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Silkair launches Bandung Services

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, launched its inaugural flight to Bandung, Indonesia, on Tuesday, 11 October 2011, when MI 196 departed Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 at 1555 hours. 

The aircraft was scheduled to arrive at Bandung’s Husein Sastranegara International Airport at 1650 hours the same day. The return flight, MI 195, will depart Bandung at 1735 hours and was scheduled to reach Singapore at 2025 hours (all times local). Bandung is SilkAir’s ninth destination in Indonesia and the 37th in the airline’s network. The airline’s other Indonesian destinations include Balikpapan, Lombok, Manado, Medan, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Solo and Surabaya. 

To mark this special occasion, customers on the first flight out of Singapore were presented with a local delicacy from Bandung, brownie kukus, or steamed brownie. Passengers travelling on the first flight out of Bandung received exclusively produced SilkAir notebooks.

The thrice-weekly flights on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday are operated with the A319 aircraft, featuring both Business and Economy Class. The flight frequency will be increased to five times weekly from 30 October with flights operating on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.     

Detailed flight schedules are as follows:

(i) Singapore-Bandung services from 11 October 2011: 
MI196 Tue, Fri, Sun SIN 1555hrs BDO 1650hrs
MI195 Tue, Fri, Sun BDO 1735hrs  SIN 2025hrs 

(ii) Singapore-Bandung services from 30 October 2011: 
MI196 Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sun SIN 1600hrs BDO 1650hrs
MI195 Tue, Wed, Thur,Fri, Sun BDO 1735hrs  SIN 2025hrs

Customers interested in booking flights and viewing fares for flights to and from Bandung can visit silkair.com.



Media Contact: 

Soraya Salim
Head Public Affairs
SilkAir (S) Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 6541 5303      
Email: soraya_salim@singaporeair.com.sg

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About SilkAir
A full-service premium airline, SilkAir currently flies to 37 destinations across 11 countries and is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines. This year, the airline was ranked 2nd in the Best Regional Airline (Asia) category in the 2011 Skytrax World Airline Awards.  Last year, 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 2010 by Hong Kong-based online travel magazine, Smart Travel Asia. SilkAir was also voted Best Regional Airline (Southeast Asia) in the 2009 Skytrax World Airline Awards. For more details visit silkair.com. SilkAir is also now on Facebook. Follow us atwww.facebook.com/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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