Singapore Airlines stated (30-Jan-2013) it has "taken the difficult decision" to advance the planned release of 76 pilots who are employed on fixed-term contracts. The airline had previously been releasing pilots only upon expiry of their contracts. The pilots are expected to be released by 30-Jun-2013 and the carrier said it would assist them to pursue employment opportunities within the SIA Group and with other airlines. Singapore Airlines said it "currently has a surplus of pilots to its operational requirements, as the global financial crisis of 2009-10 had resulted in excess capacity and slower than expected growth". The airline had earlier implemented other measures to address the surplus, such as voluntary no pay leave and the suspension of cadet pilot recruitment. Pilots employed on fixed-term contracts make up about 4% of Singapore Airlines’ total pilots’ workforce. [more - original PR]
Singapore Airlines to release 76 pilots on fixed-term contracts
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Following the launch of Luang Prabang and Vientiane, SilkAir will have 32 Southeast Asian destinations and the SIA Group will have 42. Connecting secondary markets in the fast growing Southeast Asian region is critical for SIA as it tries to unlock a new era of growth and differentiate itself from competitors.
This is Part 2 in a two part series of reports. The first part focused on expected growth in the Lao international market and how SilkAir is trying to benefit. This part will focus on how the launch of services to Laos is an important step in the SIA Group network strategy.
SilkAir Part 1: Luang Prabang, Vientiane launch positions SIA to benefit from growth in Laos tourism
Singapore Airlines' full service regional subsidiary SilkAir has confirmed plans to launch Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos in late Oct-2016. SIA will become only the eighth foreign airline group to serve Laos, which has a small but fast-growing international market.
SilkAir’s new Singapore-Vientiane-Luang Prabang-Singapore circular route is strategically important for the SIA Group as Laos is the only Southeast Asian and ASEAN country not yet served by the group. AirAsia is now the only airline group serving all the 10 countries that make up ASEAN.
Enhancing regional connectivity is an important component of the new SIA Group strategy as it aims to differentiate itself from competitors and grow, despite intensifying competition. The group’s Southeast Asian network will exceed 40 destinations by the end of 2016. In 2016 SIA is also expanding its network in China and India, two other strategically important markets, to 23 and 15 destinations respectively.