Singapore Airlines began as Malayan Airways Limited (MAL) on 12 October 1947. The airline's first flight was a chartered flight from the British Straits Settlement of Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on 2 April 1947. Regular weekly scheduled flights quickly followed from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang from 1 May 1947. By 1955, Malayan Airways' fleet had grown to include a large number of planes, and airline went public in 1957.
When Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak formed the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, the airline's name was changed, from "Malayan Airways" to "Malaysian Airlines". In 1966, following Singapore's separation from the federation, the airline's name was changed again, to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines.
Malaysia-Singapore Airlines ceased operations in 1972, resulting in the formation of two airlines: Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. The sarong and kebaya-clad air stewardesses were selected as an icon for the airline and calling them Singapore Girls.
Singapore Airlines had rapid growth during the 1970s, adding cities in the Indian subcontinent and Asia to its 22-city network. The 1980s saw the addition of the United States, Canada, and European cities to the Singapore Airline's list of destinations, with Madrid becoming the first Hispanic city to be served by Singapore Airlines.
In 2004, Singapore Airlines began non-stop trans-Pacific flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and Newark. These flights marked the first non-stop air services between Singapore and the USA. The Singapore to Newark flight has the record for the longest scheduled commercial flight, with a flying time of over 18 hours each way.
Singapore AIRLINES Flight Schedule & Inflight Services
Singapore Airlines has flights across a wide range of destinations, departing at convenient times. Click here for a quick view of the schedule of all the Singapore Airlines flights.
Singapore Airlines In Flight Services
Singapore Airline's in-flight entertainment system is called KrisWorld, and was introduced in 1997. It has since won many awards. Services and facilities include: movies, television programmes, music, games, and applications. There are entertainment devices such as headphones and handsets. There is also in-flight communication. Various amenities are also provided, such as high quality pens and pads.
Singapore Airlines has excellent dining services, and include: world gourmet cuisine, with world-class restaurant chefs preparing the food.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES DESTINATIONS
Singapore Airlines flies to 65 destinations in 35 countries on five continents, all from its primary hub in Singapore. Below is a list of these destinations.
Bandar Seri Begawan
Ho Chi Minh City
New York City
Singapore Airlines News
Beginning in May 2008 Singapore Airlines will begin converting the five Airbus A340-500 to a business class model only for its routes to Newark and Los Angeles.
At a Cabinet meeting on 22 February 2006, the Government of Australia decided not to grant fifth freedom rights to Singapore Airlines on flights from Australia to the United States. Singapore Airlines had argued that transpacific flights from Australia suffered from under-capacity, leading to limited competition and relatively high air fares. However, in December 2007, SIA again expressed an interest in requesting fifth freedom rights from the newly elected Labour government.