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Topic: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-10 07:34:04 and read 21280 times.

Dear readers,

Welcome to another of my trip reports. This time it’s the first part of a series and a rather exotic one by my standards- no 90 minute hops up to Northern England this time!

Background

My husband was entitled to extra holiday this year, due to the fact that he’s been with his company a good number of years. That was all very well for him, but my holiday allowance isn’t quite so generous. What to do about it? Well, I asked about taking some unpaid leave. This wasn’t granted, but it was decided I could take a couple of extra weeks off work and make the hours up later in the year. For operational reasons I could only have this extra time off in April or May.

So, we decided to take a month off and do something crazy. But where? An extensive Scandinavian tour has long been a dream of mine, but it wasn’t the best time of year. When you have 4 weeks to play with, it’s logical to go further afield. We thought of South Africa, but decided that as the time difference is minimal, this could easily be done with just 2 weeks leave.

I don’t remember how the idea started, but somewhere along the line Australia got brought into the conversation. And then from Australia, suddenly New Zealand got mentioned. I actually ‘blame’ fellow a.netter NZ107 for this, as after reading this report and seeing the photos of beautiful Queenstown, there was this little idea in the back of my mind of visiting the country sometime.

So, down to the travel agent it was on a dull, cold December afternoon. Returning with an armful of brochures, we actually dared to dream that we would fly to the other side of the world. At this point some of you might wonder why in the age of internet booking we use a travel agent. Well, it’s a tradition we have for our main trip of the year, plus a friend of mine works in our local branch so we always get good service.

Relatively quickly we settled on a 3 week tour of both islands and after New Year we were ready to book. My husband said he wanted to add on a few nights in Sydney, so an itinerary was drawn up and the flight options were looked at. Obviously there were many of these. EK were having a January sale and we were offered a truly excellent deal by the travel agent. My first choice had always been SQ, but the difference in price was substantial.

The flights were blocked for us and we said we’d sleep on it. Our joy was short lived however. No sooner had we returned home than our friend called to say that our planned tour had been cancelled and was no longer taking place in April.

So, it was back to the drawing board. We decided we didn’t want to do a self drive and although we’ve never been keen on the idea of coach tours we felt that this was going to be the best option. We trawled through brochures until I could no longer take it and spent hours in the travel agent. It was the same story every time. Either the tour we wanted was no longer taking place on the advertised dates, or if it was going ahead, the itinerary didn’t appeal.

In desperation I googled all sorts of travel companies and eventually struck gold with Relaxing Journeys, an NZ based agency who offer an abundance of trips, including unescorted coach tours. This means that you use the local Intercity buses to get about and as they leave daily, you can adjust the itinerary to suit, so we were sold.

As the EK offer was no longer valid we settled on SQ, the routing being ZRH-SIN-AKL / SYD-SIN-ZRH. For the necessary CHC-SYD leg the travel agent automatically suggested EK. I was tempted, especially as it would mean a widebody on the short 3 hour hop. But what about NZ? My chances of flying EK in the future are much higher than being to able to log NZ, even if it did mean an A320 over a B777. So, Air New Zealand it was.

We also booked the exit row on all the SQ flights. This costs 50$ per seat per leg, but they gave us one leg for free. This was good for my husband as not only is he tall but for medical reasons is at a higher risk of DVT, so the extra legroom was important. The downside was there wouldn’t be a window……

Finally! Everything was sorted & our trip was booked! I intend to break the report into 3 parts. Part 1 will cover ZRH-SIN-AKL, part 2 our trip around New Zealand and the CHC-SYD leg and part 3 SYD-SIN-ZRH.

Enough of the background, let’s go!

Saturday 14th April

Prior to the biggest trip of my life, I experienced a mixture of excitement and nerves. As a result I didn’t sleep too well and was tossing and turning from 3am. The alarm eventually bleeped at 6, giving us two hours to get ready. Some special sms wishes from certain members of this forum were very welcome!

We’d ordered a taxi for the short ride to our local station, where we picked up the direct train to the airport. So, this was how our journey started:
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Arrival at the airport was at 9. Plenty of time for an 11.45 departure but there were reasons for being early. We headed straight up to check-in 2 to the dedicated SQ desks where we were served after a short wait. A friend of mine was checking in, so we got extra special service. I was amazed when we handed our cases over- they weighed just 15 & 16kgs. I was a little worried about a 20kg allowance for 4 weeks and for the first time in my life I made an extra special effort to travel light. It paid off!
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Check-in 2
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After a quick chat with my colleague we headed to the Airport Medical Centre. My husband had been given blood thinning drugs which he had to inject and as neither of us had done this before we decided to make use of the service the airport offers. No charge was made, which is rather surprising for Switzerland, but tips were very welcome.

View from the Medical Centre, 8th floor. You can just make out the SQ tail in the far left corner of Dock E:
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After stocking up on some magazines and then nibbles from the famous airport bakery Steiner, we passed security. There I met up with 3 of my colleagues who gave us a good send off complete with some gifts of Swiss chocolate.

Then it was time to head through passport control and on to the E gates. We timed it just right, as the SQ crew working our flight caught the same train as us. When presenting my passport, I greeted the policeman with ‘Grüezi’. He took one look at my passport and asked me in English whether I was going to London (Britain does not just consist of London you know….). He seemed a bit baffled when I replied in Swiss German that no, I was going to Singapore and then let me pass.
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Non-Schengen departures


Over at Dock E, the SQ crew now heading to the gate (there were 4 males and 10 females)
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US Airways heading to PHL
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The last red & white tails for a while…..

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Saturday 14th April 2012
ZRH-SIN SQ 345
STD 1145 / ATD 1223
STA 0555 / ATA 0613
A380 9V-SKP
Seats 44H&J
Passengers: 345 (no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!)
My 3rd flight on the A380, 1st on this aircraft



SQ uses two gates at Zurich: E67 for Y class and E59 for C & F. Sadly, the tarmac position of the aircraft makes photographing it near impossible.


Boarding gate for Business….
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…and for the rest of us
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Boarding was done strictly by rows and started at 1115. Everyone had a coloured sticker on their boarding passes, the first group was red if I remember correctly and we had green.

Walking down the airbridge. I remember the excitement at boarding AF’s A380 at CDG, but knowing what a journey I was embarking on this time, well, it was a different feeling!
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Getting closer


Almost there!
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We were at the front of the second Y-class section. On the ZRH route, SQ has an all business class configuration on the upperdeck.
Our seats
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Considering the size of the aircraft, boarding was relatively swift .

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View for the next 12 hours  

Let’s have a look at the legroom


Before pushback we received hot towels then menu cards and finally amenity kits
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Socks and toothbrush, not the most generous of offerings. Combs and razors were available in the toilets
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Captain Francis Lee welcomed us on board and told us that we were waiting for the last few passengers. Flying time to Singapore today was 11hrs45 & the distance to fly was 10,500kms. And, funnily enough, at exactly 11.45 the boarding completed announcement was made.

We were then told that our pushback would be delayed slightly due to ATC restrictions and our slot was estimated at 12.10. Well, we got lucky and at 11.55 the next stage of our journey began.

The safety demo was played and the crew walked through the cabin checking who had ordered special meals. I got a sticker put on my seat.

We slowly taxied round to runway 16 behind a United 767 when the pilot gave us some more information: we were going to have a wait of approximately 20-25 minutes before before we could take off, again due to ATC. There were a few groans but we must have received an earlier slot, as at 12.23 the 4 engines roared as loudly as they could (still way too quiet for my liking) and we started our take off roll. I’ve seen this flight depart ZRH many times and am still fascinated at how gracefully the A380 leaves the ground. Sitting inside, it was no different. The flaps make rather a noise as does the undercarriage, but apart from that you really don’t hear a thing.

Being on the exit row meant I couldn’t use the IFE until the seatbelt sign had been turned off. It was the moving map for me of course
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Headphones


It was clear from the moment my neighbour sat down on 44K that there were to be no interesting conversations on this flight. A Swiss business traveller who managed a grunt in response to my „Grüezi“ and who spent the first 6 hours reading newspapers and drinking nothing but red wine. I was actually quite curious as to how long the crew would keep serving him, but eventually the wine took effect and he fell asleep.

Shortly after take off the first drinks service commenced, accompanied by bags of nuts.


Before lunch was served, I went for a wander. You could walk up and down the staircase, but the top was obviously cordoned off

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Cabin view
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Let’s have a look at the menu card

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Ordering a special meal often has its advantages – I got mine much earlier. Salad, mediterranean pasta & fruit for dessert. It was very tasty.
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The crew came round with bottles of red & white wine, asking those who had received a special meal whether they would like a glass. I declined, but thought it was a nice touch, rather then having to wait until the main trolleys appeared. Mr grumpy-wine-addict next to me asked for some red, to which the FA replied that she didn’t have any glasses and would come back later. He shook his head and muttered ‘No glasses! No glasses!’ Come on mate, it was quite clear that the poor girl couldn’t carry two bottles and a load of glasses, so just be patient!

This was 44H’s choice….
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…accompanied by a first taste of Singapore. The crew didn’t have any Tiger beer left on the trolley, but the FA serving us immediately contacted her colleague who brought one straight away. When she passed through the cabin later she asked if my husband had enjoyed the beer and whether he wanted another. Great service here.
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For dessert, we got delicious Swiss Mövenpick ice cream. It was a bit too cold and took a while to soften up. As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.
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Time to find out where we are – over the Black Sea
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Another wander and peek out of the window
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I left the moving map for a while and looked at the other entertainment options. How about some music?
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Or something a bit harder?
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44H’s choice


I won some spending money for the holiday, but the cheque never arrived.
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For most of the flight we cruised at between 10,500-11,800m, with a speed of 870-950kmh. After the meal service had finished about half the crew disappeared downstairs to the crew rest area, the entrance to which was located just opposite our seats. Halfway during the flight, the crews swopped round.

They did a fantastic job of checking the toilets, working hard to keep them clean. On the occasions that I passed through the galley on my walkabout, I never once saw the crew standing around chatting, they were always doing something. There were always plenty of drinks ready to take.

The cabin had descended into darkness, but no matter how hard I tried, the longest I managed to sleep for was 20 minutes. I felt like a child on Christmas Eve willing for Father Christmas to arrive so I could finally get up. Time for another walk.
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Let’s hope we don’t need to make an emergency landing here
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Halfway there!
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Cruising over India
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No turbulence over the Bay of Bengal
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Being on the exit row, a lot of people tend to congregate nearby to stretch their legs. At one point my husband nudged me and pointed to a guy hovering round the toilets smooching with his other half. It was Carlo Janka, the Swiss Olympic ski champion in Giant Slalom. Typically my husband had to say something and casually asked where they were going and told them about our trip to NZ. They were flying to Singapore for 3 nights (does that sound familiar to anyone?!). No business class even for an Olympic champion.

About 2hrs before landing, breakfast was served. Well, it was late evening Swiss time and I had a little trouble eating this kind of spread when my body was telling me to sleep
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The Asian meal
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Getting closer
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Over Thailand now
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Starting descent soon
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It was noticeable that on all the SQ flights we took the only cockpit announcements were made at the beginning and shortly before landing. We were told that our estimated arrival time was 06.15 and it was a balmy 25C with cloudy skies in Singapore.

For landing the crew took their seats opposite us again, one male & one female (I’m hopeless, I didn’t write their names down). We started chatting to them and they were both so nice. We told them about our journey and asked a little about life flying with SQ. The female F/A noticed I’d been writing facts & figures down in my notebook so I explained about my job and of course airliners. She gave us some tips for our stopover in Singapore on the way back. I also asked her about the lovely SQ uniforms and she explained how the different colours represent the heirarchy – blue for flight stewardesses, green for leading stewardess & red for chief stewardess.

I asked the crew for the registration of the aircrft, as I hadn’t been able to spot it at ZRH. When they told me it was 9V-SKP I had to smile, as on exactly the same day Markus was enroute to Skopje.

I really don’t like not having a window seat. Not just for the obvious reasons, but I find it quite unpleasant on climb out and approach when you can’t see how the plane is banking. I find I have no feeling for knowing just when you’re going to touch down. Anyway, I kept busy talking to the crew and before I knew it, we landed on Singapore soil at 0613 local time and taxied round to our arrival gate at T3.

I was in no hurry to deboard, the usual scenes followed. I took the opportunity to have my photo taken with the crew.

Deboarding
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Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-10 07:38:30 and read 21524 times.

Singapore

Leaving the airbridge, I couldn’t quite believe that I was in Singapore. Having read so many trip reports about it and seen so many pictures, it all seemed a bit surreal. All I can say is WOW! What an airport. Plenty of internet points offering 15minutes free, drinking fountains, immaculate toilets with large cubicles (great if want to change your clothes). A wide selection of shops and restaurants and plenty to keep you amused during your layover. We just kept wandering round and round as it was good to have some exercise after such a long flight.

First impressions of Changi
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Beautiful flowers
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A sparkling immigration hall


I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!
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Auckland from Gate B1
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Huge, open spaces at SIN
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Definitely T3 then



Clear signage
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I just loved the place and kept snapping away
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Too early in the day for Tiger beer
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Post office on wheels
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I sadly only managed to spot SQ planes whilst I was here !
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I was so tired that I didn’t even realise that this was to be our plane for Auckland.
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A fellow a.netter?
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The gate was in a group of 4 and you could only proceed through security when the gate open sign appeared. Two lanes of security were open and we didn’t have to wait that long.
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Yet another A380, never seen so many at once!
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15th April 2012
SIN-AKL SQ281
STD 0845 / ATD 0913
STA 2225 / ATA 2227
B777-200ER 9V-SQI
Seats 44H&K
First flight on the B777


Lots of comfy seats were available at the gate area, as well as toilets, internet points and a small kiosk selling drinks and snacks.

Boarding was called, again strictly by rows, at 0810. During the boarding process we were handed landing cards for New Zealand.
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Home for the next 9+ hours
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Neighbour being loaded
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We got to pass business class this time – now those seats look comfy
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The aircraft might only be 10 years old, but it seemed older than that in comparison to the A380: frayed carpets were particularly noticeable.

Settling down
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Legroom impeeded slightly by the door, but still excellent

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This time the exit row had a further advantage: it was a block of 2. Blue blankets this time and silky pillows.


Safety card


Magazines


Once I got settled into my seat I peered at the flight info on the screen opposite. My heart sank and I cursed. It said flight time 9hrs50. Officially it’s 9hrs40 for this flight but I was optimistic that it would be a bit shorter. My body clock was messed up and confused, I was tired and yet couldn’t sleep, so I was not really a happy bunny (this is confirmed by how little I wrote down during the flight).

Anyway, the pilot gave us his welcome speech and told us the flight to Auckland would take 9hrs15, so that was good. When the screen was updated shortly after, it said 9hrs03, so my spirits lifted slightly. Distance to our destination: 8,400km.

We pushed back at 08.53.

Take off was at 09.13 to the north. It was a real shame I couldn’t take any photos as we banked to the right and had some lovely views of the airport and harbour.

After the seatbelt sign had been turned off:

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We’d been talking to the female FA sat opposite us during take off. She’d obviously been listening carefully to our tale about the long journey, as when the amenity kits were handed out she gave us both an eye mask.

The IFE looks a lot older, doesn’t it?
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Drinks were offered shortly after take off and breakfast was served promptly. Once again, I got mine ahead of most. However when I saw the following…
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…I felt rather queasy and reached my lowest point of the whole trip. My body was screaming at me ‘you can’t eat that in the middle of the night’. I think I managed 3 bites of the omelette and half a bread roll and then something strange happened. The tiredness hit me in a way that I have never experienced before, as if someone had given me an anaesthetic. I somehow clambered over to the toilet, stumbled back to my seat, pulled the blanket up and the next thing I knew we were over Australia.

Here’s the standard breakfast, taken before I fell asleep
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I woke briefly and went for a wander:
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Progress!
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Our route took us west of Darwin, down to AliceSprings and then to Sydney. Despite it being a daytime flight, the cabin lights were dimmed. If you pulled the window blind up too quickly then it really hurt your eyes!
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I dropped off again whilst Mr 44H carried on in true trip reporter style
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Some nice scenery
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Cabin shot
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Mouthwash, perfume & handcream on offer, but one rather blocked basin.
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A look at SQ’s fleet. When we returned a month later, the 747 was no longer in the list, sad.


The crew passed round with snacks – I took some crisps


Getting dark


Heading out over the Tasman
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Before dinner there was another drinks service. I never drink alcohol on planes. However, the end of the journey was in sight and fellow a.netter Gabriel told me I must have a Singapore Sling on the flight. So, I made an exception to my rule, cheers Gab. It was rather fine too (but not good on an empty stomach!)


Dinner time: rice & some very strange tofu, salad and fruit. It wasn’t one of my favourite meals.
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Standard meal (sorry for poor quality)
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Over halfway across
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Shortly before 22.00 the pilot gave us some info: we were 200miles out of Auckland where the temperature was 15C and would soon be starting our descent. And sure enough a few minutes later the engines spooled down.

Still time for a game of Solitaire


Nearly there!!
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Once the cabin lights had been dimmed for landing I was able to get a better view out of the window behind me. I could already see the urban sprwal of Auckland and it seemed strange to think that after so many hours we about to land on Kiwi soil. Touchdown was at 2227. To think we’d travelled all those miles and landed only 2 minutes late – incredible isn’t it?

The taxi to our gate wasn’t that long and soon enough we were bidding the SQ crew goodbye and to be quite honest, I wasn’t too sad to get off a plane for once!

A last look back at our aircraft
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Yes, we really are here !
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Some Maori influences
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Heading for immigration
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Like Australia, entering New Zealand takes some time. There was a lengthy queue at immigration, as it took a couple of minutes to process each group. The officer who dealt with us was friendly, he asked us if we had any friends in NZ – it seemed an innocent question, but I’m sure it’s all part of the tactics!

After immigration we collected our bags, both were already waiting for us after having flown halfway around the world. I was going to take a photo but saw two female customs officials with a dog, so decided against it. They came over to me and asked if it was ok for the dog to sniff our bags. They then went on to ask if I had any fruit in my hand luggage. I had done, but had disposed of it after getting off the plane. However, the scent was still there and the dog had picked up on it, so they looked through my bag until they were happy there was only Swiss chocolate in there.

Then we proceeded through Quarantine. There were signs up saying that TV crews were filming a programme called Border Control although we couldn’t see any. We had to present our cards to an official and tell them what restricted items were were carrying, after which our bags were xrayed and we were free to go.

Arrivals hall
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Still lots of activity
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A piece of home
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Taxi
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As it was so late and we were so tired we hopped straight in a taxi driven by an Indian guy. I did wonder whether he took us on a detour through as residential area as the route seemed a little strange, but local a.net resident Nicholas confirmed that it was the correct way.

We’d booked the 5* Skycity Grand hotel as they had a good 3 nights for 2 offer on. It’s part of a huge complex with the Sky Tower, casino, restaurants, shops etc. We got assigned a room on the 19th floor and were welcomed by the following sight- just what you need after 21hrs in the air:
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A nice shower made me feel vaguely human again after which it was straight to bed. It did actually take me a little while to get off to sleep, my mind was still processing the fact I was actually in New Zealand, but it was wonderful to sleep in a proper bed again!

My verdict: SQ was everything I expected – classy with excellent service and friendly crews. I felt safe and well looked after at all times. I preferred the A380, but then again was glad to have the opportunity to log my first 777. At no point did I get backache from the seats or feel uncormfortable as I thought I might. The extra legroom was a bonus & it was a joy to transit in SIN - our layover was just the right length of time. Maybe I could get used to this longhaul flying?!

I will end this report here. My next installment will cover a special Auckland sightseeing tour, an outline of the tour we took in New Zealand and the flight from CHC-SYD on NZ, well, at least that’s the plan.

Thank you for reading and comments are most welcome & appreciated, as always!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-06-10 08:16:52 and read 21085 times.

Nice interesting read.

SIN does look impressive - now i know why my dad always makes a point of transferring there whenever he's in that part of the world. The meals on SQ look good too.

Hopefully ill get to try them out for myself someday.

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-06-10 08:31:40 and read 20992 times.

Great read and pictures Hannah, thanks for posting, this, looking forward to the next part.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Before pushback we received hot towels then menu cards and finally amenity kits
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Socks and toothbrush, not the most generous of offerings

- Not bad IMO for Y on a day time flight though.....

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
who spent the first 6 hours reading newspapers and drinking nothing but red wine

- Sounds like me, sans the newspapers  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Salad, mediterranean pasta & fruit for dessert. It was very tasty.

- Looks pretty D!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Being on the exit row, a lot of people tend to congregate nearby to stretch their legs

- That indeed can be an issue, best to recline the seat and stretch out as far as you can to eat into that space  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
About 2hrs before landing, breakfast was served. Well, it was late evening Swiss time and I had a little trouble eating this kind of spread when my body was telling me to sleep

- Looks good! - Thankfully I don't suffer from time zone eating issues  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I really don’t like not having a window seat. Not just for the obvious reasons, but I find it quite unpleasant on climb out and approach when you can’t see how the plane is banking. I find I have no feeling for knowing just when you’re going to touch down.

- I know where you are coming from, though any seat without a window is an issue for me.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
First flight on the B777

- Get out of town!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Before dinner there was another drinks service. I never drink alcohol on planes

- Hmm, opposite of me......

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Dinner time: rice & some very strange tofu, salad and fruit. It wasn’t one of my favourite meals

- Tofu, yuck, had it for the first time in Hawaii, what a horrible 'food' - I think it is the texture I don't like.

Looks like SQ really took care of you on these flights, they are good and I love their service continuity, something the likes of EY & EK suffer from.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: kurt
Posted 2012-06-10 08:57:17 and read 20843 times.

Epic report! SQ looks pretty good. SIN is a quite an airport; really top-notch. I want to go to New Zealand but I never seem to have enough time.

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: Knightsofmalta
Posted 2012-06-10 10:21:23 and read 20642 times.

Hi Hannah

Thanks for the great report. I mean, we all know how impressive Singapore Airlines is in all classes. But even so, every time I read a report about them I can't help but be very impressed.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Over at Dock E, the SQ crew now heading to the gate (there were 4 males and 10 females)

Surely, that couldn't have been the entire crew for such a big bird?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Considering the size of the aircraft, boarding was relatively swift .

Never mind the size of the cabin, that kebaya sure is a tight fit.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Socks and toothbrush, not the most generous of offerings. Combs and razors were available in the toilets

I dunno, that's more than you're likely to get on any European carrier in Y.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It was clear from the moment my neighbour sat down on 44K that there were to be no interesting conversations on this flight. A Swiss business traveller who managed a grunt in response to my „Grüezi“ and who spent the first 6 hours reading newspapers and drinking nothing but red wine. I was actually quite curious as to how long the crew would keep serving him, but eventually the wine took effect and he fell asleep.

Eugh, you poor woman. There's nothing worse than being stuck next to some piss pot on a plane.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Here’s the standard breakfast, taken before I fell asleep

Well that looks...interesting.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We’d booked the 5* Skycity Grand hotel as they had a good 3 nights for 2 offer on.

that's where I stayed last time I was in NZ. Great location!

Thanks for posting Hannah, I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers,
William

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: lychemsa
Posted 2012-06-10 10:26:32 and read 20621 times.

SQ looks great but they don't give miles on the UA frequent flyer program if you fly on Y.

I assume you got the good seats thanks to your friend. Looking forward to seeing pics of New Zealand. I always wanted to go there. I don't like renting cars when I am overseas so your idea is of interest to me.

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-06-10 10:52:25 and read 20513 times.

Nice report on SQ.

I can relate to your descriptions about your inner clock being so disoriented with the meals being served at odd times, etc. When we flew to CPH in September; they served breakfast prior to landing and it was midnight in MSP ... Usually a good cup of coffee can help me re-adjust and get on that day's schedule ...

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: AYA333
Posted 2012-06-10 11:03:49 and read 20455 times.

Hi Hannah!

Amd thank you for posting this inspiring and inviting tr!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
This wasn’t granted, but it was decided I could take a couple of extra weeks off work and make the hours up later in the year.

Ouch! So, you will be working long days for the rest of the year! Well, this certainly seems to be worth it!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My 3rd flight on the A380, 1st on this aircraft

I remember the first two that happened to be my first two 380 flights as well!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The crew came round with bottles of red & white wine, asking those who had received a special meal whether they would like a glass.

I usually have a special meal as well and have usually finished my meal before I finally get something to drink! A very nice gesture!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For dessert, we got delicious Swiss Mövenpick ice cream.

This picture made me want ice cream! Luckily, I have none at home and the grocery store is 500 metres away. Maybe tomorrow.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

Seems worth all the praise it gets!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!

Great! Well done! Usually no-one gives you feedback unless something is wrong!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
First flight on the B777

I haven't flown on 777 either!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We got assigned a room on the 19th floor and were welcomed by the following sight- just what you need after 21hrs in the air:

Looks nice and comfortable!

Looking forward to the rest of the strory!

Jani

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-06-10 12:10:08 and read 20153 times.

Hoi, H.,

that´s what I call really good work.
You have definitely selected a nice set of pictures, well done.
And also you´re story. Sure the perfect Sunday evening read.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I remember the excitement at boarding AF’s A380 at CDG,

Count me in this way.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
finally amenity kits

Any idea where I saw these before?.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

The cabin had descended into darkness, but no matter how hard I tried, the longest I managed to sleep for was 20 minutes. I felt like a child on Christmas Eve willing for Father Christmas to arrive so I could finally get up. Time for another walk.

You should switch on the aircraft sleep mode!.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
They were flying to Singapore for 3 nights (does that sound familiar to anyone?!).

No, definitely not me!.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
When they told me it was 9V-SKP I had to smile, as on exactly the same day Markus was enroute to Skopje.

How nice that you remember these detail.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The tiredness hit me in a way that I have never experienced before, as if someone had given me an anaesthetic. I somehow clambered over to the toilet, stumbled back to my seat, pulled the blanket up and the next thing I knew we were over Australia.

Now you have finally found the aircraft sleeping moee switch!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Maybe I could get used to this longhaul flying?!

Sure you are.

Looking forward to part II.

Best greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-10 12:27:22 and read 20117 times.

Hello guys,

Thanks for the first set of replies, very much appreciated!

James,

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
SIN does look impressive - now i know why my dad always makes a point of transferring there whenever he's in that part of the world. The meals on SQ look good too.

I can’t imagine you’d find a nicer airport to transit in, it really does seem to have everything you need.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
Hopefully ill get to try them out for myself someday.

Highly recommended.

Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Not bad IMO for Y on a day time flight though.....

It seems you’re not the only one with that opinion! I was only basing my comparison on what I’ve seen here on airliners and I seemed to have it in my head that other carriers had better offerings, must have got it wrong.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Looks good! - Thankfully I don't suffer from time zone eating issues

You’ve had more practice than me!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Get out of town!

Ditto the above!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
I know where you are coming from, though any seat without a window is an issue for me.

I certainly won’t sacrifice my window seat without a fight in the future!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Looks like SQ really took care of you on these flights, they are good and I love their service continuity, something the likes of EY & EK suffer from.

So it seems, this was something that was at the back of my mind when we were offered the EK flights.

Kurt,

Quoting kurt (Reply 4):
report! SQ looks pretty good. SIN is a quite an airport; really top-notch. I want to go to New Zealand but I never seem to have enough time.

I can thoroughly recommend both Sq and New Zealand. You really need at least 3 weeks though to visit the country, any shorter and you can’t do it justice.

William,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Surely, that couldn't have been the entire crew for such a big bird?

Yeah, the more I think about it of course you’re quite right. I guess I must have missed a group that had gone through earlier or later. On board it’s impossible to count!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Never mind the size of the cabin, that kebaya sure is a tight fit.

Men….  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
dunno, that's more than you're likely to get on any European carrier in Y.

See my response above to Mark!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Eugh, you poor woman. There's nothing worse than being stuck next to some piss pot on a plane.

At least he was a quiet one. I was grateful for that!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Well that looks...interesting.

Hmm, I would have felt even more queasy if I’d been presented with that.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
that's where I stayed last time I was in NZ. Great location!

What a coincidence.

Lychemsa,

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
assume you got the good seats thanks to your friend. Looking forward to seeing pics of New Zealand. I always wanted to go there. I don't like renting cars when I am overseas so your idea is of interest to me

No, as I said, the seats were all pre-booked and paid for in advance.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
SQ looks great but they don't give miles on the UA frequent flyer program if you fly on Y.

Didn’t get any miles either, it was a ‚special tarif‘!

Matthew,


Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
I can relate to your descriptions about your inner clock being so disoriented with the meals being served at odd times, etc. When we flew to CPH in September; they served breakfast prior to landing and it was midnight in MSP ... Usually a good cup of coffee can help me re-adjust and get on that day's schedule ...

I suppose the more you fly you more you get used to it. Sadly I don’t drink coffee either so that wouldn’t work!

Jani,
Thanks for your kind words.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
Ouch! So, you will be working long days for the rest of the year! Well, this certainly seems to be worth it!

Yes, and having just received my shifts for July I have to keep reminding myself that it was worth it!

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
I remember the first two that happened to be my first two 380 flights as well!

Funny, I remember them well too  
Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
This picture made me want ice cream! Luckily, I have none at home and the grocery store is 500 metres away. Maybe tomorrow.

I always have some Mövenpick ice cream in the freezer. You really can’t beat it.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
Seems worth all the praise it gets!

Absolutely.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
Great! Well done! Usually no-one gives you feedback unless something is wrong!

Exactly. That’s precisely why I did it. I know how nice it is to receive praise too.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
I haven't flown on 777 either!

Phew, I was beginning to think I was the only one!

Markus,
Thanks for your reply.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
that´s what I call really good work.
You have definitely selected a nice set of pictures, well done.

Oh believe me, those pictures were the easy ones…..

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Count me in this way.

Is it really nearly 2 years ago?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Any idea where I saw these before?.

No, couldn’t possibly imagine!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
You should switch on the aircraft sleep mode!.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Now you have finally found the aircraft sleeping moee switch!

It only took me about 14hours to find it. Next time please tell me about it in advance  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
No, definitely not me!.

Didn’t think so. I don't know anybody who would do that!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
How nice that you remember these detail.

Markus, I am always well informed about your travel plans!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Looking forward to part II.

You might have a long wait......

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-06-10 13:00:49 and read 20020 times.

Hello Hannah!

That's some excellent coverage of this long and winding journey. SQ looks and are great, and this report shows it. Even in Y class, their cabins show a class act, the meals are well presented and plentiful and the crew is courteous and friendly. The A380 seems somewhat superior over the 777, but that's maybe understandable with the aircraft being younger in age. The best thing I like about the A380 is indeed that it is so quiet!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We trawled through brochures until I could no longer take it and spent hours in the travel agent.

I know the feeling. And then just at the moment you are about to give up, there's the light at the end of the tunnel!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There I met up with 3 of my colleagues who gave us a good send off complete with some gifts of Swiss chocolate.

How nice of your fellow infodesk's to give you a good start to the holiday.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Passengers: 345 (no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!)

It was definitely no omen!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours

Looking at this way, the wing is really massive and almost endless.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
but apart from that you really don’t hear a thing.

A top notch feature on longhaul if you ask me.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.

Yummy!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
When they told me it was 9V-SKP I had to smile, as on exactly the same day Markus was enroute to Skopje.

This really was a day of coincidences, now was it  

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!

To the infodesk? Ha ha ha, you couldn't give it a rest, could you 

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
and to be quite honest, I wasn’t too sad to get off a plane for once!

I know what you mean. I've done the same some 12 years ago from ANR to MEL via AMS, SIN and SYD. Those long journeys are a bit too much...

Sultanils

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: Docpepz
Posted 2012-06-10 13:21:59 and read 19950 times.

Thanks for a very nice and detailed trip report. Read this just after reading the other SQ report in Suites/Business, but it was of course just as entertaining! I've always felt treated better in SQ in Y compared to J - eg in Y they hand out the menus and headsets to you personally whereas in J they're always already inserted into the storage compartment before you're seated.

Will we get a report for the return to Europe?

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: signol
Posted 2012-06-10 21:33:49 and read 19429 times.

Hi Infodesk!

great read! Your enthusiasm comes through, I'm already looking forward to parts 2 and 3  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We thought of South Africa, but decided that as the time difference is minimal, this could easily be done with just 2 weeks leave.

SA really deserves longer   Saying that, last time I went to NZ, it was for less than 2 weeks, to my uncle's funeral, way back in 2004.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
suddenly New Zealand got mentioned

Excellent choice!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My husband had been given blood thinning drugs which he had to inject

Ouch, I hate needles with a passion. I've been recommended to take a couple of aspirin once per day for the couple of days before a long flight.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the legroom

Well worth it! Was if S$50, NZ$ or another $?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Ordering a special meal often has its advantages – I got mine much earlier

My wife has to have a special meal as well, the gluten free meal. When travelling with children it really helps, as one of us can eat while the other entertains.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I really don’t like not having a window seat

I don't know any A.netter who does!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Here’s the standard breakfast, taken before I fell asleep

Doesn't look to bad, a little bland perhaps. But completely understood with the way you were feeling. That last NZ trip had us (me, my mum and my sister) taking NZ1 LHR-LAX-AKL in one go. Brutal.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I did wonder whether he took us on a detour through as residential area as the route seemed a little strange, but local a.net resident Nicholas confirmed that it was the correct way.

Yes, there is a motorway route but it is such a long way south out of the way of the direct route it isn't usually worth it.

Like I mentioned before, already eagerly awaiting the next parts!

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: Quokkas
Posted 2012-06-10 22:15:05 and read 19359 times.

Hi Hannah,

Good to see the first part of your New Zealand journey published.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
So, Air New Zealand it was.

Sensible choice as EK use their 77W on this route, if I am not mistaken, and they are nothing special in Y. Chance of an airline that you might not get to fly on again soon, makes sense.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There I met up with 3 of my colleagues who gave us a good send off complete with some gifts of Swiss chocolate.

How nice of them. It shows that you are popular.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
345 (no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!)

Was that including J and F, or just in Y? Seems a light load.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
traveller who managed a grunt in response to my „Grüezi“

Sometimes that's a benefit. What if you had been lumbered with an opinionated bore?  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
When she passed through the cabin later she asked if my husband had enjoyed the beer and whether he wanted another.

It became rather fashionable in some threads to dismiss SQ crew as "robotic". Good to see that on your flights they were pro-active and attentive to the passengers.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.

Waste not: want not.  The meals look substantial enough and the choices, particularly the Asian ones, inviting.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
. I also asked her about the lovely SQ uniforms

One of the attractive features of SQ. I like that they have a clearly Singaporean appearance and style. Imagine if European airlines' crew wore traditional "Tracht". Maybe not.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

Isn't it lovely to see the Water Gardens with fish and all the colourful orchids? I will be passing through next month but will have to transfer between T1 and T2, changing from QF to LH's A380.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
as when the amenity kits were handed out she gave us both an eye mask.

How thoughtful of her.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Some nice scenery

Passing over the Simpson Desert.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
To think we’d travelled all those miles and landed only 2 minutes late – incredible isn’t it?

They weren't running on "Swiss time", then?  

Thank you Hannah, for sharing your experience with SQ. They have long been regarded as a quality airline and it is good to see that the standards are being maintained.

Looking froward to your next instalment.

Regards,
Roy / Quokka

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: burj
Posted 2012-06-11 02:01:35 and read 18944 times.

Awesome trip report! I agree that Changi is AWESOME!

I TOTALLY know that sudden travelers fatigue that overcomes you suddenly and without warning when you've been traveling for a long time but still feel perfectly fine until all of a sudden....*thwump* and it is LIGHTS OUTS!

So your special meal was a vegetarian meal?

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: nethkt
Posted 2012-06-11 02:57:59 and read 18816 times.

A very long journey on SQ from Europe via Asia to Australia (and I mean continent).
Thank you for a long trip report with plenty of useful photos. I like them all.

One thing I'd put SQ/TG over Qatar/CX is that on SQ/TG they do utilize proper crockery and cutlery.
It feel much better and lots easier when eating without real fork spoon and dish (plus real glass for wine in Economy)

I hope SQ made your trip smoother than expected.
Brgds,
net-hkt

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: Coal
Posted 2012-06-11 06:00:49 and read 18346 times.

Hi infodesk

Great TR, thanks for sharing! It's a shame that living in Singapore I have never experienced SIN as a transit airport! I've always been tempted to stick around for a while after a flight, but I'm always thinking of the bags waiting at the carrousel.

Shame you had a 772A on the leg to AKL. I wouldn't fancy that on a 10 hour flight. The new Y seats on the A388 and 77W are very firm, but the refurbed ones on the 772A and 773A are a little old.

Cheers
Coal

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: RussianGirl
Posted 2012-06-11 08:49:11 and read 18147 times.

Hi Hannah!
Really interesting report with very good pics!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!

What a funny coincidence  
SQ serv looks perfect! My dream is to fly with them someday  

Vsego horoshego,
Anastasia

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-06-11 09:58:13 and read 18022 times.

Hi Hannah !

Thanks for an amazing report ! Very well written and amazing pictures as well.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I remember the excitement at boarding AF’s A380 at CDG, but knowing what a journey I was embarking on this time, well, it was a different feeling!

I know what that's like; some flights are more special to board than others. Whenever I get to board a new 777 carrier, it's a very special feeling for me.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Our seats

Looks very comfortable!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
accompanied by a first taste of Singapore. The crew didn’t have any Tiger beer left on the trolley, but the FA serving us immediately contacted her colleague who brought one straight away. When she passed through the cabin later she asked if my husband had enjoyed the beer and whether he wanted another. Great service here.

Always nice to try the local beer which is something I try to do often. Very nice of the flight attendant to ask how it was.


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For dessert, we got delicious Swiss Mövenpick ice cream

Movenpick is indeed very good ice cream

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

SIN is very nice and MUCH better than DXB. I still prefer HKG over SIN as it's more spotter friendly air side than SIN.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
…I felt rather queasy and reached my lowest point of the whole trip. My body was screaming at me ‘you can’t eat that in the middle of the night’. I think I managed 3 bites of the omelette and half a bread roll and then something strange happened. The tiredness hit me in a way that I have never experienced before, as if someone had given me an anaesthetic. I somehow clambered over to the toilet, stumbled back to my seat, pulled the blanket up and the next thing I knew we were over Australia.

It's very difficult to travel thru so many time zones but I think it's very important to keep drinking fluids and eat regularly. Always try to get rest even if you can't sleep and try to adjust to the new time zone as soon as possible i.e. have breakfast when it's time for it local time. It does get easier the more often you travel.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I never drink alcohol on planes.

That's a good idea. I usually don't have more than one beer on a flight. Every three to four long haul flights, I have a glass of wine but not more than that.

Thanks again for an amazing report and very much looking forward to the next part.

The777Man

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: palmjet
Posted 2012-06-11 10:27:58 and read 17967 times.

Hi Hannah

Wonderful start to your travels down under. I was really looking forward to the report. Nice to see that SQ looked after you both so well, and the A380 is an amazing machine for its quietness and space. Meals looked of a high standard too.

Glad you got to experience SIN - it's such a nice airport although I think ZRH is also super nice. The airport designers at both airports should be congratulated (having just been forced to zig zag all the way through arrivals at the North Terminal at LGW this morning - which took forever!)

I know what you mean about the jetlag - no matter how many times you go ultra long haul, it's always the same. On trips back down under, I've got to the point on some flights that I've felt beyond tired that I cannot sleep at all. It's such an awful feeling. I hope you managed to get over the jetlag soon after arriving - i've found that sometimes it takes me a week or so. Ugh.

Now awaiting Part II

Cheers, Palmjet

PS it was great to meet you in Berlin recently.

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-11 13:27:59 and read 17745 times.

Evening guys and girls,

Thank you for your kind responses, I'm very touched!

Nils,

Good to read your feedback.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
know the feeling. And then just at the moment you are about to give up, there's the light at the end of the tunnel!

I nearly threw in the towel and gave up. So glad I didn't!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Looking at this way, the wing is really massive and almost endless.

Just huge, isn't it?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
A top notch feature on longhaul if you ask me.

Oh indeed, almost to the point that you don't realise you're flying.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
This really was a day of coincidences, now was it

So it seems!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
To the infodesk? Ha ha ha, you couldn't give it a rest, could you

No, you know me, I couldn't! Always interesting to see the set up in other airports!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
know what you mean. I've done the same some 12 years ago from ANR to MEL via AMS, SIN and SYD. Those long journeys are a bit too much...

Good to hear that even aviation enthusiasts admit that  . Still though, it was more than worth it.


Docpepz,

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 12):
and detailed trip report. Read this just after reading the other SQ report in Suites/Business, but it was of course just as entertaining! I've always felt treated better in SQ in Y compared to J - eg in Y they hand out the menus and headsets to you personally whereas in J they're always already inserted into the storage compartment before you're seated.

Oh, I didn't know that. It's rather surprising, as you'd expect the service in Business to be even more attentive.

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 12):
Will we get a report for the return to Europe?

Indeed, although you might have to be patient!

Hi Robin,

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
SA really deserves longer Saying that, last time I went to NZ, it was for less than 2 weeks, to my uncle's funeral, way back in 2004

Thanks for the tip about SA, good to know. That must have been a very tiring and emotional journey for you back in 2004.

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
Ouch, I hate needles with a passion. I've been recommended to take a couple of aspirin once per day for the couple of days before a long flight.

I had to perform the rest of the injections which was rather a strange feeling. Usually I can't even look at the things without feeling queasy!

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
Well worth it! Was if S$50, NZ$ or another $?

Actually, it was US.

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
My wife has to have a special meal as well, the gluten free meal. When travelling with children it really helps, as one of us can eat while the other entertains.

Of course, I can see that must be a huge benefit when travelling with kids. Even with my slow eating I'd finished before my husband got his tray.

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
Doesn't look to bad, a little bland perhaps. But completely understood with the way you were feeling. That last NZ trip had us (me, my mum and my sister) taking NZ1 LHR-LAX-AKL in one go. Brutal.

Yeah, that is brutal. However, I am glad that we did it all in one go flying out and had the layovers on the return journey. I think the excitement of the trip ahead helps to get you through it.

Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Sensible choice as EK use their 77W on this route, if I am not mistaken, and they are nothing special in Y. Chance of an airline that you might not get to fly on again soon, makes sense.

Oh and boy, was ANZ good. More to follow!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Was that including J and F, or just in Y? Seems a light load.

All classes. Usually it's closer to 400.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Sometimes that's a benefit. What if you had been lumbered with an opinionated bore?

True, a fair point. As I said to in reply to William, at least the wine kept him quiet.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
became rather fashionable in some threads to dismiss SQ crew as "robotic". Good to see that on your flights they were pro-active and attentive to the passengers.

I never once saw trace of such behaviour.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
One of the attractive features of SQ. I like that they have a clearly Singaporean appearance and style. Imagine if European airlines' crew wore traditional "Tracht". Maybe not.

Now there's an idea I like!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Isn't it lovely to see the Water Gardens with fish and all the colourful orchids? .

Oh indeed and such a welcome change. We visited the butterfly garden on the way back too.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Passing over the Simpson Desert.

Thanks. Australia is just huge, isn't it?

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
They weren't running on "Swiss time", then?

Almost  

Burj,

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
I agree that Changi is AWESOME!
I TOTALLY know that sudden travelers fatigue that overcomes you suddenly and without warning when you've been traveling for a long time but still feel perfectly fine until all of a sudden....*thwump* and it is LIGHTS OUTS!
So your special meal was a vegetarian meal?

I'm still learning about all this longhaul travel, so next time I'll know what to expect! Yes, correct, my meal was a vegetarian one.

Nethkt,

Quoting nethkt (Reply 16):
A very long journey on SQ from Europe via Asia to Australia (and I mean continent).
Thank you for a long trip report with plenty of useful photos. I like them all

Thanks for your nice feedback.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 16):
One thing I'd put SQ/TG over Qatar/CX is that on SQ/TG they do utilize proper crockery and cutlery.
It feel much better and lots easier when eating without real fork spoon and dish (plus real glass for wine in Economy)

I hope SQ made your trip smoother than expected.

Yes, I forgot to mention the real cutlery, but it is indeed a joy to receive that nowadays in Y. SQ didn't just make our trip smooth, but unforgetable!

Coal,

Quoting Coal (Reply 17):
Great TR, thanks for sharing! It's a shame that living in Singapore I have never experienced SIN as a transit airport! I've always been tempted to stick around for a while after a flight, but I'm always thinking of the bags waiting at the carrousel.

A bit like me and ZRH - I've only transited there once!

Quoting Coal (Reply 17):
Shame you had a 772A on the leg to AKL. I wouldn't fancy that on a 10 hour flight. The new Y seats on the A388 and 77W are very firm, but the refurbed ones on the 772A and 773A are a little old.

I think the evening flight to AKL gets a 77W, but hey, you can't have it all. I didn't find the seats uncomfortable, which was a blessing, but I was a bit worried in advance as a lot of what I'd read about the 772A wasn't that favourable.

Anastasia,

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 18):

SQ serv looks perfect! My dream is to fly with them someday

Well, if you ever get the chance, I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Always nice to try the local beer which is something I try to do often. Very nice of the flight attendant to ask how it was.

It was thanks to a friend that he knew to ask for Tiger beer, it came highly recommended!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
SIN is very nice and MUCH better than DXB. I still prefer HKG over SIN as it's more spotter friendly air side than SIN.

Yeah, again I've heard mixed things about DXB. But good to know that HKG is also worth a visit.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
It's very difficult to travel thru so many time zones but I think it's very important to keep drinking fluids and eat regularly. Always try to get rest even if you can't sleep and try to adjust to the new time zone as soon as possible i.e. have breakfast when it's time for it local time. It does get easier the more often you travel.

These were all the very bits of advice I'd read and was so trying to adhere to, but it just didn't work! The only thing I think I did do right was drink lots of water & keep off the alcohol (with one exception!). There's a reason you're advised not to drink the stuff in the air.....


Palmjet,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
Wonderful start to your travels down under. I was really looking forward to the report. Nice to see that SQ looked after you both so well, and the A380 is an amazing machine for its quietness and space. Meals looked of a high standard too.

Everything really was as we imagined it & I was pleased that we decided on SQ.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
Glad you got to experience SIN - it's such a nice airport although I think ZRH is also super nice. The airport designers at both airports should be congratulated (having just been forced to zig zag all the way through arrivals at the North Terminal at LGW this morning - which took forever!)

It's always good to hear to praise about ZRH and sure, it has many good features. But I felt SIN just excelled in so many ways.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
know what you mean about the jetlag - no matter how many times you go ultra long haul, it's always the same. On trips back down under, I've got to the point on some flights that I've felt beyond tired that I cannot sleep at all. It's such an awful feeling. I hope you managed to get over the jetlag soon after arriving - i've found that sometimes it takes me a week or so. Ugh

Yes, it was a pretty awful feeling that i won't forget in a hurry. I adjusted to my new sleeping pattern ok once we got there, but it took me a good week until I was eating 3 meals a day at the proper times.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
PS it was great to meet you in Berlin recently.

Thanks, you too, even if it was only briefly.

Happy flying all,
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: MEA-707
Posted 2012-06-12 03:34:53 and read 17274 times.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My heart sank and I cursed. It said flight time 9hrs50. Officially it’s 9hrs40 for this flight but I was optimistic that it would be a bit shorter.

Very recognizeable! Even while you know better, it always seems like a shock that, in my case when I went down under in 2008, the KUL-AKL flight sector was almost as long as AMS-KUL, while irrationally you might think South East Asia is very close to Australia and New Zealand.

SQ service seems as good as I expected... Pity the whole top cabin was roped off, I flew on EK and Korean's A-380s and never managed to make it upstairs. Did you try to ask for a cockpit visit?

Great to meet you in Berlin and see you on another meet I hope
Servaas

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-12 04:29:22 and read 17196 times.

Hey Hannah  

What a fantastic read following you to AKL ! I could feel the excitement as you boarded the A380 in ZRH . Must have been unreal. Glad SQ lived upto your expectations. From your photos it looks great.

SIN looks like a lovely airport too and something for me to do one day . You certainly chose the right destination to go to with that much time off. A trip in Europe for us Europeans would be a waste considering this was a trip of a lifetime .

Im really looking forward to the next parts .

Thanks for a lovely read.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-06-12 07:28:29 and read 16999 times.

Hi Hannah,


Wonderful TR, and thanks for sharing!


Decent legroom on the A380, I guess having no window is a small price to pay in this situation.

SQ service definitely looking up to par here, good to know.

Very long flight to AKL, it seems. Wanting to be a globetrotter really is stopping me from ever considering living in Australia and/or New Zealand... They really do seem way too isolated from... well, anywhere else, really, to differing degrees.

Waking up at 6 (aka as not sleeping, for me) and making this journey... I can only imagine how it must have felt arriving in NZ (late at night, no less).


Wow, Iron Maiden? Was that in the airline's music library or did you guys bring that onboard? I'm a big fan, so a good choice anyway  

Thanks again. Looking forward to the next parts.

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: rogerbcn
Posted 2012-06-12 09:33:59 and read 16917 times.

Hola Hannah!

Brilliant TR, not only the report itself but the fact of having a report that covers half the world made me eager to read it and imagine myself in your position.... I was really impressed by everything SQ offered you: travel to NZ, top-notch service and meals, excellent aircraft... Great!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
This time it’s the first part of a series and a rather exotic one

Looking forward to reading the coming ones... can't hardly wait.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
do something crazy.

After reading so many reports in here with crazy routings, yours is quite average I would say. Just think of some of the routings people took to and from Berlin two weeks ago.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
they weighed just 15 & 16kgs.

See, you can pack light... no mystery on that.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
the Airport Medical Centre

Great facility, nice to see there is one and you could make use of it.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Socks and toothbrush, not the most generous of offerings.

Certainly not generous but considering other airlines offerings in Y I would consider it above average.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I couldn’t quite believe that I was in Singapore. Having read so many trip reports about it and seen so many pictures, it all seemed a bit surreal.

It would be the same for me. I remember the same feeling when I went to New York for the first time; I was 15 and thought I was in a movie after seeing the city so many times.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
when the amenity kits were handed out she gave us both an eye mask.

I am surprised at the kindness of the crew and their special attention to details, offering you earlier the drinks..., really they have the credit they deserve... Top-notch.

Salut!

Roger

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: globalflyer
Posted 2012-06-12 11:10:53 and read 16814 times.

Hi Hannah...great TR! That is such a long time in the air, isn't it! It made me sleepy just reading it!   I too love the SQ service. Was that me next to you both demanding the red wine? Just kidding!!! AKL is a great town as well! Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Will

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: MIAspotter
Posted 2012-06-12 13:32:47 and read 16736 times.

Hi Hannah!

Excellent trip report to a very exciting destination!

It is still quite amazing how you can resume a 22 hour flight into a few paragraphs and pictures, and I know the feeling of being in a new place, all the excitement and I am always eager to start exploring!

SQ as usual provided the excellent level of service they are famous for, coupling that with the Changi Experience... there really is ¨no better way to fly¨ to steal LH´s motto.

I have only been to Changi just for the enough amount of time to embark on my flight, so I have yet to explore it properly.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the adventure!

MIAspotter.

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-13 03:00:23 and read 16476 times.

Hello guys,

Great to see some more feedback, every comment is much appreciated!

Servaas,

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 22):
Very recognizeable! Even while you know better, it always seems like a shock that, in my case when I went down under in 2008, the KUL-AKL flight sector was almost as long as AMS-KUL, while irrationally you might think South East Asia is very close to Australia and New Zealand.

Yes, quite right. You do somehow think that once you’ve reached Asia then the worse is over, but as a European I just don’t think you grasp how vast Australia is until you’ve flown over it.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 22):
. Pity the whole top cabin was roped off, I flew on EK and Korean's A-380s and never managed to make it upstairs. Did you try to ask for a cockpit visit?

No, I have to admit I didn’t. It had crossed my mind, but in each case I was rather glad to get off the plane......

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 22):
Great to meet you in Berlin and see you on another meet I hope

Good to meet you too and fingers crossed for March 2013!

Philip,

Thanks for your kind words.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 23):
What a fantastic read following you to AKL ! I could feel the excitement as you boarded the A380 in ZRH . Must have been unreal. Glad SQ lived upto your expectations. From your photos it looks great.

Oh yes, such excitement and so surreal!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 23):
You certainly chose the right destination to go to with that much time off. A trip in Europe for us Europeans would be a waste considering this was a trip of a lifetime

It was a spontaneous decision, but one I’m glad we made. Interestingly in NZ we met a local who had taken a year off work to travel round both islands by motorbike and he said he still hadn’t seen it all. Can you imagine that, a whole year off work to explore your own country. Shows you just how vast the place is.

Dc9,

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 24):
Very long flight to AKL, it seems. Wanting to be a globetrotter really is stopping me from ever considering living in Australia and/or New Zealand... They really do seem way too isolated from... well, anywhere else, really, to differing degrees.

That’s so true. It hit me when we flew onto SYD. 3 hours to your neighbouring country. And I think in how many different places I can be in that time within Europe. I can absolutely understand why people emigrate there, but I too think I would struggle with the isolation.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 24):
Waking up at 6 (aka as not sleeping, for me) and making this journey... I can only imagine how it must have felt arriving in NZ (late at night, no less).

Somehow the adrenalin in these situations keeps you going. It catches up with you afterwards though!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 24):
Wow, Iron Maiden? Was that in the airline's music library or did you guys bring that onboard? I'm a big fan, so a good choice anyway

Yes, it was all part of the IFE. There was quite a wide selection of rock music, hence keeping my husband happy!

Hola Roger,

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 25):
Brilliant TR, not only the report itself but the fact of having a report that covers half the world made me eager to read it and imagine myself in your position.... I was really impressed by everything SQ offered you: travel to NZ, top-notch service and meals, excellent aircraft... Great!

So kind of you Roger, danke. I'm sure you'd be very happy on SQ too.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 25):
After reading so many reports in here with crazy routings, yours is quite average I would say. Just think of some of the routings people took to and from Berlin two weeks ago.

True words. Mind you, I’m still learning, so for me it was crazy enough!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 25):
See, you can pack light... no mystery on that.

Hurray, after many years I’ve finally learnt  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 25):
Certainly not generous but considering other airlines offerings in Y I would consider it above average.

Must have been reading too many luxurious C-Class reports on here  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 25):
It would be the same for me. I remember the same feeling when I went to New York for the first time; I was 15 and thought I was in a movie after seeing the city so many times.

I bet that was even more surreal though at the age of 15.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 25):
am surprised at the kindness of the crew and their special attention to details, offering you earlier the drinks..., really they have the credit they deserve... Top-notch.

I really couldn’t fault them. The same applied to the return legs too.

Will,

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 26):
That is such a long time in the air, isn't it! It made me sleepy just reading it!

Very long! Not the sort of thing you repeat in a hurry!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 26):
I too love the SQ service. Was that me next to you both demanding the red wine? Just kidding!!! AKL is a great town as well!

Well, if it had been you, I would have had a far more interesting conversation for a start!

Hi MIAspotter,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 27):
SQ as usual provided the excellent level of service they are famous for, coupling that with the Changi Experience... there really is ¨no better way to fly¨ to steal LH´s motto

Yep, everything was top notch. Singapore really shows the rest of the world how to do things.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 27):
have only been to Changi just for the enough amount of time to embark on my flight, so I have yet to explore it properly.

Well, I’m sure you’ll love it when you do get chance to explore the place.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 27):
It is still quite amazing how you can resume a 22 hour flight into a few paragraphs and pictures, and I know the feeling of being in a new place, all the excitement and I am always eager to start exploring!

You’ll see all about the exploring in part 2!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: GVAJFKflyer
Posted 2012-06-13 03:55:15 and read 16413 times.

Ooooooh, what a long trip. It must indeed have been tiring. Anyway, it makes for a fun, fun, fun read. Thanks !

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-06-13 09:20:00 and read 16255 times.

Hi Hannah,

Really good to see you going long haul. And you certainly went there with your guns blazing - going ultra long haul while you are at it! But a good choice, OZ and NZ should be amazing places - very high on my list of places to go as well, but they are so darned far away just like you witnessed  .

Very nice of you to catch another flight on an A380 the way it was meant to be flown - long haul. And it looks like SQ lived up to its reputation even in economy - good to compare these with Gabriel's reports from up front.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We also booked the exit row on all the SQ flights. This costs 50$ per seat per leg, but they gave us one leg for free. This was good for my husband as not only is he tall but for medical reasons is at a higher risk of DVT, so the extra legroom was important. The downside was there wouldn’t be a window……

Hmm, which dollars are those? US? Singapore? But looks like it was worth it, you had amazing legroom on those flights and no anxiety over whether you manage to secure those at check in or not.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I was a little worried about a 20kg allowance for 4 weeks and for the first time in my life I made an extra special effort to travel light. It paid off!

Hey, there you go. Soon you'll be traveling everywhere with hand luggage only. Heck, I just left home for 6 days with only hand luggage, although coming back from the US I might have more - shopping, you know  . And BTW it leaves more space for your shopping if you pack light... hint hint, nudge nudge.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
No charge was made, which is rather surprising for Switzerland, but tips were very welcome.

Tips at a medical facility? Seriously? That must be even more surprising for Switzerland!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
When presenting my passport, I greeted the policeman with ‘Grüezi’. He took one look at my passport and asked me in English whether I was going to London (Britain does not just consist of London you know….). He seemed a bit baffled when I replied in Swiss German that no, I was going to Singapore and then let me pass.

Ahh, making assumptions based on stereotypes can be so dangerous and embarrassing. I like confusing people by not fitting in - one Ryanair flight RIX-PIK comes to mind where we had a bit of a chuckle with the officer at the UK Border that I most definitely was the only Finn on my flight and probably the only non-Latvian as well.

One of my favorite things to do is also spotting fellow Finns abroad (not very hard, mind you) and then looking for opportunities to surprise them by speaking Finnish. It never fails  .

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
SQ uses two gates at Zurich: E67 for Y class and E59 for C & F. Sadly, the tarmac position of the aircraft makes photographing it near impossible.

Hmm, those gate numbers sound weird. You'd sort of assume that adjacent gates (aren't they - the A380 is not THAT big?) would be something like E67 and 68 or maybe 69 if they want to stick to even and odd numbering like most streets in the world.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours

That is a huge wing. You actually can't see that much outside even though you have a window.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Captain Francis Lee welcomed us on board and told us that we were waiting for the last few passengers. Flying time to Singapore today was 11hrs45 & the distance to fly was 10,500kms. And, funnily enough, at exactly 11.45 the boarding completed announcement was made.

Hmm, and with the pax numbers and the flight number matching as well a superstitious person could make all kinds of conclusions from this...  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the menu card

Ahh, those Asian food items are making me hungry and I'm supposed to eat Belgian food here in Brussels tonite!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Ordering a special meal often has its advantages – I got mine much earlier. Salad, mediterranean pasta & fruit for dessert. It was very tasty.

That doesn't look half bad considering no animal died for it...

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
This was 44H’s choice….

Looks yummy, I'd gone for that one as well!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For dessert, we got delicious Swiss Mövenpick ice cream. It was a bit too cold and took a while to soften up. As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.

Oh dear, sometimes life is tough and you have to make sacrifices!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
They did a fantastic job of checking the toilets, working hard to keep them clean.

Well, compare this with SAS where the Swedish FAs union threatened to throw a strike when the company was planning on having the FAs clean the toilets. I'm not sure who won that argument, though.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The cabin had descended into darkness, but no matter how hard I tried, the longest I managed to sleep for was 20 minutes. I felt like a child on Christmas Eve willing for Father Christmas to arrive so I could finally get up. Time for another walk.

Oh dear, that is annoying. I used to like that but nowadays I'll sleep like a baby on most planes. Comes with the age and experience methinks.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I asked the crew for the registration of the aircrft, as I hadn’t been able to spot it at ZRH. When they told me it was 9V-SKP I had to smile, as on exactly the same day Markus was enroute to Skopje.

Wow, another coincidence, how about that! That's already spooky!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I really don’t like not having a window seat.

Well me neither!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Having read so many trip reports about it and seen so many pictures, it all seemed a bit surreal. All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

Yeah, it seems to be a very nice and well organized airport. I've only gone thru it once, and that was back in 2006 when the T3 wasn't yet open and even T1 and T2 were very nice, efficient and generally just a pleasure to use. Apart from the security at gates setup which is something I truly despise.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!

So you were putting off your husband for just having to chat with some B class celebrities and now YOU are going around, blurbing with total strangers about airports... tsk tsk  .

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Huge, open spaces at SIN

I don't like the patterns on the carpeting though - they make me feel dizzy. Actually I don't like carpeting either, I never understood why most of the world still sticks to them - we got rid of all carpeting in the Nordics back in the early eighties because it was making so many people allergic.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Too early in the day for Tiger beer

Hey, it's five o'clock somewhere - and you were still in Swiss time!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Post office on wheels

Cute. A very interesting idea actually.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Once I got settled into my seat I peered at the flight info on the screen opposite. My heart sank and I cursed. It said flight time 9hrs50. Officially it’s 9hrs40 for this flight but I was optimistic that it would be a bit shorter. My body clock was messed up and confused, I was tired and yet couldn’t sleep, so I was not really a happy bunny (this is confirmed by how little I wrote down during the flight).

Hmm, I guess there's such a thing as too much flying then!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Drinks were offered shortly after take off and breakfast was served promptly. Once again, I got mine ahead of most. However when I saw the following…

Hmm, that doesn't look too good. Too much omelette, too many champions, too little of anything good.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
…I felt rather queasy and reached my lowest point of the whole trip. My body was screaming at me ‘you can’t eat that in the middle of the night’. I think I managed 3 bites of the omelette and half a bread roll and then something strange happened. The tiredness hit me in a way that I have never experienced before, as if someone had given me an anaesthetic. I somehow clambered over to the toilet, stumbled back to my seat, pulled the blanket up and the next thing I knew we were over Australia.

Oh yeah, this is what happens when your body gets over exhausted - it basically just shuts down to prevent any damage and to allow your brain and other vital parts to get some sorely needed rest. The human is quite an ingenious piece of engineering with all kinds of safety measures built in!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Some nice scenery

Ahh, the outback. So beautiful.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Mouthwash, perfume & handcream on offer, but one rather blocked basin.

Yuck. I hate it when that happens! Wonder how the crew cope with it. Or maybe I just don't want to know actually.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Before dinner there was another drinks service. I never drink alcohol on planes. However, the end of the journey was in sight and fellow a.netter Gabriel told me I must have a Singapore Sling on the flight. So, I made an exception to my rule, cheers Gab. It was rather fine too (but not good on an empty stomach!)

Hey, you should live it up a little - soon you'll be traveling in First class swagging champagne like it was going out of style  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We’d booked the 5* Skycity Grand hotel as they had a good 3 nights for 2 offer on. It’s part of a huge complex with the Sky Tower, casino, restaurants, shops etc. We got assigned a room on the 19th floor and were welcomed by the following sight- just what you need after 21hrs in the air:

That hotel looks very nice. Probably cost an arm and leg but hey, it is your first night far, far away!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Maybe I could get used to this longhaul flying?!

There you go - you most certainly will! Soon you will think nothing of flying to NYC for a weekend  

Looking forward to the next installments - New Zealand being such a photogenic and gorgeous place those are bound to be breathtaking.

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-06-13 09:33:10 and read 16233 times.

Dear Hannah,

While people are watching football matches, there is no better way to entertain a non soccer fan like me than your marvelous journey to the other side of the world. May I give you the honor of the first European A.netter to go as far as New Zealand? How have I have been waiting for this report to come for so long and what a great first installment to experience SQ through your eyes!  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
This time it’s the first part of a series and a rather exotic one by my standards- no 90 minute hops up to Northern England this time!

I always enjoyed your 90 minute hops, but I cannot help getting more excited of your exotic trip.  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My husband was entitled to extra holiday this year, due to the fact that he’s been with his company a good number of years

What a great appreciation of your husband’s employer.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
about taking some unpaid leave. This wasn’t granted

Shame.  

. You must be a great asset to the company that you cannot be missed any second.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
but it was decided I could take a couple of extra weeks off work and make the hours up later in the year. For operational reasons I could only have this extra time off in April or May.

That’s a solution.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
When you have 4 weeks to play with, it’s logical to go further afield.

Absolutely!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We thought of South Africa, but decided that as the time difference is minimal, this could easily be done with just 2 weeks leave.

Thanks for the advice.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I actually ‘blame’ fellow a.netter NZ107 for this, as after reading this report and seeing the photos of beautiful Queenstown, there was this little idea in the back of my mind of visiting the country sometime.

I would say ‘get inspired’, though I love the word ‘blame’ 


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
At this point some of you might wonder why in the age of internet booking we use a travel agent. Well, it’s a tradition we have for our main trip of the year, plus a friend of mine works in our local branch so we always get good service.

In that case, I would use the travel agent just for the sake of friendship.  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Our joy was short lived however. No sooner had we returned home than our friend called to say that our planned tour had been cancelled and was no longer taking place in April.
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It was the same story every time. Either the tour we wanted was no longer taking place on the advertised dates, or if it was going ahead, the itinerary didn’t appeal.

Too bad, the travel agent could not help you any further.  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
eventually struck gold with Relaxing Journeys, an NZ based agency who offer an abundance of trips, including unescorted coach tours.

  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
So, Air New Zealand it was.

Good choice.   


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The downside was there wouldn’t be a window……

What a pity. But your husband’s well-being’s just more important!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I experienced a mixture of excitement and nerves. As a result I didn’t sleep too well and was tossing and turning from 3am.

I know how you felt. Even after several times flying long haul, this feeling takes over every time prior to traveling.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Some special sms wishes from certain members of this forum were very welcome!

You deserved the wishes.   


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
So, this was how our journey started:

Train ride, to get in the mood!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I was a little worried about a 20kg allowance for 4 weeks and for the first time in my life I made an extra special effort to travel light. It paid off!

I am sure many female travelers would consult you for this!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
No charge was made, which is rather surprising for Switzerland, but tips were very welcome

What would be acceptable tips?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There I met up with 3 of my colleagues who gave us a good send off complete with some gifts of Swiss chocolate.

How sweet of them!  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
He seemed a bit baffled when I replied in Swiss German that no, I was going to Singapore and then let me pass.

I usually have such encounter with AMS security officers most of who address me in English in the first instance and get surprised when I answer in Dutch.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Over at Dock E, the SQ crew now heading to the gate (there were 4 males and 10 females)

I just love to see crew members sashay down the airport corridor.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Passengers: 345 (no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!)
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Flying time to Singapore today was 11hrs45 & the distance to fly was 10,500kms. And, funnily enough, at exactly 11.45 the boarding completed announcement was made.

Series of coincidences!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours   

Majestic wing!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the legroom

Masses of legroom!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Socks and toothbrush, not the most generous of offerings.

No eye mask either like what I got in 2003. Probably cost cutting measures.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I got a sticker put on my seat.

Do you mind sharing why you ordered special meal?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
A Swiss business traveller who managed a grunt in response to my „Grüezi“

Should be business friendly… but way too ‘business’!   


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Mr grumpy-wine-addict next to me asked for some red, to which the FA replied that she didn’t have any glasses and would come back later. He shook his head and muttered ‘No glasses! No glasses!’ Come on mate, it was quite clear that the poor girl couldn’t carry two bottles and a load of glasses, so just be patient!

Exactly!
‘No glasses! No glasses!’ Indeed, Mr grumpy-wine-addict was in need of a pair of glasses to better see that the FA only got two arms and no third or fourth one to hold wineglasses.   


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
accompanied by a first taste of Singapore. The crew didn’t have any Tiger beer left on the trolley, but the FA serving us immediately contacted her colleague who brought one straight away. When she passed through the cabin later she asked if my husband had enjoyed the beer and whether he wanted another.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
She’d obviously been listening carefully to our tale about the long journey, as when the amenity kits were handed out she gave us both an eye mask.

The service even other airline talked about.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.

Herman and I have similar food and beverage arrangement. 


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I never once saw the crew standing around chatting, they were always doing something.

Wow!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I felt like a child on Christmas Eve willing for Father Christmas to arrive so I could finally get up. Time for another walk.
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It was Carlo Janka, the Swiss Olympic ski champion in Giant Slalom.

Flying with celebrity! And good on your husband to engage a conversation with him.  


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For landing the crew took their seats opposite us again, one male & one female (I’m hopeless, I didn’t write their names down). We started chatting to them and they were both so nice. We told them about our journey and asked a little about life flying with SQ. The female F/A noticed I’d been writing facts & figures down in my notebook so I explained about my job and of course airliners. She gave us some tips for our stopover in Singapore on the way back.

So heartwarming. I always look forward to such encounter with crew members on every flight. By the way, which stewardess were you talking to? Flight, Leading or Chief one?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I took the opportunity to have my photo taken with the crew.

Great! Where is the photo?  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport. Plenty of internet points offering 15minutes free, drinking fountains, immaculate toilets with large cubicles (great if want to change your clothes). A wide selection of shops and restaurants and plenty to keep you amused during your layover.

SIN keeps wowing me every time I get there.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!

How sweet of you.  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I just loved the place and kept snapping away

Long live digital photography! 



Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Post office on wheels
Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I sadly only managed to spot SQ planes whilst I was here !

I remember you telling about it. Pity indeed.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
A fellow a.netter?

Has anyone revealed himself?   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
During the boarding process we were handed landing cards for New Zealand.

It looks like a standard procedure of landing card distribution during boarding at SIN.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
This time the exit row had a further advantage: it was a block of 2. Blue blankets this time and silky pillows.

Well done! Oh, I just love the silky pillows.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
(this is confirmed by how little I wrote down during the flight).

Never mind. I was fatigued as well on my DXB-DEL last year, but yours was just much longer.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
It was a real shame I couldn’t take any photos as we banked to the right and had some lovely views of the airport and harbour.

What a pity. One disadvantage of emergency exit row seat.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Here’s the standard breakfast, taken before I fell asleep

Looks delicious!   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Our route took us west of Darwin, down to AliceSprings

Oh dear, I have been there!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
whilst Mr 44H carried on in true trip reporter style

Kudos to your husband.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
but one rather blocked basin.

How inconsiderate of your fellow passenger.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I must have a Singapore Sling on the flight. So, I made an exception to my rule

No SQ flight would be completed without Singapore Sling.   


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Dinner time: rice & some very strange tofu, salad and fruit. It wasn’t one of my favourite meals.

Shame. Nevertheless, it looks yummy.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Standard meal (sorry for poor quality)

Never mind. Your husband made a good choice!  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
incredible isn’t it?

Absolutely!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Some Maori influence

Gorgeous!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
so they looked through my bag until they were happy there was only Swiss chocolate in there.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We had to present our cards to an official and tell them what restricted items were were carrying, after which our bags were xrayed and we were free to go.

The procedure is somewhat similar to the Australian one. How long did it take totally?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We got assigned a room on the 19th floor and were welcomed by the following sight- just what you need after 21hrs in the air:

I can imagine why. Roomy and cozy room!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
My next installment will cover a special Auckland sightseeing tour, an outline of the tour we took in New Zealand and the flight from CHC-SYD on NZ, well, at least that’s the plan.

Looking forward to many breathtaking pictures and wonderful story of yours.


Hannah, you have made my day. Instead of watching boring football matches {duck), I could spend my evening with the joy of your wonderful story.   


Thank you so much for sharing. Please pass on my greetings to your husband and kudos to his contribution!  

Warmest regards,
Suryo  

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-14 00:22:34 and read 15788 times.

Hello gentleman,

GVAJFKflyer,

Quoting GVAJFKflyer (Reply 29):
Ooooooh, what a long trip. It must indeed have been tiring. Anyway, it makes for a fun, fun, fun read. Thanks !

Thanks for leaving a comment & glad you enjoyed it.

Hi P,

Kiitos for your extensive reply, much appreciated!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Really good to see you going long haul. And you certainly went there with your guns blazing - going ultra long haul while you are at it! But a good choice, OZ and NZ should be amazing places - very high on my list of places to go as well, but they are so darned far away just like you witnessed

Yes, it’s a long, long way, but I’d do it again in a flash. If someone presented me with a ticket for NZ tomorrow, there’d be no hesitations!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Hmm, which dollars are those? US? Singapore? But looks like it was worth it, you had amazing legroom on those flights and no anxiety over whether you manage to secure those at check in or not.

Sorry, I should have clarified that. They were US dollars. Worth every penny (or should I say cent?!)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Hey, there you go. Soon you'll be traveling everywhere with hand luggage only. Heck, I just left home for 6 days with only hand luggage, although coming back from the US I might have more - shopping, you know . And BTW it leaves more space for your shopping if you pack light... hint hint, nudge nudge.

Yes, I’m learning about the benefits! And I was very glad to be able to fit some nice NZ sheepskin boots in my case.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Tips at a medical facility? Seriously? That must be even more surprising for Switzerland!

I was very surprised. The Medical Centre has a reputation for being more than expensive.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
One of my favorite things to do is also spotting fellow Finns abroad (not very hard, mind you) and then looking for opportunities to surprise them by speaking Finnish. It never fails

That sounds just like my husband.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Hmm, those gate numbers sound weird. You'd sort of assume that adjacent gates (aren't they - the A380 is not THAT big?) would be something like E67 and 68 or maybe 69 if they want to stick to even and odd numbering like most streets in the world.

I think the reason for the odd numbering is that they’re on 2 different levels. They’re the only gates in Dock E that can take the A380.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Hmm, and with the pax numbers and the flight number matching as well a superstitious person could make all kinds of conclusions from this...

Just as well I’m not superstitious then!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
That doesn't look half bad considering no animal died for it...

You see, this vegetarian lark isn’t that bad!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Well, compare this with SAS where the Swedish FAs union threatened to throw a strike when the company was planning on having the FAs clean the toilets. I'm not sure who won that argument, though.

I never heard that story. Sure, it’s not a pleasant job, but on a 12hr flight who’s going to do it otherwise?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Oh dear, that is annoying. I used to like that but nowadays I'll sleep like a baby on most planes. Comes with the age and experience methinks.

OK, I need a lot more flying hours until I catch up with your experience!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
So you were putting off your husband for just having to chat with some B class celebrities and now YOU are going around, blurbing with total strangers about airports... tsk tsk

Haha! I’m used to him talking to B-List celebs and he’s used to my airport behaviour!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
don't like the patterns on the carpeting though - they make me feel dizzy. Actually I don't like carpeting either, I never understood why most of the world still sticks to them - we got rid of all carpeting in the Nordics back in the early eighties because it was making so many people allergic.

Here I have to disagree with you. Althought carpets are totally out here, I still like them (must be growing up in England). There were carpets at CHC airport too and I really think they dampen the noise – no clicking of heels and wheeling of cases to be heard.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Yuck. I hate it when that happens! Wonder how the crew cope with it. Or maybe I just don't want to know actually.

Well, it was fixed next time I peered in, so they must have their tricks.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
Hey, you should live it up a little - soon you'll be traveling in First class swagging champagne like it was going out of style

Somehow I doubt it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 30):
That hotel looks very nice. Probably cost an arm and leg but hey, it is your first night far, far away!

It didn’t actually. It was a a very good deal, I think 160chf room only per night, 3rd night free. It was an excellent way to start the holiday.


Suryo,

Great to read your reply.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
While people are watching football matches, there is no better way to entertain a non soccer fan like me than your marvelous journey to the other side of the world

You mean, there are other people that don’t watch football? Hurray!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
May I give you the honor of the first European A.netter to go as far as New Zealand?

As much as I would love to take that honour, I think it goes to Planehunter.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Shame.
. You must be a great asset to the company that you cannot be missed any second.

That’s a nice way of putting it, although I’m not sure if that was the reason!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
What a pity. But your husband’s well-being’s just more important!

Give and take, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
am sure many female travelers would consult you for this!

It certainly proves the point that anyone can learn!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
What would be acceptable tips?

Enough to cover a coffee.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
I just love to see crew members sashay down the airport corridor.

Suryo, I thought of you when taking that photo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
No eye mask either like what I got in 2003. Probably cost cutting measures.

Even the best airlines are affected by it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Exactly!
‘No glasses! No glasses!’ Indeed, Mr grumpy-wine-addict was in need of a pair of glasses to better see that the FA only got two arms and no third or fourth one to hold wineglasses.

Very good! Yes, he was definitely the one who needed the glasses.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Herman and I have similar food and beverage arrangement.

Works rather well, doesn’t it?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Flying with celebrity! And good on your husband to engage a conversation with him.

He’s never afraid to start a conversation……

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
So heartwarming. I always look forward to such encounter with crew members on every flight. By the way, which stewardess were you talking to? Flight, Leading or Chief one?


2 flight stewardesses and lovely they were too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Great! Where is the photo?

Still on my computer  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Has anyone revealed himself?

Not yet!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
What a pity. One disadvantage of emergency exit row seat.

Still, one happy husband, we all have to make sacrifices somewhere  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Oh dear, I have been there!

Can’t wait to see some pictures from the ground.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
No SQ flight would be completed without Singapore Sling

Well, that’s what I thought. It had to be done!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
Hannah, you have made my day. Instead of watching boring football matches {duck), I could spend my evening with the joy of your wonderful story.
Thank you so much for sharing. Please pass on my greetings to your husband and kudos to his contribution!

Thank you for your kind words Suryo and I will pass on your regards.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-14 04:19:23 and read 15660 times.

Suryo,

Sorry, I missed this one:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
The procedure is somewhat similar to the Australian one. How long did it take totally?

We were in the hotel before midnight, so less than 90 minutes after landing. I found the procedure in Auckland took longer than it did in Sydney and felt it was more thorough too.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-06-14 06:16:07 and read 15563 times.

Great report Hannah - looks like you had some great flights on SQ!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We headed straight up to check-in 2 to the dedicated SQ desks where we were served after a short wait. A friend of mine was checking in, so we got extra special service

Extra special...but no upgrade  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We were at the front of the second Y-class section. On the ZRH route, SQ has an all business class configuration on the upperdeck.

Shame you didn't get an older style one with Y upstairs - they have great pairs of seats

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It was clear from the moment my neighbour sat down on 44K that there were to be no interesting conversations on this flight. A Swiss business traveller who managed a grunt in response to my „Grüezi“ and who spent the first 6 hours reading newspapers and drinking nothing but red wine. I was actually quite curious as to how long the crew would keep serving him, but eventually the wine took effect and he fell asleep.

He doesn't sound like a very nice man - still, he fell asleep! I've founs the SQ crew quite varied when it comes to booze. When I was around 25 I was asked if I was old enough to drink. After showing my passport, the drinks never stopped. Another time when asking for another SIngapore Sling, I was asked how many I'd already had (quite a few, it;s a long flight SIN-LHR!) - they kept serving me though (I'm a quiet drunk!). Otherwise, they seem happy to keep pouring the drinks

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
…I felt rather queasy and reached my lowest point of the whole trip. My body was screaming at me ‘you can’t eat that in the middle of the night’. I think I managed 3 bites of the omelette and half a bread roll and then something strange happened. The tiredness hit me in a way that I have never experienced before, as if someone had given me an anaesthetic. I somehow clambered over to the toilet, stumbled back to my seat, pulled the blanket up and the next thing I knew we were over Australia.

IIRC the only time I've had to decline a full meal on a plane was flying SQ SIN-CHC-AKL on my gap year. Despite it loking very tasty, I just couldn't stomach it.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Before dinner there was another drinks service. I never drink alcohol on planes. However, the end of the journey was in sight and fellow a.netter Gabriel told me I must have a Singapore Sling on the flight. So, I made an exception to my rule, cheers Gab. It was rather fine too (but not good on an empty stomach!)

Glad you tried it....I hope you had another on the way back!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There were signs up saying that TV crews were filming a programme called Border Control although we couldn’t see any.

There are so many of those programmes now. In the UK we get the British one, Irish, Australian and Kiwi one. It's all a bit predictable to make decent viewing now though

Looking forward to part 2!

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: nipoel123
Posted 2012-06-14 12:08:01 and read 15374 times.

Hi Hannah,

Good to see some more writing from your hand. That's quite the trip you took. New Zealand is still on my wishlist, and it's going to be there for another while, I'm afraid.

A.net is making me want to fly SQ so badly! PH, qantasclub, and now you, just to mention a few.

Judging by all the replies, your popularity is not too much different from PH's. It is rightfully so, I enjoy reading your reports.

Looking forward to the next installment,

Nick

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-06-14 14:47:38 and read 15294 times.

Hi Hannah,

Great TR. Great to know you survived this huge journey, especially the outbound without any proper stopover! SQ has been and will remain on my bucket list!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I actually ‘blame’ fellow a.netter NZ107 for this

How nice of you! Oh well, at least I didn't pick up the bill for your holiday  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
In desperation I googled all sorts of travel companies and eventually struck gold with Relaxing Journeys, an NZ based agency who offer an abundance of trips, including unescorted coach tours. This means that you use the local Intercity buses to get about and as they leave daily, you can adjust the itinerary to suit, so we were sold.

It sure seemed relaxing - I've never heard of such a tour before. But it's a great way to see the country if you don't want to drive!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As the EK offer was no longer valid we settled on SQ, the routing being ZRH-SIN-AKL / SYD-SIN-ZRH. For the necessary CHC-SYD leg the travel agent automatically suggested EK. I was tempted, especially as it would mean a widebody on the short 3 hour hop. But what about NZ? My chances of flying EK in the future are much higher than being to able to log NZ, even if it did mean an A320 over a B777. So, Air New Zealand it was.

Great choice! EK is far more readily available than NZ ever will be so it's great you stuck to the local carrier!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View from the Medical Centre, 8th floor.

It all seems so familiar, yet not at the same time! I only ever arrived at ZRH.. Once in the non-Schengen and another in the Schengen. 2 different experiences! The only bit I recognise is the waiting area for the people mover! Those sounds still stick in my head... Reminded me a little bit of home actually!  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Before pushback we received hot towels then menu cards and finally amenity kits

Nice to know - CX don't do that anymore. They (sometimes) go around with bags of eyemasks, socks and toothbrushes at the beginning of the flight.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The cabin had descended into darkness, but no matter how hard I tried, the longest I managed to sleep for was 20 minutes. I felt like a child on Christmas Eve willing for Father Christmas to arrive so I could finally get up. Time for another walk.

That must be an awful feeling. I managed to get a bit of sleep on my eastbound flight CDG-HKG but even then, it wasn't enough and I crashed in HKG for a few hours after landing. Though I was perfectly fine that afternoon and not jetlagged the next day!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
About 2hrs before landing, breakfast was served. Well, it was late evening Swiss time and I had a little trouble eating this kind of spread when my body was telling me to sleep

Haha experienced this also. HKG-LAX.. Breakfast served at 1800-1900 LAX time.. Equivalent of about midday HK time. That was one serious "what the heck?" moment!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Leaving the airbridge, I couldn’t quite believe that I was in Singapore. Having read so many trip reports about it and seen so many pictures, it all seemed a bit surreal

Just like how I felt sitting in LHR after that journey. I even witnessed the New Year fireworks happening back home on TV in T5!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
The aircraft might only be 10 years old, but it seemed older than that in comparison to the A380: frayed carpets were particularly noticeable.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):

The IFE looks a lot older, doesn’t it?

They basically reupholstered the seats and called it a refurbished plane. IFE is original (from when it was first delivered) to my understanding. Great misleading advertising there! I always advise people to travel on the other flight, SQ285/6, which is a 77W and has a product consistent with the A380.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Like Australia, entering New Zealand takes some time. There was a lengthy queue at immigration, as it took a couple of minutes to process each group. The officer who dealt with us was friendly, he asked us if we had any friends in NZ – it seemed an innocent question, but I’m sure it’s all part of the tactics!

Haha, not if you're a NZ/Australian resident!  
There are the "smartgate" machines to the right of the normal passport control area which saves so much time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Still lots of activity

The final inbound wave from Australia is yet to land! They leave Australia at around 6pm local to get back to AKL around midnight.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
A piece of home

Jean Batten's Percival Gull! They moved it a couple of years ago - you probably wouldn't have seen it because it used to sit in the airside departure area!


Thanks for sharing this great journey with us.. Can't wait to read about your tour of NZ!


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-15 04:15:34 and read 14863 times.

Thanks for your feedback guys!

Hi Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 34):
Extra special...but no upgrade

Well, I did wonder…but it was a bit too much to hope for!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 34):
Shame you didn't get an older style one with Y upstairs - they have great pairs of seats

Yeah, I was disappointed about this. I would have fancied a block of 2.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 34):
He doesn't sound like a very nice man - still, he fell asleep! I've founs the SQ crew quite varied when it comes to booze. When I was around 25 I was asked if I was old enough to drink. After showing my passport, the drinks never stopped. Another time when asking for another SIngapore Sling, I was asked how many I'd already had (quite a few, it;s a long flight SIN-LHR!) - they kept serving me though (I'm a quiet drunk!). Otherwise, they seem happy to keep pouring the drinks

Interesting. That description fits with some comments I’ve heard about the SQ crews – that they try and avoid conflict?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 34):
Glad you tried it....I hope you had another on the way back!

No, I didn’t. It was a one off  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 34):
There are so many of those programmes now. In the UK we get the British one, Irish, Australian and Kiwi one. It's all a bit predictable to make decent viewing now though

I like watching them when I’m over! The Australian one was shown for a while on German tv. As you say, predictable, but I enjoy seeing what people think they can get away with.

Nick,

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 35):
That's quite the trip you took. New Zealand is still on my wishlist, and it's going to be there for another while, I'm afraid.

It’s funny, some countries have been on my wish list for so many years and something like NZ happened completely out of the blue. I can’t praise the place enough though.

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 35):
.net is making me want to fly SQ so badly! PH, qantasclub, and now you, just to mention a few.

Time to book yourself a trip then?!

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 35):
Judging by all the replies, your popularity is not too much different from PH's. It is rightfully so, I enjoy reading your reports.

Aw, what a kind thing to say, thank you  

Good to read your reply Nicholas

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
How nice of you! Oh well, at least I didn't pick up the bill for your holiday

That would have been a bit mean, wouldn’t it?!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
It sure seemed relaxing - I've never heard of such a tour before. But it's a great way to see the country if you don't want to drive!

It was such a blessing that we found them. We encountered some of the Kirra Tours coaches on our travels – I think I would have gone mad being in such a group!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Great choice! EK is far more readily available than NZ ever will be so it's great you stuck to the local carrier!

A decision which I am SO glad I made, as you will see in part 2.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
all seems so familiar, yet not at the same time! I only ever arrived at ZRH.. Once in the non-Schengen and another in the Schengen. 2 different experiences! The only bit I recognise is the waiting area for the people mover! Those sounds still stick in my head... Reminded me a little bit of home actually!

Well, if you could see it now….it’s chaos in arrival 2!



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Haha experienced this also. HKG-LAX.. Breakfast served at 1800-1900 LAX time.. Equivalent of about midday HK time. That was one serious "what the heck?" moment!

Good to hear that other frequent flyers also have the same problem!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
They basically reupholstered the seats and called it a refurbished plane. IFE is original (from when it was first delivered) to my understanding. Great misleading advertising there! I always advise people to travel on the other flight, SQ285/6, which is a 77W and has a product consistent with the A380.

Thanks for the details. I noticed the evening flight was a 77W and guessed that would have been better. But you can’t have it all. 3xA380 was good enough for me.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Haha, not if you're a NZ/Australian resident!
There are the "smartgate" machines to the right of the normal passport control area which saves so much time.

I saw them. I guess that’s only fair that there’s a fast lane.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
The final inbound wave from Australia is yet to land! They leave Australia at around 6pm local to get back to AKL around midnight

Still so strange to see so much activity when ZRH is winding down at that time, thanks to the night ban.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 36):
Jean Batten's Percival Gull! They moved it a couple of years ago - you probably wouldn't have seen it because it used to sit in the airside departure area!

Well, I was lucky then, wasn’t I!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2012-06-16 09:31:11 and read 14410 times.

Hi Hannah,

finally I have had the time to read your wonderful report about this epic journey half-way around the globe. Some nice pictures as well, and congrats of course for logging your first 777. I think it was a good that you ended up with SQ at the end. Very good service and also the food looks really good.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
In desperation I googled all sorts of travel companies and eventually struck gold with Relaxing Journeys, an NZ based agency who offer an abundance of trips, including unescorted coach tours. This means that you use the local Intercity buses to get about and as they leave daily, you can adjust the itinerary to suit, so we were sold.

Good idea, I would have preferred this as well over some completely organized tour. Gives you much more flexibility to build the itinerary you want. Didn't you want to rent a car, might have been a good alternative as well?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
So, Air New Zealand it was.

Good idea, certainly more difficult to catch than EK around here.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I was a little worried about a 20kg allowance for 4 weeks and for the first time in my life I made an extra special effort to travel light. It paid off!

Well done, got to tell my wife about it   ...

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Our seats

Nice, but was it on purpose that one seat had a different color on the seat than on the back?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours

What a big wing.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the legroom

Excellent, for sure a lot of space here, certainly good for a flight of this length, but then again after paying 50$ extra one would expect it.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.

One has to make sacrifices sometimes   ...

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Huge, open spaces at SIN

Yeah, SIN is really a nice airport, have been there once (already some 20 years ago) and have some nice memories about it as well. Although I don't like that pattern on the carpet.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I dropped off again whilst Mr 44H carried on in true trip reporter style

Well done, did you already make him sign-up for the group   ?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We got assigned a room on the 19th floor and were welcomed by the following sight- just what you need after 21hrs in the air:

What a nice room, for sure great after such a long flight to recover well. I can really imagine that you were glad to have finally arrived, 21 hours in a plane is quite something, even for a aviation enthusiast.

Thanks again for putting this report together, and now I am really looking forward to see some pictures of NZ as well.

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-06-16 12:22:00 and read 14348 times.

What a great trip report Hannah! Very detailed and some nice personal touches. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next parts!

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-06-17 09:30:42 and read 14061 times.

Hi Hannah


Great report, thanks for sharing it with us.
SQ is indeed a change from the usual European and North American carriers.
Even the "dated" 77A would be a treat for me.
Meals and service looks quite appealing. Can't wait to see the next parts

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: LXM83
Posted 2012-06-18 10:17:05 and read 13871 times.

Hello Infodesk

That's one long trip!

I'm not sure if I'd want to do it without seeing a proper bed for one night in SIN.

Great to be able to take an A380 from our home airport!

Best regards,
LXM83

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2012-06-19 11:33:39 and read 13647 times.

Hi Hannah,

Sorry for my late reply - I just arrived home from Dubai yesterday. Recovering from an overnight flight (albeit being on the 747) takes some time - here I am: What a great piece of writing with many nice pictures thrown in and moreover such an appetizing choice of airline - Singapore Airlines - made me more than eager to start reading.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
This time it’s the first part of a series and a rather exotic one by my standards- no 90 minute hops up to Northern England this time!

Come on, 90-minute hops can be fun as well! Specially when you make a couple of detours on the way.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
So, we decided to take a month off and do something crazy. But where? An extensive Scandinavian tour has long been a dream of mine, but it wasn’t the best time of year

I am sure you made a typo here, you meant to do a Fennoscandian tour, right?  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My chances of flying EK in the future are much higher than being to able to log NZ, even if it did mean an A320 over a B777. So, Air New Zealand it was.

I can confirm that flying short hops on EK is a good idea, I did a 50-minute one last week and was very impressed! But it's Emirates after all so what else would one expect?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The downside was there wouldn’t be a window……

Quite a downside! I don't know if I could have lived with it, actually I have never been on a plane without sitting in a window seat. Hoping this won't change anytime soon!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The alarm eventually bleeped at 6, giving us two hours to get ready. Some special sms wishes from certain members of this forum were very welcome!

You know there would have been some freshly baked blueberry muffins waiting on your kitchen table if I only would have known where to send them...

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View from the Medical Centre, 8th floor. You can just make out the SQ tail in the far left corner of Dock E

Eww, there's one airline that doesn't fit in among all these quality carriers: United.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Non-Schengen departures

Why am I not surprised UA is experiencing quite a hefty delay? Not planning to make a second attempt to fly on them in the nearest future.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Over at Dock E, the SQ crew now heading to the gate (there were 4 males and 10 females)

Oh, the Singapore girls! I am sure quite a few people switched their heads to take a look at them?  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
A380

What? Only now are you mentioning it that you were actually catching another ride on The Flying Palace?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours

Beautiful! But I just thought you said there wasn't going to be any window seats?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the legroom

You could have stretched out your legs - I am sure there was enough space!  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the menu card

At least the layout is something you would expect to get in business class! KLM had no menu at all on my DXB-AMS flight, but a very nice and joking male FA giving us the choices in his personal way.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Ordering a special meal often has its advantages – I got mine much earlier. Salad, mediterranean pasta & fruit for dessert. It was very tasty.

I might have missed something here, but what special meal did you order? All SQ meals look very nice and appetizing, sorry about the lack of muffins though.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It was noticeable that on all the SQ flights we took the only cockpit announcements were made at the beginning and shortly before landing. We were told that our estimated arrival time was 06.15 and it was a balmy 25C with cloudy skies in Singapore.

I think that is considerate to let people sleep, most people were irritated by a 3 a.m. "we're in the middle of our flight but nothing special" announcement on KLM...

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!

How nice of you! Did you tell them your opinion and personal relation to infodesks as well?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
First flight on the B777

A familiar feeling I must say! But I had my first Triple Seven experience a week ago, on Air France.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
This time the exit row had a further advantage: it was a block of 2. Blue blankets this time and silky pillows.

Another familiar feeling! My father and I had a block of two too, but no exit row though.

Looking forward to the next parts and secretly hoping you'll surprise us all with some thrown in domestic segments in Australia on the Boeing 717!

Thanks again for the nice read & regards
717Flyer   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-06-22 13:21:20 and read 13189 times.

Hi Hannah!

I finally got around reading the first part of your big trip! It sure was a good read and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed SQ. It sure seems their product is the best in the world in all classes and I'd love to try them some day myself too. I'm jealous that you get SQ at your home airport, and with the A380 it couldn't get much better, I bet!  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Getting closer

I really like the look of the SQ A380's. Very stylish.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

Indeed, SIN is easily the best airport I've ever visited.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

The IFE looks a lot older, doesn’t it?

Indeed, but with this being SQ I bet it was good nonetheless?  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

The crew passed round with snacks – I took some crisps

Nice to see them offering a proper snack service in between meals.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My verdict: SQ was everything I expected – classy with excellent service and friendly crews. I felt safe and well looked after at all times. I preferred the A380, but then again was glad to have the opportunity to log my first 777. At no point did I get backache from the seats or feel uncormfortable as I thought I might. The extra legroom was a bonus & it was a joy to transit in SIN - our layover was just the right length of time. Maybe I could get used to this longhaul flying?!

Those words sure makes me want to try SQ some day.

Looking forward to the next part!

Martin

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-24 10:53:16 and read 12892 times.

Hello gents, thank you for your replies. Sorry for the late response, I was on holiday (again)!

Evening Captain!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 38):
finally I have had the time to read your wonderful report about this epic journey half-way around the globe. Some nice pictures as well, and congrats of course for logging your first 777. I think it was a good that you ended up with SQ at the end. Very good service and also the food looks really good.

Danke for your kind comments.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 38):
Good idea, I would have preferred this as well over some completely organized tour. Gives you much more flexibility to build the itinerary you want. Didn't you want to rent a car, might have been a good alternative as well?

We did think long and hard about renting a car, but it’s something we try to avoid when on holiday. The distances are long in NZ, plus the fact that it’s the ‘wrong’ side, which would have meant I’d have ended up doing most of the driving!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 38):
Nice, but was it on purpose that one seat had a different color on the seat than on the back?

You know, I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t even noticed! The eye often sees only what it expects!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 38):
Well done, got to tell my wife about it ...

Well, if I can manage it, then anyone can  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 38):
Well done, did you already make him sign-up for the group ?

I think that’s still a very long way off….!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 38):
What a nice room, for sure great after such a long flight to recover well. I can really imagine that you were glad to have finally arrived, 21 hours in a plane is quite something, even for a aviation enthusiast.

Yes, 21 hours were more than enough!

Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 39):
What a great trip report Hannah! Very detailed and some nice personal touches. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next parts!

Glad you enjoyed it!

Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 40):
Even the "dated" 77A would be a treat for me.

Yeah, it could have been worse, at least it was something new for my log!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 40):

SQ is indeed a change from the usual European and North American carriers.
Meals and service looks quite appealing. Can't wait to see the next parts

No complaints from me for SQ, really top notch.


J,

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 41):
That's one long trip!
I'm not sure if I'd want to do it without seeing a proper bed for one night in SIN.

It was ok actually. The excitement and adrenalin got me through, but I was glad for the stopover on the way back.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 41):
Great to be able to take an A380 from our home airport!

Isn’t it? Such a graceful plane. I still stop and watch every time I see it take off.

Hi Rasmus,

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Sorry for my late reply - I just arrived home from Dubai yesterday. Recovering from an overnight flight (albeit being on the 747) takes some time - here I am: What a great piece of writing with many nice pictures thrown in and moreover such an appetizing choice of airline - Singapore Airlines - made me more than eager to start reading.

So you, like me, now have a large backlog of reports to read? Hope you enjoyed DXB, I will look forward to reading your report very soon.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Come on, 90-minute hops can be fun as well! Specially when you make a couple of detours on the way.

They can, but when you’ve covered them to death in trip reports like I have with LX, you don’t mind trying something different.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
am sure you made a typo here, you meant to do a Fennoscandian tour, right?

Finland is so special it will get its own tour, you see  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Quite a downside! I don't know if I could have lived with it, actually I have never been on a plane without sitting in a window seat. Hoping this won't change anytime soon!

It was a strange feeling I admit, but as everyone was told to put the window blinds down for most of the flights, I guess it was take off and landing when I missed it most.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
You know there would have been some freshly baked blueberry muffins waiting on your kitchen table if I only would have known where to send them...

Now that is a very tempting offer. I will be sure to give your my address prior to our next big trip  
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Why am I not surprised UA is experiencing quite a hefty delay? Not planning to make a second attempt to fly on them in the nearest future

Really, I can’t possibly imagine why you’d say such a thing……

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Oh, the Singapore girls! I am sure quite a few people switched their heads to take a look at them?

Oh indeed. They are the most elegant crew to grace the airport.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
What? Only now are you mentioning it that you were actually catching another ride on The Flying Palace?

I was saving the surprise!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Beautiful! But I just thought you said there wasn't going to be any window seats?

It was the window in the emergency exit door, sadly no good when you’re sitting down!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
might have missed something here, but what special meal did you order? All SQ meals look very nice and appetizing, sorry about the lack of muffins though.

Yeah, I’m sorry, I didn’t specify, it was a vegetarian meal.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
I think that is considerate to let people sleep, most people were irritated by a 3 a.m. "we're in the middle of our flight but nothing special" announcement on KLM...

I can understand that most people would be irritated by such announcements. I however, belong to the ‘the pilot can never make too many announcements’ group!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
How nice of you! Did you tell them your opinion and personal relation to infodesks as well?

I certainly did. Although the lady seemed a bit perplexed. I know the feeling, you’re not used to people being nice to you!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 42):
Looking forward to the next parts and secretly hoping you'll surprise us all with some thrown in domestic segments in Australia on the Boeing 717!

Going to have to disappoint you there. After all, the 717 is your baby!

Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 43):
finally got around reading the first part of your big trip! It sure was a good read and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed SQ. It sure seems their product is the best in the world in all classes and I'd love to try them some day myself too. I'm jealous that you get SQ at your home airport, and with the A380 it couldn't get much better, I bet!

Thank you. We certainly are lucky at ZRH not just to get SQ but also the A380. It must be worthwhile though, as the plane is always well loaded.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 43):
Indeed, SIN is easily the best airport I've ever visited.

Not surprising they win so many awards, is it?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 43):
Indeed, but with this being SQ I bet it was good nonetheless?

The IFE was good, no doubt about it, but what we got on NZ was even better……report to follow!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 43):
Those words sure makes me want to try SQ some day.

Totally worthwhile.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-06-24 18:29:27 and read 12772 times.

Hello Hannah,

I finally got down to replying to this. Okay I know this might sound far fetched, but does Andy Ruesch happen to work at Zurich airport, like you do? He made this awesome video on the arrival of the SQ A380 into Zurich, which is a nice reminder of your own flight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98cGfLUskis. Of course not forgetting his other videos...awesome stuff!!

Now back to your report!!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Some special sms wishes from certain members of this forum were very welcome!
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There I met up with 3 of my colleagues who gave us a good send off complete with some gifts of Swiss chocolate.

You are very popular and liked by all, aren't you?  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We timed it just right, as the SQ crew working our flight caught the same train as us.

Always nice to get to see your cabin crew before you board your flight.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Getting closer

Must have been quite the view to see it up from so close!!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the legroom
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We also booked the exit row on all the SQ flights. This costs 50$ per seat per leg, but they gave us one leg for free. This was good for my husband as not only is he tall but for medical reasons is at a higher risk of DVT, so the extra legroom was important. The downside was there wouldn’t be a window……
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I really don’t like not having a window seat. Not just for the obvious reasons, but I find it quite unpleasant on climb out and approach when you can’t see how the plane is banking. I find I have no feeling for knowing just when you’re going to touch down.

I thought you mentioned it was not a window seat? Or was that no window seat for you, since you were in the middle? Though the extra cost for the legroom seems to have paid off. However, people congregating there later might have been a tad annoying.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
at 12.23 the 4 engines roared as loudly as they could (still way too quiet for my liking) and we started our take off roll. I’ve seen this flight depart ZRH many times and am still fascinated at how gracefully the A380 leaves the ground. Sitting inside, it was no different. The flaps make rather a noise as does the undercarriage, but apart from that you really don’t hear a thing.

You can be sure that the A380 is one super quiet aircraft. The EK A380 that departs YYZ is so quiet, compared to say an older smaller West jet 737 taking off

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Ordering a special meal often has its advantages – I got mine much earlier. Salad, mediterranean pasta & fruit for dessert. It was very tasty.

What was it that made this a special meal? Vegetarian meal perhaps?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For dessert, we got delicious Swiss Mövenpick ice cream. It was a bit too cold and took a while to soften up. As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.

Ha,ha, quite amusing that 44H gave you his ice cream. Hmm Swiss Mövenpick

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
On the occasions that I passed through the galley on my walkabout, I never once saw the crew standing around chatting, they were always doing something.

Looks like the crews remain very professional in flight, even when not in view!!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The Asian meal

Looks a lot better than the breakfast offering!!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I took the opportunity to have my photo taken with the crew.

A very personal photo, so I will not even ask why it was not posted here lol

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!

Infodesk pays her tribute to other infodesk(ers) lol

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

A look at SQ’s fleet. When we returned a month later, the 747 was no longer in the list, sad.

Very sad indeed. So glad to have flown the SQ 744 a long time back...all versions 742, 743, & 744!!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As it was so late and we were so tired we hopped straight in a taxi driven by an Indian guy. I did wonder whether he took us on a detour through as residential area as the route seemed a little strange, but local a.net resident Nicholas confirmed that it was the correct way.

Glad that you were not taken for a ride, and he was just a honest driver!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Maybe I could get used to this longhaul flying?!


Long haul flying is the only way to go!!! Short haul is such a tease and waste of time lol

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: Zkpilot
Posted 2012-06-25 11:24:36 and read 12519 times.

Great TR! Always nice to read one from someone who is quite excited about the journey.

I hope you had a great time in my homeland of NZ.

 

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: aznmadsci
Posted 2012-06-25 12:44:44 and read 12425 times.

Greuzi!

Thanks for inspiring me to write my trip report on SQ. I remembered a lot of my details but was not going to write one as I had gotten tired writing trip reports.

Colin   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-06-26 05:48:23 and read 12134 times.

Nice to see some more replies!

Flightsimboy,
Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 45):
. Okay I know this might sound far fetched, but does Andy Ruesch happen to work at Zurich airport, like you do? He made this awesome video on the arrival of the SQ A380 into Zurich, which is a nice reminder of your own flight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98cGfLUskis. Of course not forgetting his other videos...awesome stuff!!

He doesn’t work for the same company as me, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t work here. I’ll be sure to take a look at his videos though.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 45):
thought you mentioned it was not a window seat? Or was that no window seat for you, since you were in the middle? Though the extra cost for the legroom seems to have paid off. However, people congregating there later might have been a tad annoying.

There was no window on our row. The wing shot I took was through the window on the emergency exit. However, for the rest of the window shots I used the one at the back of the aircraft, not only was the wing not in the way, but also nobody minded you lifting the blind there.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 45):
What was it that made this a special meal? Vegetarian meal perhaps

Yes, sorry, I forgot to clarify that, it was a vegetarian meal.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 45):
Infodesk pays her tribute to other infodesk(ers) lol

Well, some things you just have to do  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 45):
A very personal photo, so I will not even ask why it was not posted here lol

Exactly!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 45):
Glad that you were not taken for a ride, and he was just a honest driver!

It‘s refreshing to see they do still exist.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 45):
Long haul flying is the only way to go!!! Short haul is such a tease and waste of time lol

Yeah, I’m beginning to think that myself…..!

Zkpilot,

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 46):
Great TR! Always nice to read one from someone who is quite excited about the journey.
I hope you had a great time in my homeland of NZ.

Thank you. I loved New Zealand as you will see in part 2! It’s such a wonderful country.

Colin,

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 47):
Thanks for inspiring me to write my trip report on SQ. I remembered a lot of my details but was not going to write one as I had gotten tired writing trip reports

That’s very kind of you. They do take a lot of time don’t they, but it’s always worth it when you get nice comments  

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-07-02 14:37:52 and read 11443 times.

Hi Infodesk,

Great report of a long journey. SIA service looks excellent

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours

what a beautiful wingspan!

Looking forward to your next parts

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-07-02 22:58:26 and read 11303 times.

Hi Hannah,

great report with many nice pictures! Your review clearly shows once again that SQ belongs to the best carriers on the planet. The food looks excellent in most cases and I'm glad you had nice crew members, too.

It's just so bad that SQ doesn't offer camera views on its A380 like all other operators (I'm not sure about CZ, though). I chose aisle seats on my latest two A380 flights and didn't miss the window much due to the cameras.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

After a quick chat with my colleague we headed to the Airport Medical Centre. My husband had been given blood thinning drugs which he had to inject and as neither of us had done this before we decided to make use of the service the airport offers. No charge was made, which is rather surprising for Switzerland, but tips were very welcome.

Very interesting.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I’ve seen this flight depart ZRH many times and am still fascinated at how gracefully the A380 leaves the ground. Sitting inside, it was no different. The flaps make rather a noise as does the undercarriage, but apart from that you really don’t hear a thing.

...which is not so good in certain cases. I was really annoyed by a loudly snoring passenger on my QF A380 flight.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
They did a fantastic job of checking the toilets, working hard to keep them clean. On the occasions that I passed through the galley on my walkabout, I never once saw the crew standing around chatting, they were always doing something. There were always plenty of drinks ready to take.

Great. The EK crew on my recent SIN-DXB flight could learn a lesson.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s hope we don’t need to make an emergency landing here

Would be interesting to know the diversion points along such a route.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
The IFE looks a lot older, doesn’t it?

  

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
A look at SQ’s fleet. When we returned a month later, the 747 was no longer in the list, sad.

That's too bad - SQ could easily use some 748s.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 31):
May I give you the honor of the first European A.netter to go as far as New Zealand?
Quoting infodesk (Reply 32):
As much as I would love to take that honour, I think it goes to Planehunter.

I did indeed visit NZ on my RTW trip in 2010, but I didn't see much of the country (apart from airports and airlines).


PH

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-07-07 01:14:05 and read 10829 times.

Hello Brendan & PH, thank you for your replies!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 49):
Great report of a long journey. SIA service looks excellent

Fantastic, was completely satisfied.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 49):
what a beautiful wingspan!

Huge, isn’t it ?

PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 50):
great report with many nice pictures! Your review clearly shows once again that SQ belongs to the best carriers on the planet. The food looks excellent in most cases and I'm glad you had nice crew members, too.

Yes, although I have to compare it to, SQ certainly deserves to be up there with the best.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 50):
It's just so bad that SQ doesn't offer camera views on its A380 like all other operators (I'm not sure about CZ, though). I chose aisle seats on my latest two A380 flights and didn't miss the window much due to the cameras.

You’re right, the camera views would be a real bonus. It’s a pity that SQ doesn’t have them on such a modern aircraft.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 50):
which is not so good in certain cases. I was really annoyed by a loudly snoring passenger on my QF A380 flight.

I hadn’t though of it like that! We had some very loud snorers on one section of our bus journey, so I know how annoying it can be.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 50):
Great. The EK crew on my recent SIN-DXB flight could learn a lesson.

So it seems, from what I remember you telling us about that flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 50):
Would be interesting to know the diversion points along such a route.

Maybe sometimes ignorance is bliss?  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 50):
That's too bad - SQ could easily use some 748s.

Agreed

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 50):
did indeed visit NZ on my RTW trip in 2010, but I didn't see much of the country (apart from airports and airlines).

I’m sure Nicholas showed you one or two local sights!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: Parton87
Posted 2012-07-07 16:02:40 and read 10552 times.

Hello Hannah!

Thanks for the great story! You seemed to have some nice flights with Singapore Airlines!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
No charge was made, which is rather surprising for Switzerland, but tips were very

Never heard of that kind of service before. Nice and for free even nicer 
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours

Well that´s a impressive wing that´s for sure!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the legroom

Must have been great that you could spread out on so long flights even if you had to paid a little extra?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
A sparkling immigration hall

Indeed it looks like a cool airport!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I was tired and yet couldn’t sleep, so I was not really a happy bunny

The longest I´ve flown was to the US West Coast and I remember I´ve never been that tired before so I can only imagine how it feels when you travel the double length!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Here’s the standard breakfast, taken before I fell asleep

I think I would have preferred yours!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Some nice scenery

Great pictures! It reminds me of the Australien TV-series "Flying Doctors"! 
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There were signs up saying that TV crews were filming a programme

Nice! They show this in Sweden! Quit interesting show!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We got assigned a room on the 19th floor and were welcomed by the

That looks really nice and expensive, hahaha 

Thanks again for the story Hannah! Looking forward for the next part!

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: HELyes
Posted 2012-07-08 07:24:32 and read 10173 times.

What a fab TR, thanks !

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
for medical reasons is at a higher risk of DVT
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My husband had been given blood thinning drugs which he had to inject and as neither of us had done this before we decided to make use of the service the airport offers.

I have the same problem. I had no idea I had inherited the risk, found that out when got a DVT after a SIN-NRT-HEL flight in 2009. Luckily no damage done and long haul flights are ok now, with regular tablet medication, plus you have to inject your self before a long flight. I hate that, first I needed a little whisky to be able to shoot myself, typical male reaction I've been told  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
On the ZRH route, SQ has an all business class configuration on the upperdeck.

I flew SQ A380 one way SIN-ZRH last summer, they still had a smaller Y-cabin on the upper deck. Loved it, felt like a spacious Y+.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

Changi is a great airport, especially the Terminal 3, you feel like there's no hurry to leave the airport. ZRH became my other favourite, never met so friendly staff at any airport, felt great after a long flight.

My SIN-ZRH-HEL report:
A380 To Cuckoo's Nest: SIN-ZRH-HEL SQ/AY Y&J (by HELyes Jul 27 2011 in Trip Reports)

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-07-11 09:10:52 and read 9793 times.

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your feedback!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 52):
Never heard of that kind of service before. Nice and for free even nicer

And very unusual in Switzerland!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 52):
Indeed it looks like a cool airport!

My favourite, no doubt about it.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 52):
The longest I´ve flown was to the US West Coast and I remember I´ve never been that tired before so I can only imagine how it feels when you travel the double length!

Yeah, even for us enthisiasts there comes a time when enough is enough  
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 52):
Great pictures! It reminds me of the Australien TV-series "Flying Doctors"!

Now there's a blast from the past! I remember watching that.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 52):
Nice! They show this in Sweden! Quit interesting show!

I love all these customs/quarantine related shows. It's amazing what people think they can get away with.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 52):
That looks really nice and expensive, hahaha

It wasn't, honest!!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 52):
Thanks again for the story Hannah! Looking forward for the next part!

Thank you, should be up soon.


Terve HELyes,

Quoting HELyes (Reply 53):
I have the same problem. I had no idea I had inherited the risk, found that out when got a DVT after a SIN-NRT-HEL flight in 2009. Luckily no damage done and long haul flights are ok now, with regular tablet medication, plus you have to inject your self before a long flight. I hate that, first I needed a little whisky to be able to shoot myself, typical male reaction I've been told

Wow, that must have been pretty scary to get DVT. Glad to hear there was no damage done. I had to administer the rest of the injections on the trip, for sure a strange feeling, but I don't know how I'd get on having to inject myself.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 53):
I flew SQ A380 one way SIN-ZRH last summer, they still had a smaller Y-cabin on the upper deck. Loved it, felt like a spacious Y+.

This is what we got on the SYD-SIN leg. Such a shame you can't experience it on the ZRH route (although it must be good for SQ if they can fill that many C-Class seats)

Quoting HELyes (Reply 53):
Changi is a great airport, especially the Terminal 3, you feel like there's no hurry to leave the airport. ZRH became my other favourite, never met so friendly staff at any airport, felt great after a long flight.

Well, of course, I'm very pleased to hear that  

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-08-11 10:42:53 and read 8480 times.

Hannah,

sorry for being so late replying on your tripreport, which is great btw. I understand how you have felt. You get used to it when you make such trips more often though. It's a feeling I had when I did my first long hauls. Arriving in strange countries, new places, but oh so tired and you also want to do so much because all is new to you. I seem to live these stopover transfers in kind of fuddle, being there but just not completely feeling so.

I did the SQ A380 in last April twice, and can only agree about SQ. While boarding was more organized in ZRH compared to my departure airport, onboard it was all similar. I had special meals too, and it was delivered 'early' too, but,... this is not common everywhere. Some airlines just take it from a special position in the cart, during normal delivery. Which is better imho, because then you can eat simultaneously with your partner.

I love SIN, indeed a beautiful airport. Would you like to be behind their infodesk someday?  

I'll read part 2 as well. Give me a little while for it though.

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-08-12 02:09:08 and read 8195 times.

Hi Eric,

Good to read your reply.

Yes, it's true that I'm not used to longhaul flying, so really ought to do a few more such trips to become accustomed to it (think I might be alone with that opinion in our household!).

I see what you mean about the meal delivery, it would be nice to have been able to eat at the same time. I'm not a fast eater, but nevertheless my tray was always empty by the time my husband got his.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 55):
I love SIN, indeed a beautiful airport. Would you like to be behind their infodesk someday?

Not at the desks I saw! I don't like those oval ones, it means people come at you from all sides and there's no way to queue correctly.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 55):
I'll read part 2 as well. Give me a little while for it though

Take your time  

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: reifel
Posted 2012-08-12 05:14:19 and read 8055 times.

Hi Indodesk,

thanks for sharing. I somehow didn't saw this report earlier, although it has been online for 2 months. This is indeed quite a trek. I realized that my personal maximum would be 4 short haul flights a day, then it get's too stressful. Long haul may be a little different, however it's probably not a bad idea to make a one night stop in SIN just to split this a little... That said, valuable time in NZ gets lost, too...

I never have travelled that long before (but will in January and looking very forward to that). I can imagine how excited you were, me being already excited now for January...

Anway, SQ looks wonderful...I like the colours a lot, it's very elegant...

Hope you had a great time in NZ

Reifel

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-08-17 23:19:02 and read 7442 times.

Hi Reifel,

Good to read your reply.

Quoting reifel (Reply 57):
thanks for sharing. I somehow didn't saw this report earlier, although it has been online for 2 months. This is indeed quite a trek. I realized that my personal maximum would be 4 short haul flights a day, then it get's too stressful. Long haul may be a little different, however it's probably not a bad idea to make a one night stop in SIN just to split this a little... That said, valuable time in NZ gets lost, too...

That's ok, I sometimes miss reports too and only stumble across them by chance several weeks later! My maximum number of flights in one day is also 4. As for the layover in SIN, it was nice on the return leg as it delayed going home! If I were to do that journey again, then perhaps I would break it on the way out too.

Quoting reifel (Reply 57):
never have travelled that long before (but will in January and looking very forward to that). I can imagine how excited you were, me being already excited now for January...

I can completely understand your excitement! The day before departure I couldn't even think straight!

Quoting reifel (Reply 57):
Anway, SQ looks wonderful...I like the colours a lot, it's very elegant.

Indeed, so classy.

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2012-08-19 19:53:03 and read 7045 times.

Enjoyed the report. Thanks for writing it up. I was rather impressed by the SQ YCL service - especially the final meal service which looked good.

Thanks again.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-08-20 04:09:00 and read 6894 times.

Hi Abrelosojos,

Thanks for leaving your feedback.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 59):
Enjoyed the report. Thanks for writing it up. I was rather impressed by the SQ YCL service - especially the final meal service which looked good.

Yeah, SQ was definitely top notch in Y, although I didn't eat much of the final meal, my bodyclock was too messed up by then!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL
Username: musapapaya
Posted 2012-08-20 12:21:34 and read 6679 times.

Hey Infodesk

Thank you for sharing with us such a wonderful report, everything in your report is very enjoyable for me to read. IT also gives me an insight on flying for 24 hours. This coming weekend I am doing MAN-HEL-HKG-SYD, and will come back 2 weeks later on SYD-SIN-HEL-MAN, sounds pretty tiring though!

Have you any tips for me on what to do in Sydney? I have a whole 2 weeks there with my girlfriend.

Danke
musapapaya


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