Silkair’s B737 Max 8 heads to Darwin and Cairns next month

11 Dec 2017 by Craig Bright
Silkair B737 Max 8

Dates have been set for the debut of Silkair’s newest aircraft, the single-aisle Boeing 737 Max 8, to Australia, with the aircraft set to fly to both Darwin and Cairns next month.

The Max 8 will debut in Australia on Sunday, January 7, 2018 on the airline’s non-stop Singapore-Darwin service, followed by Cairns the day after with the following schedules:

Singapore (SIN)-Darwin (DRW)

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
MI801 Singapore (SIN) Darwin (DRW) 0830 1450 Wed, Fri, Sun
MI803 1955 0200+1 Mon, Thu
MI802 Darwin (DRW) Singapore (SIN) 1555 1900 Tue
1545 Wed, Fri
MI804 0250 0610 Tue, Fri

Singapore (SIN)-Cairns (CNS):

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
MI811 Singapore (SIN) Cairns (CNS) 0110 1000 Mon, Thu, Sat
MI813 0825 1720 Wed, Fri
MI814 Cairns (CNS) Singapore (SIN) 1810 2305 Wed, Fri
MI812 1055 1600 Thu, Sat
1120 1645 Mon

Silkair, the regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, took delivery of its first Max 8 in October, which it now flies to Hiroshima, and has a total of 37 on order.

The carrier’s single-aisle Max 8 is configured with 12 business class and 144 economy class seats. Business class features seats with 49 inches of pitch between seats and a recline of 12 inches, along with in-seat power and USB ports. Seats are laid out in three rows of 2-2.

Silkair's B737 Max 8 business class

Economy, meanwhile, is configured 3-3 and seats also have USB charging ports – of particular use considering the aircraft’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, Silkair Studio, is accessed via travellers’ own devices rather than in-seat screens. Economy class seats also have a seat-back tablet and smartphone holder.

The airline also plans to fly the aircraft on its services to Kathmandu in Nepal as well as Hyderabad and Bangalore in India. Back in March, Silkair began codesharing with Vistara on a number of the Indian carrier’s domestic routes.

Meanwhile earlier this month it was announced that both Singapore Airlines and Silkair would begin placing their codes on flights to about 30 destinations that are only operated by low-cost subsidiary Scoot within the Singapore Airlines Group.

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