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PICTURES: Changi finally gets in on the 787 act

Singapore’s Changi Airport is normally on top of the game, but it has endured a frustrating wait for its first Boeing 787 commercial flight. That ended on Sunday when Japan Airlines (JAL) started operating the 787-8 to Singapore on the Tokyo Narita-Singapore route. A loud round of applause broke out when the 787 finally landed around […]

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SGA2012: Jackie Chan beats rush hour with his 650

For many owners and users of private jets, mostly rich businessmen or company executives (high net-worth individuals, in the industry parlance) who need to zip around from one place to another without being held back by airline schedules, these aircraft are a business tool. Yet, most people are more familiar with the glamorous side of […]

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SGA2012: Saying a sad goodbye to SIA’s 747s

As a young boy who dreamed of flying around the world, I had a fixation with the Concorde and the Boeing 747. Even now, just talking about these two beautiful aircraft or writing about them brings a silly smile to my face. I never flew on the Concorde, although I got a photo of myself […]

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SGA2012: Manufacturers line up orders for Singapore Airshow

The Singapore Airshow is not normally one where aircraft manufacturers save up orders. Yet, there has been some interesting chatter about what we can expect in less than a fortnight at the Changi Exhibition Centre. Bombardier should confirm that Garuda will buy their CRJ regional jets, while ATR and Airbus are expected to announce some […]

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VIDEO: Finnair Celebrating India’s Republic Day

Those crazy creative guys at Finnair did it again, this time dancing to a Hindi song on a flight to New Delhi to celebrate India’s Republic Day, which is today. I wonder how long they took to practice the moves, which are not too bad at all.

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Tiger’s future after Tony Davis looks familar

Singapore’s Tiger Airways is at a crossroads now that its founding CEO, Tony Davis, is leaving the low-cost carrier on 1 November. His position became untenable after Tiger’s Australian operations were grounded on 1 July due to safety reasons. Tiger’s shareholders Singapore Airlines and Temasek – Singapore’s national investment arm – were increasingly unhappy at […]

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IATA11: Plenty to talk about at IATA AGM

This year’s IATA Annual General Meeting in Singapore will be significant and newsworthy for many reasons. It would be long time director-general Giovanni Bisignani’s (above) last AGM, with former Cathay Pacific CEO Tony Tyler designated to take over at end-June. Bisignani will, as expected, give his usual robust views on the state of the airline […]

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Video: Japan crisis and fuel costs test Asia-Pacific airlines

I had an interesting chat with CNBC’s Oriel Morrison this morning on the challenges facing the Asia-Pacific airlines, and she had some great questions about how they are affected by the crisis in Japan and rising fuel costs. The importance of Japan to the airline industry cannot be over-stated – it is a major leisure […]

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Rico and Snoop Dogg get with it….

The marketing guys at Air New Zealand are certainly creative, and must have pretty big budgets. This is the latest in the fantastic series of videos featuring Rico. Have fun watching him rap with Snoop Dogg – it sure looks like they’re having a great time together.

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Emirsyah Satar gets his hands dirty at Garuda

I wrote about my impressions of Emirsyah Satar, and the changes he is implementing at Garuda Indonesia, a few weeks ago. Here is the full Airline Business cover interview with Satar and I sure hope you like it. I found his points interesting and refreshing – but the reality is that there are plenty of challenges […]

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