A year into its three-year transformation programme, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that its regional wing SilkAir will be merged under SIA after undergoing cabin upgrades amounting to about S$100 million (US$74.5 million).
To ensure closer product and service consistency across the SIA Groupâ€™s full-service network, SilkAir will have its cabins upgraded to include new lie-flat seats in Business Class, and seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in both Business Class and Economy Class.
Aircraft cabin upgrades are expected to start in 2020, with SIA citing â€ślead timesâ€ť required by seat suppliers.
SIA said the merger will take place after â€śa sufficient number of aircraftâ€ť have been fitted with the new cabin products.
Consistent with ongoing efforts to optimise the groupâ€™s network, there will also be transfers of routes and aircraft between the different airlines in the portfolio.
The development is expected to â€śprovide more growth opportunities and prepare the group for an even stronger futureâ€ť, according to SIA CEO, Goh Choon Phong.
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.
The airline launched in 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, initially focusing on holiday destinations in South-east Asia, before being renamed SilkAir in 1992. It expanded across Asia in subsequent years, evolving from a holiday resort airline to a full-fledged, full-service regional carrier.