Earlier this week, SilkAir took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 narrow body aircraft.
Image – The Boeing Company.
For SilkAir (a Singapore Airlines subsidiary), its the first of a very big change as the airline begins transitioning away from the Airbus A320 family to the Boeing 737 family.
As time goes on, Silk Air will operate total of 23 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s aircraft.
These 737-800s are configured with the Boeing Sky Interior (with 787 elements inside, as well as swivel point bins), configured with 12 Business Class seats (leather) and 150 Economy Class seats (fabric).
Seats will have power installed at them (both three pin mains and USB power), with a wireless IFE system to be operational from May 2014.
SilkAir will be introducing their new 737 during February, flying it to existing destinations on their route map, covering Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. As more aircraft arrive, these aircraft will operate to Cambodia, Vietnam, India and the Philippines commencing in March.
Whilst new aircraft are always welcome, for some passengers they might notice the squeeze as the seats will be an inch smaller – verses the seats aboard the older Airbus A319/A320s….