A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 will take part in the National Day Parade (NDP) aerial flypast on 9 August to celebrate Singapore’s 50 th birthday, marking the first time SIA will be participating in the NDP flypast.
The aircraft will be in a special livery, featuring a 10m-tall and 47m-long Singapore flag-themed design on both sides of the fuselage, with the official SG50 logo on the inboard engines and the NDP 2015 ‘Majulah Singapura – Our Golden Jubilee’ logo on the underside. It will make its flypast over the Marina Bay area at the closing of the Vintage Parade segment of the show, which will also feature 20 Singapore Girls on trishaws, reminiscent of famous Singapore Airlines advertisements of the past.
“Singapore Airlines’ success is closely linked to that of Singapore, and like all Singaporeans we look forward to celebrating the nation’s birthday on 9 August. We are honoured to be participating in the National Day Parade during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee year, with the world’s largest passenger aircraft in the aerial flypast and our iconic Singapore Girl cabin crew in the Vintage Parade,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong.
The public will be able to view the A380 in the aerial flypast for the first time on 1 August during the Preview Show, ahead of the official flypast during NDP 2015 on 9 August. Singapore Airlines will have two aircraft in the special livery through the end of this year, serving Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich routes. Participation in NDP is among many initiatives by Singapore Airlines to celebrate Singapore’s 50 th birthday.
In addition to the aircraft in special livery, an A380 Charity Flight took place on 29 May, on which some 300 beneficiaries of Community Chest experienced a 3.5hour flight. Beneficiaries included children with special needs, adults with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged elderly and families, many of whom had never had the opportunity to take a flight.
Singapore Airlines also organised an art competition, in conjunction with the first ever Open House of the Airline’s training facilities on 25 July 2015. The theme of the competition was “Celebrating SG50 with SIA: Growing with the Nation”. For customers, there have been special promotions to encourage both overseas Singaporeans and visitors to travel to Singapore for the SG50 celebrations. On board, customers can enjoy a specially curated selection of Singapore movies, TV programmes, and music on our award-winning inflight entertainment system, KrisWorld, throughout the year. Special menus have also been developed featuring Singapore’s unique cuisine, while SG50-themed amenity kits are being introduced for the Airline’s new Premium Economy Class, which enters service on 9 August.
Activities to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday began last year, and included the SIA Charity Run and Charity Gala Dinner, which raised some $2.5 million for Community Chest.