Published on Monday, 29 October 2012 21:04
Singapore Airlines (SIA) launched its maiden flight from Singapore to Yangon yesterday to meet rapidly growing demand for travel to Myanmar.
“Demand has been growing strongly for both business and leisure travel to Myanmar; and Singapore Airlines looks forward to serving the country for the first time,” Mak Swee Wah, SIA Executive Vice President of Commercial, who is also Chairman of SilkAir, said in a press release on September 5.
The SIA took over seven of 16 Singapore-Yangon flights run every week by subsidiary SilkAir.
SIA’s new service uses a 323-seat Boeing 777-200 wide-body aircraft, replacing the 142-seat Airbus A320 of SilkAir. This increases the weekly seat capacity of the airline by 55 per cent.
The SilkAir has been operating Yangon-Singapore flights since 1999.
Since September, other foreign airlines–such as Japan’s All Nippon Airways, China’s EVA Air, Qatar Airways and Korean Air—have been launching direct flights to Myanmar former capital.
Private and publicly owned airways Air Bagan, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings Airways, Myanma Airways, Myanmar Airways International and Yangon Airways are also operating domestic and international flights.
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