Singapore Opens T4 A New, High-tech Airport TerminalPTI | 31-10-2017 01:19 pmSingapore’s Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal on Tuesday with a fully automated check-in system  including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points, but some passengers struggled with the new technology.Terminal 4, built at a cost of Sgd $985 million (US$723 million), will have an annual capacity of 16 million people and is aimed at coping with an expected increase in passenger numbers through one of Asia’s top travel hubs.It is packed with new technology, meaning passengers should in theory be able to check in and board without having to talk to airport staff.On its first day of operations, more than 100 passengers arrived in the morning to take the inaugural service out — a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong.But not everyone managed to get to grips with the self check-in machines, forcing travellers to use counters manned by airport staff instead.”I think it’ll take a while for people and systems to get used to it,” Loh K Ling, who tried to use two self-service machines before giving up and going to a manned counter, according to agencies.

Source: Singapore opens T4 a new, high-tech airport terminal – Republic World

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SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines is pursuing more than 50 cost-cutting initiatives including reducing fuel burn and reviewing its relationship with key suppliers as part of a three-year plan to make the airline more competitive, a newsletter to staff shows.

Both Singapore Airlines and Hong Kong-based …

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Author: Channelnewsasia.com SG
Date: 6th October 2017, 13:03

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SINGAPORE: Travellers across Southeast Asia may now book a Grab ride to the airport via the Singapore Airlines (SIA) mobile app, the two companies announced on Wednesday (Oct 3).

In a joint media release, Grab and SIA said they were integrating their apps to make travelling more convenient for …

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Date: 3rd October 2017, 16:00

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“I’ll never forget the sound. The sound of metal crunching,” says George Larson, a passenger on Indian Airlines Flight 440 from Chennai (Madras) to New Delhi in 1973. It was 22:30 – pitch black outside. A storm was raging, and the plane was flying low.

The rear end slammed into the ground first. Larson was thrown from his seat. Meanwhile, the plane kept moving. Electric cables sparked and fellow passengers screamed as the fuselage began to split in half.

The next thing Larson knew he was awake, lying on his back on some wreckage. He tried to move his legs, but he was stuck. Soon there was an explosion as the heat ignited fuel tanks by the wings.

Source: BBC – Future – What not to do in a disaster

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Airbus is preparing to roll out a novel A380 wingtip design to rally support for the world’s largest passenger jet by improving its fuel efficiency, according to a prototype seen on Saturday.A Reuters photographer got up close to the roughly three-meter-high split wingtip which has been installed on an A380 belonging to the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget airport, where the Paris Airshow opens on Monday.It confirms an upgrade reported by Reuters and Usine Nouvelle on Friday. Airbus declined comment.Drag-reducing ‘scimitar’ split wingtips have been used on Boeing’s medium-haul Boeing 737 MAX, but never on a jetliner the size of the A380, which has a 79.9-metre (262-foot) wingspan.The aircraft sporting the prototype ‘winglet’ will be towed out to join others on display at the June 19-25 air show, giving airlines a glimpse of an improvement that Airbus hopes will turn around weak sales of its flagship double-decker.

Source: Airbus A380 upgrade waits in the wings at Paris Airshow | Reuters

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