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*conditions apply. Refer to the  2014 Europe River Cruises & Tours brochure and Earlybird flyer for full details.

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Singapore Airlines and Virgin America have expanded their codeshare agreement to include a frequent flyer programme partnership.

The tie-up will enable members of both airlines’ programmes to earn and redeem miles for travel on both airlines.

Since the launch of the codeshare agreement in December 2012, Singapore Airlines customers have been able to enjoy seamless travel on Virgin America operated flights to more cities in the United States, including Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Washington D.C.

With the frequent flyer programme partnership, Singapore Airlines’ PPS Club and KrisFlyer members are now able to earn miles when travelling on all Virgin America flights and redeem miles for travel on all Virgin America routes.

Similarly, members of Virgin America’s Elevate programme are able to earn and redeem points on Singapore Airlines flights.

ASIA Travel Tips

 

Cathay Pacific has made its new economy class seats available on all flights from Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns to Hong Kong.

The new economy cabins offer more leg-room and a host of onboard extras. As well as an extra two inches recline, the new seats offer the latest in high-resolution touch-screen personal televisions, a USB outlet and an iPod/iPhone outlet that allows passengers to connect their own mobile devices to view content through their personal 9 inch television and a 110V AC power supply for laptop computers and other electronic devices.

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SAS and Singapore Airlines will be cooperating on flights between Scandinavia and Singapore from February 1st.  In May of 2012, the CEOs of the two companies signed a joint venture agreement, which includes, among other things, the coordination of timetables and joint sales activities. The regulatory authorities have since then approved this joint venture.

“We are very pleased that we are now able to take the next step in our cooperation together with Singapore Airlines. We look forward to offer our customers more and better options to reach parts of Asia and Australia/New Zealand from all of Scandinavia,” says Joakim Landholm, Executive Vice President Commercial at SAS.

Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines currently flies between Copenhagen and Singapore three times a week. As part of the new joint venture, the timetable will be adjusted to create better and faster connections, both in Copenhagen and in Singapore. From 31 March 2013, the number of departures between the two hubs will be increased to five a week and, depending on future market trends, the joint venture may be expanded with additional flights and destinations in Scandinavia.

SAS and Singapore Airlines have been codesharing since December 2010 on a number of flights in Asia and Northern Europe. The codeshare partnership is now being expanded to include additional key destinations in Northern Europe and Asia.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

 

California-based Carrier’s Codeshare Offers a Seamless Experience for Singapore Airlines Flyers

Virgin America has that Singapore Airlines (SQ) will codeshare on select Virgin America flights. This new agreement, only the second international codeshare agreement for California-based Virgin America, offers seamless booking using the Singapore Airlines code (SQ) on a single ticket for guests traveling between Asia and multiple Virgin America destinations in the U.S. including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago (ORD), Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC (IAD).  Singapore Airlines operates non-stop flights between the US and Toyko, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and Frankfurt.  Virgin America’s recent move to a new reservations system allowed the carrier to initiate new codeshare alliances and significantly expand its roster of interline partnerships.

Codeshare flights are on sale now and the first travel date is December 18. The move will allow Singapore Airlines travelers to have more options when connecting in the U.S. The partnership is a true quality alliance as Singapore Airlines is routinely named one of the top international carriers for its high levels of guest service and Virgin America has been named the Best Domestic Airline by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure Magazine, and Zagat and has swept other major travel awards every year since its launch in 2007.

“This agreement enables us to offer guests a seamless, award-winning travel experience across continents and significantly expand connection options in North America for Singapore Airlines’ savvy travelers,” said John MacLeod, Virgin America’s senior vice president for planning and sales. “The partnership with one of the world’s leading airlines is a testament to the quality of our product, and we’re happy to welcome aboard Singapore Airlines guests in time for the holiday travel season.”

“We are pleased to announce this important partnership with Virgin America which extends our network even further within the United States,” said Singapore Airlines Acting Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chin Yau Seng. “The United States is an important market for Singapore Airlines and through this partnership we can offer our customers more travel options to more destinations.”

Beginning today, flights can be booked through all the major Global Distribution Systems (GDS) for travel beginning December 18 (U.S.).

Known for beautifully-designed cabins and unparalleled in-flight entertainment, Virgin America has swept the travel awards since its 2007 launch. The airline has taken top honors as “Best U.S. Airline” in both Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the past five consecutive years.  Virgin America’s mood-lit, custom-designed new aircraft feature standard power outlets near every seat, Gogo™ In-flight Internet on every flight and Red™—the most advanced entertainment system in the U.S. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers leather seats with a deeper, more comfortable pitch, Virgin America’s First Class features international-grade amenities, including plush white leather seats with 55 inches of pitch and lumbar massagers. The carrier’s premium cabin option, Main Cabin Select, offers 38-inches of seat pitch, complimentary food and cocktails, an all-access pass to entertainment options, dedicated overhead bin space, one free checked bag and priority check-in and boarding. Earlier this year, Virgin America rolled out enhancements to its Elevate frequent flyer program—including Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver status levels that offer perks such as:  priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; points earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin.

In addition to the new Singapore Airlines agreement, Virgin America has codeshare agreements with Virgin Australia and Hawaiian Airlines and interline agreements with China Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Emirates, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways, El Al, Qantas, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Pacific, Japan Airlines, SATA, Thai Airways and Air China. For more, please visit: www.virginamerica.com/travel/virgin-partners.html

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD), Seattle, Las Vegas San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas Fort-Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonally), Philadelphia, Portland and Washington D.C.’s Reagan National (DCA).

Singapore Airlines currently operates 45 flights per week to five points in the United States, namely Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York and San Francisco.

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Delta to invest $360 million in acquiring a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic

New joint venture to include expanded trans-Atlantic network and enhanced customer benefits

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., have reached an agreement for a new joint venture that will create an expanded trans-Atlantic network and enhance competition between the U.K. and North America, offering greater benefits for customers traveling on those routes.

As part of this joint venture agreement, Delta will invest $USD360 million in Virgin Atlantic, acquiring a 49 percent stake currently held by Singapore Airlines. Virgin Group and Sir Richard Branson will retain the majority 51 percent stake and Virgin Atlantic Airways will retain its brand and operating certificate.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • A fully integrated joint venture that will operate on a “metal neutral” basis with both airlines sharing the costs and revenues from all joint venture flights.
  • A combined trans-Atlantic network between the United Kingdom and North America with 31 peak-day round-trip flights.
  • Enhanced benefits for customers including cooperation on services between New York and London, with a combined total of nine daily round-trip flights from London-Heathrow to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • Reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.
  • Shared access to Delta Sky Club and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse airport lounges for elite passengers.

The airlines will file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for antitrust immunity, which will allow a closer relationship and coordination on schedules and operations. The transaction also will be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union’s competition regulator and other relevant authorities. The share purchase and the joint venture are expected to be implemented by the end of 2013.

“Our new partnership with Virgin Atlantic will strengthen both airlines and provide a more effective competitor between North America and the U.K., particularly on the New York-London route, which is the largest airline route between the U.S. and Europe,” said Delta CEO Richard Anderson. “By combining the strengths of our two companies in a joint venture, we can provide customers with a seamless network between North America and the U.K., and continue building a better airline for our customers, employees and shareholders.”

Steve Ridgway, Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive, added: “Consumers will reap the rewards of this partnership between two great airline brands on services from the UK to the USA, Canada and Mexico through a shared ethos in the highest standards of customer service. This joint venture will deliver much more effective competition at Heathrow.

“Both airlines are confident that the Department of Transportation will be as convinced as we are of the extensive consumer benefits arising from this joint venture, with expedited approval being granted by the end of 2013. The trans-Atlantic market is Virgin Atlantic’s heartland—it’s where we started. By aligning with Delta we can continue to grow our North American network and offer greatly enhanced connectivity across the USA.”

Virgin Atlantic President, Sir Richard Branson, commented: “This is an exciting day in Virgin Atlantic history. It signals the start of a new era of expansion, financial growth and many opportunities for our customers and our business. I truly look forward to the possibilities our partnership with Delta will offer. We have always been known for our innovation and service and have punched above our weight for 28 years. That is why our customers love us so much. We will retain that independent spirit but move forward in a strengthened partnership with Delta.”

Delta and Virgin Atlantic customers will be able to earn and redeem miles across Delta’s SkyMiles and Virgin Atlantic’s FlyingClub frequent flyer programs. Premium customers also will have reciprocal access to the Delta Sky Club and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse airport lounges. Full details will be announced as services become available.

The partnership allows both carriers to offer a greatly expanded network at Heathrow and to overcome slot constraints, which have limited the growth and competitive capability of both airlines. The two carriers will operate a total of 31 peak-day round-trip flights between the U.K. and North America, 23 of which operate at London-Heathrow. The enlarged network will benefit customers of both carriers by providing greater access to a broader network, improved connectivity and convenient booking options.

As part of a $USD3 billion investment in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities, all of Delta’s flights between the U.S. and London-Heathrow feature full flat-bed seats offering direct aisle access in the BusinessElite cabin. These flights also offer Delta’s popular Economy Comfort seating in the forward section of the economy cabin. Economy Comfort offers four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline compared to standard economy seats. All cabins offer in-seat audio and video on demand with a broad range of in-flight entertainment options. Delta also will begin introducing in-flight WiFi service on international flights beginning in 2013.

Virgin Atlantic has recently completed a £GBP150 million upgrade program. A new Upper Class cabin has been introduced across its Airbus A330 aircraft, which features the longest fully flat bed in the sky. This is complemented by a redesigned onboard bar and new Clubhouses at both JFK and Newark airports. The airline’s Boeing 747 leisure fleet has been completely refitted and features onboard connectivity and VERA Touch—Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning touch screen in-flight entertainment system—offering passengers hours of entertainment at their fingertips.

Corporate and travel agency customers of both airlines also will benefit from an aligned sales effort on both sides of the Atlantic.

PR Newswire

 

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia will expand their codeshare agreement to cover further destinations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the UK.

With immediate effect, the arrangement will be extended to all of Virgin Australia’s domestic destinations, giving SQ customers access to 32 Australian cities.

Trans-Tasman services are expected to join the agreement in the coming months, subject to regulatory approval.

Meanwhile Virgin Australia will place its code on Singapore Airlines services from the east coast of Australia to Europe, the UK and additional cities in Asia via the airline’s Singapore hub, from the first quarter of 2013.

Travel Today

 

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase services between Singapore and the Danish capital Copenhagen, following final regulatory approval for a joint venture with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).

SIA currently operates three weekly flights between Singapore and Copenhagen. Subject to airport slot availability, frequency will increase to five flights per week from 31 March 2013. Star Alliance partner SAS will add its code to the flights.

The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) confirmed today that it has cleared the joint venture between SIA and SAS. As announced in May, the partnership will encompass joint operations including the co-ordination of flight schedules and joint sales activities.

“We are very pleased to announce an increase in frequency to Copenhagen now that regulatory approvals have been obtained for our wide-ranging partnership with SAS. We look forward to further building on our ties with SAS to provide more travel choices for our customers,” said Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah.

SIA and SAS have been codesharing since December 2010. SIA adds its code to SAS-operated flights beyond Copenhagen to Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm, while SAS has been codesharing on SIA-operated flights between Copenhagen and Singapore, and on selected flights between Singapore and Bangkok. An expansion of codeshare ties is currently under discussion. New services between Singapore and Scandinavia will also be explored, subject to market conditions.

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As any economy-class flier knows, having just a couple of inches of extra legroom can make all the difference between a pleasant flight and a torturous one. So before booking your next flight, it may pay to consider the results of a new survey from Business Traveller magazine that ranks just how far you can stretch your lower limbs in-flight.

The magazine sifted through more than 8,000 individual items of data from 32 airlines to complete the survey, which is a supplement to its November edition. It ranked airlines in a number of categories: amount of legroom in economy, seat width in economy, legroom in premium economy, seat width in premium economy, and length of fully-flat beds in business class.

So which airline professes to have the most space for your legs?

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific took the top spot in most of the categories, claiming most legroom* in economy (tied with Singapore Airlines), most width in premium economy, and the longest beds in business class.

Emirates can tout the most width in economy, while Turkish Airlines has the most legroom in its premium economy section.

Jenny Southan, who edited the Business Traveller Airline Survey supplement, said: ‘If you’re flying economy, an inch or two can make a lot of difference after a few hours, so it is worth knowing.‘

She noted: ‘The airlines are fitting more seats on to the aircraft, although they say that this isn’t affecting our legroom because the new type of economy seat cushion is thinner, increasing the amount of legroom by a small margin.

‘Airlines are also charging for seats in exit rows or by bulkheads which can provide passengers with up to two extra feet of space.’

How much legroom do you get in economy? Top Ten.

1. Cathay Pacific 32”
1. Singapore Airlines 32”
3. ANA 31”-38”
4. Korean Air 31”-35”
4. Etihad 31”-35”
6. Thai Airways 31”-34”
6. Japan Airlines 31”-34”
6. Emirates 31”-34”
9. American Airlines 31”-33”
10. Kenya Airways 31”-32”
10. United 31”-32”
10. Virgin Atlantic 31”-32”

 How much width do you get in economy? Top Ten.

1. Emirates 18”-20.5”
2. Air Canada 18”-18.5
3. Singapore Airlines 17.9”-18.6”
4. Virgin Atlantic 17.5”-19”
5. Air France 17.5”-18.5”
6. Easyjet 17.5”
7. Cathay Pacific 17.4”-18.5”
8. British Airways 17.3”-18.1”
9. Swiss 17.3”-18”
10. Lufthansa 17”-19.3”

For all of the survey results including premium economy and business class fully flat beds, visit Business Traveller. Also visit sister website Seatplans.com for cabin diagrams and seat layouts.

* Legroom is defined as the distance between the back of one chair to the back of the one in front.

Business Traveller

 

Air France launches earlybird fare sale

Australians are being spoilt for choice with Air France’s new fare sale from six Australian cities to over 80 European destinations.

The new “Countless Choices” Economy Class fares are available for bookings until 20 October 2012 for departures from Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Darwin and Perth.

Examples of Economy Class return fares include:

  • Sydney to: Paris from $1847, Bordeaux from $1949 and London from $2153
  • Brisbane to: Paris from $1853, Marseille from $1956 and Milan from $1997
  • Melbourne to: Paris from $1830, Barcelona from $1969 and Rome from $1966
  • Adelaide to: Paris from $1968, Nice from $2075 and Madrid from $2108
  • Perth to: Paris from $1861, Montpellier from $1975 and Lisbon from $1991
  • Darwin to: Paris from $1626, Geneva from $1764 and Vienna from $1821

Fares are valid for travel between 20 January and 20 June, 2013.  A surcharge of just $100 applies for peak season travel from 21 June until 31 August, 2013.

Fares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are based on travel via Guangzhou with codeshare partner China Southern.

Passengers from Darwin travel via Singapore with interline partner Jetstar and travellers from Perth and Adelaide travel via Singapore with partner Singapore Airlines.

Fares include all taxes and surcharges, which are correct at 28 September, 2012.  Prices are subject to change without notice.  Some conditions apply.

Air France offers 53 weekly flights from Australia to Europe with interline partner Qantas and 13 weekly flights via Guangzhou from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with code share partner China Southern. Air France is a member of the SkyTeam global alliance.

For more information or to make a booking, see your preferred travel agent, call reservations on 1300 390 190 or visit www.airfrance.com.au.

Fares in Australian Dollars ($AUD).

Air France

 

Tiger Airways partners with Scoot

Tiger Airways Singapore has partnered Scoot, the low cost airline of Singapore Airlines, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

The initial phase of this partnership will see each carrier marketing joint itineraries between Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur, destinations served by Tiger; and Sydney and Gold Coast, served by Scoot.

Customers will consequently be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel from Australia, via Singapore, to Tiger’s destinations.

“This is an exciting development,” said CEO of Scoot, Campbell Wilson, “Both carriers operate highly complementary networks, with Scoot focusing on medium-long haul routes of five or more hours, and Tiger focusing on shorter-haul journeys. Both airlines operate side-by-side at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, and share a common philosophy of offering fuss-free service at unbeatable value.”

In this initial trial, customers can purchase flight itineraries originating from Australia to popular South East Asia destinations. They will be issued a single ticket that contains all flight details. Passengers will be entitled to 15kg check-in baggage allowance on the interline itinerary.

On arrival in Singapore, customers have to pass through immigration and collect their bags before checking into the second leg of their flight.

In the later phase, customers will be able to purchase flight itineraries originating from South East Asia. The airlines also hope to enhance the service with a direct connection process. Customers would then be able to proceed with their onward journey without passing through immigration and without having to retrieve their checked baggage.

The joint itineraries originating from Australia are available for sale from today, 2 October 2012, for travel from 15 October 2012 onwards. Itineraries originating from Asia will be available for sale and travel from 2 November 2012 onwards.

“With Tiger’s move to our new den at Changi Airport Terminal 2, it’s the perfect time to leverage the strength of our networks to our customers’ benefits,” said Tiger Airways Group CEO Koay Peng Yen, “Tiger Singapore operates up to 90 flights daily. The joint itineraries and new services that we will be rolling out will greatly expand the travel options for both Tiger and Scoot customers.”

Tiger Airways is an associate of Temasek Holdings, which is the holding company of Singapore Airlines, the parent company of Scoot. Singapore Airlines owns 32.7% of Tiger Airways.

ASIA Travel Tips

 

Swiss International Air Lines’ (SWISS) will be introduce a Singapore-Zurich service next year as part of the central component of its Asian network solution for the Australian market. The daily non-stop Airbus A340 services will launch on May 12.

Singapore is a favourite among travellers, providing an ideal base or stopover point for key vacation destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

“This is a major development and one that we, our customers and our trade partners have long waited for,” SWISS Australia manager Anil Rodricks said.

“It demonstrates the confidence that SWISS has in the Australasia region.”

Singapore has also been identified as a clear hub leader for connections to Europe.

The new Singapore service will make for a total of six Asian gateways for SWISS’ Australian passengers.

SWISS has doubled the number of its Asian services over the past six years and remains confident that Asia will continue to be the transfer point of choice for Australian traffic to Europe.

In its next step for an expansion into the Asia Pacific region SWISS is looking to strike codeshare deals in Australia.

They will most likely be forged with Star Alliance carriers, including Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways, with Rodricks predicting they could be finalised by the end of the year.

“We have the flight to Singapore and the rest will follow in the coming months,” he said. “It’s definitely our vision to have a strong codeshare product out of Australia.”

The Zurich-Singapore flights will be bookable in GDSs in Australia from October 9.

Various sources

 

Australia

Singapore Airlines has launched its 2013 earlybird sale, featuring fares to 13 destinations throughout Europe.

Under the offer, a flight from Melbourne to London is priced from $1654 per person return.

Optional side-trip fares to destinations across Southeast Asia are also on offer, along with a 30kg baggage allowance and the option of one night’s accommodation in Singapore for $1 per person.

On sale until November 30, the offer is valid for departures from March 1 to October 31 2013.

Special additional offers are also on offer to reward you further for planning ahead

  • Add more to your journey with a $1 Singapore Stopover Holiday (hotel + transfers) to stay in a Category A hotel
  • Special airfares are also available that include preferential rates for a side trip in Asia either en route or returning from your European break
  • Or explore New York with preferential airfares available from Australia via Frankfurt, for just a margin more than our fantastic Early Bird Europe fares.

To book any of the airfares to Europe and the UK with these additional offers, please contact Singapore Airlines Reservations on 13 10 11 or visit your preferred local AFTA licensed travel agent.

Terms and Conditions

*Conditions apply: Fares shown are for return travel in Economy Class, in low season, from Sydney and include the price of the air ticket, associated taxes, levies and surcharges including credit card service fee correct as at 05/09/2012. Fares are valid for departures from 01/03/2013 to 31/05/2013 and 01/09/2013 to 31/10/2013 and apply for the specified travel period only. Other fares apply for travel outside these periods. Flight restrictions apply: Advertised fare to London return only available on flights SQ318 Singapore to London and SQ319 London to Singapore. Some taxes, fees and surcharges are imposed by government authorities or airport operators and some surcharges and fees are imposed by Singapore Airlines. Taxes and surcharges are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Fares do not include optional charges, such as service fees that might be levied for buying tickets at ticket offices, travel agencies or via telephone sales. A few countries still levy airport taxes, which can only be paid by the passenger, in cash, at the airport prior to departure. Maximum stay is one year. Date change fees and cancellation fees may apply. Booking Class – N Class for London and W Class for all other destinations. Fares to London are eligible for 50% KrisFlyer mileage or Velocity mileage accrual, but are not valid for redemption upgrades. Fares to all other destinations are eligible for KrisFlyer mileage or Velocity mileage accrual, but are not valid for redemption upgrades. KrisFlyer and Velocity member terms and conditions apply. 30 kg baggage allowance does not apply to Early Bird fares sold in conjunction or combined with another airline (except Virgin Australia domestic flights). 30 kg baggage allowance does not apply to flights to New York (JFK) where the baggage allowance is restricted to 2 pieces per passengers. The $1 per person Basic Singapore Airlines Stopover Holiday (BSSH) accommodation offer is valid for passengers stopping over in Singapore on the inbound or outbound journey. This offer can only be used once on either the outbound journey or inbound journey. A booking must be made by 30/11/2012 and hotel stay must be completed by 30/11/2013. This offer is subject to hotel room availability and is based on a TWNB room (for 2 passengers travelling together) staying at selected BSSH Category A hotels. Hotel accommodation cannot be changed once the airline ticket has been issued. If changed, the one night hotel accommodation at $1 per person will be forfeited. Additional room charges apply for passengers stopping over more than one night in Singapore. Additional taxes apply for passengers stopping over more than 24 hours in Singapore. Early Bird fares including 1 South East Asia side trip are also available for purchase. Singapore Airlines, in conjunction with partner airlines, offer Early Bird fares from Australia to over 150 European destinations. This offer is subject to availability and confirmation. Singapore Airlines reserves the right to alter or extend this offer without notice. Final booking and payment date is 30/11/2012. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Singapore Airlines

 

Australia

16 Night Fly, Cruise & Stay from $3,599*pp twin share HURRY LAST CABINS!
Cruise departs 3 March 2013

Fly/Cruise/Stay Pack includes:

  • Return economy class airfare with full service carrier, Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide to Singapore and ex Hong Kong on return
  • One way shuttle transfer from Airport – Hotel, Singapore
  • 1 nights accommodation at the Miramar Hotel, Singapore in a Deluxe room with breakfast
  • One way shuttle transfer from Hotel to Port, Singapore
  • 14 night luxury CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong
  • All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
  • Most onboard entertainment
  • All port/government charges
  • Prepaid ships gratuities
  • 1 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel, Hong Kong
  • One way shuttle transfer from Hotel to Airport, Hong Kong
  • Air taxes

Cabin type, rate pp twin share
Inside from $3599.00
Outside from $3679.00
C3 – Concierge Class from $4429.00

Offer ends 30 September 2012 or until sold out.

*Conditions Apply: Offer correct as at 7 September 2012 and subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are based on cash or cheque payment—credit card fees may apply. A limited number of cabins are available at these prices. Air taxes of $443pp based ex Sydney are included in package price subject to change until paid in full. Airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change penalties apply. Visa may be required and is not included in package cost. Gratuities may not be removed from package price. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply—please ask for full details at time of enquiry.

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See previous offer: CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM Celebrate Asia With Celebrity

 

Singapore Airlines is formally launching In-Flight Connectivity as part of a $USD50 million program to bring Internet and mobile data services to customers, even when flying at 35,000ft.

Following a recent soft launch on a limited number of aircraft, In-Flight Connectivity is today available on 14 aircraft in the fleet, including all five Airbus A340-500s which are deployed on the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and both Newark and Los Angeles. Services have also been extended to more markets such as Australia, for which regulatory approvals had not previously been obtained.

Travelers can surf the Internet, send and receive emails on smartphones and other electronic devices, and send and receive SMS text messages[1] with GSM-compatible mobile phones.

Through a partnership with leading connectivity provider OnAir, the technology will be progressively rolled out across all of SIA’s long-haul Airbus A380-800, A340-500 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over the next two years.

Services are offered on routes on which equipped aircraft are deployed, subject to regulatory approvals from individual countries. A map highlighting availability when flying over specific countries is published in the Airline’s KrisWorld in-flight entertainment magazine.

Promotional price plans are also being introduced from today for wireless Internet access. The promotional prices, which will last until November 30, 2012, are $USD25 for 30 megabytes of data and $10 for 10 megabytes of data. The previous plans cost $USD29.95 for 26 megabytes and $USD11.95 for 10 megabytes.

A joint promotion with SingTel also enables SingTel Mobile subscribers to enjoy discounted roaming rates of up to 40% for in-flight text messaging and GPRS data services, as well as up to 20% for incoming and outgoing voice calls. The discounted roaming rates are displayed on SingTel’s corporate website and the joint promotion will last until March 31, 2013. For more information, please visit www.singtel.com/dataroam.

“As our customers’ preferences towards entertainment and connectivity options change over time, so must we. Mobile and Internet connectivity capabilities are just the start, enabling our customers to stay connected even when flying at 35,000ft. There will be much more investment in the months and years ahead to keep our customers both connected and entertained,” said SIA’s Senior Vice President Product & Services, Mr. Tan Pee Teck.

“We have always been a leader in embracing technology and are confident that these initiatives will both meet and exceed our customers’ high expectations, keeping us at the forefront of airline product innovation.”

In addition to the $USD50 million investment in In-Flight Connectivity services, work is underway to bring the next generation of in-flight entertainment offerings to our customers. This will include the latest hardware systems with new screen and handset technology, in addition to much more video and audio content. Details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

[1] Mobile data and text services not yet available on A380s

PR Newswire

 

Singapore Airlines announced Thursday it will spend more than $20 million to upgrade its airport lounges worldwide in a bid to stay ahead of the competition.

The announcement of the upgrade came nine days after the airline, facing fiercer rivalry from Asian and Middle Eastern carriers, unveiled plans to introduce revamped seats and cabin interiors as well as improved in-flight entertainment.

The upgrade of its “SilverKris” lounges will be carried out over five years starting from the middle of next year when the facility at Sydney airport will be fitted with a new design concept, SIA said in a statement.

“We hope to replicate that ‘home away from home’ experience in our lounges, along with the warm Asian hospitality that Singapore Airlines is renowned for.”

SIA senior vice president for products and services Tan Pee Teck said.

The airline has 15 SilverKris lounges at airports worldwide, including one in New Delhi—to be officially opened next month—and in Seoul which is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

SIA is regarded as a trendsetter in aviation and is famous for its cabin service, but rivals like Cathay Pacific in Asia and Etihad, Emirates and Gulf Air from the Middle East have been closing the gap while offering lower fares.

It said last week it had hired BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA and James Park Associates, two renowned design companies, to develop the “next generation of inflight cabin products” expected to be introduced next year.

The changes will include revamped seats, redesigned cabins and upgraded entertainment platforms as new passenger planes from Boeing and Airbus begin arriving.

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