FY) 2018/2019 financial year.
(SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong said the new aircraft deliveries will help ensure (SIA) “retains its industry leading position,” adding that the new aircraft demonstrate (SIA)’s commitment to Singapore as an aviation hub, and its confidence in the future for premium full-service travel.
“[These deliveries] will further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing the fastest and most convenient air connectivity between North America and Southeast Asia,” Goh said.
News Item A-9: "Singapore Airlines (SIA), Airbus Sign A380 Flight Hour Services Contract" by (ATW) Linda Blachly, February 15, 2016.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a 10-year Flight Hour Services-Tailored Support Package (FHSTSP) contract with Airbus (EDS) to integrate and provide full component support, line and base airframe maintenance, as well as fleet technical management services for (SIA)’s 19 A380s.
It will partner with its affiliated Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) (SIA) Engineering Company (SIAEC).
According to Airbus (EDS), the (FHSTSP) contract provides full component support, line and base maintenance, as well as fleet technical management services in Singapore.
“The scope of this agreement guarantees aircraft availability and ‘on-time performance’ (OTP), covering technical, logistics and maintenance,” (EDS) said. “Furthermore, this Airbus (EDS) (FHSTSP) contract supersedes the existing (FHS) Components support agreement signed in July 2007 for its A380s. To date, Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s in-service A330s are also covered by the same (FHSTSP) agreement with Airbus (EDS).”
Airbus (EDS) said (FHS) contracts have been selected to cover more than >245 aircraft from operators of A320, A330, A380, and A350.
News Item A-10: "Singapore Airlines Selects Thales A350 (IFE)" by (ATW) Victoria Moores, February 16 2016.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will equip its mid-haul Airbus A350s with Thales (THL)’s (AVANT) in-flight entertainment (IFE) and Ka-band connectivity from when the aircraft enters service with (SIA) in 2018.
Announcing the deal at the Singapore Airshow February 17, (THL) Chairman & (CEO), Patrice Caine described it as a “very strategic contract,” however, he declined to comment on the value or scope of the agreement.
“This is a very important announcement for us because of the reputation (SIA) has across the world for excellence in cabin experience and passenger comfort. It also underscores a milestone in our effort to become number one in (IFE) in the years to come.”
(SIA) has historically been a Panasonic user, however Caine said that Thales (THL)’s local presence in Singapore, being “very, very close to the customer” throughout the tender process and a focus on innovation helped win (SIA)’s business. (THL) will add more staff in Singapore for the roll-out.
“It was all about proximity and understanding what the customer really wants, beside the (IFE) system. What they wanted is a company that could co-innovate with them. (SIA) is one of the most innovative airlines in the world in terms of passenger experience. This morning, I had a (CEO) to (CEO) discussion on innovation (not only bringing new features to (IFE), but clearly disrupting the passenger experience in a positive way).”
This personal engagement, Caine said, demonstrated to (SIA) that Thales (THL) is “serious” about the (IFE) business. “This is not a one-shot, we will be here and with them for a long time.”
The system is seat-back based, with high-resolution and low-weight displays, which are up to -30% lighter than earlier models. The new display is already under development and will be flying by the end of this year.
“This is more than delivering a system; this is emerging into partnership,” (THL) Inflyt Experience (CEO), Dominique Giannoni said. “We see this as a starter for a long-lasting contract.”
Singapore Airlines (SIA) last year signed with Panasonic Avionics to become the first airline to introduce a mobile app that personalizes a passenger’s journey end-to-end. The Companion app is an intelligent, personalized mobile application that is integrated with the airline’s (IFE) and connectivity systems.
(SIA) will deliver Companion app via its own app and the functions will integrate with the carrier’s Krisworld (IFE) on board product.
March 2016: News Item A-1: "Singapore Airlines (SIA) Adds Extra A350 Kuala Lumpur Service in Mid-March 2016" RoutesNews March 4, 2016.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has loaded an additional Airbus A350-900XWB flight, mainly focusing on additional operation on the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route. The latest addition sees SQ106/107 to be operated by an A350, instead of A330, for the week of March 09, 2016.
News Item A-2: "Scoot, Tigerair to Merge, Expand Reservation Systems" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, March 24, 2016.
Singapore-based long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) Scoot (SCT) and regional (LCC), Tigerair (TGR) will finalize a merger of their reservations systems by the end of (1H) 2016, (SCT) (CEO), Campbell Wilson said.
“This will make Tiger (TGR) our biggest partner,” he said. He said the two (LCC)s already shared ground handling and other operational facilities and costs, and that a more complete integration of ticketing systems would bring a greater ability to capitalize on potential opportunities across the two carriers.
Both (LCC)s are subsidiary airlines of parent Singapore Airlines (SIA), which Wilson says is working to develop long-term working structures, that are shared between the two carriers.
Wilson noted the need for a strong distribution system in Asia is essential, as many travelers still prefer to use travel agents to book their travel.
Wilson added that (SCT) would expand its fleet of 10 Boeing 787s with another 10 787s by the end of July 2019, which would enable it to add routes to India, China, and northeast Asia. “In (2H) 2016, we look to [begin] new routes to China, Japan, and Korea, but will make sure our [ticket] distribution systems are suitable, so we can keep our high load factors up,” he said.
News Item A-3: The Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) parent airline, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and (SIA) subsidiary, SilkAir (SLK) announced a code share agreement with Air China (BEJ), effective March 29. Both (SIA) and (BEJ) are Star (SAL) Alliance member airlines.
Under the code share agreement, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add its ‘SQ’ designator code to Air China (BEJ) flights between Singapore - Beijing and SilkAir (SLK) will add its ‘MI’ code to (BEJ) flights between Singapore - Chengdu. Reciprocally, Air China (BEJ) will add its ‘CA’ code to selected (SIA)-operated flights between Singapore - Beijing as well as on SilkAir (SLK)-operated flights between Singapore - Chengdu.
“Our code share partnership with Air China (BEJ) will enable us to jointly offer enhanced connections, benefiting customers [with] greater flexibility in their travel to and from China,” (SLK) VP Commercial, Ryan Pua said.
“[It] is an important step in the deepening of our cooperation with our Star Alliance partner, Air China,” Singapore Airlines (SIA) VP Marketing Planning, Lee Wen Fen said.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) operates 21 weekly flights to Beijing; SilkAir (SLK) operates 14 weekly flights from Singapore to Chengdu. Air China (BEJ) operates 14 weekly flights between Beijing and Singapore and seven weekly flights between Chengdu and Singapore.
News Item A-4: "Asia Set to Lead (IFE) Connectivity Development" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, March 7, 2016.
Asian carriers are set to peg new benchmarks in the in-flight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity sector, according to global satellite communications company, Inmarsat.
Speaking following the opening of the company’s newest facility based in Singapore, Inmarsat Asia Pacific Director Aviation Services, Bill Peltola said the rapid growth of new airlines across the region has allowed a more progressive, legacy-free approach to the provision of connectivity and (IFE) than previously thought possible.
“We have never seen [IFE] progress moving as fast as it is now,” he said. “In the early days, the USA and Europe were the leaders in (IFE), but now Asian carriers are leading the way with better, newer technology.”
Peltola said the rapid expansion of new airline carriers across the Asia-Pacific region, often using fleets of the latest aircraft, means they can start from scratch in terms of new technology. This offers the bonus that they can decide exactly what services they want to provide, and ones that will attract customers.
He said the whole industry was now “at a tipping point” in the provision of both satellite-based aircraft tracking and in-flight Wi-Fi provision, and that the new advances that satellite providers were offering were “lighting a fire under the major carriers.”
“This is a fascinating time for aircraft connectivity, and is set to change the way airlines do onboard business,” Peltola said. He pointed out that a series of recent customer surveys indicate passengers prefer a “connected” airline ticket over one that offers conventional “lots of movies” (IFE) but with little connectivity. “Airlines that do not offer personalized in-flight connectivity will lose business, it’s as simple as that,” he said.
Peltola estimates that by 2018, there will be no major airlines that do not offer some kind of in-flight connectivity in the passenger cabin. “And within five to seven years it will be rare to see any aircraft at all without in-flight connectivity,” he added.
Inmarsat is already working on the provision of 5G in-flight services using its network of 12 satellites, and is developing its next generation L-band and Ka-band satellites to offer extended in-flight connectivity using the Global Express network.
“Singapore Airlines (SIA) and others like them are establishing themselves as market leaders in this sector,” said Peltola, adding that Asian airlines are also very focused on smartphone connectivity. He singled out apps like Twitter, What’sApp and other social media, that are low bandwidth, meaning lower operator costs.
“Many [Asian] airlines are working on these things right now, and we will see many other new services coming on stream during 2016,” he said. “For example, we expect [in-flight connectivity] to break the in-flight payments business wide open. All these [issues] are really big things, and they are coming soon.”
News Item A-5: Avionics and in-flight systems company, Thales (THL) said it won its recent deal with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to supply (AVANT) in-flight entertainment (IFE) equipment partly as a result of its Asian development team.
The contract, which was announced at the Singapore Airshow, was to supply (SIA)’s upcoming Airbus A350 XWBs with (IFE) and Ka-band connectivity on aircraft supplied from 2018. It will enable Thales (THL) to establish a foothold in what has traditionally been Panasonic-held territory.
“With the input of the Thales Singapore Innovation Hub (TSIH), we were able to develop [a system] with a significantly local feel,” (THL) (IFE), CEO Dominique Giannoni said.
The inclusion of Singapore-based developers into the product team for the new system proved a significant advantage, (THL) (CEO), Patrice Caine said. Caine said the deal was “a very strategic contract,” which was clinched partly by the inclusion not just of new features, but of what he called “the local passenger experience.”
“Being based in Singapore counted a lot for us; we were close to the customer, which allowed us to be a ‘co-innovator’ with (SIA) on the project,” he said.
(THL) said (TSIH) used a multidisciplinary approach inspired by Asian concepts, Asian innovation and Asian thinking, and by collaborating with Singaporean institutions and innovation teams such as the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD).
Giannoni said the new (IFE) system was designed to be as flexible as possible to allow it to evolve and upgrade its offerings on a lightweight (LCD) screen that offered -30% weight savings over conventional systems. “This [locally tuned] system marks the start of a long relationship [with SIA] for us,” he said. “We will increase the number of staff at (TSIH) to support it. This will be our flagship product,” he said.
News Item A-6: In its ongoing efforts to bolster aviation safety, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has published new rules to improve the tracking of Singapore-registered aircraft.
The new rules will apply to all Singapore air operators operating passenger aircraft of more than >27,000 kg and carrying more than >19 passengers, as well as cargo aircraft of more than 45,500 kg. These aircraft will be required to establish tracking capabilities that would enable the airlines to know the location of their aircraft at least every 15 minutes, throughout the entire duration of the flight.
The (CAAS) will work closely with Singapore air operators to manage the transition to these new rules. From July 1, 2016 onwards, airlines will be required to track their aircraft either manually or automatically. From November 8, 2018 onwards, only automatic tracking will be permitted.
This move is consistent with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) plans to require a 15-minute standard for normal flight tracking(*) by November 2018. Also, we will impose this requirement on our airlines flying over any area, which is more comprehensive than the (ICAO) requirement which is only for aircraft flying over oceanic areas.
Director-General of (CAAS), Mr Kevin Shum, said, “The safety of the traveling public is always our priority. The (CAAS) has worked closely with the industry to advance the implementation of the latest rules on enhanced aircraft tracking. When fully implemented, our airlines will have added assurance of the whereabouts and safety of their aircraft operations throughout their network.”
Local airlines have expressed their support for the move. Singapore Airlines (SIA) Acting Senior VP Flight Operations, Captain C E Quay, said, “We are supportive of the efforts to improve flight tracking capabilities. (SIA) is already in compliance with (CAAS)' new rules, as we have enhanced flight tracking capabilities that give us detailed oversight of our global flight operations.”
Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Tigerair Singapore (TGR), Mr Ho Yuen Sang, added, “We have been working closely with the (CAAS) in order to achieve the highest level of surveillance and tracking for our aircraft. We are confident that these industry-leading regulations represent a significant step forward in aviation safety, which is our top priority.”
(*) This refers to aircraft tracking during normal flight operations, i e not during abnormal or distress phases.
News Item A-7: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB in Toulouse, France, becoming the fifth operator of the all-new wide body airliner.
The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout with 253 seats, comprising 42C business, 24PY premium-economy and 187Y economy class.
After an initial period flying on regional services to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, the aircraft will be deployed on long-haul flights from May, starting with Amsterdam and then Dusseldorf.
(SIA) has ordered 67 A350-900s, which will be operated on long-range flights, as well as on selected regional services. Seven of the aircraft will be delivered with an ultra-long range capability for flights of up to 19 hours, allowing (SIA) to resume nonstop flights to the USA. The A350 XWB will join an existing Airbus (EDS) fleet at Singapore Airlines (SIA) that currently comprises 19 A380s and 29 A330-300s.
April 2016: News Item A-1: "Lufthansa Group, Singapore Airlines Expand Asian Code Shares" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann, April 6, 2016.
Star (SAL) Alliance members, Lufthansa (DLH), Singapore Airlines (SIA), and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) (CSR) are expanding their code share agreements as part of a commercial joint venture (JV) that was concluded in November 2015.
(SIA) expanded connections to more than >20 code share routings via the Lufthansa´s Group’s Munich and Zurich hubs, to and from various points in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland.
Lufthansa (DLH) will add its code on (SIA) flights via Singapore to Denpasar and Jakarta (Indonesia).
In addition, SWISS (CSR) will add its code on (SIA) flights from Singapore to Australia’s Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, as well as to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Auckland, and Christchurch (New Zealand).
News Item A-2: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a deal with Panasonic Avionics to supply in-flight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity (IFEC) across (SIA)’s upcoming Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-10 deliveries.
The deal will see the new aircraft delivered with Panasonic’s broadband-connected multi-channel eX3 entertainment offering. (SIA) said the new (IFEC) system will offer a “custom-tailored [experience] for an enhanced KrisWorld experience.”
The eX3 system can link into the company’s Global Communication Services (GCS) provisioning to enable more than 1Tbyte of entertainment as well as customized on board broadband internet-based communications.
The company said the system will “deliver higher levels of personalization and unrivaled opportunities around passenger engagement and value delivery.”
The eX3 system supports Panasonic’s Near-Field Communication (NFC) reader technology, which has been approved for in-seat production by both Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC).
The (NFC) system can process payments from (NFC)-enabled credit cards, as well as in-flight non-payment applications through (NFC)-enabled mobile phones and tablets. The deal comes on the heels of Panasonic’s $400 million deal in 2012 to fit the eX3 system to (SIA)’s existing 20-strong Airbus A350 order, as well as for 15 Airbus A330-300 and eight Boeing 777-300ER airplanes.
However, the Panasonic deal could be a blow for Thales (THL), which signed an (IFEC) deal with (SIA) for an unspecified number of its (AVANT) entertainment modules for (SIA)’s A350 fleet.
May 2016: News Item A-1: Canberra Airport, Australia plans to start international flights in September 2016 following the completion of an AUD18 million/$13.8 million refit.
The airport, based at the parliamentary capital of Australia, has until now taken second place behind Sydney’s Kingsford Smith as the key international destination in Australia.
The airport, which handles around 3 million regional passengers a year, will see Singapore Airlines (SIA) start a 4x-weekly schedule from Changi in September, which will fly on to connect Canberra to Wellington, New Zealand.
The imminent change to international status will reflect decades of lobbying and proposals, Canberra Airport Managing Director, Stephen Byron said. “What you are seeing is so much more than just some [new] interiors. For us, and Australia’s national capital, it is a step closer to the realization of a dream that has been 18 years in the making,” he said.
(SIA) (CEO), Goh Choon Phong said the new service linking Singapore, Canberra and Wellington reflected the close ties between the three countries, and that it would service the needs of leisure, government and corporate travelers.
Byron said the international terminal was planned for some time ago, but had not been implemented “until we had secured an international carrier with regular scheduled flights” that allowed the airport to make an economic case for the upgrade.
The new facility will be able to handle up to one million international passengers a year, with concurrent wide body and narrow body aircraft access. “We are on the cusp of global connectivity, with one of the world’s greatest carriers, Singapore Airlines (SIA), connecting us with 100 locations in 35 countries around the world,” Byron said. (SIA)’s Changi - Canberra - Wellington service will use Boeing 777-200 airplanes with 38C business and 228Y economy seats.
News Item A-2: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add Johannesburg, South Africa, to its list of Airbus A350-900 routes beginning June 27. It will begin with Monday, Thursday and Saturday services and will eventually move to daily, and will include 4x-weekly, Singapore - Capetown service.
Singapore’s A350’s will have 253 seats with 42C business, 24PY premium economy and 187Y economy class. (SIA) will offer Panasonic Avionics in-flight entertainment and connectivity across its upcoming A350 and Boeing 787-10 deliveries.
The first (SIA) A350 was delivered in March and is in service to Amsterdam; Düsseldorf will be added in July. (SIA) has two A350-900s in service with 65 on order.
June 2016: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is reintroducing capacity into the USA market in October 2016 as it launches a daily nonstop service to San Francisco. The new flight is strategically important because it enables (SIA) to accelerate the resumption of non-stop flights to the USA by two years and compete more effectively against United (UAL), which launched non-stop flights on the Singapore - San Francisco route at the beginning of June 2016.
The new Singapore - San Francisco non-stop flight will increase (SIA)’s USA operation from 40 to 47 weekly frequencies. However, its total capacity to the USA will increase a relatively modest +9% as (SIA) is also downgauging seven frequencies from A380s to 777-300ERs.
The +9% increase only partially offsets a significant earlier reduction in capacity to the USA. (SIA) reduced capacity to the USA by -19% in late 2013 and by a further -5% in 2015. As a result, (SIA)’s USA capacity in November 2016 will still be down -12% compared with the situation just over >3 years ago. Most of its main Asian competitors have significantly increased USA capacity during this period.
News Item A-2: INCDT: "Singapore Airlines 777-312ER Catches Fire While Making Emergency Landing" by "The Guardian", June 27, 2016.
A Singapore Airlines (SIA) 777-312ER (GE90-115B) (592-33377, 9V-SWB) caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport. Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan was two hours into its journey when it reported engine problems and turned back towards Singapore.
The 777-312ER landed at 7:00 am and the fire on board was extinguished by emergency crews, according to "Channel News Asia" reports.
(SIA) said the 777-312ER's right engine caught fire after it touched down at Changi Airport at around 6:50 am. The blaze was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew on board. "Passengers disembarked through stairs and were transported to the terminal building by bus. Passengers were to be transferred to another airplane.
The "Straits Times" said the 777 turned back after a fuel leak.
See attached photo - "SIA-2016-06 - INCDT: 777-312ER Engine Fire.jpg."
A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Boeing 777-312ER (9V-SWB) performing flight SQ-368 from Singapore (Singapore) to Milan Malpensa (Italy) with 222 passengers and 19 crew, was enroute at FL300 over the Andaman Sea about 2 hours into the flight, when the crew decided to descend the 777 to FL170 and return to Singapore due to an oil leak at the right hand engine (GE90). The 777 landed safely on Singapore's runway 20C about 2:20 hours later and slowed down. While passengers broke into clapping and cheering and the 777 turned off the runway, a spark was seen at the right hand side causing the right hand engine and wing to catch fire, the airplane stopped on the taxiway, emergency services sprung into action and extinguished the fire. The crew kept the passengers on board while firefighters doused the fire. The passengers subsequently disembarked via stairs. There were no injuries, and the 777 sustained substantial damage to right engine and right wing.
(SIA) reported the 777 returned due to an engine oil warning light, the right hand engine caught fire after the airplane touched down, and the fire was put out by airport emergency services. The passengers disembarked via stairs and were bussed to the terminal.
A replacement Boeing 777-312ER (603-34571, 9V-SWF) was estimated to reach Milan with a delay of 9 hours.
Reader Comments: (the comments posted below do not reflect the view of The Aviation Herald (www.avherald.com) but represent the view of the various posters).
* By Mario on Monday, June 27th 2016 22:54Z
The 220 passengers lived to tell the story by PURE LUCK. Not evacuating an airplane that has a wing on fire, full of fuel and vapors is crazy. Chances were that we should be reading about 200+ deaths. I have never been in the cockpit of a 777, but considering the size of the aircraft, probably the pilots were not able to see the fire, but what are the flight attendants for? This is a lucky day for all.
* By (anonymous) on June 27th:
I agree with comments here. Given the scale of the fire, as a 777 pilot, I would have initiated the evacuation as well. They were very fortunate that the fire did not propagate to the fuselage like the British Airways (BAB) 777 in Las Vagas.
And by running through the "evac" checklist, hopefully by firing the engine fire bottle will help to put out the fire while the fire fighters are doing their part.
Watching one side of the airplane burning is really not a good idea to stay on board.
* EVAC, By Paddie on June 27th 2016.
As a 777 captain , I am astonished at the ridiculous comments here regarding keeping passengers on board.
The 777 WAS on fire - get the passengers off ASAP.
For anyone on the fence, take a google/you tube of the British Airtours jet that smoke engulfed the cabin of a 737 20 years ago.
This was very very close to massive loss of life.
News Item A-3: See video on (SIA) 777-300ER 1st Class SYD - SIA:
July 2016: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is to launch a direct 4x-weekly nonstop service from Singapore to Canberra, Australia, in September. The flights will be the first-ever regular international schedules to the Australian capital city’s airport.
The flight (using Boeing 777-200 airplanes in a 266-seat, two-class configuration) will operate a triangular route from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Canberra Airport, then to Wellington International Airport, New Zealand, before returning to Singapore.
Canberra Airport recently upgraded its facilities to attract international carriers, and has spent AUD2 billion/$1.5 billion on upgrades over the past two decades. It has also invested AUD18 million in new international terminal facilities over the last two years, designed to handle up to 1 million international passengers a year.
(SIA) (CEO) Goh Choon Phong said the new service would “appeal to leisure, government and corporate travelers” between the three seats of government.
Canberra Airport spokesman Terry Snow said the new service was vindication of the airport’s long-term vision for international service provision.
“As [operators] committed to the prosperity of the capital region, our campaign to see Canberra linked directly to the rest of the world has been constant,” he said.
The new service will add to (SIA)’s existing Australian destinations of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, and will see a code share agreement with Virgin Australia (VOZ) on the Canberra - Singapore leg of the new schedule.
News Item A-2: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has added Dusseldorf to its German cities served. The 3x-weekly route will be flown with new Airbus A350-900s. The Dusseldorf service is in addition to Frankfurt and Munich.
The 13-hour flight by the A350-900 will include 253 seats: 42C in business, 24PY in premium economy and 187Y in economy.
(SIA) will offer Panasonic Avionics in-flight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity across its upcoming A350 and Boeing 787-10 deliveries. (SIA) has two A350-900s in service with 65 on order.
The first (SIA) A350 was delivered in March and serves Amsterdam; Johannesburg was added in June; San Francisco will be added in October.
August 2016: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched premium economy (PY) class on Airbus A380 flights from New York (JFK) to Frankfurt and Singapore.
(SIA) began offering the new service on flights from San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport early this year. (SIA) said that premium economy (PY) is the Singapore flag carrier’s newest class of service featuring a separate cabin of 36PY seats, each with a seat width of 19.5 in. aboard the A380 aircraft, an 8-inch recline and a pitch of 38 in., allowing passengers more space.
(SIA) also said premium economy (PY) class passengers will also be treated to a “dedicated check-in line to reduce waiting times, priority baggage handling and an increased baggage allowance of +77 lbs.” The new cabin interiors feature full leather finishing, calf-rest and foot-bar for every seat, individual in-seat power supply, two (USB) ports, personal in-seat reading light, cocktail table and more stowage space for personal items,
News Item A-2: American Airlines (AAL) said the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) award of a daytime Minneapolis – Tokyo Haneda flight to Delta Air Lines (DAL) does not serve the public interest.
September 2016: The capital cities of Australia and New Zealand will have dramatically expanded international access, thanks to a new Singapore Airlines (SIA) route that serves both points.
(SIA) launched its “Capital Express” route from Singapore on September 20, arriving in Canberra on September 21 and continuing to Wellington, New Zealand. (SIA) will initially offer the flights 4x-weekly using Boeing 777-200s. They represent the first international service for Canberra in more than a decade, and the only scheduled wide body airplane service to Wellington.
Although the two cities are their countries’ government centers, they are not major international gateways. (SIA) already has extensive presence in larger Australian and New Zealand cities. Canberra Airport’s last overseas flight was a relatively short-lived Air Pacific (APC) service to Fiji in 2004. The airport intends to lure more international carriers, and will “have some news soon” about another airline in the Asia-Pacific region, airport Chairman Terry Snow said. The airport has also been in discussion with foreign low-cost carriers (LCC)s. Snow said Canberra Airport spent about 60 million Australian dollars/$45 million constructing international facilities, a figure that includes airline incentives. A new transit
and departure lounge is complete, although it would probably have
to be expanded if another 4 to 5 international flights were added.
Wellington Airport already has some international flights, but they are all narrow body airplane services to Australian cities. The (SIA) flight is expected to comprise 10% of total international arrivals, airport (CEO) Steven Sanderson said. To attract more international service, Wellington Airport is attempting to gain the necessary approvals to lengthen its single runway. The runway can accommodate wide body airplane takeoffs, but not with the full fuel load required for long-haul flights, Sanderson said. The (SIA) flight works because it can add fuel in Canberra before continuing to Singapore. The airport’s goal is to gain nonstop service to major Asia-Pacific regional hubs, Sanderson said. He estimates the airport is about halfway through the consent process for the runway extension. A crucial hearing is expected in March 2017. Once approved, it would take about three years of construction to extend the runway into the sea, Sanderson said.
Wellington will be (SIA)’s third destination in New Zealand, after
Auckland and Christchurch. In Australia, (SIA) already flies to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. (SIA)’s subsidiary SilkAir (SLK) serves Cairns and Darwin. Air New Zealand (ANZ) is code sharing on (SIA)’s new flight for itineraries between Wellington and Singapore. The airlines have a revenue-sharing partnership on flights between New Zealand and Singapore, but their authorization does not extend to Australia – New Zealand routes such as Wellington – Canberra.
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October 2016: News Item A-1: Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a net profit of +64.9 million Singaporean dollars/+$46.9 million for the 3 months through September 30, down by -S$148.7 million year-on-year (YOY).
The group’s operating profit dropped by -15.5% to S$109 million for the period, which was its fiscal 2nd quarter. A -S$174 million decline in costs was not enough to offset a -S$194 million fall in revenue.
The 2nd quarter was generally weaker than the results for the fiscal 1st half. (SIA)’s half-year net profit was +S$321.5 million, up +S$16.7 million from the same period a year earlier.
The mainline parent carrier saw passenger revenue decline -6.4% in the 1st half, with yield dropping -2.9% and load factor falling -1.9 points to 78.1% LF. Capacity was down -0.9%. Scoot (SCT) was once again the fastest-growing of the group airlines, with its capacity increasing +55.6% in the 1st half.
1st-half costs dropped by -4.6% for the group, mainly due to a -25.2% fall in net fuel costs. Costs excluding fuel rose +5.9%, partly due to capacity expansion by Scoot (SCT) and SilkAir (SLK).
Cargo revenue was down in the 1st half due to a -16.6% yield fall. The operating loss for the cargo division increased +S$33 million to -S$45 million. Cargo traffic actually increased faster than capacity growth, resulting in load factor rising +0.9 points to 61.6% LF.
News Item A-2: Russia’s (S7) Airlines (SBR) has signed a code share agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA). (SIA), the Singaporean carrier’s SQ code will be added to (S7) flights from Moscow to 19 cities in Russia, including Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Samara, and Novosibirsk.
(SIA) performs 4x-weekly 777-300 Singapore - Moscow Domodedovo service. Moscow Domodedovo is 1 of (S7)’s Russian bases, along with Novosibirsk Tolmachevo airport.
Earlier this year, (S7) announced a code share with Emirates (EAD). Under this code share agreement, (EAD) added its code to more than >30 of (S7)’s domestic routes and Novosibirsk - Dubai international service. (S7) reported a +30% year-on-year domestic traffic increase in September.
News Item A-3: On October 14, Airbus (EDS) celebrated the delivery of its 10,000 aircraft, (an A350-900 for Singapore Airlines (SIA) out of a total order for 67). The airplane is to be used to launch (SIA)'s new non-stop services between Singapore and San Francisco later this month.
The 10,000th Airbus delivery comes as (EDS) achieves its highest level of production ever and is on track to deliver at least 650 aircraft this year from its extensive product line.
(SIA) placed its 1st order with Airbus (EDS) in 1979 and over the years (SIA) and its subsidiaries have ordered every successive model produced by Airbus (EDS) (for instance, (SIA) operates the A330, A350-XWB and A380, while its regional subsidiaries SilkAir (SLK) and TigerAir (TGR) operate aircraft from the single aisle A320 family).
News Item A-4: The European Union (EU) formally appealed the latest World Trade Organization (WTO)'s ruling that certain member States provided Airbus (EDS) with $22 billion in illegal launch aid and other subsidies, including about $5 billion for the A350 XWB.
News Item A-5: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will upgrade the cabin products on its 5 new Airbus A380s, which are on firm order with Airbus (EDS) for delivery from the 2017 2nd half. “These aircraft will feature the latest state-of-the-art cabins,” (SIA) (CEO) Goh Choon Phong told journalists October 14 on the sidelines of Airbus (EDS)’s 10,000th aircraft delivery ceremony.
Goh declined to give more details about the A380 cabin upgrades, but said (SIA) remains committed to the A380, especially on high-demand routes and at slot-constrained airports. “This aircraft helped to develop our Singapore hub,” he said.
(SIA) did not extend the lease for its 1st A380-800 when it is scheduled to expire in October 2017. (SIA)’s 1st 5 A380s, including the aircraft that are scheduled to leave the fleet next year, are on 10-year leases with options to extend.
(SIA), which was the A380 launch customer in October 2007, has 19 of the type in operation.
(SIA) is still deciding whether to extend its remaining A380 leases. Goh said that each lease agreement has a different timeline, which will be examined as the expiration date approaches. “Then (SIA) will announce accordingly [if the lease will be extended or not],” he said.
News Item A-6: Lufthansa (DLH) will begin commercial passenger services with Inmarsat’s (GX) for Aviation in November, followed by Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air Astana (AKZ). According to Inmarsat, (GX) for Aviation is the world’s 1st in-flight connectivity solution with reliable, seamless high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator. It allows airline passengers to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights, with an on board connectivity experience on par with broadband services available on the ground.
Inmarsat has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to appoint Satcom Direct as a global distribution partner for its next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety aviation service. A pre-agreement between the 2 companies has outlined the intention for Satcom Direct to supply aviation operators worldwide with SwiftBroadband-Safety, an advanced new service from Inmarsat that will transform cockpit and aircraft operations.
Honeywell Aerospace (SGC) has been appointed by Inmarsat to be a global distribution partner for its next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety aviation service. (SGC) is set to provide commercial airlines and business aviation operators throughout the world with SwiftBroadband-Safety, an advanced new service from Inmarsat that will transform cockpit and aircraft operations through the use of secure broadband connectivity.
November 2016: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is pushing for a stretched version of the Airbus A350 to be launched, but Airbus (DER) is not yet convinced the time is right.
December 2016: News Item A-1: The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has approved a proposed joint venture (JV) between Lufthansa (DLH) and Singapore Airlines (SIA), subject to certain voluntary conditions.
On February 5, (DLH) and (SIA) sought permission to cooperate on routes between the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) and Europe (Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland).
The (CCS) said the 2 airlines were looking for clearance to work together on pricing, inventory management, sales and marketing. They also asked to coordinate schedules, capacity and revenues on services from Singapore to Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Munich and Zurich. However, (DLH) and (SIA) hold 80% of the Singapore - Frankfurt and Singapore - Zurich market, so the (CCS) said price and capacity coordination on these routes “would raise competition concerns.” The (CCS) was particularly worried about capacity reductions and fare increases, should the (JV) be approved.
The 2 airlines offered to maintain and increase capacity on both routes and carry a minimum number of Singapore passengers. An independent auditor will also be appointed to monitor compliance with the conditions. “The (CCS) is of the view that the competition concerns identified by the (CCS) on these 2 routes will be addressed with these commitments, and the proposed (JV) will result in net economic benefits to Singapore,” the regulator said, approving the (JV).
News Item A-2: Star Alliance (SAL) members (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) are expanding their code share cooperation as part of a joint venture (JV) agreement that was signed in 2012. Starting May 30, 2017, (SAS) will place its code on 5x-weekly Airbus A350-900 flights between Stockholm Arlanda and Singapore via Moscow. (SAS) and (SIA) already have cooperation in place on the Copenhagen - Singapore route.
The (JV) includes the coordination of timetables and joint sales activities. (SAS) and (SIA) have had a code share agreement since December 2010 on a number of routes in Asia and Europe.
News Item A-2: Thai Airways International (TII) took delivery of its 2nd A350-900 (050) on lease from (CIT) Aerospace (TCI).
News Item A-3: "International Airlines Increase Capacity, Frequencies to Russia" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girme email@example.com, December 2016, 2016.
Thai Airways (TII) has relaunched Bangkok Suvarnabhumi - Moscow Domodedovo Boeing 777-200/300 service on December 15. It will operate 4x-weekly flights on the route. (TII), the Thailand flag carrier ceased Moscow operations in March 2015 because of weak demand. However, in the 1st 8 months of 2016, traffic from Russia to Thailand grew +20%, Thai Airways (TII) VP Bryan Banston said. From 2005 when (TII) started to fly to Domodedovo, it has performed 3,400 flights from this airport to Bangkok; the highest frequency, 5x-weekly, was reached in 2014. This year, passenger traffic exceeded >100,000, Domodedovo International Airport said.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to increase the number of Singapore - Moscow Domodedovo frequencies from 4x- to 5x-weekly from May 30, 2017, simultaneously adding 5th freedom rights on the Moscow Domodedovo - Stockholm portion of the flight from Singapore. (SIA) launched Airbus A350-900 flights, which replaced the Boeing 777, on Singapore - Moscow service on December 15. (SIA) is the 1st carrier flying the A350-900 to Russia.
Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines (AUL) uses the Boeing 777 on Vienna - Moscow Domodedovo service, replacing A320 family and 737 aircraft. (AUL) performs 11x-weekly flights between the cities. (AUL) has flown to Domodedovo for nearly 10 years, carrying 1.96 million passengers, Domodedovo said. At the beginning of 2015, Austrian FlyNiki (NKI) ceased Vienna - Moscow flights and Transaero Airlines (TXD) stopped flying on the route because of bankruptcy.
In October, Dubai-based Emirates Airline (EAD) increased Dubai - Moscow Domodedovo capacity, reintroducing the A380 on 1 out of 2 daily services. According to Domodedovo, Dubai traffic increased +20% in November year-over-year.
(KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines plans to double Amsterdam - Saint Petersburg Boeing 737 service frequency from 1 to 2 daily flights from February 18, 2017. This will increase the number of long-haul flights connections at Schiphol Airport, Saint Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport said.
February 2017: News Item A-1: "SIA Orders 20 777Xs and 19 787-10s" BY: Aaron Chong Singapore, FlightGlobal Pro, February 9, 2016.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to place a firm order for 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 787-10s, after agreeing to a letter of intent (LOI) with Boeing (TBC). (SIA) has confirmed the deal, valued at $13.8 billion, which includes 6 options for each type. If exercised, it will bring the total to as many as 51 airplanes.
The 777-9s will be delivered from 2021 onwards, while the 787-10s will start to arrive a year earlier. (SIA) will also have the option to substitute the 787-10 orders for other variants of the 787 family.
(SIA) said the 777-9s will be primarily used on long-haul routes, while the 787-10s will be operated on medium-range routes. It has chosen the Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 1000) to power the 787s, while the General Electric (GE9X) remains the sole powerplant on offer for the 777X.
“Today’s major order for wide body airplanes enables us to continue operating a modern and fuel-efficient fleet, providing the (SIA) Group with additional expansion opportunities to ensure that we retain our industry-leading position,” said (SIA) (CEO) Goh Choon Phong. “We are continuing to invest for the future of the (SIA) Group. This order is also another demonstration of our commitment to further growing the Singapore hub, as we will be able to offer even more travel options for our customers.”
(SIA) is already a launch customer for the 787-10, having placed an initial order in 2013 for 30 due for delivery from 2018 onwards. (SIA) operates a fleet of 109 airplanes and has another 57 Airbus A350-900s on order.
Boeing (TBC) rolled out the 1st 787-10, the 3rd and largest variant of the 787, February 17 at its manufacturing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. Boeing started final assembly on the 1st 787-10 in December 2016. The 787-10, which Boeing has said will have 95% commonality with the 787-9, is 18 ft/5.5 m longer.
1st deliveries are scheduled for 2018 to Singapore Airlines (SIA) and United Airlines (UAL). The 787-10’s 1st flight, powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 1000 TEN) engines, is expected to occur later in 2017. There are currently 149 orders for 787-10s from 9 customers.
A350-941 (84, 9V-SMK), ex-(F-WZNN) delivery.
March 2017: News Item A-1: News Item A-8: "European Commission (EC) Re-imposes Cargo Cartel Penalties" by Alan Dron firstname.lastname@example.org, March 17, 2017.
The European Commission (EC) has reinstated fines totaling €776 million/$834 million on 11 airlines for operating a price-fixing cartel on air freight from 1999 to 2006. More legal hearings are likely, as at least 1 of the carriers immediately said it would appeal the decision.
The (EC) originally imposed the penalties in November 2010, but these were annulled by a decision of the European Union’s (EU) General Court in December 2015 on procedural grounds, which ruled there was a technical discrepancy in the prosecution. In a March 17 announcement, the (EC) said it had resolved the discrepancy and was re-imposing the financial penalties on 11 air cargo carriers: Air Canada (ACN), Air France (AFA)/(KLM), British Airways (BAB), Luxembourg-based Cargolux (CLX), Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JSA), (LAN) Chile, Dutch cargo carrier Martinair (MTH), Australia's Qantas (QAN), (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA).
The (EC) said that a 12th member of the cartel, Lufthansa (DLH) and its subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), was spared from the financial penalties after it applied for immunity in 2005 and revealed details of the alleged arrangements between the airlines.
These were said to consist of collusion between the airlines at both bilateral and multilateral levels to fix the level of fuel and security surcharges on cargo. After the initial verdict, all the airlines except Qantas (QAN) appealed. The financial penalty thus became final for QAN). Millions of businesses depend on air cargo services, which carry >20% of all (EU) imports and nearly 30% of (EU) exports,” (EC) Commissioner Competition Policy Margrethe Vestager said. “Working together in a cartel rather than competing to offer better services to customers does not fly with the (EC). Today’s decision ensures that companies that were part of the air cargo cartel are sanctioned for their behavior.”
The (EU) can fine companies participating in cartels up to 10% of their revenue in the year preceding the adoption of a verdict. (SAS) immediately said it would appeal. “We strongly question the European Commission’s move to re-impose a decision that has already been annulled once by the [General Court],” (SAS) General Counsel Marie Wohlfahrt said. “Throughout the entire process, (SAS) has cooperated with the (EC) and, for >11 years, has argued against the (EC)’s perception that (SAS) Cargo had participated in a global cartel.”
Nevertheless, the fine would be recognized as a nonrecurring expense by (SAS) in its earnings for (2Q) 2016/2017. Air France (AFA) - (KLM), which will be fined €325 million if the penalties become final, said it would analyze the new decision and whether to appeal it again at the General Court. It added that the fines had been covered in its financial accounts since 2010.
News Item A-2: See video: See Singapore:
April 2017: News Item A-1: Air France (AFA) - (KLM), Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the latter’s regional subsidiary SilkAir (SLK) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to code share on each other’s flights. The agreement is scheduled to become effective April 27, subject to regulatory approvals.
(AFA) will add its AF code to Singapore Airlines (SIA)-operated flights beyond Singapore to Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, as well as on SilkAir (SLK)-operated flights to Kuala Lumpur and Penang (Malaysia) and to Phuket (Thailand).
In return, (SIA) will add its SQ designator to (AFA)-operated flights beyond Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to 10 European destinations: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse in France; Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Newcastle in the UK; Lisbon (Portugal) and Madrid (Spain). The agreement is intended to provide customers more options and seamless connectivity when traveling between Europe, SE Asia and Australia.
The development is the latest in a series of moves by (SIA) to enlarge or extend its portfolio of code share agreements with major carriers, including the Lufthansa Group, (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines and Russia’s (S7) (SBR) Airlines.
(AFA) and (SIA) also intend to explore the possibility of expanding the code share to other airlines within their respective groups. Also under consideration is the possibility of members of (AFA) - (KLM)'s "Flying Blue" and (SIA)’s "KrisFlyer" frequent flyer schemes earning points on the new code share sectors.
(AFA) - (KLM) Senior VP Alliances Patrick Roux said the agreement will “significantly improve the connections for (AFA) customers from Singapore to Australia. This kind of partnership is part of our aim to expand our market position and increase our range of destinations for our customers all around the world.”
Welcoming the “significant benefits” to passengers as a result of the new code share agreement, (SIA) Senior VP Marketing & Planning Tan Kai Ping said the agreement “provides a strong foundation for future commercial cooperation opportunities between our 2 airline groups.”
May 2017: The USA Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved Singapore Airlines (SIA) to participate in (TSA)’s expedited screening program, "Pre-Check." (SIA) joined the Pre-Check program May 25 and is the 1st Asian carrier the (TSA) approved for the program. Pre-Check allows approved passengers to go through airport security without removing their jackets, belts and shoes, and allows them to keep laptop computers and other electronics in their carry-on luggage.
SEE PHOTO OF 777-312ER TAKEN AT SYDNEY:
July 2017: (OEM) Services has a Singapore Airlines (SIA) contract to provide Airbus A350-900 component support.
September 2017: Singapore’s Changi International Airport will take a major step toward implementing its development plans when it opens its new 4th terminal (T4) next month. The terminal is scheduled to open October 31 after about 3 years of construction. Changi Air Group (CAG) has completed trials on the new facility, although it said there still are some last-minute checks and reviews to undertake. (T4) replaces a budget airline terminal that was demolished in 2012.
October 2017: News Item A-1: Boeing (TBC) has rolled out the 1st 787-10 built for Singapore Airlines (SIA) at its final assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The 787-10 will now undergo livery painting, system checks, fueling and engine runs. Delivery is scheduled for the 1st half of 2018; the 787-10 will be used on medium-haul routes.
(SIA) is the launch customer for the 787-10 and has 30 of the type on firm order. (SIA) also signed a letter of intent (LOI) in February to purchase 19 additional 787-10s.
News Item A-2: Singapore Airlines (SIA) added to its expanding fleet of wide body airplanes on October 23 with a formal signing at the White House, Washington D C in the presence of USA President Donald Trump and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong, plus (SIA) (CEO) Goh Choon Phong and Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) President & (CEO) Kevin McAllister, for 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 787-10s, with options for 12 additional airplanes (6 of each type). The order is valued at $13.8 billion at current list prices. (SIA) originally is the launch customer for the 787-10.
Concurrent with the signing ceremony, (SIA) said it had signed a 12-year service agreement with (GE) Aviation (GEC) for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of 45 (GE9X) engines to be installed on the 20 new 777-9 airplanes (5 engines are spares). The (GE) Aviation contract is valued at >$1.7 billion.
(SIA) now operates >50 777 family airplanes and is expecting the 1st deliveries of its 787-10s in 2018. (SIA) already has 30 787-10s on order, originally placed in June 2013. According to Boeing (TBC), the 787-10s will serve (SIA)’s “medium-range operations while partnering with the 777-9 for (SIA)’s long-haul routes. (SIA)'s subsidiaries SilkAir (SLK), Scoot (SCT) and (SIA) Cargo (SQM) will operate Boeing airplanes with the 737 MAX 8 and 737-800, 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners and 747-400F freighter types in service, respectively.”
News Item A-3: (GE) Aviation (GEC) has a 12-year, $1.7 billion Singapore Airlines (SIA) contract to maintain 45 (GE9X)s (for 20 Boeing 777-9s).
November 2017: News Item A-1: (SIA) Engineering had S$38.1 million/$28 million) in net income on S$274.7 million revenues for 2nd quarter ended September 30 vs S$35.5 million on S$264.8 million a year ago.
News Item A-2: "Singapore Airlines Increases Profit as Yield Stabilizes" by Adrian Schofield | ATW Plus November 7, 2017.
Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) profitability has improved dramatically, and (SIA) sees welcoming signs of yield headaches potentially easing. While the (SIA) Group cautions that yields are still “under pressure,” the year-over-year decline was lower in the 3 months through September 30 than in previous quarters. (SIA) also revealed it has seen “some [yield] stabilization in recent months.” This supports broader observations by (IATA).
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SIA-747-412 - 1999-04
SIA-777-200ER - 50TH 777
SIA-777-312ER - STAR ALLIANCE - 2011-12
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SIA-A330-300 - 2012-07
SIA-A340-500 - 1ST FLT
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SIA-A350-900 - 2012-10
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SIA-A380 - 2013-11
0 747-212B (JT9D-7R) (240-20888, /74 76 18, N745SJ), (PHC) LSD. RTND.
0 747-300 COMBIS (JT9D-7R), 2 GROUNDED.
0 747-312 (JT9D-7R4G2) (2 LSD TO (ANS), ALL SOLD, GRD, 621-23244; 626-23245; 637-23409 SCD; 666-23769 SCD; 1998-12, 23028 6 YR LST (COR) 1999-10; 23409; 23769; ST (DRG) 2000-11; 23244; ST (PWC) 2000-12; 23245; ST (PWC) 2001-01; 23233; SOLD; 45 ST (PWC). 23029 RTND (TBC) 2001-01. 23409; ST (DRG) 2001-07.
00 747-412 (PW4056) (717-24061, /89 9V-SMA; 1266-28031, 9V-SPN; 1289-28025, /01 9V-SPQ); 24062 LST (ANS) 1999-08, 24064 LST (ANS) 1999-09, (1241-29950, /00 9V-SPM). 24062; 24064; RF (ANS) 2001-10. 24062; 24064; LST (APC) 2003-04. 25128 WFU AT MOJAVE 2003-08. 24226 ST (TBC) 2004-01. 24227 WFU AT VICTORVILLE 2003-08. 24061; & 24063; LST (AID), WET-LST (IBE) 2004-06. 24065 LST (AID) 2004-06. 5 ST (DRG) FOR CONV TO F BY (SIAECO). 24061; 24066; 24266; 24975 ST GUGGENHEIM AVIATION PARTNERS, TO (TBC) 2004-07. 26548 LST (CAT) 2004-07. 25127 RTND, ST (CAT) 2004-10. 27132 WFU 2005-02. 25128 RTND, ST (CAT) FOR CONV TO F 2005-03. 27066 TO (AID) 2005-03. 2 ST (OHK) 2006-07. 27133; ST (CAT) 2006-12. (27069, 9V-SMV, 2007-07), ST RBS AEROSPACE & LST (CAT) AS (B-HKU). 747-412 (26552, 9V-SPD), ST (BBB) & LST (CAT) AS (B-HKV). 26549; 26550; 27178; TO LEGEND INTNL, THEN TO (BBB), LST (PLL) 2008-04. 26557; ST (CAT) AS (B-HKX). 27071; to (EGZ) 2009-07. 28031, 9V-SPN; RTS AFTER STORAGE 2010-09. *LAST PASSENGER FLIGHT OF 747-412 AIRPLANE WAS APRIL 6TH 2012. 12F, 58C, 316Y.
15 +2 ORDERS 747-412F (SCD) (PW4056) (1036-26563, /94 9V-SFA; 1173-26558, /98 9V-SFG; 1333-32898, /03 9V-SFM; 32899, /03 9V-SFN; 1349-32900, 9V-SFO 2004-08; /05 9V-SFP; /05 9V-SFQ). +3/9 ORDERS "MEGA ARKS;" 26560 LST (BEJ) 2003-10. 28263, WET-LST (GWZ) 2006-05. (SQC) CARGO OPS. FREIGHTER.
49 +6/14 777-212ER IGW (TRENT 892) (67-28507, /97 9V-SQA; 226-28518, /99 9V-SQG; 237-28519, /99 9V-SQH; 239-28523, /99 9V-SRE; 28525, 9V-SVD; 28526, 9V-SVC; 406-30875, /02 9V-SQJ; 407-28532, /02 9V-SVH; 428-33368, /03 9V-SQK; 430-30874, /03 9V-SVM; 431-30873, /03; 487-33373, 9V-SQN 2004-08). 28513; WET-LST (BNG) 2009-12. TO SELL 4 TO (TRX). TO LEASE 6 TO (RBA). 4 SOLD & 2 DELIVERED 2012-03 TO SUBSIDIARY SCOOT (SCT). 28525; 28526; RF ROYAL BRUNEI (RBA), EX-(V8-BLD & V8-BLE). 30C, 255Y.
12 777-312 (TRENT 892) (180-28515, /98 9V-SYA; 184-28516, /98 9V-SYB; 484-32327, /02 9V-SYI 2004-08; 33374, /05 9V-SYJ; 33375, /05 9V-SYK; 515-33376*, 9V-SYL 2005-05), * REPAINTED INTO WHITE STAR (SAL) ALLIANCE COLORS 2012-08. 18F, 49C, 265Y.
20 +15/5 ORDERS 777-312ER (GE90-115B) (592-33377, 9V-SWB, 2006-11 - (READ INCDT 2016-06); 586-34568, 9V-SWA, 2006-11; 600-34569, 9V-SWD, 2006-12; 601-34570, 9V-SWE, 2006-02; 603-34571, 9V-SWF, 2006-12; 604-34572, 9V-SWG 2006-12; 615-34573, 9V-SWH, 2007-02; 618-34574, 9V-SWI, 2007-03; 623-34575, 9V-SWJ, 2007-03 (SEE PHOTO: SIA-777 9V-SWJ-2017-04 AT SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA; 644-34576, 9V-SWK, 2007-06; 673-34577, 9V-SWL, 2007-10; 701-34578, 9V-SWM, 2008-02; 703-34579, 9V-SWN, 2008-03; 708-34580, 9V-SWO, 2008-03; 710-34581, 2008-04; 716-34582, 9V-SWQ, 2008-03; 722-34583, 9V-SWR, 2008-05; 759-34585, 9V-SWT, 2009-01; 42242, 9V-SNC, 2015-11).
20/6 ORDERS (2021-02) 777-9 (GE9X):
20/20 ORDERS (2014-02) 787-9 DREAMLINER, NOW SWITCHED TO SUBSIDIARY SCOOT (SCT):
30 ORDERS (2018-02) 787-10 (TRENT 1000) (SIA) IS THE LAUNCH CUSTOMER:
19/6 ORDERS (2020-02) 787-10 (TRENT 1000) (SIA) IS THE LAUNCH CUSTOMER:
0 DC-8-73F, (STT) LSD, RTND.
0 A310-222 (JT9D-7R4E1) (347; 350; 357; 363; 367), 3 LST (MEA), 363 ST (TBC), LST (HAP) 2000-07.
6 A310-324 (PW4152) (443 SOLD), (433, /87 9V-STO, LST (BNG) FOR 3 YRS 1999-12). 501; 548 ST (AIN) 2002-10. 500 ST (RR) 2002-04. 534 ST (RR) 2002-08. 589; 634; LST (AIN) 2002-10 & 2002-12. ALL 9 PARKED 2003-06. 570; ST (TBC) 2003-11. 665; 680; LST (AIN) 2003-12. 433; WFU AT LAKE CHARLES 2004-02. 654; ST (TBC) 2004-04. 669; ST (TBC) LST (AIN) 2004-07. 693; & 697 STORED AT VICTORVILLE 2004-11. 684; 693; 697 LST (AIN) 2005-07. 634; TRADED IN TO (TBC) 2005-11. 589; 634; RF (AIN) 2005-12. 12F, 28C, 143Y; OR 25C, 175Y.
4/2 ORDERS (2004-07) A320-232 (V2500) (2195, 2004-07; 2204; 2325, 2004-12), (GEF) LSD, FOR TIGER AIRWAYS (TGR) OPS, 180Y.
3 +12 ORDERS A330-300 (TRENT 700).
5 A330-300 (TRENT 700), (DEA) & AERDRAGON LSD.
6 A330-343E (TRENT 700) (978, 9V-STA, 2009-01; 983, 9V-STB; 986, 9V-STC; 1085, 9V-STI, 2010-02; 1107, 9V-STM, 2010-04), (AWW) LSD. 30C, 255Y.
8 A330-343E (TRENT 700) (997, /09 9V-STD; 1006, /09 9V-STE; 1010, /09 9V-STF; 1012, /09 9V-STG; 1015, /09 9V-STH; 1105, /10 9V-STL; 1124, /10 9V-STN; 1132, /10 9V-STO), LEASECORP INTNL LSD. 30C, 255Y.
5 A330-343E (TRENT 700) (1146, 9V-STP, 2010-09; 1149, 9V-STQ, 2010-09; 1156, 9V-STR, 2010-09; 1157, F-WWYX, 2010-09; 1427, 9V-STV, 2013-06). 30C, 255Y.
0 A340-313X (CFM56-5C4), HI-GROSS WT (606,000 LBS MTOW) (331, 363), TO BE TRADED IN TO (TBC) FOR 10 777-200ER'S. 123; RTND (AFIS) 2001-06. 190; ST (TBC) 2002-10. 202; ST (TBC) 2003-01. 3 + NEW (528) RTND (TBC) 2003-04. 215; ST (TBC) 2003-06. 236; ST 2003-08. 282; ST 2003-10. 10F, 30C, 225Y.
4 A340-541 (TRENT 553) (478, /03 9V-SGC; 492, /03 9V-SGA; 495; 499, /03 9V-SGB, 2004-01; 560, 9V-SGD; 563, 9V-SGE, 2004-10), 8,600 NM RANGE. TO BE REMOVED FROM SERVICE 2013-10 AND RETURNED TO (EAD). 492; TO (ARG) 2013-10. 313 PAX, 3 CLASS.
2 +65/20 ORDERS A350-941 (TRENT AWB) (26, /16 9V-SMA, 2016-03; 84, 9V-SMK, 2017-02), EX-(F-WZFU & F-WZNN). 42C, 24PY, 187Y.
7 ORDERS (2018-02) A350-900ULR:
19 +16/12 ORDERS A380-841 (TRENT 970) (003, 9V-SKA, 2007-10; 005, 9V-SKB, 2008-01; 006, 9V-SKC, 2008-03; 007; 008, 9V-SKD, 2008-04 - - SEE INCDT IN JANUARY 2011; 010; 012; 019, 9V-SKG, 2009-06; 021, 9V-SKH, 2009-05; 034, 9V-SKI, 2009-07; 045, 9V-SKJ, 2009-09; 058, 9V-SKL, 2011-06; 085, 9V-SKS, 2012-07; 092, 9V-SKT, 2012-09), 471 PAX.
4 LEARJET 45'S (FOR PILOT TRAINING). +2 ORDERS (2002-02).
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SIA-1-GOH CHOON PHONG CEO-2010-09
SIA-1-GOH CHOON PHONG-CEO-2011-06
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SIA-4-MARVIN TAN - 2012-09
SIA-CAMPBELL WILSON - CEO SCOOT - 2011-11
STEPHEN LEE CHING YEN, CHAIRMAN (2005-12).
WILLIAM FRANKE, CHAIRMAN TIGER AIRWAYS (TGR) (2003-12).
LEE LIK HSIN, (CEO) TIGERAIR (TGR) GROUP.
GOH CHOON PHONG, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2011-01).
Goh is currently Executive VP Marketing & The Regions for (SIA), and also is Chairman of the group’s short-haul carrier SilkAir (SLK). He is also a former President of Singapore Airlines Cargo (SQC). “The time is appropriate for renewal of leadership in (SIA),” says Chew, adding that “it is timely for me to hand over to the next generation and move on.” Goh will “continue to build the business by working hard at satisfying customers and rising to the challenges of the
future,” he says.
Goh, 47, joined Singapore Airlines in 1990 after graduating
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s
degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
CHARLIE CLIFTON, PREVIOUSLY ACTING (CEO) TIGER AIRWAYS (TGR), EX-(RYR) (2003-12). NOW ACTS AS ADVISOR.
CAMPBELL WILSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (SIA)'S NEW LOW COST CARRIER (LCC) "SCOOT."
LT GENERAL SOO KHIANG BEY, SENIOR EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS & SERVICES.
CHENG ENG HUANG, EXECUTIVE VP MARKETING & REGIONS.
MAK SWEE YAH, EXECUTIVE VP COMMERCIAL & DIRECTOR OF TATA (SIA) AIRLINES LTD (TSAL).
CAPTAIN C E QUAY, ACTING SENIOR VP OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN GERARD YEAP, SENIOR VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (SINDOSQ) (email@example.com).
CAPTAIN MAURICE DE VAZ, SENIOR VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS - PROJECTS.
BEY SOO, SENIOR VP OPERATIONS & SERVICES.
TAN PEE TECK, SENIOR VP IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.
TAN KAI PING, SENIOR VP MARKETING & PLANNING.
HWANG TENG AUN, SENIOR VP MARKETING (SPECIAL PROJECTS) (2006-05).
DAVID RICHARDSON, SENIOR VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
CHAN HON CHEW, SENIOR VP FINANCE (2006-05).
MARVIN TAN, SENIOR VP CABIN CREW, EX-(SLK) (2012-09).
LOH MENG SEE, SENIOR VP HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
PING CHOON TEH, SENIOR VP SE ASIA, JAPAN & KOREA.
TJHOEN ONN THOENG, SENIOR VP EUROPE.
KIAN WAH NG, SENIOR VP NORTH ASIA.
KIM WAH YAP, SENIOR VP PRODUCT & SERVICES.
CHOW KOK WAH, DIVISIONAL VP ENGINEERING (OPERATIONS) (SINETSQ), (2000-12), (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JACK KOH SWEE LIM, DIVISIONAL VP ENGINEERING (SERVICES) (2001-03).
CAPTAIN LEONARD MCCULLY, DIVISIONAL VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS TRAINING.
CAPTAIN L C YONG, DIVISIONAL VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS LINE OPERATIONS & 777 CHIEF PILOT.
TEE HOOI TEOH, SENIOR VP CORPORATE SERVICES.
CAPTAIN RICHARD TAN, VP/CHIEF PILOT 747-400.
CAPTAIN T K POW, VP/CHIEF PILOT A340.
CAPTAIN ALEX DE SILVA, VP, SAFETY, SECURITY & THE ENVIRONMENT (2002-06).
K K GOH, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS TECHNICAL.
ALAN CHAN, VP TECHNICAL OPERATIONS.
WILLIAM KOH, VP ENGINEERING PLANNING (2000-04).
CHEE CHEOW ENG, VP QUALITY (SINQCSQ) (2000-04).
TOM BOOZER, VP PRODUCT INNOVATION (2000-06).
NG SUI GUAN, VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SUPPORT.
JOHN WOOLFORD, VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) STRATEGIES (2000-06).
WALTER LEE, VP E-COMMERCE (2000-06).
CHEW SIONG HEE, VP ENGINEERING SYSTEMS/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) (2000-07).
NICOLAS IONIDES, VP PUBLIC AFFAIRS (2009-03).
LESLIE THNG, VP NETWORK PLANNING, BECOMES (CEO) OF (SLK) (2012-09).
LEE WEN FEN, VP MARKETING PLANNING.
DONNELL LOONG, SENIOR MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES (WARRANTIES) (1998-10).
FOLLOWING ARE (SIA) ENGINEERING (SIAEC):
PNG KIM CHIANG (CEO) SIA ENGINEERING COMPANY (SINDTSQ) (2015-01).
WILLIAM TAN SENG KOON, (CEO), (SIA) ENGINEERING (SINDTSQ) (2001-05)
MERVYN SIRISENA, PRESIDENT & (COO) (SIAEC) (2000-04) (SINDESQ),
(email@example.com), SR VP ENGINEERING (2001-03).
LING TING SOO, DIVISIONAL VP (OVERHAUL & W/S) SIA ENGINEERING.
CHAN SENG YONG, SENIOR VP OPERATIONS.
YAP KIM WAH, SENIOR VP PRODUCTS & SERVICES (2001-09).
PNG KIM CHIANG, SENIOR VP SERVICES.
LAU HWA PENG, VP TECHNICAL SERVICES.
PRUSH NADAISAN, DIVISIONAL VP (SERVICES) (1998-10).
LEE SIEW KONG, VP LINE MAINTENANCE (1998-10).
ARTHUR LIM, VP BASE MAINTENANCE (1998-10).
LIM KIM YOONG, VP BASE MAINTENANCE PRODUCTION CONTROL (2001-09).
STEPHEN JEGANATHAN, VP WORKSHOPS (1998-10).
CHEW SIONG HEE, VP ENGINEERING SERVICES/INFO TECHNOLOGY (2000-04).
CHRIS TAY, VP TECHNICAL PROJECTS (2001-03).
CHOW KHAI LEONG, VP QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (1998-10).
TEO CHYE SENG, VP MARKETING & PLANNING (1998-10).
YEO LOY SENG, VP MAINTENANCE SUPPORT SERVICES.
TONY WANG, VP WORKSHOPS (AF) (2001-03).
TOH MUN WAH, VP LINE MAINTENANCE SUPPORT (2001-09).
DAVID LAU, GENERAL MANAGER4 INDIA.
FUNG YEE TIK, SENIOR MANAGER PROJECTS (1999-10).
DONNELL K C LOONG, SENIOR MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES WARRANTIES.
ZOE MARTIN, PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR) MANAGER, UK & IRELAND, EX-(AAL) (2012-03).
SIM CHEN LIANG, MANGER TECHNICAL SERVICES (INTERIORS) (2000-12).
LIM WENG KHOON, MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES (AERO).
TANG LUI SING, MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES (AVIONICS) (2000-04).
JASON YAP SENG JIN, MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES, PROPULSION/PERFORMANCE (2000-06).
STEPHEN CHAN, MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES, STRUCTURES (2000-12).
KAM YIU WAH, MANAGER TECHNICAL SERVICES - SYSTEMS.
LIM SAY YOW, MANAGER PROJECTS (2000-06).
STEVEN TEOH TEE HOON, MANAGER ENGINEERING PLANNING & SCHEDULES (2000-06).
KENNETH WONG KIN EK, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE SERVICES (2001-09).
CHAN KONG CHOY, MANAGER QUALITY (2001-09).
WONG KOK CHAN, SUPERINTENDANT QUALITY CONTROL (QC).
ANTHONY ARNOLD, SUPERVISOR TECHNICAL SERVICES.