SilkAir reveals new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

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SilkAir has pulled back the curtains on a smart-looking set of business class seats for its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, which is expected to fly to Darwin and Cairns in 2018.

SilkAir has a staggering 37 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets on order

Finished in a dusky chocolate, the 12 leather-clad seats offer more room for premium passengers compared to the ageing Airbus A319 and A320 jets which will be retired in favour of the MAX 8s.

SilkAir’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

Seat pitch gains an almost 25% boost from 39″ to 49″…

SilkAir’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

… while the recline increases from 8″ to a snooze-friendly 12″.

SilkAir’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

Each seat boasts a spacious side pocket for easy access to personal items as well as AC and USB power sockets.

SilkAir’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class

Business class flyers on Singapore Airlines’ regional arm can also enjoy gourmet Illy coffee brewed on board.

Coffee’s up for SilkAir’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 business class passengers

The 144 economy class seats each sport a seat-back holder for tablets and smartphones plus a USB socket.

The first of SilkAir’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets will begin flights this week, with two more to follow by year’s end and a staggering 34 more still to come.

SilkAir’s inflight meals for business class flights over three hours cover eastern and western options, such as this Singaporean nonya laksa…

… chicken masala served with vegetables and spiced rice…

… and a simpler ‘chicken caesar sandwich’ served with caesar salad.

There are no video screens in either business class or economy: movies, TV shows and music from the SilkAir Studio system are beamed over WiFi to tablets and smartphones.

… with SilkAir opting for both aqua and light grey seat colours to break up the cabin.

Each seat sports a seat-back holder for tablets and smartphones plus a handy USB power socket.

Of course, you can always plonk your tablet onto the tray table too.

SilkAir will have three Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in the air by the end of 2017, and a staggering 34 more still to come.

SilkAir will have three Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in the air by the end of 2017, and a staggering 34 more still to come.

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