SilkAir Upgrades Cebu-Davao Service to Boeing 737-800

Singapore-based Silk Air has revealed deployment plans for its brand new fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft which the airline will begin accepting delivery of in February 2014. The airline recently announced that Cebu and Davao will be included in the list of destinations to be serviced by the new Boeing aircraft. 

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The new aircraft will feature a two-class 162 seat configuration with 12 seats in Business Class and 150 seats in Economy. The aircraft offers stronger efficiency and longer range than the airline's current fleet of Airbus aircraft. Service to Davao and Cebu is currently operated using a combination of Airbus A320 and A319 aircraft. The SilkAir A319 aircraft are configured with 8 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Seats while the A320 aircraft are configured with 12 Business Class seats and 138 Economy seats.

Beginning on May 26, SilkAir will upgrade its three to four weekly flights to Cebu and Davao from Airbus service to the new Boeing 737-800. The airline also plans to add new service to Kalibo on May 27 with three weekly flights. Two of those flights will operate via Cebu on the outbound leg while one flight will fly via Cebu on the inbound leg. Flights to Kalibo will be serviced using the smaller Airbus aircraft. With the new service enhancements, SilkAir will be increasing the number of weekly flights it offers to Cebu from eight to thirteen weekly starting on May 26.

SilkAir is currently an exclusive Airbus operator. Last year, the airline agreed to terms with Boeing for the purchase of up to 68 new aircraft including 23 Boeing 737-800 and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8. The deal formalised in November includes purchase rights for an additional 14 aircraft and the flexibility to switch to other Boeing 737 variants. Deliveries are scheduled for between 2014 and 2021 with the first MAX 8 aircraft arriving in 2017. SilkAir currently operates a fleet of 24 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

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