Singapore Airlines apologizes over Ukraine remarks

Updated 19 July 2014

Singapore Airlines apologizes over Ukraine remarks

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore Airlines apologized Saturday over social media remarks it posted after the Malaysian jetliner was shot down that were taken by many as being insensitive.
After the Malaysia Airlines plane went down over Ukraine with 298 onboard, postings on Facebook and Twitter from Singapore Airlines claimed that its flights do not fly across Ukrainian airspace.
The remarks drew the ire of many Malaysians, with some taking to social media themselves.
"A post starting with condolence (and) then, stating your planes are diverted and not using this airspace anymore would have made (you) sound less heartless!" Joannica Dass wrote on Facebook.
Others, however, felt many were overreacting to Singapore Airlines' remarks, and said the carrier was merely trying to get a message across to its customers.
"I don't think their comment was to advertise or boast their flight routes as much as it was to ease the tension of the hundreds of passengers that are scheduled to fly out to other countries over the next few days," Karishma Sharma wrote on Facebook.
On Saturday, Singapore Airlines apologized and tried to clarify its remarks.
"We are aware of that our Facebook and Twitter update on Friday morning may have come across as insensitive to some. The post was in response to many requests from our customers who had asked for information about our flight routes for their upcoming flights with us," Singapore Airlines said in an email to The Associated Press.
"We recognize that the information could have been better communicated and we sincerely apologize if it had offended our customers and anyone else in the online community," it said.


Dubai announces $136 million extra stimulus package

Updated 24 October 2020

Dubai announces $136 million extra stimulus package

  • The announcement takes Dubai's total stimulus measures this year to 6.8 billion dirhams

DUBAI: Dubai has announced a new 500 million dirhams ($136.14 million) stimulus package to support the local economy, taking Dubai's total stimulus measures this year to 6.8 billion dirhams, the crown prince of the emirate said on Twitter on Saturday.
"The private sector is a major partner in Dubai's development process, and we have adopted a set of new exemptions for some fees and a reduction in rents for some sectors, as well as an extension of the validity of a previous set of exemptions from fees," said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum.