Category Archives for Heathrow.

No KrisFlyer elite miles on Virgin Atlantic flights

I just received a communication from Singapore Airlines informing that starting 1 July 2016, KrisFlyer members will not be able to earn any KrisFlyer élite miles on Virgin Atlantic operated flights between the Americas and Europe. You are although eligible to earn KrisFlyer élite miles on the rest of Virgin Atlantic’s non-transatlantic flight network. Do note that KrisFlyer élite miles count towards your KrisFlyer status and are different from the redeemable miles accrued via travel and credit cards etc. I see this as a fallout from the Delta trying to exert more control over the lucrative trans-Atlantic sector run by Virgin in direct competition with British Airways. With the latest announcement of aligning of Delta and Virgin schedules between this route, this fallout was inevitable.…

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Garuda switches London Heathrow flight to Singapore

Starting 31st March 2016, Garuda Indonesia has started flying direct 5 times a week (every other day except Monday and Friday) from Singapore to London (Heathrow) one way basis. The airline has done this due to the ongoing runway issues at the Jakarta airport which limits the take-off weight from the airport. The airlines 77-300ERs are exceeding the runway restrictions on full load. The airline is marketing this one-way flight big time to gauge market interest given that it is competing against the likes of every big airline that is directly or indirectly flying this route. The airline, based on the response it gets to the flight may make this flight a permanent feature should it get a strong uptake although its limited by the fact…

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Tightrope walking at the most unusual place

When you design a mega structure like an airport terminal it is assumed that you will take into consideration every possible thing that can go wrong. Apparently the designers of Heathrow Terminal 5 seem to have gotten the basic concept wrong. As per a story published by Gizmodo, nearly 60% of light bulbs in the terminal are non-functional due to lack of a cost effective solution to fix them. So how does the terminal intend to solve this problem? Well the airport wants to hire tightrope walkers to fix them. So much for spending of billions of dollars to create a world class terminal and then stumbling over such small oversights. If only they had thought of this while designing they would have been spared…

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