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Singapore retires Boeing 747 – final flights announced

by Matt Falcus

Creative commons licenseSingapore Airlines is to retired the Boeing 747 from service after operating the type for almost 40 years.

Since the Airbus A380 and other large aircraft started flying with the airline in 2007, the once numerous Boeing 747 fleet has been dwindling. Now it has been announced that the airline will operate a special ‘last service’ with the type on 6 April 2012 between Singapore and Hong Kong (and return – replacing the usual Airbus A330 that day), on which passengers can enjoy special memorabilia and the chance to say “I was there!”

Singapore Airlines received their first Boeing 747 – a -200B model – in 1973. From then on, it has operated many different examples of the type, including the -300 and -400 models. The airline operated it to over 60 destinations worldwide, and it was a familiar sight to many enthusiasts.

A special website has been set up to commemorate the last journey, which will be SQ747 and SQ748, and is bookable now. If you book first class, you’ll also get a tour of the cabin crew training facility and their simulator. The website isĀ http://www.siajourneys.com/

Have you ever flown a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747? What was it like?

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