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SilkAir Touches Down in the Top End

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today launched its first flight to the vibrant and historic city of Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory in Australia's Top End. This new service gives customers the ideal opportunity to explore one of Lonely Planet's top ten must-visit cities in 2012.

The inaugural flight MI801 departed Singapore Changi Airport at 0755 hours and will land in Darwin at 1405 hours. The return flight, MI 802, will take off at 1510 hours and is expected to reach Singapore at 1810 hours (all times local). (The inaugural flights on 26 March were retimed to accommodate the welcoming ceremony requirements. Under the normal schedule, MI801 departs Singapore at 1930 hours and arrives in Darwin at 0145 hours on the following day. MI802 departs Darwin at 0230 hours and arrives in Singapore at 0530 hours.)

Darwin is SilkAir's first destination in Australia, increasing the number of destinations in SilkAir'ss route network to 39 in 12 countries. SilkAir will operate four times a week, departing Singapore on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with next day return flights from Darwin. The services will be operated with Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, both featuring business and economy class cabins.

To mark this special occasion, passengers on the first flight out of Singapore will be presented with a special gift from Darwin, a notebook covered in contemporary artwork by some of the Northern Territory'ss world renowned Aboriginal artists. Passengers travelling on the first flight out of Darwin will be served a celebratory drink and exclusively produced SilkAir notebooks.
"We are delighted to be adding Darwin and Australia to our network. The Northern Territory is an exciting destination and offers a plethora of memorable experiences to our travellers. With our award-winning cabin crew, seamless connectivity to the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir global network and partnership with Virgin Australia, SilkAir is delighted to introduce our full service product on the Singapore-Darwin route," said SilkAir's Chief Executive, Mr. Marvin Tan. Customers interested in booking and viewing fares for flights to and from Darwin can visit silkair.com.  

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About SilkAir

A full-service premium airline, SilkAir currently flies to 38 destinations across 11 countries and is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines. This year, 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. 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 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.

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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