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Singapore Airlines reports record Q1 profit boosted by travel demand and flight cancellations in Europe



Aug 01, 2022 08:28 IS

By Lee Kah Whye
Singapore, August 1 (ANI): Tue Singapore Airlines Group (SIA), co-owner of Indian airline Vistara, last week reported its highest-ever operating profit of 556 million SGD (403 million USD) for the first quarter on “increasing passenger demand”. It’s the second-highest quarterly operating profit in the airline’s history.
That comes after it scraped into positive territory with a profit of SGD10 million (US$7.2 million) for the second half of its last fiscal year when it announced its full-year earnings in May. It reported an operating loss of SGD 620 million for the first half of the same financial year. The SIA’s financial year runs from April to March.
SIA Group reported a net profit of SGD370 million (US$268 million) for the first quarter versus a loss of SGD210 million in the last quarter of the previous fiscal year, an improvement of SGD580 million. The airline attributed this to better operating performance, up SGD 623m, and an absence of SGD 66m in non-cash impairments, partially offset by tax expense versus a SGD 95m tax credit last quarter.
A smaller proportion of related company losses such as Vistara also improved its performance by SGD 25 million.
SIA entered the quarter ahead carefully calibrating its response to the pandemic and preparing for rising demand.
In a statement, SIA said: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, the SIA Group has proactively reviewed all aspects of our operations to ensure the entire organization is ready to respond quickly to changes in the operating environment.
Singapore Airlines and Scoot have been among the first airlines to offer services and start selling at points served from Changi Airport since the start of the easing of restrictions in September 2021. Group capacity increased from an average of 47 percent of pre-pandemic levels in Q4 FY2021/22 to 61 percent in Q1 FY2022/23 to take advantage of significant pent-up demand.”
Unlike in Europe, where airlines have had to cut flights to meet travel demand, SIA is increasing the number of flights.
With travel demand increasing, the industry in general is in a situation of being unable to hire and train workers quickly enough after shedding thousands of workers during the pandemic. It is also not possible to get mothballed aircraft back into service quickly enough.

In early July, British Airways said in a statement to NBC News that it would cancel 10,300 more short-haul flights by the end of October. It added: “British Airways will cancel more flights in the crucial summer holiday months as airlines and airports across Europe struggle to keep up with heavy demand from holidaymakers in the wake of the pandemic. The entire aviation industry continues to face major challenges and we are fully focused on building resilience into our operations to give customers the peace of mind they deserve.”
Similarly, KLM and Lufthansa also made statements to their customers that they have to cut flights to ensure reliability and service security. The reason for this is the labor shortage not only among the airlines, but also among partner service providers at airports.
“With the start of summer in the northern hemisphere and the almost complete lifting of global travel restrictions, everyone involved in air transport worldwide is reaching the limits of the currently available resources almost every day.” Air transport system from almost zero to almost 90 percent is clearly not going with the reliability that robustness and punctuality that we would be happy to offer you again.”
Dutch airline KLM said: “Work pressures at the airport are unrelenting at the moment as both Schiphol and KLM face staff shortages. The measures taken by KLM are aimed at restoring operational stability and thereby relieving the pressure on the employees at Schiphol and KLM. Until August 28, we will be canceling 10 to 20 round-trip flights to European destinations every day.”
The reduction in flights in Europe and increasing demand has meant airfares have skyrocketed.
A search of August flights on airline websites revealed that an economy round-trip ticket from Singapore to Munich with Lufthansa costs $1,600, while an SIA ticket from Singapore to London costs almost $3,000. These cost about $900 before COVID.
This benefited the better prepared Singapore Airlines, which is busy adding flights to its network.
In its statement on the financial results, it said that SIA and low-cost subsidiary Scoot are adjusting their networks for the Northern Winter operating season (October 30, 2022 to March 25, 2023). SIA will increase connections to points across Japan, bring its Indian network back to pre-pandemic levels, add more flights to Los Angeles and Paris, and continue its direct services to Vancouver. Scoot will introduce non-stop flights to Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka, as well as add more flights to Bangkok, Cebu, Manila, Seoul and Surabaya. Group capacity is expected to increase to around 68 percent of pre-pandemic levels by September and around 76 percent by December.
Earlier this month, SIA announced that it plans to gradually bring all of its flights in India back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of October. It will gradually increase its flight frequency and operate 17 weekly connections to Chennai from the current 10 flights per week. Connections from Kochi will be increased from the current seven flights a week to up to 14 times a week. Bengaluru flights will operate up to 16 times a week, up from the current seven flights a week.
SIA expects travel demand to remain robust in the short-term and forward sales to remain buoyant over the next three months to October 2022.
However, she warned: “Inflationary pressures, including higher fuel prices, remain a concern. Interest rate hikes and slowing economic growth in many countries around the world, including SIA Group’s key markets, are risk factors for the recovery in passenger travel and air cargo demand, which we are monitoring closely.” (ANI)

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Beyond the hype, a dirty side of Da Lat




Most of this is true, but that’s not the only local reality where things get pretty ugly, too. Unless this reality is recognized and seriously addressed, Da Lat will lose its charm and become a shadow of itself.

Here’s an unflattering picture of the other side.

When walking or running on a sidewalk around Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat in the early morning, at a certain point you can no longer stay on the sidewalk. One is forced to walk or run into the street as there can be up to ten street kitchens completely blocking sidewalk access. Going out on a street at night can be a bit dangerous as there are quite a number of drunk drivers on the road at night, some driving at speeds well in excess of 120km/h.

These street vendors sell food and drink in plastic bowls and cups. Plastic waste is scattered about a hundred meters in front of and behind their stands. Food and drink thrown away or spilled on sidewalks and streets is a common sight.

Because food safety isn’t monitored regularly, or because people might be very drunk, it’s also not uncommon to see vomit on sidewalks. Open stool and urination is a regular occurrence in the early hours of the morning.

There are many signs along the lake advising that making fires is forbidden, but the street vendors completely ignore them. Many tourists from warmer parts of Vietnam easily come to Da Lat in shorts and T-shirts, despite the colder weather. Street vendors want these visitors to stay warm so they stay longer and buy more food and drink. Sidewalks are often blackened with ash from these staying-warm fires.

When I was photographing these fires, a street vendor threatened to stab me with scissors several times. Some vendors started throwing rocks. A man tried to grab my walking stick and the cell phone I use to take pictures. I reported these incidents to the police but they took no action.

These charcoal fires release many deadly toxins such as PM2.5, carbon monoxide and benzene. When street vendors run out of charcoal, some start burning plastic waste. Burning plastic waste releases dioxins and other highly toxic substances. A piece of dioxin the size of a grain of rice is enough to poison a million people.

To keep their customers happy, some street vendors sell beer and other alcoholic beverages. Some install large speakers so their customers can sing and make lots of noise when they get totally drunk. Not infrequently, the karaoke singing continues until 4 a.m. and can be heard up to two miles away. Although the law prohibits singing karaoke after 10:30 p.m., this law is not enforced around Xuan Huong Lake. Once I heard karaoke singing in three different places around the lake, all blaring at the same time.

Almost everything I have described so far represents laws that are constantly being broken. But why don’t street vendors and their customers obey the law when it’s clearly stated on signs in the area?

The answer is simple.

Laws are not enforced. I have more than 12,000 pictures on my files of breaking the law in this city that gets dirty and ugly quite often, but I didn’t see a fine being issued when I called the police to intervene — not once.

A policeman explained it to me in a somewhat pompous way. If the police consistently enforce laws, it would infuriate many people, and with many angry people out and about, the country’s stability would be undermined and civil unrest could ensue.

The same officer went on to explain that if the police strictly enforce the law, things could get out of hand very quickly. People could become violent, and if the police hit back to defend themselves, controversy would ensue.

Police Policing

With a huge police force and militia, Vietnam has everything it needs to counter the violence and maintain political stability. So what’s the problem?

For many years, the police in Division 8 themselves have blatantly flouted the laws about dumping trash, throwing cigarette butts on the ground, and burning garbage. They even ran a fire pit on police property.

How can the police enforce laws when they themselves break them all the time?

On October 31, I informed a senior police officer in Da Lat that I have over 12,000 pictures of people breaking laws – laws related to setting fires on sidewalks, burning trash, dumping trash, dumping of waste and fishing in the filthy waters of Da Lat Xuan Huong Lake and its stinking lagoons, singing karaoke until 4 a.m., binge drinking, drunk driving, high speed motorcycle racing and so on.

I was surprised when he explained that I should not photograph people breaking the law unless their lawlessness directly impacted my safety and well-being.

Surely it is every citizen’s duty to record violations of the law and report them to law enforcement?

Even when someone threatened me with violence, he advised me not to take photos and to report the person to the police unless I had stab wounds or other injuries.

I was stunned.

I think the government needs to be much more serious about enforcing its most basic safety and environmental laws. If it doesn’t, it won’t be able to tackle far bigger things like the impact of global warming, carbon neutrality and sustainable development.

Photos by Paul A. Olivier of public waste in Da Lat:

*Paul A. Olivier is an American expat living and working in Da Lat.

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How two Hyderabadi 3D artists are popularizing city’s flyovers, roads, buildings at global level




Kodak Moment: How two 3D artists from Hyderabadi are popularizing overpasses, roads and city buildings on a global scale

Hyderabad: For most of us, photography means clicking photos of a beautiful sunset, landscape or people. But Laxman Pithani and Nikhil Chakravarthy from Hyderabad are crazy about new buildings, roads, highways, flyovers and other infrastructure projects in the city.

“When you’re driving on a newly constructed freeway, with not many vehicles and hardly anyone to stop you or ask you anything, you have a kind of absolute freedom. We both enjoy it,” says Nikhil.

Laxman and Nikhil jointly run a Twitter and YouTube page, Traveling with Laxman, where they post videos and photos of newly constructed or inaugurated flyovers, roads and buildings. They have released drone footage of the Uppal SkyWalk project, the renovated Yadagirigutta Temple, Gandipet Park, the Biodiversity Flyover and more.

Laxman (left) and Nikhil (right) at the recently inaugurated Shilpa layout transition

Her most recent work was the transition of the Shilpa layout. When the city witnessed their first Formula E racing event, they were there to capture the track on which the race took place. On their Twitter Page Travel with Laxman, they have around 2,806 followers and on their youtube Page they have around 57,000 subscribers.

Transition of the Shilpa layout

It’s not about the end product. But Laxman and Nikhil began pursuing infrastructure projects in the city from the start. “If there are upcoming projects, we consult the person concerned and get detailed information about it. We shoot it from start to finish,” says Laxman.

In this way, it helps the audience to keep up to date with the progress of these projects.

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When Laxman met Nikhil

Laxman is originally from Hyderabad but Nikhil is from Tenali in Andhra Pradesh. He moved to Hyderabad in 2002. Both met in 2007 in an animation institute `Arena; where they served as 3D training faculty. Here they taught the students how to use animation techniques in films and character forms. They later moved on to teach interior design at the same institute. In 2015 they both joined Custom Furnish, a company specializing in interior design, where they worked as 3D artists. In 2019, Nikhil left and Laxman continued for another year and a half before retiring in 2021.

Durgam Cheruvu Bridge

Ever since they met, they have discovered their shared passion for travel. Your definition of travel sounds very unique and interesting. “We both love to explore unknown roads. I can drive straight for 10 hours without thinking about the destination. We used to always discover new roads, overpasses, buildings, etc. on such trips, which fascinated us a lot. Each specific destination where nobody bothered us gave us a different kind of freedom,” explains Nikhil.

Until December 2021, Laxman and Nikhil were doing this as a part-time job. But in December 2021 both resigned and started doing so full-time.

Her work is now also being recognized by the Telangana government, which is asking for her help in getting photos of some of the infrastructure projects in the city.

Command and Control Center, Banjara Hills

Development in Hyderabad

Both Laxman and Nikhil say the pace of development in Hyderabad has been very fast compared to other cities. “I was born here, so I’m really excited to see the city developing at this pace,” says Laxman. Nikhil adds: “Something happens every week that it just can’t keep up with this speed. For example, the other day when the Shilpa layout flyover was inaugurated, on the same day Skyroot Aerospace’s private rocket was launched from Sriharikota.”

transfer of biodiversity

In addition to updating townspeople on the development, Travel with Laxman now allows many expatriate Hyderabadis to regain their lost connection with the city. “We have people calling from places like the United States and telling us they’re excited about how their city is doing,” says Laxman.

Renovated Yadadrigutta Temple

The duo are happy to be able to fill this gap faced by Hyderabadis living elsewhere.

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Wedding of the week: Lovebirds elope on a Balinese beach following three months of top secret planning




Jamie Hart, 36, and Daniel Sutton, 44

Western Australian senior graphic designer Jamie and welder Daniel always knew their wedding should be small and intimate, but they also wanted an element of surprise.

The couple, who met online in March 2021, had planned a trip to Indonesia and made the spur of the moment decision to elope because why not? They were too excited to wait a year to tie the knot, so they turned their engagement party into a secret wedding celebration.

After legally signing the papers at The Old Tower House in Perth a week earlier, Jamie and Daniel said ‘yes, I do’ in Bali, with Daniel honorably taking Jamie’s maiden name, Hart.

Jamie Hart and Daniel Sutton get married on the beach in Bali.
camera iconJamie Hart and Daniel Sutton get married on the beach in Bali. Recognition: Srivijaya Stories

When and where

The big day took place on October 22, 2022 on the white sandy beaches of the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa.

Jamie and Daniel's big day in Nusa Dua, Bali.
camera iconJamie and Daniel’s big day in Nusa Dua, Bali. Recognition: Srivijaya Stories

a dress

Jamie’s dress of choice, Morilee, was by New York bridal designer Madeline Gardner.

Jamie's dress was a stunning Madeline Gardner piece.
camera iconJamie’s dress was a stunning Madeline Gardner piece. Recognition: Srivijaya Stories


There was no need to travel to their honeymoon destination as the newlyweds were already there! They celebrated in Nusa Dua, Ubud, Seminyak and Canggu.

Jamie and Daniel started their honeymoon in Bali.
camera iconJamie and Daniel started their honeymoon in Bali. Recognition: Srivijaya Stories

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Add details about when, where, dress information, honeymoon and anything that made your big day special!

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