And now for my final flight of 2017, the continuing RGN-SIN sector on the MDL-RGN-SIN flight.
After disembarkation, a transit cards and a brief security screening was conducted for transit passengers. Seemed like most of the passengers were in transit (who would want to fly 3hrs up to Mandalay and then 1hr down to Yangon when there are multiple daily flights direct from SIN to RGN, unless you are an AV Geek).
Into the terminal, which actually felt a bit like Changi as it was developed by the Changi group I think.
As there was an hour's transit stop, we tried our luck and enquired with the ground staff if we could go to the lounge as we were starving from no proper food served on the last sector. Ground staff told us to try and guided us towards the direction of the lounge, and reminded that boarding would commence in 30min. We headed to the Mingalar Sky Lounge, which seemed to be used by all airlines, and the staff welcomed us in after taking photocopies of our boarding passes and transit cards.
The lounge was spacious and nicely designed. It was also not crowded then.
View from the lounge.
There is a decent buffet spread, with a range of hot/cold food and finger food available.
Soon, boarding announcement was made in the lounge for the flight. Boarding has commenced earlier than scheduled. Made our way back to the gate, which was just down the escalator from the lounge.
31 December 2017 SilkAir MI 522 Yangon (RGN) - Singapore (SIN) A320 9V-SLQ Business Class Flight Time: 2H55M
Re-boarding the aircraft and welcomed back by the same set of crew. It was definitely a long working day for them, operating 3 sectors.
Back to the same seat and welcome beverages and hot towels were offered. Again, I stuck to apple juice. Business Class was very full on this sector and I spotted only an empty seat.
View out the window.
There was a bit of wait for the last few passengers and after all boarded, safety video was played and doors closed.
Taxied to the runway
Departure from Rwy21 bound for Singapore.
Leaving the coast of Myanmar.
Earphones and i-Pads were handed out again for the inflight entertainment.
Seat in almost full recline.
The lavatory stocked with some amenities.
The crew then came round to take our meal orders. On SilkAir Business Class, no menus were distributed. Instead, the crew will present the meal and drinks menu in a holder individually to each pax to view prior to taking the order. Downside, you don't get to keep the menu.
After meal and beverage orders were taken, our tray tables were set up with a linen in preparation for the meal service. Silent entertainment were also played on the overhead monitors.
The meal tray was hand-delivered from the galley, with the starter and dessert on it.
A single selection of red and white wines each was also offered.
A selection of warm breads were offered from the breadbasket, where I chose garlic bread and a soft roll.
The starter of Potato Salad was rather simple.
I also requested to try the champagne, which was promptly delivered. The champagne, Collet Brut NV, was shown and poured directly at my seat. It tasted decent, though I am not a champagne connoisseur to judge.
There were only 2 choices for the main course, Pasta with tuna or Malay-style cchicken with tumeric rice. We tried both dishes. Unlike SQ on the same route where main courses were served in pre-plated dishes, SilkAir had the main courses plated before serving.
The pasta tasted fine, with the penne still al-dente, but lacking a bit in the protein department with canned tuna used.
However, the Malay-style chicken with rice was delicious, with spicy and flavourful chicken accompanied with tasty tumeric rice.
Also tried the SilkAir Signature cocktail - Joy. It was a concoction of juices and red wine, and was rather refreshing.
Dessert was only a Pandan chiffon cake, which in my opinion, was rather 'cheap' as a Business Class meal dessert.
After the meal tray was cleared, the crew came round to offer pralines!
My friend ordered a Virgin Mary, which wa beautifully presented.
Continued with Kingsman, and had a sinfully wonderful hot chocolate to enjoy the movie with.
The sun is setting.
Another view of the messy seat in full recline.
A peek into Economy, which seemed pretty full.
Before our arrival, the crew came around and asked if we would like any more snacks or drinks. We ordered a plate of Snyder pretzels to share, and I had a glass of water as well.
Approaching Singapore and landing on Rwy02R.
Parked at Terminal 2 and disembarked. Last view of the seat.
Baggage delivery took some time even though we had priority tags. It seemed that the Yangon-originated baggage were delivered first (bot priority and non-priority) before the first Mandalay-originated bags appeared.
Thanks for reading my final 2017 report!
Mingalar Sky Lounge - - 1
Yangon - RGN
Singapore - SIN
SilkAir has provided a pleasant short-haul experience. Even though it may not have all the bells and whistles of its elder sister SQ, the service was excellent and I dare say may be better than some of my SQ Business Class experiences as I actually prefered the more casual style of the SilkAir service.
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