Singapore Airlines

Overcapacity puts the brakes on Asian cargo carriers growth

Budget carriers sit on the tarmac at Singapore's Changi Airport. New aircraft purchases are expected to be announced during the Singapore Airshow this week. Photo: Reuters

Top Asian airlines' profit margins are being eroded by a struggling air cargo business, even as they capitalise on increasing passenger demand, industry executives said over the weekend.

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 1:46am

If I scream and you scream, you might get chocolate ice cream

Antony Jenkins

Readers may recall our recent piece on Singapore Airlines and strawberry ice cream. This was about a woman on a Singapore Airlines flight who when offered strawberry ice cream asked if she could have either chocolate or vanilla, since she wasn't keen on the strawberry option.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am 1 comment

Singapore Airlines and the strawberry ice cream

Where to park bicycles?

We've been sent an intriguing account of an exchange that occurred on a recent Singapore Airlines flight. Our informant was travelling economy class together with his wife on a packed flight to Singapore. After serving the main meal, a steward came around with a tray piled high with Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

15 Feb 2013 - 5:14am 1 comment

Business class up in the air

Cathay Pacific is spending HK$1 billion upgrading business-class interiors on various planes in its fleet. Photo: SCMP

Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines are spending US$207 million fitting flat-bed seats and larger television screens in business class. Finding passengers to fly them may be a challenge.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:25am

Singapore Airlines in talks to sell stake in Virgin Atlantic

Singapore Airlines is in talks to sell its 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic.

Singapore Airlines says it is in talks to sell its 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic after people familiar with the matter said Delta Air Lines was discussing buying shares.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am

Business Digest, November 3, 2012

Cargo unit weighs on Singapore Airlines net

HSBC pretax profit expected to rise 79pc

3 Nov 2012 - 3:22am

Virgin Australia cashes up to mount Qantas challenge

Virgin Australia is seeking a 60 per cent stake in Tiger Airways.

Virgin Australia sold a 10 per cent stake to Singapore Airlines and sought control of two local rivals, creating the biggest challenge to Qantas Airways' market leadership in more than a decade.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:11am

Virgin Australia pounces on Tiger

Singapore Airlines is taking 10 per cent of Virgin Australia, which is taking a 60 per cent stake in Tiger Airways Australia, a unit of Singapore Airlines’ Tiger Airways. Photo: AFP

Virgin Australia on Tuesday said it has sold 10 per cent of its business to Singapore Airlines while agreeing to buy a 60 per cent stake in low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia.

In a slew of announcements, the country’s second-biggest airline after Qantas also said it was making a A$98.7 million (US$101.9 million) takeover offer for Australian regional carrier Skywest.

30 Oct 2012 - 10:24am

Cathay gets ready for some light entertainment

Screens on the back of airline seats are likely to be phased out over the next few years as an increasing number of carriers find that broadcasting movies or music through Wi-fi is more cost-effective.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Kranji fast catching up to Hong Kong benchmark

There isn't a lot that Singapore Turf Club can do about the weather, but the club seems to be making a proper job of its international meeting in other respects.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Riding change suits Doleuze as Chinchon scores

Hong Kong-based Olivier Doleuze had the last laugh in the HK$18.5 million Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji last night, adding the Lion City's biggest racing event to his resume with Chinchon at the expense of his regular ride, John Moore-trained Zaidan.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Memory 'will be ready this time'

Twelve months ago Tony Cruz came to the Lion City expecting to win the Singapore Airlines International Cup with California Memory and things could not have gone more wrong, but the grey turns up with less pressure today after plenty of water has flowed under his bridge.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Zaidan's ready to challenge from the front, says Moore

Trainer John Moore has no fears if Zaidan, Hong Kong's dark horse for tomorrow's Singapore Airlines International Cup, is forced to take up the running.

The dawdling pace of the race 12 months ago saw California Memory forced into an unaccustomed role in the lead when he failed as favourite.

This year, the tempo is again the biggest question mark over the race.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Airlines confident of rise in demand over next year

Top managers at global airlines are confident of an uptick in demand for cargo and passenger business over the next 12 months, a quarterly industry survey has found.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Budget airlines spread their wings

A proliferation of budget airlines in Japan has helped entrench the low-cost carrier model in Asia, leaving full-service airlines with a tough choice - to tap into a dynamic market or watch from the sidelines.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am