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Singapore-Sydney On The A380 - Economy Class  
User currently offlineDocPepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1970 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Note: I am averse to writing trip reports and the last one I wrote was years and years ago. However, seeing as I took the A380, I have taken it upon myself to enlighten all of you with my experience. This shall be my last trip report before I emerge back into retirement.

I also apologise profusely for some images taken with my old and shaky camera. All I can say is I did try. Really.

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I had initially wanted to be on the inaugural charity A380 flight to Sydney on October 25. However, as a number of nights saw me getting rudely out-bidded on ebay at US$1800 for a one-way ticket to Sydney, I resigned to the fact that my philanthropy did not quite extend that far. Even as I tried to tell myself to “think of the children”, I convinced myself that it was quite masochistic to pay in excess of US$2000 to sit in a tiny seat (and be further insulted with a certificate congratulating me for making it on the tiny seat) – and still fork out yet another A$900 to pay my way back home. Nevertheless, I was still sore at missing out on the event, seeing as no larger plane will ever be built, and also the fact that Paypal had cruelly deducted US$50 from my security deposit, even though I did not win any bid for the first flight.

Thus, 2 Fridays ago, I booked myself on the SQ221 to Sydney on 7 November, with the return SQ220 on 12 November, to enable me to make the trip without actually using up actual days of leave. A seat selection was made for 77H – Upper deck (both ways)

7 November 2007

After knocking off work at about 7.15pm (and having checked in my bags about 11 hours earlier before I arrived at work) I went to the Silver Kris Lounge for some dinner and a shower. The Silver Kris Lounge is unfortunately one of SIA’s weak points, though even passengers in its famous “Suites” class (A Class Beyond First) are invited to use the First Class section of the lounge, I would struggle to place the lounge in a class beyond very ordinary. The small buffet selection of food was mediocre, with fried rice and some sort of fish, and Lotus Root soup. However, a slight redeeming factor was the Korean food selection at the food preparation station, specially catered by Crystal Jade. (No idea that this famous Singaporean food chain had Korean food). The quality of food, though pre-prepared was significantly better than the main buffet spread. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream was also stocked in the freezer, and it was the first time all year I had seen the freezer filled with ice cream, for I did think they had disappeared in the name of “exclusivity”.

No more Dom Perignon at the bar, of course. SIA did advise previously that Dom was removed from the Lounge, and reserved only for inflight First Class service to create a “more exclusive inflight experience”. I suppose using the same logic, the SKLs should just be shut completely and all the pax should be sent to the airport’s restaurants, which would definitely make for a more magical inflight experience. And were the stained carpets and worn sofa seats in the lounge also deliberately put there to ensure that the superlative inflight experience was suitably distinguished?

I took 2 very quick shots of the lounge – I’m sorry I did not take pictures of each and every dish on display as I was not prepared to be ushered straight to the mental asylum.

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Anyhow, feeling rather satisfied with the Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough, I wandered round the shops, bought some local cookies for my friends in Sydney, then headed off to F31 at 8.18pm for the 8.30 departure. Took a quick but rather unclear picture of 9V-SKA:

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Singapore Airlines Seat Plan at the boarding gate:

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Commemorative SIA-Changi Airport poster

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There are 2 aerobridges at the lower deck and 1 for the upper deck. Let us do the sums:

Boeing 747-400: 1 Aerobridge for First and Business Class (12+ 50 pax)
1 Aerobridge for Economy Class (313 pax)

Airbus A380: 1 Aerobridge for Suites – Lower Deck (12 pax)
1 Aerobridge for Economy Lower Deck: (311 px)
1 Aerobridge for Upper Deck (Business 60 + Economy 88 = 148 pax)

Which brings to mind the question: Why do the 12 Suites pax need 1 specially dedicated aerobridge? Is this most suitable for passenger flow? Alas, I am not the airport flow management expert, so I suppose I should not be quick to pass judgement should I.

I found it a rather interesting experience going to the upper-deck aerobridge and taking an aerobridge that had an upward-sloping gradient.

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As I walked up the aerobridge, naturally the tension arose. I was about to enter the Airbus A380 for the first time. And as the stewardess at the door took my boarding pass and said “Welcome aboard Mr Docpepz”, it was a moment that was to change my life forever. Or was it?

My first impressions of the plane: There are 2 aisles, and the Business Class section that I had to walk through before reaching the economy section looked like a 777-300ER business class section. I desperately started looking for signs that I was not on yet another normal commercial aircraft. However, I did feel like I was on a A330 or a 777 really Headed my way down the completely-full Business Class section into the economy section and sat at 77H.

The anti climax was unbearable. Somehow, I still felt like I was on an A330. I did not feel like I was on the largest plane on earth at all and frantically looked around for signs that I was on THE A380. But then again, what was I foolishly expecting? That by entering the A380 I would enter Nirvana?

The cabin crew were excellent - All the stewardesses were very well dolled up (as per usual – not unique to the A380) and they had perfect deportment. While sometimes they tend to behave like headless chickens running around in a panic, the entire crew operation on SQ221 seemed to work like clockwork, and was beautifully orchestrated. It was definitely a perfectly choreographed performance that far exceeded any of the movie selections on Krisworld

So I eased myself comfortably into my seat and nodded at the Australian gentleman seated next to me, half expecting him to say “I used to be a woman before I stepped on this aircraft” but alas that was not to be. Turned around and saw the top of the spiral staircase leading to the lower deck. Ah – that one sign I was on the A380! I breathed a sigh of relief. It may look like an A330, but the A330 certainly does not have a spiral staircase at the back. I was starting to be convinced that the money forked out for the air ticket was indeed money well spent.

Captain Singh welcomed us aboard the “brand new A380” and advised of a flight time of 7 hours. Pushback was 6 minutes late at 2036, and the safety video was played.

The leading stewardess making the inflight announcements did so with the famously nasal Singapore girl announcement accent, with intonation and inflexions much akin to a nervous 16 year old girl taking her O Level English oral examinations. Among other things she asked us to keep our “SIT belts” securely fastened.

I saw another gentleman across the aisle in a “First to Fly the A380” T shirt taking photos of everything on the aircraft so I was pleasantly reassured that I was comparatively sane. Looking out of the window, I spotted the quintessentially Airbus winglets, so yes, another sign that I was on this spanking new commercial aircraft. (Money well spent! And do NOT forget the spiral staircase!)

We taxied from Terminal 2 across the bridge of the expressway leading to the airport and of to Runway 1. It took about 25 minutes and at 9pm we were on our takeoff roll.

Now, I didn’t quite realize we were on the takeoff roll because the taxi was so long. It was only when I looked out of the window to spot the winglets that I did notice we were actually taking off. The A380 is so amazingly quiet in that regard, which is a major plus point for the plane. (second only to the spiral staircase and the winglets, of course)

So we rotated and headed straight northwest into the cloudless Singapore night. Here are some shots of the flight path:

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The new Krisworld is definitely a big plus. With over 1000 entertainment choices, including 200 movies (though only about 2 were worth watching for the month of November – the other 198 were really not worth watching) the interface is very well thought of, and most importantly, there is no lag from the controls. Unlike the old Matsuhshita entertainment system found on the 747s which have a response time of about 30 minutes, the new ex2 system found on the A380 and 77Ws are fantastic in that regard.

I started to watch the show “881” by Royston Tan – a Singaporean produced show that was almost entirely in Hokkien. Many friends had told me how funny it was, but as I don’t speak any Hokkien, I suppose I didn’t appreciate it as much as someone who did. It was also the first time in my life I had finished an entire movie in Hokkien, which is definitely befitting of my first flight on the A380 – Almost as good as the plane itself

Bar service soon started with some peanuts and I opted for an orange juice:

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I decided to take a quick walk down the spiral staircase into the lower deck, which was undoubtedly the most eventful moment of the trip.

Shots of the spiral staircase:

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Shots of the lower deck: Looks just like a 747

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The new economy seat definitely feels wider than the 747 seats and is way more sturdy. There are many thoughtful features including:

1) Tables that fold out from above the seat pocket, rather than directly down from the seat back in front of you. This ensures that when the person in front of you reclines, your dinner does not get splashed into your face

2) Mirrors on the table. Not that I care but I’m sure the ladies would.

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3) Hooks for you to hang your shopping or whatever



4) A Spectacle case

5) A USB port –Though I’m unsure if this is actually a good function. It would be horrendous if you had a nasty boss who made you work during the flight and you couldn’t use the excuse that your laptop had no battery or was not working



6) Huge IFE screens. Also, unlike the 747, when the person in front of you reclines, the screen does not end up on your chest.

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7) Krisworld lets you know how long more you have with the flight when you pause the movie:

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Definitely full marks for the seat and entertainment system. Oh one thing to note is that the entertainment screens for the bulkhead seats of economy are located way above, as shown in the photo below:

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I wouldn’t quite want the entire cabin to know what I was watching?

Dinner this evening was a choice of beef or fish. Unlike its Business Class menus, SIA’s economy class menus are not in French and are instead stated in plain and simple English. Here are some shots:







The fish was a specially prepared dish by Sam Leong from the Tung Luk Group. It always baffles me as to why any self-respecting chef would want his name associated with airline food. And SIA does regularly play with fire, creating menus that require subtle flavours, which typically does not work well 35 000 feet in the air. Where Qantas usually has very boring choices of curries and casseroles (which are extremely tiny and can be finished in 2.5 mouthfuls), they’re more often than not fairly alright, since curry usually drowns out what usually is poor quality meat in economy class. Further, it takes a considerable amount of effort to try and make a bad casserole. (I’m proud to list that as one of my achievements)

With SQ, however, the elaborate meals prepared by its culinary panel are either completely inedible, or, as in the case of this evening’s flight, out of this world. The fish was fresh and of very good quality, as was the rice, which had a smooth, fragrant, ginger (and some other spice) flavour to it. Incidentally, this is the best airline meal I’ve ever had in economy class. The second best economy class airline meal I had was on SQ320 to London last year, which was a duck dish also prepared by Sam Leong. Accompanying the main dish was a prawn salad, a bread roll, and cheddar cheese and crackers. Three cheers for Sam Leong.

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Magnum ice cream was served later. I sure do remember the days where Haagan Dazs and Movenpick ice cream was served in economy class on SIA. Nevertheless, I’m sure they were removed to ensure that the Business Class experience was made more exclusive.

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By the time all the meal trays were collected, there were only 4 hours left of the flight. I made another walk past the 8 people queueing for the upper deck lavatories, down the spiral staircase into the lower deck. I noticed that the 4 lavatories there were empty, and as I passed the queue at the upper deck on the way to my seat, I informed the pax queuing that the lower deck toilets were empty. Strangely enough, all 8 of them made their way down, leaving 2 empty lavatories on the upper deck. Nevertheless, I felt quite pleased seeing as I wouldn’t be unable to shuttle my fellow passengers in between decks (and through a spiral staircase no less!) on any other aircraft – Surely that’s good enough reason to be satisfied with he A380?

Even though the cabin lights were completely dim, the cabin was still quite bright from:

1) The entertainment screens
2) The light at the bottom of the screens that many pax were using, as shown below:

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Do note the tiny little keypad on the console. I guess once you got used to it you could churn out 20 page reports for your clients on board.

I dozed off to sleep for a while, (yes, the plane was really quiet) and barely 2 hours later, the mood lighting came on.I am a big fan of the mood lighting that is found on the A340-500s and the A380s. Not sure if the 77Ws have them – but they sure do ease the transition from darkness to light.

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The cabin crew sprang into action with hot towels, acting as if dinner was served hours before and pax had been asleep for hours. A light continental breakfast was served, with the menu and meal as pictured below:




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I take issue with SIA claiming to serve “an assortment of breakfast rolls” when there is just ONE breakfast ROLL and one banana muffin. Nevertheless, it was barely 2am Singapore time and it was just 2 hours after I finished dinner, so I wasn’t all that hungry anyway.

Halfway through breakfast, somewhere at the northeastern tip of South Australia, just after NT and before NSW, daylight started to break. Here are some shots of the massive wing (Do pay special attention to the winglets):

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At 6.30am Sydney time (3.30am Singapore time), The First Officer came on to say we were 30mins out of Sydney and asked the cabin crew to prepare the aircraft for arrival. Some shots of the flight path:


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We headed right past the Sydney CBD and the eastern suburbs, and made a very smooth landing at Sydney’s Macquarie Bank International Airport on the dot at 7am Australian Eastern Daylight Time. 10 minutes later, we were at Gate 57, which is as of now the only A380-ready gate in Sydney? (I stand corrected)

Being stuck at the very end of the aircraft, it was a good 15 minutes before we could disembark. Said goodbye to the excellent crew and headed out into the terminal.

The queue for immigration was very long, and when it was my turn, I said good morning to the immigration officer but she was too busy chewing her gum to return the courtesy of my greeting. She then opened my passport and stamped it so hard and handed it back to me. I thanked her – but she was of course too busy chewing her gum to return me the greeting.

My bag was on the carousel by the time I got there, and I headed towards the quarantine queue, which, like every other Australian airport, is a joke. Obviously any planning for queue management in Macquarie Bank International Airport, like with every other international airport in Australia, came as an afterthought. In fact, it does seem that any sort of planning in any Australian airport comes as a casual afterthought.

I did notice a sign

“You may be filmed as part of a television programme. If you do not wish to be filmed, please let our crew know” Directly next to that sign was “No photography or video recording is allowed”. Obviously the top-class show “Border Security” preying on unsuspecting Chinese tourists trying to justify bringing dead tigers into the country? Anyway this is the deal with Australian customs – Try taking in bombs, weapons or drugs (Drug mules are one of Australia’s largest exports, after iron ore and coal – Move over BHP Billiton) and they wouldn’t bat an eyelid – but try taking in that apple you were given on the aircraft and you’d be a serious threat to national security.

Anyway, a customs official was walking round checking everyone’s disembarkation card, and he saw it fit to refer me to one of his colleagues, who led me aside to a little quiet corner.

First, she asked me in broken English “You fill this up? You understand?” (complete with hand gestures)

“Yes I did, and you may speak to me normally, I can perfectly understand what you’re saying”

“Why are you only in Australia for 4 days?”

“Because I had a long weekend in Singapore and did not wish to take much leave”

“What kind of accommodation do you live in Singapore? Do you live in a house? Does it have a garden? A backyard? Or do you live in a high rise? No? I thought everyone in Singapore lived in high rise? Do you live with your family? How much did your ticket cost? It seems like a lot of money to pay for a 4 day visit. Did your parents pay for your ticket? Do you earn a lot of money? Where do you work? Do they pay you a lot of money, because they sure do for you to be able to afford this ticket. I see you studied in Australia before. Why did you return to Singapore? Are you sure you are not in Australia now to find employment?”

“Please open your suitcase”. Did as I was told. “Your suitcase is very messy. Did you pack it in a rush? Why did you pack it in a rush? Did you pack it yourself”

To put it very mildly, I found her very, very patronizing and rude. It really was not any of her business how much I earned, or what kind of accommodation I lived in, or how I managed to afford the air ticket? I let her on a secret – that I actually have some savings?
Shock Horror. Surely these savage Asians couldn’t possibly earn enough to have a decent standard of living like we do in Australia?

She also rummaged through my wallet, took out all my credit cards, bank cards, identity card, driving licence etc, then asked me to put them all back myself.

I strongly recommend that Australian Immigration officials be sent to the “Sawasdee Project”, conducted by Thailand’s Suan Dusit Rajabhat University's Human Capital Development Centre, which aims to teach commissioned and non-commissioned police how best to conduct themselves when greeting visitors. Attendees have raved about the programme. An example:

''The trainer tells us how to dress, stand, sit, keep our hair in place, smile and greet visitors as well as make a wai and say sawasdee to them when they use the airport so they will be impressed with our reception and our country,'' says immigration worker Vasinee Kaewpraphai.

Australian immigration officials could surely do with a wai, say sawasdee and keep their hair, in place, smile and greet visitors like me well, so that I would leave impressed with their reception and their country.

I walked out, and noted that there were so many more retail/food outlets than when I was there last about a year ago. I won't be surprised if all walkways in the airport are turned into aisles between shop shelves within the next 2 years. Of course, parking is $12 for 15 minutes, the 5-station, 10-minute train ride into the city costs nearly A$14 and just about everything to do with Sydney Airport is just a criminal rip-off. Anyhow, managed to capture the following shots of aircraft in the departure level:

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Thoughts of the trip:

1)The aircraft seats are very well designed for Y class, with many thoughtful features.

2) The cabin service was out of this world, and better than many business class trips I have taken with SQ in the past (when I was lucky enough to be upgraded or used frequent flyer points – No Miss Australian Immigration Official I do not earn THAT much yet)

3) Dinner was fantastic - An excellent creation by Sam Leong that was very well executed through (and despite?) the instruments of mass-catering

4) The aircraft itself is very quiet, which I think is its biggest plus-point from a passenger perspective.

5) The services of Suan Dusit Rajabhat University are desperately needed to train Australian immigration officials

6) And yes – The wonders of the spiral staircase

33 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineSummercrew From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

If you follow through your threat to make this your last trip report, we all lose. Best trip report I've read in a very, very long time. I'm a university professor in the US, and I wish my students could write as well as you.

User currently offlineSingapore 777 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1014 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

LOL... Anthony you crack me up with your anecdote from the Australian CIQ!

Having said that though, ever since I got a student visa to come in here, I've never been accosted by them ever, and have always been waved through without so much as a bat on the eyelid. Was always troublesome and meddlesome when I was using a tourist visa to enter Australia.

Great trip report, by the way! And I do apologise for not being able to meet you during your stay here as I had other guests in town and exams to contend with. I do hope you enjoyed your stay here.


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent report. I hope you will take back your threat to retire from this forum. Sure, the pictures looked as if they were taken with a vibrator, but your acidic shots of humor certainly made up for it.

MacQuarie Bank International Airport...haha... that's a good one, one of the many branches that are springing up all around the world.

I've often wondered why do immigration/custom/security officers at airports in US/Europe/Australia treat passengers with such disdain?? Surely, they realise that giving foreigners/tourist/investors a good impression of the country and its people are important? Or have these people become so complacent that they believe that people will still flock to their country in droves despite being humiliated the moment they set foot in their country? They seemed determined to tell people that foreigners are NOT welcomed in their country. Here in Asia, and especially Singapore, we seem so desperate to have people visit our country that immigrations would even offer you a mint with a smile as you wait for him/her to strategically stamp your passport so that it's exactly 1 inch from the edge of the page.

Last but not least, I thought this was supposed to be a SYD-SIN trip report....

[Edited 2007-11-12 19:18:58]

[Edited 2007-11-12 19:23:29]


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very enjoyable read and nice to see one writen from someone in the back of the aircraft.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8871 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

A very complete trip report and enjoyable to read and I applaude your sense of humor when dealing with the normally aggravating parts of the trip.


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4753 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Oh christ... You have no idea how many times I burst out laughing at my office desk reading this report...

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
I suppose using the same logic, the SKLs should just be shut completely and all the pax should be sent to the airport%u62AF restaurants, which would definitely make for a more magical inflight experience

I agree 100%. With the new T3, it should be better though, I think... I hope... Split ops between 2 terminals, I am sure the present management will be very pressured to upgrade the present SKL in T2. Dump, really a dump and such a shame.

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
The anti climax was unbearable. Somehow, I still felt like I was on an A330. I did not feel like I was on the largest plane on earth at all and frantically looked around for signs that I was on THE A380. But then again, what was I foolishly expecting? That by entering the A380 I would enter Nirvana?

Funny enough, I felt the same way when I first flew on the 777.

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
So I eased myself comfortably into my seat and nodded at the Australian gentleman seated next to me, half expecting him to say %u63D1 used to be a woman before I stepped on this aircraft?but alas that was not to be.

Hahahahahaha......

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
Among other things she asked us to keep our %u63DDIT belts?securely fastened.

Quintessential Ah Lian speak. They do train to "spik" very well so don't pray pray... Almost sounds like a Kiwi accent, dont you think?

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
Definitely full marks for the seat and entertainment system. Oh one thing to note is that the entertainment screens for the bulkhead seats of economy are located way above, as shown in the photo below:

That would be the day when IFE selections feature porn. I would love to be at the bulkhead seat and do a channel 105 (Debbie Does Dallas).

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
Strangely enough, all 8 of them made their way down, leaving 2 empty lavatories on the upper deck.

And for tonight's selection of in flight entertainment, we have a special performance by the 8 Stooges.

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
In fact, it does seem that any sort of planning in any Australian airport comes as a casual afterthought.

Hehehehehe.... another chortle worthy one.

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
%u63E5hy are you only in Australia for 4 days??br />
%u63C3ecause I had a long weekend in Singapore and did not wish to take much leave?br />
%u63E5hat kind of accommodation do you live in Singapore? Do you live in a house? Does it have a garden? A backyard? Or do you live in a high rise? No? I thought everyone in Singapore lived in high rise? Do you live with your family? How much did your ticket cost? It seems like a lot of money to pay for a 4 day visit. Did your parents pay for your ticket? Do you earn a lot of money? Where do you work? Do they pay you a lot of money, because they sure do for you to be able to afford this ticket. I see you studied in Australia before. Why did you return to Singapore? Are you sure you are not in Australia now to find employment??br />
%u63DAlease open your suitcase? Did as I was told. %u63E7our suitcase is very messy. Did you pack it in a rush? Why did you pack it in a rush? Did you pack it yourself?



Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
She also rummaged through my wallet, took out all my credit cards, bank cards, identity card, driving licence etc, then asked me to put them all back myself.

I had the EXACT same experience when I arrived on a MAS flight some years back. The took out all my cards form the wallet and asked me to identify eacha nd every one of them... ATM Card, Credit Card, Haagen Dazs Discount Card, Driver's License etc... And they took all those cards away to be swiped, to see if any of them were stolen!? WTF? Meanwhile they went through my luggage and messed up whatever I had carefully packed. They were very rude about it and it was really unnecessary with all that attitude.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 3):
Excellent report. I hope you will take back your threat to retire from this forum. Sure, the pictures looked as if they were taken with a vibrator, but your acidic shots of humor certainly made up for it.

I would love to get my hands on one. Imagine the photos you could take! I-POD, then came I-FONE, now I-VIBE!



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5852 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
“No photography or video recording is allowed”.

i got pinged at Perth for using my mobile phone, I politely told customs that I'm paying his wages and that I'll use my phone where I see fit, then I told him that if you can't put more staff on then I wouldn't need the use of my phone to alert people why it was taking so long too get through.

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
To put it very mildly, I found her very, very patronizing and rude.

they are...make no mistake about that, I'm Australian and have had many run-ins with them and have bluntly told them where to get off, I wrote a report about a trip back from the USA which highlighted the rudeness of customs and the mouthful I gave back to her and her colleges.

good report though! well done...



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13739 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

A great trip report DocPepz. Much kudos!


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User currently offlineInbarD From Israel, joined Jan 2007, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for the trip report mate. SQ economy class looks pretty awesome.  Smile Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineZoom1018 From Vietnam, joined May 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Great trip report!!

I enjoyed the part about Quarantine!! LoL We were stuck 'there' in nearly an hour answering silly questions, repacking all the luggage...


User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 789 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Well fun to read thanks!

User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
First, she asked me in broken English “You fill this up? You understand?” (complete with hand gestures)

Australia does have its Nazi's ive been pretty lucky, only had one bad experience where i had an argument with an indian customs officer in Sydney. Im a kiwi and he said i needed visas and i was an illegal immigrant, ended up getting his supervisor who knew the rules but was very hard to pick up on as well.



Qantas, Still calling Australia Home.........
User currently offlineXtra1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 111 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great trip report!!

Totally agree with your opinion of Australian Customs personal (especially in Sydney).
They are worse than US or any European Customs.
Very patronizing and verging on the abusive; on some sort of "power trip".


User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I'm glad you posted a TR!! I hope you'll change your mind and post more.


Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very droll, Mr Docpepz, very droll! I trust you will not have so much hassle on your next trip.


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User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 821 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32544 times:

Is this just a SYD thing, the rude immigration and customs officer ? I had very good experience with an immigration officer in MEL or maybe I was just lucky to get the one nice one. She asked me what I will be doing etc. in a nice way and we chatted a bit about things.
But it was also in MEL that my suitcase got searched. Never had that experience, so after the custom guy finished I said to him Well, that was a thorough check and he replied saying something like Mate, you have not seen nothing yet (meaning that my suitcase was not checked as thoroughly as he could have ?). Well I tailed it out there quick !
I like the random system they used in Mexico city, before exiting you push a button and if the lamp is green you go without check or if the light lights up red (totally random apparently) you r bags get checked. That's a fair system I think.

Nice report by the way...glad to hear that the Y seat is nice and improved too !


User currently offlineKrisworldb777 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 570 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32459 times:

A fine and very entertaining report from you Mr Docpepz.

I would kindly request that you refrain from making negative comments about my country if you decide to test your writing skills again, thank you very much. Australians do not appreciate you chastising our first class airports in such a condescending manner. They are, quite frankly, world leading.....................for inefficiency, outdated facilities and inattentive service (from people who occasionally can speak English).

Oh but wait....at least you know which terminal your flight will be arriving at! Oh dear...

Your photos of the First Class Silver Kris Lounge brought back fond memories. It looks even worse than the last time I was in there....and I thought it had deteriorated dramatically then. I think it's time the landlord (cough, cough) did something to stop it ending up like an Australian airport.

I feel vindicated by this report - as I said to you in the preceding days before you left, I couldn't quite see the point of wasting a weekend to just test out the A380 for the sake of it (especially when it meant sacrificing two nights of sleep). Your comments about it feeling like an A330 just made me relieved that I instead invested that $1200 on the theme park ride that is the stock market at the moment.


User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32441 times:

great trip report sir... enjoyed reading every word of it.
thank you for sharing it with us  Smile


User currently offlineDocPepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1970 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 31347 times:



Quoting Summercrew (Reply 1):
If you follow through your threat to make this your last trip report, we all lose. Best trip report I've read in a very, very long time. I'm a university professor in the US, and I wish my students could write as well as you.

Oh Summercrew, I'm sure you are exaggerating. I'm but a savage Asian!

Quoting Singapore 777 (Reply 2):
Great trip report, by the way! And I do apologise for not being able to meet you during your stay here as I had other guests in town and exams to contend with. I do hope you enjoyed your stay here.

I was in a daze the entire time I was in Sydney due to lack of sleep.

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 7):
i got pinged at Perth for using my mobile phone, I politely told customs that I'm paying his wages and that I'll use my phone where I see fit, then I told him that if you can't put more staff on then I wouldn't need the use of my phone to alert people why it was taking so long too get through.

Unfortunately before you enter a country (and if you're not a citizen) I don't think you've many rights. So I couldn't quite have been as curt to them as you were... though I was tempted to!

Quoting Krisworldb777 (Reply 17):

Oh but wait....at least you know which terminal your flight will be arriving at! Oh dear...

Mr Krisworldb777 (What a fantastic nick you have)
Terminal 2 and 3 are about 500 metres apart through the linkway. Perth domestic and Perth international terminals are 13km apart.

That said, I am quite appalled with the Silver Kris Lounge. Look at LH's Frankfurt First TERMINAL, Qatar's Doha First TERMINAL, and Virgin Atlantic's LHR and JFK Clubhouses. SQ's SKLs are stuck in the 90s, along with wavy regional J .

To everyone else, like Mr Door5Right, SQ772 (yes it's meant to be SIN-SYD and not SYD-SIN), Ryanair and others, thanks so much for your comments. I'm still quite determined to carry out my threat not to write trip reports from now on.... Though I'll probably write a SYD-SIN report this weekend if I have absolutely nothing to do!


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 31272 times:



Quoting DocPepz (Reply 19):
To everyone else, like Mr Door5Right, SQ772 (yes it's meant to be SIN-SYD and not SYD-SIN),

Ok fixed the title for you.

Thanks for the trip report.

Sorry to hear about the trouble you had with Australian customs; completely in contrast with what happens in Singapore.

I don't think Australian customs like tourists only for short trips. Even as an Australian I had some trouble to convince them that I only travelled to Singapore for 2 days. They kept asking me did you go for business; No; and where is your lugagge; I was only gone for 2 days.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26901 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 31226 times:

Hi there nice TR . Great photos . Glad you enjoyed the trip. Just one thing. Who was the guy at the back of the A/C with eyeshades on sitting on the crew seat sleeping???

User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 31175 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
Who was the guy at the back of the A/C with eyeshades on sitting on the crew seat sleeping???

I was about to ask the same question... I always thought that SQ crew are very sticky about passengers sitting on crew seats and I've witnessed several times when the crew had asked passengers in a very firm tone not to sit there... this guy looked as if he was sleeping comfortably on the seat!! I would have thought the Y class seats would be more comfortable than the crew seat!?

Quoting DocPepz (Reply 19):
Though I'll probably write a SYD-SIN report this weekend if I have absolutely nothing to do!

Looks like we're going to have a new TR before the start of the week  Wink



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17061 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 30766 times:

Brilliant TR.

Hope you will continue to write TRs.

The pics are really good.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineDocPepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1970 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 30745 times:

I found this link on sqtalk

http://www.sqtalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2740

As I am not a member of sqtalk, allow me to defend myself.

When I said SIA Business Class menus were largely in French, it was not meant to be taken literally. They usually have chocolate a la mode and duck a l'orange and chicken provencale. What I was trying to say was, if I wanted a French menu I would go to a French restaurant, and certainly not SIA Economy Class!


25 Coal : Tony Thanks a lot for sharing. I really like the pics of the seat detail in Econ. And the meal does not look bad at all! Cheers Coal
26 Singapore_Air : I just noticed this. Hahahhahaa - I shall discuss this with you in private.
27 ANstar : entry into Australia (immig & customs) is second only to the USA in terms of unfriendliness! Great Trip Report and cant wait to fly the big bird
28 Post contains images N174UA : Sorry to sound so "old school"...but when did they drop the "Kingsford Smith" for SYD? Does this bank sponsor everything now? Wow. So let me get this
29 Post contains images VHVXB : Great trip report DocPepz. Your summary of Sydney Airport is spot on. Sorry to here about your experiece with ACS. Kingsford Smith hasn't been dropped
30 Post contains images Tsentsan : What a great read!! The A380 was the first SQ aircraft that I've experienced the new KW, and I thought it was fantastic, though there's a very slight
31 Ag92 : Excellent trip reprot Bad luck eh? People paid like US$1300 for TWO tickets on the Singapore - Sydney Madame Concorde siad that as a Star Gold, she go
32 Lrdc9 : Don't stop writing TRs!! This was so wonderful, just eneugh sarcasm and story line nad just eneugh details about flight! Kept me glued to the screen.
33 Docpepz : I was just looking through this trip report and I know my comment is slightly off topic, but October 2007 is when global stock markets peaked.... so
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