Singapore Airlines will see a huge transition in services between its group airlines in the coming years. These changes are in line with the gradual phasing out of the SilkAir brand. Singapore Airlines currently operates its regional Airbus A330 and Boeing 772 aircraft to a number of cities in India. It also operates the Airbus A350 to Mumbai, Boeing 787-10 to New Delhi, and the Airbus A380 to both Mumbai and New Delhi and a few Boeing 777 services also.
Bengaluru is the first Indian city to receive the Singapore Airlines A350 regional service, as the 3x weekly Scoot A320 service will be upgraded to Singapore Airlines A350 service. In addition, Singapore Airlines will also upgrade the existing daily 772 services to an A350R. From May 17, 2019, Bengaluru will receive Singapore Airlines’ 10x weekly A350R service.
Singapore Airlines Country Manager David Lim confirmed to Live From A Lounge in a conversation late October that other airports will gradually see a shift to regional A350s and 787-10s as Singapore Airlines gradually retires their A330 fleet.
Kolkata is the second airport in India, now to see a shift to Singapore Airlines’ A350R service. The first flight is scheduled on June 3, 2019. Currently, Singapore Airlines group operates daily service on Kolkata-Singapore route with a mix of Singapore Airlines’ A330-300 and SilkAir’s 737-800s.
From June 8, 2019, Kolkata-Singapore route will be operated by Singapore Airlines’ 4x weekly A35R and SilkAir’s 3x weekly 737 services. The schedule for the Singapore – Kolkata route is,
SQ516 SIN2100 – 2235CCU 359 x247
MI488 SIN2100 – 2235CCU 737 247
SQ517 CCU2350 – 0640(+1 day)SIN 359 x247
MI487 CCU2350 – 0640(+1 day)SIN 737 247
The A350-900 regional has 303 seats: 40 lie-flat Business class and 263 Economy seats. As a point of comparison, the A330-300 has 30 angle-flat Business class seats and 255 Economy class seats. The Business class, as well as Economy class seats, are the same as those in Singapore Airlines’ 787-10 which also operates on regional routes.
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