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SilkAir launches flights to Kuala Lumpur

4th November 2008 - 05:20 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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SilkAir has launched twice-daily flights to Kuala Lumpur, which, together with five daily flights by Singapore Airlines, increases the flight frequency between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur offered by the two carriers to seven daily flights. From 1 December 2008, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will operate four daily flights each on the route, increasing flight frequency to 8 daily flights. Together with flights operated by codeshare partner Malaysia Airlines, the three carriers will offer 15 daily flights between the cities.

The inaugural flight, MI332/26Oct, operated by an A320 aircraft, landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on schedule at 0805 hrs and was welcomed with a water cannon salute by two airport fire trucks. On disembarkation, passengers were welcomed with a Malay dance performed by dancers in traditional costume. The event was graced by the presence of Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, the Malaysian Minister of Transport, who was the Guest of Honour.

In his address to the guests and members of the media, Datuk Seri Ong welcomed SilkAir's entry into the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route, saying that it was the first step towards the liberalization of traffic rights between ASEAN capital cities. He added that he hoped that SilkAir's entry would further facilitate air transportation between the two cities.

SilkAir Chief Executive Mr Chin Yau Seng noted in his speech that there is a high demand for travel options between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and this is a great opportunity for SilkAir to offer its services on this route. "A new travelling option has come to Kuala Lumpur, and SilkAir is both pleased and honoured to be of service", said Mr Chin.

SilkAir flies to 30 Asian destinations and is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines. In 2008, the airline was voted Best Regional Airline in the TTG Travel Awards for the 9th time and was first in Conde Nast Travellers Reader's Choice Awards in the "Foreign Route" airline category. The airline was also rated by Travel+Leisure Magazine among the top five international airlines in the world in 2008.

 

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