Today, SilkAir launched its first direct flight betweenSingapore and Visakhapatnam, a port city on the southeast coast of India.
With the introduction of this thrice-weekly service, SilkAir is also the first airline to provide non-stop international air connectivity from Visakhapatnam, or more popularly known as Vizag.
The first flight, MI 448, took off at 1525 hours today from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 and is scheduled to arrive at Visakhapatnam Airport at 1710 hours. The return flight will depart from Visakhapatnam at 2255 hours tonight and arrive in Singapore at 0555 hours tomorrow (all times local).
Vizag is SilkAir’s eighth destination in India. Other Indian destinations in SilkAir’s network are Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram.
To mark this special occasion, customers on the first flight out of Singapore were presented with special souvenirs, comprising Poothareku, a local Andhra Pradesh sweet specially flown in from Vizag, and inaugural flight certificates signed personally by Chief Executive SilkAir, Mr Leslie Thng, and the flight commander. Likewise, a set of souvenirs will be presented to passengers on the first flight from Visakhapatnam.
“SilkAir is pleased to offer direct air services between Singapore and Visakhapatnam. In addition to being one of the important commercial cities inIndia, Vishakhapatnam is also fast emerging as a popular tourist attraction in India and we anticipate strong demand for this service from business and leisure travellers,” said Mr. Thng.
The new Vizag services are conveniently connected via Singapore with the rest of the more than 90 international cities in the joint Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network.
For Vizag customers keen to visit Singapore, the Lion City promises a multitude of attractions, such as the Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, Gardens by the Bay, the famous Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo, Kampong Glam, Chinatown and Little India.
SilkAir’s foray into the Indian market began in June 1999 when it commenced services to Thiruvananthapuram (also known asTrivandrum), the capital of the southwestern state of Kerala. Since then, the airline has steadily built up its Indian network over the years.
For more information on SilkAir, including its destinations and services, please visit silkair.com.
A full-service airline, SilkAir currently flies to 41 destinations across 12 countries and is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines. Earlier this year, SilkAir was awarded the Changi Airline Awards 2012 by Changi Airport Group for being among the Top 10 Airlines by Passenger Carriage (3rd ranking). In 2011, the airline was awarded Best Regional Airline 2011 by CAPA - the Centre for Aviation. SilkAir was also ranked 2nd in the Best Regional Airline (Asia) category in the 2011 Skytrax World Airline Awards. In 2010, the airline was inducted into TTG Asia's Travel Hall of Fame following its 10th win as Best Regional Airline in the TTG Travel Awards 2009. SilkAir was also ranked among the Top 10 Airlines for Best Cabin Service Worldwide 2011, 2010 and 2009 by Hong Kong-based online travel magazine, Smart Travel Asia. For more details visit silkair.com. SilkAir is also now on Facebook. Follow us at www.facebook.com/SilkAir.