Singapore Airlines to deploy A350 on Kolkata route

Singapore Airlines will be deploying Airbus 350-900 aircraft on the Singapore-Kolkata route from June 3 as the latest version of the plane can ferry more passengers.

Mumbai: Singapore Airlines will be deploying Airbus 350-900 aircraft on the Singapore-Kolkata route from June 3 as the latest version of the plane can ferry more passengers.

The Southeast Asian carrier currently operates 54 weekly flights to India, with a mix of A380s, A350-900s, A330-300s, Boeing B787s (Dreamliner) and B777s.

Singapore Airlines will be the first overseas carrier to deploy this latest wide-body plane on the Singapore-Kolkata route. The airline was flying A330-300 in this route.

Though both are wide-body planes, an A350 carries more passengers. In a two-class configuration, an A350 can seat 303 passengers on a medium-haul route, while an A330 can carry 265 in a similar configuration.

The four weekly services on the Singapore-Kolkata route will see the introduction of A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, which will replace the existing A330-300 from June 3, the airline said Thursday.

"With the induction of the A350, Kolkata will be our third Indian destination to get this aircraft type," said David Lim, general manager for India at Singapore Airlines.

The new aircraft will initially operate a daily service up to June 8 but from June 10, it will operate four weekly services on the Airbus A350, it added. Combined with its regional arm SilkAir, SIA offers a daily evening departure service from Kolkata to Singapore.

SIA currently offers 17 weekly services to Mumbai from Singapore deploying A380s, A350s, and B787s and 14 to New Delhi using A380s and B777s. It uses B777 and A330 for Bengaluru and Chennai which have seven weekly flights and Ahmedabad is serviced  five times a week with an A330.

The airline will be starting 10 weekly services to Bengaluru deploying A350s from May 18, while the B777-200LR services from New Delhi will revert to Boeing 787-10 from May 1, the airline said.