Apollo KrisFlyer: BigTops to Singapore
It's a real shame that Apollo models have recently stopped production as several of their moulds were exceptional. Recently I received two more Apollos including the Singapore Airlines 'Bigtop' 747-300 in the updated colours post 1988 colours.
Interestingly doing a bit of web research I have discovered that the SQ logo is called the Silver Kris (hence the name of their frequent flyer programme). The kris is a form a south east asian dagger, highly prized and often passed down through generations. But Kris is also known to be a spiritual object, often considered to have a presence or considered to possess magical powers. Kris are used for display, as talismans with magical powers. The bird (think its a crane) is apparently meant to be similar to the handle of the Kris dagger.
Singapore Airlines experienced huge growth after its 1972 split from MSA. The first of 90 747s arrived in 1973 and 19 series 200s were delivered between then and 1981. These were replaced on the prime trans-pacific and European routes by 14 747-300s from 1984. The 747-300s were leased from Rothwell leasing and all wore US registrations. The series 300 was named ‘Big Top’ in the SQ fleet but only two years after the last arrived ‘Megatop’ 747-400s entered service and eventually 50 would be delivered. The series 300s were sold on in the mid-1990s, but several including N122KH were leased to Ansett in the period 1994-1998. Returned to the lessor she was sent to Cameroon Airlines as TJ-CAE in 2001 and then Phuket Airlines as HS-VAB in late 2004. She was finally retired in 2006.
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