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Some Advice - Getting To BNE From The UK  
User currently offlineReady4Pushback From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 364 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6150 times:


It turns out that I'm heading off to Brisbane to visit my family in October / November time.

I'm considering taking the SQ flight from MAN. (I live in Birmingham, so MAN is quite easy to get to.)

SQ do a decent price (about 850). One question I had is can you specify a seat when you book on the SQ website, as I don't think it specifically says, and I like to know that I have a window seat?  Wink I noticed it was a 772 with 3-3-3 config, but since I'll only be travelling with one other person, that's a bit of a shame.

I just wondered if anyone had any other suggestions. Is there anything worth making a trip to LHR for?

Thanks in advance - gary

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User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3839 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6150 times:

Quoting Ready4Pushback (Thread starter):
just wondered if anyone had any other suggestions. Is there anything worth making a trip to LHR for?

Nope. I think SQ will do the job very well.

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6139 times:

MH, perhaps, but I'm not sure if they offer a BNE service.

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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3834 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6133 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 2):
MH, perhaps, but I'm not sure if they offer a BNE service.

Yes they do, they have great connections from Europe to flights to BNE, MEL, PER, ADL, PER and SYD and AKL in NZ  Smile

It's a shame that MH do not fly from MAN anymore, but you could do a KLM/MH combo if you wanted to fly from BHX. You could fly BHX-AMS-KUL-BNE on KLM/MH!

I would reccomend flyin MH and flying to BNE via KUL. KUL is a wonderful airport and is no where as busy at HKG, SIN or BKK  Smile

I would reccomend to you flying from LHR to BNE via KUL on MH, you can book a two-seat block near the rear of the aircraft on both legs, on the 744. Having a two block seat means you will have loads of legroom near the window. I recently flew LHR-KUL is this seat! If you want more info just ask me  Smile It means you will sit in a 2-4-2 area compared to the usual 3-4-3 area  Smile

A recent trip report of mine of my LHR-KUL flight:
Malaysia Airlines - LHR-KUL - B747-400 (Many Pics) (by B742 Aug 12 2006 in Trip Reports)

Rob!  wave 

User currently offlineReady4Pushback From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6130 times:

Hi everyone, thanks for your replies.

Yeah, I often find that traveling from BHX through a European hub makes sense. I'm not sure. There's lots of changes there and waiting around in Airports.

Interestingly, I didn't realise that 744's have 2-4-2 area. Do most airlines have this in economy?


User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6124 times:

Go SQ – you will enjoy it!

Join the SQ Krisflyer (the frequent flyer programme) first.


Then make the booking and request seat of your choice. This is usually honoured. You will also gets loads of Krisflyer miles on a round trip to Ozzie and great flexibility if you wish to change any part of your journey after the first sector has commenced - at no charge!

Tip – if you book direct on the SQ website go for the Multi city option and break the journey. You will invariably find the ticket is valid for one year. You can then make changes to the return journey as often as you like with no charge – makes it easy if you want to extend your stay.

You can study the SQ seats plans here:


Break the journey at Changi Airport and just enjoy and explore, for it is one of the truly great airports and it will amaze you.

You can even stay in excellent accommodation airside if in transit – I always do and have spent many a splendid 24 hours “in transit” – SQ keep the heavy bags during all this too! The budget rooms in both hotels in Terminal One and Two are fine and have showers just round the corner.

As long as you have a valid ticket and onward boarding card you can leave the transit area, take the bus or train and go into Singapore for a look, then return airside to explore more. It is so easy to do – I do it every trip to/from Ozzie.


Changi Airport has a great web site too:


Feel free to email me if you’d like any further practical advice.

Forgot to add this:


You can watch the entire SQ safety video to get you in the mood!

[Edited 2006-08-24 23:50:43]

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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6123 times:

What about EK? Then you can depart out of BHX and go to BNE via DXB and I think SIN

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