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SIA halts plans to transfer 737-800s to Scoot

Singapore Airlines has halted plans to transfer 14 737-800s from regional unit SilkAir to low-cost carrier Scoot following the worldwide grounding of 737 Max aircraft in March.

"As a result of the recent Boeing 737 Max 8 grounding, the 737-800 transfer plans are being suspended and the aircraft will remain with SilkAir until there is clarity on the Max 8 situation," says SIA.

A SilkAir Boeing 737 Max 8 at Singapore Changi airport

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SilkAir has six 737 Max 8s in storage, Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows, and 17 737-800s, eight Airbus A320s and two A319s in service.

Scoot, which operates 29 A320 family jets and 18 787s, was due to receive the first 737-800 in May. The transfer was in line with plans announced in November 2018 for Scoot to take over 17 routes operated by SilkAir. Those include flights from Singapore to Luang Prabang, Semarang, Trivandrum and Wuhan.

The worldwide grounding of the 737 Max fleet has led SilkAir to cancel a number of flights to select destinations through to June. SIA is operating supplementary services on to Kuala Lumpur and Yangon to cover the cancellations.

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