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SilkAir
IATA
MI
ICAO
SLK
Callsign
SILKAIR
Founded 1989 (as Tradewinds)
Hubs Singapore Changi Airport
Frequent flyer program KrisFlyer
Member lounge Silver Kris Lounge
Fleet size 13 (+2 orders)
Destinations 26
Parent company Singapore Airlines Limited
Company slogan Where the world unwinds
Headquarters Singapore
Key people Chin Yau Seng (CEO)
Website: http://www.silkair.com

SilkAir (Singapore) Private Limited is an airline based in Singapore. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines and operates scheduled passenger services from Singapore to 25 cities in Southeast Asia, South Asia and China. As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, it serves 25 out of 49 short haul destinations in the Singapore Airlines group network, and flew 1.56 million passengers in 2006. It made a profit of S$30 million, as turnover rose 20.4% to $415 million.[1] Image File history File links Silkair. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Singapore Changi Airport (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ), or simply Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) is a major aviation hub in Asia, particularly in the Southeast Asian region, and is the main airport in Singapore. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... Singapore Airlines Limited (Abbreviation: SIA; Chinese: ; Pinyin: , abbreviated 新航; Malay: ; Tamil: ) (SGX: S55) is the national airline of Singapore. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... An Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline An airline provides air transport services for passengers or freight. ... Singapore Airlines Limited (Abbreviation: SIA; Chinese: ; Pinyin: , abbreviated 新航; Malay: ; Tamil: ) (SGX: S55) is the national airline of Singapore. ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... Map of South Asia (see note on Kashmir). ... Regional airlines are a type of airline service that is intended to feed a larger airline or larger aircraft. ... The Singapore dollar, divided into 100 cents, is the monetary unit of Singapore (currency code SGD). ...

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History

The airline had its roots as a regional air charter company in the form of Tradewinds Charters, formed in 1976, and using planes predominantly leased from parent Singapore Airlines serving leisure destinations. Scheduled services were introduced as Tradewinds Airlines on 21 February 1989 when it leased McDonnell Douglas MD-87 airplanes for services to six destinations: Bandar Seri Begawan, Pattaya, Phuket, Hat Yai and Kuantan from Singapore's Changi Airport and Tioman from Singapore's Seletar Airport. As the carrier matured, regional business destinations such as Jakarta, Phnom Penh and Yangon were added to its network, thereby broadening the airline's appeal beyond the holiday maker to include the business traveller. is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Douglas DC-9 is a twin-engined jet airliner, first manufactured in 1965 and, in much modified form and under a succession of different names, still in production today as the Boeing 717. ... Brunei International Airport is the primary airport in the nation of Brunei. ... U-Tapao (Thai: ; also spelt Utapao and U-Taphao) (IATA: UTP, ICAO: VTBU) is both an active civil airport (U-Tapao International Airport) and home of the Royal Thai Navy First Air Wing (U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield). ... Phuket International Airport (IATA: HKT, ICAO: VTSP) is an airport in Phuket, Thailand. ... Hat Yai International Airport (IATA: HDY, ICAO: VTSS) is the major southern hub airport in Hat Yai, Thailand. ... Kuantan City Location in Malaysia Coordinates: , Country Malaysia State Pahang Establishment Late 19th century (early township) Government  - Mayor Azizan Bin Ahmad Area  - City 2,960 km²  (1,143 sq mi) Elevation 21. ... Singapore Changi Airport (新加坡樟宜机场 / Bandar Udara Changi Singapura / சிங்கப்பூர் சாங்கி விமானநிலையம்) in the city and State of Singapore... Tioman Islands southern mountains View from Panuba bay Tioman Island (locally, Pulau Tioman) is a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is some 39 km long and 12 km wide. ... Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) (Chinese: 实里达机场) was Singapores first international airport. ... Jakarta (also DKI Jakarta), formerly known as Djakarta, Sunda Kelapa, Jayakarta and Batavia is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. ... Phnom Penh (Khmer: ; official Romanization: Phnum Pénh; IPA: ) is the largest, most populous and capital city of Cambodia. ... Yangon (Burmese: , population 5,000,000 (nearly) (2007 census), formerly Rangoon, is the largest city and former capital of Myanmar (previously known as Burma, prior to 1989). ...

SilkAir A319-100 at Changi Airport, with a Singapore Airlines (parent company) Boeing 777 in the background.
SilkAir A319-100 at Changi Airport, with a Singapore Airlines (parent company) Boeing 777 in the background.

A major marketing overhaul was started in 1991, culminating on the 1 April 1992 by giving the airline its present name and logo as a new corporate identity [2]. The rebranded airline utilised up to 6 of the new Boeing 737-300s introduced just a year earlier. The mid-1990s saw two Airbus A310-200 aircraft in use and the expansion of services to India and mainland China. It was the first Asian carrier to offer handheld portable video-on-demand (VOD) inflight entertainment in the form of the DigEplayer 5500, available on flights to China and India. [citation needed] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 2025 KB) [edit] Summary Silkair A319-100 and Singapore Airlines 777 aircrafts parked at Singapore Changi Airport. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2592x1944, 2025 KB) [edit] Summary Silkair A319-100 and Singapore Airlines 777 aircrafts parked at Singapore Changi Airport. ... The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... Singapore Changi Airport (新加坡樟宜机场 / Bandar Udara Changi Singapura / சிங்கப்பூர் சாங்கி விமானநிலையம்) in the city and State of Singapore... Singapore Airlines Limited (Abbreviation: SIA; Chinese: ; Pinyin: , abbreviated 新航; Malay: ; Tamil: ) (SGX: S55) is the national airline of Singapore. ... The Boeing 777 is an American long-range wide-body twin-engine airliner built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The Boeing 737 is the worlds most popular short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body airliner. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The Airbus A310 is a medium to long-range widebody airliner manufactured by Airbus S.A.S. It was Airbus second model to be introduced, and is a shortened derivative of the A300. ...


SilkAir 185

is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Silkair Flight 185 was a scheduled passenger service from Jakarta, Indonesia to Singapore. ... The Boeing 737 is the worlds most popular short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body airliner. ... Tsu Way Ming was a pilot for Silkair. ... The Musi River is located in southern Sumatra, Indonesia. ... Sumatra (also spelled Sumatera) is the sixth largest island in the world (approximately 470,000 km²) and is the largest island entirely in Indonesia (two larger islands, Borneo and New Guinea, are partially in Indonesia). ... Jakarta (also DKI Jakarta), formerly known as Djakarta, Sunda Kelapa, Jayakarta and Batavia is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. ...

Destinations

Further information: SilkAir destinations

// Jaipur Bodh Gaya Christmas Island Guilin Udon Thani Yogyakarta Semarang Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei International Airport)- Daily scheduled services by Tradewinds which was terminated in early 1990s []. Presently Singapore Airlines occassionally uses SilkAirs aircraft while serving this route Chittagong- Service launched on 31 March 2002, with 3 flights a...

Fleet

SilkAir began operations with leased McDonnell Douglas MD-87 aircraft in 1989, before investing in its own fleet of six Boeing 737-300s, the first of which began operations in 1991. It operated two Airbus A310-200s for a brief period from 1993 to 1995 before they were transferred to Singapore Airlines, and two Fokker F70 from 1995 to 2000. It began replacing its Boeing fleet with Airbus aircraft when the first Airbus A320-200 arrived in 1998, and retired all Boeing aircraft a year later. [citation needed] The Douglas DC-9 is a twin-engined jet airliner, first manufactured in 1965 and, in much modified form and under a succession of different names, still in production today as the Boeing 717. ... The Boeing 737 is the worlds most popular short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body airliner. ... The Airbus A310 is a medium to long-range widebody airliner manufactured by Airbus S.A.S. It was Airbus second model to be introduced, and is a shortened derivative of the A300. ... The Fokker F70 is a 70 seat, twin engine regional jet airliner developed as a smaller version of the larger, 100 seat Fokker F100 jetliner. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ...


Today, the SilkAir fleet, with an average of 4.5 years in operation, consists of the following aircraft [3]:

SilkAir Fleet
Aircraft Number Registration Capacity Routes
Airbus A319-132 4 9V-SBA - 9V-SBD 118 (12J/106Y) Short Haul
Airbus A319-132 1 9V-SBE 120 (8J/112Y) Short Haul
Airbus A320-232 5 9V-SLB - 9V-SLF 142 (16J/126Y) Short Haul
Airbus A320-233 3
(2 on order)
9V-SLG - 9V-SLI 142 (16J/126Y)

144 (12J/132Y) The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ...

Short Haul

On 20 December 2006, SilkAir signed an agreement to purchase 11 Airbus A320-200 aircraft with 9 more on option. These aircraft will be delivered between 2009-2012 [4]. is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Airbus A320 family of short-to-medium range commercial passenger aircraft are manufactured by Airbus S.A.S.. Family members include the A318, A319, A320, and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. ...


Services

Cabins

There are only two class of cabins available on all flights of SilkAir, Business and Economy Class.


Business Class

Business class cabins are available on all flights of SilkAir. The business class cabins offer a seat pitch of 40 inches, and legroom of 19.3 inches. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Economy Class

All economy class cabins have a seat pitch of 32 inches and legroom of 11 inches. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In-flight

Dining

SilkAir offers oriental and western menus which emphasis on flavours of the region. Local delights such as Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, mee siam and mee rebus are available at selected flights. The term the Orient - literally meaning sunrise, east - is traditionally used to refer to Near, Middle, and Far Eastern countries. ... Look up West in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hainanese chicken rice (Simplified Chinese: 海南鸡饭; Traditional Chinese: 海南雞飯; pinyin: Hǎinán jīfàn) is a rice dish most commonly associated with Singaporean cuisine, although it is also commonly sold in neighbouring Malaysia and found in Hainan itself. ... Laksa (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) is a popular spicy noodle soup from Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Malaysia and Singapore. ... Mee Siam, which means Siamese noodle, is a dish of thin rice noodles (vermicelli) in spicy, sweet and sour light gravy. ... Mee rebus (literally boiled noodles in English) is a Malay inspired noodle dish. ...


Entertainment

SilkAir uses DigEplayer, which is a handheld device, as their in-flight entertainment. Interested passengers who are travelling on Economy Class in selected flights, will have to rent the DigEplayer onboard for a fee of S$15. DigEplayers are complimentary for all Business Class passengers flying on selected routes. The Singapore dollar, divided into 100 cents, is the monetary unit of Singapore (currency code SGD). ...


The selected routes which offer the DigEplayer are:

  • Singapore to/from China (Xiamen, Chengdu, ChongQing, Kunming, Shenzhen)
  • Singapore to/from India (Trivandrum, Kochi)
  • Singapore to/from Philippines (Cebu, Davao)
  • Singapore to/from Indonesia (Manado)

Codeshare partners

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Singapore Airlines Limited (Abbreviation: SIA; Chinese: ; Pinyin: , abbreviated 新航; Malay: ; Tamil: ) (SGX: S55) is the national airline of Singapore. ... Malaysia Airlines (Abbreviated: MAS,马航 ; Malay: Penerbangan Malaysia; Chinese: 马来西亚航空公司; Hanyu Pinyin: MálaixÄ«ya Hángkōng GōngsÄ«)is the national airline of Malaysia, operating scheduled services to over 100 destinations worldwide. ... PT (Persero) Perusahaan Penerbangan Garuda Indonesia, abbreviated to Garuda Indonesia, is the national airline of Indonesia. ... Image File history File links Commons-logo. ...

External links

  • SilkAir Website
  • Silkair Fleet Detail
  • Singapore Airlines

References

  1. ^ "SilkAir passenger numbers up 25%", The Straits Times, 16 March 2007. 
  2. ^ SilkAir website - New corporate identity
  3. ^ SilkAir fleet
  4. ^ SilkAir website - Airbus orders

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