Singapore Airlines to start service to Kuwait from March 15, 2009; to raise frequency to Cairo

Saturday, December 20, 2008, 15:20 by Aviation Correspondent

Singapore Airlines, the national airline of Singapore, is starting a four-times-a-week service to Kuwait from March 15, 2009.

The service from Singapore to Kuwait, flying via Abu Dhabi, will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, using Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

As a result of the new service to Kuwait, Singapore Airlines will now fly daily between Singapore and Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, up from the existing three-times-a-week service.

In a statement, Singapore Airlines said it would increase flights between Singapore and Cairo from three times a week to four times a week from March 12, 2009.

All these flights will operate via Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Singapore Airlines, which operates a hub at Singapore’s Changi Airport, has a strong presence in South-East Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and the Australian markets. It also operates trans-Pacific flights. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer of the Airbus A380 Superjumbo, the world’s largest passenger plane.

Huang Cheng Eng, executive vice president (marketing and the regions) of Singapore Airlines, said in the statement that the addition of Kuwait to the Singapore Airlines’ network comes after the conclusion and signing of a broad Open Skies Agreement between Singapore and Kuwait in November 2008.

“Kuwait’s geographical size and a relatively small population belie its position as a prominent financial and trade centre in the Middle East, and a treasure trove of interesting historical sights,” Huang Cheng Eng explained in the statement. “As trade and investment opportunities increase in the Middle East and as new tourism potential is being tapped, Singapore Airlines is playing its part connecting these economic centres with Singapore and its global network beyond.”

Kuwait will be Singapore Airlines’ 68th destination, and the number of countries the airline flies to will rise to 36.

Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines is making arrangements for its customers to celebrate Yuletide 30,000 feet in the air with festive treats and special menus for selected flights on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

According to the carrier’s statement, “customers will enjoy a specially created Christmas menu in all classes, featuring traditional favourites, including roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, and Christmas logcake.”

Passengers in the Suites and First Class are offered a wide variety of selections, including pumpkin soup with sautéed mushrooms and crème fraîche and warm Christmas pudding with ice-cream.

Throughout December 2008, customers can also tune into Christmas-themed selections on KrisWorld, Singapore  Airlines’ award-winning in-flight entertainment system, including the movie Fred Claus and Christmas special from the TV series Friends, Singapore Airlines said.

Junior flyers of Singapore Airlines will also join in the festivities with the TV Special Shrek The Halls and Christmas-oriented audio stories.