SIA to operate charity flight for 300 disadvantaged people to celebrate SG50

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be organising a special charity flight as part of its activities to mark Singapore's 50th birthday this year.

About 300 Community Chest beneficiaries, including children with special needs, adults with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged elderly and families, will get a three-hour return joy ride on the Airbus 380 superjumbo on May 29.

For many, it will be the first time on an aircraft, SIA said on Tuesday.

Apart from enjoying an in-flight meal service and entertainment system, beneficiaries will also be treated to special performances by SIA's cabin crew during the special flight.

Volunteers from SIA, comprising ground staff, cabin crew and pilots, will be on hand to assist the passengers.

The event is also being supported by the airline's partners including Airbus, Changi Airport Group, Sats and Shell Aviation.

SIA's chief executive officer, Goh Choon Phong, said: "We hope to provide them (the beneficiaries) a unique and memorable experience that they will cherish forever. At the same time, we are doing our part to give back to the community during Singapore's 50th birthday year, while raising awareness for the many worthwhile programmes that Community Chest supports."

The charity's managing director, Ng Ling Ling, said: "Flying for the first time is a wonderful experience. It is extra special for those who have had to face many challenges in their lives. For these beneficiaries, it is not just a simple flight - it is the confidence that anything is possible."