Singapore Airlines Retires Boeing 747s

Singapore Airlines has officially retired its Boeing 747 fleet, following the final commemorative flights by the iconic aircraft between Singapore and Hong Kong today. Flight SQ 748 landed at Singapore Changi International Airport at 1900 hrs, ending a 38-year relationship between the airline and the ‘Queen of the Skies’. Onboard the flight were company executives, media, invited guests and passengers celebrating the aircraft that played a crucial role in cementing Singapore Airlines’ reputation for innovative products and services.


The airline’s first 2 Boeing 747-200 jets were delivered on 1 September 1973, featuring wider seats, revolutionary onboard lounges and bigger galleys from which gourmet meals were served. Singapore Airlines further enhanced the flight experience when the upper decks of the jets were redesigned as ‘slumberette’ cabins with custom divans that converted into beds for long-haul flights.


Another milestone was reached in April 1983 when the airline introduced the Boeing 747-300 with a stretched upper deck that was dedicated to Business Class passengers, offering a 2-2 seating layout previously reserved for First Class travellers, while the onboard product was further improved in 1998 with the industry-leading SkySuites and shell-type Spacebeds onboard the Boeing 747-400s.


As the flagship of Singapore Airlines (which once boasted the largest fleet of the type), the double-deck aircraft were instrumental in boosting Singapore’s connectivity with the world and the airline’s reputation for quality service. Deployed on regional and intercontinental routes, the carrier’s Boeing 747s were seen in major destinations including Auckland, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, New York, Perth, San Francisco,Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo.


Singapore Airlines’ last Boeing 747-400 jet, registered 9V-SPQ, will now be prepared for transfer to Russia’s Transaero Airlines. Taking its place in long-haul operations will be the airline’s Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER jets.


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