SILKAIR TO LAUNCH NON-STOP FLIGHTS BETWEEN
SINGAPORE AND HIROSHIMA
SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be launching non-stop flights between
Singapore and Hiroshima, Japan, this year. Commencing 30 October 2017, this return flight service will run three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The addition of Hiroshima and Japan to SilkAir’s route network marks a significant milestone for the airline and demonstrates its continuous commitment to bring customers new and exciting destinations.
The new service to Hiroshima will be operated with SilkAir’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which features both Business and Economy class cabins. Customers can look forward to a full service experience, including in-flight meals; wireless in-flight entertainment on SilkAir Studio; baggage allowance of 40kg and 30kg for Business and Economy class passengers respectively; as well as through check-in if they are connecting to, or from, another SilkAir or Singapore
Airlines point via Singapore.
With the launch of Hiroshima, the combined Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network will serve a
total of six Japanese cities. The number of destinations in SilkAir’s route network will increase to 54 destinations in 16 countries.
In addition, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers can make convenient connections from Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Koh Samui to Singapore and connect onward to Hiroshima. Singapore Airlines currently operates six daily flights between Bangkok and Singapore while SilkAir serves Singapore with five weekly flights from Chiang Mai, 35 weekly flights from Phuket and 14 weekly flights from Koh Samui
About Hiroshima and Tourism
Located in the Chugoku Region of Japan, Hiroshima (広島) literally means “Wide Island” in Japanese, and is home to two World Heritage Sites: The Itsukushima Shrine; and the A-Bomb Dome of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Situated in the middle of the sea, the Itsukushima Shrine is the only shrine in the world with a torii-gate, and its prime location guarantees one of the three best views in Japan. Located at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the A-Bomb Dome is one of the most significant landmarks in Japan as it was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.
For those seeking outdoor activities, embark on a curated two-day bicycle ride that allows one to weave through nearby villages and islands, via a 60-kilometer long toll road from Honshu to Shikoku. Onomichi, a prosperous and quaint seaport town situated along the Seto Inland Sea, is packed with cultural sites and ancient Japanese heritage.
As one of Japan’s three great sake-producing areas with approximate 50 sake brewers, visitors are also encouraged to experience the city’s unique 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 savory pancake cooked on a hot plate. Situated on a river delta, Hiroshima makes a wonderful destination all-year-round with mild winters and late summers. The city’s surroundings are rich with mountains, sea, islands, rivers, valleys, plains, and highlands that are unique to Japan.
As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group’s
narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting
destinations in Asia Pacific.
The airline took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992. In its early days, the airline catered to passengers holidaying in exotic
destinations in the region, including Phuket and Tioman. As the carrier developed, regional business destinations such as Phnom Penh, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur were added. Today, the full service airline operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 15 countries. Recent additions to the network include Colombo (Apr 2017) and soon, Hiroshima in October 2017. The airline currently has a fleet of 30 aircraft, comprising 3 Airbus A319s and 10Airbus 320s and 17 Boeing 737-800s. In August 2012, the airline announced the largest order in its history of up to 68 Boeing 737 aircraft, with firm orders comprising Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
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