Yes! SQ gives to its planes names like this - 743 was BIGTOP. I'm not sure but I think it came from the fact that when the first 747-300s came they were often advertised with "with stretched upper deck". And after BIGTOP they had to find something new, 747-400 became MEGATOP.
SQs A340s were called CELESTAR, B777s are called JUBILEE. A340-500 is called LeaderShip. It will be interesting to see what name their A380 is going to get.
Singaporegirl From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 302 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 11690 times:
yep, there was a time when i used to make this announcement: "good ___ ladies and gentlemen, i'm ivy your leading stewardess, on behalf of singapore airlines, i'd like to welcome you aboard our megatop 747 , flight sq ___ to ___ (and ___).
Ladies & Gentlemen, we will now demonstrate the use of the safety equipment on this aircraft...
Gardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11372 times:
I remember reading in some aviation mag a few years ago, that SQ had planned to give the name "Gigatop" to the A380s.
When "Big Top" first came about it, it was a novel way to identify the aircraft, and there were one of the first in the industry to do this. However I never understood the different between "Big Top" and "Mega Top" as both upper decks were the same really.
UTA followed shortly by dubbing their 743s "Big Boss"
StealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5896 posts, RR: 38
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9338 times:
Quoting FLZero (Reply 9): QF 'Longreach' title is the name of their first homebase, which, I think, is in Queensland, and is now a museum
Quoting Ar1300 (Reply 18): Flzero, THX!.I thaught that it was a special kind of 747 with an extended range or something like that.
Both are correct.. Longreach in Qld is the first HQ of Queensland & Northern Territory Aerial Service.
With the introduction of the 744 Qantas were looking for some way of branding it and differentiating from the 742 & 743 that made up the rest of the fleet and with the added range of the 744 "Longreach" seemed like a natural fit.
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
LordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7981 times:
Quoting StarG (Reply 15): I like all those names - Megatop, Big Top, Celestar, LeaderShip, Jubilee...
It's a pity they are taking those away.
I agree! The names or brands or whatever they could be called have given something extra to these SQ aircrafts. In my opinion they should reconsider giving them up. Besides all these names have been very good!
Also QF Longreach is good - as it has these two meanings.