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A380 Upper Deck Economy SQ SIN-SYD (Lots Of Pics)  
User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Darkness descends Singapore Changi Airport as I continue surfing the net and chatting on MSN ... it was now 19:10 and my boarding pass saids boarding for my flight home begins at 19:30. I was in Changi's Terminal 1 and my flight departs from Gate F31 in Terminal 2 ... and I was hungry and needed some food, fast. Quickly shutting the computer down, I grabbed my bags, stopped off at a bubbler (Aussie for drinking fountain) for a drink before heading upstairs to the food court and found Subway, where I bought an ultra-expensive S$6.10 roast beef sandwich. I've never been a fan of Subway but it was food to go ... and I forgot where McDonald's was in Terminal 1!

I then ran onto a people mover onto Terminal 2 (stuffing the Subway sandwich into my mouth as we travelled) and off the other side, walking briskly to Gate F31. I took a glance at the departure monitors, it dawned on me that the flight doesn't depart until 20:30 and that SQ allows for one hour to board the A380. Phew! It was an unceremonious start to what would be my second flight on the A380.

The Flight
Date: Tuesday 8 January, 2007
Flight: SQ221
Route: Singapore Changi Terminal 2 (SIN) - Sydney Kingsford-Smith (SYD)
Aircraft: Airbus A380-841 (9V-SKA)
Departs: 2030
Arrive: 0705 + 1 day
Seat: 75A ("UPPER DECK" )

The new darling of the skies
The Airbus A380 certainly is the new darling amongst air travellers - even people who don't have an interest in aviation talks about it. And so at Changi, the glass window looking onto Gate F31 (where 9V-SKA has "lived" since October) seems to be always full of people gawking and pointing at the A380, and getting their pictures taken with her. And I was lucky enough to fly aboard the A380 ... for the second time!

It goes without saying, however, that taking pictures of the plane would not be easy in the dark, with the sloping window and no tripod. Never mind, a bit of ingenuity with a magazine means I had a place to rest my camera. I do quite like the effect of the bright nose and darkened tail:
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/sq380_9v-ska_sin2.jpg

Moments later a SilkAir A320 (9V-SLG) would pull into the adjacent gate and this gave a rather interesting photo of the smallest and largest in the "family" side-by-side (both the Airbus and Singapore Airlines families!).
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/mi320_9v-slg_sq380_sin1.jpg

After drinking even more water from the drinking fountains (this no bottle/liquids rule is really p@#%ing me off!) I went to the boarding lounge. It was approaching 19:45 (I spent many minutes trying to get those photos ...) and the security lines were pretty long. Interestingly, the staff gave out Australian arrival cards after boarding pass check.

The lounge was pretty full already and it was difficult to find a seat - I hope they made the lounges bigger in the new Terminal 3! But not to worry, boarding was called almost immediately at 19:50 and the seats quickly emptied. I have always wondered why people feel the need to line up so early when you get the same seat on board anyway?!

Now, how does gate staff know which airbridge you should go onto? After all, for the A380 there is one bridge for the upper deck passengers and another for the lower deck. Easy, just print your assigned deck SO BIG on the boarding pass that you can see it from 38,000ft!


I took an opportunity to photograph 9V-SKA front-on, using my backpack Wow! as a tripod. Let's just say it took many, many attempts for one shot to turn out reasonably OK but despite the best effort from my hands I couldn't stop the reflection! Many others were also trying this photo but gave up pretty quickly ...
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/sq380_9v-ska_sin3.jpg

The A380 is the first time I've seen the seat map on a board in a departure lounge. I wonder if they had these boards back when the 747 was new?
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr01_seatmap.jpg

SQ and Changi are milking the A380 connection for all its worth - big mural on the wall on the lounge.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr02_wall.jpg

By now it was 20:10 and I noticed the Upper Deck line had all but disappeared. So, I broke my "tradition" and walked on. By contrast, the Main Deck line still stretched halfway along the lounge - and you can see the line on the airbridge, too!

I really wonder if it's efficient using one airbridge for the 148 passengers on the top deck whilst the main deck also gets only one but having 323 passengers! It doesn't add up. I wonder if it's workable to draw a line on the lower deck (say from Door 4 back) and those passengers also board by the upper deck bridge?

An empty airbridge, something I have almost never seen on boarding any widebody aircraft (well except on this particular morning when I was stone motherless last in boarding my 777 in Hong Kong!).


And finally getting to the door. No-one here, either, the crew even has time to joke with the ground staff. It's another world compared to what the bridge is like on the main deck.


... to find a very empty Business Class! Wow! Boarding has just about finished and there's only a few solitary souls here! No wonder there was no queue to get on board.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr05_jcabin.jpg

Upper deck economy, however, was pretty full. Except my row. I got to Row 75 to find two empty seats! Again, the Singapore Girl offered to put my bag away in the overhead lockers before I got myself comfortable in my seat.

The greatest thing about travelling on the A380's Upper Deck are these - the extra storage bins by the window seats. Not only does it increase elbow room but also very handy to put your carry on. As these photos demonstrates, it swallows a 17" laptop satchel with plenty of room to spare. I even stuffed the pillow + my jacket in there. http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr06_bin.jpg
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr07_bin.jpg

The extra space between seat and wall really is enormous:


The seat next to me was still empty, so I decided to get up and take some pictures of the cabin. The lovely Singapore Girl seen here is the one who's responsible for the port side of Upper Deck Economy. Lucky me!
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr08_cabin.jpg

Windows are smaller on the Upper Deck compared to the Main Deck.


And they're impossible to take photos out of at night due to the curvature. Nevertheless I found it amusing they always put a 737 or an A320 on either side of the A380 - at least here in Terminal 2.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr10_737.jpg

Of course, the last passenger to board took the seat next to me. D'oh!!!

I noticed quite a few passengers were wandering around getting photos, and commenting about how "different" and "special" this aircraft is compared to other planes they'd flown - even a bloke from Business Class came back for some pics. That saids everything you need to know about the A380.

Into the Tropical Night
It didn't seem long until we were pushed back and taxiied out towards Runway 02R for departure. It was dark, so nothing much to see at all. A Qantas 737 took off ahead of us - yes you read that right, a 737 ... I had noticed something like a Qantas 737 come into Terminal 1 just as I was leaving but thought I was seeing things ... I wonder why it was in Singapore and where it was headed to?

Just as I noticed on my first A380 flight, the aircraft was whisper quiet as we took off. Couldn't gauge whether we were gaining height quickly at all due to the lack of landmarks. But flaps went up pretty quickly so I guess we were speeding up at least! Soon landing lights were switched off and it was absolutely pitch black outside.

It was another bumpy climb away from Singapore. The Singapore Girls started handing out dinner menus and serving juice + peanuts pretty quickly. I compiled a bit of a playlist from the excellent CD collection and settled back to read a magazine. After the (mysterious) extra pitch in the 777 earlier in the day the A380 seemed extremely cramped.

One of the great things about SQ's new interior are the LED reading lights. No longer are they out of focus and nowhere near powerful enough, they're actually alright to read with. There's the conventional overhead light but to "not disturb others", there is another one provided under the IFE screen. With both on the light is pretty powerful, as you can see here:
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr11_light.jpg

Dinner was served about 1 hour 20 minutes after take-off. I chose the roast chicken option which is ok, far better than the "KFC" chicken with mash I had on the flight from Hong Kong. The roast chicken is done Chinese style with tasteless fried rice ... I only realised until after I'd eaten that the dark cup with the SQ logo is soy which you're meant to pour on the rice! Oops. The smoked salmon salad was a nice touch, the piece of salmon was HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE and thick.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr13_meal.jpg

As is usual, this was followed by ice-cream, an ice-cream sandwich this time. Yum.

After the trays were cleared, it was time for a a walkabout. I decided to head down the spiral staircase to see what the main deck was like. It confirmed my suspicion that service really is slower downstairs - they were only just settling into their meal when we had finished our's. Here the F/A's had just made it into the galley after serving dinner.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr14_lowerdeck.jpg

Due to the trolleys being around I didn't walk any further and walked back up the stairs. After the usual post-meal rush for the lavatories the cabin was quiet as everyone settled into watching something on the IFE. The lights were dimmed to a yellowish glow.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr15_cabin.jpg

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Minutes later the lights went blue and then off. We were indeed settling into an overnight flight. I returned to my seat and tried to sleep. A380 or not, longhaul flying in Economy is as uncomfortable an experience as you can get.

The lack of noise and the turbulence put me to sleep rather quickly. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I woke up to find we had reached Western Australia - I had slept reasonably peacefully for about 90 minutes, which isn't that bad. I tried to go back to sleep but it wasn't easy ... then a baby started crying, and that was the end of sleeping!

I was getting awfully thirsty, probably not helped by the wine I had with dinner. So I pressed the call button and within 30 seconds the Singapore Girl appeared. She actually brought back a full tray of water and handed them to those who were awake at the time. Smart move, and not one that's repeated often on other carriers. Throughout the next few hours I pressed the button (trust me I really was thirsty! ) and she would appear within 30 seconds. Now that's service!

Cruising above the Great Australian Outback
It was pitch black outside. This also means that the sky was lit up by thousands of stars. It's simply magical, something that's a "trademark" for the Australian Outback.

The Australian Outback might seem like a sea of nothingness but a flight over it at night proves otherwise. Every minute or so a few lights would appear on the ground below - there are certainly many people who live and work on these remote cattle stations (and other properties).

To pass the time I flipped through Krisworld to see if anything caught my eye. I chose episode 1 of Michael Palin's New Europe series, but that didn't last long. I then plugged in my laptop and tried to sort through a few photos, not a good idea at what is 2:00am ... nor is trying to play ATC2 (the Japanese air traffic control game). And oh, just like last time I couldn't get any power through my Aussie/Kiwi/Chinese 3-pin plug - had to put on my European adaptor. It's advertised that you can use the Aussie plug on board but I couldn't get it to work either times ...

I really, really hate longhaul flying! Especially overnight flights!

Breakfast in the dark
Just as I got really bored the cabin lights were flicked on and breakfast was served as we exited the Northern Territory. There was still almost three hours to go! Surely they could've left it another 30-45 minutes!
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr16_meal.jpg

We now had a nice tailwind behind us as we arrived in New South Wales:
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr17_ife.jpg
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr18_ife.jpg

Sunrise
The first rays of light appeared about an hour before we were due to touch down. I always enjoy watching sunrise from an aircraft, the colours are simply wonderful!
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr19_sunrise.jpg

Soon the sky turned blue and revealed the farms of New England below.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr20_wing.jpg


A few minutes later we started our descent to Sydney over what should be the Upper Hunter Valley. The speed brakes were deployed.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr22_spdbrake.jpg

Unfortunately the cloud cover started just as we turned onto the glidepath of Runway 16R - we were already locked on the glidepath when we were still more than 100 miles out! Here we are just a little north of Broke and Cessnock. It's a shame because I always enjoy the beautiful approach to Sydney over the Hunter Valley.


Arriving Home
It was a bumpy ride through the clouds as we continued to descend towards Sydney. We broke through the clouds at leafy North Turramurra with the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park in view here, and a glimpse of Bobbin Head Road which is one of the climbs I use when training on my bike.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr24_tmurra.jpg

The port side windows on a Runway 16 approach really shows off Sydney, as you'll see. Here we're over the North Shore suburb of Gordon.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr25_gordon.jpg

Lindfield, the Lane Cove National Park and the University of Technology, Sydney campus - where I spent 3 years obtaining my first degree and 1 year as teaching staff.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr26_utskg.jpg

The cargo ships that greet us on approach to Singapore Changi is now replaced by pleasure craft on the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers here in Sydney.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr28_lanecover.jpg

Over Parramatta River with formerly industrial Cockatoo Island in the middle - it's usually here aircraft on approach extend their landing gear, but owing to being on the upper deck I could not hear it being extended - although the added wind noise seems to confirm it already had.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr29_cockatoo.jpg

Definitely Sydney now as the Harbour Bridge and the city comes into view - the thick clouds also made it dark all of a sudden. Wow! I do like the silhouette effect on the buildings.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr30_balmain.jpg
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr31_city.jpg
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr32_approach.jpg

Must be really humid - check out the air stream over the wing.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr33_approach.jpg

Touchdown.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr34_landing.jpg

The Long Taxi
Strangely, we taxiied all the way down to the end of Runway 16R before turning off onto Taxiway Alpha. As I have not spotted A380 arrivals here I don't know whether this is a usual occurrence but it is weird to me.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr35_taxi.jpg
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr36_taxi.jpg

Horses swimming at The Beach! First time I've seen them in the water after hearing about them from other spotters - and stepping in the horse s@#$ there! Wow!
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr37_horses.jpg

Some edited pics showing my favourite spotting location in Sydney - The Beach. Yes you can walk out to the fence! Here someone takes their dog for a run around here (it is incredibly popular with dog owners who let their dogs run around off leash and have a swim - so don't go there if you don't like dogs!) The Fence is a fantastic spot to watch widebodies (they're almost all widebodies) taxi by just metres from you.
Other than that, the Breakwater is fantastic for seeing 16R rotations.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SYD_TheBeach1.jpg

Over General Holmes Drive - light traffic at 0700.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr38_m5.jpg

Our long taxi has allowed Virgin Atlantic's A340-600 (G-VRED) to sneak ahead of us. Ironically she has also flown from Hong Kong - but left 5.5 hours after I did. This shows how much longer a Singapore transit takes.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr39_vs346_g-vred.jpg

Singapore Airlines has a 747-400 overnighting in Sydney ever night - on this occasion it is 9V-SPJ.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr40_sq744_9v-spj.jpg

Finally, we arrived at Gate 57 - where my Asian journey began 36 days ago. As I had observed on that day the ground staff swarmed over the A380 as soon as we parked.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr41_park.jpg

The "A380 Capable" catering truck doesn't take long to raise up to Upper Deck level.
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr42_catering.jpg

Welcome Home - to a mess!
With just over 100 pax on the Upper Deck disembarkation was very swift, very narrowbody like. I really think they could let the rear of the Main Deck economy cabin come up the stairs and use this airbridge to disembark ...

A photo of Business Class on the way out:
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr43_jclass.jpg
http://s44.photobucket.com/albums/f41/kitkat271/aviation/2008/0801Jan/SQ221_TR/sq221_tr44_jclass.jpg

[start rant] Sydney Airport is again a big mess with the A340-600 and A380 arriving at the same time - it's the first time in years I've come through this pier and the only "improvement" has been the intrusion of the duty free store. Personally I think it's disgusting that pax have to virtually walk through a duty free store to get to Immigration. There was a short line-up at Immigration but nothing compared to the Foreign Passports queue.

After the efficiency of Changi and Hong Kong it was a shock to arrive in Sydney. The baggage hall is about as elegant as that of Kuala Lumpur's Low Cost Terminal! And the carousels themselves are not long enough to handle a large widebody with suitcases being held back as the carousel is already full. It is not helped that the Immigration line is so long that most of the suitcases go unclaimed and go round and round. I waited 2 minutes for my suitcase to drop from the belt onto the carousel ...

Luckily, there was no queue at Quarantine, I simply showed the staff my bag of food (which was quite a bag!), whilst other staff put my luggage through the X-ray and off I went. I've long suspected that Aussie passport holders get an easier time through Quarantine and I noted the officer didn't really take much of a look inside the bag, nor at the X-ray machine! Wow!

With that, I navigated through the throng of greeting friends and relatives in the arrivals hall and proceeded on the long walk to the other side of the terminal for the train. It cost A$13.80 just to get to the city, what a blatant rip off - and all in the "comfort" of a hot, non air-conditioned train that is standing room only in peak hour.

Sydney really needs to up its game - the first impressions of a visitor can't be any worse ... especially one coming from an Asian country with their gleaming new infrastructure. It's not as though it can't be done (nor cost a lot of $$$$$), but that Sydney Airports Corporation has decided to spend money only on what can directly generate income (ie retail and parking) but not those that indirectly benefit everyone else. [/end of rant]

In the city I got off at St James, the station with only stairs for access, lugged my suitcase up the stairs and walked to my bus stop at the Queen Victoria Building, hoping that I'd made the connection as my route runs on a 2-hour frequency during the morning. The 8:25am bus home was there within 2 minutes (how's that for timing?!), and 50-minutes later I walked into the house.

Such was the sleep deprivation that I spent all day sleeping ... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

The Verdict
If you had to fly SQ's A380 in Economy, go for Upper Deck at any cost - even if you can't get the seat you really wanted. It simply is another world compared to the Main Deck - there seems to be better crew/passenger ratio up there, service is faster, and there is a far cosier feel. That's on top of the extra storage bin for window seats and the much faster boarding and disembarkation processes. I actually wonder why SQ didn't opt for a premium economy class there instead of plain old Economy.

Singapore Airlines' service was simply superb and faultless on this flight. I would not hesitate to fly with them again. It was another good experience transiting Changi, too, even if it's getting extremely boring.

And the A380? My second flight confirmed my feelings from the first. It's quiet (babies notwithstanding) and it's different.

And that concludes my series of Trip Reports from my Asian trip. I really do appreciate the kind comments! Until next time ... Thanks very reading!

[Edited 2008-02-11 18:19:10]


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User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent Trip report.

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Thread starter):
Sydney really needs to up its game - the first impressions of a visitor can't be any worse ... especially one coming from an Asian country with their gleaming new infrastructure. It's not as though it can't be done (nor cost a lot of $$$$$), but that Sydney Airports Corporation has decided to spend money only on what can directly generate income (ie retail and parking) but not those that indirectly benefit everyone else. [/end of rant]

Alot of the Asian countries' airports are government owned and can afford to spend a few billion dollars on upgrading their airports, especially when airports such as Changi provide huge benefits to the national economy.


User currently offlineFCA767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1786 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Really Nice Report...I liked your photo's of the upperdeck...And that cabin crew girl looked very friendly and cute  Smile I was on the lower deck  Smile

User currently offlineAri From UK - England, joined May 2005, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting HKGKaiTak (Thread starter):
I had noticed something like a Qantas 737 come into Terminal 1 just as I was leaving but thought I was seeing things ... I wonder why it was in Singapore and where it was headed to?

I think this QF flight goes to PER?! or somewhere in Australia anyway  Silly via DPS!!

Great Trip Report and I can't wait to get on board one of those SQ A380s!! This summer hopefully  crossfingers 

ari


User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Ari (Reply 3):
I think this QF flight goes to PER?! or somewhere in Australia anyway Silly via DPS!!



Quoting HKGKaiTak (Thread starter):
Sydney Airport is again a big mess with the A340-600 and A380 arriving at the same time - it's the first time in years I've come through this pier and the only "improvement" has been the intrusion of the duty free store. Personally I think it's disgusting that pax have to virtually walk through a duty free store to get to Immigration. There was a short line-up at Immigration but nothing compared to the Foreign Passports queue.

After the efficiency of Changi and Hong Kong it was a shock to arrive in Sydney. The baggage hall is about as elegant as that of Kuala Lumpur's Low Cost Terminal! And the carousels themselves are not long enough to handle a large widebody with suitcases being held back as the carousel is already full. It is not helped that the Immigration line is so long that most of the suitcases go unclaimed and go round and round. I waited 2 minutes for my suitcase to drop from the belt onto the carousel ...

Maq Bank International airport will never be upgraded under those owners, they wouldn't spend any money. Money eats profits and bonuses.

Never ever had a bag check or xray when declaring anything yet when i dont declare i always seem to get my bagged checked........



Qantas, Still calling Australia Home.........
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27312 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR and nice photos. Deffo looks like the Upper deck is the one to go for.

Thanks

OA260


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR

The pics are really hood.

Seems that the upper deck is really nice!!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineSkyTeamTriStar From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Whoa! IMHO, you've taken some good pictures with some awesome angles!

Allow me to ask a question out loud. After viewing so many cabin pictures on a.net why do so many European/Asian carriers insist that the cabin lights remain turned-on even while their pax are trying to sleep? My point is, shouldn't it be "lights out" for take-off and/or landing in case of evacs?

I know, this has been discussed on here, lots of times. I'm just venting......


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hoorah - another wonderful trip report HKGKaiTak. Great pictures too. I am heartened you enjoyed your Singapore Airlines A380 experience!

Kudos once again!



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 835 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent TR, love all those pics. Cant wait for myown trip on the upper deck of the A380 next month, should be fantastic. Wonder if there is anyone on here that works for SQ that could bump me up to business!!!


Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12594 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report; do you know how many cabin crew SQ has on its A380s?

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 10):
Great report; do you know how many cabin crew SQ has on its A380s?

I think it's 23. I know there are four serving passengers in Singapore Airlines Suites



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

All I can say about your TR is WOW!!!.
Looking fwd to the next.
great pics.

regds
MEL



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User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

First of all thank you for all the kind comments. I'm glad you all enjoyed my series of trip reports. It'll be a while before I get to post another one however.

Quoting AA7295 (Reply 1):
Alot of the Asian countries' airports are government owned and can afford to spend a few billion dollars on upgrading their airports, especially when airports such as Changi provide huge benefits to the national economy.

That sums it all up in a nutshell. IMHO Sydney Airport should never have been sold to Macquarie Bank (or whatever "unrelated" subsidiary it is under). As Pilotdude09 said above, it's all about profits now, nothing about benefiting travellers or welcoming Sydney's visitors.

Quoting FCA767 (Reply 2):
And that cabin crew girl looked very friendly and cute

LOL yes that's one of the benefits of flying SQ I think!  Wink

Quoting SkyTeamTriStar (Reply 7):
Allow me to ask a question out loud. After viewing so many cabin pictures on a.net why do so many European/Asian carriers insist that the cabin lights remain turned-on even while their pax are trying to sleep? My point is, shouldn't it be "lights out" for take-off and/or landing in case of evacs?

The lights were out take-off and landing ... as it was during the middle part of the flight for about 3 hours.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 12):
Looking fwd to the next.

Thanks but I hope you aren't holding your breath!  spin 



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User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow that's a cool report.

Can you please tell me how you can get an upper deck? doesn't web check-in have lots of empty seats available in the upper deck? Is it easy to get it?



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User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thank you for NOT showing a photo of that Opera house! Seems like everytime I see something about Sydney I have to see this thing! Much better to see AIRCRAFT ! and your pix were Great!

User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12281 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting HKGKaiTak (Thread starter):
Nevertheless I found it amusing they always put a 737 or an A320 on either side of the A380 - at least here in Terminal 2.

Wow, that really shows the size of the beast. Your wing appears to be taller than the entire 737 (bar the tail).

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Thread starter):
Personally I think it's disgusting that pax have to virtually walk through a duty free store to get to Immigration.

Haha, just like OSL. Duty free is in the arrivals hall, so while you are waiting for your bags to arrive, you have plenty of time to shop  Smile



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2876 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent trip report with excellent photos  Smile I like how you compared the A380 and that SilkAir jet.

I agree with you on the liquids rule... although I am pretty sure they will let you take an empty bottle along.


User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 14):
Can you please tell me how you can get an upper deck? doesn't web check-in have lots of empty seats available in the upper deck? Is it easy to get it?

Online check-in ... I was assigned a window seat on the lower deck (over the wing) and a check of the rest of the cabin showed 75A being the only upper deck window available. There were quite a few aisle and middle of the block seats available too on the upper deck.

There were no upper deck windows online when I checked in on my flight to SIN - so I guess it's all down to luck!  Silly

Quoting Elite (Reply 17):
I agree with you on the liquids rule... although I am pretty sure they will let you take an empty bottle along.

No, the liquids rule extends to containers. You can take a container along so long as it too is under 100mL. Interesting thing is from SYD you could buy bottled water once you go through security.

Quoting Learjet23 (Reply 15):
Thank you for NOT showing a photo of that Opera house! Seems like everytime I see something about Sydney I have to see this thing!

LOL! I live in SYD so naturally my inclination for showing the Opera House is less than others who are visiting!  Smile



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User currently offline5YKQW From Kenya, joined Feb 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report! I really envy travellers in the asia-pacific region. So many aircraft types, so many airlines, so many airports, great cuisine and really affordable. Intra-african travel is quite expensive compared to travelling in that region. e.g. Nairobi-Lusaka costs about USD400 yet it is less than three hours flying time. I wish to live in that part of the world one day to experience your reports. Thanks

User currently offlineAirNick From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Ohhh, I miss Sydney... and Singapore.

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Thread starter):
I really, really hate longhaul flying! Especially overnight flights!

Huh, funny, overnight flights are my favorite.


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