Singapore Airlines has unveiled its stunning new Boeing B737MAX cabin.
After the merger of Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Silk Air, which was a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, the flag carrier of Singapore is now operating Silk Air’s Boeing B737MAX aircraft. In order to better match the quality of what’s offered by Singapore Airlines, it was decided to upgrade the inflight products. SIA is presently operating 6 of them with 31 more on order. Note that Silk Air’s Boeing B737-800s which are also operating for SIA will not receive these cabin updates.
SIA’s Boeing B737MAX-8 aircraft will feature 10 lie-flat business class seats in a staggered configuration and 144 standard economy class seats in 3-3 configuration.
There will a total of 10 Business Class seats on SIA’s Boeing B737MAX-8 aircraft. The first and third rows will be in 2-2 configuration while the second row will be in 1-1 configuration. Designed by London-based Factorydesign and manufactured for Singapore Airlines by Thompson Aero Seating based in Craigavon Northern Ireland, the Business Class seat is 22 inch wide and reclines directly into a full-flat bed measuring 76 inches.
These seats are made with premium materials with bespoke embroidery in custom patterns and textures. The seat cushions and covers use the same soft furnishings as those found on our medium-haul aircraft. The seat is designed to wrap smoothly in a cocoon-like formation around the passenger. A divider between the adjacent seats provides a new stowage area for personal items, as well as the bi-fold meal table. Other features include USB charging ports and in-seat power supply, a reading light with adjustable brightness, mood lighting, and a pocket under the monitor that provides easy stowage during taxi, take-off and landing.
The two standalone Business Class seats – seats 12B and 12J – have additional table-top and stowage spaces, and a side stowage compartment equipped with a mirror and LED light. These seats are popularly known as “Throne Seats” and are perfect for those who are travelling alone.
The Economy Class seat, built by Collins Aerospace, offers 30 inches of seat pitch and a sleek slim-line design. The latest generation seat model in its class, the seat comes with a contoured backrest for better support and four-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings. A personal 10-inch high-definition touch-screen monitor with an integrated USB charging port, is also fitted on every seat.
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In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity
SIA’s B737MAX-8 will feature Panasonic’s X-Series in-flight entertainment system, the same system which is found on SIA’s widebody aircraft. Amongst the various features, a new state-of-the-art 3D flight map will be rolled out. This includes over 20 distinct map views for various flight phases, such as 3D satellite imagery, local and global views, as well as a personalised feature that enables passengers to see the aircraft’s relative position to their selected map location throughout their flight.
The aircraft is also fitted with Panasonic’s in-flight Wi-Fi service. The Wi-Fi service will be powered by new modem and connectivity solutions, which uses advanced satellites to cover high air traffic areas with high throughout (HT) and extreme throughput (XT) spot beams.
Where will the B737MAX-8s fly?
SIA’s B737MAX-8 aircraft will progressively enter into service on short- to medium-haul flights across the carrier’s network in the coming weeks. This includes flights to Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, and Thailand. The airline says that further details on these flights will be announced in due course.
Singapore Airlines has invested around S$230 million on the development, design, and installation of the new cabin products.
Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial, Singapore Airlines, said:
This is the culmination of three years of innovation and hard work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with designers and suppliers. As a result, we can now offer customers a premium travel experience across our entire full-service network, no matter how long or short their journey. This significant investment demonstrates Singapore Airlines’ commitment to maintaining our leadership position in the airline industry. As air travel recovers, our customers can continue to enjoy world-class products and award-winning service across our fleets.
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