SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines on Friday bade farewell to its Boeing 747 aircraft, with special commemorative flights between Singapore and Hong Kong.
Flight SQ747 departed Singapore's Changi Airport at 8.30am.
It is due to arrive in Hong Kong at about 1.15pm before returning to Singapore.
On board the flight are more than 350 customers and crew members, as well as members of the media and other invited guests.
They include SIA's first B747 pilot, retired captain Kenneth Toft, as well as renowned wine connoisseur, Ms Jeannie Cho Lee, who is a member of SIA's distinguished Wine Panel.
Twenty students and guardians from Singapore's Chaoyang School are also on the flight, bound for a weekend in Hong Kong, courtesy of SIA.
It is the first flight experience for most of the students.
Each customer will receive a unique certificate as well as a B747 aircraft model and limited-edition memorabilia.
Singapore Airlines executive vice-president, Commercial Mak Swee Wah, who is leading the festivities on board, said: "The 747 was truly the jewel in our fleet for nearly four decades, and we would not be the airline that we are today if we had not made the bold decision in 1972 to purchase this iconic jetliner.
"The jumbo enabled us to fly from Singapore to destinations that we could not previously reach.
"It also allowed us to do things that were previously unimaginable on a commercial aircraft, giving us the opportunity to provide our customers new standards in space and comfort."