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Airline Review: Airbus A350 XWB

We have seen many photos of this aircraft before.. nonetheless, after 7 months since its maiden flight, the Airbus A350 XWB was brought to the Singapore Air Show last February 10 for us to behold and experience – live!

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Oh, could it board that many people on the photo? Well, it’s a pretty large plane that carries from 276 to 369 passengers depending on its variant. After all, XWB means “extra wide body.”

Ah, okay.

Anyway, as a passenger, what  would you want in plane? Is that a question? Comfort and safety, of course, aside from other amenities.

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Well, see the plane’s interior? Appealing, eh? That’s the passenger cabin, soon to come though.

Now, this is the economy class. With an 18-inch seat width, it’s good but could still be tight to bulkier people somehow.
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Hmm… ever wondered how its flight deck is? Ah, certainly pretty much the same – just like lavatories. Whoa!? Still, what’s more important is some space to stretch and easy to locate controls for the pilots – not to mention, more advanced features.
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By the way, this plane uses 25% less fuel compared to the planes we know. That’s good.. just make sure we reach our destination – safe, sound and on time.

Yet, in the end, what good would fuel efficiency do to us if air fares increase citing a more advanced aircraft that we board?

Airline Review: TigerAir

After learning that Singapore budget airline TigerAir sold it’s 40% stake with the losing TigerAir Philippines to Cebu Pacific, I recalled my experience with the said airline sometime last year 2013.

tigerair-planes-sit-onFrom the moment you try to secure a plane ticket, it was not so good.

First, they only got limited flight routes and schedules. And it’s either too early or too late, or you need to take connecting flights to reach your final destination. In short, not so business or customer friendly. Oh, perhaps they could not afford to expand it – management inefficiency. Okay.

Second, after making a reservation online, your next move is to pick up your ticket on flight day, right? Well, you’d be surprised then. Why? Because you would still have to pay for the printout of “your flight confirmation.” Wow, it’s like being robbed! Geez, I thought everything has been taken cared of?!wpid-tigerair1_Edited.JPG

Third, upon boarding the plane, it’s like you’re in a military plane. Imagine the ambiance inside. Probably because of the combination of tight seating spaces, lighting.. yes, lighting.. and the attendants uniforms. Not to mention, the attendants were less accommodating.

Well, these were probably signs that the airline was indeed losing money – in effect, low morale. Such a pity.

Since then, I never booked with that airline again.

Hmm… hopefully, with the Cebu Pacific deal, things would improve.