Silkair To Head Down Under In 2012

Silkair, the regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has announced that it will launch nonstop flights to Darwin, heralding its entry into the Australian aviation market. Part of a joint plan with alliance partner Virgin Australia to boost air services to northern Australia, the airline will fly 4 times a week from 26 March 2012.


Operated by 2-class Airbus A319 and A320 jets, flight MI 801 will depart Singapore at 1930 hrs on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to arrive in Darwin at 0145 hrs the next day. The return flight, MI 802, takes off from Darwin International Airport at 0230 hrs for a 0530 hrs landing back at Changi International Airport.


Silkair’s service targets business travel and cargo demand currently served by Jetstar and its parent company Qantas. The carrier will be counting on Virgin Australia to support the flights, with the latter moving to add a daily Sydney – Darwin service from April 2012 and committing to open a lounge at Darwin International Airport.


With the addition of Darwin, Silkair now flies to 39 international destinations in 12 countries from its base in Singapore.


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