Singapore Airlines has unveiled its highly-anticipated new cabin products which will be fitted to its Airbus A380 fleet starting from next month, following an extensive four-year development programme.
Riding on the theme of “Space made personal, experience the difference”, the new cabin offerings provide more space and privacy in all classes, featuring intimate and bespoke elements designed especially for the Singapore Airlines customer.
The new Singapore Airlines A380 will be configured with 471 seats in four classes, featuring six Singapore Airlines Suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck, as well as 44 Premium Economy Class seats and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck.
Singapore Airlines Suites
With six Suites tucked spaciously within the front cabin of the upper deck, customers will experience a sense of exclusivity and intimate privacy aboard the A380.
Behind its artistically-designed sliding door lies a personal oasis complete with lavish furnishing and finishes. Each Suite is furnished with a separate full-flat bed with adjustable recline and plush leather chair, enabling customers to lounge comfortably in the chair or rest in bed without the need to convert the bed from a sitting position. For couples travelling together, the beds in the first two Suites of each aisle can be converted to form a double bed. When not in use, the bed can be stowed completely, creating even more personal space within each Suite.
Each seat is upholstered by world-renowned Poltrona Frauin fine leather, and is fully adjustable using an electronic control side panel which can accommodate a variety of sitting and lounging positions. The swivel capability of the chair (between 135 and 270 degrees) with recline up to 45 degrees provides added flexibility for dining and relaxation.
Each Suite also has a 32-inch full HD monitor that can swivel for the different viewing angles in seat and bed modes, a full-sized personal wardrobe, customised handbag stowage compartment, amenity box lined with soft leather, specially designed carpet and a feature wall with mood lighting – all exquisitely crafted to give a touch of luxury and intimacy.
The exclusivity of the Suites cabin is further accentuated by its two stylishly-furnished lavatories, one of which has a sit-down vanity counter.
Designed by JPA Design of the UK and manufactured for Singapore Airlines by JAMCO Corporation of Japan, the interior of the Business Class cabin showcases a modern yet organic colour scheme featuring a selection of soothing and classy leather and fabrics, in addition to lightweight carbon composite materials.
Measuring 25 inches in width, the Business Class seat, which has two side wings for better back support, reclines directly into a comfortable full-flat bed (78 inches). Customers may also stretch out fully in a ‘sun-deck’ position to watch movies on the 18-inch high definition touch-screen monitor. The Business Class seat is upholstered by Poltrona Frau as well.
A larger back shell on every seat creates a cocoon-like feel for more privacy while the centre divider can be fully lowered to form double beds, making the two centre seats an ideal choice for customers such as families travelling together.
A unique feature of the new Business Class seat is that it has a carbon fibre composite shell structure, as compared to conventional aircraft seats which use metal as the primary support structure. This thinner base structure allows for better optimisation of the seat and creates more under-seat stowage space to accommodate a full-sized cabin bag and laptop bag or handbag.
Seats in the Business Class cabin are arranged in a forward-facing, four-abreast (1-2-1) configuration that offers all customers direct access to the aisle.
Other features include a business panel equipped with USB ports and in-seat power, reading lights with adjustable brightness level, mood lighting, enlarged dining table designed for flexibility in dining positions, as well as stowage space for personal amenities with a thoughtful design that puts everything within easy reach.
Premium Economy Class
Premium Economy Class comes with a contemporary and stylish design. Each seat is 19.5 inches wide, with eight-inch recline and seat pitch of 38 inches. Customers will be treated to an enhanced in-flight entertainment experience with the provision of active noise-cancelling headphones and a sleek 13.3-inch full HD monitor.
Other features include a full leather finishing, calf-rest and foot-bar for every seat, individual in-seat power supply, two USB ports, personal in-seat reading light, cocktail table, and more stowage space for personal items.
The Economy Class seat, designed and built by RECARO, offers more space and greater comfort through an improved design. Leveraging on advanced technology and ergonomics, seats offer more legroom and back support, with a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings. The Economy Class seat also features a more contemporary fabric seat cover design.
An 11.1-inch touch-screen monitor eliminates the need for handsets and offers more convenience to customers who wish to catch the latest movies on KrisWorld, Singapore Airlines’ award-winning in-flight entertainment system.
Other features include a patented non-intrusive reading light installed underneath the seatback screen, personal storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, in-seat power supply and ergonomically designed footrest with adjustable positions.
“The significant investment that we are making with the introduction of new cabin products demonstrates our commitment to continued investment in products and services, our long-term approach to ensure we retain our leadership position, and our confidence in the future of premium full-service air travel,” said SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong.
“The new cabin products are the culmination of four years of work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with our designers and suppliers. We are confident that the results will genuinely ‘wow’ our customers, and ensure that we continue to provide them an unparalleled travel experience.”
TravelTalk 2 Nov 2017
Qantas has launched a new collection of pilot and cabin crew outfits for children aged 3-8yrs. The unisex pilot uniform includes a navy jackets with four gold embroidered stripes with hat featuring the Qantas roo and golden wattle embroidery. A Cabin crew uniform for girls and boys is also available, The outfits are to “inspire a new generation of pilots, cabin crew and aviation enthusiasts” stated the carrier.
Qantas also plans further initiatives for the Joey Club Kids program to include more children inflight entertainment, new merchandise and a new Joey Club novelty passport to record flight details.
The new uniforms can be pre-ordered from the Qantas Shop for pre Christmas delivery.
Travel Daily 25/10/17
US Customs are introducing a Passport control app to Australian citizens to use for entry into the USA. It willl be available for use at Terminals 2, 4, 7 and Tom Bradley Intl Airport. Currently available to USA and Canadian citizens, now available to Australians to cut waiting times after a long haul flight.
-Download the Mobile Passport Control App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store before arriving.
-Create a profile with your passport information.
-Complete the “New Trip” section upon arrival in the United States.
-Submit your customs declaration form through the app to receive an electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code.
-Bring your passport and smartphone or tablet with your digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer.
From Eglobal 21/09/17 P Needham
Book an amazing Fiji package deal and kids under 12 fly from $99 return*.
Plus kids stay, play & eat FREE at selected Resorts.
*Airfare is valid for selected travel dates on direct flights ex BNE, SYD, MEL and ADL 01 Feb – 20 Mar 2018 and 01 – 31 May 2018. Valid for sale to 24 September 2017. Airfare is valid for 2 children (under 12 years) per paying adult including taxes. Prices are subject to change without notice due to availability, currency, tax fluctuations & fuel surcharges
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As we approach the next peak travel period a gentle reminder on the South Africa Department of Home Affairs implemented new travel requirements for minors (children under 18) travelling to/ from South Africa as of 01 June 2015. Parent/s travelling with children will be asked to produce the required documentations at check-in for each flight or their journey would be interrupted.
Regrettably from time to time we still get families travelling without being aware of the requirements or with no sufficient documentations. Please note of the following to minimise the impacts when you book families with children:
- Children travelling with both parents, passport and full/ unabridged birth certificate with the details of both parents will be required
- Children travelling with only one parent or unaccompanied will require to produce a legal document signed by any non-travelling parents, giving approval for the child’s travel. Otherwise, where applicable, they must produce a death certificate of a parent registered on the birth certificate of the child, or a court order granting sole custody. This legal document can be a Statutory Declaration or an Affidavit and must contain full names and passport details of both parents registered on the birth certificate and child(ren), with contact details for any non-travelling parent. The document should also specify the travel destinations of the parent and child(ren). These legal documents or certified copies of these documents cannot be more than 3 months old. If there is only one parent registered on the birth certificate, that person has sole responsibility.
The requirements apply for travel to/from South Africa only and doesn’t apply for the transit passengers travelling beyond South Africa.
Virgin is now offering Economy X on Australian domestic flights for $29pp
Economy X travellers will receive:
Priority Screen and boarding where available.
Greater legroom at the front of Economy Cabin or over wing exits
Preferred overhead locker space.
This service is also available for International short haul flights
International long haul benefits are the same as short haul & domestic with added Guaranteed first meal choice and Premium noise-cancelling headset.
Turkish Airlines are offering free stop over vouchers for countries that have over 20hrs of connection time in Istanbul.
Economy Passengers: 1 Free Night in 4* Hotel in Istanbul
Business Class: 2 Free Nights in 5* Hotel in Istanbul
Turkish Airlines, the carrier that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, has now extended its ‘Stopover’ service for its transfer passengers, departing from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Australia, Russia and Belarus to arrive to the U.S., Europe, South American countries, U.K., Ireland, Far East, Middle East, North Africa and Asia.*
Stopover service is offered to:
Passengers travelling from Australia to: Europe, Balkans Region and Turkey
Also for Selected Departures From: Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Pakistan.
Batik Airlines are now flying Perth and Brisbane to Denpasar from 21 June 2017. They offer another discount airfare option from Australia to Bali and other Asian destinations. With connections to Kuala Lumpur, Lombok, Denpasar, Singapore and many more, Asia just became more affordable.
Malindo Airlines offers Australian’s great deals to Malaysia and Indonesia. With the offer of Inflight entertainment, Baggage allowance, extra leg room, Business Class and light refreshments, they are another airline to consider when planning your holiday.
All Qatar (QR) flights operation to/from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have been suspended with effect from June 6 2017 00:00 UTC to June 6 2017 23:59 UTC.
All bookings on 157-tickets to/from above origins and distinction will be open for cancellations, refunds, changes including rerouting to other airlines.
Only on change free of charge is allowed. All other flights are operational, visit qatar airways.com for further updates.
From March 2018 Australians will be able to fly direct Perth-London in 17 hrs on the Qantas 787 Dreamliner. This is great news for those on the West Coast, still an extra 5 hrs of flying for those of us on the East Coast unfortunately.
It is a great step forward in aviation and connecting Australians to Europe. Direct Perth-Paris is also arriving soon.
In 2020 with the Boeing 777 Qantas will be able to fly Melbourne-London and Sydney-London non-stop.
Air Canada will now flying non stop from Melbourne-Vancouver for the Northern winter ski season 4 times per week. Services will begin from 3 Dec 2017 – 4 Feb 2018. This service is in addition to their existing non stop daily flights to Vancouver from Brisbane and Sydney. This is great news for Victorian Skiers, who can now fly direct to some of the worlds best ski resorts in Canada.