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Win a Model of Singapore Airlines’ Special 50th Anniversary Livery on an Airbus A380

One of two Singapore Airlines' A380s in special livery - Photo: Sinagpore

One of two Singapore Airlines A380s in special livery – Photo: Singapore Airlines

NOTE: The contest has now ended. If you didn’t win, but still want of these sweet models — you can still buy one direct. Thanks for participating and wait for our next one!

Luckily for us, many airlines have come up with special liveries over the years creating an extra sense of wonder when you spot one out in the wild.

Recently, Singapore Airlines unveiled a livery to celebrate the country’s 50th anniversary (SQ50) and we wanted to do a little celebrating with them and you. The airline was nice enough to offer two (very nice) models of the Airbus A380, wearing this livery. Read on to learn more and to possibly win!

The 1:250 model up for grabs - Image: Singapore Airlines

The 1:200 model up for grabs – Image: Singapore Airlines

ABOUT THE SINGAPORE AIRLINES SQ50 AIRBUS A380 MODEL

According to the airline, this model is, “a limited edition replica of the Singapore Airlines SG50 livery aircraft. Made of hard ABS plastic with a perfect snap fit construction, this highly detailed superior graphics true-to-scale 1:200 A380 model comes with landing gears and a display stand.”

This model is legit and not small. It’s length is 14.3” and the 15.7 ” wingspan is impressive.

If you do not end up winning and still want to get one… you can. They are $128 (plus a 10% discount going on right now) on the Singapore Airlines Kris Shop.

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AirlineReporter Invades Russia!

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 and a Tupolev Tu-204 strut their stuff at MAKS 2013 Photo: Aviasalon JSC

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 and a Tupolev Tu-204 strut their stuff at MAKS 2013 Photo: Aviasalon JSC

Привет из Москва, товарищи!

Oh, oops… I  mean greetings from Moscow, comrades!

For the first time, AirlineReporter is venturing into the heart of the former Soviet Union. Our own resident Soviet/Russian aviation experts, Bernie Leighton and Kris Hull, are on their way to Moscow, to the famed Zhukovsky Airfield for the biennial MAKS Airshow August 25th through 30th. Formally known as the International Aviation and Space Salon, this week-long show highlights the best that the aviation and space industry of the Russian Federation and former Soviet Republics have to offer.

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One of the largest industry trade shows, along with Paris, Farnborough, Dubai, and Singapore, companies such as MiG, Sukhoi, Ilyushin, and Yakovlev, along with other CIS country organizations, will be showcasing their latest and best products – it promises to be a great event. The show is an international showcase, however.

Representatives from all over the globe, from the powerhouses of Airbus and Boeing to burgeoning groups such as China’s Harbin will be in attendance, featuring the best their companies have to offer. On the ground, the latest in CIS aerospace will be on display alongside historic aircraft, such as the infamous Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic transport. In the air, Russia’s aerobatic teams, rivaling the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels or RAF Red Arrows, will display their Mig-29s and Su-27s alongside other cutting edge aircraft, such as the Sukhoi Superjet.

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The First Boeing 727 Prepares for its Last Flight

Roll-out of E1 (N7001U) from Boeing Renton Plant, 27 Nov 1962 - Photo: Bob Bogash

Roll-out of E1 (N7001U) from Boeing Renton Plant, 27 Nov 1962 – Photo: Bob Bogash

More than 27 years after it was gifted to the Museum of Flight, the first Boeing 727 is still being restored at the museum’s Restoration Center at Paine Field in preparation for its last flight down to Boeing Field.

This plane first rolled out of the factory on November 27, 1962, and took its first flight (from Renton Field to Paine Field) on February 9, 1963. It was then used for a year as a Boeing test flight aircraft before being delivered to United Airlines on October 6, 1964.

With United, it flew 64,495 hours, with 48,060 take-offs and landings. After being repainted to its original livery, N7001U flew, in January 1991, from Boeing Field to Paine Field, where it has been sitting ever since.

This is N7006U, but N7001U sported this same livery in 1964 - Photo: The Boeing Company

This is N7006U, but N7001U sported this same livery in 1964 – Photo: The Boeing Company

Restoration work has stopped and started more than once over the years. Some restoration work started in 1997, but was hampered by the lack of 727 parts. (United had removed any usable components to support their other 727s still in service at the time). Sadly, the plane was left open for several years after it was delivered, and many parts “disappeared” during that time, as well.

A new restoration effort started in May of 2004, after the donation of N124FE (aka Marcella) from FedEx. That plane had the majority of the components needed, but additional parts were taken from three other 727s as well.

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Hainan Airlines Celebrates Inaugural Services in Seattle and San Jose

Hainan Airlines inaugural of new non-stop service to Shanghai, Gate S1. - Photo: Kevin Jeffries | Port of Seattle

Hainan Airlines inaugural of new non-stop service to Shanghai, Gate S1. – Photo: Don Wilson | Port of Seattle

What’s better than one inaugural flight? Two, of course. Recently, Hainan Airlines started service from Shanghai (PVG) to Seattle (SEA) using an Airbus A330-200, and also Beijing to San Jose (SJC) using a Boeing 787-8. We had writers at both events to cover the occasion. It might be the same airline, but each of the inaugurals were unique.

Welcoming water cannon salute for the 787 - Photo: Michael Restivo | AirlineReporter

Welcoming water cannon salute for the 787 – Photo: Michael Restivo | AirlineReporter

We are going to give you the run down of both inaugurals in one story, leading with Lauren, who was in Seattle, and then Michael, who was in San Jose. Both tell it from their own personal perspective — what was it like for them to attend their first inaugural flight media event?

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