We wanted to get the best out of our weekend and booked an early flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. Since there was not a huge difference between the budget airlines and Silk Air as we made a rather late booking, we opted for Silk Air for its free 30kg checked-in baggage allowance and some Krisflyer Elite points.
It was a rather busy Saturday, quite a bit of flights are taking off around the same time as us. We took Silk Air MI322 which was scheduled to depart at 0710hrs. This is a code-shared flight with Malaysian MH5722, Virgin VA5729, Air New Zealand NZ3546 and Singapore Airlines SQ5216.
We arrived Singapore Changi International Airport around 6am, as usual, check-in and immigration clearance was smooth. I notice that there are more and more self-check-in machine located near the check-in counters. Rest assured, seat selection is possible on these machines, this will definitely allow faster check-in process for light travellers.
SilkAir MI322 and MI327 Hardware
We flew on SilkAir’s Boeing 787-300 for both legs of our Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – Singapore trip. The hardware is the same. The flight on Saturday from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur was quite empty, the flight attendant told me that the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route are mostly used by Business Travellers during weekdays.
Took this while passing the Business Class seats, this look to be as comfortable as FlyScoot’s ScootBiz seats. There are more buttons though, we have yet to have the privilege to experience Silk Air’s Business Class.
My economy seat felt alright providing enough leg room at 30 inch pitch with flexible headrest. Not the most pleasant but nothing to complain for a 40 minutes flight.
Based on experience, Row 9 on some of these Boeing 737 does not have a window, a thing to note if you are a Window person.
We took off on time, mainly due to low occupancy. Departing early morning from Singapore Changi Airpot allows us to see a lot of planes from different airlines company. We thought that was quite a view.
Fortunately, we had an empty middle seat during our flight so we both got some room and I get to store my backpack underneath the middle seat. We were served with a wet towel and a pack of drinking water as soon as the seatbelt sign was turned off. The flight attendant then served us juice. I got myself a glass of Orange Juice and then took a quick nap.
Silk Air’s Boeing 737-800 Introduction video:
Silk Air In-Flight Magazine
The crisp new Silkwinds in-flight magazine attracted my attention. It talked about the Shan -“Ways of the Shan” which pretty much reminded me about my Burma aka Myanmar Trip I took a few years back.
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Touching down was pretty smooth, since it was early morning, our flight may have been one of the earliest flight that landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. We were out waiting for our baggage within 15 minutes, it took a bit to arrive though, we stood and waited around 20 minutes.
We left Kuala Lumpur at Gate C11. Had a smooth flight back to Singapore. Pretty happy with that!
I think Silk Air’s experience matches the expectation. Personally, I think the Economy hardware are good for short-haul flight that is lesser than four hours. Flight Attendant are overall friendly and put on a smiley face. I don’t mind taking them again to fly around the region.
While in Kuala Lumpur, we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.
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