Singapore Airlines has made a late decision to drop the logos from the engine nacelles of its Airbus A380 fleet, as it prepares to take delivery of its first aircraft.
The plan to have SIA logos on each Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine nacelle was in the airline's original A380 scheme. They were applied to the carrier's first A380 (MSN003) when it was ferried back from Hamburg to Toulouse in July after cabin installation and painting, but have now been removed.
SIA A380 without its logo on the engine nacelles
"We decided they were not necessary and they won't appear on any of the aircraft," says SIA. "It was an early design and when we saw it for real, we decided not to proceed with it."
SIA says that it believes that its brand identity "stands out enough without them", and points out that the logos do not appear on the nacelles of the other types in its fleet.
SIA A380 with its logo on the engine nacelles
The first A380 will be delivered to SIA at a ceremony in Toulouse on 15 October. The 471-seater will enter service on the airline's Singapore-Sydney route 10 days later.
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