Silk Air, legally SilkAir (Singapore) Private Limited, is an airline from Singapore and a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines.
The Story of Silk Air goes back to the year 1975, when Singapore Airlines founded the tourism company tour operator Tradewinds Pte. Tradewind offered only packages including flights of Singapore Airlines in the surrounding area of the city state. In 1989, the offer with their own flights with an airline of the same name has been expanded. Target were Pattaya, Phuket, hatya, Kuantan and Tioman.
1992 Tradewinds was renamed SilkAir. At the same time the supply structure has been changed. SilkAir flew from then on as a regional airline with full service. Tradewind Tours & Travel Division was a subset of SilkAir.
Silk Air was the first provider in Asia, offering flights on the digEplayer 5500 portable video-on -demand, but only on flights to China and India.
Silk Air operates 25 cities in Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and Taiwan. As of March 26, 2012 Darwin has also been included in the flight program. It operates 25 of the 49 short-haul Singapore Airlines Group. In addition, it maintains code -share agreement with the parent company Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, Air India, Garuda Indonesia and Bangkok Airways.
As of August 2013 the fleet of Silk Air consists of 24 aircraft:
- 06 Airbus A319 -100
- 18 Airbus A320 -200
- 23 Boeing 737-800
- 31 Boeing 737 -MAX
On 19 December 1997, the Boeing 737 crashed on Silk Air flight 185 in the middle of trip flight from Jakarta to Singapore ten kilometers vertically into the Musi River in Sumatra and smashed the speed of sound on the ground, with 104 people on board died. Because the entire aircraft was destroyed and both flight recorders that record all important data and cockpit conversations, had failed even before the dive, the Indonesian investigators could not explain what had happened. Professionals of the U.S. NTSB, however, came to the conclusion that one of the two pilots ( probably the captain himself ) that Boeing had deliberately crash. He had already been criticized frequently by the co-pilot and had already disabled in previous flights both flight recorders from the cockpit. In addition, the dive characteristics pointed out that the fall was driven by the joystick.