Discover Their Story - SilkAir
Inducted in 2010
Consecutive Award Won: Best Regional Airline

The airline first took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, catering to passengers holidaying in exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. The year 1992 in particular, stands out as a watershed in the airline’s history, as we changed our name to SilkAir to mark our evolution from a holiday airline to a regional carrier, flying to regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur.
As a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir has inherited the service excellence and high standards from its parent company, Singapore Airlines. SilkAir promises a full service experience that is based on offering a customer-oriented quality product and services from the ground to the air.
From our humble beginnings, we have established ourselves as Asia’s most awarded regional airline and expanded our network extensively to now serve 54 destinations across 16 countries spanning Australia, China, India, Southeast Asia and the latest addition of Japan, with about 400 flights weekly.
Today, SilkAir operates one of the youngest fleet in the region consisting of a mix of Airbus A320, Airbus A319, Boeing 737-800 and upcoming B737 MAX 8 aircraft.




    • 2018


The Next Chapter


In August 2012, SilkAir announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8s. The airline received its first Boeing 737-800 aircraft in February 2014 and will receive its first Boeing 737 Max aircraft in 2017.

These new aircraft will assist in continuing to extend the Singapore Airline Group's network by seeding and developing other new and exciting destinations in Asia Pacific. One such destination is Hiroshima, Japan, which SilkAir will commence operations to on 30 October 2017 using its Boeing 737-800 aircraft.