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Plan covers five Aussie destinations

HYDERABAD: Singapore Airlines on Thursday announced special fares ex-Hyderabad to five destinations Down Under, in Australia. Return tickets on economy class now come for Rs. 26,500 and Rs. 27,000.

Airline's General Manager - India, Foo Chai Woo said the `Amazing Australian Deals' scheme covered Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. It was available for sale between April 19 and May 4 and valid for outbound travel up to June 15, 2007, he said, adding that it entailed a discount of up to 16 per cent on current return economy fares for a minimum of two people travelling together.

He said the offer included a free stopover at Singapore both while flying in and out of any of the destinations cited. Further, he said the airlines had taken major e-ticketing initiatives and Internet check-in facility that customers could avail and check-in from the comfort of their homes.

New aircraft

On new aircraft being added to its 92-strong fleet, Mr. Woo said the introduction of A-380 long haul aeroplane in the third quarter this year would mean a significant move to both the airline and passengers. This apart, the B 777- 300 Er that could actually seat 330 people comfortably.