wow... learned something new today... heh...
Repainting the flag the right way around would have caused another 2 year delay in delivery, sacking of the entire EADS (Airbus) board, accusations of insider trading by EADS executives and me having to fly to Sydney in a dilapidated B744... no thank you.
Flag represents a country. And all countries want to move forward. So everything will be read from left to right (dunno who sets this anyway but the whole world does this... except chinese... top to bottom...)
So the flags have be seen as moving forward on both sides of the aircraft...
"This is the captain speaking. Airbus has issued us with a critical software update and we are to immediately install it. We have downloaded the update patch and will proceed to install it. During the installation, you may experience temporary power failure and loss of air pressure. Please do not panic..."
"This is the captain speaking.. The plane's computer has initiated an automatic software update. While it is in progress, I'll have totally no control over the plane. As the software is quite big and the satellite bandwidth is quite limited, it is expected to take approximately 2 hours..."
On the SIA flight an Airbus pilot will be onboard flying together with the SQ pilot, just in case....
Most problems will occur on the in-flight entertainment system, as at any one time there are so many people logging into the system to do different things
Canon 30D, G11, 50 f1.8II, 10-22 f3.5-4.5, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L IS, EX580II
SIA says that the position and depiction of the flag on the new Airbus A380 and other SIA aircraft are correct.
This came after STOMPer Lim's 10-year-old daughter came across a poster of the Airbus at Changi Airport Terminal 2 displaying an inverted Singapore flag.
SIA says that in keeping with international standards of etiquette and conventions on the flying of flags, the flags of all major airlines, including all SIA aircraft, are designed to display the same image in the same position on both sides.
Here is the full reply from Stephen Forshaw, Vice President Public Affairs, Singapore Airlines:
"The position and depiction of the flag is correct; the depiction of flags by airlines on the exterior of the aircraft has it origins in shipping, where the ensign of the country is flown off the stern of the ship.
"In shipping, as in aviation, precedence cannot be established as it would on land by flying a flag from the tallest point, so the stern (or in the case of an aircraft, to the rear of the insignia) conveys precedence (ie shows the country of origin).
"According to flag etiquette, which again traces its origins back to shipping and was reaffirmed in the earliest days of commercial aviation a national flag should never be seen to be travelling backwards.
"If the flag were replicated on the starboard side of the aircraft as it is on the port side, when the aircraft is travelling forwards, the flag would, then, be flying backwards.
"From the port side of the aircraft, the flag is viewed as you would expect to see it flying on a flagpost, and when the aircraft is flying, it will fly as it would on a flagpost in the breeze with the five stars and moon leading, and the red and white sections following.
"On the starboard side, it is, therefore, a mirror image of the view from the port side. Flags are designed to display the same image in the same position on both sides.
"And the particular view of the aircraft used in this poster is from the starboard side.
"This style of replication is the same across all major airlines, which fly the flags of their countries, except, of course, those flags which appear identical when flown in different directions (for example, France).
"It is in keeping with international standards of etiquette and conventions on the flying of flags.
"Further, it is the way the Singapore flag has been displayed on all Singapore Airlines aircraft throughout our history.
"Indeed, all flag-carriers of the Republic display their flags in the same way.
"Well done to Miss Lim for spotting: only a few people have done so.
"But I'd like to assure Miss Lim, her father, and all your forum correspondents that it is not an error."