SINGAPORE, 31 October 2017: SilkAir launched Monday it’s a three weekly service to Hiroshima, Japan.
This marks the first Japanese destination for SilkAir and the only nonstop service between Hiroshima and Singapore.
With this launch, SilkAir’s route network now spans 53 destinations in 16 countries. If Singapore Airlines is included the two carriers serve six Japanese cities.
The outbound flight, MI866, leaves at the ungodly hour of 0145 from Singapore Changi Airport. The upsides is that it arrives in Hiroshima Airport at 0930 giving travellers a full-day’s sightseeing. The return flight, MI867 departs at 1025 arriving in Singapore at 1540.
Scheduled for Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays the flights will cater mainly to Singapore’s leisure travellers who buy holiday packages.
However, SilkAir’s brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft feature an improved business class experience that makes it closer to what travellers expect of the Singapore Airlines group.
Economy class seats remain a tight fit for tall and bulky western travellers, but are more comfortable than those offered by competitive low-cost airlines.
Giveaways were handed out to passengers on the inaugural flight, but how many of the passengers were delighted by an inaugural flight certificate signed personally by SilkAir’s chief executive, Foo Chai Woo? Probably not many bothered to keep that wasteful reminder of a new flight.
Located in the Chugoku Region of Japan, Hiroshima literally means “Wide Island”in Japanese. Devastated by an atomic bomb during World War II, it is home to two World Heritage memorials; Itsukushima Shrine; and the A-Bomb Dome.
One of the highlights for visitors is the two-day bicycle tour that allows one to weave through nearby villages and islands, via a 60-kilometer long toll road from Honshu to Shikoku.
As one of Japan’s three great sake-producing areas with approximately 50 sake brewers, visitors are also encouraged to experience the city’s distinctive Hiroshima sake at Saijo, a renowned sake town. Meanwhile, Japanese cuisine enthusiasts can delight their palates with one of Hiroshima’s most famous dishes, the Okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake cooked on a hot plate.