SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, today launched its inaugural flight to Hiroshima, Japan.
This marks the first Japanese destination that SilkAir has added to its network. This route is currently the only non-stop service between Hiroshima and Singapore, providing travelers greater connectivity from Japan to Singapore, as well as to the rest of the region. With this launch, SilkAir’s route network now spans 53 destinations in 16 countries.
The inaugural flight, MI868, departed this morning at 1.45am from Singapore Changi Airport and has arrived in Hiroshima Airport at 9.30am. The return flight, MI867, will take off at 10.25am and is expected to land in Singapore at 3.40pm (all times local).
The flights to Hiroshima are scheduled to run three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a same-day return. The new service to Hiroshima is operated with SilkAir’s brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft which was delivered earlier this month.
Commenting on the launch, SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr. Foo Chai Woo said:
“We are delighted to launch our new flight route to Hiroshima, to open up exciting opportunities for travelers between Japan and Singapore, and also beyond these two major gateways. Situated on a river delta with close proximity to various attractions in neighboring cities, Hiroshima has been popular with Singaporeans and is a wonderful destination all-year-round with mild winters and late summers. As the only direct flight between these two cities, we are also hopeful that Japanese traveling to Singapore will also find this route more convenient, especially for connecting to other Southeast Asian points that SilkAir serves.”