SilkAir to merge with SIA

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SIN­GA­PORE Air­lines is set to merge with its re­gional wing SilkAir, fol­low­ing a “sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment pro­gram” worth more than $100 mil­lion to up­grade the sub­sidiary’s cabin prod­ucts.

Works are ex­pected to be­gin in 2020 to “en­sure closer prod­uct and ser­vice con­sis­tency across the SIA Group’s full-ser­vice net­work,” the air­line said.

The merger would even­tu­ally re­sult in with­drawal of the SilkAir brand and would only take place af­ter a suf­fi­cient num­ber of air­craft had been fit­ted with the new cabin prod­ucts.

SilkAir air­craft cab­ins would be fit­ted with new lie-flat seats in Busi­ness class, and seat-back in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems in­stalled in both Busi­ness class and Econ­omy class.

“Sin­ga­pore Air­lines is one year into our three-year trans­for­ma­tion pro­gram and to­day’s an­nounce­ment is a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment to pro­vide more growth op­por­tu­ni­ties and pre­pare the group for an even stronger fu­ture,” said SIA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Goh Choon Phong.

The merger will see trans­fers of routes and air­craft be­tween SIA and SilkAir, which the car­rier noted was “con­sis­tent with on­go­ing efforts to op­ti­mise the SIA Group’s net­work”.

SilkAir cur­rently op­er­ates 11 Air­bus A320-fam­ily air­craft and 22 Boe­ing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 air­craft, and is cur­rently tran­si­tion­ing to an all-737 fleet.

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