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Why is Singapore Airlines using a Boeing 737?



Singapore Airlines is known for its long distance service to many parts of the world. Whether it’s the world’s longest flight or service to Europe or Australia, the airline’s long-range wide-body fleet is what travelers think of Singapore Airlines. But the airline will soon ‘receive’ around 11 Boeing 737-800s. Why is this?

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SilkAir’s Boeing 737s will soon be repainted on the Singapore Airlines platform. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

The absorption of Singapore Airlines’ SilkAir brand

You may have already guessed with first / prominent visuals why Singapore Airlines (SQ) will include a Boeing 737 in its fleet. The reason is that Singapore Airlines is absorbing its regional brand, SilkAir, back into the main airline.

That means SilkAir’s name and identity will be gone – even their website did not exist, instead redirecting back to SQ. In fact, some of the regional airline’s aircraft will be delivered to Singapore Airlines – 11 Boeing 737-800 in particular.

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SilkAir brand is slowly disappearing on the Internet. Photo: Singapore Airlines

“The additional 737-NG planes will continue to join the fleet (Singapore Airlines) and will provide the company with even more flexibility to navigate during recovery.” -Singapore Airlines through Executive Traveler

Integration in early 2021

According to Executive Traveler, Singapore Airlines will begin accepting SilkAir’s Boeing 737 fleet as early as 2021. Between January and March 2021 is what the airline has stated so far.

The Executive Traveler August report noted that 17 SilkAir 737-800s will be repainted to SQ. However, data from Planespotters.net shows that only 11 aircraft are expected to be delivered. 2020 is a year of constant change, so it shouldn’t be a surprise if the numbers keep changing.

The big shift has been going on for some time, with the airline saying,

“Some commercial and logistical functions are already integrated, and while the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed some of our integration plans, we will continue towards the full integration of SilkAir into Singapore Airlines as announced before. ” -Singapore Airlines through Executive Traveler

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SilkAir has been a regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines since 1989 when the airline was founded as Tradewinds Charters. Photo: Singapore Airlines

In fact, this process has been underway for two years when Simple Flying reported on November 22, 2018, that SilkAir abandoned the lines for Scoot prior to the merger.

Business class upgrade

While most travelers prefer wide-body flying, Singapore Airlines aims to provide a consistent travel experience across the fleet by installing business class seats straight on its 737s. This will definitely be an upgrade from the SilkAir recliner. The new seat will be the Vantage chair built by Thompson Aero.

Singapore Airlines had previously planned to upgrade all SilkAir Boeing 737s from their regular recliner seats to the popular Thompson Aero Vantage model.

The famous flat Thompson Vantage bed provides maximum comfort for passengers while maintaining cabin density. An innovative and highly efficient design, the Vantage is adaptable on all single and two aisle aircraft platforms from Airbus and Boeing. -Thompson Aero

Thompson Aero Vantage Layout
Imagine what Singapore Airlines’ business class layout might look like with Thompson Aero’s Vantage seats. Photo: Thompson Aero

How do you feel about this move? Would you like to experience airline service on a single aisle jet? Let us know in the comments.


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