11 February 2012, Singapore – 9V-SPQ, one of Singapore Airline’s (SIA) remaining three Boeing 747-400s will be on static display at the Singapore Airshow 2012 from 17 to 19 February 2012.
9V-SPQ was the last B747-400 delivered to SIA in 2001.
Scheduled tours for some 1,000 public visitors to the Airshow will be invited for guided tours of the cabin on 18 and 19 February. You would be able to view the B747’s history with SIA and the products that were introduced during its time in service.
“The B747 was the flagship aircraft in SIA’s fleet for nearly four decades, serving us through much of our history, and it is only fitting that we mark its retirement in a special way,” said SIA’s Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah.
“The Airshow is an ideal venue for us to begin the countdown to the B747’s retirement, by involving the community and demonstrating how the aircraft has benefited SIA over the years.”
The airline has scheduled the B747-400’s last commercial flight to Melbourne on 24 March 2012, returning to Singapore on 25 March 2012. An additional commemorative flight is also being organised.
The History of SIA’s B747 Series Aircraft
- 1973 – SIA received its first B747-200
- 1983 – SIA received its first B747-300 BIGTOP – Flew non-stop from London to Singapore in 1984.
- 1989 – SIA received its first B747-400 MEGATOP – Non-stop daily services between Singapore and London.
- 1994 – SIA took delivery of its 23rd B747-400 making it the largest B747-400 operator globally.
- 2003 – SIA Group had a record 51 B747s which comprised 39 B747-400s and 12 B747-400 Freighters.
- 2012 – Three B747-400 passenger aircraft is service today, while SIA Cargo operates 13 B747-400 Freighters.
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