SINGAPORE, 5 October 2017: SilkAir, took delivery, Wednesday of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 that will be used to expand routes and present an improved inflight service level that is closer to what its parent company, Singapore Airlines offers.
The first of 37 MAX 8s ordered, marks a significant milestone in SilkAir’s journey towards expanding its network in the region and increasing frequencies.
Commenting on the MAX 8 arrival, SilkAir chief executive Foo Chai Woo said: “The new MAX 8 enables us to offer customers new destinations and paves the way for a new phase of growth.”
The MAX 8 aircraft will feature an improved business class that will offer a business class product closer to what parent airline, Singapore Airlines, delivers.
The aircraft has a new configuration of 156 seats – 12 business class seats and 144 in economy class.
Business class seats will offer a 25% increase in seat pitch (39”to 49”) as well as additional seat recline (8” to 12”).
The first new destination for the MAX 8 is Hiroshima, Japan, with the inaugural flight scheduled for 30 October.
This marks the first Japanese destination that SilkAir has added to its network. Services are scheduled three times weekly, which will also be the only nonstop service between Hiroshima and Singapore.
Two more MAX 8s should be delivered by the end of the year, with another 34 on order with staggered deliveries over three to five years. The aircraft will be deployed on medium- haul destinations such as Cairns, Darwin, Kathmandu, Hyderabad and Bangalore.