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Celebrating 80 years of flying in style

Published Thu, Nov 21, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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BRITISH Airways celebrated 80 years of flying to Singapore with a fashion show of its iconic uniforms at Eden Hall, home of the British High Commissioner, Antony Phillipson. The show, which took place on Wednesday, featured uniforms going back to the 1940s by renowned designers, including Hardy Amies, Paul Costello and Julien MacDonald. On Dec 9, 1933, the inaugural flight to Singapore from London on then Imperial Airways took about 10 days as it departed from Croydon in south London and travelled via Paris, Italian city Brindisi, Alexandria, Cairo and Karachi. A one-way fare to Singapore cost £180 (S$362) at the time. Singapore has historically been an integral part of British Airways' network, linking the UK with both Australia and the rest of South-east Asia. From Singapore, British Airways offers a twice-daily service to London Heathrow and a daily service to Sydney Kingsford Smith.

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