Stephen007 From Singapore, joined Mar 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
i was spotting at Changi from ard 1200hrs till early evening today. I have to say I have never seen so many parked SQ aircraft on the tarmac. Was at terminal 2 and from the viewing gallery which overlooks the main apron, there were a total of 11 aircraft parked. the highlight of the day for me at least was 9V-STE and 9V-STF. it will be the last times i will see them, and i truly apreciate their service rendered in the short/medium haul SQ sectors. they look forlornly lost will their cabin doors open wide (probarbly to dissipate the trapped tropical heat from parking too long). BTW, i saw ZERO of MH shuttle fleet
interestingly, the ramp rats were very free....some of the workers sought the shade from inside the empty cargo hold of 9V-SVJ (doors wide open).
total a/c movements from rwy 02R/20L from 1200hrs to 1430---> less than 6 with ZERO arrivals from SQ. i have never seen so many "ask airline/cancelled" status on the main flight info board in Changi before.
suprise to see mainly SQ aircraft parked in T1. they occupied almost the entrie row from gate C1 down to the remote stands.
just for the record: i counted 8 B744s (verified 9V-SMQ, SMT, plus one B744 without no.1 engine) , 6 B772s (9V-SRI), 1 A310 (9V-STA), 1 A343 parked at the gates the whole time i was there.
PLUS an assortment of B772s, B773, A310, A343s (one unpainted parked at the Airline House) and an unidentified blue-tailed, windowless B747 at the remote stands nearer to the hangars.
the main players on rwy 02L/20R : republic of singapore airforce's fokker 50s and kc-135s. next is TG with a A300 (HS-TAN) and a B773 (HS-TKA)
Aircraft movements: below 10. RSAF holding the champ with 50% of the bulk. i was delighted to see a CX plane.....havent seen their A343s LIVE in a long time
The departure is DESERTED. saw most of the counter-staff playing solitaire and mindsweeper.
the patroling military & police wanted to stop me from taking pictures citing "it's a restricted place". I shot them the look and challenged them if photography is prohibited. they verified it with their HQ.
(in short: spotters 1, anti-spotters: NIL)
got the film at the lab, show u guys the scanned prints soon. i wonder how long more SQ got to bleed money before coming back up again....is the golden age of carriers like SQ and CX coming to a bleak end?