AIRLINES: Singapore Airlines (SIA)

Singapore Airline is the national airline of Singapore with its hub situated at the Singapore Changi airport and a major pacific region carrier.

The airline was formally established in 1936 by Malaya (Malaysia), owned and operated by then imperial airways and ocean stream Ship Company, before it was incorporated in the year 1972 as Singapore Airlines limited (SIA)

SIA has a long history of formation, from the time of Malayan airways limited in 1936 to when it was name the British overseas airways corporation (BOAC), after the II world war in 1946 by the Britain government. In 1957 Malaya got independence from the Great Britain, which led to the partnership with BOAC, Qantas, and the Malaysia government with 33 percent stake for each partner. In 1963 Federation of the Malaysia was formed, comprising the former British colonies of Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah, the airline was again named Malaysian Airways Limited, under the leadership of Keith Hamilton, Who joined MAL in 1960.

In 1965 Singapore gained independence from Malaysia and both government acquired a joint majority control of the airline, and the airline was renamed Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA) in 1966. After four years (1970) Malaysia announced that it would build its own national carrier for domestic and international flights. This brought about the dissolution of MSA and equal distribution of assets between the two countries and the birth of SINGAPORE AIRLINES LIMITED (SIA) in July 1972.

Since the birth of SIA, it has grown from strength to strength with great achievements, known for its unparalleled customer service, multiple travel accolades and high service standards embodied in its Kebaya (traditional nonya dress) clad flight attendant known as the “Singapore Girl”.

SIA has won multiple awards ranging from a position on Time Magazine’s list of 50 genuine companies, to world best airline of the year (four times) at the Skyrax world airlines awards and many others.

Together with its budget carrier arm, Scoot, Singapore airlines operates fleet of more than 180 aircraft (Boeing, Airbus etc.) with a combined passenger’s network that spans more than 135 destinations.

SIA has other airline related subsidiaries such as SIA Engineering Company which handles maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) across nine countries. With a portfolio of 27 joint ventures including Boeing and Rolls-Royce. Singapore airlines Cargo operates SIA’s freighter fleet subsidiaries; Silkair operates regional flights to secondary cities while Scoot operates as a low cost carrier.


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