A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 plane takes off from Changi Airport on November 5, 2010. File photo: AFP
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 plane takes off from Changi Airport on November 5, 2010. File photo: AFP
Aaron Low
Opinion

Opinion

Aaron Low

How J.Y. Pillay helped Lee Kuan Yew turn Singapore Airlines into a global giant

  • With no domestic market and limited aviation experience, Singapore’s dream of owning a world-class airline seemed far-fetched, but Pillay believed it was achievable
  • His journey to take-off included spending an unheard-of US$900m on Boeing jets in 1978, battling anticompetitive acts by the US, UK and Australia – and standing up to Lee Kuan Yew

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 plane takes off from Changi Airport on November 5, 2010. File photo: AFP
A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 plane takes off from Changi Airport on November 5, 2010. File photo: AFP
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