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Economy On The A380 - SQ220 [SYD - SIN] (Pics!)  
User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 17722 times:

24th Nov 2007 - My first flight on the A380-800 Super Jumbo!
25th Nov 2007 - My first post & trip report on A.net!

From: Sydney (YSSY) 16R
ETD: 0850hrs
ATD: 0905hrs

To: Singapore (WSSS) 02L
ETA: 1345hrs
ATA: 1337hrs

I was initially booked on SQ232 (B747-400 Sydney - Singapore) on the 3rd Dec 2007. Since my university final exams ended early on the 21st Nov 2007, I decided to try my luck to get seats on the SQ220 (A380-800 Sydney - Singapore) for my girlfriend and myself. It took several calls to the Singapore Airlines office in Sydney to secure the seats and I would say it was worth all the trouble.

I apologize for the tight crops of the photos. A Canon 20D with the 1.6x crop doesn't go very well with my 24-70L in small spaces.

24th Nov 2007

Arrived at the international terminal of Sydney airport at 0615hrs with my girlfriend. All the check-in counters at row J were opened and a steady queue was building up.

We were served by a snooty ground agent early in the. I was promised upper deck seats by the Singapore Airlines office in Sydney but was assigned separate seats on the lower deck during internet check-in. The ground agent was very unwilling to make the changes and kept insisting that was very difficult to make them. Bollocks! This is the first time I heard such an excuse, even the agents in LHR (London-Heathrow) were more helpful. Eventually, she managed to get us 78A & 78C on the upper deck. Hooray!

We cleared immigration and security checks and proceeded to Gloria Jeans Coffee for my daily dose of caffeine. We then proceeded to gate 57 to wait for boarding. When we got there, the aircrew and cabin crew were still waiting to board. Apparently, the inbound flight was slightly delayed. Boarding was supposed to commence at 0750hrs but was rescheduled to 0810hrs.

We were soon called for boarding. It was a new experience boarding the aircraft from the upper-deck aerobridge and one that had an upward-sloping gradient. Not my first time on the upper deck as I have flown Raffles(Business) Class on SIA several times on the B747-400 but it was my girlfriend's first.

On first sight, it's like boarding a B777/A330/A340 - twin aisles and some what similar seat configurations. As the upper deck has one aerobridge, we had to walk through the Business class cabin before reaching our seats in the Economy class cabin. The new Business class seats look very much bigger than on pictures and it seems more comfortable than the old space-beds.

There are several benefits to being on the upper deck Economy class cabin. It has less people and is very much quieter. Windows seats have a side storage bin which has ample space for a laptop bag or a handbag. The seats are generally more comfortable than the previous generation and a whole lot nicer to look at too! Despite the same pitch of 32” new design still provides adequate legroom.

Captain Chan welcomed us aboard the SQ220 with the usual foray of information citing the delayed departure due to the late arrival of the inbound flight. Push back soon commenced and pre-flight announcements were made by the leading stewardess. Safety video was played and to my dismay, they didn't make a brand new one for the A380 and just modified the evacuation part of it. We then made a quick taxi to 16R for take off.

Our Vacated Gate



Virgin A340-600 takes our place



Qantas A330-300



Air Tahiti Nui A340-300



Runway Hold



Take off was smooth and we passed several aircraft during the roll. Most importantly it was QUIET!!! No whining engines. No groans coming from the bird when compared to other aircraft. It just climbs gently without complaining! It's so much quieter than the A340 too!

Speedbird B777-200ER/B747-400 & Qantas B747-400



Qantas B747-400



We punched through dense cloud cover over Sydney in stages to reach our assigned altitude of FL400.

Overcast Day



Clear Skies



Once the seat belt signs were switched off, I took the chance to explore the aircraft. Unfortunately, Suite & Business classes were out of bounds but no worries for me as I will get a chance to fly in Business next time round. Couple of passengers shared the same sentiments as myself and were walking around with cameras.

Upper Deck Economy Class Cabin



Lower Deck Economy Class Cabin



Spiral Staircase linking both decks



The new Panasonic powered Krisworld system is a big leap over the previous generation one. Screen size has been increased with a new handset with better placement. Entertainment choices have also been increased. User interface has also been improved and loading times have been decreased. The lag times were horrible on the previous generation. Simply fantastic! One feature that I liked particularly was that you could pause your movie and the screen would show what was the remaining flight time – giving the option to fast forward to the ending if there isn't enough time for the whole movie!

Nice Big Screen



New Handset Position



Interactive Menus



Pause Feature



Nice Big Screen



Breakfast was soon served. This is by far one of the best meals in Economy class! Perhaps I was too hungry… The omelette was nice and warm with creamy cheese. Fruit salad was fresh and the muffin was tasty!

Menu



Breakfast Choice



Mains



Sides



After breakfast, I decided to visit the toilet. The queues were long! To make matters worst, people from the lower deck kept coming up to use the toilets when they were available downstairs! Sorry for the lack of pictures as it would seem odd walking into the toilet with a DSLR. The LED lighting in the toilet was cool!

During flight, Captain Chan announced that the aircraft would pass by Ayer's Rock. Everyone started clambering over to the left aisle hoping to catch a glimpse.

Ayer's Rock



Blue Sky over Australia



Lunch was served prior to landing. I chose the chicken while my girlfriend chose the lamb.

Lunch Choice



Lamb



Chicken



The flight passed pretty quickly and soon it was time to commence our descent 100nm out of Singapore. We flew in from the south over the Indonesian islands before positioning for the 02L approach. It's so gentle that you don't feel the aircraft banking unless you look out of the window. Touch down was very smooth and after a long roll we left the runway and taxied to Gate F31 at terminal 2. We passed runway 02C/20C which was temporary closed for construction works.

Immigration was quick and so was customs unlike other airports where the queues seem never ending. Baggage reclaim at Belt 35 took a long time with the priority bags coming out first followed by the aircrew and cabin crew leaving the economy class bags for the last.

Overall, it was a very good flight. Service was excellent. My request to visit the cockpit was denied after landing at the aircraft was going to depart after the cleaning crews did their jobs for a training flight.

Thanks for reading.

[Edited 2007-11-24 19:10:33]

[Edited 2007-11-24 19:12:20]

29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 17650 times:

well firstly welcome to airliners.net, great first post and great first report!!

thanks a lot!

cheers
Avianca



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 17580 times:

The picture of Ayers Rock is fantastic. I saw it from the ground only and from the air far away. Interesting that it is on the airline flight path.

User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 17573 times:

Enjoyed the photos and narrative in your report, so thanks very much and welcome!  Smile

Looking forward to experiencing SKA in a couple of weeks..



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User currently offlineCeph From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 17551 times:



Quoting Nicholaschee (Thread starter):
My request to visit the cockpit was denied after landing at the aircraft was going to depart after the cleaning crews did their jobs for a training flight.

Think its quite the norm as its a new plane. Haha.. hope to experience the A380 soon!


User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 17540 times:



Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):

Thanks. Finally decided to get my premium membership this morning after 2 years on a photographer account.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 2):

It's a magnificent giant piece of rock!

Quoting CXtra (Reply 3):

Thanks. Have a good flight on SKA. I hope SKB is in operation the next time i fly the A380.


User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 17532 times:



Quoting Ceph (Reply 4):

I will try my luck the next time I fly. The last time I ever visited the cockpit was in 1989 as a kid on the B747-300 Big Top while in flight.


User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 17264 times:

First of all, good trip report

Quoting Nicholaschee (Thread starter):
they didn't make a brand new one for the A380 and just modified the evacuation part of it



Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 6):
I will try my luck the next time I fly. The last time I ever visited the cockpit was in 1989 as a kid on the B747-300 Big Top while in flight.

It is now not allowed for anyone unauthorized to enter the cockpit at anytime, even when in the ground. Over my flights with SQ, and my friend who works with SQ, they are denying all entry to passengers onboard due to security reasons.


User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 17248 times:



Quoting Ag92 (Reply 7):

Thanks. Afaik, my cousins who are 777 drivers for SQ have told me that they still allow cockpit visits but only after landing at the gate.


User currently offlineCaliforniaMate From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 17197 times:

I think those are the Olgas and not Uluru. Good report nonetheless

User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2020 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 17151 times:



Quoting CaliforniaMate (Reply 9):
I think those are the Olgas and not Uluru.

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You can see a pic of Uluru on my A380 report:
SQ 220: SYD-SIN On A380 Business Class (Pics) (by Coal Nov 11 2007 in Trip Reports)

Still, great report and even greater pics.

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 17093 times:



Quoting CaliforniaMate (Reply 9):

Did a search on wikipedia, those are indeed Olgas.

Quoting Coal (Reply 10):

Thanks. Your Business class trip report is top notch!


User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 16808 times:

Thanks for the great TR. Hope that you'll also post your J cabin experience.

Dave



Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 16577 times:

I have been invited to a full tour of the aircraft by the cockpit crew on her very first visit to Sydney (this was on the RTW test flights via the South and North Poles). This visit was planned with the A380 Airbus Chief Test Pilot way ahead of time.

I have posted some of the A380 cockpit photos which you can see at the end of my Sydney to Singapore Inaugural trip report.

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 7):
It is now not allowed for anyone unauthorized to enter the cockpit at anytime, even when in the ground.

I hope you have enjoyed your flights on board the Mother of all Aircrafts!
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User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 16530 times:

Wow! On the 25th I was at the T2 viewing deck just looking at SKA  Smile Small world.

Great report btw, reminds me of my flight in 82K, everytime I see that window I remember  Smile What a fab flight. Friend of mine just returned from SYD today on her, praises all around!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26935 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 16527 times:

Welcome to Anet and a brilliant first TR . Nice photos and im impressed by the offering of two decent meals on a 7- 8 hour flight.

Thanks for sharing

OA260


User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 16396 times:



Quoting Davescj (Reply 12):

Thanks. Always wanted to post a trip report but never got to it. It's a pity all the times in J class have never been documented.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 13):

It was an enjoyable flight. Thank you! I loved your recent trip report and Happy Belated birthday!

Quoting Tsentsan (Reply 14):

It's indeed a small world. Your trip report was a nice one too. Making any plans for Changi International Airshow?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):

Thanks. The meals were decent and very good to my standards for mass catered ones - I had the worst meals of my life during my 2.5 years of national service. Combat rations are disgusting.


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 16393 times:



Quoting Nicholaschee (Thread starter):
24th Nov 2007 - My first flight on the A380-800 Super Jumbo!
25th Nov 2007 - My first post & trip report on A.net!

Welcome to A.net  bigthumbsup 
Really nice TR and interesting photos. It is good to see how the scheduled flight on A380 looks like after seeing so many nice reports on its inaugural flight.

I hope you'll write about your experiences in Business class, too.



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User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 16357 times:



Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 17):

Thanks. Am looking forward to my J class trip too!

In the mean time, look out for my upcoming trip reports. Will be doing quite a bit of regional flying during my summer break. Big grin


User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 16019 times:

Good report and pictures, Mr Nicholaschee. Those meals looked quite tasty!


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8534 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 15675 times:
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Great 1st TR, thanks!

Quoting Nicholaschee (Thread starter):
she managed to get us 78A & 78C on the upper deck. Hooray!

- We had those seats on the 1st service, SIN-SYD, SQ380  Smile

Quoting Nicholaschee (Thread starter):
During flight, Captain Chan announced that the aircraft would pass by Ayer's Rock. Everyone started clambering over to the left aisle hoping to catch a glimpse.

Ayer's Rock

- Err, it's now.

Look forward to the return TR.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 15418 times:



Quoting Door5Right (Reply 19):

Thank you!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 20):

The return TR will be in March 2008. Big grin


User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 15183 times:

Great first trip report & welcome to A.net...
and thank you for sharing this wonderful trip report!!!


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14586 times:

Welcome to A.net! and what a way to celebrate a first post!!

Quoting Nicholaschee (Thread starter):
During flight, Captain Chan announced that the aircraft would pass by Ayer's Rock. Everyone started clambering over to the left aisle hoping to catch a glimpse.

I bet tour guides down in Ayers Rock said ¨and now if you look up you will see the A380 flying above us¨ Big grin

Quoting Nicholaschee (Thread starter):
The flight passed pretty quickly

Apparently a 7+ hour flight is now not enough when flying the A380! just can´t get enough of the plane.

Nice report and once again welcome onboard!

MIAspotter



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User currently offlinePilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1384 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14404 times:

Great trip report, glad to see the A380 is getting so many good reviews from the initial pax who are lucky enough to fly on her!

Quoting Nicholaschee (Thread starter):
Qantas B747-400

Small point, your last ground photo of the Qantas B747 is not actually a B747-400, but a B747-300, looks like she is awaiting her next assignment at the Domestic terminal in SYD. (probably due to head back West to Perth)

Pilot21



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25 Post contains images Nicholaschee : Thank you! Thanks. Actually, the novelty of being on the A380 wore off as the flight went on. It seemed to be a normal flight after take-off. You are
26 B747forever : What a brilliant first TR. I really love to read A380 TRs. The pics are really good. Thank you for sharing. B747forever.
27 9VSWA : Welcome to A.net! I started my 'life' on A.net in the same way with a TR 1 year ago. Nice report, thanks for sharing. Always nice to read others' A380
28 Nicholaschee : Thanks! Upper deck seats for Y are all excellent. It's like "premium" economy.
29 Ryanair!!! : I am very very very jealous. Everyone seems to be getting on to the A380 but me. I am flying off next week on an Airbus too... But alas! It is the oth
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