Saturday, August 10, 2019

Singapore Airlines flying newer, bigger aircraft to India

Singapore Airlines is enhancing its capacity to and from India, with newer, bigger aircraft being introduced into service, as it looks to cash in on the growing number of Indians travelling overseas.

Singapore Airlines has been rewarded as the world’s best airline for years. The airline started flying into India 49 years ago, with flights to Chennai. Over the years, it has started flying to other cities. Currently, Singapore Airlines, its regional subsidiary Silk Air and low-cost arm Scoot, together fly to 13 cities in India, making the country the second largest market in Asia, after China, in terms of number of cities Singapore Airlines flies to, David Lim, general manager, Singapore Airlines – India, told THE WEEK.

“We have had double digit growth in the last three years from India. We have been, in terms of capacity, flying more often and flying bigger aircraft, so there has been capacity increase over the last few years,” he said.

The airline in the last two years has introduced several new products coming into India. For instance, In July 2017, it introduced the Airbus A350 long haul aircraft into Mumbai and last year, it launched its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to Delhi. This year, Singapore Airlines has started flying the A350 into Bengaluru and Kolkata and from September it will start flying its biggest aircraft Airbus A380, which has been retrofitted with a new cabin, to Mumbai.
It is also increasing the number of services from a few cities. So, by the end of the year, it will start daily services between Singapore and Ahmedabad, versus three times a week in the past. It has also added one more flight to Mumbai, so it now flies 18 times a week between Mumbai and Singapore.
“From 2010, until now, our capacity has gone up by around 40 per cent,” said Lim.
09/08/19 Nachiket Kelkar/The Week
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