Review: SilkAir (737-800) Business Class Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

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SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800

MI328
SIN-KUL
Takeoff: 1250
Landing: 1345
Flight Time: 55
Seat: 1A (Business Class)

I left the lounge with plenty of time to spare before my flight. It took me 15 minutes to make it to my gate, F41. The security checkpoint at the gate did not open until noon. At that point, everyone was screened and remained in the secured gate area until boarding.

SilkAir a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, but is not a Star Alliance member. I redeemed miles for this flight, you can read about it here. I was excited for a 55 minute international flight, that was so awesome to me.

Boarding began two minutes later than scheduled. I was in my seat, 1A, within minutes. A blanket and pillow were waiting at the seat.

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SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Seat
SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Seat

The first thing that I noticed about the cabin was the design throughout. The cabin had some variation of the bulkhead in front of me.

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SilkAir 737-800 Interior
SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Interior

The seat, a recliner, is most like any regional domestic product. Except this one comes with a legrest/footrest. There is a tray table that comes out of the left armrest. It can be used halved or whole. There is also a center space for community use which a small drink tray comes out of the side.

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SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Seat
SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Seat Tray Table
SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Seat Tray Table
SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Seat

I was offered a pre-departure drink of either apple or orange juice. I went with the apple juice.

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SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Predeparture Drink

A few moments later, hot (like really HOT) towels were offered. Meal and drink orders were then taken. (I thought it was cool that the flight attendants addressed all passengers by name throughout the flight)

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SilkAir 737-800 “warm” towel
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SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Menu
SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Menu

I ordered the roasted chicken panini and a gin and tonic. The flight was only 55 minutes so I was interested to see how the flight attendants would accomplish this task. Newspapers were offered prior to pushback.

Boarding was complete at 1250. At which point, the captain, David, came on with the welcome announcement. He stated that our flight would be a quick 40 minutes to Kuala Lumpur. The safety video was then played. We began our pushback three minutes late.

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SilkAir 737-800 Safety Video

We had quite a bit of traffic ahead of us, so we waited for a while to take off. It was cool to plane spot while we waited.

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Scoot A319
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Garuda Indonesia 737
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Jetstar A319

We were finally set to line up on runway 20C for takeoff. At 1312, we were finally airborne. The climb out was quick due to the light fuel load. I got to check out some of the container ships in the bay.

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Singapore Bay
SilkAir 737-800
Singapore Bay
SilkAir 737-800
Singapore Bay
SilkAir 737-800
Singapore Bay

SilkAir 737-800

The seatbelt sign was turned off seven minutes into flight and the food soon followed.

SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Panini
SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Gin and Tonic

The sandwich was not bad. I expected it to be inedible. The bread seemed fresh, while the mozzarella cheese proved to be a highlight.

The two flight attendants serving us hustled food to all 12 business class passengers in less than five minutes. Whoa. The entire service lasted 10 minutes. Soon the first officer made the landing announcement.

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Views into Kuala Lumpur
SilkAir 737-800
Views into Kuala Lumpur
SilkAir 737-800
Views into Kuala Lumpur
SilkAir 737-800
Views into Kuala Lumpur

We had a bumpy touchdown at 1350. We had a shirt six minute taxi to the gate.

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SilkAir 737-800
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Final Word

This flight was really solid. I have never experienced this efficient in my life. The flight attendants were amazing and the food was not too bad either. My only regret was that I only got to enjoy the service for less than an hour.

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