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Background / History  

The Company (SIA) was incorporated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Singapore government through Temasek Hldgs (Pte) Ltd on 28 January 1972 as a public company with limited liability.

Its history began in 1947 when a twin-engined Airspeed Consul under the Malayan Airways Ltd's insignia started scheduled services between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang. Malayan Airways Ltd grew steadily and by 1955, international services were added to its operations.

With the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, the airline was renamed Malaysian Airways Ltd. In 1966 the governments of Malaysia and Singapore acquired joint control of the airline, which was then renamed Malaysia-Singapore Airlines Ltd. In 1971, MSA was restructured into 2 entities; Malaysia Airline System Bhd and SIA.

SIA is one of the world's most successful airlines, with the distinction of having one of the youngest and fastest growing fleets in the world. As at end March 1999, SIA was operating 572 passenger flights a week out of Singapore. Its route network, including Silkair's and codeshare services, covered 110 cities in 42 countries. In 2000, the Company bought 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic airline for US$950 million.