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Topic: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: mloew
Posted 2012-01-13 06:07:32 and read 9558 times.

Welcome to my first TR on A.net

Background

Back in October last year, I thought about doing a city-trip and catching some new planes/airlines. I ever wanted to go to Amsteram or Brussels, but flight rates weren´t good or times were bad as I wanted to spend 2 nights there and a night arrival/morning departure was not was I was looking for. After searching a bit, I found a nice SQ MUC-MAN roundtrip offer, giving me both a new airline and aircraft. Actually, I was always keen on flying the 777-300ER, which SQ is using on their SIN-MUC-MAN routing. So, all in all in win-win situation for me. Well, in fact, a flight departing at 6:10am is never the best option, but that was acceptable.


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Departing from Munich Franz-Josef-Strauss (MUC/EDDM)

My try do to OLCI failed as my passport wasn´t valid half a year any more, and I couldn´t reserve a seat as well, but at least I entered a "window"-preference. As mentioned before, I had to get up very early, but I was getting used to that in the last few months. About 1.5 hrs prior to departure I entered MUCs T2 and made my way to the deserted SQ check-in area. I was given a window-seat (yeay!) in the front eco-section and after checking in my bag, I proceeded to security and made my way to the G-gates for a hot drink. Actually, my flight would be departing from a non-schengen H-gate, but there aren´t these free coffee-mashines  http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m636/chuckmorris1/Manchester%202011/100_1164.jpg
Nice B747 picture

As it was still about 5am, there was not much action airside beside a few A32Xs pushed into their positions.

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A321 and A320 waiting for their flights to FRA/HAM

Time passed quickly and I was on my way through the passport control to my gate H38.

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Wish I could go there  

Similar to the schengen-gates, not much happening at my gates. But soon enough, a few A330s/A340 arrived inbound from Asia.

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Sorry for the reflections. A340-300 wing

A few planes passed, and then, finally, my 77W arrived from her flight from SIN.

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Beacon and illuminated taxi markings

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In position

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A320 next to us

Then, boarding call was made and about 50 people showed up at our gate. Boarding process was due to the few pax fast and I made my way down the jetway.

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Huge GE90-115B-engine

A/C was the 9V-SWB, delivered in November 2006 to SQ, so now nearly 5 years old.


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Personal statistics
12th flight in 2011
1st flight on Singapore Airlines
3rd flight on a B777
1st flight on a B777-300ER
1st flight on 9V-SWB
Seat: 34A
Flight Number: SQ328
Flight times: 06:30-07:35
Date: 01 November 2011

The load factor was around 70%, quite good for this sector I think.
After boarding was completed, hot towels were offered and soon enough recollected.

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World-famous KrisWorld IFE

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Wing shot with the LH A320+A340

Push-back was on time and a flight time of 1.5hrs was announced.

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bright lights at T2 with an A340-600. I´m booked on one of these extra long birds to CLT in April http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m636/chuckmorris1/Manchester%202011/100_1195.jpg
Runway lights of 08L in the darkness

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Where´s the wing?  http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m636/chuckmorris1/Manchester%202011/100_1198.jpg
Brighter after passing the thick clouds.

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Alps and nice cloud formations in the south

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Sunrise

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Now the sun has finally arrived  

Breakfast consisted of a tasty croissant with ham and cheese, yogurt and orange-juice.
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Silverkris magazine

After my meal I tested out the AVOD and discovered a nice aviation-quiz:
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Hmm, do you guess the answer?   

We were cruising at 37000ft (quite high for that short flight) and soon enough we were on our descent into MAN.

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That´s what you´re flying for...

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...and this too.

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Simply awesome

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Leaving runway 23R after a bumpy landing

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Well-known spotter location next to the Concorde-hangar, but the window was misted heavily   

We passed a few TCX and Monarch planes after arriving at our at T2 gate next to a FR 738. De-boarding was slowly but not annoying as it was still early in the morning and too early to go to my hotel.

Arriving at Manchester Ringway (MAN/EGCC)

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Ryanair B737, Thomsonfly B757 and Qatar A330 (Note the FR pax being taken with a bus to the terminal despite the gate is equipped with a jetway)

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Farewell shot of my 77W

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US A330 between the 757/737 wings

After passing passport control I picked my bag and proceeded via the crowded departure hall and the so-called skylink to the airport railway station. As usual, most of the moving walkways weren´t in service so all the way down walking. This should really be improved!

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Cloudy morning at MAN with "Fly The Shortcut" Finnair-advertisement

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...and the other direction. Do you spot the VS B744 landing next to the big tree?

I picked the next train to Manchester Piccadilly (calling at every station  ) and spent 3 great days in Manchester.

Departing from Manchester Ringway (MAN/EGCC)
As my flight back to MUC was scheduled to depart at 8:55am, I had to get up early as well, took my breakfast at my hotel and eventually I went to Manchester Oxford Street station to take my train back to the airport at 6:30am. This time I caught the "express" train (and not the slow one I travelled two days before) and arrived at a rather crowded T2 (of course, the walkways weren´t moving either). Most of the people seemed like holiday travellers mainly flying with VS. As I was a bit late, the SQ desks were empty again and I got a window seat as well (yeay again!). Soon enough I passed security (wich took veeery long) and proceeded through all the duty free shps to the waiting area. This is what I hate about airports like MAN where you HAVE to go through all these overprized shops. Another thing that should be improved (and of course this will not happen   )
This time it was gate 204 in the very back of T2 but I could spot a few nice planes on my way:

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QR A330 - B788 marking already there

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...and the tail with the apron behind

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FR again

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UA/CO B752 to EWR

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First Choice A320 with CO in the background

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My 777, namely the 9V-SWM, delivered in Dec 2008 to SQ.


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Prior to boarding, a airport staff member went around and offered sweets. Thumbs up MAN + SQ for this!
Boarding was by row numbers, soon my row was announced and I went on-board this beauty.

Personal Statistics
13th flight in 2011
2nd flight on Singapore Airlines
4th flight on a B777
2nd flight on a B777-300ER
1st flight on 9V-SWM
Seat:46K
Flight number: SQ328
Flight times: 08:55-12:00
Date: 03 November 2011

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VS A330

The F/A announced that the flight to MUC should take 1hr45mins and on to SIN 10hrs. Again push-back on time and we were soon on our way to runways 23R

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Passing a B757 and one of the few A300 in Europe

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B767 taking off

But then we were stopping and the captain announced that there would be only single runway in use and we would have to wait another 15mins for 5 planes in front of us to take off.

Quite much planes were now landing and departing, but making photos was impossible as I was facing the sun.

Finally it was our turn and an unspectacular takeoff was performed.

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Queue behind us with a flybe Q400 in front

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And off we go

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Countryside

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Nice views of the airport

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Approaching clouds over England

Menu cards were distributed. Choices were eighter pastry or Tramezzini, I went for the latter, but it wasn´t available any more. So I was handed out my breakfast with the pastry and again yogurt. This time not only orange juice but drink choices were available and I ordered 7up - but this was really not the best choice to start the day with  http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m636/chuckmorris1/Manchester%202011/DSC00603.jpg

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Netherland´s coast near Rotterdam

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Clouds over Germany

Soon enough we were approaching MUC and my last flight for 2011 was nearly to be over.

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Final turn

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Lined up with runway 26R

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And touchdown!

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Leaving the runway

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Mostly empty T2

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Air Dolomiti E190

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Lufty A340-600

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Air Malta A320

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Our gate

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In final position

Conclusion
Flying Singaopore Airlines was a pleasure. I would definetly choose them again, prefereably on Long-Haul. Service, meal and last but not least the IFE (even if I couldn´t try everything out on this short flight) were simply great. Well done, SQ!

Topic: RE: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: 817Dreamliiner
Posted 2012-01-13 06:50:30 and read 9387 times.

Great report, nice pics!

Im actually hoping to try this flight sometime in the future

Topic: RE: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-01-13 08:10:00 and read 9140 times.

Nice report mloew, thanks for sharing. Seems like quite a few a.netters have taken that flight now. Nice to get proper AVOD and a 77W on s short EU hop.

Topic: RE: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: EuroWings
Posted 2012-01-13 09:25:37 and read 8890 times.

Hi mloew,

Thanks for the great report, it was a really enjoyable read. My local airport is MAN and I have flown on this route myself in April 2010. It offers a unique experience!

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
After searching a bit, I found a nice SQ MUC-MAN roundtrip offer, giving me both a new airline and aircraft.

The fares ex-MUC are definitely cheaper than from MAN. You can get some very attractive deals that way, but the other way around those fares are generally not available. It's probably because MUC is a popular city break destination from the UK.

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
(Note the FR pax being taken with a bus to the terminal despite the gate is equipped with a jetway)

They are probably being taken to the arrivals door for incoming flights from the Republic of Ireland (where there are no document checks) after a flight from Dublin.

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
As usual, most of the moving walkways weren´t in service so all the way down walking. This should really be improved!

I agree, but MAG (the airport operator) don't seem bothered about this.

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
I picked the next train to Manchester Piccadilly (calling at every station ) and spent 3 great days in Manchester.

Yes, the local trains (Northern Rail) do generally take around 10-15 minutes longer, but I find they are often quieter than the busy express trains (First TPE) with more seats available and more room for baggage. Although, it's a relatively low cost and hassle-free railway connection compared to others in the UK..

Glad you had a good time in Manchester.

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
. This is what I hate about airports like MAN where you HAVE to go through all these overprized shops. Another thing that should be improved (and of course this will not happen )

Yes certainly, although that's quite a new thing from when the airport layout was changed and T2 was given a 'refresh'.

Thanks
EuroWings

[Edited 2012-01-13 09:26:15]

Topic: RE: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: cedarjet
Posted 2012-06-09 16:13:40 and read 5913 times.

Hiya, nice report. I am planning to take this flight en route to the (fantastic, highly recommended) aviation memorabilia convention in the Concorde hangar this coming July 14 / 15. Can you tell us what you paid, and how you booked (eg bucket shop, major online site, SQ direct)? Thanks!

Topic: RE: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-06-10 12:36:30 and read 5544 times.

Hi,

Nice report, thanks for sharing.
I was looking into the SQ route to MAN earlier. Maybe a good idea for me.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: mloew
Posted 2012-06-11 06:35:02 and read 5339 times.

Thanks for your comments!

@cedarjet

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 4):
I am planning to take this flight en route to the (fantastic, highly recommended) aviation memorabilia convention in the Concorde hangar this coming July 14 / 15.

  
I had booked it via lastminute.de, but the prize at SQ was equal to that what I paid (I had temporarily no credit card and SQ only accepts credit cards), it was 151,37%u20AC return. But I would recommend you booking via SQ as you can select your seats during your booking and it normally has the best prize.
If you book a return July 14/15 direct via SQ, it will cost 166€/GBP 135.67 (best prize I found).

@MSS658

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Nice report, thanks for sharing.

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Maybe a good idea for me.

I can only recommend this flight (and SQ in general)!


Cheers, Maurice

Topic: RE: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-06-14 04:50:04 and read 4911 times.

Hi Mloew,

Nice first trip report, thanks for sharing. Been wanting to try this SQ MUC-MAN-MUC route but still haven't found the time yet, maybe after the summer.

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter

Topic: RE: Only The Best For Short-Haul: MUC-MAN On SQ
Username: photoshooter
Posted 2012-06-14 04:55:17 and read 4903 times.

Hi

very nice trip report. It's still on my to do list although it's not so easy/cheap to get in MUC/MAN first.
Service looks good and those morning shots are just fabulous.

Thanks for sharing and keep them coming  

Niek   


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