Marriott’s Mooncakes

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MARRIOTT’s marvellous Mooncakes…


For Those Who Appreciate the Finer Things in Life


Golden Black Truffle Baked Mooncakes with San Daniele Ham, Single Yolk & Pistachios, and a
bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne (375ml) –

黑松露圣丹尼火腿莲蓉坚果月饼, 一瓶法国罗兰百悦香槟 (375 毫升)

Looking for the ultimate ensemble to
impress the most discerning palates this Mid Autumn Festival? Go for the best and savour four luxurious, gold-dusted
Black Truffle Baked Mooncakes with gourmet San
Daniele Ham from Italy, Single Yolk & Pistachios. An
internationally haute cuisine ingredient and the
“black diamond” in the culinary realm, the
Black Truffle produces a unique earthy
aroma; the sweet and aromatic Proscuitto di San Daniele
Ham that is revered as the King of Ham
complements the sweetness of the silky
White Lotus Seed Paste; the perfectly cooked yolk holds the right amount of saltiness; the
pistachios adds a fragrant, addictive crunch – all these goodness are encased within a black charcoal
skin, before they are brushed with edible gold dust for that touch of elegance and luxury.
Elevating this delicacy is the premium bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne that is refreshing
and easy on the palate, complete with notes of honeysuckle, ripe peach and citrus. The epitome of
elegance and finesse, this bubbly adds that extra oomph to the mooncakes; the champagne’s
vibrant acidity cuts through the savoury richness; the lotus paste accentuates the tangy lemony flavours in
the champagne.

Assorted Baked Mooncakes!

Golden Black Truffle Baked Mooncakes with San Daniele Ham, Single Yolk & Pistachios –
S$84nett (4pcs)

A lover of black truffle or wondering how to impress your favourite people, without the champagne?
Our regal Golden Black Truffle Baked Mooncakes with San Daniele Ham, Single Yolk & Pistachios
that are also available in our regular mooncake box, boast a touch of luxury to elevate your Mid Autumn celebrations to new heights. Each bite is a delicious medley of sweet and savoury flavours,
thanks to its luscious, silky smooth lotus paste enhanced with seductive aromatic Black Truffle, San Daniele Ham and crunchy healthy Pistachios

For The Beauty Conscious

Luxurious Rose Bird’s Nest with Golden Custard Paste Snowskin Mooncakes New, Limited Edition

$108nett (8pcs)

Raise your hands if you are a fan of Bird’s
Nest and Snowskin Mooncakes. We have
the perfect one-of-a-kind snowskin
mooncake that boasts the perfect balance
of nourishment and exquisite taste. You cannot
say ‘No’ to Bird’s Nest that is
prized for its high nutritional value and antia-geing properties? Enrobed in the richness
of the golden custard lies the indulgent
bird’s nest that are infused with perfumed rose syrup
for a refreshing, aromatic treat. A decadent
indulgence to please your palate. Ladies know that Bird’s Nest is very good for the complexion.

Ladies will adore…

Champagne Truffle with Milk Green Bean Paste Snowskin Mooncakes New – $76nett (8pcs)

We all love Champagne! In the spotlight this year is the novel Champagne Truffle with Milk Green Bean Paste Snowskin –
handcrafted to a subtly sweet perfection to pamper your taste buds with the finer things in life. Leap
to the moon, and celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival with this decadent creation of luscious Milk Green Bean
Paste that is accompanied with a bittersweet champagne truffle, enveloped in a pillow-soft pastel
pink snowskin for the ultimate indulgence. The sweetness of the Milk Green Bean Paste
complements with the bittersweet Champagne core, creating a well-balanced flavour that is light on
the palate.

Cognac Truffle with Chestnut Paste Snowskin Mooncakes New- $76nett (8pcs)

Making its debut this year is the alchohol-infused Cognac
Truffle with Chestnut Paste Snowskin Mooncakes – a refreshing treat for the senses. Fusing Asian
and Western flavours – Chestnut and Cognac respectively, you can find both flavours in this
Snowskin Mooncake that excites with sweet and subtly bitter sensations. Each bite promises a
delicious and sensational unison of creamy, nutty Chestnut Paste, while the bittersweet Cognac
truffle core balances the sweetness, resulting in a creation of unparalleled pleasure and excellent taste.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says, “Keep calm and eat Mooncakes from the Marriott”

320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Tel: (65) 6735 5800 Fax (65) 6735 9800

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Mandarin Oriental Mooncakes

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MANDARIN Oriental Singapore’s medley of traditional and snow skin mooncakes, alongside time-honoured favourites to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival from their fine dining Cantonese restaurant, Cherry.

The 2021 Mooncakes collection has unique creations such as the traditional baked Chestnut Paste with Hokkaido Milk, Apricot and Melon Seeds, a Japanese-inspired delight with an ivory dairy centre encased in luscious chestnut paste with crunchy healthy melon seeds.


Mooncake with Teh Guan Yin Tea (Goddess of Mercy)

Harvested during summer to retain the tea leaves’ honey-like fragrance, the newly introduced
Tieguanyin with Macadamia Nuts will appeal to tea aficionados with its aromatic delight of tea flavoured silver lotus paste studded with macadamia.

Snow Skin Mooncakes!

A Nyonya inspired Pandan Coconut mooncake is a tribute to Singapore’s rich culinary heritage. Perfumed with fresh pandan and with aromatic and nutty flavourss from dehydrated coconut, this subtle yet distinctive snow skin treat will please loved ones who love mooncakes with  tropical flavours

Those who like for tea and fruit pairings will appreciate a second delicacy of Biluo Chun Green Tea with Guava and Chestnut, featuring a balance of fruity essence and hints of bitter notes from the tea harvested in the Spring season.

Low Sugar healthy Mooncake

Guests seeking a healthier option can indulge in perennial classics including Low Sugar Silver Lotus Paste with Double or Single Yolk, and the Lychee Martini and Chocolate Truffle, which features a chocolate orb centre enveloped in lychee infused white lotus paste.
Cradled in exquisite packaging embellished with elegant floral motifs, these premium mooncakes are presented in box of either two or four pieces for the traditional baked mooncakes or box of eight pieces for the snow skin selections.

Please call 6885 3500 or e-mail for orders or enquiries. Online order is available at

Cherry Garden

Cherry Garden is located on level 5, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square. It offers an eclectic menu of Cantonese cuisine, presented with artistic modern flair. The restaurant uses fresh, seasonal produce, to provide diners with an authentic Cantonese dining experience. A varied wine list, which features a balanced selection of Old World and New World wines, is also specially selected to match the menu, alongside a wide selection of premium Chinese teas.

For reservations and enquiries, please email or call +65 6885 3500.

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Vinitaly Special Edition 17-19 Oct 2021

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At Veronafiere 17-19 October in conjunction with wine2wine, Enolitech and Sol&Agrifood in Verona, Italy

 The Special Edition of Vinitaly, scheduled 17-19 October at Veronafiere, is entirely dedicated to the wine market. The event has an exclusively business-oriented format, with content and events for professional Italian and international operators in production, sales, distribution and communication areas of the wine sector. Inasmuch, this is a “special” edition for organizing agendas in readiness for 2022 and stimulating recovery in the sector thanks not the least to strategic incoming activity implemented with the Ice Trade Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, alongside Veronafiere’s own international network, to select buyers from France and Germany specializing in organic products.


In addition to Vinitaly b2b meetings with operators from the main outlet countries and large-scale retailers, the special edition also includes meetings organized in collaboration with Fipe Confcommercio and Vinarius, the association of Italian wine stores. New items include the Mixology demo and workshop area and the Vinitaly Buyers Club, with innovative services and discounts for members of the community. All the more, the event attended in person in total safety in the Verona Exhibition Centre is joined by Vinitaly Plus, the platform in 10 languages always on-line allowing consultation of fact files detailing wines, companies and events, as well as direct chat with producers. It is also possible to make appointments and take part in the Special Edition’s on-line events and master classes. The digital tools provided by Vinitaly Plus include the related app essential for scanning entrance tickets but also useful for swapping information in contactless mode and via QR codes. Lastly, the geo-referential functions of the Vinitaly Plus app will help visitors find their way around the stands, as well as checking crowding levels in exhibition areas.

The Vinitaly Special Edition also hosts tastings, starting with Tasting Ex… Press conducted by the international trade press and an area dedicated to organic wines with a daily calendar of three tastings.

The programme is completed by the content and analysis of the wine2wine Business Forum (18-19 October): the format developed by Veronafiere-Vinitaly for training, information and networking of wine companies. There are also Special Editions for Enolitech and Sol&Agrifood  – again 17-19 October – the trade shows that traditionally flank the international wine and spirits exhibition

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Aroma Truffle Chips in Kdrama

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MOST yummie Aroma Truffle chips which is a Singapore brand that has become popular in South Korea.

The chips were featured on a Korean drama on April 14th 2021 called “Sell your Haunted House”. The popular K drama in Korea featured celebrities like Jang Nara and CNBLUE’s Jung Yong Hwa. The show also has an average viewer rating of 8.4/10 on MyDramaList.

The scene featured Korean actors opening a bag of Aroma Truffle chips during a casual gathering. Korean actress Jang Nara said that it is her favourite snack with beer in the show.

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Korean actress Jang Nara

Aroma Truffle’s popularity skyrocketed when the Vice-Chairman of Shinsegae, Mr Jung Yong-jin declared his love for it on Instagram. Shinsegae is Korea’s largest retailer and was originally part of the Samsung Group. “Kayson Tan, co-founder of Aroma Truffle said joyfully, “This led to an explosion of Aroma Truffle in Korea. Our truffle chips were then featured across major media publications in South Korea,”

Aroma Truffle

Aroma Truffle & Co is a Singapore based brand that specializes in truffle based snacks. They began with truffle potato chips and now also have truffle popcorn and truffle hot sauce. They are dedicated to creating and bringing you the most seductive gourmet snacks made from the finest ingredients.

Aroma Truffle’s current best-seller is Black Summer Truffle Potato Chips. The rich and intoxicating truffle flavour and perfume is very seductive. The main ingredient is Black Summer truffles which have an intense woody aroma with flavours of garlic, wild mushroom and earthy hazelnut undertones. The bag of chips also includes herbs and spices such as parsley, dill, garlic and sea salt. Known for its sweet, savoury and salty taste, this is a snack that pairs well with beer and wine. I like to sprinkle the chips on top of salads. Olive oil and palm oil is used to make the chips. I would have preferred no palm oil.

The Honey Dijon Chips are very tasty with a really powerful perfume and the mild spicy mustard flavour comes through. There is also some sweetness from the honey but not too much.

The Aroma Truffle Parmesan chips is also very tasty. Try too the spicy Black Truffle Hot Sauce on your food to jazz things up!

The super spicy Mala Truffle chips can make your tongue numb! The Herb Infused Truffle Oil is also excellent on salads and to drizzle on your tenderloin steak.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says, “Keep calm and eat Aroma Truffle chips!”

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Ferrari Trento at Formula 1

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MARVELLOUS Ferrari Trento sparkling wine is the new official toast of Formula 1 FIA.

“Formula 1® Pirelli Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna 2021”, by winning driverMax Verstappen, Red Bull Racing Honda and runners up Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes – AMG Petronas F1 Team and Lando Norris, McLaren F1 Team.  

The family-owned winery based in Trentino, in the Italian Alps, is a global leader in its field, crafting its luxury Trentodoc wines for over a century to become known as Italy’s sparkling wine par excellence. The partnership with Formula 1® was announced in March 2021.

July 2021: Thanks to the launch of Ferrari F1® Podium Jeroboam by Ferrari Trento – the official toast of Formula 1® – ahead of the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2021, it is now possible to experience the emotions of motor racing’s biggest stars and celebrate like the drivers do on the podium.


The new bottle is a replica to that used on the podium, with the name “Ferrari” written large on one side and the symbol of the winner of the Grand Prix™, and bears the official logo of Formula 1®. It is being produced in a limited edition and only in the three-litre bottles – typical of such celebrations – known as Jeroboam, in honour of the Old Testament king of that name. It will be offered in a special cylindrical gift box, with a dedicated design.


For this special release, Ferrari Trento has selected a Blanc de Blancs from the 2015 vintage, made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes cultivated on the slopes of the mountains of Trentino, in the finest zones included in the Trentodoc production regulations. The weather in 2015 was hot and dry, allowing Ferrari Trento to obtain perfectly healthy grapes, with a rich aromatic profile. The provenance of the grapes from high-altitude vineyards guaranteed freshness, allowed Trentodoc to express extraordinary complexity. On the nose it displays hints of Golden Delicious apples and wild flowers, underpinned by a delicate yeasty fragrance; sensations are amplified on the palate in notes of crusty bread and ripe fruit. Maturation on its lees for over five years has rendered it particularly harmonious and persistent.


This new initiative celebrates top-level sport, but especially this exciting partnership, which features for the first time an Italian wine as the official toast of the FIA Formula One World Championship: a real achievement that confirms the prestige and popularity that Ferrari Trento enjoys in Italy and around the world, as well as highlighting even further the values of excellence and unique Italian style that it represents.


The Ferrari F1® Podium Jeroboam will be available in top wine stores worldwide and online, as well at the winery itself.

Keep calm and carry on drinking Ferrari Trento sparkling wine


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Australia files complaint to WTO over china wine tariffs

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MADE a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over vile china’s tariffs on Australian wine. The WTO in Geneva confirmed this on June 28, 2021.

The dispute is the second that Canberra has launched at the global trade body against China amid growing tensions. The first, launched in December, is over China’s barley import duties and is currently under consideration at this time.

Australian wine exports to China collapsed to just $12 million in the four months that ended on March 31, 2021 from $325 million in the same period a year earlier, as punitive tariffs took their toll.
New figures from industry body Wine Australia revealed the impact of the hefty tariffs of up to 212 per cent which have been put on bottled products from Australia by Chinese authorities! For the year to March,2021, the report said the total value of Australian global wine exports dropped to $2.77 billion, a decline of four per cent compared with the prior year.
Good News! 
Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said the UK export market had grown by 33 per cent and exports to Europe were the highest in 10 years.  Andreas Clark said, “There was also growth to North America, up five per cent to $628 million, and Oceania, up seven per cent to $112 million,” 

Relations with china have worsened since Canberra called for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, which was first reported in china in late 2019. Vile china wilfully spread the china virus worldwide which has killed almost 4 million.

Vile china, Australia’s largest trading partner, responded by imposing exorbitant tariffs on Australian commodities, including wine and barley and limited imports of Australian beef, coal and grapes, moves described by the United States as “economic coercion”.

At a closed-door WTO meeting on 28 June 2021, Canada also sought to escalate a trade dispute with China over the latter’s restrictions on canola seed imports from Canada.


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Yummie Takeaways from Marriott Singapore

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MARRIOTT, an oriental oasis of gourmet delights, award-winning Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant  is the Singapore Marriott’s haute cuisine Cantonese restaurant. One of my favourites, it features classic Cantonese delicacies that are familiar and comforting, yet refined elegant and exquisite with the use of premium, fresh ingredients with an extensive array of notable wines.

Due to a rise in local cases of the horrid china virus, from 16 May 2021, dining-in at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant will be suspended and will resume on 14 June 2021. More and more evidence has emerged that vile china wilfully spread the virus created in a lab worldwide. During this period, only takeaway, drive-through pick up and delivery options are available from Monday to Sunday, 11.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bountiful Bento Box!

The Bento Box is only S$15 nett and comes in an environmentally friendly Cornwear box. What I really like about the Bento Boxes is that you have ample choice of what you want to create for your meal!

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For POULTRY, BEEF, PORK you can choose from not one, not two BUT eight items! Just choose one. I recommend the Steamed Chicken Fillet with Chinese Lap Cheong/Sausage. The Soft Bone POrk Rib with Hawthorn Sauce is also good.

Steamed Chicken Fillet with Chinese Sausage
Hong Kong Style Soya Chicken
Baked Chicken Fillet with Mala Sauce
Coffee Soft Bone Pork Rib
Salt & Pepper Soft Bone Pork Rib
Soft Bone Pork Rib with Hawthorn Sauce
White Pepper Beef Fillet
Beef Fillet Black Bean Sauce

For fruits de mer or SEAFOOD there are lovely choices like Sauteed Prawn with crispy Celery and Bell Pepper. Choose one.

Sichuan Spicy Prawn
Sautéed Prawn with Celery, Bell Pepper
Sautéed Prawn with Black Truffle Sauce
Deep-Fried Prawn with Yuzu Mayonnaise
Sautéed Garoupa Fillet with XO Sauce, Bell Pepper
Sautéed Garoupa Fillet with Garlic Sauce
Steamed Garoupa Fillet with Ginseng Sauce
Steamed Garoupa Fillet with Black Garlic Sauce

Healthy Vegetables! I recommend Broccoli with Crab Meat Egg White Sauce Choose one.

Beancurd Skin with Broccoli
Broccoli with Crab Meat Egg White Sauce
Sautéed Kai Lan with Assorted Mushroom
Sautéed Kai Lan with Chinese Sausage

Who does not love beancurd? Try Seaweed Wrapped Beancird with Assorted Mushrooms and Seasonal Greens

Seaweed Beancurd with Assorted Mushroom,
Seasonal Green
Seaweed Beancurd with Spicy Sauce, Seasonal Green
Seaweed Beancurd with Assorted Fungus,
Seasonal Green
Seaweed Beancurd with Crab Meat, Egg White Sauce

You can have White Rice or Brown Rice. Do go for the healthy Brown Rice which has a lovely flavour and texture.

Wan Hao also gives you a complimentary dessert! How lovely! My Bento came with Cheng Then that had Longans and Sea Coconut.

Keep calm and carry on eating! Order Wan Hao’s Bento Boxes. Free delivery for 10 boxes S$25 delivery fee. You can also self-collect at Wan Hao Level 3 of the Singapore Marriott at Tang Plaza.

*** Call +65-6831-4605 to order

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

320 Orchard Road, 

Singapore, 238865

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Meatless Impossible Burger now in 7-11

Keep calm and carry on eating – The Travelling Gourmet TM

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MEATLESS Impossible Burger is now in 7-11 stores in Singapore!

7-Select Impossible™ Deluxe Burger will make its convenience store debut in Asia on 26 May at more than 300 7-Eleven stores in Singapore. Impossible Foods worked closely with leading retailer Dairy Farm Group, which operates 7-Eleven in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China, to develop a ready-to-go plant-based burger for fans to enjoy any day, any time. The auspicious date of 26 May 2021 is also Vesak Day which celebrates Lord Buddha’s birthday.

Crafted using 7-Eleven’s recipe created by a chef, the ready-to-eat Impossible Deluxe Burger is stacked with delicious sauteéd healthy white button mushrooms, garden-fresh spinach and finished with a light and refreshingly tangy sour cream sauce between fluffy buns. Tasty and sustainable, the pre-made item can easily be warmed up in under a minute. 

Laurent Stevenart, Singapore Country Manager at Impossible Foods waxed lyrical and said excitedly, “A huge mission of Impossible is to make our delicious plant-based products available everywhere conventional animal meat is sold today, and this includes the convenience store market. We are so thrilled to collaborate with 7-Eleven Singapore on this on-the-go option for fans who might have not yet tried Impossible products,” 

Yes, the Impossible Deluxe Burger at S$5.90 has no meat at all and yet tastes by my taste buds, 80% like real meat. 7-Eleven Singapore will be the first convenience store to serve the Impossible Burger in Asia at more than 300 7-Eleven convenience stores across the island. The Impossible Deluxe Burger will be ideal for busy Singaporeans grabbing a quick bite in between meetings or looking to satisfy their hunger pangs late at night.

Touted as versatile, nutritious and delicious, Impossible Burger is the world’s only burger that looks, tastes and smells like ground beef from cows, and yet it is made entirely from plants. I can tell you that there are Soy Beans in it and many vitamins too. The meat flavour comes from plant based Heme/leghemoglobin fermented from genetically engineered yeast from soy bean plants. Being made from plants means there is a much smaller environmental footprint than meat from animals. There is also 0% cholesterol. Also NO cancer causing palm oil. As it is made from plants, 96% less land is used and 87% less water is used. Moreover, 89% less greenhouse gasses is produced. This means a saving of 7 square meters of land, 3 kg of CO2, and 84 litres of water for every 113g serving consumed. Save the planet, eat Impossible Burger!

These are the ingredients in the Impossible Deluxe Burger:

Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, 2% Or Less Of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Antioxidant), Soy Protein Isolate, Vitamins and Minerals (Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12).



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SIA loses 4.3 billion because of the china virus

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MARVELLOUS SIA, the world’s best airline is still carrying on despite its toughest year caused by the horrible china virus. Make no mistake, the horrible virus was wilfully spead by china worldwide and more and more evidence has emerged showing this.


Singapore Airlines passenger traffic is down 97.9% due to global restrictions on international travel
• Luckily strong cargo revenues cushioned plunge in passenger contributions
• $2.0 billion non-cash impairment charge largely on removal of 45 older aircraft
• Proposed issuance of additional mandatory convertible bonds to strengthen
Group’s liquidity position in order to navigate crisis and secure future growth
• Transformation programme reinforces foundation for SIA Group to emerge

Financial Year 2020/21

The china virus/Covid-19 pandemic, which began to spread globally in February 2020,
resulted in unprecedented restrictions on international air travel at the start of the
financial year. Successive waves of Covid-19 infections and more virulent strains
emerged over the course of the 12 months. As a result, the Singapore Airlines (SIA)
Group’s passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger-kilometres) shrank 97.9% in
the financial year ended 31 March 2021 from a year before.
Group revenue fell by $12,160 million (-76.1%) year-on-year to $3,816
million due to the plunge in passenger flown revenue across Singapore Airlines, SilkAir
and Scoot – the three passenger airlines within the Group. This was partially offset by
higher cargo flown revenue, which rose by $758 million (+38.8%) year-on-year to $2,709
million. Improvements in freighter utilisation, deployment of passenger aircraft for cargoonly flights, and removing seats from passenger cabins to create additional volume for
cargo partially mitigated the loss of passenger aircraft bellyhold capacity during the
pandemic. Strong air cargo demand, especially in key segments such as e-commerce,
pharmaceuticals and electronics, provided strong support for both cargo load factors and
yields amid tight industry cargo capacity.


The Group operating fleet currently consists of 162 passenger aircraft and
seven freighters. This excludes 414 aircraft which are deemed surplus to the Group’s
requirements, six Boeing 737 MAX 8s that have been temporarily withdrawn from
service, and two aircraft (one Airbus A330 and one Airbus A320) that left the operating
fleet in preparation for lease returns.
During the fourth quarter, the Group continued to expand its network in a
calibrated manner by resuming services to some destinations, and adding frequencies to
some existing points. The transfer of narrow-body services from SilkAir to SIA began on
4 March, starting from Phuket. At 31 March 2021, SIA served 47 destinations including
Singapore, up from 38 at the end of December 2020. SilkAir served five destinations,
down from eight, while Scoot’s network increased by one to 18 destinations. By the end
of the financial year, the Group’s passenger network covered 60 destinations including
Singapore, compared to 54 three months earlier. The Group’s cargo network comprised
72 destinations including Singapore, up from 66 as at 31 December 2020.
Based on our current published schedules, the Group expects the passenger
capacity to be around 28% of pre-Covid levels by June 2021. By July 2021, the Group
capacity is expected to reach around 32% of pre-Covid levels, and we expect to serve
around 49% of the points that were flown before the crisis.
Even though mass vaccination exercises are in progress in most of our
major markets, the prognosis for the global airline industry remains uncertain. While
domestic markets have recovered in some countries, international air travel remains
severely constrained and its recovery trajectory is still unclear.


The integration of SilkAir’s narrow-body operations with Singapore Airlines
began on 4 March 2021, with the first SIA Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft operating to
Phuket. Nine 737-800 NG aircraft have joined the SIA fleet. The integration will deliver
greater economies of scale for the Group, and enhance the flexibility of aircraft
deployment to meet the demand for air travel as it returns.
Robust health and safety measures have been and continues to be a key
focus area for the SIA Group, to safeguard the well-being of our customers and staff. Over
100 touch points have been reviewed throughout the customer journey with
enhancements made, supported by digital technologies. These efforts were recognised
with both SIA and Scoot being awarded the Diamond certification in the Airline Passenger
Experience Association (APEX) Health Safety powered by Simpliflying audit of global
airlines. The Diamond rating is the highest level attainable, indicating that an airline has
put in place hospital-grade health safety measures, processes and training, along with an
end-to-end focus on wellness.
SIA is also the world’s first airline to pilot the International Air Transport
Association’s (IATA) Travel Pass mobile application for digital health verification, further
enhancing convenience along the customer journey. SIA plans to integrate the entire
digital health verification process into the SingaporeAir mobile app from around mid2021, using IATA’s Travel Pass framework.

The SIA Group was among the first in the industry to vaccinate its frontliners,
including cabin crew and pilots, providing added safety and reassurance for both our
customers and staff members. Around 98% of SIA Group pilots and cabin crew have
signed up for the vaccine, of which 96% have been fully vaccinated with both doses.

On 11 February 2021, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot became among the first carriers
in the world to operate flights with a full complement of vaccinated pilots and cabin crew.

SIA is committed to continuously improving its capabilities in transporting
high-value, time-sensitive, and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical cargo through its
THRUCOOL service. This contributed to SIA’s early readiness to perform the important
mission of transporting Covid-19 vaccines safely and reliably. In addition to transporting
Covid-19 vaccines to Singapore, SIA Cargo has carried vaccines to countries in Asia and
the South West Pacific region, including under the UNICEF vaccine transportation
Upon receiving IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in
Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification in February 2021, SIA launched THRUFRESH,
a new service that transports temperature-sensitive perishable cargo with speed and care.

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Restaurants and Cafes open in France!

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The intrepid and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM reveals…

MARVELLOUS news in France on May 19, 2021!

Restaurants and bistros in France have been closed since the end of October, 2020. This is the longest time of any European country except Poland, where bars and restaurants reopened on Saturday 15, May 2021 for outdoor service after being closed for seven months.

However, May 19, 2021 was a grand day for the French. Cafe and restaurant terraces reopened Wednesday after a six month long shutdown due to the horrid china virus deprived residents of the beloved essence of French life — drinking coffee and wine and eating with friends.

The French government is lifting restrictions incrementally to stave off a resurgence of the china virus wilfully spread by vile china worldwide. This is to give citizens back some of their signature “joie de vivre.” As part of the plan’s first stage, France’s 7 p.m. nightly curfew was pushed back to 9 p.m. and museums, theaters and cinemas reopened along with outdoor cafe terraces.

The government has put limits on how much fun can be had. Restaurants are can fill only 50% of their outdoor seating areas and there can be no more than six people at a table. Movie theaters can only seat 35% of capacity, while museums must restrict entries so there is 8 square meters of space (86 square feet) per visitor. Well, the Louvre has opened too.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on eating

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