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Singapore Airlines downgrades evening Bali flights to Boeing 737-800s in January

Two daily Singapore Airlines Bali flights will be flown by ex-SilkAir Boeing 737-800s for a four-week period in January, instead of the usual one, meaning more passengers will trade the latest flat-bed seats in Business Class for recliners.

Back in October we reported on SIA’s significant boost to its Bali services, hiking schedules from three to five times daily for the northern winter season from November 2022 to March 2023, with four out of every five services operated by the Boeing 787-10.

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The flood of additional seats on the route at relatively short notice even led to over 4,000 KrisFlyer Saver award seats being loaded in Business Class during the five-month period, with some single days even boasting a total of 30 award seats in this cabin!

Selected flights downgrade in January 2023

Currently, only the early morning SQ934/SQ935 service between Singapore and Bali uses SIA’s ex-SilkAir Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which mirrors its pre-COVID operation with the same aircraft type as MI176/MI175.

The four subsequent flights each day in both directions use the newer wide-body Boeing 787-10, including the latest flat-bed seats in Business Class, with direct aisle access.

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Singapore Airlines has updated its Bali flight schedule to show that from 4th January 2023 to 31st January 2023 the carrier’s daily SQ946/SQ947 evening service will be also operated by the Boeing 737-800 instead of the 787-10, in addition to the usual morning SQ934/SQ935 rotation.

Here’s the affected flight highlighted in the full schedule for this route.

Singapore    Bali

10th November 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
737-800^
SIN
18:05
DPS
20:50

^ 4th January 2023 to 31st January 2023

Bali    Singapore

10th November 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
737-800^
DPS
21:45
SIN
00:20*

^ 4th January 2023 to 31st January 2023
* Next day

This will reduce Boeing 787-10 service on the route to three times daily during this four-week period.

What’s the impact?

If you’re booked in Business Class it’s a significant downgrade from flat-bed seats with high privacy, good storage options and direct aisle access, like this:

Boeing 787-10 Regional Business Class. (Photo: The Shutterwhale)

to side-by-side recliners with little privacy (and a recline of just 8 inches), like this:

Boeing 737-800 Business Class. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

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

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.

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In Economy Class there will be no device charging option on these flights, while both cabins lack a built-in entertainment system and have no Wi-Fi connectivity.