On Sunday, SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore
Airlines, became the first airline to fly the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to
SilkAir Flight MI-801 touched down in
Darwin, Australia on 7 January at 14:50 and was welcomed with a
traditional water-cannon salute.
The MAX 8 aircraft was first introduced
to the fleet on 30 October 2018, with Hiroshima, Japan as its
Currently, the MAX 8 aircraft is also deployed to
other longer haul destinations in the network including Kathmandu,
Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Mr. Foo Chai
Woo, Chief Executive of SilkAir said, “We are thrilled to be the
first airline to introduce the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Australia.
The new MAX 8 enables us to offer customers access to new and
exciting destinations and paves the way for a new phase of growth.
With the aircraft entering into service, we look forward to
inviting customers on-board to enjoy the quality experience that
the MAX 8 offers.”
The Max 8 aircraft features
thoughtful refinements to both the Business and Economy Classes.
The enhanced Business Class now features a 25% increase in seat
pitch (39”to 49”) as well as additional seat recline (8” to 12”)
for added comfort.
Beyond the hardware, Business Class
customers can also look forward to indulging in gourmet coffee
from illycaffè, brewed freshly on-board.
seats have also been refined and showcase a sleeker and more
ergonomic design. Each seat is fitted with a seat-back tablet and
phone holders, accompanied by personal in-seat USB charging ports.
Customers onboard the MAX 8 can also enjoy
hands-free comfort when enjoying SilkAir’s in-flight
entertainment service, SilkAir Studio, which offers over 100
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