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Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:42 pm

Hi a.netters....

tonight I have been trying to get some information about the flight SQ 25 / 26 SIN - FRA - JFK - FRA - SIN !!! As soon coming that the beauty in the sky a B744 will finally leave the Singapore Airlines Fleet and fly for a last time on this sector.

Even on Flightradar there was at least no nothing visible... I wonder what SQ has planned for it's last trip with a B744.. ??

Will there be a live coverage of the final flight and landing in Singapore like the first A380 did??

And comments are very welcome to this event!!

Thank you!!
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:49 pm

SQ227/238 (MEL) still has the 744 next month.
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:50 pm

My first trip ever on an 747 (it was on a 300) was on SQ to Singapore. I think they called it a "Big Top" or something like that. This certainly means an end to an era.
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:00 pm

Personally, I can't wait for them to be gone. I far prefer the First Class product on the A380 and 77W.

[Edited 2012-01-11 13:26:03]
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:13 pm

Quoting abba (Reply 2):
I think they called it a "Big Top"

They sure did:
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:20 pm

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Thread starter):

What will take it's place?
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:26 pm

Quoting ATLflyer (Reply 5):
What will take it's place?

I believe the A380 is going on that routing.   
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:28 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 3):
Quoting tayser (Reply 1): I think they called it a "Big Top" or something like that.
MegaTop, I believe.

They used both 'Big Top' and 'Mega Top'

Quoting tayser (Reply 1):
SQ227/238 (MEL) still has the 744 next month.

Yeah I was gona say I thought MEL was still getting 747 services a bit longer still.
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:25 pm

Quoting 747m8te (Reply 7):
They used both 'Big Top' and 'Mega Top'

743 = Big Top
744 = Mega Top
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:33 pm

Sad to see the 747 era end at Singapore Airlines which has operated almost every version of the magestic jet. Its been almost 40 years since T A Wilson got he first order for 2 747's, little did Boeing know then what was coming. SQ operates many 777 and soon the 787-9.
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:35 pm

So when is the last flight? How many 744s are active right now at SQ?

Can't believe this day is coming this fast! One of my last 744 flights was on SQ.
I've flown on 9V-SPK.
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:27 am

Quoting jr (Reply 10):
So when is the last flight?

A380 replaces 744 on SQ227/228 SIN-MEL-SIN from Mar 25th.

Quoting jr (Reply 10):
How many 744s are active right now at SQ?

There are still 3 744s in SQs fleet.  
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:34 am

Quoting Asiaflyer (Reply 11):
There are still 3 744s in SQs fleet.

Does SQ plan to opperate them through 2012?

Has a date been set for the last SQ 744 flight?

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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:44 am

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 12):
Has a date been set for the last SQ 744 flight?

Last date that 744 is loaded in the system is SQ 227 SIN-MEL on March 24,
with return as SQ 238 MEL-SIN on March 25.
If that is correct, the last commercial SQ 744 flight will touch down in SIN at 15.50 on March 25.

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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:54 am

I loved flying on the SQ 744's. My first trip to Asia was on a SQ flight!

Asian Delight, LHR-SIN-BKK-SIN-LHR On SQ With Pics (by BMIFlyer Feb 22 2006 in Trip Reports)

Then I went and gave myself a treat a couple of years later  
SQ Long Haul In First, Biz & Y Class (Pics/Vids) (by BMIFlyer Mar 1 2008 in Trip Reports)

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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:35 am

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 12):
Does SQ plan to opperate them through 2012?

Has a date been set for the last SQ 744 flight?

Lightsaber

Late 2010 or early 2011, SQ announced that all 744s would be phased out by the end of 2011. They missed their deadline, but I think this will happen pretty soon.
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:55 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 8):
743 = Big Top
744 = Mega Top

The A380 should be called Giga Top. Why didn't they call it like that?

JFK still sees the SQ 744. I saw one about a month ago. I wouldn't be surprised if JFK soon sees the SQ A380 although I'm not sure that will happen...SQ will be the fifth airline to fly the A380 to JFK. The other four are AF, EK, LH and KE.
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:36 am

Quoting American 767 (Reply 16):
I wouldn't be surprised if JFK soon sees the SQ A380 although I'm not sure that will happen

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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:39 am

Quoting Asiaflyer (Reply 13):
Last date that 744 is loaded in the system is SQ 227 SIN-MEL on March 24,
with return as SQ 238 MEL-SIN on March 25.

March 25th would thus be a fine date to announce the conversion of some of those A380 options.  
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:29 am

Will they continue to use 744's (I think it is the 400 from memory, but could be wrong) for cargo?
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:32 am

As a kid, I used to love Big Tops as they would land at LAX. It seems like yesterday Mega Tops was brand new, how time flies.

Quoting Stitch (Reply 6):
I believe the A380 is going on that routing.






Yes, at least SQ is replacing them with better jet.            
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:59 am

Umm excuse me but SQ technically speaking will continue to operate a strong fleet of B744F's  

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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:37 am

Just take a look at my username. It says it all. I love the SIA B744. My first flight on SIA 744 was back in november 1992. Since then I have flown on SIA A310-200, A310-300, A340-300, A380-800 and B777-200.

I will miss the B744 very much.  
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:47 am

Quoting EK413 (Reply 21):
Umm excuse me but SQ technically speaking will continue to operate a strong fleet of B744F's

Ah I shall take that as the answer to my question then! lol!
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:14 am

My first TATL flights were with SQ 744's in 2003. I flew AMS-EWR-AMS in Y-class, still remember these flights as yesterdays!
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:03 am

Quoting Megatop (Reply 22):
Since then I have flown on SIA A310-200, A310-300, A340-300, A380-800 and B777-200.

A310-300 - I missed something?????

Quoting skygirl1990 (Reply 19):
Will they continue to use 744's (I think it is the 400 from memory, but could be wrong) for cargo?

I don't know what those remaining 744´s will be... as TSO has some of SQ´s Jumbos that could be going there. They also might be converted to freighters for SQ-Cargo such as my favorite 9V-SMU (cn 1000) has been and now is for Southern Air and has been converted in TLV!!!

Maybe somebody has a idea what will be exactly!!!
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:31 am

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 26):
A310-300 - I missed something?????

Yeah.. They even operated A300s and brand new B757s for only a few years as well.
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:04 pm

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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:18 pm

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 20):
at least SQ is replacing them with better jet.

I didn't know SQ was getting any B-747-8s.
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:34 pm

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 29):
Quoting 747400sp (Reply 20):
at least SQ is replacing them with better jet.

I didn't know SQ was getting any B-747-8s.

That's what he meant  


Good thing SQ did away with these cheesy airplane nicknames. What was the A345, the "Leader-Ship"? Heavens.
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:36 pm

SQ 744 JFK - FRA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3k61benK9w

Quoting grimey (Reply 28):
SQ was the owner until recently of the 1000th B747 built

Yes... a pitty to see now in SouthernAir colors!!!


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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:38 pm

Quoting Asiaflyer (Reply 13):
If that is correct, the last commercial SQ 744 flight will touch down in SIN at 15.50 on March 25.

Thank you. Very interesting.

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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:36 pm

Never got to fly it but from pictures I think that the SQ747 First Class cabin in a Classic, really Ace.   
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:41 pm

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 32):

Never got to fly it but from pictures I think that the SQ747 First Class cabin in a Classic, really Ace.

Well me too... but think that there will be a B744-8I at it's time and then with pleasure will go!!!!  
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:09 pm

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 30):
Quoting grimey (Reply 28):
SQ was the owner until recently of the 1000th B747 built

Yes... a pitty to see now in SouthernAir colors!!!

Would you rather have seen a perfectly good aircraft scrapped for parts?
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:40 pm

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 34):
Would you rather have seen a perfectly good aircraft scrapped for parts?

I did not say that!!! Or missed something!! I thought that would be saved in the company!!! maybe got a good price for it!!!
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:50 pm

Quoting Cysafan (Reply 26):
Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 26):
A310-300 - I missed something?????

Yeah.. They even operated A300s and brand new B757s for only a few years as well.

And 707, 727 and 737. The original 707s and 737-100s were inherited from the splitup of Malaysia-Singapore Airlines which created SQ and MH. Their Boeing customer code "12" was inherited from MSA. They also operated a 737-300 as a freighter for a while. The only major Boeing type they've never operated is the 767.


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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:55 pm

I already miss them at LAX. Such a classy aircraft/livery combination, especially with the A380-style billboard titles. Oh well, the unceasing march of progress. Plus, they turned a couple of them into freighters, so it might look like they still have passenger 747s if you squint.  
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:56 pm

Sad to see the 747 leave the Singapore Fleet, they seem to go together SQ and the Jumbo but I guess it's a cycle that goes on, replacing old technology with new.

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Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:11 am

 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:33 am

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 39):
This might be it - http://www.flightradar24.com/#!/SIA26

No - there is one more (departing 23.55 tonight, arriving 6:10 15 Feb in FRA).
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:49 am

Quoting AngMoh (Reply 40):
No - there is one more (departing 23.55 tonight, arriving 6:10 15 Feb in FRA).

Thanks!!! There any celebration of the 744 on TV to follow like when the first A380 arrived in SIN??
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:02 pm

Quoting AR385 (Reply 8):
Quoting 747m8te (Reply 7):
They used both 'Big Top' and 'Mega Top'

743 = Big Top
744 = Mega Top

And their 742s were the Super Bs. Shame they dropped the names, and it'll be sad to see the last Megatop go
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:52 am

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 41):
Thanks!!! There any celebration of the 744 on TV to follow like when the first A380 arrived in SIN??

Probably not...its still not SQ last 744 flight in pax service....MEL is continueing for a few months still.
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:35 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 36):
The only major Boeing type they've never operated is the 767

Sorry, couldn't resist being a nerd, but.....no 720 and 717 either

That 727 pic brings back great memories. My log book recalls flying 9V-SQC......but straight after it was delivered to Dan Air as G-BHVT, LGW-KGS on 10th Sept 1980 and back again on 24th

Can always remember that the SQ blue and gold stripes were still visible at the front door where the Dan Air respray had chipped away and it still had the 9V reg plate in the cockpit.

Also enjoyed my first ever long haul Business Class ride with SQ....upper deck of 9V-SMR, LHR-SIN back in 2003. That ride set the benchmark for me in this Class for many years
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:00 pm

Quoting shankly (Reply 44):
Also enjoyed my first ever long haul Business Class ride with SQ....upper deck of 9V-SMR, LHR-SIN back in 2003. That ride set the benchmark for me in this Class for many years

I'm sure that was a experience and remembering about this for a long time!!!! I've been 3 times to SIN from ZRH and enjoyed every flight!! The longest return was 13.5h!!! and the first trip to SIN was my first on my own and first trip no parents out of Europe!!!!
The Best I had was for Christmas in 1993 (correct me) There was then a flight SIN - MLE - ZRH - LHR and I chooses SQ on the Leg. ZRH - LHR! As I know a Station Agent that was working for SQ due this time I got from her a X-Mas present in the Cockpit for the Flight!!! Even with Economy Ticket I got a First or Business dinner served to me!!! Got a Headset to listen the Radio and was talking to the pilots. I not remember the Reg and guess it was 9V-SMO!!!! Anyway in foggy London arriving and landing on Rwy 09R was simply a amazing experience that one today hardly gets anymore!!!!
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:52 pm

I'll miss them on my biennial trips to Australia, like several people here it seems, I've enjoyed the upstairs Business Class cabin on the 744 several times, although usually on the SIN-SYD day flight, but last year on a SIN-MEL when the WhaleJet's were called in for repair.

In general, I agree with Stitch that the First Class product is better on the WhaleJet, but there is something about seat 1B which I had on what will now be my last SQ 744 flight. Luckily, as I fly LH a fair amount, I think I'll still be getting 744 action for some time, there's something about upstairs on the 744 which just isn't matched on the Whale.

This reminds me, time to start looking for next Christmas real soon now.
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:42 pm

SQ will use the 744 on SIN-HKG-SIN during Chinese New Year, as follow:

23 Jan SQ870 SIN-HKG
24-28 Jan SQ859/870 HKG-SIN-HKG
29 Jan SQ859 HKG-SIN

It should be the last time seeing SQ passenger 744 in HKG before they go
 
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RE: Last SQ 744 Flight Coming Up!

Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:32 am

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 39):

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