Singapore Airlines has unveiled new cabin products for its B737 Max 8 fleet, with plans to deploy the aircraft on short- and medium-haul routes in the coming weeks.
The aircraft feature 154 seats in a two-class configuration, with 10 seats in business class and 144 in economy. The fully lie-flat business class seats have been designed by London-based Factorydesign and manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating, while the economy cabin includes slim-line seats by Collins Aerospace.
The aircraft also features Panasonic’s X-Series in-flight entertainment system, equipped with the carrier’s Krisworld content, and a new state-of-the-art 3D flight map with over 20 map views for various flight phases. Plus, the aircraft is fitted with Panasonic’s in-flight wifi service and mobile data connectivity services.
Business class cabin
The seats are arranged in a forward-facing staggered configuration, with the first and third row in a 2-2 configuration, and the second row in a 1-1 configuration.
The seats measure up to 22 inches in width with a 44 inch pitch, and recline into a fully-flat 76-inch bed. They include a 16-inch touchscreen monitor and high-quality material and finishes.
The seats have been “designed to wrap smoothly in a cocoon-like formation around the customer”, providing more personal space and privacy. There is a divider between adjacent seats, providing a stowage area for personal items, as well as a bi-fold meal table.
Additionally, the seats have two USB charging ports and in-seat power supply, a reading light with adjustable brightness, mood lighting, and a pocket under the monitor.
Seats 12B and 12J are standalone and have additional tabletop and stowage spaces, in addition to a side stowage compartment with a mirror and LED light.
Economy class cabin
The slim-line seats feature a contoured backrest “for better support” and a four-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings. The seats are in a 3-3 configuration and measure up to 18 inches in width with a pitch of 30 inches and a recline of 5 inches.
They also include a 10-inch touchscreen monitor with an integrated USB charging port.
SIA has spent approximately S$230 million on the development, design and installation of the new products.
The airline plans to operate the aircraft on flights to destinations including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal and Thailand “subject to regulatory approvals”.
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.”