August 22, 2017

Singapore Airlines to start budget airline

This plane looks like it could do with a visit to WeightWatchers for Aircraft. Maybe it is just big boned.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has said it is to start a budget long distance carrier flying wide-body aircraft within a year.

The as yet unnamed Singapore based budget carrier is expected to compete with long-haul, cut-price Asian airlines operated by Australia’s Qantas and Malaysia’s AirAsia.

“As we have observed on short-haul routes within Asia, low-fare airlines help stimulate demand for travel,” Goh Choon Phong, chief executive of SIA, said in a statement.

“We expect this will also prove true for longer flights.”

Long-haul flights are regarded as longer than 4 hours.

The new SIA budget carrier will be run as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Details of routes and ticket prices have yet to be released.