Singapore Airlines

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary from the UK

Since our first flight from London on 3 June 1971, we continue to pride ourselves on our rich, authentic heritage and strong service, whilst offering innovative seats in comfortable cabins featuring the latest in inflight technologies. 

Celebrate with us as we mark 50 years of connecting the United Kingdom to Singapore with two, soon to be announced, exciting new partnerships launching during the month of June as well as special fares and exclusive KrisFlyer promotions.

Introducing the commemorative Singapore Airlines - Connoisseur Dry Gin


To further celebrate Singapore Airlines’ Golden Anniversary and 50-year milestone of continuous flights between London and Singapore, we have partnered London family gin distiller, Hayman’s, to hand-craft the commemorative Singapore Airlines - Connoisseur Dry Gin
The Singapore Airlines - Connoisseur Dry Gin features natural kumquat, lemongrass, galangal and Persian lime botanicals to invoke exotic citrus flavours synonymous with Southeast Asia. The result is a gin that will retain its appeal to fans of the traditional London Dry style but with a delicate Southeast Asian twist.
The distinctive and captivating classic gin delivers pronounced juniper, together with hints of herbal sweetness. It is best enjoyed with premium tonic, garnished with a fresh lime wedge and a slice of lemongrass, or as part of an exotic cocktail.
The new gin is available for purchase via, and will also be featured exclusively at the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge at Heathrow T2 from September 2021.

Singapore Airlines - Connoisseur Dry Gin Exclusive Cocktail Recipes


KrisFlyer members will be emailed an exclusive code to enjoy a 10% discount, free delivery and two free 1863 Hayman’s glasses when ordering the Singapore Airlines - Connoisseur Dry Gin.

An English Garden

  • 50ml Hayman’s Connoisseur Dry Gin
  • 35ml Apple Juice
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 15ml Elderflower Cordial
  • 2-3 slices of cucumber

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain and serve in a tall highball or rocks glass. Garnish with your favourite citrus wheel.

Exotic Citrus Cooler
  • 50ml Hayman’s Connoisseur Dry Gin
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Sicilian lemonade

Fill a tall glass with ice, pour over the Hayman’s Gin and a splash of grapefruit juice. Top up with Sicilian lemonade. Gently stir the ingredients to mix and garnish with a juicy wedge of grapefruit and fresh mint.

A Lasting Legacy

Singapore Airline Legacy

50 years ago, Singapore Airlines began its long history with the United Kingdom when the first flight flew between London and Singapore under the Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA) brand. The three times weekly service was the carrier’s first European route and took just over 18 hours flying via Rome, Bahrain and Mumbai (then known as Bombay) on the airline’s two class Boeing 707. 

In the spirit of innovation, Singapore Airlines has continued to offer pioneering products and services designed around its passengers. Today, our services from London are served by our fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft with passengers enjoying a choice of four cabins, Economy Class, Premium Economy Class, Business Class and First Class, each offering our renowned service and hospitality.

5 fun facts from the past 50 years


1. Singapore Airlines was one of four airlines to operate Concorde (1977)
    Singapore Airlines jointly operated the Concorde in partnership with British Airways. The flight took approximately nine hours and operated via Bahrain.

2. A ‘Singapore Girl’ waxwork was produced and featured in London’s Madame Tussaud's (1993)
    The work was the first commercial figure to be displayed at the museum.  Madame Tussauds said the Singapore Girl was chosen “to reflect the ever-growing popularity of international travel.

3. Introduction of the world’s largest Business Class seat (2002)
    Known as “the SpaceBed”, Singapore Airlines’ ground-breaking Raffles Class lie-flat seat was inaugurated on the Singapore to London route on the airline’s 747.

4. First airline to fly the A380 and bring it to United Kingdom (2008)
    Singapore Airlines became the first commercial airline to operate A380 flights from London, moving to double daily the same year.

5. Flying the first southern Koalas to the UK (2018)
    As part of a global conservation initiative, Singapore Airlines carried the first ever group of five southern koalas from Adelaide to London.

Tantalise your taste buds with Feast Box


To celebrate 50 years of connecting the UK to Singapore, we partnered with Feast Box to take you on a culinary adventure across Southeast Asia from the comfort of your kitchen. 

Although our partnership with Feast Box has now ended, you can continue to explore the world with their array of global cuisine. 

As a special treat receive 30% off your first two boxes using code SQ50THFEAST

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