Review: SilkAir (A319) Economy Class Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

Introduction: Whirlwind Trip to Asia
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Review: United Club – Logan International Airport
Review: United Airlines (777-200) Business Class Newark to Beijing
Review: Air China Business Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: BGS Premier Business Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: Singapore Airlines (777-300ER) Business Class Beijing to Singapore
Review: SilverKris Business Class Lounge – Singapore Changi Airport
Review: SilkAir (737-800) Business Class Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
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Review: SilkAir (A319) Economy Class Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Review: JW Marriott Hotel – Singapore South Beach
Review: The Private Room – Singapore Changi Airport
Review: Singapore Airlines (A380-800) Suites Class Singapore to Beijing
Review: Air China First Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: United Airlines (777-300ER) Business Class Beijing to San Francisco
Review: American Express Centurion Lounge – San Francisco International Airport
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MI339
KUL-SIN
Takeoff: 1800
Landing: 1900
Flight Time: 1hr
Seat 16C (Economy)

SilkAir A319

As you may recall, I was supposed to be seated in business class to/from Boston. Due to a late night and me needing to get some rest, I changed to a later flight. The only seats available were in economy. I did not mind because it gave me the chance to review both classes of service on this route.

Boarding was called on time. All passengers went through a final security checkpoint at the gate. The flight was really full, but the boarding process was efficient. The seat was old and uncomfortable.

SilkAir A319

SilkAir A319
SilkAir A319 Seat

The tray table was on the back of the seat in front of me. While taking the photo below, I noticed that the cabin was chilly (it became colder inflight).

SilkAir A319
SilkAir A319 Tray Table
SilkAir A319
SilkAir A319 Tray Table

During boarding, newspapers were offered by one of the four flight attendants working the cabin. Boarding was complete eight minutes early.

SilkAir A319
SilkAir A319 Newspaper

The captain, Christian, came on to provide the welcome announcement. He informed us of a flight time of 45 minutes and a bit of departure delay due to the offloading of two passengers’ bags. The safety video was played a few minutes later. As the safety video was finishing up, we began our pushback (two minutes late). After a taxi of approximately 10 minutes, we were airborne. The ascent was quick and a bit choppy.

Five minutes after takeoff, the safety belt sign was turned off and service began. The cabin was divided by two sets of flight attendants. Apple juice, orange juice, and water were offered. I went with the orange juice. It was served with a moist towelette.

SilkAir A319
SilkAir A319 drink and cold towel

Service was over as quickly as it had started (12 minutes) we soon began our descent into Singapore. The captain came on to inform us that we would be in a holding pattern and would arrive to Singapore 10 minutes later than scheduled.

Exactly 10 minutes later, we had a smooth landing n Singapore. After an eight minute taxi, we were at the gate.

Final Word

This flight was the exact opposite of my business class flight a few days prior. The seat was uncomfortable and the cabin was very cold. These things were bearable for a 45 minute flight. Besides, I was looking forward to my flight in suites class aboard Singapore Airlines’ A380 the next day.

 

 

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