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Singapore Airlines' regional arm SilkAir will upgrade its Boeing 737 business class to lie-flat seats next year using Thompson Aero's popular Vantage design.
The new business class seats will debut on SilkAir's growing Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet from May 2020 – the airline has five MAX 8s already in the air, with 32 more to follow – and will also be retrofitted to its Boeing 737-800 jets, with the older Airbus A320 aircraft being retired.
... and was most recently selected by Aer Lingus for its forthcoming Airbus A321LR jets.
Boeing is also spruiking a customised version of the Vantage business class seating in promotional material for its 737 MAX jets.
Singapore Airlines says the Boeing 737 seats will have many similarities to its latest regional business class seating found on its Boeing 787-10s and selected Airbus A350s, including a forward-facing design – and while the Vantage lacks direct aisle access for every passenger, it does offer a handful of 'throne' seats for solo flyers.
SilkAir’s A$100 million upgrade will also see seatback video screens fitted in both business class and economy class.
The move is being touted as delivering 'a consistent premium experience across both international and regional Singapore Airlines flights', and will come as Singapore Airlines takes over SilkAir to become a unified premium airline brand across Asia and around the world.
SilkAir's current flagship business class product is the wide recliner of its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.