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Malaysia–Singapore Airlines

Malaysia–Singapore Airlines
Malaysia-Singapore Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
ML MSA MALAYSIAN
Founded 1946 as Malayan Airways Limited
Ceased operations 30 September 1972; split into Malaysian Airline System and Singapore Airlines
Hubs Singapore International Airport (Paya Lebar Air Base)
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport
Fleet size 13+
Headquarters Raffles Place, Singapore
Key people Tun Ismail Ali (last Chairman of MSA)

Malaysia–Singapore Airlines (MSA) came into being in 1966 as a result of a joint ownership of the airline by the governments of Malaysia and Singapore. The airline ceased operations after 6 years in 1972 when both governments decided to set up their own national airlines. Hence from that year onwards, Malaysian Airline System, now called Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines were formed.

The airline traced its roots to the formation of Malayan Airways Limited in 1946. Starting its first flight on 1 May 1947, the Singapore-based carrier flew on domestic routes between Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang and Singapore on an Airspeed Consul twin engined aeroplane. In April 1948, the airline flew direct international routes from Singapore to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam, Batavia (now Jakarta), Medan and Palembang in Indonesia, and to Bangkok in Thailand via Penang. It also flew a route connecting Penang with Medan.

The airline grew rapidly in the next few years, boosted by rising demand for air travel during the post-war period, where flying was no longer a privilege for the very rich. By 12 April 1960, the airline was operating Douglas DC-3s, Super Constellations and Viscounts on new routes from Singapore to Hong Kong, and from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok via Penang. Flights were also introduced from Singapore to cities in the Borneo Territories including Brunei, Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu), Kuching, Sandakan and Sibu.


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