Tradewinds Airline was founded on February 21, 1989 and was re-branded as Silk Air on April 1, 1992. As Tradewinds, the airline catered to holiday destinations like Hat Yai, Kuantan, Pattaya, Tioman and Phuket. However, the transition from Tradewinds to Silk Air transformed it from a holiday resort airline to a complete regional airline. Silk Air flights range from short to medium haul and are quite popular among business as well as leisure travellers in Asia. Besides online booking, low air fare and readily available air tickets, Silk Air also offers an exquisite menu, bar services and good in-flight entertainment. Hospitality and service quality are the highlighting feature of Silk Air. Backed by a dedicated cabin crew and Silk Air has become a favourite of Asian passengers. The scrumptious cuisine served on board delight the customers. The airline has been declared the 'Best Airline (Regional)' by TTG Asia PTN Asia Pacific, for three consecutive years in 1995, 1996 and 1997. It went on to win the reputed award for 10th time in 2009 and features in TTG Asia's Travel Hall of Fame for the same. With a comprehensive schedule and widespread network, Silk Air has managed to become the indisputable leader in Asia region.
Destination & Services
Silk Air, based in Singapore, is known for its extensive route network and flight schedule within Asia. Specialising in providing air tickets for short and medium haul destinations, Silk Air operates flights to locations that are within five hour radius of Singapore. It operates under its parent company, Singapore Airlines and collectively serves more than 98 destinations in 37 countries. Passengers can conveniently book Silk Air flights with low air fare to any destination within Asia conveniently, using the online booking service. There are regular flights offered by Silk Air to top cities in India like Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Kochi to name a few. Silk Air also serves a number of destinations in China, such as Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Shenzhen and Xiamen. It also covers a number of locations in Indonesia and Malaysia like Bandung, Balikpapan, Lombok, Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang. Silk Air also flies to countries like Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. Passengers can also fly to Australia and Cambodia with Silk Air as it serves Darwin, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The airline has a weekly schedule of around 315 flights covering 41 destinations in 12 countries.
Silk Air started its operations with two hired McDonnell Douglas MD-87 aircrafts in the year 1989.Currently the fleet of SilkAir consists of 18 aircrafts. it is one of the youngest fleets in Asia, with an average age of 5.8 years. SilkAir flights serve 31 destinations around the world. The fleet consists of 12 Airbus A320-200 and 6 Airbus A319-100 aircrafts.
Weight allowance for checked in baggage for economy class is 20 kg and for Business Class it is 30 kg. Infants are allowed 10 kg of free checked in baggage along with one fully collapsible pushchair/stroller or infant car seat. The food for infants can be carried in a hand-luggage for consumption on board.
Awards & Recognition
SilkAir has won successive 'Best Regional Airline: Southeast Asia' in 2009 and 2010 by Skytrax at World Airlines Awards.