Excursions of SIA’s coaching centre take off; new economic system class meals for short-haul flights launched

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Tours of SIA's training centre take off; new economy class meals for short-haul flights launched


SINGAPORE – For Isabelle Chan, eight, and her six year-old sister, Natalya, the spotlight of their Inside Singapore Airways (SIA) tour was once they bought to serve meals and drinks to their mom whereas wearing SIA’s iconic sarong kebaya.

The 2 women had been amongst 500 individuals who secured a slot for the primary tour session, which was held on Saturday (Nov 21).

Their mom, Mrs Rowena Chan, stated: “I assumed it would be good for them to have an opportunity to expertise it behind the scenes.

“I do not assume that is usually open to the general public, and since there was a chance, I made a decision to go forward and ebook this expertise for them,” added the 44-year-old government assistant.

The women donned the sarong kebaya and learnt customer support abilities from SIA stewardesses as a part of the junior cabin crew expertise, one of many add-on choices of the tour programme, which gives guests with a go searching SIA’s coaching centre in Changi.

A primary tour ticket to the centre, which is often closed to the general public, prices $30 for these aged 12 and above, and $15 for kids three to 12 years outdated, excluding GST.

The junior cabin crew expertise prices $88, excluding GST, and consists of the SIA sarong kebaya.

The nationwide provider is working 4 classes of the Inside SIA tour over two weekends – on Saturday and Sunday (Nov 22) in addition to on Nov 28 and 29.

Every session has a most capability of 500 folks.

Over 20,000 folks had expressed curiosity within the tour, stated SIA chief government Goh Choon Phong.

“We’re going to give attention to ensuring that whoever visits us will get an awesome expertise,” he added.

Regardless of the overwhelming response, he stated the airline has no plans to open up additional classes for now.

As a part of the tour, individuals get a have a look at pilot and cabin crew coaching, reminiscent of for emergency conditions when the aircraft lands on water, in addition to craft actions like balloon sculpting.


Kate Lai (center), 3, seems to be on as Nicole Goh, 7, makes a cabin announcement as they participate within the junior cabin crew expertise in the course of the Inside Singapore Airways tour on the SIA Coaching Centre on Nov 21, 2020. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Certainly one of SIA’s newest coaching tools, which simulates conditions the place the plane lands on water, was on show. The big steel container resembles a part of a cabin.

It’s anticipated to be commissioned and used for coaching from subsequent 12 months.

The provider additionally launched on Saturday a brand new vary of dishes for flights below 3.5 hours in economic system class.


Nicole Goh, 7, posing for her mom Mdm Lim (seated), in her forties, as she takes half within the junior cabin crew expertise in the course of the Inside Singapore Airways tour on the SIA Coaching Centre on Nov 21, 2020. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Among the many meals choices on rotation are Singapore favourites reminiscent of laksa and mee siam, which weren’t beforehand out there in economic system class, SIA stated.

The airline has additionally changed its plastic serving ware with a brand new packaging resolution, which features a bamboo cutlery pack and a leak-proof paper field for all short-haul economic system flights.

Which means the airline is now in a position to serve soup and different liquid gadgets, which the earlier serving ware couldn’t accommodate.


The primary group of holiday makers to Inside Singapore Airways, a behind-the-scenes tour of the airline’s coaching services. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

As well as, the airline stated the brand new serving ware reduces the quantity of single-use plastics on the meal tray by 80 per cent, primarily based on the burden of the gadgets.

There are different advantages, the airline stated.

Leftovers on the tray, together with the serving ware, shall be taken again to floor handler Sats’ Singapore facility and transformed into pellets that can be utilized as alternate gas.

On-site processing of waste reduces about 60 per cent of catering waste and in addition emissions from transporting waste to the incinerator.

The lighter paper packaging additionally helps to cut back gas consumption on flights, SIA famous.

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