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Singapore Airlines Final 747 Flights

Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:03 am

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.

More info at http://www.SIAjourneys.com.
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RE: Singapore Airlines Final 747 Flights

Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:59 am

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.
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RE: Singapore Airlines Final 747 Flights

Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:07 pm

This is very sad news!

One of my first long haul trips (of Many) was on an SQ 744 Megatop from LHR to SIN.

I have since been on their A380 and 777-300 and the comfort levels were immense, not to mention how quiet the trip was.

At least retiring their 744s is not a step back but more of a step forward!

     
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RE: Singapore Airlines Final 747 Flights

Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:14 pm

Quoting AA94 (Thread starter):
After 38 years of service, Singapore Airlines will be officially retiring its 747 aircraft.

Is't that only the passenger 744s, not the 744F freighters, or are they also ending their all-cargo operation? SQ's last 744F was only delivered in 2006.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Final 747 Flights

Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:47 pm

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).

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RE: Singapore Airlines Final 747 Flights

Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:25 pm

My first Singapore trip was on the upper deck of a -400 LAX-SIN, pre 777 days. I was blown away by the service level and the comfort given how long that flight was.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines Final 747 Flights

Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:27 pm

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.

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RE: Singapore Airlines Final 747 Flights

Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:37 pm

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.
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