CX first to confirm operating at Changi T4

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Cathay Pacific has confirmed its presence to operate out of Changi International Airport’s Terminal 4 in 2017.

The new Cathay Pacific Singapore lounge will be located on the upstairs mezzanine level of the new terminal, with views into the apron and runway. At some 800 square metres it will be around half the size of Cathay’s The First lounge at Hong Kong.

Mr. Wilson Yam, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager for South-East Asian region said that “As a keen adopter of technology aimed at improving passenger experience, self check-in options have always been offered by Cathay Pacific at all our stations. Changi Airport is one of Cathay Pacific’s largest bases outside Hong Kong so we are very excited at this opportunity to offer a transformational on-ground product for our valued passengers.”

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.

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.

Scoot-ing off to Sydney BUT “Gone Tech”

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Scoot Airlines, Singapore Airlines’ latest long-haul low-cost budget carrier took off into the skies yesterday (supposedly 04th June but overlaps to 05th June) with its inaugural flight from Singapore Changi International Airport (T2) at approximately 0105hrs (local time) to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport. The flight was delayed for about an hour and half when it was due to take off at 2325hrs (local time) as the flight “gone tech” (an airline term for “technical problems”).

AirAsia’s Founder and CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was quick to take on its competitor when he tweeted “@tonyfernandes: Scoot’s inaugural flight only scooted 50 meters before having to return to gate. Gone Tech.”

Launched about a year ago, this airline is set to give way to a steeper competition with the already AirAsia X and Jetstar Asia in the market dominating many routes.

Other destinations in which the airline will be flying to including Gold Coast, Bangkok in Thailand and Tianjin in China later this year. CEO Campbell Wilson also said that the airline also aims to introduce routes to other destinations in Australia, New Zealand, China and India in the near future.

One day prior to the take-off from Singapore to Sydney, the Straits Times Singapore revealed that more than 100,000 seats have been sold since the airline begun selling its tickets.