The Time When Singapore Airlines Operated Concorde

The Time When Singapore Airlines Operated Concorde

In the Concorde story you always hear about British Airways and Air France who were the two main operators of the aircraft. Singapore Airlines also operated Concorde.

It is a small part of the aircraft’s history but an interesting one. I think it looks amazing in Singapore Airlines livery as well, I just wish there were more pictures of it.


Concorde services at British Airways were originally supposed to go to Australia, routing London-Bahrain-Singapore-Sydney. This is probably why the first scheduled service went to Bahrain as it is on the way.

SQ's Concorde | Airways Magazine.
SQ's Concorde | Airways Magazine.


The continuation to Singapore started on 9 December 1977 as a cooperative service between Singapore Airlines and British Airways. Flight crew were provided by British Airways while cabin crew were Singapore Airlines one way and British Airways the other way.

For the service, Concorde G-BOAD was painted in Singapore Airlines colours on one side. As a result, this aircraft usually operated the Singapore route.

Four days after the service started, it was withdrawn as the Malaysian Government complained about the sonic boom over the Straits of Malacca. How unfortunate!


Before services commenced, it was the Indian Government causing a headache as they refused permission for Concorde to fly over their territory. The airlines bargained but in the end had to route around the country adding 200 miles to the distance.

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The Indian Government then tried to demand more access to London Heathrow for Air India in exchange for Concorde overflight rights. Governments have long used air service agreements in their game of political Chess.

When it comes to Malaysia, Singapore Airlines was a great competitor of Malaysian Airlines so that is one aspect. The other is that Malaysia was trying to use the carrot of Concorde access to gain fifth freedom rights out of Heathrow.

Eventually the airlines decided to avoid Malaysia as well, which added more complexity to the route. Services restarted on 24 January 1979 but were not to last.


Concorde finished serving Singapore on 1 November 1980 with flights being withdrawn due to low load factors. Apparently it lost £2 million each year.

Having to fly subsonic over various portions of the route as well as diverting around India and avoiding Malaysia did not help. Regular scheduled services on the rest of the route through to Australia never started as a result.

Source : The Travel Update

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