Can you name the airline picture here? You can win a Singapore Airlines A380 model

UPDATE: My readers continue to impress me. This is, indeed, Air Seychelles. According to the airline’s website, its entire fleet consists of two A330s and three DHC-6 Twin Otter-300s. Despite its small size, the airline has gotten a bit of notoriety in the past two years, mostly because it is now 40 percent owned by Etihad Airways, the growing Middle East carrier.

Congrats to reader Dave, our first correct guesser. He wins a Singapore Airlines A380 model.

ORIGINAL POST My fiancee would like me to get rid of the Singapore Airlines A380 model now in our kitchen. But my loss could be your gain!

The first person to name the airline pictured here will win the model plane. The only rule is that you have to live in the United States, so I can ship it to you.

If necessary, I’ll edit this post in a day or so with a hint. But my readers always amaze me. I’m sure someone will guess right.

Leave your guesses in the comments section.

Can you name the airline pictured here? Photo credit: The airline.

Can you name the airline pictured here? Photo credit: The airline.

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New LAX international terminal is open

With much fanfare, Los Angeles International Airport opened its new international terminal today. I’ll have full coverage in Thursday’s paper and on

But for now, enjoy a video I took of Singapore flight No. 12 breaking a “ribbon” to officially open the new almost $2 billion building.

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New Star Alliance lounge at LAX will have outdoor lounge chairs and fire pits

Above, an early rendering of what the new Star Alliance lounge at LAX will look like.

Above, an early rendering of what the new Star Alliance lounge at LAX will look like.

If you have access to the new Star Alliance lounge at Los Angeles International Airport, you’ll be in for a unique outdoor experience.

The lounge for elite and premium cabin passengers on some airlines will feature an outdoor patio with lounge chairs for sun bathing, an outdoor bar, fire pits and a water feature, airport officials told me Thursday. The space in the almost finished new Tom Bradley International Terminal will have sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and the airfield.

“You’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine of Southern California,” said Mike Doucette, project manager for Los Angeles World Airports. “And daytime or nighttime, you’ll be able to watch planes approach on an outdoor balcony that’s landscaped and has a bar area on it.”

Outdoor clubs are a relatively new phenomenon, and Delta Air Lines has been rolling them out in New York and Atlanta with great fanfare. But despite the great weather in Southern California, all the airline clubs at LAX are indoors. This should represent a welcome change for premium Star Alliance customers flying internationally.

Air New Zealand will be running the LAX club on behalf of the other members of the alliance, which include Swiss, Lufthansa, Eva Air, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Thai Airways. (A full list of carriers can be found here, though not all those airlines will serve the new international terminal).

Doucette said original plans for the lounge did not include an outdoor element. But he said airline officials decided they wanted more space, and an outdoor patio seemed like a good place to put more seating.

“We’re trying to create something that is symbolic of Los Angeles and the California lifestyle,” Doucette said.

The new lounge should be ready for passengers in August or September, when the new terminal is expected to open. Until then, premium and elite passengers will have to wait for flights in the quaint but relatively small existing Star Alliance lounge.

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Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines lead list of world’s top airlines

Emirates (800x505)There a lot of rankings of the best airlines. But it seems there’s only one that most carriers truly pay attention to. Those are the annual SkyTraxx awards, and they were released Tuesday.

You’ll notice none is based in North America, which is not really a surprise, as service standards here tend to lag behind the rest of the world. Asian and Middle Eastern carriers dominate the list. It’s also worth remembering that a good number of airlines on this list receive some sort of government support.

SkyTraxx says it it surveyed more than 18 million people before coming up with its list.

We should be getting the list of the top American carriers soon. Until then, perhaps it’s time to plan a trip on one of the airlines below.

  1. Emirates
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. Singapore Airlines
  4. ANA All Nippon Airways
  5. Asiana Airlines
  6. Cathay Pacific Airways
  7. Etihad Airways
  8. Garuda Indonesia
  9. Turkish Airlines
  10. Qantas Airways

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