SIA staff to receive $500 each as part of SG50 celebrations

About 18,500 Singapore Airlines (SIA) staff will each receive $500 as the airline marks Singapore's 50th birthday. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - About 18,500 Singapore Airlines (SIA) staff, including pilots and cabin crew, will each receive $500 as the airline marks Singapore's 50th birthday this year.

The special one-off payment will be made in August to all Singapore-based employees below the rank of senior vice-president.

In an internal e-mail to staff on Wednesday, SIA said it is proud to be a Singapore-based company which has spread its wings far and wide.

"Our success and growth through the years are closely linked to that of our home, Singapore," the note said.

"As we rejoice and celebrate SG50, Singapore's Golden Jubilee year, we take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all our staff and unions for their support over the years," SIA said.

To mark Singapore's 50th birthday, the national carrier has organised a series of activities including a charity flight which it operated on May 29.

More than 300 Community Chest beneficiaries, including children with special needs and those from disadvantaged families, went on a three-and-a-half hour flight to nowhere.

On board, they were treated to live performances by cabin crew, in addition to the usual in-flight entertainment and meal service.

In a first for SIA, the airline is also organising an open house on July 25.

Members of the public will be able to tour the airline's training centre at Upper Changi Road East and take part in an all-day carnival.

Children aged between four and 10 can also participate in an on-the-spot drawing and colouring competition on the day of the open house.

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