In the near weeks, Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) aims to resume operations with Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Following Malaysia and India, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) ungrounded the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on September 6, 2021. However, other significant Asian markets, including China and Indonesia, have yet to accept the plane’s restoration to service.
Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) claimed in a statement on November 16, 2021, that their 737 MAX aircraft, dubbed the 737-8, will “progressively” enter service on routes to Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, and Thailand in the “coming weeks,” subject to regulatory permissions. The airline stated, “Further details about these flights will be released in due time.”
“We sincerely hope it is as soon as possible.” According to Reuters, Singapore Airline executive vice president commercial Lee Lik Hsin said to reporters in Singapore on November 16, 2021, “We absolutely expect it will be before the end of this year.”
The comments came after Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) presented the cabins for its 737-8 aircraft, which included lie-flat chairs in business class, which is unusual for a narrow-body aircraft.
All of its 737-8 planes will have a two-class arrangement, with 10 seats in business class and 144 seats in economy.
Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) stated the upgraded cabins cost roughly S$230 million ($170 million).
“This raises the customer experience onboard the Airline’s narrowbody aircraft fleet to that of its widebody aircraft, providing a consistent and premium travel journey across the entire Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) network,” the airline explained.
Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) has ordered 31 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.