SilkAir to transfer several routes to low-cost airline Scoot

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced the transfer of multiple routes from its subsidiary SilkAir to Scoot, a low-cost airline owned by Singapore Airlines.

The changes include the transfer of some routes departing from SilkAir’s hub at Singapore Changi Airport to destinations in China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand.

Furthermore, some destinations in Scoot’s route network will be taken over by SIA and SilkAir.
Most of the route transfers are expected to take place between April 2019 and the second half of 2020. At the same time, Scoot announced that it will suspend its long-haul service to Honolulu with effect from June 2019 as a result of weak demand.

We are now at the half-way mark in our three-year Transformation Programme, and today’s 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.SIA CEO, Goh Choon Phong

In May 2018, SIA announced that its regional airline SilkAir is set to undergo an investment programme to upgrade its cabin products ahead of its eventual merger into SIA. The investments will ensure closer product and service consistency across Singapore Airlines’ full-service network. Additionally, the airline will take delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

In turn, Scoot’s fleet will also be expanded with the transfer of 14 Boeing 737-800s from SilkAir after the merger into Singapore Airlines. The low-cost carrier currently operates with Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A319 and A320 airplanes. The latter were transferred to Scoot following the merger with Tigerair in 2017.