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Silkair To Operate Direct Services To Fuzhou China

21 OCTOBER 2003

Silkair To Operate Direct Services To Fuzhou, China

SilkAir will be operating direct services to Fuzhou, China from 3 December 2003. The twice-weekly scheduled service will be operated with SilkAir's Airbus A320-200 aircraft, every Wednesday and Saturday.

Flight MI 956 will depart Singapore at 1300 hours and arrive Fuzhou at 1735 hours. The return flight, MI 955 will depart from Fuzhou International Airport at 1835 hours and arrive Singapore at 2320 hours.

With a rich cultural history of over 2000 years, Fuzhou, which is the capital of Fujian province, lies on China's southeastern coast. It faces the island province of Taiwan across Taiwan Strait to the east. The city abound in banyan trees and is also known as 'Rong Cheng', meaning Banyans. It has a year-round warm and humid climate and the temperature averages from 17° to a high 21°C.
Fuzhou is the fourth city in China to which SilkAir flies. Tourists and business customers will find that the twice-weekly Fuzhou service will complement SilkAir's existing flight to nearby Xiamen.

"The introduction of our Singapore-Fuzhou service will help meet the increasing demand for more direct flights to the fast growing China market. It will also help to strengthen and broaden our China network as the direct flights to Fuzhou will increase SilkAir's services to China to 13 weekly," said Chief Executive, Mr Subhas Menon.

Fujian is blessed with a rich history and famous historical sites. The natural hot springs, beautiful landscapes such as the magnificent peaks, cascading waterfalls and streams surrounding Mount Wuyi (Wu Yi Shan) makes Fujian a unique tourist attraction.

Fujian cuisine is refreshing, delicious and slightly sweet and sour. The most characteristic aspect of Fujian cuisine is that its dishes are served as soup. The most famous dish being "Buddha Jumps Over the Wall." The Oolong tea produced in Fujian is also famous.

SilkAir flies to 25 destinations in Asia and has a fleet size of six A320 and four A319 aircraft. For more information on Fuzhou and other China destinations serviced by SilkAir, visit Silkair's website at www.silkair.com.

The SIA Group now serves eight destinations in China 55 times per week, all non-stop from Singapore:
Shanghai SIA triple-daily
Beijing SIA double-daily
Guangzhou SIA five-times-weekly
Shenzhen SIA three-times-weekly from 16 January 2004
Kunming Silkair three-times-weekly
Xiamen Silkair four-times-weekly
Chengdu Silkair three-times-weekly
Fuzhou Silkair twice-weekly from 3 December 2003

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