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Singapore Airlines (SIA) is delaying the rollout of its new premium economy cabin on its Airbus A380 fleet, including services to Sydney on board the double decker superjumbo between October and January.
The Star Alliance member said in a statement affected customers booked on A380 services in premium economy would be contacted and offered alternative travel arrangements.
“Due to delays in the seat installation programme for premium economy class on our Airbus A380 fleet, premium economy will not be available for some confirmed bookings,” SIA said on Thursday.
“Singapore Airlines is working to complete the installation programme as quickly as possible. Singapore Airlines wishes to apologise to affected customers for the inconvenience caused.”
The airline’s new premium economy seats made their debut on August 9 on board an Airbus A380, 9V-SKJ, with Sydney the first destination to receive the cabin between business and economy.
It was meant to be the start of a 19-city rollout of premium economy over the following six months, with SIA planning to refit 19 777-300ER and 19 A380 aircraft with premium economy by the end of 2016.
The airline is also adding the cabin between economy and business on the first 20 A350s the airline has on order. The first A350 is due to be delivered in early 2016. The total cost of the fit out was US$80 million, SIA said in May.
The full list of 11 affected routes, which apart from Sydney include Beijing London, New York and Delhi among others, is on the SIA website.
The Australian Airports Association has named Guy Thompson as its new national chairman.
Currently AAA deputy chairman and Perth Airport executive general manager for assets and capital works, Thompson will officially become chairman at the association’s annual general meeting in Hobart on October 14.
He succeeds Stephen Goodwin, who announced he was stepping down as chairman in July, after five years in the role.
Thompson is also chairman of the AAA’s Western Australian division.
The AAA made the announcement of a new chairman in its monthly Airport Alert newsletter published on Friday.
The association’s national conference will be held in Hobart on October 12-16.
French investigators have confirmed the wing flaperon found on Reunion Island belongs to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
While Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said on August 6 an international team of experts had “conclusively confirmed” the wing flaperon that washed up on the beach at Reunion Island did belong to the Boeing 777-200ER that operated MH370, 9M-MRO, French authorities were waiting on further analysis before reaching a similar conclusion.
On Thursday (European time), French authorities in Paris said maintenance records showed serial numbers found inside the flaperon matched up with the missing 777, which disappeared enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 2014 with 239 people on board.
“It is now possible to state with certainty that the flaperon found on July 29, 2015 corresponds to the flight MH370,” the Paris public prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The search for the missing aircraft, which is being coordinated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), has so far covered more than 60,000 square kilometres of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia.