British Airways celebrates 80 years of flying to Singapore

British Airways is celebrating eight decades of flights to Singapore this year, with the first regular service landing on December 9, 1933 – a journey that originally took 10 days.

BOAC National Crew Singapore - 1972

Concorde flying over Singapore in June 1972

To commemorate this milestone, British Airways will host a reception and fashion show of cabin crew uniform over the years at Eden Hall, home of the British High Commissioner.  The airline is also offering its customers in Singapore special fares to over 30 destinations around the world – ideal for those planning next year’s summer getaway.

Vintage cabin crew uniforms from the 1950s to present day (Left to Right)

The sale ends on November 28, 2013 and fares under this promotion are valid for travel between November 18, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Holidaymakers looking to visit London for example can take advantage of return fares from just S$1,280 in World Traveller economy.  Meanwhile those looking to travel further afield to New York, Boston, Philadelphia or Washington can do so from just S$1,780 in World Traveller economy.

The inaugural flight to Singapore on what was then Imperial Airways departed from Croydon, London, and travelled via Paris, Brindisi, Alexandria, Cairo and Karachi.  A one-way fare to Singapore cost £180 which was just below the average yearly salary at the time.

Singapore has historically been an integral part of British Airways’ network, linking the UK with both Australia and the rest of Southeast Asia. Over the years, the route has witnessed numerous pioneering developments in aviation, including being served by iconic aircraft such as the revolutionary Imperial Airways C Class flying boat and the supersonic Concorde. 

Robert Williams, British Airways regional general manager, South East Asia, said: “Serving this region for 80 years is a fantastic milestone for British Airways. We have come a long way since our first flight to Singapore in 1933 – offering our customers more destinations, state-of-the-art cabins and aircraft, and the very best in comfort and luxury. Yet, what hasn’t changed is that we continue to seek inspiration from our original, historic ethos, “To Fly. To Serve.” which is about putting the customer at the heart of everything we do.”

“The fact that we have been flying to Singapore for 80 years highlights the importance that the country has always had to us. We look forward to continuing to fly here for another 80 years and more,” added Williams.

A reception to mark the occasion will be hosted by the British High Commissioner in Singapore this week.

British Airways offers a twice-daily service from Singapore to London and a daily service to Sydney.

Further details can be found at

World on Sale offers:

London from S$1,280
Leeds Bradford from S$1,419
Manchester from S$1,413
Newcastle from S$1,395
Aberdeen from S$1,406
Edinburgh from S$1,404
Glasgow from S$1,403
Belfast from S$1,423
Isle of Man from S$1,464
Jersey from S$1,190

Athens from S$1,511
Barcelona from S$1,222
Berlin from S$1,294
Dublin from S$1,213
Rome from S$1,233
Frankfurt from S$1,315
Paris from S$1,247
Stockholm from S$1,219
Vienna from S$1,293
Zurich from S$1,246

Sydney from S$680

North America:
New York from S$1,780
Boston from S$1,780
Philadelphia from S$1,780
Washington from S$1,780
Chicago from S$1,880
Dallas from S$2,066
Las Vegas from S$2,166
Miami from S$1,980

Toronto from S$1,780
Montreal from S$1,780

South America:
Cancun from S$2,359
Mexico from S$2,401
Rio de Janeiro from S$2,380
Sao Paulo from S$2,382

Antigua from S$2,234
Barbados from S$2,180
Saint Lucia from S$2,184

Terms and Conditions:
• Offer ends November 28, 2013, unless sold out prior
• Return airfares from Singapore are inclusive of taxes and surcharges
• Prices are correct as of November 13, 2013 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change, so please check for latest prices and availability
• This offer is for travel on selected British Airways flights
• This offer is valid for travel between November 18, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
• Bookings are subject to availability
• One flight and date change permitted. An administrative charge and service fees will apply
• E-tickets issued are non-refundable
• British Airways’ standard terms and conditions apply