Singapore Airlines reintroduces medium haul wide-body aircraft on Kolkata sector, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced the reintroduction of its A350-900 medium haul wide-body aircraft on the Kolkata to Singapore sector. The relaunch of wide-body services from Kolkata will result in a 41.5 per cent increase in seat capacity to Singapore and will also provide an increase in cargo capacity by over 200 per cent.The airline in a communication said that it will continue to operate daily flights between Kolkata and Singapore, with the A350 services operating every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The inaugural A350 service, SQ 516, will depart from Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at 2350hrs on 26 March 2023. The airline will continue to operate its B737-8 narrow-body services through the remainder of the week.

Commenting on the development, Sy Yen Chen, General Manager India, Singapore Airlines, said, “We are delighted to finally relaunch our A350 medium haul services to Kolkata once again. This is a significant milestone for us that will not only cater to the steadily growing demand from West Bengal but will also open up new cargo opportunities from the region that were previously unavailable to us due to product-related capacity constraints.”


According to Steven Udvar-Hazy, Executive Chairman of AirLease Corp, the 500 planes will be including about 400 narrow-body aircraft, probably a mix of (Airbus) A320neos, A321neos and (Boeing) 737 MAXs, and 100 wide-bodies which will include (Boeing) 787s, 777X, potentially some 777 freighters and (Airbus) A350s. The comments are the first public indication of the scale of the planned order.

“In line with SIA’s commitment to product and service excellence, the Airbus A350 medium haul aircraft, combined with our award-winning inflight service, will provide enhanced comfort to travellers from Kolkata.” Chen added.The Singapore Airlines A350-900 features higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body delivering more space and comfort, as well as lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Fitted with SIA’s regional Business Class and Economy Class cabin products, the A350-900 medium haul Business Class cabin has 40 lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement that ensures direct aisle access for every customer, while the Economy Class cabin has 263 seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.

From 30 October 2022, Singapore Airlines restored 100 per cent of its pre-pandemic frequency from India and now operates 96 flights weekly from 8 cities across the country.

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