From a single plane to an internationally respected brand, almost 60 years of innovation and service has propelled the growth of Singapore Airlines to become one of the world’s leading carriers with an advanced fleet. They began with three flights per week, and today their route network spans 98 destinations in 40 countries. Years ago, Singapore Airlines was the first to offer free drinks and complimentary headsets. More recently, theypioneered inflight telecommunications services and unparalleled inflight luxury.
Singapore Airlines has grown from a regional airline into one of the world’s leading carriers. They have a young, efficient fleet, an educated staff attuned to quality, and a top-ranked travel gateway, Singapore’s Changi Airport, at the centre of our extensive route network. Their history, their country, and their customers all contribute to their success and their future.
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History of Singapore Airlines
Over the decades, Singapore Airlines has grown to become one of the most respected brands in the world. Thier quality service and innovative offerings are the tradition and future of Singapore Airlines.
Singapore Airlines Fleet
With many firsts in thier past, Singapore Airlines will soon be the first Airline to put the world’s largest aircraft into service. Thier fleet is among the youngest, most modern and comfortable in the world.
Singapore Airlines’ subsidiaries,
In flight and on the ground, Singapore Airlines’ subsidiaries, including SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, Tradewinds Tour and Travel, as well as the industrial giants SIA Engineering Company, SIA Cargo, and SATS add much to our offering and to our commitment to quality service throughout the world.
An overview of Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines is based in Changi airport, Singapore. It enjoys almost a monopoly in regions of East Asia, South East Asia etc. and maintains a dominant presence of the route between Oceania and Europe. Singapore Airlines also operates non-stop flights to Los Angeles, Newark and New Jersey in addition to a variety of other Trans-Pacific flights.
Singapore Airlines first started out as Malayan Airways Limited or MAL and was founded on the 12th of October 1947 by the Ocean Steamship Company of Liverpool. The first MAL flight to operate was actually a chartered flight, which took off from the British Straits in Singapore and landed in Kuala Lumpur. This inaugural flight took place on the 2nd of April 1947.
During the 1940s and 50s MAL embarked on its first expansion plans and joined the IATA. By 1955 MAL had an extensive fleet of Douglas DC-3s and, during 1957 the airline decided to go public. In addition to the Douglas DC-3s, MAL also had an assortment of Vickers Viscount, Bristol Britannia, Fokker F27, Douglas DC-4 Skymaster, Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation and the de Havilland Comet 4 etc. in their fleet.
In 1963 Malayan Airways Limited changed its name to Malaysian Airlines and the abbreviation became MAS instead of MAL. Subsequently MAS took ownership of Borneo Airways. Then in 1966 MAS changed its name again, this time to Malaysia Singapore Airlines or MSA.
Several Boeing 707s and 737s were added to its fleet over the next 6 years and, in 1972 MSA was divided into two separate entities, namely Malaysian Airlines System and Singapore Airlines. The latter retained all 10 the Boeing aircraft formerly owned by Malaysia Singapore Airlines and took control of all the international routes. During the 1970s Singapore Airlines achieved substantial growth and expansion. Soon the Singapore Airlines network covered in excess of 22 cities. Many new Boeing 747s were purchased during that time.
1989 saw the addition of more state of the art aeroplanes to the already substantial Singapore Airlines Fleet. These were mainly new generation Megatops or Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
Singapore Airlines offers two primary categories as part of its frequent flyer programs. The first is called KrisFlyer and the second is The PPS Club. Points and miles can be accrued and redeemed, not just on Singapore Airlines, but also on any of its KrisFlyer partners. These partners are inclusive of Star Alliance airlines members, Virgin Atlantic, SilkAir, as well as several car rental companies and hotels. The PPS Club is applicable to passengers with points worth more than 25,000 Singapore Dollars.