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Singapore Airlines continues to receive accolades
Singapore Airlines again emerged on top in 2009 as favourite airline
among business and leisure travellers in numerous international
rankings, highlighting its continued focus on product innovation and
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The repeat awards that Singapore Airlines has been winning over the
years encompass categories such as in-flight entertainment, food and
beverages, ground services, safety and company management. The awards
reflect the Airline’s philosophy to constantly innovate and keep pace
with the changing tastes and preferences of consumers.
The Airline was recently named favourite for frequent business
travellers in the annual global poll conducted by the respected Official
Airline Guide organisation based in London. In the OAG Airline Industry
Awards 2009, Singapore Airlines was voted “OAG Airline of the Year” for
the 7th time. In addition, the Airline earned top placing in the
following categories: Best Airline based in Asia, Best Europe to
Asia/Australasia Airline and Best Transpacific Airline.
Conde Nast Traveler (US), a leading travel publication, named
Singapore Airlines “Best Global Airline” for the 21st consecutive year
in its 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards.
The carrier also secured the “Best International Airline Award” in
the World’s Best Awards survey conducted by the US-based travel
magazine, Travel and Leisure, for the 14th consecutive year.
Singapore Airlines earned the “Most-Admired Singapore Company”
accolade in the Wall Street Journal Asia, Asia’s 200 Most-Admired
Companies survey in 2009, for the 17th consecutive year.
In the 2009 Zagat Airline Survey by the US-based Zagat organisation,
Singapore Airlines was the Top-Rated International Airline for Premium
and Economy Seating.
Readers of a leading regional travel magazine, Business Traveller
Asia Pacific, voted Singapore Airlines the “Best Airline” for the 18th
consecutive year. In addition, readers rated the Airline as the “Best
Airline in the Asia Pacific” and the airline with the “Best Business
Class”, “Best First Class” and “Best Economy Class”. In the Swiss-based
Bilanz Survey 2009, Singapore Airlines won the following categories:
Best Worldwide Business Airline (fifth consecutive year), Best Airline
for First Class and Business Class, Food, Service and In-flight
In AB Road magazine of Japan’s Airlines Top 10 Ranking 2009,
Singapore Airlines won in the Best Overall Airline (second consecutive
year), Best In-flight Service (second consecutive year), Best Aircraft
Products and Best In-flight Meals categories. In Fortune magazine’s The
World’s Most Admired Companies 2009 survey, the carrier was ranked 33rd.
In the Business Traveller UK Reader’s Poll Awards 2009, readers rated
Singapore Airlines as the Best Asian Airline. It was also voted the
carrier with the “Best Cabin Staff”, “Best Economy Class”, “Best
Business Class” and “Best Long Haul Airline”.
Readers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers voted the Company as
the Best Long Haul Airline (for the sixth consecutive year) and with the
Best Business Class.
In the Readers Choice Awards 2009 annual survey by another
prestigious travel magazine, Jakarta-based DestinAsian, readers gave top
marks to Singapore Airlines in the following categories: Best Overall
Airline, Best Airline for Premium Class Travel, Best Airline for Economy
Class Travel and Best In-flight Entertainment for the fifth consecutive
For the eighth consecutive year, Singapore Airlines was inducted into
the Travel Hall of Fame in the TTG Travel Awards 2009. In the Skytrax
World Airline Survey Awards 2009, it was named the airline with the
“Best First and Business Class”. In Aviation Week’s Top Performing
Companies 2009, it was ranked first in the Mainline Carriers category.
In the Readers Digest Trusted Brands (Singapore) survey, the Airline
was awarded the “Platinum Award - Airline Category in Singapore” and the
“Gold Award - Airline Category in Asia”. In the 2009 Global Reputation
Pulse Survey, the Airline was ranked 10th in the “The World’s Most
Reputable Companies” category.
At the Securities Investors Association of Singapore 10th Investors’
Choice Awards 2009, Singapore Airlines received the “Most Transparent
Company Award 2009” for the fifth consecutive year, in the
China plans world’s highest airport
China plans to build the world’s highest airport in its Himalayan
region of Tibet, at an elevation of nearly 4,500 metres, state media
Construction of the airport on the so-called “roof of the world” is
projected to start next year at a cost of 1.8 billion yuan (about 260
million dollars), the Xinhua news agency said, quoting a local planning
The airport will be built in the Nagqu prefecture at an elevation of
4,436 metres (14,639 feet) — 102 metres higher than Tibet’s Bamda
facility which since 1994 has been regarded as the world’s highest,
Nagqu, Tibet’s biggest prefecture, sits near the middle of the
Tibet-Qinghai plateau and is home to a mostly ethnic Tibetan population
of about 400,000, the report said.
“With the airport, Nagqu, which is also on the Qinghai-Tibet railway
line, is expected to become the centre of an economic hub in the plateau
region,” Xinhua quoted prefecture commissioner Tan Yongshou as saying.
The airport, to be located about 230 kilometres (140 miles) north of
the regional capital Lhasa, will be the sixth in the remote region which
has been ruled by China for almost six decades. Critics of China’s rule
say new infrastructure such as the recently completed railway and new
airports are allowing its ethnic Han majority to flood Tibet, exploit
its resources and consolidate political control.
But Beijing has insisted that such projects will raise the standard
of living in the remote region.
Xinhua quoted Nagqu economic planner Xu Jian as saying at a
parliamentary session in Lhasa that construction would take three years.
“The civil aviation network in Tibet has taken shape. The objective for
the next stage of development is to open direct air routes from Tibet to
south Asian countries,” he added.
China has ruled Tibet since sending in troops in 1951 to “liberate”
the region. Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled to India in
1959 as an uprising failed, and established his government-in-exile in
Tiger Airways advances aircraft delivery
Singapore budget carrier Tiger Airways said Tuesday it ha brought
forward the delivery of five Airbus A320 aircraft to boost its expansion
into Asia and Australia.
The aircraft will now be delivered later this year and in early 2011
instead of the original dates in 2016, the firm said in a statement.
Standard Chartered Bank has completed a “structured pre-delivery
payment financing arrangement” to allow for the early delivery of the
aircraft, the statement said. “In view of the opportunities for us to
grow our business in both Asia and Australia, we have accelerated
delivery of these five new aircraft from their original delivery dates
in 2016 to now join our fleet later this year and in early 2011,” Tiger
chief executive Tony Davis said.
Tiger Airways currently operates a fleet of 17 Airbus A320 aircraft
and is planning to increase that to 68 by December 2015. The carrier,
which is 49 percent owned by Singapore Airlines, flies from Singapore to
destinations across Asia and to the Australian city of Perth. It also
operates domestic services in Australia.
Tiger Airways’ expansion plans come despite tough conditions in the
airline industry as the global economy recovers from its worst downturn
since the 1930s.
Japan Airlines is expected to file for bankruptcy soon, with the
global recession and swine flu pandemic dealing a heavy blow to its
efforts to recover from financial turbulence stretching back to its
privatisation more than two decades ago.
JAL hits turbulence
Asia’s largest carrier Japan Airlines has hit major turbulence in
recent years as the mammoth company repeatedly miscalculated tougher
Flying to 217 airports in 35 countries and regions, the flag carrier
of the world’s second-largest economy is saddled with huge debt and set
to file for bankruptcy as early as next week in a court-led
JAL’s history has mirrored the bumpy path of the nation’s “miracle”
economic recovery after World War II and its subsequent stagnation which
started with the so-called lost decade of the 1990s.
The airline was established in 1951, half controlled by the
Emirates to launch double-daily services to Jakarta
Emirates airline will advance its existing operation to Jakarta with
the introduction of a double-daily service, effective March 01.
Presently, Emirates operates 11 flights a week to the Indonesian
capital city. The three additional flights will be operated on Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday, using the Boeing 777 family of
technologically-advanced aircraft in two-class configurations.
The expansion will introduce over 2600 seats per week. The growth in
services follows the recent launch of an additional flight in December
2009, underscoring the increased economic and cultural ties between the
UAE and Indonesia.
Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Far East and
Australasia, Richard Jewsbury noted: “Emirates is grateful to the
Indonesian regulatory authorities for their continuing support.
Indonesia is one of our most important markets in the region and we look
forward to serving the country’s growing demand for air travel services.
“Indonesia is gaining popularity among Middle East travellers,
demonstrated by a 20% annual growth in arrivals from the region. On its
part the government has taken several steps to promote inbound tourism
including visa on arrival for travellers from many Gulf countries.
Also, several thousand Indonesians live and work in Dubai and require
air transport to visit their homeland.
In the reverse direction, Indonesian corporate travellers seek
connectivity to key commercial centres in Europe, the Americas, Africa
and Middle East to advance their trade.