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Singapore Airlines boosts Bali flights to five times daily

Singapore Airlines is hiking its Bali schedule to five times daily from mid-November, but beware of the early morning flight with ex-SilkAir cabins, including recliner Business Class seats.

One of the most popular holiday destinations in the region for our readers is undoubtedly the Indonesian island of Bali, which has happily seen progressive relaxations of COVID-19-related travel restrictions from March 2022.

Since then flights have been ramped up and Singapore Airlines has now confirmed a fourth daily service, from the start of the northern winter season on 30th October 2022.

On top of that, a fifth daily flight is on the cards from 10th November 2022, bringing flight frequencies back to pre-COVID levels on this route.

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These additional flights had been loaded on SIA’s schedule page for some time now, but only just became available for booking yesterday and today.

Bali is one of the most popular destinations in the region. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

The schedule

The first extra service loaded is SQ936/937, one for the early risers with an 8.20am pushback out of Changi T2. On the plus side, it gets you to Denpasar Airport just after 11am, which should see you at your hotel or villa in time for lunch.

For the return sector a more leisurely departure time just after midday will have you touching down back in the Lion City by 3pm.

The second addition is SQ946/947, at the opposite end of the schedule with 6.05pm – 8.50pm operation from Singapore to Denpasar, and a 9.45pm – 12.20am timing on the way back.

Here’s how the full schedule including flight timings looks for the upcoming northern winter season from 30th October 2022, with the additional flights highlighted.

Singapore    Bali

30th October 2022
to 25th March 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
SQ934
737-800
SIN
06:55
DPS
09:35
SQ936
787-10
SIN
08:20
DPS
11:05
SQ938
787-10
SIN
09:05
DPS
11:50
SQ944
787-10
SIN
16:20
DPS
19:05
SQ946^
787-10
SIN
18:05
DPS
20:50

^ From 10th November 2022

Bali    Singapore

30th October 2022
to 25th March 2023

  Days
M T W T F S S
SQ935
737-800
DPS
10:30
SIN
13:05
SQ937
787-10
DPS
12:05
SIN
14:55
SQ939
787-10
DPS
13:00
SIN
15:40
SQ945
787-10
DPS
20:15
SIN
22:55
SQ947^
787-10
DPS
21:45
SIN
00:20*

^ From 10th November 2022
* Next day

Singapore Airlines flights to Bali will operate from Terminal 2 at Changi Airport from 13th October 2022.

In addition to providing another option for local residents, the addition of SQ936 (SIN-DPS) each day will provide better connectivity (i.e. a shorter transit) for those en-route from:

  • Amsterdam (SQ323)
  • Chennai (SQ529)
  • Zurich (SQ345)
  • London (SQ305)
  • Delhi (SQ403)
  • Paris (SQ335)
  • New York / Frankfurt (SQ25)
  • Munich (SQ327)
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This will leave the existing SQ938 at 9.05am better able to prioritise transit passengers from other popular origin points for Bali services, primarily including:

  • London (SQ317)
  • Houston / Manchester (SQ51)

Similarly the newly-added SQ939 will add connection options to the likes of Delhi, Mumbai and San Francisco, while the new evening SQ946/947 captures much of the Europe / US-bound traffic.

Fun fact: Most travellers on SIA’s Bali flights are in transit – typically flying to or from Europe, North Asia, North America or Australia – not Singapore origin / destination passengers.

Cabin products

Four out of five daily SIA Bali flights will use the airline’s Boeing 787-10 aircraft, with 36 of the new 2018 Regional Business Class seats, sporting flat-bed functionality and a 1-2-1 all-aisle-access layout.

These are complemented by 301 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration – sadly not great for couples (come back A330 all is forgiven!).

Economy Class on the Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Unfortunately there’s still one standout inferior cabin on the Bali route, in the form of the morning SQ934/935 service, using an ex-SilkAir Boeing 737-800.

Singapore Airlines has seven ex-SilkAir Boeing 737-800s in service. (Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

These are not to be confused with the Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, also inherited from SilkAir but delivered directly more recently, with flat-bed Business Class seats and an Economy cabin close to long-haul standards.

No, these 737-800s have 12 Business Class seats in a 2-2 configuration, meaning the old SilkAir side-by-side recliners with little privacy (and a recline of just 8 inches), like this:

SIA Boeing 737-800 Business Class. (Photo: Martin Memo / Executive Traveller)

For most of our readers, these are certainly not seats to waste 21,000 KrisFlyer miles on to Bali.

If you’re connecting from a long-haul flight, from Europe for example, don’t count on getting an extra hour’s sleep on the Singapore – Bali sector, with a seat like this in store.

In Economy Class there is no device charging option, while both cabins lack both a built-in entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity.

SIA Boeing 737-800 Economy Class. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

You can stream entertainment content onto your personal device from an onboard server on the 737-800, but it’s no match for the full KrisWorld system on the 787-10s.

The lack of Wi-Fi is certainly a shame, with Singapore Airlines currently trialling an unlimited connection for Business Class and a complimentary 2-hour surf package for KrisFlyer members until further notice, though sadly neither of those perks will be of any use on these early morning Bali flights.

Avoid SQ934/935 if these things are important to you.

As we recently reported, Singapore Airlines is also deploying its Boeing 737-800 aircraft on all its Phuket flights between now and the end of March 2023.

Don’t forget we have a continually updated guide covering all Singapore Airlines Business Class seat types by route, including differences by individual flight number and date / season, through to March 2023.