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On My Way To Singapore And SQ636 Trip Report - 1  
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10906 posts, RR: 37
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14662 times:

On My Way To Singapore And SQ636 Trip Report
Another Singapore Airlines A380 Inaugural Flight to Nagoya and Narita!

Looking back in time, this trip was going to be more complex and eventful than for the other SQA380 inaugural flights. My tickets were a mix of a a full fare paid ticket for the A380 flights combined with a Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Miles award ticket for the rest of the trip.

This 6 days new flying adventure started on Sunday May 18 in the early afternoon at the busy Nice Cote d’Azur airport (NCE). I was already in Nice in the morning so I took the direct bus from the city’s central bus station to the airport. There was not much road traffic. The bus ride went without any problem.
http://www.nice-airport.com/include/default.asp?l=2

As I got to the airport I went to the Austrian Airlines check-in counter situated in the same area with Swiss and Lufthansa in Terminal 1. I had my travel bag checked all the way to Singapore along with a box of goodies for the friend I was going to meet at Narita during my layover. I was handed two boarding passes for my flights with Austrian Airlines and an invitation to the airlines lounge.

My first flight of the day was OS426 to Vienna. Hello Austrian Airlines with their flight attendants in bright red uniforms!
http://www.aua.com/at/deu

After check-in I took the escalator and proceeded through security and immigration and then to the lounge. Margaret, a lady friend from Monte Carlo happened to be there with her husband. They were on their way to Amman, Jordan via Frankfurt. I did not have much time to be in the lounge. I had a quick mini-lunch with a cup of coffee.



I said goodbye, wished her a good trip and went downstairs to the assigned gate area.



Boarding time was at 1.55 PM from Gate A10 on the lower level. Things were starting to look real. The aircraft was a Fokker 100 regional jet operated by Tyrolean Airways. We were taken to the aircraft by bus as it was parked in a remote stand. We boarded the aircraft through the stairs.



The flight was fairly full, pushback and take off were on time.



My assigned seat for this flight: 9D.



Beverages and a hot meal were served during the flight. I did not take the food. I just had a cup of coffee. The flight was nice and smooth



until we got closer to Vienna and we started to feel some turbulence. As we were on approach and descent to the airport, the turbulence started getting stronger. The small Fokker100 turned into a mover and shaker machine, some kind of Viennese waltz. I was happy to be on the ground. I was in good spirits and during landing and taxiing I was humming the tune of Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube.

Welcome to Vienna!
http://www.viennaairport.com/jart/prj3/via/website.jart?rel=en

We were lucky to land before things would actually get worse.
The sky was black. There was a serious thunderstorm coming in. When I got off the little Fokker jet and after we got bussed to the terminal, I noticed this painted OS aircraft on the apron.

This was an Airbus A321 Reg OE-LBC Die McDonald’s Fussball Eskorte Euro 2008 Official Sponsor. Maybe some of you A.netters already got to see it.



I like these painted aircrafts. They are different. I am always happy to see them on my trips. They break the monotony on the airport tarmacs.

My next flight OS565 was going to take me to Zurich. Scheduled boarding time was 5.00 PM from Gate A07. I had some time to kill. My first stop was going to be the Austrian Airlines Business Lounge.



A nice place with plenty of space, nice interior design, good lighting, partial tarmac views, good food, drinks and pastries too!



After leaving the lounge and before heading to the boarding gate my second stop was going to be the Duty Free shopping area for a chocolate - and especially Mozart Kugeln – chase and shopping spree. There are various stores that are selling these with prices that can vary from one store to the other. This was my only chance as I was not coming back through Vienna so I took it. One pack was not enough. I bought me two boxes of Mozart Kugeln not Mirabel but the Victor Schmidt ones, less known and just as delicious.

After I got this taken care of, I headed to the gate. Before reaching the gate, I had to go through another security screening. I was lucky there was no line so it went fairly fast. I suddenly heard the word "Concorde"! The agent actually saw my diecast Concorde model through the X-Ray machine. I had a few Concorde items and wearables in my carry-on bag that I had planned to use on the SIA A380 first flight to Narita.

When I got to the gate I learned that the flight to Zurich was delayed. They had closed the airport because of thunderstorms. I was not surprised after I had seen the bad weather and black sky when we landed. The new boarding time was 5.40 PM.



I was not worried as my Singapore Airlines flight from Zurich to Singapore was leaving much later in the evening. The storm went away.



We boarded the plane not too much later than the new boarding time. The aircraft for this flight was an Airbus A-319. It was very full. Flying time was about 1 hour 25.



Again there was hot food and drinks served on the flight. I had plenty in the lounge so I did not want to have anything, not even water. I find Austrian Airlines has nice and efficient intra-Europe flights with very good on board service.



After landing in Zurich I headed to the Swiss-Lufthansa Senator Lounge upstairs. I had no time for the Long Bar this time. I stayed in the lounge. One section was closed for refurbishing. I took a glass of fresh grapefruit juice, some yummy vegetable soup with bread ending with coffee to stay awake and a piece of the fabled Zurich Swiss Lounge cake. Their coffee is good too.



This was going to be my dinner before boarding the flight to Singapore. Again there would be no other Zurich stop on this trip so before I headed to the boarding gate I decided to make another chocolate stop. This time it was at the nearby Lindt store in the Duty Free area where I bought me a big pack of the always delicious little multi coloured wrapped chocolates that come in a variety of flavours.

I was in a hurry. I had to go to a totally different area of the airport to board the flight to Singapore. Flight SQ341 was leaving from Gate E46 on the opposite side of the airport. Departure time 10.05 PM. This one would be an on-time departure and a fairly empty flight. Aircraft was a B-777-300ER. Boarding was easy and quick.

My assigned seat was 38G. I had no idea that I would be out for an unexpected surprise during the flight. My assigned seat was in fact two seats with a window.



This was very convenient. I had the feeling that this night flight was going to be a very nice flight and it turned out to be true.



Nice cabin, nice colours, plenty of legroom. Nothing but good vibes on board this plane.



I knew I was in good company. So I turned my two Economy seats into my temporary Sky Suite with an armada of pillows and blankets to make the flight comfortable.



I had a nice time chatting with the cabin crew and they gave me all that I wanted to eat... only I did not get much sleep.


Singapore Girls... and Boys!


Working area


Sky map (global)


Sky map (detailed)


Seat with a built-in monitor, tablet, seat pocket, safety card and all kinds of things!


My two friends on this flight

After we were about two-thirds through the flight the Cabin Master came to find me. He told me to get my bags and follow him. He took some of my carry on and brought me right up front to First Class. He set me up in one of the empty Sky Suites. I had never seen these before. It was a big surprise and a real treat at the same time.

Singapore Airlines: a great way to fly!!

I was really pleased. This Sky Suite all in different shades of brown with beautiful mahagony wood framing was big enough for two like me, it was so wide and roomy.


My huge new seat!


First Class SkySuites B-777-300ER


First Class traveller across from me


Sky Suites


Singapore Girl with blue kebaya assigned to the First Class cabin


Singapore Girl in green kebaya sitting in front of the aircraft - landing announcements

So this is how I landed in Singapore... in style!

Estimated landing time was a little after 4.00 PM we were going to Terminal 3. It was the next day in Singapore, an on-time arrival. Just enough time to take the last pictures and it was time to leave the aircraft. I had much more waiting ahead of me. The next flight on my list was going to be the SIA A380 first ever commercial flight to Japan. This would be about midnight. Again I had a lot of time to kill before this new inaugural experience.
...

This ends Part 1 of my trip report: On My Way To Singapore And SQ636

This long trip report will be in several parts. I will post Part 2 as soon as it is ready.  airplane 
I will ask you to be patient as there is a lot more to come!  cheerful 


There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14610 times:

Bonsoir, Madame Concorde,

such a very nice evening read, thanx for posting.

Your pix showed a good impression around your exerience on OS,
nowadays a better than usual carrier on European routes
and especially your SQ flight with the temporary upgrade, well done.

Hope to read the next part soon and best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10906 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14573 times:

Hello Markus,
thank you for your kind comments. Part 2 will come soon.
Have you moved to Latvia?... and how is mini-Markus?



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 14523 times:

Bonsoir again, Madame Concorde,

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
Have you moved to Latvia?... and how is mini-Markus?

Final preparations for a trip with SK and Danu Oro Transportas to Liepaya/Latvia next week.

Mini-Markus is taking a nap now, a long day at school ahead tomorrow!.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14476 times:

Hola Madame Concorde!

Again a nice TR coming at the best time of the day for a quiet reading and some nice experiences.

I think both airlines, OS and SQ, offer a superior product. I am always amazed by the descriptions of OS intra_Europe flights in economy class, really far away from many of its competitors.

SQ as usual treated you with all the warmth and care one should expect from a superior airline. Moving you to the Suites is a great touch which I am sure will not go unnoticed in this forum.

Looking forward to your next TR.

Salut!

Roger

[Edited 2008-06-09 13:01:26]


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10906 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 14432 times:

Thank you Roger!

This is the third time I am going on a round of SIA A380 inaugural flights. I am sure they must have my name down somewhere on a special list.  spin   airplane   idea 

I am trying to see if I can do the first flight to Beijing on 3 August. CEO told me this will be a "normal" flight. They will be using the A380s for just one week to take people during the Olympics. Then should come the first A380 flight to Hong Kong after they get the next two aircrafts.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineSpeedbird0125 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 14315 times:

thank you for the nice trip!
i really would like to try SQ someday. it seems that their cabin product is superior!!!


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 14215 times:

A great start MadameConcorde and how wonderful that the IFS invited you to New First Class !


Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3503 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14093 times:
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Bonjour MadameConcorde.
I always enjoy your trip reports and this one is no exception.
Waiting for the continuation of your trip
Please i have a small correction to make

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The small Fokker100 turned into a mover and shaker machine, some kind of Viennese waltz. I was happy to be on the ground. I was in good spirits and during landing and taxiing I was humming the tune of Johann Strauss%u2019 Blue Danube.

The picture above this quote shows the engine is under the wing.this is an A320 or similar and not a Fokker 100



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User currently offlineDanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14093 times:

Thank you for a wonderful 'part-1' to this trip report  Smile

Wonderful photos, and very easy to read.

I'd love to fly SQ one day, as from every trip report I've read they seem to be very good at what they do. The temporary upgrade to First Class must have been a nice surprise! If only I could ever afford/get to fly First, or even, international, Business Class  Sad The experience on OS also seems a good one, and their service seemed adequate for what the flights were.

I look forward to the next part!



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User currently offlineLandingshortly From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 13964 times:

Guten Abend, Lady Concorde!

Greetings from Vienna! I really enjoyed your TR, especially the part where you got upgraded to F.

Looking forward to part II!

Cheerio and enjoy your Mozart Kugeln!  Smile



Singapore Airlines - you're a great way to fly.
User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13752 times:

Brilliant report! Can't wait for Part 2.

User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13711 times:

Thank you for another wonderful and detailed report!
You are really an honored customer on SQ.
Getting an invitation to move up from EY to FRCL is almost unheard of.
Can't wait for your TR Part 2

Kind regards


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 12961 times:
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Hey Madam Concorde,

Good to catch up with your recent trips, thanks forsharing, looks like you are having fun as usual  Smile

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Singapore Girl with blue kebaya assigned to the First Class cabin

- Nice, pretty cute!

Look forward to your next installment.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineInfoworks From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12702 times:

As always, a joy to read!

User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 12366 times:

Great part 1 of the trip report. I cant wait to read the second part!!!

I have read your previous A380 trip reports as well. Great stuff! Keep it up....

- Vivek


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10906 posts, RR: 37
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 12336 times:

Thank you all for reading my TR. I must make a point of doing Part 3 over the weekend. There will be some interesting stories and pictures in there too!  airplane   cheerful 


There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12117 times:

Bonjour MadameConcorde,

How wonderful of the crew to invite you "up front" !!!

That must have been amazing.



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10906 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12095 times:

It was certainly nice of them to change my seating and move me up front although I must say I was taken up there once all the meal services had ended. I did not get any of the F passengers service which I think is quite normal as I did not pay for it.

I would have been much too embarrassed to get treated like a genuine F passenger as I was ticketed in Economy. I was really happy to enjoy the comfort of the new SkySuite for what was left of the flight. It made quite a stylish landing being in that beautiful seat.

Quoting Flpuck6 (Reply 17):
How wonderful of the crew to invite you "up front" !!!




There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11563 times:

Great report.

I have to say I love the photo of you in the First seat. Knowing nothing about your stature, the seat (and everything else) looks absolutely HUGE in comparison. Great photo!

LH423



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