SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today launched its inaugural flight to Kalibo, Philippines, the gateway to Boracay.
MI599 departed Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 at 1000 hours and is scheduled to arrive in Kalibo at 1345 hours, where a special launch ceremony will be held at Kalibo International Airport. The return flight will take off at 1500 hours and is expected to land in Singapore at 2010 hours (all times local).*
Kalibo will be SilkAir’s third destination in the Philippines after Cebu and Davao, increasing the number of destinations in SilkAir’s route network to 46 destinations in 12 countries.
Flights to Kalibo will be operated on a thrice weekly basis, departing Singapore on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. The flights will be operated by Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins.
Kalibo is the capital of Aklan province in the Philippines and is a gateway to the beautiful Boracay island where nature’s bounty of scenic attractions can be found, with fine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Boracay also offers a wide array of attractions, from cascading waterfalls, natural cold springs, and the chance to explore the five caves of Buruanga town.
To mark this special milestone, passengers onboard the inaugural flight out of Singapore received frisbees that are symbolic of the iconic and stunning beaches of Boracay, as well as inaugural flight certificates personally signed by Chief Executive SilkAir, Mr. Leslie Thng, and the flight commander.
“The launch of these direct flights to Kalibo highlights our commitment to the Philippine market. We’re excited to be connecting our customers to more destinations in the Philippines and are confident that they will be delighted with the ease in which they can now visit yet another unique destination in the region with SilkAir,” said SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr. Leslie Thng.
This new service will connect Kalibo with the joint Singapore Airlines – SilkAir network of over 90 cities worldwide via the Singapore hub.
For Kalibo customers visiting Singapore, the Lion City offers a wide array of attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, Marine Life Park, River Safari, the famous Night Safari by the Singapore Zoological Gardens, and Gardens by the Bay. Singapore also offers a multitude of world-class shopping malls and dining options around the city.
Detailed flight schedules to Kalibo are as follows:
SilkAir’s Services to Kalibo, Philippines
(From 27 May 2014)
|Flight Number||Routing||Day of Operation||Departure*||Arrival*|
|MI 577||SIN-CEB-KLO||Thursday||SIN 0820hrs||KLO 1345hrs|
|MI 577||KLO-SIN||Thursday||KLO 1430hrs||SIN 1810hrs|
|MI 599||SIN-KLO||Tuesday, Sunday||SIN 1000hrs||KLO 1345hrs|
|MI 599||KLO-CEB-SIN||Tuesday, Sunday||KLO 1430hrs||SIN 1940hrs|
* Changes to flight timings for inaugural flight only, in conjunction with inaugural welcome ceremony.
As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group’s narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.
The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added.
Today, the full service airline operates more than 350 weekly flights to 46 destinations in 12 countries. Recent additions to the network include Makassar (August 2013), Yogyakarta (November 2013) and Kalibo (May 2014). SilkAir’s network will increase to 48 when Mandalay and Hangzhou commence operations in June 2014. The airline currently has a fleet of 25 aircraft, comprising 6 A319s and 16 A320s and 3 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In August 2012, the airline announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
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