SilkAir pours millions into meeting the future

A program that will include investments of over 100 million dollars for the modernization of wholly-owned subsidiary cabins, with new business class reclining seats and the installation of in-flight entertainment systems in both Business Class and Economy Class is taking place at SilkAir airline.

The regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, is about to launch an important investment program to update its cabin products as foreseen by a newly-launched multiannual initiative that foresees a merger with Singapore Airlines (SIA). These SilkAir enhancements will ensure a closer coherence between product and service through the SIA Group’s service network.

Aircraft booth upgrades should start in 2020 to meet delivery times required by seat suppliers, including completion of certification processes. The merger will take place only after a sufficient number of aircraft have been equipped with the new cabin products. Specific details will be announced progressively as the program develops and the timelines be completed.

In line with ongoing efforts to optimize the SIA Group’s network, there will also be transfers of routes and aircraft between the different airlines in the portfolio.

“About a year has passed out of the three planned to complete the announced transformation project and today’s communication represents a significant development to offer more growth opportunities and prepare the Group for an even more prosperous future,” declared the CEO of SIA, Goh Choon Phong.

“This change will certainly be positive for our customers, another example of the great investment we are making to ensure that our products and services continue to be on the cutting edge of short, medium, and long-haul routes.”

SilkAir is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, which operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 22 Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Currently it is moving to a fleet of all 737 and serves 49 destinations in 16 countries .

It was launched in 1989 as Tradewinds, with the Airline initially focusing on holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. Renamed as SilkAir in 1992, it has progressively increased its routes throughout Asia in the following years, evolving from airline to full regional carrier holidays.

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