Singapore Airlines’ regional wing, SilkAir, has
selected Thompson Aero seating for the upgrade of Business Class
seats on its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.
The upgrades will commence in May 2020 and will
feature new lie-flat Business Class seats in a forward-facing
staggered layout – in line with SIA’s regional Business Class
offering on its Airbus A350-900 medium-haul and Boeing 787-10
SilkAir currently has five 737 MAX 8s in its
fleet with another 32 on order. The new seats will be retrofitted
onto aircraft already in the fleet, and installed at the time of
arrival in Singapore for aircraft not yet delivered.
The upgrades are part of a move to more closely align SilkAir’s products
and services with those of SIA in preparation for its merger into
SIA. The merger will eventually encompass a full re-branding of
SilkAir as SIA, with repainting of aircraft and adoption of SIA’s
The upgrade programme will also see the
installation of new seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in
both Business Class and Economy Class. An announcement on the
supplier for these systems is expected soon.
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