SilkAir reveals new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

By David Flynn, October 4 2017

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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

traveller90

traveller90

29 Jan 2012

Total posts 108

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

henrus

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

Total posts 714

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.

Elijahdownunder

Elijahdownunder

29 Jun 2017

Total posts 2

Looks absolutely amazing.

moa999

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1378

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

henrus

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

Total posts 714

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.

elchriss0

elchriss0

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

Total posts 581

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

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1133

"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.

AJW

AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 511

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

tazza0712

tazza0712

27 May 2015

Total posts 24

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

azriazmi90

azriazmi90

Malaysia Airlines - Enrich

28 Feb 2017

Total posts 8

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

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