Posing together with Singapore media, agencies and competition winners in Darwin after SilkAir’s touchdown were CheeSen, SilkAir Manager NT;, Jim Parashos (NT Airports Director Airline & Airport Services; Ian Kew, NT Airports CEO; Nurling Abdullah, SilkAir Cabin Crew; Chris Barlow, NT Airports Chairman; Marvin Tan, SilkAir CEO; Capt David Hawkes; Capt Hari Shankkar V S; Chloe Lim, SilkAir Cabin Crew; Malarndirri McCarthy, Northern Territory Minster for Tourism; and John Fitzgerald, Tourism NT CEO.
- SilkAir, Singapore Airlines regional subsidiary, expanded its network into Australia on 26 March when the A320 family operator launched four weekly flights from its Singapore (SIN) base to Darwin (DRW) in Australia’s Northern Territory, complementing its parent airline’s services to other Australian gateways. The services are operated overnight on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, returning from Darwin the following day. Competition for the premium regional carrier on the route comes from the low-cost airline Jetstar’s nine flights a week. SilkAir will partner with Virgin Australia to provide onward connections from Darwin. SilkAir’s CEO Marvin Tan commented: “We are immensely excited to introduce our first destination in the South-West Pacific. Darwin is well known for its mining and tourism industries and we believe our new service will have much to offer to both the business and leisure traveller.”