Yes, we are back after we recently published 30 facts about Emirates Airline which took us close to 4 days on gathering all the information we need. The next which you are about to read is the amazing History and facts about Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines is popularly known to be one of the best airlines in the world, confirmed by regularly winning airline quality awards.
They exclusively fly long-haul routes and offer some of the most desirable business and first-class cabins in the industry. First, we will start with the histories, then we dive into destinations, Fleets, Awards, and most especially outstanding achievements.
1. A short History About Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines (airline code SQ) is based out of Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN), regularly voted one of the best airports in the world. Having its hub at Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Singapore. Singapore Airlines was founded in 1947
28 years ago, Singapore Airlines flight SQ 117 was hijacked shortly after it took off from Kuala Lumpur on 26 March 1991. The Airbus A310 carried a total of 114 passengers and 11 crew members on board when this happened at night. Out of the 114 passengers, 4 hijackers came forward and claimed themselves to be members of the Pakistan People’s Party.
The Hijackers had large cylindrical sticks which were identified as sparklers, cigarette lighters, and knives in hand. The 50-minute journey back to homeland felt like forever with negotiations going back and forth and passengers held hostage. It all came to an end when the Alphas of the Singapore Armed Forces came to the rescue. They shot all 4 hijackers without hurting the other passengers on board and managed to escape safely!
It’s great to fly in and out of as well as easy to connect through. With several amazing features onboard, flying with Singapore Airlines has plenty of benefits.
2. Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA) in 1966.
Before the two-government agreed to establish an airline independently, There was an existence of a Joint ownership of Malaysia and Singapore, Malaysian Airways Limited changed its name to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA) in 1966. MSA was in-operative in 1972 after both governments decided to set up their own airlines. Then Malaysia Airline System (MAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) were born!
3. Singapore Airlines have one of the best well-trained cabin crew in the World.
For those of you who love to travel, then you have paid attention to Singapore Airline’s Flight Attendants. Singapore Airlines cabin crew won the best cabin crew awards by SkyTrax which was seconded by Garuda Indonesia. Singapore Airlines Flight Attendants has quite a distinguishable look! Known to be quite simple, yet elegant, the Singapore Airline uniform is one of the most recognizable uniforms in the world.
The sarong kebaya was designed by French couturier Pierre Balmain back in 1968. Each sarong kebaya made of traditional Asian batik is tailored to fit the stewardess perfectly.
There are 4 different colors to the sarong kebaya with each color representing different positions. Blue represents a flight stewardess, green represents a leading stewardess, red represents a chief stewardess, and purple represents an inflight supervisor.
4. Singapore Airlines serves 64 destinations in 32 countries around the world
The Asian Airlines serves over 64 destinations in 32 countries around the world. In North America, they fly non-stop to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York (Newark), the last being the longest flight on Earth with a flight time of almost 19 hours! They also offer connecting flights to New York and Houston via Europe.
They also fly to Singapore from two airports in the United Kingdom: London-Heathrow (where they depart from terminal 2) and Manchester (Singapore Airlines depart from terminal 2 here as well).
5. Wi-Fi available onboard especially on Airbus A380, A350, and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
If you have travel with these Singapore Airline Aircrafts, such as A350, A380 or the SA Boeing 777-300 ER you also confess the quality of Wi-Fi services offered by Singapore Airlines.
So, if you are yet to travel with Singapore Airlines, say goodbye to worries of not being able to talk to your partner or not getting your daily dose of dramas while you’re 30,000 feet in the air. There’s Wi-Fi available onboard for everyone.
6. Singapore Airlines spends at least $800 million on food and $16 million on wine
This is why my friends prefer Singapore Airlines because of quality and Exotic wine offered in the air, not just that, Singapore actually does scramble eggs at 36,000 feet, a feat it boasts about, as it was, technically speaking, apparently a Manhattan project: fresh eggs, microwave, from thence on a state secret, but certainly not the standard heat-chill-reheat recipe.
But you wouldn’t have guessed that Singapore Airlines spends at least $700 million on food each year and $16 million on wine alone. On top of that, Singapore Airlines is the second-biggest buyer of Dom Perignon Champagne in the entire world.
7. Nine Seats Instead of 10 on A350S and Boeing 777
Not fine for the financial department, but this is what passengers cherish more especially Tall ones. On aircraft such as the B777 and A350, there are nine seats in each row instead of the 10 other airlines have crammed in. believe me, this is rarely seen amongst other lines.
8. Standard Baggage Allowance for Kids
You will agree with me that the struggles of traveling with an infant is the need to standby so many things. Ranging From the milk powder, bottles, diapers, pacifier, hot water, clothes, and more extra clothes in case they have a poop explosion or who knows what could happen.
Fret no more, infants are now entitled to their own baggage of 10kg to check-in. If you’re traveling to the United States, it’s up to 23kg for Economy and Premium Economy class bookings, while it’s up to 32kg for Business and First-Class bookings
9. Passengers can Use Phone on Singapore Airline’s Plane
One of the benefits of traveling with Singapore Airlines is that all passengers can use a phone high above 30,000 Feet. You can Make Phone Calls, But…Not on your handphone though. You must use their in-seat phone instead. Which, if you think about it, is cool. Imagine talking to your loved ones throughout the flight!
10. Singapore Airlines planes are on average of six years old.
It is something bad if an airline is known for having old planes. The company was the first airline to buy the Airbus A380 “superjumbo”. It used to fly the longest planned flight in the world, from Singapore to Newark. Singapore 747 is close to 17 years old though
11. The Singapore Airlines passenger fleet consists of wide-body aircraft from five aircraft families
As of 31 October 2019, there were 136 passenger aircraft and seven freighters registered in the Singapore Airlines fleet. These fleet consists of wide-body aircraft from five aircraft families such as the Airbus A330, Airbus A350 XWB, Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
12. Singapore Became the First Airline to Mover her A380 into Storage
After only 10 years of use, For the first time ever, an Airbus A380 superjumbo has been retired from service and stored. The aircraft was grounded by Singapore Airlines in June 2017. The Airbus A380 is the flagship of the Singapore Airlines fleet and features their best cabin products, including the stunning First-Class Suites below.
13. Singapore Airline Offers a Premium Economy /Economy product on their long-haul Airbus A350, A380 and Boeing B777ER
The Asian Airline offers a Premium Economy product on their long-haul Airbus A350, A380 and Boeing B777ER. They offer additional seat-width, more legroom and improved food and service – very welcome on routes of up to 19 hours.
Also, Singapore Airlines continues to offer a very comfortable Economy Class across their fleet, with more seat width and legroom than most and the same outstanding onboard service – better than what most airlines deliver in their premium cabins.
The A380 can carry 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration. However, Singapore Airlines opted for 471 seats in three classes – 12 Suites, 60 business class, and 399 economy class
14. Over 20 Million Passengers carried in 2018
Singapore Airlines just in 2018, carried 20.738 million passengers globally.
15. Changi Airport is the world number one Airport
Changi Airport in Singapore was voted the world’s Number One airport in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards, which wasn’t the first time it won ‘Gold’ since the airport opened in 1981.
The airport combines glitzy shops from designer brands with a 1960s-style Food Street where travelers are spoilt for eating options. There’s also a cinema and a gaming deck with PlayStation and Xboxes.
16. Free Membership to KrisFlyer Account
KrisFlyer Miles are your award miles that can be used to redeem award travel; whereas Elite Miles are earned to obtain elite status. Singapore Airlines’ frequent flier program is called “KrisFlyer.” …
Once you become a KrisFlyer member, you can earn both Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles and Elite Miles. With an online membership card, you can access your member info on your phone anytime and wherever you are