Silkair getting new Thompson Aero flatbed business class seats next year

11 Feb 2019 by Craig Bright

Silkair, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines (SIA), has confirmed it will begin outfitting its fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft with a new flatbed business class seat developed by manufacturer Thompson Aero, with retrofitting set to begin in May next year.

The new seats form part of the airline’s S$100 million (US$74.4 million) investment programme announced last May that will see the airline upgrade its business class seats and in-flight entertainment ahead of the airline’s planned merger with Singapore Airlines at a future date.

Details of the seat are so far slim; however, Silkair has confirmed the seats will be configured in a staggered, forward-facing layout “in line with SIA’s regional business class offering on its Airbus A350-900 medium-haul and Boeing 787-10 fleets”, the airline said in a statement.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner regional business class

These seat products are based on the Solstys III model from Stelia Aerospace, and debuted on Singapore Airlines’ 787-10 in March 2018 before also being rolled out onto its new medium-haul configured A350-900s in December.

For a run down of the various off-the-rack seat products available on the market and the airlines that use them, take a look at our in-depth Business Class Seat Guide.

Singapore Airlines’ existing regional business class seat is laid out in 1-2-1 configuration and is able to recline to form a fully flat bed that is 76 inches long and 26 inches wide.

Silkair will retrofit its existing five B737 Max 8s with the new lie-flat seats from Thompson Aero, as well as installing them on the other 32 Max 8s that it has on order.

Silkair's B737 Max 8 business class

The airline took delivery of its first Max 8 aircraft in October 2017, featuring 12 business class seats (pictured above) laid out in a 2-2 configuration.

Silkair is set to merge with Singapore Airlines once a “sufficient number of aircraft” have been retrofitted with the new seat products.

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