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Singapore Airlines unveils cabin design for B737 MAX 8 fleet

Aviation Updates Philippines – Singapore Airlines has unveiled the business class and economy class cabins for its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with flights to several short- and -medium-haul routes expected to commence in the coming weeks.

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The aircraft features a total of 154 seats, including 10 lie-flat business class seats and 144 economy class seats. The business class seats — designed by Factorydesign and manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating — are arranged in a staggered configuration, with the first and third rows in a 2-2 configuration, and the second row in a 1-1 configuration.

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The business class seats are 22 inches wide with a 44-inch pitch and can recline into a fully-flat bed measuring 76 inches long. All seats feature a 16-inch touchscreen monitor and high-quality cushions and covers that use the same soft furnishings found on the airline's medium-haul aircraft.

Additionally, the seats are equipped with a divider between seats, two USB ports, in-seat AC charging, a reading light with adjustable brightness, and ample storage.

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Passengers seated on the throne-style seats on the second row can also enjoy direct aisle access, greater privacy, and additional storage space.

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The economy class cabin, meanwhile, features slim-line seats designed by Collins Aerospace. The seats are arranged in a 3-3 configuration, with 30 inches of pitch, 18 inches of width, and five inches of recline. 

The seats have a contoured backrest to provide passengers with better support, as well as a four-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings. All seats feature a 10-inch touchscreen monitor and a single integrated USB port.

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Singapore Airlines' B737 MAX 8 also features Panasonic's X-Series in-flight entertainment system equipped with the airline's KrisWorld content and a new 3D flight map with more than 20 views. 

The aircraft has also been fitted with Panasonic's in-flight Wi-Fi service, though pricing has yet to be announced.

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Singapore Airlines has spent approximately SG$230 million on the development, design, and installation of the new cabin product for its B737 MAX 8 aircraft. According to the airline, it plans to operate the aircraft on flights to 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. 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," said Lee Lik Hsin, Singapore Airlines' Executive Vice President (Commercial).

He continued: "This significant investment demonstrates Singapore Airlines' commitment to maintaining our leadership position in the airline industry. As air travel recovers, our customers can continue to enjoy world-class products and award-winning service across our fleets."

Singapore Airlines currently has six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet, with 31 more on order. The planes were originally delivered to the carrier's wholly-owned subsidiary Silk Air before joining the Singapore Airlines fleet in early 2021 as part of the Singapore Airlines-Silk Air merger. 

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