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SilkAir Boeing 737-800 9V-MGA. Photo courtesy SilkAir.

Silkair commences conversion to all Boeing 737 fleet

Singapore Airline’s full service regional subsidiary SilkAir has commenced on its transition from an all Airbus A319 and A320 fleet to an all Boeing 737 fleet. The airline took delivery of its first Next-Generation 737-800. Over the coming years, Boeing will deliver a total of 23 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s to SilkAir.

SilkAir’s new 737 will enter service later this month, flying to existing destinations including in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. With the follow-on 737 deliveries, SilkAir will fly the aircraft to more destinations in Cambodia, Vietnam, India and the Philippines starting in March.

The 737s feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which highlights new modern sculpted side-walls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins. While the new 737s will offer the airline more seats, it will be a downgraded experience for passengers as the economy class seat width drops from the Airbus standard 18 inches to 17 inches on the Boeing aircraft.

SilkAir currently flies more than 350 weekly flights to 45 destinations in 12 countries.

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