Celebrating the launch of SQ’s Boeing 787-10 from Delhi

As I started walking from the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge in Delhi to the gate, I paid close attention to the gate I the flight was going to board from. I noted that the flight was from a closed gate, which is usually used for flights to the USA. Those flights require secondary inspection before boarding, so they are used to keep the passengers contained after the secondary checks.

In this case, however, it was a different reason to use the gate. Singapore Airlines had thrown a bash to celebrate the launch of their new 787-10 from Delhi to Singapore.

a cut out of a plane

There were decorations all around the gate, which would have been a lot of work in the few hours they had to set up the gate after the last flight departed from there.

balloons in a room with a number made of balloons

The whole environment was celebratory of course, and everyone who was being scanned in, was being given a goodie bag for the first flight of the 787-10 from India. Everyone got a model aircraft of the Boeing 787-10 and a passport holder courtesy SQ.

a group of people standing in a room with balloons

I managed to get a few quick pictures of the hero of the day, the Boeing 787-10.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10

a plane on the tarmac

a plane at an airport

Singapore Airlines does know how to throw a party. There was a tonne of food going around at the gate area, food which I did not indulge in because I wanted to save my appetite for the flight and the delicious SQ catering on board.

a group of boxes on a table But SQ’s ground team sprung a surprise when they got everyone to clear the centre area of the gate and burst into a flashmob! There was the Delhi team of Singapore Airlines dancing to the tunes of Bollywood to celebrate the launch of the flight.

a group of people posing for a picture

a group of people in a room

a group of people dancing in a room

a group of people dancing in a room

a group of people dancing in a room

And how does a party happen without cake? There was a delicious cake waiting as well to celebrate the launch of the flight.

a cake with a white frosting and fruit decorations

The captain and the crew of the flight were there to cut the cake.

a group of people standing in front of a cake

a group of people standing in front of a cake

It was a great celebration, given how less we really celebrate flight launches in India, and most of the times the event is limited to handing out a big boarding pass to the first guy who checks in. I am glad SQ did not do all the traditional fare but instead chose to engage with everyone on board with this special flight.

The revelry continued for about forty minutes with lots of song and dance, but I managed to get out a little quicker than that to board the plane and get some pictures before another 330 people boarded the plane.

Have you flown the Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10? Do share your experience if you have? Watch out for my experience tomorrow. 

About Ajay

Ajay Awtaney is the Founder and Editor of Live From A Lounge (LFAL), a pioneering digital platform renowned for publishing news and views about aviation, hotels, passenger experience, loyalty programs, travel trends and frequent travel tips for the Global Indian. He is considered the Indian authority on business travel, luxury travel, frequent flyer miles, loyalty credit cards and travel for Indians around the globe. Ajay is a frequent contributor and commentator on the media as well, including ET Now, BBC, CNBC TV18, NDTV, Conde Nast Traveller and many other outlets.

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