Singapore regional carrier SilkAir has taken delivery of its first of 23 Boeing 737-800s as it commences its regional fleet replacement program.
The airline, which until now has been an exclusive A320 and A319 operator, is transitioning to the 737 through the acquisition of the 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s over the next eight years.
“The new Boeing 737 aircraft will support our network expansion plans,” SilkAir CEO Leslie Thng said in a statement. “The transition to an all-Boeing fleet will enable us to efficiently serve more destinations, fly longer routes and increase capacity on existing routes.”
The first 737 will enter service in late February and will initially fly short range services to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
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