Updated: 01/10/2014 00:14

SilkAir to get eight new planes this year for route expansion

SilkAir to get eight new planes this year for route expansion

SilkAir will be taking delivery of eight Boeing 737s this year for its routes expansion plan. 

They're part of a new fleet of 54 planes ordered last August, which will replace its current fleet of 24 Airbuses. 

The new aircraft features a 162-seat configuration and several enhancements to improve its in-flight experience for travellers. 

SilkAir's chief executive Leslie Thng says the new fleet will enable the regional carrier to execute its expansion plan into key markets like China, India and Indonesia. 

He added that the carrier will also build its profile among business travellers despite being known as an airline that travels to leisure destinations. 

"Over the years we've been operating to cities that would have a higher content of business traffic. At the same time, business traffic is important to us. We're looking at the product and services on board to cater to the demand and expectations of all these business travellers."

The new aircraft will extend SilkAir's flight radius from 5 to 6 and a half hours. 

This means that they will be able to fly further and longer routes. 

The first of the eight new aircraft will be delivered next month. 

It will start flying to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Phuket and Medan from February the 20th. 

The arrival of the second plane will allow the airline to fly to Siem Reap, Danang, Davao, Cebu and Kochi from the 17th March. 

New destinations this year include Kalibo in the Philippines, which will take off in May and Mandalay in Myanmar, in June.

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