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Silkair To Siem Reap : A Wonderful Way To Fly!  
User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 21679 times:

Having been wanting to visit the famous Angkor Wat for a long time but held back due to the ridiculously high airfares for such a short flight, it was a surprise when Silkair had a very enticing airfare promotion a couple pf months back of just S$176 return inclusive of taxes to Siem Reap from Singapore. Booked the tickets immediately for me and my friend as the price was even cheaper than Jetstar! Who says budget airlines always offer the lowest prices. It pays to shop around. As it was my friend's birthday, I tried my luck and called Silkair's reservation office to order a birthday cake and what a pleasant surprise we had!more details in my report.

20 January 2010
Silkair
MI 636
Singapore (SIN) - Danang (DAD) - Siem Reap (REP)
A320
9V-SLF
Economy Class


Silkair operates most of its Siem Reap flights as a 3 sector flight, either non-stop or via Danang/Phnom Penh. This flight would be SIN-DAD-REP-SIN. I performed the online check-in before the flight and was successful in obtaining a window and aisle seat for both of us, praying the middle seat will be left empty as the flight was not full. We arrived at Changi Terminal 2 about 2 hrs before the flight and proceeded to the check-in desks to get our boarding passes as well as checked-in our luggage. There were no queues as it was non-peak during that time. Terminal 2 currently is more of a Silkair land as Silkair has taken over quite a number of regional flights from SQ.

FID at Terminal 2. Mostly regional flights operated by MI codeshared with SQ.


Through the efficient immigration and into Terminal 2 transit hall to get a quick bite. Our gate was F32 and the plane had just arrived from Phuket and was being serviced. There were more MI planes and SQ planes parked at the gates!

Our A320 being serviced.
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An announcement was made about half an hour before the STD for passengers to proceed to the gate for immediate boarding. However when we reached the gate, boarding had not begun and will only commence 10 minutes later!! Changi is a bit "too efficient" in this aspect of boarding passengers.

Our A320 (9V-SLF) with another smaller sister A319 being towed to the gate.
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Boarding was orderly and done by row numbers from the rear of the plane. As the load was light, boarding was finished very quickly. The Silkair girls seemed to be in high spirits as they welcomed all passengers onboard during the boarding process. Proceeded to our seats and I was surprised with the generous seat pitch!! The legroom was more than sufficient for a flight of this length and my 180cm frame was definitely very comfortable in it.

Generous seat pitch. Supposed to be 32" but felt more like 33".


At the gate.
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Boarding was completed very quickly and the crew came down the aisle offering newspapers and immigration forms. They also confirmed that a birthday cake was loaded for my friend. However no hot towels were given out (I do miss the SQ hot towels now..). The flight time to Danang was announced by the captain to be 2hr20min. The purser, Felicia, then made the welcome announcement as well as introducing the rest of the crew members. There were a total of 6 cabin crew on the A320, 2(including purser) serving in business class and 4 serving in economy. Safety video was then shown on the overhead drop-down LCD screens.

Safety video being shown. It was very similar to the old SQ safety video.
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We were then pushed back and had a very quick taxi to Rwy02C for takeoff. Wow, the pilot was really rushing as we basically gunned down the taxiway!

Taxi to the runway
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Turning onto the runway and we were off!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeqIUwCulC0

Climbing to 38000ft.
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Lets have a look at the seat pocket contents. We have the inflight magazine (Silkwinds), duty-free (Skyshop) and the safety card.
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The cabin crew then disappeared into the galley to prepare the meals. The overhead LCD screens then came down to show the only inflight entertainment, silent TV shows consisting of Tom&Jerry cartoons and Just for Laughs comedies. Lunch would be served on our flight. About half hour after takeoff, the crew came down the aisle with 2 meal carts. The choices for lunch were either chichken curry with rice or fish with pasta in tomato based sauce. There was also a fruit appetizer and a cup of water on the tray. Drinks, coffee/tea were served with the meal. Initially I chose the chicken while my friend went for the fish. The chicken curry was very good but the fish option was disappointing. My friend then requested for an extra chicken curry casserole and was given one my the crew, who also cheekily remarked that the extra casserole was my friend's birthday present, lol.

Meal service with silent TV programmes shown on the overhead screens.
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The awful fish with pasta
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and the very good chicken curry with rice. I had a white wine to go along. Wines were served in small bottles.
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Cruising at 38000ft
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Lunch service was completed within half an hour and all meal trays were then collected, afterwhich duty free sales were offered. I bought a A320 diecast model and also got 2 packs of playing cards as souvenir. The crew then retreated back into their galley for their break though one can request for drinks by pressing the call button.

Now for the pleasant surprise. Just before we start our descend into Danang, all the crew including the purser approached our row. The purser wished my friend a happy birthday and then offered the crew to sing a happy birthday song for him! Following that, all 6 crew really did sang "Happy Birthday" and wished my friend a great birthday!! Wow, you would never see that happening on SQ!!! The birthday cake was then presented to my friend and 2nd surprise, the cake was a 15cm diameter blackforest cake! It was much bigger than the birthday cakes SQ give out onboard! 3rd surprise, one of the crew went back to the galley and returned with 2 cups of specially prepared cocktails, which was sort of a pineapple juice with cherry syrup and a cherry in it. We never expected all these on Silkair!! Way to go, Silkair! The purser then offered to pack the cake for us and would hand it to us when we reached Siem Reap.

My friend's birthday cake, compliments of Silkair!
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Landing into Danang. Weather was bad. Interestingly, the post-landing welcome announcement would be in the local language of the arrival city followed by English.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXGyNpraqcI

Taxiing to the gate. We were the only aircraft at the airport.
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All transit passengers were required to stay onboard while those whose final destination was Danang disembarked via stairs and bussed to the terminal. The crew then did a headcount of the remaining passengers after which a couple of cleaners boarded the aircraft to clean and dispose of the trash. No catering was done at the airport.

Cabin during the transit stop.
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Another view of the generous seat pitch.
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A Jetstar Pacific B737-400 arrived soon after and parked beside us.
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Followed by the arrival of an VN A330-200. Wow, never did I expect a
A330 flying into Danang! Must be peak hour at the airport with 3 arrival flights! Lol.
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The transit stop was 45min and soon a new batch of passengers started boarding.
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The flight filled up quite significantly but luckily our middle seat remained empty. Interestingly there were quite a number of businessmen in suits boarding in Danang and seated in Business Class. Silkair also had rights to fly passengers from Danang to Siem Reap, which might also explain the higher pax load on this sector. Same welcome announcements as usual and flight time to Siem Reap was approximately 1hr.

No push back was needed. We just taxied right out from our stand. A new terminal is currently being constructed.
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Taxiing to the runway. We took off in the opposite direction from landing.
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Liftoff!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7atspa-iWE

Climbing to our cruising altitude of 35000ft.
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On this short sector, the same set of crew would be serving a cold refreshment consisting of a jackfruit danish from a basket and a pre-cupped orange juice. No hot drinks were offered.

Cold refreshment service
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Jackfruit danish and orange juice.
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Service was very efficient and completed within 15min. Me and my friend then proceeded to the galley to have our photos taken with the crew. All of them were more than willing to obliged. They even got their purser to come up from business class to have the photos taken together. What a great set of crew!

Cruising
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Not long after, we started our descent into Siem Reap.
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The weather in Siem Reap was also not very good due to a low depression over the South China Sea. In fact according to the locals, it was the first time it rained in the month as it was supposed to be the dry season.
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Landing..
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Touchdown!! Welcome to Siem Reap!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdu1T_10m0w

Similarly, the welcome was announced in the local Khmer language followed by English. At Siem Reap, all transit passengers to Singapore are required to disembark due to security reasons. We were bussed to the arrival terminal where it was a mess as all passengers have to show their boarding passes to the authorities to filter out the transit passengers. The transit pax would then be guided to the departure hall.

This was a great flight with a superb set of crew. It was a refreshing change from the normal SQ flights with the more relaxed attitudes of the crew. The birthday song choir was also definitely unexpected! Not to mention the creamy blackforest birthday cake! What a wonderful way to fly!! My first Silkair flight and it greatly surpassed my expectations!


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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 21680 times:

24 January 2010
Silkair
MI 615
Siem Reap (REP) - Singapore (SIN)
A319
9V-SBD
Economy Class


After 4 nights in Siem Reap and being temple overloaded, we had to bade farewell to the Angkor land. The return trip was generally nothing exciting as service was more routine and less personal. Crew were also not as friendly and seemed more robotic (think SQ crew). Plus the flight was full in economy! So let the pictures and videos do the talking.

Siem Reap airport check-in area
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So are we flying SQ or MI today?
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Our A319 arrived and waiting at the bay. The airport gives a resort-like feel with coconut trees around the tarmac.
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Another view of 9V-SBD
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Departure hall waiting area
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Boarding. We have to walk to the plane this time round. I don't mind though, in fact was more than happy!
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Boarding was done through both front and rear doors. Very efficient.
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Passengers sitting near the rear of the aircraft were directed to the rear door for boarding.
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Almost in.


Business class seats. Business class was not full.
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while economy was 100% full!! Wonder if anyone is upgraded to business...
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Good seat pitch again.


Transasia Airways A321 taxiing for takeoff
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Bangkok Airways A320 arrived beside us.
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Backtracking down the runway for takeoff
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Takeoff
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muqxmuxAoZU

Overflying Angkor Wat
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Climbing to 37000ft. Flight time of 2hrs 10min.
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Meal service in progress.
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Had the chicken with butter rice. It was very good! The other choice was fish with fried rice. The meals are catered from Singapore both ways. Silkair may not serve fanciful dishes but the simplest dishes actually taste good!
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Cruising
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Descending into Singapore
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Over Batam, Indonesia
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Final approach to Rwy02C
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Landing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSA342gov2E

Parked at gate E2
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Comments are welcomed!! My upcoming flights would be on MH to KUL/NRT in Mar/Apr. Stay tuned!



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 5 hours ago) and read 21109 times:

Thank you for the memories...

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
Following that, all 6 crew really did sang "Happy Birthday" and wished my friend a great birthday!! Wow, you would never see that happening on SQ!!!

During my tenure with this airline, it was this trait which struck me and it still warms my heart thinking about it now. The sheer difference between the ops offices of SQ and MI is like night and day. No-nonsense authority grave yard silence for the former, and a family "how are you doing today..." like atmosphere for the latter. This translates to how the cabin / flight crew functions and the breezy air which permeates is really very soothing for one when he reports to work.

Good for the customer at the receiving end, I suppose.

Now if only SATS would change the brand of OJ. It tastes like shit... Always sour.



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User currently offlineAsiaflyer From Singapore, joined May 2007, 1128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 20869 times:

Thanks for a nice TR with good pics.

Quoting Ycp81 (Reply 1):
while economy was 100% full!! Wonder if anyone is upgraded to business...



It actually happened to me when I flew REP - SIN back in November.
The ground staff in REP approached us before boarding and handed us biz-class tickets, as economy was over booked. 
I guess my Krisflyer Gold card made their selection process easy!

Quoting Ycp81 (Reply 1):
Overflying Angkor Wat



That is a truly amazing view of the temple complex.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 20073 times:

Hi Yong,

very enjoyable report, Silk Air reviews are quite rare. The catering doesn't look bad.

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
Now for the pleasant surprise. Just before we start our descend into Danang, all the crew including the purser approached our row. The purser wished my friend a happy birthday and then offered the crew to sing a happy birthday song for him! Following that, all 6 crew really did sang "Happy Birthday" and wished my friend a great birthday!! Wow, you would never see that happening on SQ!!! The birthday cake was then presented to my friend and 2nd surprise, the cake was a 15cm diameter blackforest cake! It was much bigger than the birthday cakes SQ give out onboard! 3rd surprise, one of the crew went back to the galley and returned with 2 cups of specially prepared cocktails, which was sort of a pineapple juice with cherry syrup and a cherry in it. We never expected all these on Silkair!! Way to go, Silkair! The purser then offered to pack the cake for us and would hand it to us when we reached Siem Reap.

My friend's birthday cake, compliments of Silkair!

Awesome! Must have been a great experience for your friend.


PH



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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 19865 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Awesome! Must have been a great experience for your friend.

Yep, it was definitely a pleasant surprise! Especially the huge cake as SQ ones are only palm-size and of course the birthday choir! The crew also said that their cakes are always that huge.



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 18720 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
No-nonsense authority grave yard silence for the former, and a family "how are you doing today..." like atmosphere for the latter. This translates to how the cabin / flight crew functions and the breezy air which permeates is really very soothing for one when he reports to work.

Just observe the cabin vs tech crew relationship between MI and SQ and you would see the difference in company culture. MI pilots and cabin crew would always disembark from flights together while you would seldem (if ever) see SQ pilots waiting for their cabin crew when arriving back at Changi.



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 18712 times:

Quoting Asiaflyer (Reply 3):
Thanks for a nice TR with good pics.

You are welcomed! More of my earlier trip/pic reports below!

1. 36hrs In KL By Firefly And Air Asia (by Ycp81 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)
2. Invasion Of The LCCs (Penang On Tiger And Jetstar) (by Ycp81 Aug 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
3. 10 Flights On 6 Airlines In 11 Days! (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
4. Cathay Way To Taipei (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
5. SIN-DPS-SIN On Lionair And SQ (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
6. Missing Swiss In SIN (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
7. SIN-SYD-MEL-SYD-SIN On SQ & QF (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
8. SIN-SGN-SIN On SQ In 2008 (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8507 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 18296 times:
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Nice report & pictures, enjoyed it, thanks.

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
Who says budget airlines always offer the lowest prices

- Not me, as you have seen yourself.

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
Jackfruit

- What is Jackfruit? Not come across it before.

Tks

Mark



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 17835 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
What is Jackfruit? Not come across it before.

It is a tropical fruit found commonly in Southeast Asia. Seriously, it was also the first time ever that I had seen or eaten a jackfruit danish. But it was good!



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User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 17470 times:

Wow. These flights on Silk Air are in complete and utter contrast to my own expeirences with them on the Singapore - Kathmandu route which if I'm not mistaken is amongst the if not the longest route in their network. I got absolutely mediocore food from two sets of very disinterested crew, the second set of which was borderline rude. Glad you had great flights with them, good to know they too have crew that will go above and beyond the line of duty when called for.


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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 17069 times:

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 10):

Guess flying Silkair for 5+hrs without decent entertainment and limited amenities would definitely not be a great experience. Plus the crew would be operating both to and fro flights without any lay-over, meaning almost 15hrs of duty time! No wonder they seemed disinterested, haha. Yes, Kathmandu is Silkair's furthest destination.



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User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 16681 times:

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 11):
Guess flying Silkair for 5+hrs without decent entertainment and limited amenities would definitely not be a great experience. Plus the crew would be operating both to and fro flights without any lay-over, meaning almost 15hrs of duty time! No wonder they seemed disinterested, haha. Yes, Kathmandu is Silkair's furthest destination.

Haha yes, being cabin crew myself I did think of this as well, but that's never an acceptable excuse! We have some absolutely horrid middle of the night turnarounds to India that completely mess with your body clocks, and some of these are on 777s configured like cattle trucks with 400 plus passengers on board. They are never a joy to do, but I try to keep a smile on and courtesy and patience is always a must - though sadly I can't say the same for some of my colleagues who I fly with. At least with the MI crew they leave home base in the morning and are back by 20:30 so it's not too bad in terms of interrupting schedules and such. That said, it's a pity they don't layover in Kathmandu, it's a lovely city.



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 16489 times:

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 12):
That said, it's a pity they don't layover in Kathmandu, it's a lovely city.

MI crew don't layover in any city, sad isn't it? Out and back to SIN on every flight, which contributes to MI's lower operating cost than SQ.



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User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 16329 times:

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 13):

MI crew don't layover in any city, sad isn't it? Out and back to SIN on every flight, which contributes to MI's lower operating cost than SQ.

Wow that is a shame, especially given all the exotic locations they fly to! More EK flying for me then  



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User currently offlineGroobster From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 16294 times:

I've always found Silkair too expensive for my needs, so congrats on the cheap fair and thanks for the trip report.

I must remember to sit on the left side of the plane when exiting REP in August!



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 16200 times:

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 14):
Wow that is a shame, especially given all the exotic locations they fly to!

Yep, even SQ crew do layovers on shorter 4+hrs flights, such as TPE and MLE.



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 15461 times:

Quoting Groobster (Reply 15):
I've always found Silkair too expensive for my needs, so congrats on the cheap fair and thanks for the trip report.

Actually Silkair offers good deals regularly nowadays. Probably to compete with the budget airlines.



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User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 15373 times:

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 16):
MLE.

Really!? There's also a MNL layover because the plane overnights there, but I'm pretty sure its just 12 hours.



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15266 times:

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 18):

Really!? There's also a MNL layover because the plane overnights there, but I'm pretty sure its just 12 hours.

They also do DPS, CGK and HKG layovers, all of which are 3hrs or less flights, mainly to operate the early flights out from the stations. Looong time ago, SQ even had KUL layovers!



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User currently offlinejflchantha From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 124 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15108 times:

I remember before the days of budget carriers, SILK didnt offer low fares!

Its so nice to see people interested in Angkor! Being Cambodian myself, im sad to say ive never been to Camdodia!

You forgot to mention the high fee for a visa upon entering the country. Do they still do that?


User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 15013 times:

Quoting jflchantha (Reply 20):
You forgot to mention the high fee for a visa upon entering the country. Do they still do that?

Me, being a Singapore citizen, is granted visa-free entry into Cambodia. Hehe.



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