Scoot to Take Over 17 SilkAir Routes as Part of SIA Group Revamp

These changes are expected to take place between next April and the second half of 2020.

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In light of SilkAir’s eventual merger with Singapore Airlines (SIA), it will transfer 17 of its routes to low-cost carrier Scoot by 2020.

The changes, which are a result of an SIA Group survey, are expected to take place between next April and the second half of 2020.

Here’s are some of the changes that travelers can expect: Scoot will take over SilkAir’s flights to Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos; Trivandrum, Visakhapatnam, and Coimbatore in India; and Wuhan, Changsha, Fuzhou, and Kunming in China.

In addition, Scoot will operate existing SilkAir services to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, Chiang Mai in Thailand,  as well as the Indonesian cities of Balikpapan, Manado, Lombok, Semarang, Makassar, and Yogyakarta.

Other network changes include SilkAir converting its Mandalay route to a seasonal service, with current services ending in March next year before returning from November 2019 until January 2020; as well as Scoot suspending Honolulu services with effect from next June.

Goh Choon Phong, CEO of SIA, said: “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.”

SIA Group’s overhaul will also see a US$74.4 million investment in upgrades to its SilkAir fleet ahead of the merger, which will implement seat products and features that are more in line with those offered by SIA.

Travelers can look forward to a new lie-flat seat in the business class cabin, as well as the installation of seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in both business and economy class.

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