SIA celebrates Singapore's 50th birthday with two Airbus 380s featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is celebrating the nation's Golden Jubilee by having two Airbus 380s in a special livery, featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE AIRLINES
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is celebrating the nation's Golden Jubilee by having two Airbus 380s in a special livery, featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE AIRLINES

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) is celebrating the nation's Golden Jubilee by having two Airbus 380s in a special livery, featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage.

The first aircraft with the commemorative livery will take to the skies in early June and the second in July.

The A380s will be in the livery until the end of 2015, with the aircraft serving Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich routes.

The A380 is the world's largest aircraft and the special livery features a 10m-tall and 47m-long Singapore flag-themed design on both sides of the fuselage, the airline said on Thursday.

"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," said the airline's chief executive officer, Goh Choon Phong.

Aviation enthusiasts will be able to get their hands on a collectible 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.

A special A380 Charity Flight is planned for May 29 and an art competition will he held in conjunction with the airline's open house on July 25.

SIA has also launched special promotions to encourage both overseas Singaporeans and visitors to travel to Singapore for the SG50 celebrations.

From now until July 10, a 50 per cent discount will be offered for online KrisFlyer redemptions to select destinations, for travel within the same period.

Additionally, SIA and its regional arm, SilkAir, will be giving away 50 flight tickets.

From May 18 to July 31, customers who book SIA and SilkAir flights and travel within the same period will stand a chance to win an economy class ticket to any South-east Asian destination in the group's network.

To participate in the draw, customers can visit www.SQMIsg50draw.com.

On board, passengers can enjoy a specially curated selection of Singapore movies, TV programmes, and music.

Special menus are also being developed to feature Singapore's unique cuisine, while SG50-themed amenity kits will be launched for the airline's new premium economy class, which will be launched on Aug 9.