Scoot is to take over a number of SilkAir’s
routes over the next two years, ahead of SilkAir’s 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:

SilkAir to Scoot:

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

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

From Scoot to SilkAir (both are existing SilkAir

• 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 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,” 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 SilkAir’s 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 Scoot’s 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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