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LHR-SIN-SYD-AYQ With SQ & QF (Incl A380)  
User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 766 posts, RR: 10
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12956 times:

Hi all, welcome to my trip report.

Firstly some background! My trip actually started in DUB with BD but I have left out this part of the TR as I thought it was long enough anyway and I had booked the DUB-LHR flights separately so it seemed to make sense! I have also only done a TR on one half of the trip, obviously I came home but it was pretty much the same again in reverse and I didn't want to bore anyone. I took this trip for two reasons, to visit my sister in MEL and to get to see the last continent on Earth (I'm excluding Antarctica here)! Anyway onwards and upwards....



LHR-SIN SQ 319 (B744)
Saturday 29th March 2008
STD 18.15 ACT 18.35
STA 14.55 ACA 15.05

I had arrived in LHR at about 1.30 for a 6.15 flight due to a change in flight times from BD from Dublin, but I spent some time wandering around the shops in T3 before heading to TGI's for some lunch. At about 5.30 I headed down to the gate and saw my ride to SIN



I had previously flown with SQ on my trip to Vietnam in 2006 but all of those flights were on B777s so this was my first SQ jumbo flight! I had previously heard that their 747s were starting to show their age and I'm sorry to say that there is some truth in that. While the plane was still comfortable and the crew were still at their fantastic best, it was just starting to look a little too dated



The flight was almost totally full, there was only one free seat in Y with a lot of families flying out to SIN at the start of English half-term. Shortly after take-off we were given out hot towels followed by drinks. I had a Tiger as is the tradition on SQ. Dinner took a while to be served on the 747 and was not helped by some heavy turbulence on the way out of Europe. The choices for dinner were;
* Beef fillet & rosemary sauce with sauteed potatoes
* Stir fry pork with ginger & steamed rice
* Indian tandoori chicken with almond pilaff rice
I went for the beef and very nice it was too, but the smoked salmon & potato salad was a little odd!



Once dinner was finished I watched some TV on Krisworld and started to watch "National Treasure 2" but soon fell asleep and the next I remember we were being served lunch about 90minutes outside of SIN. Lunch was a choice of Braised egg noodles or Vegetable fritatta which I declined both of, neither were something I fancied in front of me after being asleep for 8 hours! After waking up properly and filling out my Singapore immigration card we were soon descending into SIN



This was my 3rd time visiting SIN and I have to say it is a place I love. It is so cosmopolitan but equally very Asian in parts and to top it all it has an ok airport! We arrived into the new T3 and parked next to some other SQ birds to end the first part of my journey.





SIN-SYD SQ 221 A380
1st April 2008
ETD 20.35 ACT 21.15
ETA 06.55 ACA 06.50

This was the one I was really looking forward to (what a shock!). I had checked in for the flight at the downtown SQ office earlier that morning when collecting my Australian ETA visa.



Once I had checked in I headed to Raffles hotels for a Singapore Sling, it was my birthday after all (by the way I have no idea who the nut in the background is!!)



We headed out to the airport for about 6pm and wandered around the new T3. I have to say it is fantastic, even better than T2 was, so bright and airy but the only negative I will say is that the choice of food is not the greatest once you're airside. But the huge windows overlooking the runways allows for some excellent photo opportunities





I was a bit worried about how boarding was going to be on the giant A380 but it was a dream. Everyone was called by zone and for once everyone stuck to it. For some reason things in Singapore generally tend to go like that. I had specifically booked through the UK SQ website so I could book particular seats which you cant do through the Irish one from some reason. I wanted that seat upstairs!! We boarded and the first impressions were fantastic.



We were welcomed onboard and given out hot towels as usual but I had only just got seated when a Singapore girl came over to me and wished me a happy birthday, a lovely touch I thought. The A380 is so much more spacious than the 747 I had flown out on with more leg room and those compartments next to the window are great too





Our takeoff was delayed by about 40minutes due to a passenger not turning up and their baggage having to be taken out of the massive hold. But at just after 9pm we left the gate. The first thing to be said is that anything you have heard about the A380 being really quiet is right. It was almost silent, especially compared to the roar from the 747. Even when we were at V1 you could speak at a normal level and be heard. It really was everything it was it was meant to be so far. We took off into the now-set Singapore sky and I settled down to some Father Ted before dinner.



The screens on the A380 are vastly superior to the tiny box on the 744, so much easier to watch. Once we were at our cruising altitude dinner was served. On this flight there was a choice of;
* Ragout of chicken with mushroom served with fresh pasta
* Thai style beef in Masaman curry with steamed rice
I went for the chicken but again there was a seafood salad, this time with cold mussels and lobster (it was gross)



The flight to SYD was only roughly 7hours long and I wanted to go exploring before we landed so I decided to get a nap. About 2 hours later I woke up and went to check out this giant, and the flight team were more than happy to let us look around




No sooner had I taken my seat again than perhaps the most embarrassing moment of my life happened. At roughly 2am somewhere over the Pacific 4 Singapore girls appeared with a cake and champagne singing "happy birthday" at the top of their voices. Looking back on it, it was a fantastic gesture but at the time i wanted to jump out that emergency exit



We were now over Australia and the sun was beginning to rise







Not long after a continental breakfast was served which was a fruit salad and some croissants which was enough for such a short flight. A short time later we started our descent, out over Sydney harbour and into Kingsford Smith





SYD-AYQ QF726 B738
5th April 2008
ETD 08.30 ATD 08.25
ETA 11.15 ACA 11.10

This was my first time flying QF and I was really looking forward to it. The only downside was the 737 which is an aircraft I simply dont like, and it does something to my ears which no other aircraft does. Anyway we arrived in SYD about 7am for our domestic flight and after a serious cup of coffee I took some quick pictures before boarding began







The thing that struck me about pre-flight was that at no stage was I asked for any kind of ID! I checked in for the flight using one of the QF kiosks and was given seat 29A. That was fine but going through security I wasn't asked for ID and even boarding the aircraft I wasn't, it was just a case of present your boarding pass. However, as I was boarding my seat was changed to 13E (my friend was in F), an emergency exit seat which was fantastic, more leg room



We boarded the 737 and took off on time. The changed seat was great and allowed me to stretch out to catch some sleep on the flight



The overhead screens showed "The Kite Runner" which I didn't really watch and we were offered a sandwich and a drink. To be honest I didn't really expect anything for a flight of under 3 hours, I thought it would be similar to most intra-European flights or domestic US





Our flight took us out over the red centre of Australia and we came into AYQ with Uluru to the left of the aircraft (tip for anyone flying this route in future!!). We landed in AYQ slightly ahead of schedule, next to a QF 717 just landed from Alice Springs



This marks the end of my trip report, I hope you enjoy, just be kind!

[Edited 2008-05-18 10:22:18]


Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
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User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2783 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12929 times:
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Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
by the way I have no idea who the nut in the background is!!)

LOL.
Good TR. The A380 looks like an awesome aircraft. Did someone tell them that it was your birthday?
Blue



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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12929 times:

Well done, EI Rules; great report. Friends of mine flew on the 380 earlier this year and said that quietness was the one quality they remember most; it's very considerably quieter than the 747-400. I flew with SQ on the 744 and 777 a good long time ago (2001) and it is a superb carrier.

User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 766 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12919 times:



Quoting Jetblueguy22 (Reply 1):
Did someone tell them that it was your birthday?

No they just knew which was really cool



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2783 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12904 times:
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Quoting EIRules (Reply 3):
No they just knew which was really cool

That is what I call customer service!
Blue



You push down on that yoke, the houses get bigger, you pull back on the yoke, the houses get bigger- Ken Foltz
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12898 times:

Hey Andrew ,
Nice TR and pics. Some of them uploaded sideways but doesn't matter I just turned my head !! Some nice pics of the A380. Certainly a much different experience than the 747 before. The birthday cake was a cool thing to get even if you were embarrassed. Shame the meal wasn't that great but I guess maybe it was not to your taste. I would have gone for the Curry but I know you hate that also  Wink

The last pic is QF 727 the flight number?? Its not the aircraft. Finally I was going to ask who was the guy behind you in Raffles lol.but you answered that already ... looks like he was well jarred.


Nice report anyway ....

Philip


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 766 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 12845 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
The last pic is QF 727 the flight number?? Its not the aircraft

Oops typo, trust you to notice!

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 2):
Well done, EI Rules; great report

Thanks Kaitak, was a great trip and would certainly fly SQ again



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17063 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 12666 times:



Quoting EIRules (Reply 3):
Quoting Jetblueguy22 (Reply 1):
Did someone tell them that it was your birthday?

No they just knew which was really cool

Maybe they saw that on you passport.

However, a great TR

The pics are really good.

Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
by the way I have no idea who the nut in the background is!!)

ROTFL!!!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2783 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 12557 times:
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Quoting B747forever (Reply 7):
Maybe they saw that on you passport.

True. never thought of that.
Blue



You push down on that yoke, the houses get bigger, you pull back on the yoke, the houses get bigger- Ken Foltz
User currently offlineEI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 12396 times:

Great Trip Report, EIRules, and some great pics too, especially of the A380

The contrast between the cabin of the 744 and 380 is unbelievable, you'd almost think they were 2 completely different carriers (but for the SQ service!)

Will you be doing a TR for the upcoming flight to DME? Would be great if you did.

EI320

[Edited 2008-05-18 13:18:09]

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13739 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 12398 times:

A wonderful trip report EIRules!

I am very pleased that you had a most enjoyable experience on board Singapore Airlines. Kudos !

I find it bizarre that you couldn't select your seats on SingaporeAir.com/Ireland. But I assume that internet check-in was possible?



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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 766 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 12321 times:



Quoting B747forever (Reply 7):
However, a great TR

The pics are really good.



Quoting EI320 (Reply 9):
Great Trip Report, EIRules, and some great pics too, especially of the A380



Quoting Singapore_Air (Reply 10):
A wonderful trip report EIRules

Thanks everyone

Quoting EI320 (Reply 9):
Will you be doing a TR for the upcoming flight to DME? Would be great if you did

I wasnt planning to as its only a charter, but I might just for the craic!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 7):
Maybe they saw that on you passport

Perhaps but the only stage I showed anyone from SQ my passport was checking-in in downtown Singapore, so unless they put a note on the passenger list which the crew printed



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineAmigocharlie From Switzerland, joined Oct 2007, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 12299 times:

Really enjoyed your TR! Good job.

Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
Uluru to the left of the aircraft

absolutely, and the right side on the way out  Wink

Just brought back nice memories about my trip to SYD and AYQ earlier this year, incl. SQ A380  cloudnine 

I'm just a bit jealous about the great weather you had...
...no sunshine at all. See yourself  Smile
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Cheers
amigocharlie



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8527 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 12211 times:
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Nice report and pictures thanks.

Glad you enjoyed your A380 flight, she sure is a quiet bird, gotta love that!

Nice to see pix from AYQ, flew in and out on 717's, nice little airport though hated the fly's!

Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
At roughly 2am somewhere over the Pacific 4 Singapore girls appeared with a cake and champagne singing "happy birthday" at the top of their voices.

- Now that is neat, real service!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineRineanna From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 12170 times:

Great report! What a way to celebrate your Birthday!

Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
it was a fantastic gesture but at the time i wanted to jump out that emergency exit

That's real classy by SQ. From the reports I've been reading about them, they seem to actually value your custom rather than view you merely as a source of revenue.

Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
and I settled down to some Father Ted before dinner.

Father Ted on an A380...well...that's something I never thought I'd ever see!


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13739 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11532 times:



Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
4 Singapore girls appeared with a cake and champagne singing "happy birthday" at the top of their voices. Looking back on it, it was a fantastic gesture but at the time i wanted to jump out that emergency exit

hehehehe  Big grin  bigthumbsup   birthday   champagne   Silly



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User currently offlineCaspritz78 From Germany, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11207 times:

Nice report.

Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
Once I had checked in I headed to Raffles hotels for a Singapore Sling, it was my birthday after all (by the way I have no idea who the nut in the background is!!)

Hilarious. Anyways the nut looks like he had already some Singapore Slings  Big grin .


User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1222 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11149 times:

Thanks for your trip report. Great scenes and comparisons of both types of aircraft.

I also flew SQ recently to Australia from the UK. The B744 sectors (LHR - SIN) were nice but as you mentioned, the interior of the aircraft on both sectors was so very dated - it did not look like the cabins had been updated since the aircraft were originally delivered!

Contrary to your experience, I found SQ's online checkin to be woeful. When I tried to check in for my flights and after I tried to make my seat selection, a message appeared that I was unable to complete the checkin for operational reasons and to try again later. Each time I tried, I got the same message.

I then contacted SQ reservations who told me in no uncertain terms that according to their system, I had already checked in and it was not possible to change my seat selection (even though I was not able to select or change any seat, or even complete the online checkin process). They were so incredibly unhelpful on the phone. Lucky I had been pre-allocated with window seats but my explanation to staff at their call centre fell on deaf ears.

Has anyone else had this problem with SQ? BA's online checkin in so much easier and user friendly.



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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 766 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 10909 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
Nice report and pictures thanks



Quoting Rineanna (Reply 14):
Great report! What a way to celebrate your Birthday!



Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 16):
Nice report



Quoting Palmjet (Reply 17):
Thanks for your trip report. Great scenes and comparisons of both types of aircraft.

Thanks everyone.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
nice little airport though hated the fly's!

Yeah them bloody flys were a nightmare. When i saw people with them hats with the fly net I thought they were mad, 24 hours later I was the only mad one

Quoting Rineanna (Reply 14):
That's real classy by SQ. From the reports I've been reading about them, they seem to actually value your custom rather than view you merely as a source of revenue

Yeah they really were excellent. Thats 8 flights I've taken with them in under 2 years and all have been top class



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 10864 times:

Great TR! Thanks for posting! I especially enjoyed the A380.....some day I'll make it!

Dave



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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10483 times:

Hey Andrew!

Thanks for giving me ideas for an upcoming birthday! Awesome report!  bigthumbsup 

Colin  wave 



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10210 times:



Quoting EIRules (Reply 11):

Perhaps but the only stage I showed anyone from SQ my passport was checking-in in downtown Singapore, so unless they put a note on the passenger list which the crew printed

You're not a KrisFlyer member by any chance?


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 766 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9780 times:



Quoting Bill142 (Reply 21):
You're not a KrisFlyer member by any chance?

No sorry I'm not, I'm in BD Diamond Club



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineWouwout From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 9543 times:



Quoting EIRules (Thread starter):
The only downside was the 737 which is an aircraft I simply dont like, and it does something to my ears which no other aircraft does.

I have the same experience on older 737s. Air pressure adjustment is too abrupt, I get horrible sinus aches unless I use a nose spray.


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 9182 times:



Quoting EIRules (Reply 22):

No sorry I'm not, I'm in BD Diamond Club

That would probably explain how they knew it was your birthday  wink 


User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 25, posted (6 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 8871 times:

Very nice report. From what I've read on several A380 reports, it sounds like the upstairs economy section is the place to be.


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