SilkAir postpones delivery of 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to low-coster Scoot due to 737 MAX grounding

SilkAir boeingThe Singapore airline SilkAir refused to transfer 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to the largest local budget carrier Scoot due to the suspension of the Boeing 737 MAX operation.

“In connection with the temporary rejection of the Boeing 737 MAX, several SilkAir flights have already been canceled. Therefore, the transaction has been frozen”, said the airline. The transfer of the first aircraft was to begin in May, an agreement on which was reached in November 2018. Scoot was planning to launch new flights to Laos cities soon.

Currently, the fleet of the low-cost carrier includes 29 Airbus 320s, as well as 18 Boeing 787s.

SilkAir and Scoot are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Singapore Airlines.

Singapore’s authorities were the first to completely close their airspace for Boeing 737 MAX after the crash in Ethiopia.

SilkAir is a full-service regional airline with its head office in Airline House in Singapore. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines and operates scheduled passenger services from Singapore to 52 cities in 16 countries in Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, China, Japan, and Australia.

Scoot is a Singaporean low-cost airline owned by Singapore Airlines through its subsidiary Budget Aviation Holdings. It launched flights in June 2012 on medium and long-haul routes from Singapore, predominantly to China and India. Initially, Scoot’s fleet consisted of Boeing 777 aircraft obtained from Singapore Airlines.