As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir enhances Singapore Airline's vast international network by developing new destinations in Asia and serving regional connections using Singapore as the ideal transit hub.
It is 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.
SilkAir boasts one of the youngest fleets in the South East Asian region, with 11 aircraft; 7 A320s (16 Business class and 126 Economy Class) and 4 A319s (12 Business Class and 106 Economy Class).
The airline had its roots as a regional air charter company in the form of Tradewinds Charters at its formation in 1976, using planes predominantly leased from parent Singapore Airlines. Scheduled services were introduced when it leased McDonnell Douglas MD-87 airplanes. A major marketing overhaul was done in 1991, giving the airline its present name, and utilising 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.
As at 27 May 2004, excluding code-shared destinations.
- China, People's Republic of
- Balikpapan (Sepinggan Airport)
- Lombok (Selaparang Airport)
- Manado (Samratulangi Airport)
- Medan (Polonia International Airport)
- Padang (Tabing Airport) (suspended from 23 February 2005 to 30 April 2005)
- Palembang (Mahmud Badaruddin Ii Airport) since October 2001
- Solo (Solo City - Adi Sumarmo Wiryokusumo)
Destinations under negotiation
- Chittagong Service launched on 31 March 2002, with 3 flights a week every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and suspended since 19 January 2004 due to low traffic.
- Jakarta suspended since July 1999
- Makassar Service launched in November 1995, and suspended since 26 March 2003 due to low yields.
- Pekanbaru, which was suspended due to a lack of aircraft, but talks are on-going for the route to be reinstated.
- Macau (Macau International Airport) (launched 2 July 2002, last flight 31 December 2004)
- Krabi (Krabi Airport) (launched 1 May 2002, last flight on 28 February 2005)
The Silkair fleet consists of the following aircraft (at March 2005):
- Singapore Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines (27 march2005 / 1 July2005)
- Air India
- Garuda Indonesia
- Mandala Airlines
- Silkair Fleet Detail
- Silkair Passenger Opinions
- Singapore Airlines
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