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SilkAir Launches its Inaugural Flight to Malé

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SilkAir Launches its Inaugural Flight to Malé

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today launched its inaugural flight to Malé, Maldives. With this launch, SilkAir’s route network now spans 49 destinations in 13 countries.

The inaugural flight departed this morning at 10.40am from Changi Airport and is expected to arrive at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport at 11.40am. The return flight will take off at 1.35pm and is expected to land in Singapore at 9.25pm* (all times local).

The four times weekly flights depart out of Singapore on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with same day return flights from Malé. The services will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring both business and economy class cabins.

This new service will complement Singapore Airlines’ current daily flights to Malé. Together, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines will offer a total of twice daily services between Singapore and Malé.

To mark this special occasion, passengers on the first flight out of Singapore and Malé were presented with exclusively produced SilkAir gifts, as well as inaugural flight certificates signed personally by SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr Leslie Thng, and Commander of the flight, Captain John Lee.

Commenting on the launch, SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr. Leslie Thng said: “As the popularity of Maldives grows among Asian travellers, we are glad to be joining our parent company, Singapore Airlines, in operating flights on this route. Together, we will provide double daily services to and from Malé throughout the year, giving more options to travellers wanting to visit this beautiful destination. The additional services will also offer our customers enhanced connectivity to over 100 international cities in 36 countries in the joint Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network.”

Detailed flight schedules to Malé are as follows:

Singapore (SIN) to Malé (MLE) Flights

Flight Days of Operation Departure Arrival
SQ452 Daily SIN 2035hrs* MLE 2210hrs Operated by Singapore Airlines
MI482 Mon Tue Wed Thu SIN 1005hrs MLE 1140hrs Operated by SilkAir
SQ462 Fri Sat Sun SIN 1005hrs MLE 1140hrs Operated by Singapore Airlines
*SQ452 timings from 25Oct15 to 20Nov15: SIN 2020hrs/MLE 2210hrs

Malé (MLE) to Singapore (SIN) Flights

Flight Days of Operation Departure Arrival
SQ451 Daily MLE 2325hrs SIN 0715hrs (+1) Operated by Singapore Airlines
MI481 Mon Tue Wed Thu MLE 1255hrs SIN 2045hrs Operated by SilkAir
SQ461 Fri Sat Sun MLE 1255hrs SIN 2045hrs Operated by Singapore Airlines

* Changes to flight timings for inaugural flight only, in conjunction with inaugural welcome ceremony. 

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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 more than 350 weekly flights to 48 destinations in 12 countries. Recent additions to the network include Denpasar (Dec 2014) and Cairns (May 2015). The airline currently has a fleet of 30 aircraft, comprising 5 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 8s.

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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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