SIA to boost Indonesia services

Singapore Airlines is boosting its Indonesia services from July, it was announced today.

The carrier will introduce daily flights to Surabaya and increase the frequency of services to Jakarta and Bali.

From July 26, the airline will take over one of two daily Surabaya flights currently operated by regional subsidiary SilkAir. SIA will operate 285-sear Airbus A330s on this route, thereby increasing capacity on the route by 48 per cent.

On the same date, the carrier will begin a ninth daily service to Jakarta and a fourth daily service to Denpasar (Bali).

In July and August, SilkAir will launch services to the Indonesian cities of Semarang and Makassar.

Subject to regulatory approvals, SilkAir will offer thrice-weekly flights between Singapore and Semarang from July 29, and thrice-weekly flights between Singapore and Makassar from August 1.

These new services will be operated with Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, featuring both business and economy class cabins.

Lee Wen Fen, SIA’s acting senior vice president marketing planning, said: “The Indonesian economy is growing and this has increased demand for both business and leisure travel.

“Indonesia is an especially important market for the SIA Group, as demonstrated by SIA’s new services to Surabaya, our additional flights to Bali and Jakarta, and SilkAir’s new services to Semarang and Makassar.”

Last month, SIA acquired a further 9.9 per cent of Virgin Australia, increasing its total stake in the airline to 19.9 per cent (see online news, April 24).

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Report by Graham Smith

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  • Good to know they are re-introducing the 4th daily flight to Bali, which they used to offer but have now stopped. I am HOPING they deploy the planes with their new regional Business Class on the Bali flights. The current seats are a disgrace to the airline and an insult to any passenger paying the extra for Business Class….which I suppose they think they can get away with!
    Hoping for the re-introduction of First Class on these flights would probably be asking for TOO much!!

  • Unfortunately the new timings have a largely detrimental effect on UK connections as there is no longer a flight nightstopping in Bali. Which means the loss of the day flight back from Bali to London (the only airline offering this) – a service I regularly used – and also the loss of the late evening connection from Heathrow at 22:05 (as the 19:00 from Singapore to Bali now leaves 40 minutes earlier from Singapore so it turn around).

    So, great for locals, but actually reduces options for me!

    Strangely for a 2:30 hour flight the regional 772 business seats are fine for me. First class would surely be an overkill?

  • it would be nice if they can have a daily flight to Lombok now that the infrastructure around the new international airport is in place.

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