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Singapore Airlines Group cuts 96% of its capacity and grounds 185 aircraft

Singapore Airlines has made this announcement:

Singapore Airlines will be cutting 96% of the capacity that had been originally scheduled up to end-April, given the further tightening of border controls around the world over the last week to stem the Covid-19 outbreak.


This will result in the grounding of around 138 SIA and SilkAir aircraft, out of a total fleet of 147, amid the greatest challenge that the SIA Group has faced in its existence.


The Group’s low-cost unit Scoot will also suspend most of its network, resulting in the grounding of 47 of its fleet of 49 aircraft.

The SIA Group diversified its network and set up Scoot to spread its risks and cater to a wide range of passenger and market segments. However, without a domestic segment, the Group’s airlines become more vulnerable when international markets increasingly restrict the free movement of people or ban air travel altogether.

It is unclear when the SIA Group can begin to resume normal services, given the uncertainty as to when the stringent border controls will be lifted.

The resultant collapse in the demand for air travel has led to a significant decline in SIA’s passenger revenues.

The Company is actively taking steps to build up its liquidity, and to reduce capital expenditure and operating costs. As mentioned on March 17, 2020, SIA will continue to aggressively pursue all measures to address the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the Company. These include:

• ongoing discussions with aircraft manufacturers to defer upcoming aircraft deliveries. If agreed, this will consequently defer payment for those aircraft deliveries;

• salary cuts for the SIA Group’s management with the Company’s Directors also agreeing to a cut in their fees, and a voluntary no-pay leave scheme up to certain management positions. Given the worsening situation, the unions have been engaged on the additional cost-cutting measures that are needed and more steps will

be taken imminently; and

• over the last few days, the SIA Group has drawn on its lines of credits to meet its immediate cash flow requirements. The SIA Group is engaging in discussions with several financial institutions for its future funding requirements.

The Company continues to explore measures to shore up its liquidity during this unprecedented disruption to global air travel. The Company will release further details when such measures have been firmed up.

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Scoot suspends flights to Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan

Scoot has made this announcement:

Scoot will be temporarily suspending flights to and from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Seoul in South Korea, and Sapporo in Japan, as well as extending an existing suspension on flights to mainland China, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Flights to and from Jeddah from March 9 to April 25, 2020 (inclusive) will be suspended due to a recent temporary ban on entry into Saudi Arabia for the purpose of umrah and for tourists arriving from some countries including Singapore.

Flights to and from Seoul via Taipei (TR896 and TR897) and Sapporo via Taipei (TR892 and TR893) from March 9 to April 25, 2020 (inclusive) will also be suspended due to weak demand arising from the growing scale of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since March 4, 2020, the relevant authorities have imposed restrictions barring entry into and transit in Singapore to new visitors with recent travel history to South Korea. Hokkaido, where Sapporo is the capital city, has also declared a state of emergency over the outbreak.

Scoot had earlier implemented a temporary suspension of flights to and from mainland China from February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020. This will be extended to April 25, 2020 (inclusive).

All affected customers, including those with multiple sectors that include the suspended flights, will be notified progressively and will receive a full refund on the unused portion of their itinerary within 30 business days. No further action is required of them. Affected customers who still wish to travel may make a new booking for travel after the suspension periods on the Scoot website. Scoot apologizes for any inconvenience caused to our customers.

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Scoot to drop four routes, SilkAir will no longer transfer its Boeing 737-800s to Scoot

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Scoot has made this announcement:

Scoot will be suspending services to four cities – Lucknow, Kalibo, Quanzhou and Male – all served by the Airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

 

The last flights departing Singapore and the four cities are listed below, subject to regulatory approvals:

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Sector

Flight/date

 

Departure*

Arrival *

Singapore to Lucknow

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TR500 on 29 June 2019

1600hrs

 

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1835hrs

Lucknow to Singapore

TR501 on 29 June 2019

1935hrs

0325hrs (+1)

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Singapore to Kalibo

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TR372 on 30 June 2019

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1110hrs

 

1450hrs

Kalibo to Singapore

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TR373 on 30 June 2019

1530hrs

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1910hrs

Singapore to Quanzhou

TR178 on 24 August 2019

1110hrs

1545hrs

Quanzhou to Singapore

TR179 on 24 August 2019

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1645hrs

2110hrs

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Singapore to Male

TR588 on 25 October 2019

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1825hrs

2005hrs

Male to Singapore

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TR589 on 25 October 2019

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2105hrs

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0455hrs (+1)

*All times local

Scoot has decided to suspend services to these four cities due to a combination of weak demand and a shortage of aircraft resources. The aircraft shortage is arising as SilkAir, due to the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, will no longer transfer its Boeing 737- 800NG aircraft to Scoot in the financial year 2019/2020, as originally announced in November 2018. However, Scoot will continue to undertake the routes that SilkAir had earlier committed to transfer over, outlined in Annex A.

Scoot currently serves Lucknow1, Kalibo2 and Quanzhou three times weekly, and Male four times weekly.

Customers with existing bookings have been contacted and provided the following options:

1 Scoot serves Lucknow four times weekly in the month of June 2019.
2 Scoot serves Kalibo four times weekly for selected periods from now to the suspension of services.

Annex A

Subject to regulatory approvals, the 17 destinations SilkAir had earlier committed to transfer to Scoot are as follows:

  • Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos, in April 2019
  • Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam in India, between May 2019 andOctober 2019
  • Changsha, Fuzhou, Kunming and Wuhan in China, between May 2019 and June2019
  • 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

Top Copyright Photo: SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA WL 9V-MGN (msn 44230) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 929664.

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SilkAir to transfer routes to Scoot ahead of merger into Singapore Airlines

SilkAir Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 9V-MBE (msn 44242) SIN (Pascal Simon). Image: 944508.

Scoot is to take over a number of SilkAir’s routes over the next two years, ahead of SilkAir’s merger into Singapore Airlines (SIA). Scoot will also be transferring some of its services to existing destinations served by SIA and SilkAir.

The changes are expected to take place between April 2019 and the second half of 2020. They are the result of a detailed review to identify which airlines in the SIA Group portfolio are best suited to meet evolving customer demand. The changes, which are subject to regulatory approvals, are planned as follows:


From SilkAir to Scoot:

  • 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[1] 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. 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 Program, and this 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.

The investments will ensure closer product and service consistency across the SIA Group’s full-service network. 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.

(1) Existing Scoot destination.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): SilkAir Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 9V-MBE (msn 44242) SIN (Pascal Simon). Image: 944508.

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Scoot takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

"Chapati Party", Scoot's first Airbus A320neo

Scoot, the low cost wing of Singapore Airlines, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo (9V-TNA) in Toulouse, France.

Scoot has placed orders for 39 A320neo aircraft under its fleet renewal programme. The new addition complements the airline’s existing fleet of 27 A320ceo Family aircraft.

Powered by Pratt and Whitney PurePower engines, the new aircraft features 186 seats in Scoot’s configuration. Selected for its outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range, the A320neo will be deployed by Scoot on its services across Asia.

Featuring the widest single aisle cabin in the sky, the A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. With more than 6,100 orders received from over 100 customers, the A320neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent share of the market.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Scoot): Scoot-flyscoot.com (Singapore Airlines) Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWIX (9V-TNA) (msn 8441) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943669.

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easyJet partners with Singapore Airlines to connect travellers between Europe and South East Asia with ‘Worldwide by easyJet’

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZTT (msn 4219) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943445.

easyJet has made this announcement:

easyJet has announced that Singapore Airlines and its low cost subsidiary airline Scoot will join the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ global connections service, connecting easyJet customers with South East Asia with Singapore Airlines via Milan Malpensa airport and with Scoot through Berlin Tegel. The service is expected to be available within the coming months.

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ launched last year as the first ever low-fares carrier connection service and will now for the first time offer customers both a low-fares connection to Asia through Scoot, as well as the choice to connect with a full-service carrier through Singapore Airlines, named as the World’s Best Airline 2018. Singapore Airline group’s combined network connects over 135 destinations in more than 35 countries across five continents, with a combined fleet of over 180 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines and Scoot join other ‘Worldwide’ partner airlines Thomas Cook, Norwegian, WestJet, Loganair, La Compagnie, Corsair, Neos and Aurigny. 53 million easyJet customers a year will be able to book connecting flights with these airlines through the easyJet website to around 100 destinations across North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean and soon to South East Asia with Singapore Airlines and Scoot.

Tens of thousands of easyJet customers are using Worldwide to connect through easyJet’s biggest European airport hubs including Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Berlin Tegel and Venice Marco Polo, with the service due to go live in the coming months at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Amsterdam Schiphol, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Worldwide by easyJet

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures.  With ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.

easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.

All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com.  Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.

Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute ‘Minimum Connection Time’, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by easyJet): easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZTT (msn 4219) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943445.

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Scoot arrives in Berlin Tegel

Scoot-flyscoot.com (Singapore Airlines) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9V-OFJ (msn 37126) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 938983.

Scoot launched its inaugural flight to Berlin (Tegel) on June 20, the first of its four-times-weekly nonstop Singapore-Berlin services.

The capital city of Germany is Scoot’s third long-haul destination after Athens in Greece and Honolulu in the United States, both of which were launched last year.

Scoot’s flight TR734 departed Singapore Changi Airport at about 12.25 am local time and received a traditional water cannon salute upon arriving at Berlin Tegel Airport at approximately 7.20 am local time on June 20.

The aircraft, a widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliner named “Bo Jio”, had carried 311 customers – 95% full.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Scoot): Scoot-flyscoot.com (Singapore Airlines) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9V-OFJ (msn 37126) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 938983.

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