After announcing a massive scrapping rationalisation of services which saw many of its destinations transferred to Scoot, SilkAir is certainly springing a surprise here: daily services to Cairns from June to October 2019, the better half of the Northern Summer season.
Currently, SilkAir is operating five weekly services to Cairns. The additional services will be on Tuesdays and Sundays, operated with SilkAir’s latest Boeing 737 MAX 8.
The full schedule is as below:
|Route||Flight||Departure||Arrival||Flight Time||Days||Aircraft type|
|SIN-CNS||MI811||0110||0955||6h 45m||Mon, Thu, Sat||Boeing 737 MAX 8|
|SIN-CNS||MI813||0845||1715||6h 30m||Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun||Boeing 737 MAX 8|
|CNS-SIN||MI812||1045||1525||6h 40m||Mon, Thu, Sat||Boeing 737 MAX 8|
|CNS-SIN||MI814||1815||2305||6h 20m||Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun||Boeing 737 MAX 8|
SilkAir’s furthest destination
At over 6 hours, Cairns is probably the furthest destinations on SilkAir’s network, even longer than the newly launched Hiroshima in Japan (that sits at 6 hours 15 minutes).
That makes the flight an incredibly unattractive one, given that 6 hours is an awfully long time to be sitting in a narrowbody aircraft, and if you are up in the pointy end, an awful load of money to spend sitting on a recliner seat especially on the overnight services that departs on some days.
You are probably better off flying to Brisbane and transferring onto a domestic service operated by Virgin Australia, whom Singapore Airlines owns partly.
Apart from the northern city of Queensland, SilkAir also operate six weekly services to Darwin, also known as the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory.