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Last SQ 747 LHR Service Today  
User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9001 posts, RR: 75
Posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15690 times:

After being that little known island state and airline back in the early 1970s placing one of the largest 747 orders for the time. Singapore Airlines soon starting SIN-LHR services not long after with the 747-200B in 1973, SQ finish an era of aviation today by operating their last schedule 747 passenger service.

SIN-LHR from tomorrow onwards will be serviced by the A380/77W combination.


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The 747 made SQ what it is today, and put Singapore on the map, and she is gracefully leaving the fleet some 35+ year later.


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8527 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15623 times:
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Such a shame to lose a 744 into LHR, however on the plus side, at least the on board product will be the same as the 380, the 744's were starting to look quite dated.


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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 15601 times:

While the 747 is leaving the SQ fleet, many of their ex-owned or leased ones are still flying today with other airlines, mainly converted into freight service, a testiment to SQ's fine mx and shorter ownership/leasing times. It is kinda sad that they will no longer be flying 747's, but times change and one has to move on to more efficient a/c in this day and age.

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 15421 times:

They are not ending 747 service, just 744's to LHR that's all  Smile


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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24924 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 15413 times:

Their cargo 747s will still be seen at Londres won't they?


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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4316 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 15206 times:



Quoting Zeke (Thread starter):
After being that little known island state and airline back in the early 1970s placing one of the largest 747 orders for the time

Interesting, but that very line could have been used to describe EK. Just substitute "city state" for "island state" and "A380" for "747".

In any event, I think the "747 service comes to an end for XXX-XXX" will be read with more frequency over the coming years as that old girl is put out to pasture by more airlines.



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 15123 times:

So according to Amadeus the 744 today is operating SQ319 back to SIN at 1815 and will arrive at LHR T3 as SQ308 at 1505, although she is expected at 1514. Luckily for moi I am sat in a T3 Business Lounge till 1800 so I'll try get a shot of her for posterity.


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17063 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14998 times:

Indeed this is sad and we will see more carriers do this in the very near future unfortunately.


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14965 times:

So 9V-SMU, the 1000th built B747, is now entering the hold at Lambourne at 9000ft.


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14815 times:

So the last SQ B747 has now landed at LHR and I got to watch it with a bottle of Stella in hand, how nice.  Wink

For anybody that is interested then here are two screen shots I just made using an SBS box I have access to and then the last photo is taken of 9V-SMU just as she reached her gate a few minutes ago. Now then, back to the bar.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/myt332/9VSMU_1-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/myt332/9VSMU_2-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/myt332/Last_Singapore_744_Heathrow-1.jpg

Alex



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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14703 times:

The world is changing. There can't be that many 747 operators at LHR anymore, or at least that I can think of. BA, QF, CX and that's where my list stops.

A340's and 777's dominate the long haul market there now.


User currently offlineRutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2981 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14524 times:
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Coming season 747 operators will be

BA- Literally dozens each day
VS- 4 or 5 still resident
JAL Cargo- 4 flights a week
EVA Cargo- At least weekly
Singapore Cargo - 3 0r 4 weekly
Thai International - Daily
Malaysian - 2 daily
Qantas - Up to 4 on some days
Air New Zealand - Daily
Cathay Pacific (PAX AND CARGO) - 3 daily plus several cargo rotations each week
Korean (PAX AND CARGO) - Daily pax plus several cargo flights per week
IRAN AIR - Scheduled to be 3 weekly (however may still get the A306 depending on demand levels)
EL-AL - At least three flights per week (Mix with 772 of daylight flight)

STILL QUITE FEW !

Air India and Singapore both going 777 on passenger flights

In addition you will still see the regular MID EAST VIP aircraft from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and the Brunei aircraft for sure.


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14390 times:

I don't think it that sad, the final 747 or perhaps 744 flying would be sad, but not one operator flying to LHR, when BA still has 55 (I think) in service!

Imagine if everyone kept their 747s, and nobody would anything new, whether 77W, A380 or A3510, now that would be sad!



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User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1541 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13792 times:

Well, like a few other old dogs on here i've seen SIA progress @ LHR from 707's throught to DC-10's, 742's , 743's, and 744's and now the 777 and 380. Lets not also not forget their brief Concorde venture.

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This change is yet another demonstration of SIA maintaining its lead position on one of the worlds primary air routes. And hasn't that paint scheme stood the test of time!



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User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1384 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 13437 times:

About 30 minutes ago, I saw 9V-SMU climbing thorugh 6000' over my house en route back to Singapore. (Planned to be) the last Singapore pax 747 departure from LHR.

The good news is that I have seen all the SQ 747s, all the delivered Sq A380s but none of the SQ B77Ws, so a new aircraft to see over the house from tomorrow.



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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3767 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 13001 times:

Here she is;
http://www.heathrowcam.net/indexnew....?page=10&view=1&photo=52671&mode=1

Arriving at 15:07.

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3222 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 12448 times:

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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21505 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11739 times:



Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 5):
Interesting, but that very line could have been used to describe EK. Just substitute "city state" for "island state" and "A380" for "747".

Well sure, if the line about SQ were even true. But it's not.

They ordered 2. Yes 2, six years after the launch of the 747, 2 years after EIS. They weren't a launch customer, and they didn't account for 25% of 747 orders at any time (PA was closest there, with 19% of the orders by EIS). SQ continued to add orders of about 1 aircraft a year until 1978, when they ordered 2 and then 10. That 10 was tied for 4th in the list largest one time orders up until that time.

Now, if you want to talk about the 744, that's different because they did place a large order of 14 in 1986 and were one of the first customers. But by that point, they were a large airline looking to replace existing 747s in their fleet.



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User currently offlineGetdonnie From Bermuda, joined May 2006, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11724 times:

Did 9V-SMU receive a proper send off? What is the protocol?

User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11541 times:

Just seen the evening Cargo plane take off as I walked home from work. Got a nice wiff of Av fuel from her  Smile

Was always nice seeing the SQ 744, will miss it


User currently offlineTrystero From Portugal, joined Oct 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10710 times:



Quoting Zeke (Thread starter):
After being that little known island state and airline back in the early 1970s placing one of the largest 747 orders for the time. Singapore Airlines soon starting SIN-LHR services not long after with the 747-200B in 1973, SQ finish an era of aviation today by operating their last schedule 747 passenger service.

It´s always sad to see one go away. I know that LHR got a looooooot more, but it's a sign of the times...



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User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10588 times:

I took SQ319 on 27MAR, which was served by 9V-SPA.

A truly wonderful flight in First Class - I will be writing a trip report with plenty of photos in due course.

Very sad to see the end of the SQ 747 on LHR route - many people, myself included, prefer F on the 747 over F on the 77W.


User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9633 times:

The first 77W flight (SIA308) to London Heathrow is operated by 9V-SWO.

[Edited 2009-03-28 20:55:16]

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9178 times:



Quoting Rutankrd (Reply 11):
Air New Zealand - Daily



Quoting Rutankrd (Reply 11):
EL-AL



Quoting Rutankrd (Reply 11):
IRAN AIR - Scheduled to be 3 weekly

I asociate Air New Zealand and El-AL with 777's at LHR these days. I can't remember seeing an Iran Air 747 for years. It might be scheduled but rarely used or I'm just unlucky. BA claim to use 747 on routes that they often downgrade on the day to smaller aircraft esp on USA routes.

Apart from BA (and Korean) the rest of the resident 747's, from what I see, are cargo flights.


User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5311 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9159 times:



Quoting Babybus (Reply 23):
I asociate Air New Zealand and El-AL with 777's at LHR these days. I

Air NZ fly twice daily to LHR a 744 via LAX and a 772 via HKG. Not sure about EI AL.


25 LHR777 : BA really don't downgrade their 747 flights very often at all, especially on USA routes. There's still a lot of palletized belly cargo carried to the
26 Bjwonline : Did SQ fly the A340 to LHR at any stage?
27 Theginge : Not really, they use their 777 to near capacity so they don't have the spare aircraft or crew to chop and change between 744 and 777 on the day. If t
28 GCT64 : I think you will find that you have that the wrong way round: ANZ 2/1 from/to LAX is B772 ANZ 39/38 from/to HKG is B744
29 GCT64 : Last Thursday (26 Mar), the following non-based, non-cargo B747s operated: 2 x AI 1 x NZ 3 x CX 1 x BR 1 x KE 2 x MH 4 x QF 1 x TG 1 x SQ (this has n
30 GCT64 : The first one on the LHR flight has just gone over my house out of LHR on a BPK departure. 9V-SWO B77W as SIA319. Good to see.
31 Jfk777 : LHR has been the destination of FIRSTs for Singapore Airlines. The first 747-300 BIGTOP nonstop from LHR to Singapore, The first destination for teh 7
32 ZK-NBT : Nope but I should have pointed out that it changed 29/03 to what I said which is 744 via LAX and 772 via HKG!
33 GCT64 : Yes - after writing my comment, to my horror (because I hate being wrong ) I then saw the 747 arriving from LAX and 772 departing to HKG ... I hadn't
34 Zeke : Thats right, but next time to get onto one you would need to be boxed up as freight. That is correct. Seen an academic paper a while back on this, us
35 CHRISBA777ER : Any pics of the SQ 77W at LHR yet?
36 RedFlyer : Very plausible in the sense that it will lower ticket prices encouraging more traffic.
37 United Airline : Wonder when will the last SQ B 747-400 leave the fleet............. 2012? 2013?
38 Zeke : My guess would be the best part of another 10 years, unless they decide to get rid of the relatively new 744s from SQF, some of them are just a few y
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