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Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 3:41 pm

Is "megatop" just a label given to their 747's or is it something different?
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 3:44 pm

I always wondered the same thing....just as ''longreach'' in the Qantas 747.


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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 4:20 pm

Quoting Lobster (Thread starter):
Is "megatop" just a label

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.

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 4:25 pm

A380 Super Mega Mega TOP ????
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 4:50 pm

There won't be any names for the 773ER and 380.The 'jubilee' , 'megatop' and 'leadership' titles are being removed from the aircrafts. So far only the 345 are without the titles.
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 4:54 pm

Don't forget SQ's 747 freighters...Mega Ark!

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 5:25 pm

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 ___).
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 6:42 pm

It seems odd they are getting rid of those names because they have paid a lot on copyright etc for them.
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 8:17 pm

It seems that after a change in CEO from Dr Cheong to Mr Chew, all the fancy names started to get scrapped off their aircraft.

Maybe he just doesn't fancy them....

I like Megatop and Mega Ark best!
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 8:33 pm

AR1300,

QF 'Longreach' title is the name of their first homebase, which, I think, is in Queensland, and is now a museum.

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:05 pm

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.
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 11:53 pm

I remember reading in some aviation mag a few years ago, that SQ had planned to give the name "Gigatop" to the A380s.

I sure hope that the "Gigatop" will only remain a rumour because that name is so cheesy.
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Sun Apr 17, 2005 11:58 pm

Deat Lord, let's not start another A380 naming thread.  Silly

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 12:02 am

Quoting LordHowe (Reply 2):
Yes! SQ gives to its planes names like this - 743 was BIGTOP

Sounds like a flying circus!
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 12:13 am

The wild "New York" and "Hollywood" graphics on the sides of the first 743's megatop series made the flight feel like a party charter, wish someone had some pics of those...
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:43 am

I like all those names - Megatop, Big Top, Celestar, LeaderShip, Jubilee...
It's a pity they are taking those away.

Not only A345 titles are missing, some B744s and B777s are also now much plain looking without their titles  Sad.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 2:25 am

SQ could call their A380 "The Beluga" ..  Smile
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:56 am

the bigbitchtop!
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:00 am

Flzero, THX!.I thaught that it was a special kind of 747 with an extended range or something like that.

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:26 am

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.

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:06 am

I would kill for a t-shirt that had the SQ logo and "megatop".  Wink
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:18 pm

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 16):
SQ could call their A380 "The Beluga"

Beluga's already taken, it would have to be Megaforehead Big grin

Given VS are serious about beds, they could also use this. They just need to remove the "fore"  Smile
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:18 pm

Yes, I really missed those names now , whenever jubilee , megatop or leadership is mentioned, I knew what they are. It's pity they are removing the names for some reasons which I am still puzzled.
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:03 pm

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.

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:10 pm

Quoting LordHowe (Reply 23):
Also QF Longreach is good - as it has these two meanings

Maybe Longer Longreach for the 744ER
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:58 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 24):
Maybe Longer Longreach for the 744ER

Actually had that conversation over dinner the other night, couldn't decide on...
LongEReach or LongreachER

And have no doubt at all why QF chose neither!!!  Wink

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 5:16 pm

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 20):
I would kill for a t-shirt that had the SQ logo and "megatop".

Try looking in Airliners Magazine. They have a company which usually advertises tons of t-shirts on a two page add. I remember seeing an SQ t-shirt which a 744 on it. Hope this helps.
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:56 pm

I just returned from singapore end of March and I saw already some B744 and B777 without the titles. But nobody could me explain why they remove the titles.

Can somebody explain.

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 7:25 pm

Sterling Airways, the airline that preceded Sterling European Airlines, used to do the same with its different aircraft types. The Caravelles were called "SkyJet" i think !!!
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Mon Apr 18, 2005 7:56 pm

Quoting FlySwiss (Reply 27):
But nobody could me explain why they remove the titles

Singaporegirl,

Why is it that you do not anymore make announcements like you did? How long ago was this decision made?

I would call A380 "HugeTop"

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Tue Apr 19, 2005 2:24 am

The decision to remove branding from aircraft hardware was made not long after Chew Choon Seng became CEO. Not sure exactly what the reasons are, but apparently he disliked the cheesy (albeit effective) names. I would also hazard a guess that some poeple in management feel that there is just too much subbranding going on at SQ and that gets confusing, not to mention annoying at times.

For example: Imagine, you are a Raffles Class pax. After check in, you go to the Silver Kris Lounge to relax before your long flight on the Megatop 747. Boarding the aircraft, you settle into your . After your powerful takeoff, you pull out your Silver Kris Magazine to browse and see what is playing on KrisWorld. Your aircraft is WISEMEN 3000 equipped, and you enjoy all its lovely functions. Not long after, meal service commences. You are thankful that you utilised the Book the Cook service, and you tuck into your Hainanese chicken rice which you spice up with KrisChili. Sated, you wait for the cabin crew to push the KrisShop cart so that you can buy some duty free goods....

Get the picture?

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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:44 am

Quoting LordHowe (Reply 2):
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.

SQ should call the A380 "BLUTO" because it is big and ugly. It is the other side of the spectrum from the 737-200, which was small and ugly. I never liked the humpbacked look of the 747 but I like the A380 even less.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:34 am

Quoting Ex_SQer (Reply 30):
For example: Imagine, you are a Raffles Class pax. After check in, you go to the Silver Kris Lounge to relax before your long flight on the Megatop 747. Boarding the aircraft, you settle into your . After your powerful takeoff, you pull out your Silver Kris Magazine to browse and see what is playing on KrisWorld. Your aircraft is WISEMEN 3000 equipped, and you enjoy all its lovely functions. Not long after, meal service commences. You are thankful that you utilised the Book the Cook service, and you tuck into your Hainanese chicken rice which you spice up with KrisChili. Sated, you wait for the cabin crew to push the KrisShop cart so that you can buy some duty free goods....

It's not on any airline that you actually get to know the names of the things you touch, eat and sit on... well, despite the sub-branding(s), it's definitely a good way to build brand recognition and affinity...just like it's easier to feel closer to someone you call "Jack" as opposed to "Mr Smith".

Bring back those cheesy names I say!
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:44 am

Other Aussies might remember how Ansett named their A320s "Skystar". It's a very interesting marketing concept, naming a plane with something alternate!
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines And "megatop"

Tue Apr 19, 2005 2:51 pm

Quoting AnsettB727 (Reply 33):
Other Aussies might remember how Ansett named their A320s "Skystar

Wasn't Ansetts 743s named Spaceship or Skyship?

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