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SilkAir First to Fly The New Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Australia

Press Releases   •   Jan 08, 2018 10:00 +08

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, yesterday became the first airline to fly the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Australia. SilkAir Flight MI-801 touched down in Darwin, Australia on Sunday 7th January at 2:50pm and was welcomed with a water-cannon salute. There was also excitement today as the airline celebrated the arrival of the MAX 8 into Cairns. The newest aircraft to join the SilkAir fleet, the MAX 8 offers customers an enhanced on-board experience and new cabin products, ensuring a comfortable and pleasant flight.

Commenting on the launch of the MAX 8 to both Darwin and Cairns, Mr. Foo Chai Woo, Chief Executive of SilkAir said, “We are thrilled to be the first airline to introduce the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Australia. The new MAX 8 enables us to offer customers access to new and exciting destinations and paves the way for a new phase of growth. With the aircraft entering into service, we look forward to inviting customers on-board to enjoy the quality experience that the MAX 8 offers.”

The MAX 8 aircraft was first introduced to the fleet on 30 October 2017, with Hiroshima, Japan as its launch route. Currently, the MAX 8 aircraft is also deployed to other longer haul destinations in the network including Kathmandu, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

The Max 8 aircraft features thoughtful refinements to both the Business and Economy Classes. The enhanced Business Class now features a 25% increase in seat pitch (39”to 49”) as well as additional seat recline (8” to 12”) for added comfort. Beyond the hardware, Business Class customers can also look forward to indulging in gourmet coffee from the world-renowned illycaffè, brewed freshly on-board. Economy Class seats have also been refined and showcase a sleeker and more ergonomic design. Each seat is fitted with a seat-back tablet and phone holders, accompanied by personal in-seat USB charging ports. Customers onboard the MAX 8 can be assured of uninterrupted, hands-free comfort when enjoying SilkAir’s signature in-flight entertainment service, SilkAir Studio, which offers over 100 entertainment options. More information can be found on SilkAir’s dedicated MAX 8 microsite: silkair.com/max8.

For images, please visit: http://bit.ly/2m7JGhE

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 52 destinations in 15 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and Hiroshima (Oct 2017). The airline currently has a fleet of 33 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s, 10 Airbus 320s, 17 Boeing 737-800s and 3 Boeing 737 MAX 8. 

For more details visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

Passengers flying between Singapore-Darwin and Singapore-Cairns can now enjoy enhanced comfort with SilkAir’s newest aircraft – Boeing 737 MAX 8

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SIA AND SILKAIR TO INTRODUCE NEW AIRFARE PRICING

Press Releases   •   Dec 15, 2017 10:09 +08

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will be introducing a new airfare pricing structure next month, with revisions to advance seat selection, frequent flyer programme mileage accrual rates, baggage allowance, and change and refund flexibility for some fare types.

The new fare types will be introduced on 20 January 2018 for all tickets sold worldwide. Depending on the class of travel, customers will have up to three types of airfare to choose from when making a booking. Each will offer a combination of fare, feature and flexibility options, to provide clearer choices to customers to better fit different travel needs.

Economy Class

Three new fare types will be introduced for Economy Class bookings, named ‘Lite’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Flexi’.

Baggage allowance will increase to 35kg for the highest-category Flexi fares while it will remain at 30kg for Lite and Standard fares.

Advance seat selection, which is currently available for all Economy Class bookings at no charge, will be chargeable for Lite fares, starting from USD5 per flight segment. It will still be available in advance at no charge for families with children (12 years old and under) in the same booking.

No charges will apply for advance seat selection for Standard and Flexi fare types, although a new category of Forward Zone seats, which are in higher demand, will be chargeable for Standard fares. Charges will also continue to apply for Extra Legroom seats, which were previously known as Preferred seats.

All customers regardless of fare type will be able to make seat selection at no charge during the Internet check-in window up to 48hr in advance of travel, subject to availability.

Complimentary advance seat selection will be available regardless of fare type for PPS Club members (Standard, Forward Zone and Extra Legroom seats), as well as for KrisFlyer Elite Gold members (Standard and Forward Zone seats) and KrisFlyer Elite Silver members (Standard seats).

Mileage accrual rates will be set at 50% for Lite fares, 75% for Standard fares and 100% for Flexi fares.

Premium Economy Class (excludes SilkAir)

Two fare types will be available in Premium Economy Class, named ‘Standard’ and ‘Flexi’.

Baggage allowance will be unchanged at 35kg for both fare types. Mileage accrual, which is currently set at 110% for all Premium Economy fares, will increase to 125% for the new Flexi fare type, while it will be reduced to 100% for the new Standard fare type.

Advance seat selection will continue to be available at no charge for all Premium Economy Class bookings, while charges will apply for Extra Legroom seats - except for PPS Club members, who will enjoy complimentary Extra Legroom seat selection.

Business Class

Three fare types will be available in Business Class, named ‘Lite’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Flexi’.

Baggage allowance will be unchanged in Business Class at 40kg and advance seat selection will continue to be available at no charge for all bookings. Mileage accrual will increase to 150% for the new Flexi fare type, while it will be set at 125% for Standard and Lite fares.

Suites and First Class (excludes SilkAir)

KrisFlyer mileage accrual will increase to 200% from 150% for Suites and First Class bookings, with all other entitlements and benefits unchanged.

KrisFlyer Elite and PPS Club member privileges

In addition to advance seat selection benefits, KrisFlyer Elite and PPS Club members will enjoy baggage allowance privileges across the new fare types in Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.

PPS Club members will enjoy an additional 50kg of check-in baggage in First Class, an additional 40kg in Business Class, an additional 35kg in Premium Economy Class and an additional 30kg in Economy Class.

KrisFlyer Elite Gold members will enjoy an additional 20kg check-in baggage allowance when flying in all classes.

A table highlighting the key differences for each fare type can be found at the following links: singaporeair.com/faretypes or silkair.com/faretypes


For further information, please contact:

Singapore Airlines Public Affairs

Tel: (65) 6541-5880 (office hours)

Tel: (65) 9753-2126 (after office hours)

E-mail: public_affairs@singaporeair.com.sg

SilkAir Branding and Communications

Tel: (65) 6540-6497
Email: SilkAir_PA@singaporeair.com.sg

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrow body fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to customers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to more than 50 destinations in 16 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and Hiroshima (Oct 17). The airline currently has a fleet of 32 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s, 10 Airbus 320s, 17 Boeing 737-800s and 2 Boeing 737 MAX 8.

For more details visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will be introducing a new airfare pricing structure next month, with revisions to advance seat selection, frequent flyer programme mileage accrual rates, baggage allowance, and change and refund flexibility for some fare types.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES AND SILKAIR TO CODESHARE ON SCOOT FLIGHTS

Press Releases   •   Dec 05, 2017 14:01 +08

  • SIA and SilkAir customers can access over 30 codeshare destinations served only by Scoot within the SIA Group
  • Customer benefits include convenient through check-in services and Scoot’s FlyBagEat privileges

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir customers can now enjoy more choice and convenience when travelling to more than 130 destinations across the SIA Group network as a result of new codeshare agreement with the Group’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot.

Under the agreement, SIA will progressively add its ‘SQ’ designator code while SilkAir will add its ‘MI’ code to Scoot-operated flights between Singapore and more than 30 destinations[1] served only by Scoot within the SIA Group. The codeshare arrangements will begin with Scoot flights serving Athens, Clark, Gold Coast, Hat Yai, Ipoh, Krabi, Kuching and Palembang. The new agreement will enable SIA and SilkAir customers to travel on single-ticket itineraries to these codeshare destinations, which means that their boarding passes and baggage tags will be issued up to their final destination at the first point of check-in.

In addition to through check-in service, SIA and SilkAir customers will be offered Scoot’s FlyBagEat privileges - which include checked baggage allowance[2], complimentary meal and beverage as well as blanket for flights above four hours. SIA and SilkAir customers will also be offered the flexibility to select seats on Scoot flights online through the SIA and SilkAir websites when booking their tickets, for a fee, in accordance with Scoot’s terms and conditions.

The codeshare flights are subject to regulatory approvals. Tickets will be progressively made available through the various booking channels.

[1] Amritsar, Athens, Clark, Dalian, Gold Coast, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hat Yai, Honolulu, Ipoh, Jaipur, Jeddah, Jinan, Kaohsiung, Krabi, Kuantan, Kuching, Lucknow, Macau, Nanjing, Ningbo, Palembang, Qingdao, Quanzhou, Sapporo, Shenyang, Tianjin, Tiruchirappalli, Wuxi, Xi’an and Zhengzhou.

[2] Baggage allowance depends on the most significant carrier for the through-checked portion of the journey: 30kg for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, 20kg for Scoot. 

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrow body fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to customers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 16 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and Hiroshima (Oct 17). The airline currently has a fleet of 31 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s, 10 Airbus 320s, 17 Boeing 737-800s and 1 Boeing 737 MAX 8. 

For more details visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir customers can now enjoy more choice and convenience when travelling to more than 130 destinations across the SIA Group network as a result of new codeshare agreement with the Group’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot.

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NON-STOP FLIGHT BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND HIROSHIMA LAUNCHED ON SILKAIR’S NEW MAX 8 TODAY

Press Releases   •   Oct 30, 2017 09:00 +08

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today launched its inaugural flight to Hiroshima, Japan. This marks the first Japanese destination that SilkAir has added to its network. This route is currently the only non-stop service between Hiroshima and Singapore, providing travellers greater connectivity from Japan to Singapore, as well as to the rest of the region. With this launch, SilkAir’s route network now spans 53 destinations in 16 countries. The combined Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network serves a total of 6 Japanese points[1].

The inaugural flight, MI868, departed this morning at 1.45am from Singapore Changi Airport and has arrived in Hiroshima Airport at 9.30am. The return flight, MI867, will take off at 10.25am and is expected to land in Singapore at 3.40pm (all times local).

The flights to Hiroshima are scheduled to run three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with same-day return. The new service to Hiroshima is operated with SilkAir’s brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft which was delivered earlier this month, featuring enhanced Business Class and redesigned Economy Class cabins. This new route will also see the introduction of Japanese cuisine so customers can enjoy authentic Japanese flavours during their flight. As a full-service airline, customers can take joy in our wireless in-flight entertainment, SilkAir Studio, via their own devices; free baggage allowance; as well as through check-in if they are connecting to, or from, another SilkAir or Singapore Airlines point via Singapore.

To mark this special occasion, passengers on the inaugural flight out of Singapore and Hiroshima were presented with exclusively produced SilkAir gifts, as well as inaugural flight certificates signed personally by SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr. Foo Chai Woo, and Commander of the flight, Captain Richard Lim Keng Yong.

Commenting on the launch, SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr. Foo Chai Woo said: “We are delighted to launch our new flight route to Hiroshima, to open up exciting opportunities for travellers between Japan and Singapore, and also beyond these two major gateways. Situated on a river delta with close proximity to various attractions in neighbouring cities, Hiroshima has been popular with Singaporeans and is a wonderful destination all-year-round with mild winters and late summers. As the only direct flight between these two cities, we are also hopeful that Japanese traveling to Singapore will also find this route more convenient, especially for connecting to other Southeast Asian points that SilkAir serves.”

Located in the Chugoku Region of Japan, Hiroshima (広島) literally means “Wide Island” in Japanese, and is home to two World Heritage Sites: The Itsukushima Shrine; and the A-Bomb Dome of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Itsukushima Shrine, featuring the iconic floating torii-gate, guarantees one of the three best views in Japan. Those seeking outdoor activities can embark on a curated two-day bicycle ride that allows one to weave through nearby villages and islands, via a 60-kilometer long toll road from Honshu to Shikoku.

As one of Japan’s three great sake-producing areas with approximately 50 sake brewers, visitors are also encouraged to experience the city’s unique Hiroshima sake at Saijo, a renowned sake town. Meanwhile, Japanese cuisine enthusiasts can delight their palates with one of Hiroshima’s most famous dishes, the Okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake cooked on a hot plate.

Flights are available for booking through the SilkAir website, call centres and travel agents. Detailed flight schedule to Hiroshima is appended in Annex A.

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Annex A

MI flight schedule (with effect from 30 October 2017):

Flight Routing Days of Operation Departure Arrival
MI868 Singapore - Hiroshima Mon, Thu, Sat Singapore 01:45 Hiroshima 09:30
MI867 Hiroshima - Singapore Mon, Thu, Sat Hiroshima 10:25 Singapore 15:40

*All times stated are local

[1]Singapore Airlines serves Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and two airports in Tokyo

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrow body fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to customers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 16 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and Hiroshima (Oct 17). The airline currently has a fleet of 31 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s, 10 Airbus 320s, 17 Boeing 737-800s and 1 Boeing 737 MAX 8.

For more details visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today launched its inaugural flight to Hiroshima, Japan. This marks the first Japanese destination that SilkAir has added to its network. This route is currently the only non-stop service between Hiroshima and Singapore, providing travellers greater connectivity from Japan to Singapore, as well as to the rest of the region.

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SILKAIR TO TAKE OVER SCOOT’S YANGON SERVICES

Press Releases   •   Oct 09, 2017 17:15 +08

Singapore – SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be taking over five-times-weekly services to Yangon, Myanmar, that are currently operated by the SIA Group’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot, from 29 October 2017.

SilkAir already operates 10 non-stop flights a week to Yangon and three services a week via Mandalay in Myanmar. With the transfer of Scoot’s Yangon services, SilkAir will boost its Yangon operations to 15 non-stop services a week. Parent company Singapore Airlines also operates daily services to Yangon.

Guests with existing bookings on Scoot’s Yangon services on and after 29 October 2017 will be re-accommodated on SilkAir. They will receive details of their new bookings by email when the re-accommodation is completed. Guests who prefer to cancel their bookings can opt for a full refund of their tickets. Scoot guests who require assistance can contact the Scoot call centre.

“The transfer of Scoot’s Yangon services to SilkAir will optimise aircraft utilisation within the Singapore Airlines Group and free up Scoot’s resources for other network development plans,” said Mr. Lee Lik Hsin, Scoot CEO.

“We look forward to providing our customers additional flight frequencies to Yangon, complete with our full service experience, including complimentary baggage allowance, inflight meals and inflight entertainment via our SilkAir Studio,” said Mr. Foo Chai Woo, Chief Executive SilkAir.

With the transfer, Scoot will no longer operate to Myanmar and its network will then span 60 destinations across 16 countries. Scoot had earlier announced that it will commence scheduled services to Kuching on 29 October 2017, Honolulu on 19 December 2017 and Kuantan on 2 February 2018. Scoot will also mount seasonal flights to Harbin starting from 1 December 2017, and add seasonal non-stop Singapore-Sapporo flights (in addition to existing year-round Singapore-Taipei-Sapporo flights) starting from 3 November 2017. 

About Scoot

Scoot is the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group. Scoot took to the skies in June 2012 and merged with Tigerair Singapore in July 2017, retaining the Scoot brand and positioning it well for a new chapter of growth. Scoot has carried over fifty million guests and now operates a fleet of 15 state of the art, widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 23 young and modern Airbus A320 family aircraft, with five more Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 39 Airbus A320neo aircraft on order. Scoot’s network presently encompasses 60 destinations across 17 countries, with Harbin, Honolulu, Kuantan, Kuching and Palembang to join the network soon. Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude. Offering amenities including on-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and in-seat power on selected aircraft as well as the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by AirlineRatings.com and ranked in the Top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 by Skytrax. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance. Book your tickets at FlyScoot.com or contact our Call Centre. Find out more on FlyScoot.com, Facebook.com/FlyScoot, Instagram.com/FlyScoot, and Twitter.com/flyscoot.

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates close to 400 weekly flights to 49 destinations in 13 countries. Recent additions to the network include Cairns (May 2015) and Male (Oct 2015). The airline currently has a fleet of 29 aircraft, comprising 4 A319s and 11 A320s and 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In August 2012, the airline announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

For more details visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

Consolidation of Yangon services to be operated by SilkAir intended to optimise SIA Group resources and free up Scoot’s resources for network development plans

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SILKAIR MARKS NEW ERA WITH ARRIVAL OF FIRST BOEING 737 MAX 8

Press Releases   •   Oct 04, 2017 14:30 +08

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today celebrated the arrival of its new aircraft, the Boeing 737 MAX 8. As Asia’s most awarded regional airline dedicated to creating joyful journeys for its customers, the new aircraft offers customers an enhanced on-board experience, ensuring a comfortable and pleasant flight. The first of 37 MAX 8s ordered, this delivery marks a significant milestone in SilkAir’s journey towards expanding its network to bring customers to inspiring destinations across the region.

Commenting on the MAX 8 arrival, Mr. Foo Chai Woo, Chief Executive of SilkAir said, “We are thrilled to be welcoming the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 to the SilkAir family. The new MAX 8 enables us to offer customers access to new and exciting destinations and paves the way for a new phase of growth. With the aircraft entering into service soon, we look forward to inviting customers on-board to enjoy the quality experience that the MAX 8 offers.”

The MAX 8 aircraft will feature an enhanced Business Class, with a new seat configuration of 156 seats – 12 Business Class seats and 144 Economy Class seats. With comfort and a joyful experience at the heart of its approach, the Business Class cabin will feature thoughtful refinements such as enhanced personal space with a 25% increase in seat pitch (39”to 49”) as well as additional seat recline (8” to 12”) for added comfort. These new seats will also feature a convenient side pocket for easily accessible personal storage, as well as a USB and 3-pin charging port to keep devices fully charged throughout the flight. To top off the experience, Business Class customers can also look forward to indulging in gourmet coffee from the world-renowned illycaffè, brewed freshly on-board.

Economy Class seats, which will now come in both aqua and light grey, have also been refined and showcase a sleeker and more ergonomic design. In an effort to increase comfort and convenience, seats in Economy Class are also fitted with seat-back tablet and phone holders and are accompanied by personal in-seat USB charging ports. With these new enhancements, customers on-board the MAX 8 can be assured of uninterrupted, hands-free comfort when enjoying SilkAir’s signature in-flight entertainment service, SilkAir Studio. The entertainment service has also been upgraded to ensure that the latest entertainment options are available. It now offers more than 100 exciting blockbuster hits, Hollywood and international movies, 40 television shows as well as chart-topping music.

Overall, customers will be greeted by a refreshed cabin look and feel on the new MAX 8 aircraft. Designed to create a more relaxing atmosphere on-board, the MAX 8’s Boeing Sky Interior highlights new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, and also features LED lighting which further elevates the sense of spaciousness for customers.

The first new destination the MAX 8 will fly to is Hiroshima, Japan, with the inaugural flight taking place on 30 October 2017. This marks the first Japanese destination that SilkAir has added to its network. With a return flight service to run three times a week, this route will also be the only non-stop service between Hiroshima and Singapore, providing travellers greater connectivity from Japan to Singapore, as well as to the rest of the region. This new route will also see the introduction of Japanese cuisine so customers can enjoy authentic Japanese flavours in dishes such as chicken curry don, mixed flavoured rice with Tsukune chicken balls and Omu rice.

Two more MAX 8s are expected to be delivered by the end of the year, with another 34 on order. Besides the newly introduced destination of Hiroshima, all MAX 8 aircraft will also be deployed to other longer haul destinations in the network including Cairns, Darwin, Kathmandu, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

To celebrate the launch of the new aircraft with consumers, SilkAir has created a dedicated MAX 8 microsite where the public can learn more about the aircraft, SilkAir destinations and also stand a chance to win flights on the brand new fleet of MAX 8 aircraft by participating in online mini games. More information can be found here: silkair.com/max8

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to customers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 15 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and soon, Hiroshima in October 2017. The airline currently has a fleet of 31 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s, 10 Airbus 320s, 17 Boeing 737-800s and 1 Boeing 737 MAX 8.

For images, please visit: http://bit.ly/2wTE55m

For more details visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

MAX 8 brings a new joy of flying to passengers with enhanced comfort and promises access to further destinations like SilkAir’s first Japanese city, Hiroshima.

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SILKAIR TO TRANSFER KUCHING AND PALEMBANG SERVICES TO SCOOT

Press Releases   •   Jul 25, 2017 12:30 +08

Move intended to optimise SIA Group resources

Singapore - SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be transferring its services to Kuching in Malaysia and Palembang in Indonesia to Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, starting 29 October 2017 and 23 November 2017 respectively. Currently, the airline flies four times weekly to Kuching and thrice weekly to Palembang.

Scoot’s operation of the two services will optimise aircraft utilisation within the Singapore Airlines Group, at the same time meeting travel demand for the routes. Scoot targets to commence sales of its Kuching and Palembang services in August and October respectively, subject to final regulatory approval.

“The transfer of the Kuching and Palembang services to Scoot is intended to further optimise the SIA Group’s resources and present a better match of capacity to demand,” said Mr. Foo Chai Woo, Chief Executive SilkAir.

SilkAir will maintain its flight services to four other points in Malaysia, namely Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang. As for Indonesia, the full service airline will still operate to 11 other points: Balikpapan, Bandung, Denpasar (Bali), Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Medan, Pekanbaru, Semarang, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.

Besides this development, SilkAir had earlier announced in May that it will be commencing scheduled services to its first Japanese destination, Hiroshima, on 30 October 2017, subject to regulatory approval. Additionally, SilkAir will also be increasing frequency on selected services to other destinations, including Cairns, Kathmandu, Yangon and Penang from 29 October 2017 onwards.

Mr. Lee Lik Hsin, Scoot CEO, said, “Malaysia and Indonesia are important markets to Scoot and we are glad to be able to expand our footprint in these countries. Kuching and Palembang complement our robust Southeast Asia network and we are looking forward to bringing the Scoot travel experience to more guests in the region. Both destinations are ideal for travellers looking for a relaxing getaway with Kuching being well-known for its lush nature and rustic ambience, while Palembang is rich in history and home to delicious local fare.”

The addition of Kuching and Palembang to the network will bring Scoot’s destination count in Malaysia to six, and to four in Indonesia. Current destinations in Malaysia are Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang and Kuantan to come on line by February 2018; while Indonesian destinations comprise Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta and Surabaya.

SilkAir will assist customers who have purchased tickets for travel to Kuching and Palembang. Customers booked for Kuching for travel from 29 October onwards will be given the option to reroute their flight to another SilkAir point in Malaysia or to continue their travel to Kuching on a Scoot flight. Alternatively, they can also opt for a full refund of their tickets. Customers booked for travel to Palembang from 23 November onwards will be given the option to reroute their flight to another SilkAir point in Indonesia or alternatively, a full refund of their tickets.

All administrative fees and penalties will be waived for customers who have purchased tickets prior to today. This also applies to KrisFlyer redemption tickets. SilkAir guests who require further assistance may call the SilkAir Contact Centre at +65 6223 8888.

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 15 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and soon, Hiroshima in October 2017. The airline currently has a fleet of 30 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s and 10 Airbus 320s and 17 Boeing 737-800s. In August 2012, the airline announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

For more details visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

Singapore - SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be transferring its services to Kuching in Malaysia and Palembang in Indonesia to Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, starting 29 October 2017 and 23 November 2017 respectively. Currently, the airline flies four times weekly to Kuching and thrice weekly to Palembang.

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CELEBRATE SILKAIR’S NEW BOEING 737 MAX 8 AIRCRAFT WITH SPECIAL FARE DEALS AND TICKET GIVEAWAYS

Press Releases   •   Jul 03, 2017 11:30 +08

8 pairs of SilkAir Business Class return tickets to any of SilkAir’s 53 destinations to be won

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, is offering customers exceptional return airfares as well as a chance to win Business Class tickets to its extensive network of 53 destinations, in celebration of the upcoming arrival of its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which is slated for October this year.

Held from 3 to 30 July 2017[1] only, the promotional sale features attractive discounts for both Business and Economy Class airfares (refer to Annex A). In addition, customers who purchase any SilkAir ticket in the same period are instantly entered into a lucky draw, where eight lucky winners will each win a pair of return Business Class tickets to any of SilkAir’s 53 destinations in Asia Pacific.

For flights departing from Singapore, round-trip fares for as low as S$128 can whisk one away to the white sandy beaches and sapphire waters at Phuket, Thailand; for S$188 passengers can travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia, for a gateway to discover the ancient Khmer Empire and explore one of the world’s greatest monuments, Angkor Wat; and S$288 will take you to Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a myriad of nature and urban city activities. Visit China’s picturesque destinations at S$388 or S$458—take your pick from the home of giant pandas at Chengdu, or unwind in nature at ‘Spring City’ Kunming.

These fares, which can be purchased on silkair.com and all SilkAir authorized agents, are inclusive of the full-service carrier’s many comforts and conveniences including 30kg and 40kg check-in baggage allowance for Economy and Business class respectively, inflight meals, complimentary wireless streaming of inflight entertainment via the SilkAir Studio app, and the chance to earn miles on the KrisFlyer frequent flyer programme. Codeshare flights, chartered flights and tickets issued by other airlines are not eligible for this promotion.

“SilkAir is excited to welcome the first of our new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to our fleet towards the end of this year, which marks another milestone in our commitment to constantly improve the travel experience for passengers,” said Mr. Chew Chee Keong, General Manager Singapore, SilkAir.

“We are pleased to offer these special fares to thank and reward our customers for their enduring support as well as welcome travellers who are new to SilkAir. Additionally, we are presenting an opportunity to eight lucky winners and their partners to experience our Business Class product, which we trust they will fully enjoy.”

This lucky draw is open to all customers within the SilkAir network who fulfil the conditions to enter the draw, including customers who purchase any SilkAir tickets that are not part of the promotional fares.

Further information on the promotion is available at www.silkair.com/max8.

Annex A

Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. Booking, departure travel deadlines and promotional fares are as follows:

Sales period Travel period
Economy Class 3 – 30 July 2017 5 July – 31 October 2017
Business Class 3 – 30 July 2017 4 July – 31 October 2017
Economy Class
Cities, outbound from Singapore All-in Promotional Fare
Medan, Phuket, Kuching, Penang 128
Yogyakarta, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Yangon, Kota Kinabalu, Makassar 188
Shenzhen, Lombok, Colombo, Chennai, Mandalay, Koh Samui 288
Chengdu, Manado, Kochi, Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Chongqing 388
Kunming, Xiamen, Changsha, Wuhan 458
*All prices in SGDBusiness Class
Cities, outbound from Singapore All-in Promotional Fare
Bandung, Phuket, Medan 428
Yogyakarta, Cebu, Kalibo (Boracay), Chiang Mai 468
Lombok, Danang, Yangon, Koh Samui 598
Darwin, Kochi, Chennai, Kolkata 858
Chongqing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Wuhan 908

*All prices in SGD

***

[1] Outbound travel must be fulfilled on or before 31 October 2017.

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 15 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and soon, Hiroshima in October 2017. The airline currently has a fleet of 30 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s and 10 Airbus 320s and 17 Boeing 737-800s. In August 2012, the airline announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

For more details on SilkAir, visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, is offering customers exceptional return airfares as well as a chance to win Business Class tickets to its extensive network of 53 destinations, in celebration of the upcoming arrival of its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which is slated for October this year.

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SILKAIR TO LAUNCH NON-STOP FLIGHTS BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND HIROSHIMA

Press Releases   •   May 30, 2017 09:30 +08

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be launching non-stop flights between Singapore and Hiroshima, Japan, this year. Commencing 30 October 2017, this return flight service will run three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays[1]. The addition of Hiroshima and Japan to SilkAir’s route network marks a significant milestone for the airline and demonstrates its continuous commitment to bring customers new and exciting destinations.

The new service to Hiroshima will be operated with SilkAir’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which features both Business and Economy class cabins. Customers can look forward to a full-service experience, including in-flight meals; wireless in-flight entertainment on SilkAir Studio; baggage allowance of 40kg and 30kg for Business and Economy class passengers respectively; as well as through check-in if they are connecting to, or from, another SilkAir or Singapore Airlines point via Singapore.

“SilkAir is proud to be offering the only non-stop flights between Hiroshima and Singapore, and we are confident that we can serve the demand from both cities. Hiroshima has been popular with Singaporeans, due to its historical significance, good weather and proximity to various attractions in neighbouring cities,” said Mr. Foo Chai Woo, Chief Executive of SilkAir. “We are also hopeful that the Japanese traveling to Singapore from Hiroshima will find this route more convenient, especially for connecting to the other Southeast Asian destinations that SilkAir serves. Expanding our network to Japan is something we have been very excited about and working very hard for,” he continued.

With the launch of Hiroshima, the combined Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network will serve a total of 6 Japanese cities[2]. The number of destinations in SilkAir’s route network will increase to 54 destinations in 16 countries[3].

Details of the flight schedules are as follows[4] (all times stated are local):

Flight Routing Days of Operation Departure Arrival
MI868 Singapore - Hiroshima Mon, Thu, Sat Singapore 01:45 Hiroshima 09:30
MI867 Hiroshima - Singapore Mon, Thu, Sat Hiroshima 10:25 Singapore 15:40

About Hiroshima and Tourism

Located in the Chugoku Region of Japan, Hiroshima (広島) literally means “Wide Island” in Japanese, and is home to two World Heritage Sites: The Itsukushima Shrine; and the A-Bomb Dome of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Situated in the middle of the sea, the Itsukushima Shrine is the only shrine in the world with a torii-gate, and its prime location guarantees one of the three best views in Japan. Located at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the A-Bomb Dome is one of the most significant landmarks in Japan as it was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.

For those seeking outdoor activities, embark on a curated two-day bicycle ride that allows one to weave through nearby villages and islands, via a 60-kilometer long toll road from Honshu to Shikoku. Onomichi, a prosperous and quaint seaport town situated along the Seto Inland Sea, is packed with cultural sites and ancient Japanese heritage.

As one of Japan’s three great sake-producing areas with approximate 50 sake brewers, visitors are also encouraged to experience the city’s unique Hiroshima sake at Saijo, a renowned sake town. Meanwhile, Japanese cuisine enthusiasts can delight their palates with one of Hiroshima’s most famous dishes, the Okonomiyaki, a savory pancake cooked on a hot plate.

Situated on a river delta, Hiroshima makes a wonderful destination all-year-round with mild winters and late summers. The city’s surroundings are rich with mountains, sea, islands, rivers, valleys, plains, and highlands that are unique to Japan.

-END-

[1] Subject to applicable regulatory approvals.

[2]Singapore Airlines serves Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and two airports in Tokyo.

[3]The 16 countries currently include Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

[4] Subject to applicable regulatory approvals.

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 15 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and soon, Hiroshima in October 2017. The airline currently has a fleet of 30 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s and 10 Airbus 320s and 17 Boeing 737-800s. In August 2012, the airline announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

For more details visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be launching non-stop flights between Singapore and Hiroshima, Japan, this year. Commencing 30 October 2017, this return flight service will run three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays .

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SILKAIR TO ENHANCE SILKAIR STUDIO WITH WIDER ARRAY OF INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2017 16:00 +08

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today announced an upgrade to its inflight entertainment system, SilkAir Studio, which allows passengers travelling onboard SilkAir flights to enjoy a greater array of international movies, television shows and music streamed directly onto their personal device via inflight Wi-Fi.

SilkAir Studio will now offer over 100 international movies and 40 television shows, a marked increase from the previous offering of 30 movies and 20 television programmes. Passengers will now be able to choose from a wider variety of popular films such as “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, “Interstellar” and the “Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit” and “Harry Potter” series, as well as family favourites like “The LEGO Movie” and “Storks”. Hours more of popular television shows are also now available for streaming, including “Modern Family”, “Fresh Off the Boat”, “The Big Bang Theory” and other hit shows.

“We look forward to our customers enjoying more movies and TV selections while flying with us. This is part of our ongoing commitment to make SilkAir a Joy to Fly.” said Mr. Foo Chai Woo, Chief Executive of SilkAir.

SilkAir Studio was first introduced in 2014 as a complimentary offering to customers as part of the full service experience that SilkAir provides, which also includes inflight meals, baggage allowance and Business and Economy Class cabin options. Complementing the existing overhead system, this wireless service provides customers with diverse options for a more customised in-flight entertainment experience.

Apple users must download the SilkAir Studio mobile application prior to boarding while Android uses can download the application onboard. Log-in instructions to SilkAir Studio are available in the instruction guides placed in the in-seat pocket. Passengers will be able to enjoy SilkAir Studio and charge their devices on-the-go as USB and 3-pin charging ports are available on SilkAir’s Boeing aircraft.

About SilkAir

As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.

Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 15 countries. Recent additions to the network include Fuzhou (Nov 2016) and Colombo (Apr 2017). The airline currently has a fleet of 30 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s and 10 Airbus 320s and 17 Boeing 737-800s. In August 2012, the airline announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

For more details on SilkAir, visit silkair.com or http://www.facebook.com/SilkAir

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SilkAir and http://www.instagram.com/SilkAir

For further information, please contact:

SilkAir Branding and Communications Department
 Tel: (65) 6540-6497
 Email: SilkAir_PA@singaporeair.com.sg
Burson-Marsteller for SilkAir
 Tel: (65) 6671 3222 / (65) 6671 3246
 Email: Annabel.lim@bm.com
           Samantha.kong@bm.com

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today announced an upgrade to its inflight entertainment system, SilkAir Studio, which allows passengers travelling onboard SilkAir flights to enjoy a greater array of international movies, television shows and music streamed directly onto their personal device via inflight Wi-Fi.

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About SilkAir

The Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines

SilkAir’s pedigree as one of Asia-Pacific’s leading regional carriers began in the mid 1970s. Tradewinds Pte Ltd was formed in 1975 as the tours and travel arm of Singapore Airlines. Tasked with developing and wholesaling holiday tours, Tradewinds exclusively marketed SIA holiday packages in the early 1980s.

On 21 February 1989, Tradewinds the Airline was unveiled, catering to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Pattaya, Phuket, Hatyai, Kuantan and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Jakarta, Phnom Penh and Yangon were added.

On 01 April 1992, Tradewinds was renamed SilkAir. This change marked the carrier’s evolution from a holiday resort airline to a full-fledged regional carrier. The company’s Tours & Travel Division was restructured into a wholly-owned subsidiary of SilkAir, retaining the name Tradewinds Tours & Travels Pte Ltd.

SilkAir’s positioning as a premium, short-to-medium haul regional carrier gives it a unique appeal amongst leisure and business travellers in Asia. Whilst offering carefully selected meals, a full bar service and elements of inflight entertainment, SilkAir places great emphasis on providing attentive, friendly and relaxing service. The carrier’s regional flair is expressed through both its cabin crew and its cuisine – ensuring that your experience of the destination you’re heading to begins when you step onto our plane.

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