Just like Dr Who’s TARDIS the ‘next-gen’ 737-800 looks bigger on the inside, thanks to a 787-inspired design.
The first of the made-over mid-range jetliners has rolled out of the hangar and into the hands of low-cost customer FlyDubai, with over 1,100 more 737s sporting the snazzy Sky Interior facelift on order for 40 more customers including Malaysia Airlines and Continental.
The Sky Interior shares many design traits on the much-delayed 787 Dreamliner.
These include brighter and customisable LED 'mood' lighting (in place of fluorescent tubes that frequently need replacing), gently sculpted sidewalls and larger oval window surrounds to let in more light.
Overhead are higher capacity pivoting 787-style bins to fit more bags while taking up less cabin space.
The cost-extra option also includes overhead speakers in every row to improve sound and clarity of public address announcements.
The overall effect is a cabin that’s lighter and brighter, as well as looking ‘softer’ and more spacious.
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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.