A Singapore Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 recently made its maiden voyage, traveling from the United States to Singapore with a couple interesting stops along the way.
Delivery Flight: Singapore Airlines 737 From USA To Singapore
A Live and Let’s Fly reader sent me a screenshot of a Singapore Airlines flight departing from Hawaii on the Plane Finder flight tracking app. He had seen the plane taking off at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu earlier. My interest was instantly piqued: why was a Singapore Airlines 737-8 MAX flying from Honolulu to Guam?
But it did not take long to deduce that it must be a delivery flight. Sure enough, SQ8890 left Boeing Field in Seattle (BFI) on 11 December, landing in Honolulu (HNL) that afternoon. The following morning, it continued to the U.S. territory of Guam (GUM). After resting another day, it continued to Singapore (SIN), landing on 14 December at 1:30PM.
The tail number of the new aircraft is 9V-MBI.
You see, a 737 MAX 8 cannot just fly across the Pacific Ocean without stopping. Its range is 3,550 nautical miles. In utilizing Honolulu and Guam, Singapore took advantage of natural stopping points along the way and also the fact that United Airlines has maintenance bases at both airports.
Singapore Airlines has ordered 37 737 MAX 8 aircraft to refresh its narrow body fleet. These aircraft will feature 10 business class seats much like Jet Blue Mint’s first generation seat (including throne seats) and 144 seats in economy class.
Destinations will include:
Currently Guam and Honolulu are not scheduled destinations…
It’s not everyday that you see a Singapore Airlines 737 in Honolulu or Guam…or even Seattle for that matter. But with over 20 planes still to be delivered, keep an eye out for a Singapore Airlines 737 MAX 8 next time you are in Honolulu or Guam. You might just be witnessing the next delivery flight.