Singapore Airlines will operate special commemorative flights between Singapore and Hong Kong on April 6th 2012 to mark the retirement of the Boeing 747 after nearly four decades of service.
Flight SQ747 from Singapore to Hong Kong and SQ748 from Hong Kong to Singapore will be operated with the B747-400, replacing existing flights SQ860 and SQ863, which are normally operated with Airbus A330-300s.
The special flights, which will be SIA’s last commercial passenger services with the B747, are now open for sale.
In addition to more than 300 commercial passengers, on board will be employees who have worked on the aircraft throughout its storied history, as well as a group of underprivileged children and media.
“Saying farewell to the Queen of the Skies will not be easy,” said Singapore Airlines chief executive, Goh Choon Phong.
“Over more than 38 years, the B747 has played an important role in helping SIA become the global airline that it is today.
“It enabled us to extend our network around the world and introduce innovative new products and services.”
Singapore Airlines has operated the Boeing 747 for nearly 40 years
The commemorative flights will have an extended flying time of one hour to enable those on board to be treated to a unique in-flight experience.
This will include specially crafted meal services and in-flight entertainment.
Customers will also receive limited edition B747 memorabilia.
“These flights will mark the end of an era, but the spirit of innovation will live on at Singapore Airlines.
“With every new generation of aircraft that we introduce, we will continue to set new benchmarks in the premium air travel segment with industry leading product offerings for our customers,” added Choon Phong.
First Class customers will be provided an additional experience - an exclusive tour of the airline’s cabin crew training facilities and B747-400 flight simulator in Singapore.
A dedicated website has been set up to commemorate the jumbo’s retirement, featuring milestones and records set over the years, historical photographs and video footage, including interviews with staff and customers.
Information about fares for flights SQ747 and SQ748 can also be found on the website.