Archive | February, 2009

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Singapore receives first G550 AEW aircraft

Singapore has taken delivery of its first Gulfstream G550 aircraft modified with the Elta Systems airborne early warning and control system aircraft. The country’s defence ministry was, as usual, stingy with details and released only one photograph (below). The MoD would only say that the four aircraft ordered – which unofficial sources estimate would cost […]

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VIDEO: Anger management – interpreted

For those who couldn’t understand what the Youtube star who went nuts after missing her flight at Hong Kong airport was saying, here is a version with English subtitles. Enjoy.

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Asian carriers cutting jobs

The global economic downturn is starting to translate into capacity and airline job cuts in Asia.This week Singapore Airlines announced that it would be decommissioning 17 of its aircraft and cutting capacity by 11%.Seventeen aircraft is a significant proportion of the airline’s total fleet, which currently stands at a little over 100 aircraft.SIA has yet […]

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It could have been me

Singapore Airlines celebrated the carriage of its one millionth Airbus A380 passenger yesterday and I’m not bitter that it wasn’t me. Really, I’m very pleased for Mr Royston Pollard, who along with his wife Eileen won an upgrade to business class, a three-night stay at Singapore’s famous Raffles Hotel and plenty of other nice gifts. […]

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Anger management

I thought I got upset once when I missed a flight but this lady takes the cake. She missed her flight at Hong Kong International Airport and her breakdown is now a Youtube hit. It’s all in Cantonese but even if you don’t understand what she’s saying you’ll get the message.

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When an airline route cut hits home

We journalists often have to relay bad news and of late the bad news on the economic front has been piling up. Generally though, we don’t feel the effects of, say, an airline route cut – or spend even a moment to consider its real-life impact on those affected.That changed for me this weekend as […]

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From Israel with love: Tel Aviv eyes Indian market

There is little surprise that Israel will have a major presence at the Aero India 2009 show in Bangalore next week, especially since it has become India’s second largest arms supplier after Russia in the last few years.One of the highlights will next week will be Israel Aerospace Industries’ Gulfstream G550-based conformal airborne early warning […]

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Look, but don’t touch: Japan’s predicament with the F-22

There is a classic scene in The Devil’s Advocate where Al Pacino, who plays the devil, talks to Keanu Reeves about God teasing humans. And he utters this memorable line: “Look, but don’t touch. Touch, but don’t taste. Taste, don’t swallow.”That must be how the Japanese are feeling after the US Air Force deployed the […]

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