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SilkAir offers flights from Singapore-Busan from May 2019

SilkAir has announced yet another exciting new destination on its network, this time to Seoul’s second largest city: Busan.

This is SilkAir’s first destination in South Korea, less than two years after it launched its service to Hiroshima. As with the Hiroshima service, the Singapore-Busan service will be operated using the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

The service will commence from 1 May 2019, offering four flights a week to Busan from Singapore. SilkAir will also be the only airline offering non-stop services between the two cities.

The schedule 

The outbound flight from Singapore operates overnight and arrives into Busan in the morning, while the return flight departs Busan in the morning.

RouteFlightDepartureArrivalFlight timeDaysAircraft
SIN-PUSMI87623150700(+1)6h 45mMon, Wed, Fri, SatBoeing 737 MAX 8
PUS-SINMI875080014157h 15mTueBoeing 737 MAX 8
083014156h 45mThu, Sat, SunBoeing 737 MAX 8

The aircraft

SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 Business Class

The service between Singapore and Busan will be operated with SilkAir’s newest Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in a two-class configuration, with 12 Business Class seats and 144 in Economy Class.

Thoughts

The integration with Singapore Airlines from next year is obviously changing the way SIA Group is looking at its network proposition in this awkward transitional phase.

SilkAir didn’t used to venture beyond Southeast Asia given its brand as a ‘regional carrier’, but in recent years there have been slow but sure expansion into further destinations, including a more regular Cairns offering, Hiroshima and now Busan.

And surely after the (seemingly) successful launch of Hiroshima and more recently, the news on new lie-flat business class seats selected for the narrow body aircraft, I expect SilkAir to continue to introduce more destinations over the next two years.

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