It’s been six months since Singapore Airlines first introduced its Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft to passenger service, back in late November 2021 between Changi Airport and the Thai holiday resort island of Phuket, including the latest flat-bed Regional Business Class and Economy Class seats for the narrow-body fleet.
More aircraft and more routes have been progressively added since then, with 10 of the jets now in the regular operating fleet and a further six set to join by the end of March 2023, so it’s a good time to revisit where the MAXs are flying on the network, whether you’re trying to snag an experience with the new cabin products, or simply avoid the type altogether!
The MAX already represents the majority of the SIA narrow-body fleet, with recent confirmation that the older Boeing 737-800s (NGs) with recliner seats in Business Class now number only seven aircraft (down from nine), all of which will eventually leave the airline by late 2025.
In total, an impressive one in five SIA flights (20%) will be operated by a Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft by mid-June 2022.
The 737 MAX network has expanded considerably since inaugural routes to Phuket, Phnom Penh, Kuala Lumpur, Siem Reap and Brunei started late last year.
The fleet now flies to 13 destinations, including Cairns in Australia which clocks in at 6 hours 45 minutes of flight time.
Happily, the MAX has also started flying all the airline’s Maldives flights, as we reported in February this year, for flat-bed comfort in Business Class on this popular route.
Here’s how SIA’s Boeing 737-8 MAX route network looks.
As you can see, SIA is introducing more 737 MAX routes in June, with the aircraft being deployed for the first time on the following regular services:
- Darwin – 5 x weekly from 2nd June 2021
- Chennai – 3 x weekly from 3rd June 2021
- Kathmandu – 6 x weekly from 24th December 2021
On the Darwin and Kathmandu routes the MAX is replacing the airline’s older Boeing 737-800s, which retained the former SilkAir recliner seats in Business Class. On Chennai the type will supplement daily Boeing 787 operation, by providing additional weekend services.
Operation of the MAX vs. the 737-800s now more or less mirrors the statement by SIA’s EVP commercial Lee Lik Hsin at the product launch in November 2021, where it was stated that the -800s would be put on shorter routes where the newer cabin products were less important.
The airline recently announced that two of its nine Boeing 737-800s were surplus to requirements and have been removed from the fleet, leaving only seven aircraft operating mostly shorter routes:
- Da Nang
- Kuala Lumpur
You can expand the schedule boxes below for each of SIA’s confirmed 737-8 MAX destinations to see which flights the new aircraft is operating on, including timings and days of operation, through to the end of the northern summer schedule on 29th October 2022.