SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, expects to take over the operation of Singapore Airlines’ services between Singapore and Penang from December 1.
Singapore Airlines currently operates a daily morning flight, while SilkAir has twice-daily frequencies to Penang. By taking over the Singapore Airlines flight, SilkAir will serve Penang three times daily, offering a morning flight in addition to its current afternoon and evening services. The flights are subject to regulatory approvals.
SIA Group says that having SilkAir operate the Singapore-Penang route optimises the utilization of the group’s resources and presents a better match of capacity to demand. SilkAir offers a level of cabin service and reliability synonymous with the SIA Group branding.
“Since the launch of SilkAir’s services on the Singapore-Penang route in June this year, we have received a very good response from our customers through healthy loads and positive feedback on our inflight service. With three times daily services from 1 December 2009, we hope to count on their continued support,” says Chin Yau Seng, SilkAir’s chief executive.
Rich in culture, history and heritage, Penang is one of Malaysia’s top tourist draws. Its largest city, Georgetown, features charming colonial buildings and villas that are best explored on foot. Due to its multicultural history of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences, Penang is also well known as Malaysia’s food paradise, boatsing dishes such as Penang laksa and char kway teow.
SilkAir also flies to four other cities in Malaysia: Kota Kinabalu (six times weekly), Kuching (three times weekly), Langkawi (six times weekly) and Kuala Lumpur (30 times weekly).
Customers who have made advance bookings to fly the Singapore-Penang route on Singapore Airlines will be re-accommodated on SilkAir flights.
SilkAir’s expected schedule from Singapore to Penang from December 1 envisages flight MI352 departing Singapore (SIN) at 8:05 a.m. and arriving at Penang International Airport (PEN) at 9:30 a.m. Flight MI356 is timed to leave SIN at 3:10 p.m., to reach PEN at 4:35 p.m. Flight MI358 is scheduled to push back at SIN at 6:55 p.m. to get to PEN at 8:20 p.m.
From Penang to Singapore, SilkAir’s planned December 1 schedule should see flight MI351 leaving PEN at 10:25 a.m. to arrive at SIN at 11:50 a.m. Flight MI355 is planned to depart PEN at 5:25 p.m. to reach SIN at 6:50 p.m., and flight MI357 is timed to push back at PEN at 9:15 p.m. to get to SIN at 10:40 p.m.
For general information on flights, fares and schedules, visit silkair.com.