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AMS-SIN-SYD-SIN-AMS Part 2 380/777  
User currently offlineMcSteve From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10878 times:

So here it is the return part from my trip to Australia in July 2008.

for people that didn't see the outbound report you can read it here

So before I start with return part here are some highlights from SYD

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Sydney view from the water on-board a ferry

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sea plane getting airborne

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spotting from my hotel room


on-board the james craig

http://lh6.ggpht.com/s.ankersmit/SKdUawDzVPI/AAAAAAAAAfw/bauejm7GMqE/s800/singapore%20en%20australie%20sony%20047.jpg
a glass of Australian sparkling wine in the executive club lounge Swissotel

So Sydney was great 9 nights was way to short, so a good excuse to get back to Australia soon! And now for the flight part back

FlighttSingapore SQ222
Booking Class: RafflestSunday, July 27, 2008
tDeparture tSydney Kingsford Smith Arpt, Sydney NS - Australia
Terminal 1t15:25tConfirmed

At 1100 we checked out of our hotel and headed to the nearest train station to take the train to the airport. I bought two surfboards in Sydney so it was quite a challenge to walk with the surfbag and our other luggage but about 40 minutes later we arrived at the Airport and after a short visit to the tax refund counter we headed to the Singapore check-in counter where there wasn't any staff yet. About 20 minutes later we could check in and due to are Business class seats got a fastpass for security which was quite useful due to extreme amount of world youth day people also flying at this time. Just after security we saw the A380 getting ready to connect to our gate and I made the following picture.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/s.ankersmit/SKdUiUtgjkI/AAAAAAAAAg0/wmwEz7VPQhk/s912/australie%20en%20singapore%202008070.jpg

After some short time looking around we headed to the Singapore lounge with the elevator and asked if there a extra window seat available for my father( 30 hours earlier I already checked in but there was only one window seat available.) The woman from the lounge said that the flight was completely full and that the change of getting a extra window seat where very small. So there was nothing to do about it and we entered the lounge, which at this time was still very empty and had a great view over the airport. I had some food and drinks, made some pictures and read a book about the Sydney airport.

here is a selection of some pictures from the lounge

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http://lh5.ggpht.com/s.ankersmit/SKdUkjnXOxI/AAAAAAAAAhM/AfcF4fc5r6k/s912/australie%20en%20singapore%202008098.jpg
http://lh3.ggpht.com/s.ankersmit/SKdUlwNEuAI/AAAAAAAAAhc/RdlbX64tDnU/s912/australie%20en%20singapore%202008111.jpg

So 10 minutes before scheduled boarding time we headed to the gate and could enter the plane straight away. So 10 minutes later I fully settled down, with some magazines and a glass of champagne! It was busy at the time we left the gate and had to wait for about 15 to 20 minutes before taking of. It also started raining so that wasn't making it better.

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just before take off


last picture just after take off.

I have to say that I just realised that I didn't take any pictures after this moment for the a380 part so i'm sorry for that. Both the meals where great but I was surprised by the same selection of movies as on the way to SYD since I've had seen most of the English Hollywood movies already. On decent I tried to make some pictures but didn't succeed in capturing a good one. Like on to way to Syd we head a stopover in Singapore and went true passport control to have a other two days of relaxing in Singapore.

So on the way to the Singapore flyer the second time we passed by a flight simulator location where you could fly a 737-800 simulator. I convinced my father and ended up flying for 1 hour with take of and landings from SIN and AMS and at last flying from Macau to the old Hong Kong airport at night. It was a great experience and well worth the money.

If anybody is interested in how it really looks my session was recorded so I can post that if you would me to do that.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/s.ankersmit/SKdUolH_wCI/AAAAAAAAAiM/T1h2OWjhRw0/s800/singapore%20en%20australie%20sony%20145.jpg
here is a picture of me sitting in the simulator

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view from our room at night

So now for the finale part of the trip

FlighttSingapore SQ324
Booking Class: RafflestTuesday, July 29, 2008
tDeparture tChangi Intl Arpt, Singapore Singapore
Terminal 3t23:45tConfirmed
tArrival tSchiphol Arpt, Amsterdam Netherlands
Terminal t07:00
on WednesdaytTotal Journey Time
13:15

The night before flying it looked like the load factor in Business would be light because there where allot of open seats but later on I discovered that almost all seats where occupied. After checking in we headed to the lounge and I took a shower to get some energy which really helped me stay awake. I found the showers in lounge pretty good.

So nothing special after that before boarding the aircraft which after filled up pretty soon. There was one person behind us who lost his boarding pass and baggage labels for the connecting flight and left the plane only to come back 5 minutes later with now result he wasn't happy about the services provided by SQ don't know who made a mistake here but first for me to see this happing. So this last part of the trip started with champagne again and good diner which didn't look that special or nice but tasted quite good.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/s.ankersmit/SKdUq7QkyBI/AAAAAAAAAic/2-TBUT-1_BI/s800/singapore%20en%20australie%20sony%20160.jpg
my main course

After dinner service it was getting really dark outside and not much was going to happen during the next couple of hours so I tried to sleep which worked out pretty well getting about 5 hours of sleep.

One thing that I found really strange where this adverts on the screen that come on all the time when see the flight information or before a movie is this normal on other airlines as well?

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After waking up first parts of the sunrise where slowly getting visible


Nothing special about breakfast so no pictures of that, just before landing a spotted this farm ground.



which says: welcome home!

So after landing it was time to say goodbye to SQ overall this where very good flights and I liked the seats on A380 very much. Hope that one day in the future I can fly SQ again

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thank you for ready my report and please let me know what I should do or not do in future trip reports.

Steven

[Edited 2008-09-07 08:55:00]


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User currently offlineQantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10666 times:

Good TR, will be taking this trip except from LHR on the 380 and then back from ADL. Glad you enjoyed Australia, it really is a beautiufl place ! Now you are making me homesick. I had some trouble viewing most of the pictures they just didn't come up, only a few. Hope you can fix these.
Cheers


User currently offlineMcSteve From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10260 times:



Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 1):
Good TR, will be taking this trip except from LHR on the 380 and then back from ADL. Glad you enjoyed Australia, it really is a beautiufl place ! Now you are making me homesick. I had some trouble viewing most of the pictures they just didn't come up, only a few. Hope you can fix these.
Cheers

thanks for your reply have a good trip from LHR!

I would love to try and fix the picture but it seems I can't edit my post anymore does anyone know how to still do that?



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User currently offlinePhileet92 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9792 times:

Wait so where exactly was this simulator and what was it called? like the name of the place. I MUST GO!!! anyways. Great trip report!!!

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9542 times:



Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 3):
Wait so where exactly was this simulator and what was it called? like the name of the place. I MUST GO!!! anyways. Great trip report!!!

PM me and I will give you directions to this mentioned location.



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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9367 times:



Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 3):
Wait so where exactly was this simulator and what was it called? like the name of the place. I MUST GO!!! anyways. Great trip report!!!

The simulator is located in a shop called "Flight Experience" within the complex of the Singapore Flyer - the newest tourist attraction in Singapore. Just take a taxi or a direct shuttle bus from selected hotels to the Singapore Flyer at Raffles Avenue. It's located in the 2nd floor of the main complex. It's not a big complex so you can't miss it.

Here's the address:

Singapore Flyer
30 Raffles Avenue #02-06
Singapore 039803



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User currently offlineWouwout From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7277 times:

most of your pictures are not working, i'd love to see them...

User currently offlineMcSteve From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6674 times:

thanks everybody for your replies since I don't know why some pic aint working here is the to the complete album enjoy

http://picasaweb.google.com/s.ankersmit/AustralieEnSingapore2008#



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