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  1. A brand new Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger jet has crashed on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. The flight is believed to have had 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, the airline says. A spokesman said the crash happened at 08.44 local time on Sunday, shortly after take-off from the Ethiopian capital. In a statement, the airline said that search and rescue operations were under way. It did not provide details on the number of casualties. "Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services," the airline added. First word of the crash came on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Twitter account. He tweeted his "deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones". The plane was delivered to the airline just four months ago.
  2. SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will cut 96 per cent of its capacity that had been scheduled up to the end of April, said the airline on Monday (Mar 23). The decision was made after the further tightening of border controls around the world over the last week to stem the COVID-19 outbreak, SIA said in a news release. About 138 SIA and SilkAir planes, out of a total fleet of 147, will be grounded as a result. Scoot, the company's low-cost unit, will suspend "most of its network" and will ground all but two of its 49 planes. This comes amid the "greatest challenge that the SIA Group has faced in its existence", the company said. "It is unclear when the SIA Group can begin to resume normal services, given the uncertainty as to when the stringent border controls will be lifted," it said. "The resultant collapse in the demand for air travel has led to a significant decline in SIA’s passenger revenues." https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/covid-19-singapore-airlines-suspend-flights-coronavirus-12566248?cid=FBcna bad year for aviation
  3. https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Transportation/Singapore-Airlines-grapples-with-delta-variant-as-COVID-losses-persist?utm_campaign=GL_coronavirus_latest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NA_newsletter&utm_content=article_link&del_type=10&pub_date=20210730123000&seq_num=11&si=44594 Singapore Airlines grapples with delta variant as COVID losses persist SIA kicks off second fiscal year under pandemic pressures with $302 million net loss SIA managed to cushion some of the devasting effects of the pandemic on the travel industry by removing seats from some aircraft to allow the transport of cargo. © Reuters DYLAN LOH, Nikkei staff writerJuly 29, 2021 21:22 JST SINGAPORE -- Singapore Airlines faces an uneven road to recovery as the more contagious delta variant of the new coronavirus and a persisting pandemic threaten to upend the resumption of mass travel worldwide. The Singapore Exchange-listed company on Thursday reported a net loss of 409 million Singapore dollars ($302 million) for the April to June quarter -- the first in its new financial year, after racking up an annual net loss of SG$4.27 billion the year before. "The growing pace of mass vaccination exercises across many countries provides hope for further recovery in international air travel demand," SIA said in a press release. "However, the risk of new variants and fresh waves of COVID-19 infections in key markets remains a concern." During the second quarter, SIA showed in an SGX filing that it was operating at 24% to 28% of pre-COVID passenger capacity across the group -- still a far cry from its days before the pandemic, but an improvement over the 3% to 5% of pre-COVID capacity it experienced in the same period a year ago. The SG$409 million net loss in itself was also already an improvement over the SG$1.12 billion in losses it sustained over the same quarter a year ago. "Border controls and travel restrictions remained largely in place," SIA noted of the three months to June. It expects passenger capacity to be around 33% of pre-COVID levels in the July to September quarter. By the end of September, the company said it expects to serve around 50% of the points that were part of its passenger network before the onset of the pandemic. SIA re-instated services to Cape Town in July, as well as services to Manchester and Rome. Scoot, its budget subsidiary, re-introduced flights to Sydney in July as well, and will resume flights to Berlin in August subject to regulatory approvals. An increase in both passenger and cargo flown revenue resulted in SIA's group revenue for the quarter increasing by SG$444 million, or 52.2%, on the period a year ago, to SG$1.3 billion, the company said. It removed seats from passenger cabins in some planes to be able to load cargo, including in two Boeing 777-300ER and two Airbus A320 aircraft under the Scoot brand, creating modified freighters, SIA highlighted. Operating cargo-only flights to tap what it said was strong demand for freight operations, the carrier said it reached 58% of pre-COVID cargo capacity in June. Additionally, its pivot to e-commerce through its online shop has led to a 121% growth on the year in sales through the shop, which helped cushion the loss of travel retail. SIA said it had raised SG$21.6 billion in liquidity since April last year, as the devastation of air travel severely cut earnings for the carrier. The amount was raised from shareholders, rights issues of shares and mandatory convertible bonds, among other sources. The airline maintains that it is still closely watching its expenditure, and said it moved to reduce 20% of positions in its previous fiscal year, kept pay cuts in place, deferred non-critical projects and renegotiated contracts. The city-state of Singapore plans to establish travel corridors with countries or territories that have coped well with COVID-19 and where infections are minimal, which could open the doors to boosting SIA's services. The country and Hong Kong have repeatedly put off plans to start such a travel corridor, due to the shifting COVID-19 situation. Both places have agreed to revisit the idea in late August upon review of the public health conditions on each side.
  4. New problems on the Boeing 737 Max found! The New York Times reported Boeing is reviewing whether two bundles of wiring are too close together, which could lead to a short circuit and potentially result in a crash if pilots did not respond appropriately Boeing is currently working to design separating the wiring bundles if necessary and conducting extensive analysis to establish if the electrical fault could occur in a real-world scenario, a company official said. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/boeing--faa-reviewing-wiring-issue-on-grounded-737-max-12236134
  5. Woman not allowed to board US flight as her outfit deemed 'lewd' & 'obscene' source: https://mothership.sg/2020/10/woman-not-allowed-board-plane-outfit-obscene-southwest/ Southwest Airlines, the world's largest low-cost carrier based in the United States, made a female passenger wear a t-shirt belonging to the pilot before letting her on the flight. The reason? The woman's own outfit was deemed inappropriate for boarding. Woman reacts on Twitter In response to the order to get more clothed, the woman, Kayla Eubanks, who hails from Chicago, tweeted about the encounter on Oct. 7. She wrote on Twitter: “Y’all I was KICKED OFF my @SouthwestAir flight because my boobs are ‘lewd, obscene and offensive’.” “I was told that passengers may look at me in my attire and be offended.” The woman claimed the airline staff tried to “police” her body by forcing her to cover up. Eubanks also claimed that staff called her outfit “lewd, obscene and offensive” and refused to let her board the plane as it contravened the airline’s dress code. What dress code? Eubanks then demanded to see the carrier’s policy. “I really wanna know why @SouthwestAir is policing my clothes like this,” Eubanks said. “How will my shirt impact my flight, for myself, the other passengers or even the pilot?" “Y’all have a dress code for CUSTOMERS who pay to get on a plane? It’s the constant policing of women’s bodies for me.” However, the policy was not produced for her inspection after 20 minutes while she was held at the gate. Encounter caught on videos Eubanks filmed an encounter with a staff at the gate, who appeared to suggest that she would have to be put on another flight because of her outfit. The gate agent could be heard asking: “The flight is closing in three minutes, you don’t want to put something on?” Eubanks again asked to see the policy that stipulated she couldn’t get on the flight. But she was told: “I can’t find it.” Eubanks then said: “You’re not letting me on the plane because of a policy you can’t prove exists?” Captain intervenes The captain of the flight was then asked to intervene. He asked the woman politely if she was willing to put on another outfit and he eventually loaned her a t-shirt so that she could board the aircraft. The captain was filmed asking initially when he approached Eubanks: “They’re hating on you because you’re looking good, is that it?” His response at that moment appeared to have been framed as a compliment in a bid to defuse the situation. Eubanks eventually got on the plane in the captain's t-shirt: Cannot wear the outfit again if she wants to fly Southwest According to Eubanks, the flight was delayed but she was allowed to board. But she was told that she would have to speak to a supervisor upon landing. “You don’t have very many clothes on up at the top,” the supervisor is heard saying on video. “It reveals quite a bit.” He goes on to say that she won’t be allowed to fly Southwest in future if she wears that particular outfit. Refunded woman and apologised A Southwest Airlines spokesperson told media outlets in response to queries that Eubanks has received a refund and an apology from the airline. Southwest Airlines said: “Our employees are responsible for the safety and comfort of everyone onboard the flight." “We do our best to promote a family-centric environment, and we count on our customers to use good judgment and exercise discretion while travelling." "Regarding our policies, each situation is very different, and our employees are responsible for following our Contract of Carriage, available on our website." "The customer travelled on her scheduled itinerary, and we also reached out to her directly to apologise for her experience and provided a refund of her fare as a gesture of goodwill.” Southwest’s website have a policy in the airline’s Contract of Carriage under section 6b(1)(xiv). It said that the carrier can refuse to transport passengers for disruptive behaviour. This includes, “Engaging in lewd, obscene or patently offensive behavior, including wearing clothes that are lewd, obscene or patently offensive”.
  6. Are fat fliers being discriminated against by airlines? source: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/body-size-airplane-seats-intl-hnk/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_source=twCNN&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2020-03-02T06%3A37%3A17 (CNN) — Earlier this year, a family of three women from New Zealand -- a mom and her two adult daughters -- made headlines around the world when they were denied the business class seats they'd paid for on a Thai Airways flight because they were too big to fit into them. Ironically, the family -- Huhana Iripa and daughters Tere and Renell -- had purchased business class seats because they'd assumed those would be bigger and more comfortable. But because Thai Airways' plane seat models made it impossible to put seatbelt extenders onto business class seats, the three women were moved into coach class and given seatbelt extenders. While the Iripas' story went viral and resulted in a refund from the airline for the difference in cost between the business seats they'd paid for and the coach ones they ended up flying in, stories like these are not anomalies. As airplane seats continue to shrink, more and more people around the world find themselves unable to fit -- or else subject to invasive comments, touches and other humiliations by both airline employees and their fellow passengers. Adding to the challenges, there is no universal standard in seat sizing for the airline industry. Every airline has different guidelines, meaning that even the best-informed consumers have trouble keeping up. But there are ways to make flying -- which can be anxiety-producing for even the most mainstream traveler -- more humane for everyone on board, no matter what their body looks like. The goalposts are moving Annette Richmond is a body-positive activist and the founder of Fat Girls Traveling, a digital community that provides women with support, advice and resources about traveling with different body types. As a self-described "digital nomad" with no official address, she has clocked thousands of hours in the sky and has dealt with a range of situations on board. She's also plus size herself. Though her own number-one piece of advice is to do as much research as possible about your flight, carrier and seat ahead of time, she admits this can be challenging. The rules are frequently changing and not always posted in an easy-to-find place. "(Airlines) intentionally make it difficult and make sure it takes time and money and effort for you to travel comfortably as a fat person, because they're there to make a profit," Richmond says. Some countries have specific regulations about body size and air travel rights. For example, travelers flying on domestic flights within Canada who need two seats can get the cost of the second seat refunded if they have a doctor's note. In Australia, the Australian Consumer Law prohibits airlines from charging passengers different amounts based on their body sizes. But in the United States, it's a gray area. AirHelp.com is a US-based website that helps consumers take action against airlines in situations like these. The company's chief legal officer, Christian Nielsen, says that passengers who have had negative interactions with airlines regarding seat size have to deal with regulations that change constantly or are difficult to articulate. "There are not many laws to protect people who do not fit into shrinking airline seats," Nielsen tells CNN. "There is no law currently in place (in the United States) to protect passengers who are bumped from their flight due to their size." When Lauren Haber Jonas founded Part + Parcel, a community platform and online retailer for plus size women, she was determined to make sure her company's values for her employees matched the ones they were instilling for their customers. She vowed that any Part + Parcel employee on a work trip would be accommodated in their seat and travel preferences -- whether that means two seats, using extenders or anything else that a person of size would prefer to make flying more comfortable. But she found that it was hard to know what the guidelines were in order to follow them. "It's a disaster," she admits. "Every airline has different configurations and policies, but every airplane has different seats. The age and the model of the plane, and if the model has been remodeled, and and and. I have found myself spending many hours looking at widths and dimensions of first class versus business class versus coach on every plane you can possibly imagine." It's not just about the seat One thing is for sure: conversations around body size and airplane seat sizes aren't going away. In December 2019, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine predicted that half of Americans will be obese by the year 2030, with one in four having a body mass index (BMI) of over 35. But while bigger bodies are everywhere, that doesn't mean that social attitudes have changed. "I feel like when you live your life in a marginalized body, a fat body or a disabled body or an older body, something that's outside of the generalized norm, you get used to being othered all the time and you have to walk through the world with an additional armor," says Richmond. The term "microaggressions" is used to explain how little slights that might otherwise not seem like a big deal accumulate over time to turn into an issue. For plus-size people, it's not just about one particular seat on one particular airplane. Despite being an activist, Richmond can often get so worn down by the nonstop questions and comments -- from cabin crew, from fellow passengers, and even from total strangers -- that she just gives in. In one case, when she says was asked by a crew member to move out of an exit row seat despite being able to fit safely into the seatbelt, she just said yes to avoid a conflict and because she didn't want to have to "prove" her body was an acceptable size. Richmond feels that the reason there hasn't been a significant movement to make travel more comfortable for people with larger bodies is because we live in a society that considers fatness a moral failing and something that doesn't deserve sympathy. On the other side, for example, it's considered a positive trait to be tall -- so tall passengers who complain about lack of leg room are seen as having a more valid complaint. "There are statistics all the time that say that 80 percent of people (in the United States) hate plus size people," says Haber Jonas. "In being a plus size person, it's the sense that you did this to yourself. You made yourself fat, you created this body, it's imposing on me and it's your job to make yourself smaller." And tensions that could be resolved easily on the ground become urgent issues in the air, when there's no way for people to get away from each other and avoid sharing space. For example, the issue of whether a traveler should or shouldn't recline their seat has resulted in mid-air fights and screaming matches. Being stuck in a flying tube together often can turn a mildly uncomfortable situation into a crisis. "The fact that [air travel] gets worse and worse over time means that people are more and more pissed off. You enter the experience unhappy -- there are no plugs at the gate, the boarding experience is miserable, it's no wonder that you get upset. If you get upset about a person of size, it's about how it affects you and your life and your day, you don't think outside of yourself." Ultimately, it's much easier to get annoyed at a fellow passenger instead of pulling back and thinking about the structural issues in the aviation industry affect all travelers. After all, you can't yell at a structural issue. What happens next? Unless there's a huge transformation of the airline industry, seat sizes and configurations aren't likely to change soon. The time and cost involved in building aircraft mean that changes happen gradually, sometimes over years. And in-flight comfort is often sacrificed at the altar of the lowest fare. For those in cattle class, enlisting a high-profile ally can often be a support. In 2010, "Clerks" director Kevin Smith was removed from a Southwest Airways flight to Burbank because a crew member said he needed an additional seat. Smith went on a rant against the airline, which he posted in a series of tweets. "Dude, I know I'm fat," he said at the time. "That's not why I was truly thrown off that plane, because I fit perfectly in the seat ... I am not fat enough to eject off a Southwest flight." Later, Southwest changed its policy, citing Smith's experience as part of their reason why. And, six years later, he flew the airline again with no issues. Richmond also advocates for the power of community. Often, if a member of Fat Girls Traveling has had an issue with a specific airline or travel company, members will back each other up online. And it's not just about getting a refund -- it's about knowing they're not alone. "Sometimes there's not a solution, but there's strength that can be brought from feeling like someone understands," says Richmond.
  7. Singapore Airlines grounds two Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner jets due to engine issues SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has removed two SIA 787-10 Dreamliner planes from service after routine inspections revealed issues with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines, the carrier said in a statement on Tuesday (Apr 2). “During recent routine inspections of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines on Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 787-10 fleet, premature blade deterioration was found on some engines," SIA said. "As safety is our top priority, the SIA Group, in consultation with Rolls-Royce, proactively identified other Trent 1000 TEN engines in the Group’s 787 fleet to undergo precautionary inspections." The airline added: "All of these engine inspections on SIA’s 787-10 fleet have now been completed, and a remaining check will be completed on a Scoot 787-9 by Apr 3. "However, as capacity may be lower on replacement aircraft, some customers may be affected and they will be contacted accordingly," said SIA. "We regret the inconvenience caused and sincerely apologise to customers whose travel plans are affected, and seek their understanding." SIA said it is working closely with Rolls-Royce, as well as relevant authorities for additional follow-up actions and precautionary measures that may be required going forward. SIA first took delivery of the first of its 49 Boeing 787-10 aircraft in March 2018. The aircraft entered commercial service in April 2018, with SIA saying that it was investing S$458 million to introduce new cabin products for the first 20 aircraft. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-airlines-grounds-two-boeing-787-10-dreamliner-jets-due-11403920 That's why I don't buy Rolls Royce cars ...
  8. https://www.facebook.com/TheStraitsTimes/videos/10153314859652115/ http://www.singaporeair.com/microsite/a350/#/home A new plane model joining it's fleet (the last one being the A380, and SIA's purchase of B787 "Dreamliner" transferred to Scoot). The A350 will slowly replace the older B777 on medium and long haul routes (the first one being Singapore - Amsterdam) Business class will be 1-2-1 configuration, Premium Economy 2-4-2 and Economy 3-3-3
  9. Unbelievable action taken after a flight was over booked. How could this have taken place when it is not anyone's fault but the airline? The moment a screaming 'doctor' was KNOCKED OUT by cops and dragged off an overbooked United flight after he refused to leave when he was picked to give up his seat Read here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4396986/Passengers-film-moment-police-drag-man-United-plane.html
  10. Seems like the recent spate of incidents with our A380s is not getting any better. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/09/world/asia/singapore-airlines-flight-cargo-door/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
  11. Good morning and Blessed Christmas to everybody! Norwegian Airlines, an award winning European low-cost carrier, started operations in Singapore (flying London Gatwick to Singapore) back in late 2017 but they have since announced that they are stopping their flights to Singapore in Jan 2019. Had an opportunity to fly with Norwegian, London Gatwick to Singapore, in their Premium cabin. You can think of Norwegian like Scoot - their core product is in Economy low cost, but they offer a premium cabin on some flights, especially in their long haul ones, and they also operated the Boeing 787. This flight was from London Gatwick to Singapore. The full flight review video is below. Take note, the flight was from London Gatwick, and not London Heathrow. That morning, we took the Gatwick Express train from London Victoria station to London Gatwick airport. Norwegian has its hub at Gatwick, so the check-in lines were crowded. As we were in Premium, there was a dedicated line for Premium passengers. Unfortunately, one of our bags exceeded 20kg, so we had to do some instant repacking. Tip - weigh your heaviest bags first. After that little hiccup, we got our boarding passes and lounge invites, and were on our way. We headed to security, and we could use Fast Track (called Gatwick Premium). There was still a line for Gatwick Premium, but it moved much faster. Remember to put all your liquids in the clear plastic bags that they provided. MY LOUNGE - HOME OF NORWEGIAN From the security area, it was a very short walk to the lounge. The lounge that Norwegian uses at Gatwick is called My Lounge, Home of Norwegian. Fascinating, I didn't know that Norwegian had its own lounge. After spending about 1.5 hours in the lounge, it was time to board. The walk to Gate 34 took about 15 minutes, so give yourself ample time. Boarding was very smooth. Once aboard, the cabin crew served a drink (water or orange juice, no alcohol). Pushback was on time. Even though the single runway was pretty crowded - we managed to take off in good time. We were blessed to have departed from Gatwick shortly before the recent drones incident, where the airport was pretty much shut for 3 days! Thank God we got home safely and quickly before that drama. Check out the full pushback and takeoff video: As this was a day flight (departing Gatwick at 1050hrs), I didn't expect to be sleeping much. Shortly after takeoff, the drinks service began. Stewardess came around to offer drinks. In Premium, beer, white wine, red wine, water are complimentary. However, if you wanted spirits, you would have to pay. You can order from the touch-screen. See 3:15 of the video for the prices. LUNCH WAS SERVED - 3 CHOICES After drinks were served, the meal cart came along. As there were no printed menus, the stewardess had to tell us the options. There were 3 options for lunch - beef, chicken and fish (salmon). I chose the salmon with risotto, while my wife took the chicken dish. Both were very good. The meals were served in a fairly large box, with disposable cutlery. There was a small side salad and dessert. The main course portion was of a decent size and I certainly was full after eating it (including a warm bun). Food was tasty, no complaints. After lunch was cleared up, the cabin lights were dimmed, and most passengers tried to catch a nap. SEATS The Premium seats were comfortable. We were right in front, and I was in 1J, window seat. Let's be clear, this is not a lie-flat bed. But the seats and space were very comfortable. I noticed that in the Boeing 787-9, the configuration in Premium was 2-3-2, i.e. only 7 seats abreast. When fully reclined, the seat was very comfortable, and I certainly managed to snooze. Norwegian provided a comfy blanket, but no pillow, so bring your own if you need a pillow. MID FLIGHT SNACK About 5 hours before landing, when the plane was somewhere over the Indian sub-continent, cabin light were increased slightly, and a cabin crew came around handing out chicken wraps as well as water. I guess this was the mid-flight snack. The wrap was tasted ( I ate it all up!) BREAKFAST - 2 HOURS BEFORE LANDING The scheduled landing time in Singapore was 0730hrs (local time). Singapore was 8 hours ahead of London. About 2 hours before landing, cabin lights came on, and I could smell the food being warmed up at the galley. Not long after, the meal cart came out and breakfast was served. There was no choice - we were all given the same box, which contained About Overall, I found the service to be efficient, and even pleasant. Would I fly with Norwegian on Premium again? Why not? The fares were competitively priced and I think worth the money for a long-haul flight. The other perks at Gatwick like dedicated check-in line, Fast-Track at security as well as Lounge access were awesome too, and added to the Premium experience. Recommended. On a personal note, as I live in Singapore, I find it a pity that Norwegian has decided to end her long-haul service in early 2019, after only flying to Singapore for a very short period of time. I'm glad I managed to fly on this award winning airline during her short stint in Singapore. I hope Norwegian comes back! EDIT Sorry, typo in the title. Should be low cost carrier and not career.
  12. Neutrino

    Singapore Airlines pricing error

    About 900 long haul Business Class tickets were sold online in Australia for Economy Class prices. That's an error costing around 3 million dollars. Now SIA are trying to recover this money through Travel Agents or directly from the people who bought the tickets. Apparently according to Australian law SIA haven't got a leg to stand on. Why don't SIA just accept the error and not cause major problems with their standing as a 'great airline'. Also with the major fall in oil prices has anyone noticed any drop in airline ticket price here?
  13. SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet crashed and burst into flames on Saturday as it landed short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport, killing two people and injuring 181 others. Investigators said they could not yet offer an explanation for the crash of Flight 214, which had 307 people - 291 passengers and 16 crew - on board when it left Seoul. But images appeared to suggest the aircraft struck a rocky area at the water's edge short of the runway at the airport - a major international hub, especially for flights to and from Asia. Pictures showed the tail detached from the fuselage, and the landing gear had also sheared off. "At this time there are two fatalities," the city's fire chief Joanne Hayes-White said. One person was still unaccounted for, officials said, revising downwards an earlier estimate of dozens. The remainder of those on board were uninjured. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said there was no indication that terrorism was to blame for the crash. Survivor Elliott Stone told CNN that as it came in to land, it appeared the plane "sped up, like the pilot knew he was short." "And then the back end just hit and flies up in the air and everybody's head goes up to the ceiling." Video footage showed the jet on its belly surrounded by firefighters with debris scattered on the runway and in the surrounding area. "It looked normal at first... the wheels were down," an unidentified man who witnessed the crash told CNN. "It just hit (the seawall) like that and the whole thing just collapsed immediately. "It just pancaked immediately. The wings caught on the tarmac." A team of experts from the National Transportation Safety Board was heading to San Francisco to investigate the crash landing. "Everything is on the table at this point," NTSB chairwoman Debbie Hersman told reporters in Washington when asked if pilot error was to blame. "We have to gather the facts before we reach any conclusions." One dramatic photo tweeted by a survivor showed people streaming out of the jet following the crash-landing. An inflatable slide was at the front entrance. Other emergency exits also appeared to have been used. "I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok," the passenger, Mr David Eun, wrote on Twitter. But another photo from above showed a more distressing scene, with most of the roof of the plane missing and the cabin seating area charred by fire. The aircraft's wings were still attached. "I saw some passengers bleeding and being loaded onto an ambulance," another passenger, Chun Ki Wan, told YTN TV in Seoul. "Everything seemed to be normal before it crash-landed." Mr Stone said he feared for the flight crew seated in the back of the plane, which took off in Shanghai, stopped in Seoul and then headed to the United States. "They were sitting in the back end and got hammered because we landed short. And then they all fell out and it was just the most terrible thing I've seen," he said. The airport was closed immediately after the incident but two runways later reopened. Some flights were diverted to Los Angeles. Among those on board were 77 Koreans, 141 Chinese, 61 US citizens, and one Japanese national, Asiana said in a statement. San Francisco General Hospital said it was treating 34 patients, five of them in critical condition. Local media cited multiple witnesses who said the plane had approached the runway at an awkward angle, with several onlookers saying they then heard a loud bang. "You heard a pop and you immediately saw a large, brief fireball that came from underneath the aircraft," Mr Anthony Castorani, who saw the crash from a nearby hotel, told CNN. The accident site was covered in white foam used by firefighters, with at least six fire trucks at the scene. The White House said President Barack Obama had been briefed on the incident, noting: "His thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost a loved one and all those affected by the crash." Asiana is based in Seoul. The twin-engine 777 aircraft is one of the world's most popular long-distance planes, often used for flights of 12 hours or more, from one continent to another. http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/...irport-20130707
  14. The silver lining is the rest of the people on the plane survived... Can't imagine what went through their mind from the time it happened, until the time the plane managed to land... http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/southwest-plane-makes-emergency-landing-in-philly-damage-to-exterior Southwest Airlines plane's engine explodes in mid-air; woman passenger killed after nearly sucked out of window PHILADELPHIA (REUTERS) - An engine on a Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight with 149 people aboard apparently exploded on Tuesday (April 17), forcing an emergency landing in Philadelphia as one passenger was killed after she was nearly sucked out a window of the plane, the airline and federal officials said. The fatality on the flight from New York was the first in a US commercial aviation accident since 2009, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) statistics. After an engine on the plane's left side blew, it threw off shrapnel, shattering a window and causing cabin depressurisation that nearly pulled out a female passenger, according to witness accounts and local news media reports.
  15. Ever boarded a plane to fly off and be confronted with a metal chair and a missing seat cushion? I admit this has never happened to me until our recent experience on Turkish Airlines. We were flying from Singapore to Istanbul and onward to Copenhagen. This was on the Istanbul to Copenhagen leg. We had to take an airport bus to board the plane. It was a nice and sunny morning. We got on board, walked to our seats, and were confronted with a dirty detached seat cushion on a metal seat. Not a great way to start a flight, I reckon. I first alerted a male cabin crew, who didn't seem too surprised. But he disappeared. Really! Then I alerted a female cabin crew, who said she will help sort this out. True enough, she came back within a few minutes with a new cushion and fitted it. Well done! Here is a short video clip of the dirty cushion experience. To be fair, the rest of the flight and also the earlier leg was pretty good. We were on a holiday and headed to Copenhagen. Originally we planned to book SQ for the 4 of us, but the option of Turkish Airlines came along and we could save almost $2K for the 4 of us. So we decided to give Turkish a try. Here are the videos of our experience. At Changi Airport, when we checked in, I was informed by the check-in staff that I could use the SATS Premier Lounge (even though I was flying in Economy) because I was Star Alliance Gold status. Well, I recently turned Star Gold and I don't even have my card yet, so I wasn't expecting this. Anyway, it was great, though I could only bring one guest. At the lounge entrance, I asked nicely if I could bring both my kids and the reception staff kindly agreed. My wife stayed outside though, she went shopping. Later on, I found out that SATS Premier Lounges were also Priority Pass lounges, so we could have used the lounge, albeit for a fee. Here is the video of the lounge, which is used by a good number of airlines. I guess this is called a contract lounge. They had a decent hot food selection, not as good as the SilverKris, but good enough for most. There was the signature laksa, which tasted good. Also they had 3 OSIM massage chairs at one corner. Cool!
  16. Brought the family for a quick getaway recently, and we chose to go to Hanoi for a quick getaway. This was our first time in Hanoi. No idea what to expect. The return flight to Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines looked reasonable (less than $1,000 for the four of us, so why not. Let's do something different. In this thread, I'll post the videos that I've been making from this trip, just 3 nights away. At Singapore Changi, while waiting for our flight on VN660, spotted this Hello Kitty Eva Air Boeing 777. This must be one of the cutest planes on the planet right now. This video is the flight review of Singapore to Hanoi on an Airbus A321 jet. The flight time was just over 3 hours. First time on Vietnam Airlines, and didn't know what to expect. Turned out to be significantly better than expected. Service was good. Food was good. Plane didn't have personal In-flight entertainment system, but that was fine, given that the flight was short (and the price was good). Enjoy the video.
  17. Emirates Airlines is the largest operator of the A380 aircraft in the world. The airline flies 5 times a day from Singapore to Dubai (one flight has a stopover in Colombo, Sri Lanka). The airlines has been growing very rapidly over the years and many people have flown with Emirates before. However, for some reason, my family has never flown with Emirates, until this year, when we travelled to Europe for our year end holidays. We flew with Emirates simply because it was the cheapest fare we could find, for our requirements. The experience was very good. In some ways, their Economy class is even better than SQ. Dubai Airport is also a incredibly huge place and extremely busy. It has become such an important aviation hub, pretty much built from sand! With this type of competition, I do wonder how Singapore Changi can survive as an aviation hub, but we need to keep trying. I have made several flight review videos of my recent trip. Here are the first three. Emirates A380 Singapore to Dubai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nXZM64tHXc Dubai International Shake Shack Burger and Airport Bus Transfer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovVNQ-FoYdQ Emirates A380 Dubai to London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DUkv4aihuU Happy viewing.
  18. Hi all, Not sure if u have tried booking airline tickets on a last-min basis close to those peak periods. I tried booking tickets to Thailand for a quick getaway this coming week. I did a comparison of their prices. Air Asia prices for 2-way tickets is about $460+ per pax. But Thai Airways is going for about $450+ per pax. Even Singapore Airlines is going for about $530+ per pax. No prizes for guessing which airline I chose in the end. Just wondering, budget airlines is meant to offer low-cost air travel. But if their prices is close to or even higher than full-fletched airlines, it defeats the purpose, isn't it? I fear they are another HDB-in-the-making.
  19. Friendstar

    Oil Price and airlines

    Singapore Airlines & SilkAir are raising their fuel surcharges again - to between US$4 and US$38 for return flights. This will take effect for tickets issued on or after Tuesday. The last increase took place on Oct 24. http://www.straitstimes.com/Free/Story/STIStory_181868.html
  20. Posting some of the flight review videos I made on Singapore Airlines, Economy. SQ 305 London to Singapore - Darth Vader Cameo SQ 322 Singapore to London - Faulty Krisworld Have a great day!
  21. Taken from https://sg.news.yahoo.com/malaysia-airlines-mh370-british-sailor-katherine-tee-saw-094337496.html A British sailor has filed a report with Australian authorities stating she saw a burning Boeing 777 near Thailand on the morning Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared. Katherine Tee, who was sailing across the Indian Ocean from Cochin, India, to Phuket with her husband Marc Horn, said she saw what looked like an aircraft on fire crossing the night sky, with a plume of black smoke trailing behind it. Tee, 41, was alone on the deck of the couple's yacht in the early hours of 8 March. "I was on a night watch. My husband was asleep below deck and our one other crew member was asleep on deck," she told Thailand's Phuket Gazette. "I saw something that looked like a plane on fire. That's what I thought it was. Then, I thought I must be mad. It caught my attention because I had never seen a plane with orange lights before, so I wondered what they were." "I could see the outline of the plane, it looked longer than planes usually do. There was what appeared to be black smoke streaming from behind it." Posting on the sailing website Cruisers' Forum, Tee said the aircraft passed from port to starboard, which would have been approximately north to south. "Since that's not something you see every day, I questioned my mind. I was looking at what appeared to be an elongated plane glowing bright orange, with a trail of black smoke behind it." According to Tee, two other aircraft were flying in the opposite direction above the burning jet. "There were two other planes well above it -- moving the other way -- at the time. They had normal navigation lights. I remember thinking that if it was a plane on fire that I was seeing, the other aircraft would report it." She filed a report on Sunday to the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), the Australian government agency running the search for the missing airliner. Although the couple arrived in Phuket on 10 March, Tee did not alert authorities to the sighting at the time as she had been experiencing marital problems and feared being mistaken. "So when we hit land everyone was talking about the missing plane and asking if we'd seen anything," she explained. "Since I doubted what I saw and was emotionally in a bad way, I brushed over what I thought I'd seen." However after seeing a report last weekend that a Chinese ship involved in the ongoing search for the jet in the southern Indian Ocean had developed technical problems, she and her husband began to review their sailing logs. "That is when we checked our GPS log and realised that perhaps I really did see it," Tee said, as quoted by the Times. The couple discovered that their yacht was in the vicinity of one of MH370's projected flight paths on the night it disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. "This is what convinced me to file a report with the full track data for our voyage to the relevant authorities," Tee said.
  22. Man uses first-class ticket to get free meals for almost a year The Star/Asia News Network | Fri, Jan 24 2014 A man bought a first-class ticket and used it to have free meals and drinks at the airport's VIP lounge almost every day for nearly a year, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported. The itinerary for the ticket was found to have been changed more than 300 times within a year, and the owner of the ticket used it to enjoy the facilities at the airport's VIP lounge in Xi'an in Shaanxi, China. The rare case was discovered by a China Eastern Airlines staff member, who then decided to investigate. When the ticket's validity was almost up, the passenger cancelled it for a refund. An airlines spokesman said there were no means to stop this act, even if it was done on purpose. However, many netizens lauded the passenger for being smart, rather than condemning him. (source: http://www.relax.com.sg/article/news/man-uses-first-class-ticket-to-get-free-meals-for-almost-a-year) Gota give this man a Tiger! Best part was he even went ahead to cancel the ticket for a refund at the end of the its validity. Not sure if we can emulate him here TGIF bros.
  23. Billcoke

    SIA, Hot Stewardess Airlines

    Hot Stewardess Airlines No. 4 SIA ????? http://www.askmen.com/top_10/travel/hot-st...airlines_4.html No.10 Mexicana http://www.askmen.com/top_10/travel/hot-st...irlines_10.html No.6 Air France http://www.askmen.com/top_10/travel/hot-st...airlines_6.html
  24. ChickenMob

    Dressed as maid on Airlines?

    How any bros who always travel overseas for work? Hows the idea? Not sure if its the correct way to paste the link. http://sg.news.yahoo.com/spring-airlines--...-064355339.html
  25. Any bro here done European cities hopping? which airline did you use? I found this website, any other recommended websites you have used for planning your trip? http://www.flightmapping.com/