Boeing’s latest darling, the Dreamliner 787, will be back on its wings in U.S. air space on Monday, after battery problems left the aviation supermodel grounded for 123 days. United Airlines will this morning take on the first commercial U.S. Dreamliner flight after the grounding with a trip from Houston to Chicago, carrying more than 250 passengers, including the CEO’s of United and Boeing, according to media reports.
According to Channel News Asia Singapore’s fifth airport terminal will be ready in the next decade, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Tuesday at a dinner recognising Changi Airport’s airline partners.
Details on the facility are expected at the end of this year.
Mr Lui said more information on the air hub’s long-term masterplan will also be revealed then.
He urged Changi Airport to respond to “fundamental shifts” in the global aviation landscape to cement its status as a leading air hub.
Future plans for Singapore’s airport are steadily taking flight, with a Changi 2036 Steering Committee masterminding the air hub’s development.
Key to continued success is the ability to turnaround arrivals and departures quickly.
Having more flights but just two runways has not handicapped Changi Airport’s ability to perform.
In 2012, aircraft movements increased by nearly eight per cent.
Delays in departing flights were 40 per cent lower as of March this year compared to the previous year.
Plans are underway to convert Changi’s third runway from military use to one which can be utilised by the airport.
Jet Airways (JET.NS) will sell a minority stake to fast-growing Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways for 20.6 billion rupees (roughly $379 million) after months of negotiations, giving a lift to India’s embattled aviation industry.
The investment would be the first by an overseas operator in an existing Indian carrier since the country relaxed ownership rules in September to allow foreign carriers to buy up to 49 percent in local airlines, which face stiff competition and high operating costs.