Singapore Airlines is based in Changi airport, Singapore. It enjoys almost a monopoly in regions of East Asia, South East Asia etc. and maintains a dominant presence of the route between Oceania and Europe. Singapore Airlines also operates non-stop flights to Los Angeles, Newark and New Jersey in addition to a variety of other Trans-Pacific flights.
Singapore Airlines first started out as Malayan Airways Limited or MAL and was founded on the 12th of October 1947 by the Ocean Steamship Company of Liverpool. The first MAL flight to operate was actually a chartered flight, which took off from the British Straits in Singapore and landed in Kuala Lumpur. This inaugural flight took place on the 2nd of April 1947.
During the 1940s and 50s MAL embarked on its first expansion plans and joined the IATA. By 1955 MAL had an extensive fleet of Douglas DC-3s and, during 1957 the airline decided to go public. In addition to the Douglas DC-3s, MAL also had an assortment of Vickers Viscount, Bristol Britannia, Fokker F27, Douglas DC-4 Skymaster, Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation and the de Havilland Comet 4 etc. in their fleet.
In 1963 Malayan Airways Limited changed its name to Malaysian Airlines and the abbreviation became MAS instead of MAL. Subsequently MAS took ownership of Borneo Airways. Then in 1966 MAS changed its name again, this time to Malaysia Singapore Airlines or MSA.
Several Boeing 707s and 737s were added to its fleet over the next 6 years and, in 1972 MSA was divided into two separate entities, namely Malaysian Airlines System and Singapore Airlines. The latter retained all 10 the Boeing aircraft formerly owned by Malaysia Singapore Airlines and took control of all the international routes. During the 1970s Singapore Airlines achieved substantial growth and expansion. Soon the Singapore Airlines network covered in excess of 22 cities. Many new Boeing 747s were purchased during that time.
1989 saw the addition of more state of the art aeroplanes to the already substantial Singapore Airlines Fleet. These were mainly new generation Megatops or Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
Singapore Airlines offers two primary categories as part of its frequent flyer programs. The first is called KrisFlyer and the second is The PPS Club. Points and miles can be accrued and redeemed, not just on Singapore Airlines, but also on any of its KrisFlyer partners. These partners are inclusive of Star Alliance airlines members, Virgin Atlantic, SilkAir, as well as several car rental companies and hotels. The PPS Club is applicable to passengers with points worth more than 25,000 Singapore Dollars.