Singapore Airlines expects to begin flying the Boeing 777-9 from 2022, with the likelihood that the advanced jets will also mark the launch of new business class seats and first class suites.
Speaking at a media briefing following the release of Singapore Airlines' 2019 financial results, CEO Goh Choon Phong confirmed a scheduled 2022 delivery for the first of 20 long-range Boeing 777-9 jets.
Boeing's 777X series has been beset by production delays, with the first test flight of the 777-9 pushed back from March 2019 and now unlikely to take place until the first quarter of 2020.
The debut of Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777-9 is expected to coincide with all-new designs for first class and business class. The Star Alliance member's current Boeing 777-300ER first class launched in mid-2013 – its Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350 fleet top out at business class.
Those Boeing 777 first class suites, designed in conjunction with BMW Group DesignWorksUSA and built around a fixed-back shell with curved side panels, will be almost a decade old by the time Singapore Airlines begins flying the 777-9.
The business class seats of the Boeing 777-300ER have since been revised and refined for the Star Alliance member's long-range Airbus A350 fleet, although Singapore Airlines opted for a completely different design for its Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-10 regional business class.
Goh also said that the new lie-flat business class seats intended for the SilkAir's Boeing 737 MAX fleet would be fitted to a number of SilkAir's current Boeing 737-800s as the regional airline prepared to abandon its own brand in favour of the iconic colours and Kris logo of its more-recogniseable parent.