Singapore despite its puny size is one of the biggest economies in the world. It is home to the largest number of millionaires on earth and almost every multinational organization worth its name has an office in Singapore. The nation is also the top notch tourist destination in the world. Of all the Singaporean companies and business organizations that have been helped keep the national economy in perfect shape, Singapore Airlines occupies a pride of place. Apart from SIA, there are five other air carriers in Singapore that have the license (as granted by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore). These are the Jetstar Asia Airways, SilkAir, Scoot, Tigerair, and Valuair. Singapore Airlines Cargo is the only carrier in Singapore operating cargo flights.
About Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines or SIA is the flagship carrier of the country and rated as one of the best airlines in the world. SIA is the world’s most favorite airlines in terms of quality of passenger service, total number of passengers flown, the number of destinations it flies to, the total number of daily flights it operates, and many other parameters.
Singapore Airlines operates out of its hub at the Changi International Airport which again is one of the busiest airports in the world in terms of passenger traffic. Singapore Airlines flies to almost all major cities of the world. It operates long haul flights, including trans-Atlantic flights and direct flights (with only stopovers for refueling) to many North American and European cities some of which are world’s longest commercial routes. The airline was incorporated in 1947 as Malayan Airways and starting operating passenger flights (civil aviation) from 1972.
Singapore Airlines flies to a total of 62 destinations based in 35 countries that cover all the six continents. The carrier flies to the maximum number of Southeast Asian locations and also operates more flights than any other airlines to Southeast Asian destinations. SIA has a major share of the international air traffic bound for Australia. The carrier flies to almost all major airports in Middle East Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.
Jetstar Asia Airways
Jetstar Asia Airways popularly known as Jetstar Asia established in 2004 is a subsidiary of Jetstar Airways which again is an ancillary holding of QANTAS-national airlines of Australia. Jetstar Asia is a low-cost carrier. It mainly operates flights to neighbouring Southeast Asian destinations in Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Phillipines, Vietnam and Malaysia. It also flies to select destinations in Japan, China, and Australia.
Valuair is also an economy carrier that presently operates flights only to Indonesian destinations of Surabaya, Denpasar, Jakarta, and Medan. The airlines was founded in 2004 and offers special facilities to fliers like free baggage exceeding 20 Kg, wide seats and high-quality in-flight meals.
Tigerair officially known as Tiger Airways Singapore Pte Ltd is another low-cost air carrier based in Singapore. Tigerair which was founded in 2003 concentrates on flying to destinations in India, China, Australia and some specific destinations in Southeast Asia. It was felicitated with the CAPA Low Cost Airline of the Year Award in 2010 and 2006.
SilkAir officially called SilkAir (Singapore) Private Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary holding of Singapore Airlines. It operates flights to 43 cities in Australia, China, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Scoot Pte Ltd better known as Scoot is a low-cost carrier owned by Singapore Airlines and flies to far off destinations in Australia, Japan, South Korea and China like Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney, Shenyang, Qingdao, Tokyo, and Seoul. It also flies to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taipei. Scoot was incorporated in 2011. Scoot uses a very arresting catchphrase for its marketing campaigns-‘Get Outta Here! Scoot!