SilkAir reveals new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

SilkAir reveals new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

SilkAir has pulled back the curtains on a smart-looking set of  business class seats for its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, which is expected to fly to Darwin and Cairns in 2018.

SilkAir has a staggering 37 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets on order

Finished in a dusky chocolate, the 12 leather-clad seats offer more room for premium passengers compared to the ageing Airbus A319 and A320 jets which will be retired in favour of the MAX 8s.

SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

Seat pitch gains an almost 25% boost from 39" to 49"...

SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

... while the recline increases from 8" to a snooze-friendly 12".

SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

Each seat boasts a spacious side pocket for easy access to personal items as well as AC and USB power sockets.

SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

Business class flyers on Singapore Airlines’ regional arm can also enjoy gourmet Illy coffee brewed on board.

Coffee's up for SilkAir's Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class passengers

The 144 economy class seats each sport a seat-back holder for tablets and smartphones plus a USB socket.

While no seats have their own video screens, the airline's SilkAir Studio system beams movies, TV shows and music over WiFi to each passenger's own device.

The first of SilkAir's Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets will begin flights this week, with two more to follow by year's end and a staggering 34 more still to come.

  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    Singapore Airlines' regional arm SilkAir is upgrading its ageing Airbus A319 and A320 fleet with Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 jets.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    A signature feature of these next-gen Boeing 737s are the 'split scimitar' wingtips, which reduce drag and boost fuel efficiency.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    SilkAir's Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets have 12 business class seats up front, and 144 seats in the economy cabin.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    The all-new business class seats are far more spacious than their siblings on the Airbus A319 and A320.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    In addition to a generous 49" pitch (up from 39" on the Airbus fleet), the recline increases from 8" to a nap-friendly 12".
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    Each seat boasts a spacious side pocket for easy access to personal items as well as AC and USB power sockets.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    Business class flyers can also enjoy freshly-brewed gourmet Illy coffee above the clouds.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    SilkAir's inflight meals for business class flights over three hours cover eastern and western options, such as this Singaporean nonya laksa...
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    ... chicken masala served with vegetables and spiced rice...
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    ... and a simpler 'chicken caesar sandwich' served with caesar salad.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    There are no video screens in either business class or economy: movies, TV shows and music from the SilkAir Studio system are beamed over WiFi to tablets and smartphones.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    The 144 slimline economy class seats in the Boeing 737 MAX 8 are ranked in a familiar 3-3 layout...
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    ... with SilkAir opting for both aqua and light grey seat colours to break up the cabin.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    Each seat sports a seat-back holder for tablets and smartphones plus a handy USB power socket.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    Of course, you can always plonk your tablet onto the tray table too.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    SilkAir will have three Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in the air by the end of 2017, and a staggering 34 more still to come.
  • Inside SilkAir's new Boeing 737 MAX 8

    SilkAir will have three Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in the air by the end of 2017, and a staggering 34 more still to come.

David Flynn
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.
 

10 comments

  • traveller90

    traveller90

    4 Oct, 2017 05:18 pm

    A good looking and clean product. A return to what narrow body business class should be like. Well done!
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  • henrus

    henrus

    4 Oct, 2017 05:54 pm

    I'm surprised they haven't decided to fit the new aircraft with IFE. A few months ago I met a couple from Cairns (standing in immigration line in Cambodia) who often fly Cairns - Singapore on SilkAir but they've actually started flying via Brisbane on Singapore Airlines for the better aircraft and onboard service.
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  • Marty Brennan

    Elijahdownunder

    4 Oct, 2017 05:54 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing.
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  • moa999

    moa999

    4 Oct, 2017 07:35 pm

    Looks good. Can understand no IFE but WiFi streaming (or even Internet) would have been better.

    Also don't quite get why SQ persist with the SilkAir sub-brand.
    Afterall they have combined Scoot/Tiger
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  • henrus

    henrus

    4 Oct, 2017 09:18 pm

    It will have wifi streaming but when the aircraft will be doing 6-7 hours flights to/from Cairns, one has got to question the logic of forgoing seatback IFE.
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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    4 Oct, 2017 09:38 pm

    Silk air has been far more profitable for them than tiger or scoot ever were
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  • eminere

    eminere

    4 Oct, 2017 10:01 pm

    "While no seats have their own video screens, the airline's SilkAir Studio system beams movies, TV shows and music over WiFi to each passenger's own device."

    There is Wifi streaming.
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    QFcrew

  • AJW

    AJW

    5 Oct, 2017 03:09 pm

    Might be because their product is vastly different to SQ. Whereas Tiger and Scoot had similar product offerings.
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    David

  • tazza0712

    tazza0712

    6 Oct, 2017 05:31 pm

    I wonder if this is the direction Virgin Australia will go with their new domestic narrow body business class.
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  • Azri Azmi

    azriazmi90

    6 Oct, 2017 08:31 pm

    It seems old MH B737-800 much better because it comes with IFE
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