SINGAPORE, 23 August 2017: Silk Air will deploy it’s brand new 737 Max 8 aircraft on routes to Australia, Japan, India and Nepal, effective late October.
The airline will be the second in Asia, following Malindo Air, to take delivery of the new Boeing 737s.
Silk Air has 37 of the aircraft on order and intends to replace its aging A320 fleet with the new aircraft.
The pitch and seat width is smaller on the Boeing aircraft, but the upside for Silk Air is a longer flight range and lower operating costs.
“SilkAir is excited to welcome the first of our new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to our fleet towards the end of this year, which marks another milestone in our commitment to constantly improve the travel experience for passengers,” the airline’s general manager Singapore, Chew Chee Keong, commented last month during the a regional promotional fare offer.
The first of the 737 Max 8 aircraft will be delivered in September and the first commercial flight is scheduled for 27 October on the airline’s route to Cairns Australia.
Silk Air flies the route five times weekly, year round.
In a recent timetable update the airline indicates its Boeing 737MAX 8 aircraft will be used on routes from Singapore to Bangalore, India, (five flights weekly); Hiroshima, Japan, (three flights weekly); Hyderabad, India, (seven flights weekly) and to Kathmandu (one flight weekly)
The new 737 MAX 8 will be configured with 12 seats in business class and 144 seats in economy.