The two-class configuration will be rolled out on short- and medium-haul routes in the coming weeks
Singapore Airlines has revealed its new 737 Max 8 cabins, with 154 seats in a two-class configuration, with 10 seats in business class and 144 in economy. The airline plans to deploy the aircraft on short- and medium-haul routes in the coming weeks “subject to regulatory approvals.”
The fully lie-flat business class seats were designed by London-based Factorydesign and manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating, while the economy cabin includes slim-line seats by Collins Aerospace.
The aircraft also features Panasonic’s X-Series in-flight entertainment system, equipped with the carrier’s Krisworld content, and a new state-of-the-art 3D flight map with over 20 map views for various flight phases. Plus, the aircraft is fitted with Panasonic’s in-flight WiFi service and mobile data connectivity services.
Business Class Cabin
The business class cabin is arranged in a forward-facing staggered configuration, a 2-2 layout in the first and third row, and the second row in a 1-1 configuration.
The seats are up to 22 inches wide and feature a 44 inch pitch and have been “designed to wrap smoothly in a cocoon-like formation around the customer,” according to the airline.
Each seat reclines into a fully-flat 76-inch bed, and offers a 16-inch touchscreen monitor, two USB charging ports and in-seat power supply, a reading light with adjustable brightness, mood lighting, and a pocket under the monitor.
There is a divider between adjacent seats, providing more personal space and privacy, with a stowage area for personal items, as well as a bi-fold meal table.
Seats 12B and 12J are standalone and have additional tabletop and stowage spaces, plus a side stowage compartment with a mirror and LED light.
Economy Class Cabin
The economy class cabin features slim-line seats in a 3-3 configuration. The seats are designed with a contoured backrest “for better support” and a four-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings.
The seats measure up to 18 inches in width with a pitch of 30 inches and a recline of 5 inches. They also include a 10-inch touchscreen monitor with an integrated USB charging port.
The carrier says it has spent approximately S$230 million on the development, design and installation of the new products. Routes set to operate the fleet include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal and Thailand.
“This is the culmination of three years of innovation and hard work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with designers and suppliers,” said Lee Lik Hsin, executive vice president commercial for Singapore Airlines. “As a result, we can now offer customers a premium travel experience across our entire full-service network, no matter how long or short their journey.”
The rollout comes as Singapore Airlines continues to announce the resumption of services at its Changi Airport hub both on its short-haul flights and the carrier’s long-haul network to destinations across Asia, the US and Europe.