SIA's initial reluctance to paint an aircraft in the Star Alliance livery had absolutely nothing to do with the crash of SQ006. One can only wonder where this urban myth came from.
It is true that SIA
was not terribly fond of the black tail that Star Alliance wanted ... neither was it exactly doing a lion dance about the white-tail option.
In the end, it managed to extract somewhat reluctant blessings from the alliance for its own version of the Star Alliance livery.
One can probably now surmise that SIA
wanted its Star Alliance liveried aircraft to conform to the alliance's guidelines and was prepared to set aside its dislike for the white tail. As such, 9V
-SWI was the first aircraft to be painted in the white-tailed version of the Star Alliance livery. A second B77W 9V
-SWJ is expected within the next week or two in the same livery.
And before anyone call this yet another unauthorised version ... it should be noted that airlines such as Austrian Airlines have had this version.
With B773 9V
-SYE soon to leave the fleet, it is then left with just B772 9V
-SRI flying around with the version with the full SIA
tail. It is inevitable that this too will give way to another aircraft in the white-tail version of Star Alliance livery to complete SIA
's quota of three aircraft in the alliance's livery.
if nothing else, all these variations just make it more interesting for aviation spotters and photographers.