Singapore Airlines is celebrating its home nation’s 50th anniversary by giving two Airbus A380s a special livery, which features a large Singapore flag-themed design on each aircraft’s fuselage.
The first Airbus A380 with the commemorative livery will take to the skies in early June and the second in July. The two A380s will wear the special livery until the end of 2015 and will serve Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich.
Adorning the world’s largest passenger jet type, the special livery features a 33-foot-tall (10-meter) and 154-foot-long (47-meter) Singapore flag-themed design on both sides of the fuselage. On the two inboard engines is the official ‘SG50’ logo.
“Singapore Airlines’ success is closely tied to the success of Singapore. What better way to celebrate SG50 than by proudly flying the national flag around the world on the world’s largest aircraft?” asked Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong.
A special decal was used for the large Singapore flag-themed design, which was divided into about 50 panels for each aircraft. The printing of the decal took about five days, on a round-the-clock basis.
In all, 12 rolls of decal materials were used, each roll being 4 feet (1.2 meters) by 164 feet (50 meters). The total area covered by the decal is about 7,750 square feet (720 square meters), equivalent to nearly nine badminton courts.
The amount of decal material used could cover 56 double-decker buses, according to Singapore Airlines.
To prepare the first A380 for the decal installation, the existing SIA livery had to be removed, a job which involved 12 staff working over a seven-day period.
The aircraft was then painted white, which took 10 employees a day to complete. Painting must be completed as a start-to-finish job, without interruption, according to SIA. Application of the decal took about eight days.
Aviation enthusiasts will be able to purchase an aircraft model in the special livery. A 1:200 scale model and a limited-edition 1:100 scale model will be available from KrisShop from July.
The special livery is one of many initiatives by Singapore Airlines to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday.
For customers, Singapore Airlines has launched special promotions to encourage both overseas Singaporeans and visitors to travel to Singapore for the SG50 celebrations. From May 20 to July 10, a 50 per cent discount is being offered for online KrisFlyer redemptions to select destinations, for travel within the same period.
Additionally, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are giving away 50 flight tickets. From May 18 to July 31, 2015, customers who book Singapore Airlines or SilkAir flights and travel within the same period will have a chance to win an Economy Class ticket to any Southeast Asia destination in SIA’s network. To participate in the draw, customers can visit SQMIsg50draw.com.
On board SIA’s jets, passengers can sample a special selection of Singapore movies, TV programs and music throughout the year on SIA’s KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system.
Special menus are also being developed to feature Singapore’s unique cuisine, while SG50-themed amenity kits will be launched forSIA’s new Premium Economy Class, which enters service on August 9, Singapore’s birthday.