Flight check: Singapore to Phuket on Silk Air

By Leighton Luke

Leighton Luke flies from Singapore to Phuket on Silk Air MI756.
The SilverKris Lounge at Changi Airport, Singapore.
The SilverKris Lounge at Changi Airport, Singapore.

The Plane: Boeing 737-800.

Seat: 2C.

Class: Business Class.

Price: From $955.

Flight Time: A nice and easy one hour, 30 minutes.

On Time: To the minute. Silk Air is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines and is every bit as punctual as its bigger sibling.

How Full: It was fairly full up front; only three of the 12 J-class seats were unoccupied. Economy class was chockers.

Fellow Passengers: Holidaymakers from all over the world heading for some fun in the Thai sun.

Entertainment: On the drop-down screens, the "Wipeout" competition game show and a Mr Bean episode. Hardly highbrow stuff, but it certainly kept the punters giggling. As an alternative, movies and music can also be streamed for free via Wi-Fi to passengers' portable electronic devices.

Food and Drink: For this early evening flight, a choice of tom yum chicken with vegetables and saffron rice or a roast dinner: turkey with mashed potato, brussels sprouts and gravy. The tom yum chicken was delicious. For wine, two offerings, both from California: a chardonnay and a cabernet syrah. The chardonnay paired really well with the spicy chicken.

Service: In true Singaporean style, the crew were friendly, attentive and efficient.

Baggage: A generous, stress-free 40kg.

WCs: One at the front and two at the back, very clean. Airport Experience: Changi Airport has very few equals and using it is invariably a pleasant experience. The Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge provides a restful (and well-catered) environment in which to wait for a flight.

Would I fly this again? Most definitely.

- NZ Herald

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