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Mon, 26 Nov 2018

SIA Unveils Major Changes to Scoot and SilkAir Routes

Scoot is to take over a number of SilkAirs routes over the next two years, ahead of SilkAirs merger into Singapore Airlines.

Scoot will also be transferring some of its services to existing destinations served by SIA and SilkAir.

The changes, expected to take place between April 2019 and the second half of 2020, are as follows:

From SilkAir to Scoot:

SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 reg: 9V-MBE at Changi Airport in Singapore. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos, in April 2019

Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam in India, between May 2019 and October 2019

Changsha, Fuzhou, Kunming and Wuhan in China, between May 2019 and June 2019

Chiang Mai in Thailand, in October 2019

Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, in December 2019

Balikpapan, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Semarang and Yogyakarta in Indonesia, between May 2020 and July 2020

From Scoot to SIA (both are existing SIA destinations):

Bengaluru and Chennai in India, in May 2019 and May 2020

From Scoot to SilkAir (both are existing SilkAir destinations):

Shenzhen in China, from June 2019

Kochi in India, from October 2019

In addition, SilkAir will be converting its Mandalay route to a seasonal service. Existing services will end in March 2019 and will resume in November 2019, continuing until January 2020.

Scoot will meanwhile be suspending services to Honolulu with effect from June 2019 as a result of weak demand.

Dates are indicative as a result of required regulatory approvals. The airline has said that customers with existing bookings will be provided the option to switch to the new Scoot, SIA or SilkAir flights where possible, or be provided refunds.

We are now at the half-way mark in our three-year Transformation Programme, and todays announcement represents another significant development. The route review will strengthen the SIA Group for the long term, with the right vehicles in  our portfolio of airlines deployed to the right markets, said SIA CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

SIA announced in May that its regional wing SilkAir is to undergo a significant investment programme to upgrade its cabin products ahead of its eventual merger into SIA. The programme will see SilkAirs cabins fitted with new lie-flat seats in Business Class, and the installation of seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in both Business Class and Economy Class.

Low-cost subsidiary Scoots fleet will meanwhile be expanded with the transfer of 14 Boeing 737-800s from SilkAir, while SilkAir will continue growing its operations in the years ahead as it takes delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

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