Here’s a fantastic, atmospheric time lapse video of aircraft traffic at Singapore Changi Airport. It is mainly night time scenes, which really adds to the magic of the video as you see aircraft lights flickering past in time to the music and dancing around in the skies.
Finnair has announced an initial batch of routes that it will fly with its Airbus A350 aircraft.
The airline has opted for the A350-900 model, and will take delivery of the first of 11 aircraft on order in the middle of 2015. It has eight options for additional aircraft.
The first routes to be operated by the A350 will be from Helsinki to Bangkok, Beijing, and Shanghai. They are likely to commence in the second half of 2015.
Additionally, Hong Kong and Singapore will be added in 2016.
For Finnair, the A350 will be its flagship long haul aircraft, and these are the airline’s flagship international routes, as it has a significant presence on the Europe – Asia network.
Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo said: “Since Finnair’s founding in 1923, we have had a long history of operations using the most advanced aircraft available,” he added ”As the first European operator of the A350, we are proud to carry forward this tradition on behalf of our passengers, whose safety and comfort remain our first priority.”
Scoot, the low-cost spin-off of Singapore Airlines, has announced some of the routes it plans to operated its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners on.
As Scoot works towards replacing its entire Boeing-777 fleet, the new Dreamliners — the first of which is expected to arrive in November — will help the airline save more than 20 per cent in fuel per seat, Chief Executive Campbell Wilson said.
“We certainly intend to pass some, if not most, of the savings to our consumers as, clearly, lower air fares stimulate more people to travel … At the very least, the fares will not increase; more likely they will come down,” he added.
Scoot announced in October 2012 it had agreed to acquire 20 Boeing 787s.
Initial routes will be from Singapore Changi to Taipei, Japan, and Australia.
In a move that is likely to see airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines reviewing their operations to India, the government there has agreed to lift a ban on Airbus A380 flights to the country.
The ban was put in place to protect national carrier Air India from predatory carriers stealing passengers and market share to the country. It was also in part because of a lack of infrastructure to handle the huge superjumbo.
Now, however, A380s will be allowed to fly to the country’s four biggest airports: Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
Both Emirates and Singapore Airlines have now said they will review their operations to India with a view to introducing A380 services. Lufthansa, which currently operates Boeing 747-8s to India said it would also not rule out the possibility of flying its A380s to the country.
Continuing the Greatest Flights series when we look at some of the more interesting and noteworthy flights enthusiasts and travellers can take, in this post the world’s longest commercial flight is covered (you may remember we also covered the world’s shortest commercial flight too!).
Today, the world’s longest commercial passenger flight is operated by Qantas between Sydney and Dallas/Ft. Worth airports.
The flight is operated by one of the airline’s special Boeing 747-400ER aircraft, and covers around 8,570 miles (13,800km). The flight time is a snoozy 15 hours and 25 minutes which is pretty much worth the money to upgrade to a lie-flat seat!
The route you’ll take on the longest commercial flight.
Until recently the longest flight crown went to Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Newark A340-500 route, but this has been discontinued.
Coming up in second place today is Delta Air Lines’ Atlanta-Johannesburg route, operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, and only 150 miles shorter than Qantas’ QF7.
Aerolineas Argentinas will take delivery of former Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-500 9V-SGA soon.
The aircraft was recently part of the fleet operating the world’s longest scheduled flights, from Singapore to both New York Newark, and Los Angeles International. Singapore Airlines is retiring the fleet and the routes, however.
Aerolineas is adding the type to replace its older A340-200s, and to operate alongside the -300s it operates. It will eventually fly a number of -500 models.
Royal Brunei will soon receive its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
The first routes operated by the type will be short hops from Bandar Seri Begawan to both Kuala Lumpur (from 1 – 30 November) and Singapore Changi (from 18 October – 30 November). Both flights will operate 1-2 times daily.
From 2 December, Royal Brunei will begin its long haul Boeing 787 service from Bandar Seri Begawan to London Heathrow.
Keep an eye on our Boeing 787 Routes page to find out where to catch airlines flying their new Dreamliners.
Scoot is the long-haul low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. It recently celebrated its first anniversary, having launched operations between Singapore and Sydney on 4th June 2012.
The airline flies Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a bright yellow colour scheme. The airline recently added Seoul, South Korea, to its network. So where can you catch a Scoot aircraft? They currently fly to the following destinations (all from Singapore Changi):
Gold Coast, Australia
Seoul, South Korea
Tokyo Narita, Japan
Have you flown with Scoot? How do they compare to other low cost carriers in Asia?