SilkAir starts eighth Chinese route

There were gifts for passengers on SilkAir’s first flight between Singapore and Fuzhou which departed on Monday 21 November. The four times weekly service will compete with Xiamen Airlines’ double-daily service. SilkAir now serves eight destinations in China and has 10% of the seat capacity between the two countries.

  • SilkAir on 21 November made Fuzhou (FOC) its eighth destination in China. The new four times weekly service from Singapore (SIN) will be flown on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using the carrier’s 737-800s. Xiamen Airlines already serves the 3,204-kilometre route with double-daily flights. Commenting on the launch, SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Foo Chai Woo, said: “We are delighted to launch our new flight route to Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province. We hope that this would open up exciting opportunities for travellers between Fuzhou and Singapore, and also beyond these two major gateways. Fuzhou is famous for its sea views, mountains and historical sites and I am confident it will be a destination that will interest many Singaporeans. Likewise, Singapore offers various attractions that tourists from Fuzhou will definitely enjoy and find appeal in.” Fuzhou becomes SilkAir’s eighth destination in China as it already serves Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Xiamen. Parent company Singapore Airlines also serves Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. In the China-Singapore market SilkAir now has 10% of seat capacity, behind Singapore Airlines (28%) and Scoot (15%). With Tigerair Singapore also having 10% of the market it means that airlines related to Singapore Airlines have 63% of capacity between the two countries.

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