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article imageSingapore Airlines bids Goodbye to last Boeing 747

By Tan Wen Hui     Mar 11, 2012 in Travel
Singapore - Singapore Airlines retires its last Boeing 747-400 with a two-way commemorative flight to Hong Kong, carrier launches online contest for its aircraft’s farewell flight seats.
Singapore Airlines – Singapore’s national carrier – is retiring its last commercial Boeing 747-400 after four decades of service.
To mark the aircraft’s retirement, the last commercial Boeing 747-400 will make a two-way flight from Singapore to Hong Kong on 6 April 2012.
Flights SQ747 and SQ748 will operate between Singapore and Hong Kong to mark the retirement of the Boeing 747. The flights are scheduled to depart Singapore and Hong Kong at 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., respectively.
In addition, the flights will replace existing flights SQ860 and SQ863, which are operated with the Airbus A330-300s.
This is part of Singapore Airlines series of commemorative events launched to mark the retirement of the carrier’s Boeing 747 fleet. The commemorative flights will have an extended one hour flying time to allow passengers onboard to be treated to a memorable inflight experience. This includes specially crafted meal services and inflight entertainment. Passengers will also receive limited edition Boeing 747 memorabilia.
First Class passengers will be treated to an exclusive tour of the aircraft’s cabin crew training facilities and B747-400 flight simulator in Singapore.
“Saying farewell to the Boeing 747 will not be easy. For more than 38 years, the aircraft has played an important role in helping Singapore Airlines become the global airline that it is today. It enabled us to extend our network around the world and introduce innovative new products and services,” said Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer Goh Choon Phong in a statement issued by Singapore Airlines to the media.
“These flights will mark the end of an era, but the spirit of innovation will live on at Singapore Airlines.”
Tickets for the commemorative flights are now on sale.
Win a Pair of Tickets Onboard Singapore’s Last Boeing 747
And it gets better; Singapore Airlines has launched an online contest offering the public to win a pair of tickets aboard the aircraft’s commercial flight to Hong Kong.
The online contest, which begun on Friday, 9 March 2012, consists of five skill-based questions. Hosted on www.SIAjourneys.com, participants who answer all five questions right will stand a chance to win a pair of return Economy Class tickets onboard the farewell flight.
In the event the winner has already purchased a Singapore Airlines ticket from 18 February to 28 March 2012, he or she will receive a return Business Class tickets.
Earlier this year, Singapore Airlines displayed one of its three remaining Boeing 747-400 at the much raved about Singapore Airshow 2012.
The Boeing 747, dubbed ‘The Queen of the Skies’, was delivered to Singapore Airlines in 1973 and has grown into an iconic aircraft that is well loved by Singaporeans and foreigners alike.
The aircraft is scheduled to operate its last commercial flight to Melbourne on 24 March 2012 and return to Singapore the next day on 25 March 2012.
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