Singapore Airlines to kick off budget long haul carrier

by Alister POOLE on May 26, 2011

Singapore Airlines has revealed that it plans to start its very own budget carrier for flying longer distances.
Those that will be pleased to hear the news should expect the new airline to start operating in around a year’s time, using wide-body planes to ferry passengers. Important details, such as the carrier’s name, proposed routes, and prices of tickets, are yet to be revealed.
SIA’s budget carrier will compete with long-haul, low-priced Asian airlines currently operated by Qantas and Malaysia’s AirAsia.
In a statement, SIA’s chief executive, Mr Goh Choon Phong, told how low-fare airlines have stimulated the demand for travel and, after much observation, it has been decided that his carrier should put an end to paying over-the-odds for flights of considerable distances.
Short-haul flights are considered as being any that are under four hours. On the other hand, long-haul flights travel greater distances. SIA’s new subsidiary is set to be based in its native Singapore and the carrier will wholly own it despite it being operated independently away from all of the flagship airline’s affairs.
Already, SIA owns Silkair, which provides short-haul flights around Asia. Although its prices are higher than those offered by Jetstar or Tiger, its two main rivals, flights are cheaper than they are with SIA.

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