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Old 30th May 2017, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default SilkAir to launch direct flights to Hiroshima

SINGAPORE: The regional wing of Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir, will be launching the first non-stop flight between Singapore and Hiroshima in October this year.

According to a press release on Tuesday (May 30), the airline will launch the service on Oct 30 and it will run three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It will be operated with SilkAir's Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which features both business and economy class cabins, it added.
The flights departing Singapore will be at 1.45am and will reach Hiroshima at 9.30am, while those leaving Hiroshima will be at 10.25am, and will reach Singapore at 3.40pm.

"Hiroshima has been popular with Singaporeans, due to its historical significance, good weather and proximity to various attractions in neighbouring cities,” said SilkAir CEO Foo Chai Woo. “SilkAir is proud to be offering the only non-stop flights between Hiroshima and Singapore, and we are confident that we can serve the demand from both cities."

With the launch of Hiroshima, the combined Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network will serve a total of six Japanese cities - two airports in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Osaka, according to the press release.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...lights-8894262
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Old 30th May 2017, 11:29 AM   #2
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I'm surprised that the current 737 can reach Hiroshima and that they didn't launch flights to Busan first.

I thought they would wait for the 737 MAX to be delivered to fly that far.
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Old 30th May 2017, 12:18 PM   #3
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I'm surprised that the current 737 can reach Hiroshima and that they didn't launch flights to Busan first.

I thought they would wait for the 737 MAX to be delivered to fly that far.
The Singapore side has maxed out its limits under the Korea-Singapore ASA. That's also why TZ can only do 3x weekly ICN (via TPE).

I am actually surprised that MI didn't launch Naha (Okinawa) first...
Pretty sure the 737 would have some payload restrictions on Hiroshima. I think SilkAir's nonstop Cairns flights also have payload restrictions.
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Old 30th May 2017, 12:43 PM   #4
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Guess the current strategy is to fly non-stop to cities that no other airline is offering a direct service, in order to reap a "monopoly" premium. It won't be high a very high density route but they won't need to worry about too much from strong competition.

But I'm not sure if I'm keen to fly 6 hours on a 737. I've done that between JFK and SEA - it's not fun and helps if you've books or personal entertainment or sleep to distract you.
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Old 30th May 2017, 10:23 PM   #5
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The 737MAXes are supposed to join the Silkair fleet by October, pending any further delays in delivery, so it very well might be the case that this route is meant to be operated by them
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Old 4th June 2017, 04:19 PM   #6
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But I'm not sure if I'm keen to fly 6 hours on a 737. I've done that between JFK and SEA - it's not fun and helps if you've books or personal entertainment or sleep to distract you.
Funny you should say that. I use to think so too but I've just flown Delta between JFK and MSY and came off their planes completely impressed with the inflight product (experience on the ground is something else)

Leatherette seats that not only recline but the seat slides forward when you do
Premium economy option (which I took)
Seat back IFE with SQ like choices on touch screen

This is what MI should offer
Currently seats uncomfortable, crummy IFE

They must follow Delta aircraft or it's an awful experience getting off an SQ flight into SQ Regional
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Old 1st July 2017, 01:45 PM   #7
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Question SilkAir new 737MAX fleet improve premium product, launch Hiroshima and upgrade Cairns

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SilkAir to use new 737 MAX fleet to improve premium product, launch Hiroshima and upgrade Cairns

SilkAir is opening new medium haul routes and upgrading its premium product as it takes delivery of the new generation 737 MAX 8. The Singapore Airlines full service regional subsidiary is one of the first operators of the 737 MAX, with first delivery scheduled for Sep-2017.

The airline is using its initial batch of 737 MAX 8s to launch services to Hiroshima, which will become the airline’s first destination in Japan at the end of Oct-2017. The airline will also use the 737 MAX 8 to serve Cairns, which is the airline’s longest route and is being upgraded to five year-round frequencies as the MAX is introduced. Bangalore and Hyderabad round out the initial batch of routes to be permanently operated with the 737 MAX.

The 737 MAX 8 provides the SIA Group with a new platform to access long thin markets that are too small for SIA widebodies and cannot be economically served with current generation narrowbody aircraft.

As SilkAir pushes into longer routes, it is introducing an improved business class product, a sensible move given the much better premium product offered on similar routes by its parent. However, the product gap between SIA and SilkAir will remain wide – perhaps too wide given the increasing number of longer routes SilkAir will take on as it expands the 737 MAX fleet.

Source: https://centreforaviation.com/insigh...-cairns-353323
Wonder what premium product Silk Air will launch? Will we see something like JetBlue's Mint product with lie-flat beds? Or perhaps all aisle access in business class which Malaysia Airlines is reported to be interested in for its B737 MAX 10?

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From Singapore the 737 MAX 8 will have the range to serve Kazakhstan (both Almaty and Astana), Madagascar (Antantarivo), all of Australia (including Sydney and Tasmania) and Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. There are several other routes from Singapore which are just within the range of the 737-800 but are more likely to be viable with the 737 MAX 8 – including the US island of Guam, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, Busan in South Korea, Ulan Bator in Mongolia, Harbin in China and Hiroshima in Japan.

Source: https://centreforaviation.com/insigh...in-asia-154428
Also wonder if any other potential destinations mentioned by CAPA 3 years ago will materialise in the years to come. At least one city (Hiroshima) has been picked up by SilkAir.
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Old 2nd July 2017, 01:05 AM   #8
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Interesting to see what new Business Class product they will introduce.
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Old 3rd July 2017, 06:41 PM   #9
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I hope for a 3 class layout with J/Y+/Y with proper seat back IFE

Seats could be more comfortable too. And leather not cloth seats

The transfer from an SQ long haul flight to MI regional flight should not be noticeable.
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Old 3rd July 2017, 11:57 PM   #10
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I hope for a 3 class layout with J/Y+/Y with proper seat back IFE

Seats could be more comfortable too. And leather not cloth seats

The transfer from an SQ long haul flight to MI regional flight should not be noticeable.
Agree. I hope proper seat back IFE on both J and Y class for some longer routes operated by MI.
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Old 13th August 2017, 01:41 PM   #11
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Any idea when tickets on this route will be available? The website says 'book now', but you can't!
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Old 13th September 2017, 11:26 PM   #12
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I am taking this flight to Hiroshima in Jan 2018. It seems the seat map on SQ website is not showing the full details of the 737 MAX 8 -

In Y, the seat map list 19 rows of seats which is 114 seats in all, but the plane should have 144 seats. Based on the exit rows position, appears the first 5 rows of seats are hidden

For J, a dummy booking reveal a blank screen for J cabin without showing any seats.. are they hiding the new J seat?

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