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The Last B747 Flight Of Singapore Airlines HKG-SIN  
User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 66
Posted (2 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15178 times:
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Hi everyone!



I have just travelled on the last B747 flight of Singapore Airlines.


Singapore Airlines puts on the best show to over 300 enthusiasts which lots of them travelled around the world to make today's flight.


It was a fantastic yet emotional history making event today. Friendships were re-united without borders during the flight. SIA lives up to the high expectations delivered the usual outstanding service throughout the flight. With a smooth touch down of the Queen of the skies in Singapore ending the event on a high note.



Instead of posting the usual trip report, I opt to post a video trip report with the hope to bringing you closer to the event. I understand some of you couldn't make it but I hope sharing this video is the second best thing.


I hope you enjoy the SIA Journey with me.


Flight: SQ748
Date: 6 April 2012
Hong Kong - Singapore
Reg: 9V-SPQ B747-412 Delivered 2001
Pax 337/375
Flight Level : 37000 feet
Mach 0.84
Flight time: 4 Hrs 05 mins


Please click the link below to access the video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho1YN...Q41JGPqiqXmJw&index=1&feature=plcp


Sam Chui

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User currently offlinegrecomark From Philippines, joined Jan 2012, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15171 times:

Epic! My dad made it to those flights. I really wanted to be there, but I needed to be home. Now watching your video TR.

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1709 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15137 times:

Wow, fantastic video report really enjoyed it. Thanks a lot for sharing Sam!  

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1945 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 14909 times:

Hey Sam

Thanks a lot for posting that video. I remember many SQ flights both in J and Y to Australia and to the US on the 744. Thanks so much for posting a nice memory of Megatop.

Cheers
Coal



Nxt Flts: VF SIN-DPS | SQ DPS-SIN-SYD
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5486 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 14844 times:

Still hard to believe they're gone! Looks like quite an awesome party though!

User currently onlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3052 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 14815 times:

Ohh WOW !!!!
You are one lucky guy, well done fantastic TR.
SG sure look after their cabins,still looks so good.
Always promised myself a trip in First with them, probably THE most classy offering of any airline on a 747.   

Any idea who will get this aircraft next?

Thanks for sharing.

 



you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
User currently offlineokapi From France, joined Jun 2006, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 14288 times:

Great video. Thanks for sharing. Funny how the 744 in the video looks as clean and "new" as the IR 742 in your Air Iran TR. You are very lucky to be able to fly these great birds. Wish you the best.

On a side note, it's funny to witness how the slow arrival of the A380 has signed the desitiny of the 747, along with the excellent triple 7!

oKp


User currently offlinepadster From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 14276 times:

Fantastic trip report... it even made me cry ..

User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13779 times:

Great report! Incredible party on board, the 747 is a rock star  

User currently offlineqantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5825 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 13150 times:

good stuff Sam, I was thinking about taking this flight but no free time at work...well done though.


a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5900 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 13104 times:

great report! saw many times SQ B744 departing or arriving in FRA ....

Amazing to think that SQ has no 747 more as it was for so many years the backbone of this airline.

I was always fastinated about the names SQ gave the 747, like MegaTop, MegaArk, etc...

Cheers
Avianca



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2540 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks ago) and read 13061 times:
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Thank you, Sam. That video brought a tear to my eye, especially that last speech at the end. I don't know who made that speech, but very well said, whoever you are. I remember the days when the 744 was brand spanking new. To my eyes at least, she'll always and forever be the Queen of the Skies - the most elegant, and beautiful subsonic commercial aircraft ever built. Nothing will ever compare with Her Majesty.

[Edited 2012-04-06 23:42:20]


Boeing 777 fanboy
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1044 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12840 times:

Thanks Sam! Amazing as usual.

The product on SQ747-400 is still beyond industry standard, minus the tiny PTV in Economy.

The F seats on SQ 744 is one of the most talk about F seat of all time.
The F and C products are still top notch.

Surely SQ 744 will be missed!!
Cheers,
Net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 66
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 12742 times:
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Hi All

It was a very emotional day for me, and a very excited event to attend. It was my utmost pleasure to meet many of you yesterday and receive warm greetings and kind words from you. Waking up today and realizing the SIA B747 pax is no longer around is just really hard.


I have decided to publish a selection of SIA B747 images I've taken around the world.


Please enjoy. All Copyright Sam Chui



You can view the latest video + photos of SIA 747 via the Youtube link below: (10 mins 49 secs, the first 6 mins is the same)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejpOo...O3fQAoA6JhLNp4gnUeAvqOTr8-WtD2iXk=



SIA B747 photos around the globe:


Auckland, New Zealand



http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/AKLD3150.jpg


New York JFK, NY, USA



http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/JFKD3195.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/JFKD3197.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/JFKD3198.jpg


Los Angeles, CA, USA



http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD1226b.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD1228.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD1231.jpghttp://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD2025.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD2220A.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD2221.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD2222.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD2231.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD2870.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD2391.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD2697.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD4334.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD4316.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD4319.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD4320.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD4358.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD4358B.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD4624.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/LAXD4625.jpg



Tokyo Narita, Japan




http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/NRTD1103.jpg



Sydney, Australia




http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDSQ4.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDSQ5.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD0537.jpeghttp://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD0935.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD1592.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD1594.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD2492.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD3651.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD3656.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD3916.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD3917.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD4194.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDD4230.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDSQ1.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDSQ2.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SYDSQ3.jpg


Taipei, Taiwan




http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/TPESQ744.jpg



Victorville, CA, USA




http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/VCVD4081.jpg



Zurich, Switzerland




http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/ZRHD0768.jpg



Cockpit Photo




http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/BKKSQ1.jpg




In-flight photo





http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF1.JPGhttp://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF2.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF3.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF5.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF6.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF7.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF8.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF9.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF10.jpg


http://www.samchuiphotos.com/SQ748/SQIF11.jpg




Thanks for viewing.

Sam

[Edited 2012-04-07 01:59:28]

[Edited 2012-04-07 02:02:05]

User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 677 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 12465 times:

Hi Sam,

so cool that you have been on board of this historical flight, really enjoyed the video you made. And well done by SQ to make it such a event. Also thanks for that wonderful collection of 747 pictures, some very nice shots.

I have seen the SQ B747 often in Frankfurt, it was always the highlight on visits to FRA. I really liked it how the put the Megatop stickers on the upper deck. Quite sad that there are now gone.

Thanks a lot for letting us take apart in this event  
CaptainRed


User currently offlinemal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 687 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12359 times:

Thank you Sam a great report, a very emotional moment for many on this day    . So sad to see the Queen leave the sky with another airline, I have made a bucket list for my self to be on the last QF 744 flight .
Thanks for the pictures to they show just how beautiful she raeally is

mal787



Flying cant get enough of it
User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12283 times:
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I have seen SQ 747-400's in FRA, LAX, SFO, ZRH, NRT, HKG (Kai Tak and Chep Lap Kok), and SYD. I watched this video with some sadness. Even though I have never flown SQ, I have heard they are the best. In January 1999 I was privileged to ride cockpit jumpseat on CX 883 LAX-HKG. We were asked if we could accept 24L for takeoff instead of 25R because of the waiting time. We did, and we were right behind an SQ 747-400 flying LAX-NRT.
Thank you for posting. It's great you got to be on this flight. But don't you usually fly in first? From the pictures, it didn't look like first class was full.



Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlinenicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12200 times:

Good to have finally met you Sam!

I still feel that upfront would have been a better choice compared to right behind.  


User currently offlineB738FlyUIA From Switzerland, joined Dec 2009, 543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 12087 times:

Quoting N178UA (Reply 13):
Thanks for viewing.

Sam

Hi Sam,

Thank you for sharing this special event with a really great video!!! One historical event and pity that didn't have the time to join as there were free seat's!!!!

Actually I didn't find any live converge of the last SQ 744 landing in SIN yesterday!!!!! A pity !!!!! The only I catches was the arrival of the 744 on Changi's Arrival Site yesterday!!!!

http://virovai.com/airliners.net/forumphotos/sq748.jpg

Very much they had interesting Flight Numbers SIN - HKG SQ747 and HKG - SIN SQ748.. (maybe a sign) ???

Cheers  



Next Flt: ZRH-SAW-ALA Rtn on (5-13.April.14)
User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 748 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11900 times:

Sam, once again, a great report. The speech at the end was great and it also brought a tear to my eye! Flown on the SIA queen so many times - SIN-BOM, SIN-NRT-LAX, SIN-TPE-LAX, SIN-HKG... was also my first inflight flight deck visit to - SQ6. Great photos as well! I remember seeing -SPJ at JFK late last year and she still looked so good....

Thanks again!

9V-SPJ.....


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10735 posts, RR: 38
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11677 times:

A nice set of aerial pictures of the Singapore Airlines 747s. Take offs pix are good too.

I know all about the really nice leather and mahogany old fashioned F Sky Suites as I flew in them several times.

One of Singapore Airlines 747-400s took me to one event I will always remember: the 3 Cunard Queens Royal rendez-vous in NYC. Her name was 9V-SVM the second weekend of January 2008. A weekend visit to attend this one-time event as the QE2 was going to be retired several months later. I flew back from JFK to Frankfurt with the same cabin crew I had on the way over. I let them know about the event in the harbour as none of them knew about it.

Got to fly on these birds in ultimate comfort many more times before they were retired. I loved the old leather Sky Suites in the nose of the Singapore 747s. They were so stylish and so was the service that went with them. I remember that one time when I was one of two passengers. I always "booked the cook". It was great.

I am sad to see them go.

I could have gone to Hong Kong and got myself a last F SkySuite for this last and final passenger flight of the Singapore Airlines B-747s as I've got stacks of frequent flyer miles in the bank and many young Singapore aviation geeks friends on the flight. It would have been too nostalgic.

I wonder what airline will be "Last to Fly the B-747 with the very last absolute final commercial passenger flight? We may have to wait a couple more years before it happens.

After that I guess we will have to try our luck with one of the private owners, if ever!


       



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlinehuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11602 times:

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 18):
One historical event and pity that didn't have the time to join as there were free seat's!!!!

I was quite desperate to join as well, but hesitated as I thought it would be full. A few seats showed up on the booking site at the last moment, and I read about the website problem causing it to be overbooked, hence I decided not to risk it.

I should have! Oh boy I want those model planes!



It's huaiwei...not huawei. I have nothing to do with the PRC! :)
User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11489 times:

What a wonderful report / tribute you provided all of us. Job well done, thank you.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineRAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11312 times:

Wow, just wow ! THANK YOU for letting us experience the last Singapore Airlines 747 flight. I'm speechless !

Thank you for sharing this us. Well done !

Regards,
Nicolas



JESÚS, TE AMO !!
User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 66
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 10952 times:
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Quoting triple7man (Reply 16):
In January 1999 I was privileged to ride cockpit jumpseat on CX 883 LAX-HKG. We were asked if we could accept 24L for takeoff instead of 25R because of the waiting time. We did, and we were right behind an SQ 747-400 flying LAX-NRT.

Wow, usually CX B744 are very heavy and there aren't much room left for takeoff to HKG from 24L. I bet the plane rotated with 1500 feet to go. (between 7 and 8 marker)

Quoting triple7man (Reply 16):
From the pictures, it didn't look like first class was full.

It was full. People are free to move around cabins to meet friends and talk to others, so some went to upper deck or down the back to the crew rest.

Quoting nicholaschee (Reply 17):
I still feel that upfront would have been a better choice compared to right behind.

But there is a cute Singapore Girl sat next to me on takeoff/landing in Row66   that's worth to sit in Coach lol.

I am travelling back to where I come from. My first SQ 747 flight I sat at the back and the last one is no exception. 80% of the flight time, I was away from the seat. Surprisingly , the coach seat was still quite nice  
Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 18):
Very much they had interesting Flight Numbers SIN - HKG SQ747 and HKG - SIN SQ748.. (maybe a sign) ???

Thank you, I have the same thought too, I really hope they will  
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 20):
I could have gone to Hong Kong and got myself a last F SkySuite for this last and final passenger flight of the Singapore Airlines B-747s as I've got stacks of frequent flyer miles in the bank and many young Singapore aviation geeks friends on the flight. It would have been too nostalgic.

You should Madame, we miss you  
Quoting RAGAZZO777 (Reply 23):
Wow, just wow ! THANK YOU for letting us experience the last Singapore Airlines 747 flight. I'm speechless !
Quoting luv2fly (Reply 22):
What a wonderful report / tribute you provided all of us. Job well done, thank you.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):

so cool that you have been on board of this historical flight, really enjoyed the video you made. And well done by SQ to make it such a event. Also thanks for that wonderful collection of 747 pictures, some very nice shots.
Quoting mal787 (Reply 15):
Thanks for the pictures to they show just how beautiful she raeally is

Thank you all. It was my pleasure to share the experience with you. I am not sure (don't think) this flight made news into Europe/Americas, but certainly in Asia, it was a big event!

Sam


25 SIN7 : Hi Sam, 2 TRs from you in a week - what a bonus! Again, another awesome pics and TR from the master. Thank you for taking us on the last SQ 747 flight
26 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Thank you Sam. You're the Star. Another great trip report with videos from friend Charles Ryan Teo SQ747/SQ748 Charles Ryan's Adventure and Trip Repor
27 Post contains links and images B738FlyUIA : Yes I do hope that very much also... would be simple awesome!!!!! View Large View MediumPhoto © Noam You lucky!!! I didn't get a ride on that one!!!
28 DJMEL : Sam, Thank You so very much for posting the final flight, I was absolutely dissappointed not to make the flight. I saw 9V-SPQ operate the second last
29 Post contains images nicholaschee : FSS Magladene vs SkySuites. Tough choice indeed. I think most of us clocked very little BIS time on SQ748.
30 Post contains images 9V-SVC : Hi Sam It was pleasure to finally meet you in person. What a great report you have over there, not to mention your wonderful photos as usual. Looking
31 EL-AL : Great report, thank you for shearing! I guess for most other airlines we will see the B744 around for many more years. LY
32 Post contains images N178UA : Well said sir I am in China atm (they block Facebook and Youtube unfortunatly), will take a good look tomorrow when I get back home! Thanks you Nice
33 JA8119 : Hey, I was also on board!! (I was in row 63) I'll write a photo report some time later. JA8119
34 vieri : Thanks Sam! Its almost as good as being on the flight itself. Do you know what will happen to the B747 cockpit crew? Do they carry on flying cargo on
35 N178UA : Great stuff! Looking forward to see from many different perspective on a history making flight like this. I did ask 2 captains, they said it is more
36 MSS658 : Hi Sam Thanks for putting your time and effort for this special dedication of the SIA 747. I remember seeing them in AMS a few times. The 747 has been
37 vieri : A rude shock for them when they use the sidestick controllers ? lol jokes aside, I do hope they continue flying 4-holers, it is fast becoming an elit
38 gabrielchew : Very nice video Sam! I had many great flights on the SQ 744 (LAX-NRT, AKL-SIN, LHR-SIN, HKG-SIN), although in the last few years they were getting rea
39 N178UA : I didn't think the SQ 744 was that tatty at all. May be the purple seat cover gives the whole cabin a darker/more mature look? I think SQ 744 was wel
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