SilkAir has selected Thompson Aero Seating for the upgrades of Business Class Seats on its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, which will be using its new VantageSolo design.
SilkAir is believed to be the launch customer for the Vantage Solo, which adopts an angled flatbed design with direct aisle access for every passenger.
Designed specifically for narrow-body aircraft, the VantageSolo will offer a fully horizontal flat bed with direct aisle access for every seat. The design adopts an angled herringbone-style layout with each seat converting into a fully flat bed. The seats themselves start as 21 inches (53.3cm) wide with a 33-inch (83.8cm) pitch.
The S$100 million upgrades are a part of a significant investment programme that will eventually see SilkAir merged into SIA.
The upgrades will commence in May 2020 and will feature new lie-flat Business Class seats in a forward-facing staggered layout – in line with SIA’s regional Business Class offering on its Airbus A350-900 medium-haul and Boeing 787-10 fleets.
SilkAir currently has five 737 MAX 8s in its fleet with another 32 on order. The new seats will be retrofitted onto aircraft already in the fleet, and installed at the time of delivery in Singapore for the aircraft not yet delivered.
The upgrade programme will also see the installation of new seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in both Business Class and Economy Class. An announcement on the supplier of these systems will be made soon.
Plans for upgrades were made in May 2018, as part of a move to more closely align SilkAir’s products and services with those of SIA in preparation of its merger into SIA. The merger will eventually encompass a full rebranding of SilkAir as SIA, with repainting of aircraft and adoption of SIA’s service delivery.