Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Scoot are set to resume flights to four key destinations in China starting late November.
SIA's mainline service will be reinstating operations to Chengdu, Chongqing, and Xiamen, while Scoot will once again be connecting to Changsha.
For the Singapore-Chengdu, Chongqing, and Xiamen routes, SIA will be deploying the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, known for its premium experience. This aircraft boasts a business class section with a unique alternating 2-2 and 1-1 configuration, providing an intimate setting for just 10 passengers. The economy class offers a comfortable 3-3 layout, accommodating 144 passengers.
Additionally, from late November, SIA will be taking over the Singapore-Shenzhen route, currently serviced by Scoot, and will also introduce the 737 Max 8 on this route.
While these developments mark significant progress, industry analyst Brendan Sobie highlighted that due to regulatory considerations, SIA Group's capacity to China will still be slightly over 20 percent below pre-Covid levels in December 2023.
Sobie emphasised the strategic importance of fully restoring seat capacity to China, as Chinese carriers have already reinstated their capacity to Singapore.
Currently, SIA operates to three major destinations in China – Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The Star Alliance member offers three daily flights to Beijing, four to Shanghai, and, from late November, will increase service to Guangzhou to twice daily.
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