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Goodbye SilkAir, SilkAir to undergo major cabin product upgrade and will be merged into Singapore Airlines

SilkAir Airbus A319-133 9V-SBH (msn 4259) HKT (Richard Vandervord). Image: 923656.

Singapore Airlines has made this announcement:

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) regional wing, SilkAir, is to undergo a significant investment program to upgrade its cabin products as part of a multi-year initiative that will ultimately see it merged into Singapore Airlines.

The program will comprise investment of more than $100 million to upgrade the wholly owned subsidiary’s cabins 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. This will ensure closer product and service consistency across the SIA Group’s full-service network.

Above Photo: SilkAir. SilkAir’s MAX 8 Business Class seats.

Aircraft cabin upgrades are expected to start in 2020 due to lead times required by seat suppliers, including to complete certification processes. The merger will take place only after a sufficient number of aircraft have been fitted with the new cabin products. Specific details will be announced progressively as the program develops and timelines are finalised.

Consistent with ongoing efforts to optimise the SIA Group’s network, there will also be transfers of routes and aircraft between the different airlines in the portfolio.

SilkAir is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, operating a fleet of 11 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 22 Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft. It is currently transitioning to an all-737 fleet, and serves 49 destinations in 16 countries.

It launched in 1989 as Tradewinds the airline, initially focusing on holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. Renamed SilkAir in 1992, it expanded progressively across Asia in subsequent years as it evolved from a holiday resort airline to a full-fledged, full-service regional carrier.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by SilkAir): SilkAir Airbus A319-133 9V-SBH (msn 4259) HKT (Richard Vandervord). Image: 923656.

SilkAir aircraft slide show:

Ellinair expands with two new aircraft, 7 new routes and 4 bases

Ellinair Airbus A319-133 SX-EMB (msn 3705) FCO (Jacques Guillem). Image: 935177.

Ellinair has announced it will add two more aircraft to grow its fleet to 10 aircraft: 3 144-seat Airbus A319s, 5 180-seat Airbus A320s and 2 148-seat Boeing 737-300s (Boeings to be retired in 2019).

The aircraft will operate from four bases, namely from Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu and Moscow.

The company will concentrate on the routes to and from Crete, where this year Ellinair will fly to Heraklion from Thessaloniki, Athens, Moscow, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Belgrade, Bucharest and Cluj Napoca (Romania), Katowice (Poland), Kiev and Lviv (Ukraine) and Tbilisi (Georgia).

Routes from Crete (Heraklion):

For the coming summer season the company will operate to Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Clus, Warsaw, Katowice, Tallinn, Riga and Belgrade, while at the same time maintaining the linking Thessaloniki with 17 Russian cities, 5 Ukrainian cities, 2 cities
Kazakhstan and the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Ellinair): Ellinair Airbus A319-133 SX-EMB (msn 3705) FCO (Jacques Guillem). Image: 935177.

Ellinair aircraft slide show: