Singapore Airlines adds more A380 Down Under

Singapore Airlines betting big on the A380 for Australian flights

Singapore Airlines this week announced that it will increase its presence Down Under with additional A380 flights into Melbourne, making it two out of three return flights on the SIN-MEL route later this year (which the airline has only one thus far). Currently, the airline also operates two out of three A380 flights on the SIN-SYD route.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President Subhas Menon said that “the bulk of its increases in capacity worldwide this year would be on routes to Australia and China due to the strengths of their economies and demand for premium travel.”

Mr. Menon also said that Singapore Airlines wishes to “operate as many A380 as we can” to Sydney and Melbourne. Singapore Airlines has also recently partnered with Virgin Australia making it a strong alliance between the two airline to compete with Qantas which is forecasted to lose more than AUD$450 million by end of this year.

Singapore Airlines will also increase its 7 times returned flight on the Singapore-Adelaide route to 10 times weekly from July 2 onwards. This is in fact not a new thing as this was recently removed earlier this year by the airline. The airline will also add additional flights into Perth and Brisbane later this year of which it will be announced soon.

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A Typical Day in Singapore

Many Singaporeans thinks that there isn’t anything much to do in the island itself given the fact they can travel in the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) from Jurong West all the way to Pasir Ris station within 1 hour or so.

That is absolutely wrong. The list for one-day visitor to Singapore for the very first time can be absorbingly long especially it is something new to them. Upon exiting Changi International Airport, one wouldn’t have any idea where to begin first. Here are my list of must see or must-do:

1) Orchard Road

When it comes to shopping, Singapore is one of the shopping hub in Asia (besides Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur). Stroll down Orchard Road, you will find major shopping centres inter-connecting underground and concentrated between two MRT stations – Orchard and Somerset.

2) Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Make sure you stop by the world’s famous Raffles Hotel Singapore which was opened in 1887. Make sure you talk to the staffs there and you will be amazed of the stories they will tell you (some that you don’t even know it happened there). The famous Singapore Sling cocktail was invented sometime back in mid-1910s by the Long Bar bartender back then, Ngiam Tong Boon. The original recipe used gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice, primarily from Sarawak pineapples which enhance the flavour and create a foamy top.

3) Singapore Flyer

While you’re in Singapore, take a breathtaking scenery of the Merlion City in the Ferris Wheel. Dubbed as the Observation wheel, it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.

4) Chinatown

No trip is complete without visiting the Chinatown in every modern civilization world. Cramped, crowded and loud is what many would expect in Chinatown where traders begin their day in the wee hours till late at nights; some even till dawn as if the day never ended.

5) Clarke Quay

If you’re racing against time, head over to Clarke Quay in the evening to unwind next to the mouth of Singapore River whereby eateries are plentiful by the quay. Today, Clarke Quay is still buzzing with life and activity. The waterfront godowns now play host to a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail shops. The bustling market atmosphere of bygone days comes alive amidst the rows of charming shophouses, pushcarts, and five-foot-way merchants.

AirAsia Japan says Konichiwa with FIRST Airbus A320

AirAsia X continues to shake regional flights in Asia with its new expansion in Japan. A joint venture between AirAsia Bhd and All Nippon Airways, the two airline forms AirAsia Japan Co Ltd officially August 2011. Its formation was announced only months after ANA had announced the formation of Peach, a low-cost airline based at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan.

The airline has just received its first A320 from Airbus in Toulouse, France and it has four other fleets that are on its way. The carrier will begin their commercial services on 1st August 2012 departing Narita International Airport in Tokyo to Sapporo and Fukuoka, and from 3rd August 2012 to Okinawa with an initial fleet of two aircraft.

“We are extremely happy to take delivery of our brand new Airbus A320. Our aim is to provide opportunities for everyone to fly with low fares. With the A320’s cabin comfort and operational reliability, we want to offer better access, in particular for the Japanese travelling public, and make them feel easy to fly,” said AirAsia Japan President Kazuyuki Iwakata.