SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Singapore Airlines (Singapore: SIAL.SI - news) Ltd. (P.SAL) said Wednesday it will add eight services between Sydney and Singapore leading up to Christmas.
SIA said the flights, effective from Dec. 15 until early January, will add more than 2,300 seats on both the inbound and outbound segments.
"In the lead up to Christmas, Australia remains a popular choice for many from overseas, particularly southeast Asia and Europe," SIA spokesman Stephen Forshaw said in a statement.
Forshaw said the flights are additional to the existing three daily Boeing 747-400 services, which currently provide nearly 1,200 seats a day.
The Singapore-based airline has increased services from Australia to Singapore in recent weeks in a bid to boost operations which have been hurt since the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11.
SIA's overall load factor in September fell sharply to 69.8% from 75.9% a year ago. The load factor is a measure of how efficiently an airline uses passenger and cargo capacity.
The passenger seat factor also fell drastically to 73.1% from 80.7% in September 2000, marking the eighth month of such a decline. The cargo load factor dropped to 67.8% from 72.1% on year in September, registering a slide 13 straight months.
SIA's net profit plunged 88% on year to S$134.8 million for the first half ended Sept. 30 and is expected to post its first-ever full-year loss for the year ending March 31, 2002
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13742 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3329 times:
SINGAPORE AIRLINES INCREASES CAPACITY TO AUSTRALIA FOR CHRISTMAS
Asia Pulse; Nov 28, 2001
SYDNEY, Nov 28 Asia Pulse - Singapore Airlines (SGX:SIAL) has increased its capacity into and out of Australia in the lead up to Christmas with extra flights to cater for the high demand.
Singapore Airlines has extended services between Melbourne and Singapore and Brisbane and Singapore in response to increased demand for seats to and from those cities over Christmas.
The airline has also announced five supplementary services to Melbourne and eight to Brisbane.
A further two services will be added to Melbourne, and one to Brisbane.
Singapore Airlines public relations manager in Australia, Stephen Forshaw, said the additional services were a response to high seasonal demand for tourism to Australia.
"In the lead-up to Christmas, Australia remains a popular choice for many from overseas - particularly south-east Asia and Europe," he said.
He said the additional services provide an extra 7,500 seats to passengers.
In total, Singapore Airlines has added eight supplementary flights each way between Sydney-Singapore, seven flights each way Melbourne-Singapore; nine extra services between Brisbane-Singapore and five charter operations each way between Singapore-Hobart.
"Singapore Airlines' additional capacity will help cater to that demand and provide a substantial boost to inbound tourism operators in Sydney, as well as other capital cities to benefit from additional flights," Mr Forshaw said.
BBD From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3182 times:
Perhaps one is just overly sceptical but one wonders whether there may not be a degree of "capacity dumping" involved in these additional flights which have been scheduled ".....to boost operations which have been hurt....."
One hears from airline crew acquaintances that the number of SQ units parked with an abandoned air on the tarmac at Changi appears to be more pronounced these days.
Interestingly, no additional flights have been scheduled to PER to which SQ recently cut back capacity, notwithstanding that, traditionally, it is a popular destination for SE Asians.
Anyway, as I said, perhaps I'm just a sceptic; however, I'll be interested in learning the load factors on the HBA flights.
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3172 times:
They probably won't face a full-year loss. Top SQ mgmt is saying so only to scare the unions into accepting pay cuts, which they have agreed to do 'in principle'. And contrary to popular belief, unions in Singapore do have bargaining power and the SIA union has brought SIA to court before and won.
They'll probably post a full-year profit of $50 million. (At least that's what reliable sources in there tell me.....but don't take me as an authority since i'm completely anonymous......hahhahaa)
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13742 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3119 times:
Below there is confirmation about the aircraft which will be used to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
(Source: Singapore Airlines Australia)
EIGHT SUPPLEMENTARY SERVICES BOOST PRE-CHRISTMAS CAPACITY TO AND FROM SYDNEY
Wednesday 28 November 2001
Singapore Airlines will boost capacity into and out of Sydney in the busy pre-Christmas period with the addition of eight supplementary services to cater for high demand.
The services, to operate on scheduled days in December and early January, will add over 2,300 seats into and out of Sydney in the pre-Christmas period, providing a boost for inbound tourism, as well as opportunities for outbound travel for passengers currently waitlisted because of full flights.
Flights will be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft on the following dates:
SINGAPORE - SYDNEY on December 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26 and 29, and January 2
SYDNEY SINGAPORE on December 16, 20, 21. 22. 23, 27 and 30 and January 3
Singapore Airlines' Public Relations Manager Australia, Stephen Forshaw, said the additional services were a response to high seasonal demand for tourism to Australia.
"In the lead-up to Christmas, Australia remains a popular choice for many from overseas - particularly south-east Asia and Europe.
"These flights will operate in addition to the existing 3 daily Boeing 747-400 services, which already provide almost 1,200 seats per day into and out of Sydney.
"Singapore Airlines' additional capacity will help cater to that demand and provide a substantial boost to inbound tourism operators in Sydney, as well as other capital cities to benefit from additional flights."
In recent weeks, Singapore Airlines has added supplementary and special charter flights as follows to Australia to cater for high demand:
Eight supplementary flights each way, Sydney-Singapore;
Seven supplementary flights each way, Melbourne-Singapore;
Nine supplementary services each way, Brisbane-Singapore; and
Five charter operations each way, Singapore-Hobart (direct).
"These special flights will provide opportunities for over 7,500 additional tourists to visit Australia in the December-January period," Mr Forshaw said.
MELBOURNE AND BRISBANE GAIN FURTHER SUPPLEMENTARY SERVICES
Wednesday 28 November 2001
Singapore Airlines has extended the additional services it plans to operate between Melbourne and Singapore and Brisbane and Singapore in response to high demand for seats to and from those cities over the Christmas period.
Singapore Airlines has already announced five supplementary services to Melbourne and eight to Brisbane over the December-January period.
Now, a further 2 services will be added to Melbourne, and 1 to Brisbane.
The additional services will operate:
Singapore - Melbourne December 20 and 21
Melbourne - Singapore December 21 and 22
Singapore - Brisbane 22 December
Brisbane - Singapore 23 December
In addition, eight supplementary services will be operated between Sydney and Singapore, and five charter flights operate direct between Singapore and Hobart.
This brings to 29 the number of supplementary and charter flights operating between Singapore and the East Coast cities this December.
Singapore Airlines' Public Relations Manager Australia, Stephen Forshaw, said the additional services will boost opportunities for inbound tourism, and provide benefits to local economies.
"These additional services provide over 7,500 seats to deal with high demand from overseas visitors, as well as from Australians looking to travel over Christmas.
"These seats are in addition to the high frequency, high capacity services we operate to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne already.
"It is very pleasing to see Australia remains a destination of interest for visitors from overseas," Mr Forshaw said.
SPECIAL CHARTER FLIGHTS BRING HUNDREDS OF TOURISTS TO TASMANIA
Thursday 29 November 2001
Singapore Airlines is to operate four direct charter services between Singapore and Hobart, commencing this weekend, to cater for demand for inbound tourism to Tasmania.
The charter flights have been organised by Singapore Airlines' wholesale tour company in Singapore, Tradewinds Pte Ltd, and are part of all-inclusive package holidays for sale in the Singapore market.
The flights will operate once per week over the next four weeks, and will bring over 600 tourists directly to Tasmania.
This is the ninth consecutive year that Singapore Airlines has operated these special annual charter package holidays to Tasmania.
Singapore Airlines' Public Relations Manager Australia, Stephen Forshaw, says the flights will bring millions in revenue to Tasmania directly.
"These package charters have considerable benefit for Tasmania, injecting millions of dollars directly into the Tasmanian tourism industry.
"It is also pleasing to see strong continued interest in Singapore for these packages, and we are pleased to be able to operate these services again this year.
"The success of these package holidays is another sign of continuing confidence in Australia as a tourism destination in key overseas markets, and this is very pleasing for Tasmania especially," Mr Forshaw said.
Tourism Tasmania Chief Executive Rob Giason said the charters are the result of an ongoing and fruitful relationship between Tourism Tasmania, Singapore Airlines and Tradewinds.
"These charter flights have huge potential for Tasmania, and I am delighted that given the current economic situation in Singapore and recent world events, the charters have still attracted so many Singaporean visitors" Mr Giason said.
"As well as an opportunity for them to discover Tasmania's diverse attractions, they provide a welcome boost to the Tasmanian tourism industry."
The visitors travel around the State during their time in Tasmania.
Mr Forshaw said the tours were just one part of Singapore Airlines' overall commitment to promoting overseas tourism to Tasmania.
"While we actively promote holidays to Tasmania in key overseas markets using Melbourne as the principal gateway, demand for these direct packages continues to warrant the use of special charter aircraft," Mr Forshaw said.
Singapore Airlines first charter flight is scheduled to arrive in Hobart at 9.20am on Sunday 2 December, and departs Hobart at 11.40am for the return to Singapore. Thereafter, they will operate at the same times on the following three Sundays.
The flights will be operated by twin-engine wide-body Airbus A310 aircraft, seating 183 passengers.
Snoopy From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3093 times:
The flights were definitely needed. I had tickets booked to Australia from Tokyo on Ansett. After they went belly-up it was really difficult getting flights in and out again. Now we are flying in via New Zealand and back out via Singapore, but as far as I can make out all flights are full now.