This Singapore Airlines Fan has 200 Plane Models


When you’re the world’s most awarded airline, it’s hard not to have avid aviation fans coming onboard. Singapore Airlines Inflight Magazine Silverkris had a chat with SIA superfan Beng Keat (BK) Tan, for whom Singapore Airlines is a great way not only to fly, but also to live.  

Since 2008, the aviation geek – a compliance risk manager in the aviation industry (pictured with his nieces) – has compiled statistics on the flights he has taken. Of the 339 trips (and counting) Tan has been on, 75.9 per cent have taken place on Singapore Airlines or its subsidiary, SilkAir. He also has the uncanny ability to tell you the type of aircraft operated if you supply him with your flight number and destination.

Although Tan never made it past the finals of Singapore Airlines’ Cadet Pilot Programme, his pride in his national carrier is “of epic proportions”. He faithfully attends events held by the Airline and often writes in to compliment the crew’s “professional yet personalised service”.

Tan has devoted much of his home and office space to showcasing his collection of memorabilia from Singapore Airlines, right down to boarding passes and meal menus. His prized possessions are 200 SIA and SilkAir plane models ranging from nostalgic to current designs, including an Airbus A380 custom-made to a 1:100 scale. “This intense passion borders on obsession,” he admits.

Source: Singapore Airlines Inflight Magazine Silverkris




96-Year-Old Fulfills Lifelong Dream Of Becoming Flight Attendant


It really is never too late to be what you might have been.

Delta turned 96-year-old Clem Ferguson’s dream into a reality last week when she joined the airline’s new hire flight attendants at the In-Flight Training Center to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a flight attendant.

Christian City, a local assisted living home in the Atlanta area, and its partner Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for elderly individuals, teamed up with Delta to make Ferguson’s dream come to life.

Through this partnership, Delta allowed Ferguson to “train” alongside its new hire flight attendants, which included observing a ditching in progress, demonstration and use of emergency equipment, and aircraft door operation and evacuation.

“At 96 years young, Ms. Clem added her own touch of glamour to the beverage service, and we especially enjoyed her graciousness and humor,” said Lisa Cryder, Technical Facilitator – In-Flight Service and one of Ferguson’s instructors for the day. “She exemplified ‘Smiles in the Aisles’ during her in-flight training.”

Born in 1919, Ferguson grew up outside Athens, Ga., and as a teenager always dreamed of becoming a flight attendant. Ten years ago, Ferguson came to Christian City Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center after a fall that left her a paraplegic and unable to walk. However, despite the many challenges she faced throughout her life, Ferguson did not lose sight of her dream.

“Clem’s spirit of optimism and liveliness has helped her to rise above her physical challenges,” said Steven Sheets, Administrator of the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and member of the Committed to Caring committee. “She has shown her caregivers, friends and family that growing older does not diminish a dream in someone’s heart, even after 80 years.”

After training, Ferguson was named an Honorary Delta flight attendant and received her very own wings.

“I never thought my dream would materialize,” she said. “I had a wonderful day.”

In addition to the new hires, Ferguson was joined by various members of IFS who helped facilitate her experience.

“I’m so proud of our amazing instructor team who helped Ms. Clem earn her honorary flight attendant wings,” said Allison Ausband, Senior Vice President – In-Flight Service. “There were so many people who played a part in making her day a success, and I thank them for showing Ms. Clem what the Delta spirit is all about. Last week we can officially say 110 new hires, plus one very special honorary flight attendant, earned their wings.”

Ferguson was selected for the honor through a Pruitt Health “Committed to Caring” initiative, which helps fulfill the dream of a senior resident at Christian City through Second Wind Dreams. She resides in the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Christian City, located nine miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

From providing employee volunteer service across Christian City’s campus to hosting Christian City’s 50th anniversary celebration in the Flight Museum last year, Delta and its employees have been longstanding supporters of Christian City for decades.

Christian City was established 51 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents living hope-filled lives on the 500-acre Christian City campus located in South Fulton County near the airport. The faith-based community includes The Children’s Village, senior independent living patio homes and affordable apartments, a 200-bed Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 160-bed Assisted Living facility, Alzheimer’s Care, Home Health, On-Site Pharmacy, Hospice Care and Graceland Thrift Store.




All Nippon Airways (ANA) put the last of its three Star Wars-themed jets into commercial service this week

All Nippon Airways’ Boeing 777 painted like Star Wars droid BB-8 lands in Los Angeles on March 28, 2016. (Photo: Courtesy of ANA)

The Boeing 777, painted in the likeness of the Stars Wars droid BB-8, flew from Osaka to Tokyo on Monday and then continued on to Los Angeles. The plane will fly between Tokyo Haneda and Los Angeles through April 8. After that, ANA will shift the BB-8 aircraft to Tokyo Narita, where the jet is scheduled to alternate on routes to Chicago O’Hare, Houston Bush Intercontinental, New York JFK, Singapore and Washington Dulles.

With the debut of the BB-8 jet, all three of ANA’s Star Wars-themed planes  are now flying paying passengers on regularly scheduled flights.

ANA’s R2-D2 jet – a Boeing 787 Dreamliner – was the airline’s first to be painted in a Stars Wars livery, bearing the likeness of the Stars Wars droid that rose to fame when the first film in the series debuted in 1977.

That plane flew paying passengers for the first time in October on a flight from Tokyo to Vancouver. It currently is flying various international routes for ANA between Japan and destinations such as Beijing, Jakarta, Munich, Paris and Sydney.

Also flying for ANA is the “Stars Wars” jet, a Boeing 767 that bears the likeness of both R2-D2 and BB-8. The Stars Wars jet flies mostly domestic routes within Japan



EgyptAir flight MS181 hijacker surrenders to authorities at Larnaca Airport

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With the hijack over, seemingly without anyone hurt, and the man responsible in the custody of Cypriot police, here’s a summary of what happened.

A man claiming to be wearing a suicide belt hijacked an EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo, forcing the pilot to divert to Larnaca in Cyprus, where he held passengers and crew hostage.

The six-hour siege ended peacefully, with passengers and crew leaving the plane gradually. The hijacker, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, an Egyptian national, walked down the plane steps and was arrested.

The motives for the hijack remain unclear. Reports and comments by the president of Cyprus suggested the man was motivated by a desire to contact his ex-wife, a Cypriot national, who was reportedly brought to the airport to talk to him. It was also said later that he was seeking the release of some female prisoners in Egypt, and to speak to EU officials.

The foreign ministry of Cyprus said after the hijack was over that the perpetrator was “psychologically unstable”. Officials at the foreign ministry in Egypt were more blunt: “He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot.”

Egyptian officials said the 55 passengers included eight Americans, four Britons, two Belgians, one Italian and four Dutch people, with the remainder Egyptian. The final part of the siege saw just seven hostages remaining, three passengers and four crew or security officials.

Cyprus Authorities at Larnaca Airport said later that the supposed suicide belt was a fake, During the hijack, Egypt’s civil aviation minister said that this could be the case, but the only safe option was to act as if it might be real.

Flight attendant who tried to sneak 70 pounds of cocaine at LAX arrested in New York


Less than a day after she dropped a bag loaded with cocaine at a security checkpoint and sprinted out of Los Angeles International Airport, a JetBlue flight attendant managed to board one of her company’s planes and travel to New York City, a law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times.

Marsha Gay Reynolds, 31, of Queens, N.Y., was taken into custody in New York on Wednesday and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, federal authorities said.

She had been granted bail just 24 hours earlier by a judge in New York. But then a California judge stepped in, ordering her to be held in custody and returned to the West Coast.

Reynolds fled from LAX on Friday night after she was randomly selected for a security screening, the complaint said. Despite the near arrest, Reynolds may have worked as an attendant on the Saturday flight to New York, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to discuss details of the case.

Investigators had yet to identify Reynolds on Saturday, so it is unlikely she raised any alarms when passing through airport security the next day, the source said. It was not clear what airport she flew out of on Saturday.

Four days later, she turned herself in to federal agents in New York at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to a statement by the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

Reynolds’ family has suggested she may not have known exactly what she was carrying that day.



United confirms 10-abreast seating on some of its 777s

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United Airlines plans to retrofit 19 of its 74 Boeing 777 widebodies into a high-density domestic configuration that will include 10-abreast seating in economy.

United will apply the change to nine of its Boeing 777s that are already used for domestic flights, mostly on flights to and from Hawaii. The other 10 Boeing 777s to be retrofitted will be shifted from United’s long-haul international routes, a move that comes as the carrier’s new Boeing 787 “Dreamliners” pick up more of that flying.

United’s move to 10-across seating in the coach cabin of its 777s echoes a broader industry trend on the popular widebody. Boeing says airlines ordering the aircraft requested 10-across seating on about half of the 777s delivered last year. That’s up from about 30% in 2008, according to the U.S. jetmaker.

Even among U.S. carriers, American already flies some of its 777s with a 10-abreast layout in coach. Emirates, All Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand, KLM and Air France are among global carriers flying at least some of their 777s with 10 across in coach, a configuration that allows them to add more revenue-producing seats to the plane.

As for United, the update to its 19 Boeing 777s – set to begin this May – will increase capacity to 364 seats, including 28 in business class and 336 in coach. That will be a 20-seat increase over the comparable domestic-configured 777s that United currently uses on the domestic routes from Hawaii.

As has been rumored, the coach-class layout will feature 10-abreast seating in a 3-4-3 configuration. Currently, United’s domestic-configured 777s seat nine across in coach in a 2-5-2 layout. United expects to have all 19 of the 777s scheduled to get the retrofit completed by May 2017.

United’s 777s that remain on international routes will continue to seat 9-across in coach. Those 55 aircraft have up to 269 seats total.

While the economy cabin in the reconfigured domestic 777s will go from 9- to 10-abreast, there will be some upgrades. United will install in-seat power outlets throughout the cabin, including in coach.

The 777s will be Wi-Fi-enabled, allowing passengers to stream entertainment options to their personal devices. United also will install two mobile device holders – one for tablets and one for phones — at each economy seat.

In business class, United will replace the recliner seats now on the domestic 777s with flatbed seats.

With the retrofits, all 19 of United’s 777-200 models of the jet will be in the domestic configuration. All 55 of United’s 777-200ERs will retain the international configuration. United has not yet revealed what its plans will be for the new 777-300ERs that are yet to be delivered to the carrier.