Singapore Airlines 757-200
In light of the Boeing 757-200 announcement for the 20.3 update, I would like to present the 757-200 which belongs to Singapore Airlines.
In 1984, Singapore Airlines took delivery of four 757-200, bearing registrations 9V-SGK, 9V-SGL, 9V-SGM and 9V-SGN factory fresh from Boeing, and promptly operated them for 6 years until their eventual retirement in 1990.
PIcture: 9V-SKN by Aero Icarus in September 1985
While its history in Singapore Airlines may be seen as insignificant to many, mainly due to its operations mainly to regional destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan, Penang and Jakarta, the 757 was still the last narrowbody that Singapore Airlines has operated until the 737 family made a return following a merger with SilkAir.
Nonetheless, the unique history of this aircraft type in this region and with an airline synonymous with an all widebody is something I think deserves a place in the Infinite Flight list.
So why were these Boeing 757-200 retired so quickly after it was introduced?
Singapore Airlines received their first Airbus A310-200 and Boeing 757-200 within a week of each other, and given that they were relatively unknown to the world given they were so new, airlines were tempted to give each type a try.
Singapore Airlines went in the direction of the Airbus A310 family, further ordering 17 Airbus A310-300 on top of their 6 Airbus A310-200 which they had ordered as a “taster”. Furthermore, there was a possibility of Singapore Airline penning a deal with Airbus which may have been more financially viable for Singapore Airline.
What were the fate of these Boeing 757-200 after they were retired from the Singapore Airline fleet?
As these planes were relatively young at their time of retirement from the fleet of Singapore Airlines, they were sold American Trans Air which was an Indianapolis based carrier ferrying American military personnel around the world on charters. In 1996 when American Trans Air filed for bankruptcy, these 757 were sold to Delta and operated for 20 more years before removing them from service in 2016, and promptly storing them at Blytheville Arkansas International Airport.
What else makes this livery such a unique livery to add into Infinite Flight?
Singapore Airlines was one of the earliest operators of the Boeing 757-200, with their four planes having line numbers 44, 45, 47 and 48 respectively. Not to mention that Singapore Airlines was one of the only airlines in Asia to have operated the type, given that the 757 was more popular in America and Europe due to Asia requiring quad-jets due to many destinations flying beyond the ETOPS 60 rating which the 757 had at the time.