SIA to Introduce Lie-Flat Seats on Boeing 737 MAX 8s

It’s part of improvements aimed at elevating the travel experience on short- and medium-haul flights.

The new-look business-class cabin aboard SIA’s 737-8s. (All photos courtesy of Singapore Airlines)

Singapore Airlines will be rolling out all-new cabin products on its Boeing 737 MAX 8s in the coming weeks, ensuring that offerings on the carrier’s narrow-body aircraft will match those found on its wide-bodies. The goal? To offer a consistent standard of comfort across the entire Singapore Airlines network, no matter how long the flight.

All of SIA’s 737-8 aircraft will have 10 lie-flat seats in business class — designed by London-based Factorydesign and manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating — and 144 improved seating in economy. Those in the business-class cabin are arranged in a forward-facing staggered 2-2, 1-1, 2-2 configuration; each one measures up to 22 inches in width and reclines into a 76-inch full-flat bed. Designed to wrap around the passenger like a cocoon, the business-class seat features ample storage space, high-definition touch screen monitors, as well as high-quality material and finishes such as bespoke embroidery in custom patterns and textures. The seat cushions and covers use the same soft furnishings as those found on SIA’s medium-haul aircraft, providing a higher level of comfort for short-haul flights.

A window-side business-class seat in the recline position.

Enjoying the inflight entertainment in business class.

Passengers have ample room to create a semi-private workspace in the air.

Meanwhile, the economy-class cabin will feature the latest generation seats built by Collins Aerospace, promising more space and comfort with its sleek slim-line design; passengers can expect a contoured backrest for better support and a four-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings. A personal 10-inch high-definition touch-screen monitor with an integrated USB charging port is also fitted on every seat. The 737-8 aircraft will also feature with Panasonic’s X-Series seat-back inflight entertainment and inflight Wi-Fi service, as well as mobile data connectivity.

Singapore Airlines says it has invested around S$230 million (over US$169 million) on the development, design, and installation of the new cabin products, which are the culmination of three years’ work. These 737 MAX 8 aircraft will progressively enter into service on short- to medium-haul flights across Singapore Airlines’ network, and will be flown to destinations in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, and Thailand, subject to regulatory approvals. Further details on these flights will be announced in due course.

A business-class seat in fully flat position.

Making use of a lie-flat business-class seat aboard the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Economy-class seats have also been carefully redesigned to improve passenger comfort.

More information here.

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