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Singapore Airlines unveils its 737 MAX cabin with lie-flat seats

Nov. 16, 2021
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Singapore Airlines unveils its 737 MAX cabin with lie-flat seats
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Singapore Airlines just took the wraps off one of the most luxurious 737 MAX cabins in the sky.

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Singapore's 737 MAX 8 features 10 business-class lie-flat seats and 144 economy-class seats. The business-class seats, designed by Factorydesign and manufactured by Thompson Aero Seating, are arranged in a 2-2, 1-1, 2-2 configuration, with the single seats configured as "throne" seats with extra storage.

Singapore's 737 MAX business class cabin features two "throne" seats. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines)

The seats feature up to 22 inches of width, a 44-inch pitch as a seat and recline into a 76-inch-long flat bed. It's a similar product to what FlyDubai currently offers on its 737 MAX.

In economy class, 144 seats designed by Collins Aerospace are arranged in a standard 3-3 configuration, featuring 18 inches of width and 30 inches of pitch, with 5 inches of recline.

Economy class on the Singapore 737 MAX features 30 inches of pitch and 5 inches of recline. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines)

As is the case on the entire Singapore fleet, all seats on the Singapore 737 MAX feature personal televisions with access to the carrier's KrisWorld inflight entertainment system. Business-class screens are 16 inches, while economy-class screens are 10 inches.

The carrier also promises next-generation Wi-Fi powered by Panasonic. Charging a laptop is possible in business class, where full in-seat power is offered, along with two USB charging ports. Each seat in economy class features a single USB charging port — enough to charge a smartphone.

Each business class seat on the Singapore Airlines 737 MAX converts into a 76-inch long flat bed. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines)

Singapore's 737 MAX aircraft came from its defunct regional subsidiary SilkAir and will be the first time in about 30 years the airline will operate narrowbodies under the Singapore brand. Therefore, the goal for the carrier was to achieve a level of comfort on the MAX that is similar to what is experienced on the airline's widebody fleet.

“This is the culmination of three years of innovation and hard work, involving extensive customer research and close partnerships with designers and suppliers," said Lee Lik Hsin, Sinagpore's executive vice president of commercial, 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."

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The Singapore Airlines 737 MAX business class seat features a 16-inch screen, two USB charging ports and full in-seat power for charging laptops. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines)

The airline plans to deploy the aircraft on short- and medium-haul destinations including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand in the coming weeks, subject to government approval.

Related: The ultimate guide to Singapore KrisFlyer

The best way to use miles to fly Singapore's 737 MAX is through its KrisFlyer program. KrisFlyer partners will all major credit card transfer partners, including American Express Membership Awards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Capital One Rewards.

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