SilkAir, the regional arm of Singapore Airlines (SIA), is to undergo a SGD100 million cabin upgrade, which will see it progressively merged with SIA.

The programme, which is expected to start in 2020, will see new lie-flat seats in business class cabins, and the installation of seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in both business class and economy class, ensuring closer product and service consistency across the SIA Group’s full-service network.

The merger will take place only after a sufficient number of aircraft have been fitted with the new cabin products. Specific details will be announced progressively as the programme develops and timelines are finalised.

“Singapore Airlines is one year into our three-year Transformation Programme and today’s announcement is a significant development to provide more growth opportunities and prepare the Group for an even stronger future,” said SIA CEO, Goh Choon Phong.

“Importantly, it will be positive for our customers. It is another example of the major investment we are making to ensure that our products and services continue to lead the industry across short-, medium- and long-haul routes.”

SilkAir currently operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A320-family aircraft and 22 Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft, but is transitioning to an all-737 fleet.

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