Singapore Airlines marked an historic milestone, with the last B747-400 in its fleet departing Melbourne for Singapore on 25 March before retiring.
To honor the retirement, after almost 40 years of service, passengers traveling on flight SQ238 from Melbourne were treated to a special 747 farewell cake both at the gate and the SilverKris Lounge.
Singapore Airlines regional vice president South West Pacific Subhas Menon said the 747 had played a major part in the carrier’s success, converting them into a global airline carrying millions of passengers across five continents.
“We deployed our 747 fleet to our five Australian stations over the years, with Melbourne and Sydney in particular benefitting from the aircraft that came to epitomise the romance of air travel,” Mr Menon remarked.
“The 747 enabled us to become Australia’s largest foreign carrier and we are absolutely delighted for Melbourne to have the honour of bidding farewell to the Queen of the Skies.
“The 747 has been a flagship in our fleet and leaves a long legacy of world firsts achieved by Singapore Airlines, from achieving milestones in non-stop flights to the introduction of the most innovative product and service features available.”Mr Menon said that as they prepared to offer new generation aircraft, the airline would be determined to deliver on a commitment of quality and service excellence whilst expanding their footprint in Australia.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P