AviationSingapore Airlines roll-out new highlights as the narrowbody prepares to return to service.

The Boeing 737 MAX returns with new cabin features

The Singapore Airlines 737 MAX.
The Singapore Airlines 737 MAX. Photo Credit: Singapore International Airlines

Singapore International Airlines (SIA) announced the roll-out of a host of new cabin products as it returns to utilising the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft — the same model that was taken out of service worldwide for more than a year and a half after two separate crashes killed 546 people in 2018 and 2019.

“This is the culmination of three years of innovation and hard work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with designers and suppliers,” Lee Lik Hsin, SIA Executive Vice President Commercial said in a statement. “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 carrier said it is adding amenities to the narrowbody 737 MAX-8 that are similar to features found on its widebody jets. All of the MAX jets will have 154 seats in two classes, 10 in Business Class and 144 in Economy

Business Class will feature new lie-flat seats while Economy will have the latest generation slim-line seating. The cabin of the 737-8 has been designed with a special focus on ergonomics, helping to ensure that everything is within easy reach for customers.

All seats will have the Panasonic’s X-Series seat-back in-flight entertainment system.

SIA said it invested around S$230 million (US$168 million) on the development, design and installation of the cabin products.

“This significant investment demonstrates Singapore Airlines’ commitment to maintaining our leadership position in the airline industry,” Hsin said.

Singapore has been progressively reopening its borders to international countries since October. Its MICE sector has also been keeping busy, welcoming international delegates at the gamescom asia 2021, Bloomberg New Economy Forum, and the recently wrapped ITAP (Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific) 2021.

Source: TravelPulse

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