Singapore Airlines to operate two new flights from New Delhi

March 13th, 2008 - 5:45 pm ICT by admin  


Mumbai, March 13 (IANS) As part of its aggressive expansion plan in India, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has decided to operate two new flights from New Delhi March 30 onwards, the airline said Thursday. With this, the airline will now operate nine flights a week from the national capital, using the Boeing 777-200 aircraft with a three-class configuration.

These new flights have been called Sunrise services. The two morning flights will be operated Friday and Sunday from New Delhi to Singapore.

“Our new Sunrise services will provide convenient connectivity to our customers travelling to and beyond Singapore to destinations in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This will increase Singapore Airline’s capacity from New Delhi by almost 24 percent,” said SIA general manager (India) C.W. Foo.

To promote the new services, SIA has introduced special economy class fares to key destinations, which include Singapore. The bookings close March 15, for the March 30 to May 15 travel period, the peak vacation season in India.

SIA plans to start two daily flights from Bangalore, which currently operates 10 flights per week. It also wants to fly three flights daily from Mumbai from where the airline operates 14 flights per week.

The airline also intends to start two flights a day from New Delhi within 18 months.

Cities such as Pune, which are growing and developing well in the Indian market, are also being considered by the airline.

“We are also looking at expanding our international destination network and considering exotic locations like Bali and Vietnam. We are working with Tourism Australia for jointly promoting our flights to five destinations in Australia,” Foo added.

SilkAir, the subsidiary regional airline of SIA, is also looking at starting operations from Visakhapatnam. Currently, it operates daily flights from Kochi, four flights a week from Thiruvananthapuram and three flights a week from Coimbatore.

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