AA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 642 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7837 times:
After 38 years of service, Singapore Airlines will be officially retiring its 747 aircraft.
The last commercial services of the 744 will be as follows:
SIN-MEL-SIN , daily until 24 March (a/c returns to SIN on 25 March)
SIN-HKG-SIN , on 6 April, Singapore Airlines has organized two commemorative flights to celebrate the end of 744 commercial service. SIN-HKG (SQ747) and HKG-SIN (SQ748) will have their flight time extended by one hour in order to allow for special meals and inflight entertainment.
It appears all F seats are sold out, and J / Y seats are dwindling. A recent search on SQ's website shows Y seats going for around US$500 o/w.
ebj1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7257 times:
It's hard to imagine the airline not needing the 747 but I suppose their business model now centers on the 777/A380 combination. I have to wonder if, some time down the road, they won't find they could use the 748i; that the 747 still fills a particular nitch for them.
aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4162 times:
The Boeing 747-400 is only retiring from passenger service with Singapore Airlines. This has absolutely no bearing on the B747-400F operations of Singapore Airlines Cargo (which incidentally has its own AOC and therefore is treated as a separate airline altogether - albeit as a fully-own subsidiary of Singapore Airlines).
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4503 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3858 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3): s't that only the passenger 744s, not the 744F freighters, or are they also ending their all-cargo operation?
I have been asking the same question. I think that only the passenger 747s are being retired, the freighter 747s will stay in service for a while in the Singapore Cargo fleet. There is very little chance, if none at all, that Singapore buys the 748 for passenger hauling but I wouldn't be surprised if they buy the 748F for their cargo operations. There is a greater chance, although only slightly greater, that they go for the 748F. The A380F is dead, I don't think Airbus will restart the project, so the 748F has a chance. Or maybe the 772F, that one would suit them as well.
tonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1986 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3835 times:
It is always sad to hear that the B747 is leaving an airline fleet, particurarly an airline like SQ where the B747 has been such an icon for so long. I would love to see them buy the B748i but alas, I think the chances of that are slim.