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Singapore Airlines expands 737-800 network from March 2021

Singapore Airlines Boeing 737-800 flights will be expanded to five cities by May 2021, including Colombo, with more to follow.

Singapore Airlines has revealed the next four confirmed routes for its newly inherited Boeing 737-800 fleet, as nine such aircraft progressively move across from regional subsidiary SilkAir into the mainline operation over the coming months.

This new era for the carrier will allow it to gain the flexibility of operating more cost efficient narrow-body jets for the first time in over 30 years, after its small fleet of Boeing 757s was sold to American Trans Air in 1989/90.

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In the process the SilkAir brand itself will disappear, as the airline is fully merged into SIA before the end of the 2021/22 financial year.

Where’s next?

Following the initial announcement that these aircraft would serve Phuket from 4th March 2021 and Brunei from 15th March 2021, SIA has now revealed that four additional ex-SilkAir routes will be operated by the Boeing 737-800 in the coming months:

  • Phnom Penh (from 17th March 2021)
  • Colombo (from 1st May 2021)
  • Yangon (from 1st May 2021)
  • Mandalay (from 2nd November 2021)

Update 24th February 2021 – Singapore Airlines has added two more routes to the Boeing 737-800’s network from March 2021:

  • Chongqing (from 8th March 2021)
  • Malé (from 30th March 2021)
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Schedules

Phnom Penh is currently being served daily by SilkAir using the same aircraft type. This will be a simple switch across to Singapore Airlines from 17th March 2021, as SQ158/157, retaining daily operation.

Phnom Penh
From 17th March 2021

Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ158
737-800
SIN
16:30
PNH
17:35
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ157
737-800
PNH
18:35
SIN
21:35
 

The group’s Colombo route is currently a three times weekly Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Regional operation. The firm schedule from 1st May 2021 has not yet been finalised, but it currently shows that three times weekly Airbus A350 Regional overnight operation will continue as SQ468/469, supplemented by four times weekly daytime service with these Boeing 737-800s as SQ464/465.

Colombo
From 1st May 2021
(provisional)

Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ464
737-800
SIN
10:15
CMB
11:35
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ468
A350 Regional
SIN
22:20
CMB
23:35
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ469
A350 Regional
CMB
00:50
SIN
07:20
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ465
737-800
CMB
12:35
SIN
19:30
 

Yangon is also planned from 1st May 2021, provisionally listed as a three times weekly afternoon Boeing 737-800 operation (SQ764/763) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, though given the current political situation in Myanmar it’s probably not a definite addition to the passenger network at this stage.

Yangon
From 1st May 2021
(provisional)

Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ764
737-800
SIN
15:15
RGN
16:40
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ763
737-800
RGN
17:35
SIN
22:10
 

Finally Mandalay is added from the start of the northern winter season in November 2021, three times per week as SQ770/769. This seasonal service will operate until 29th January 2022, in common with its most recent SilkAir operation in the northern winter 2019/20 schedule.

Mandalay
2nd November 2021 - 29th January 2022

Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ770
737-800
SIN
13:45
MDL
15:45
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ769
737-800
MDL
16:35
SIN
21:45
 

Update: Chongqing and Malé flights will operate with the following schedules:

Chongqing
From 8th March 2021

Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Kris-Yellow-Small.png SQ814
737-800