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SQ Suites (part2) SIN-HKG-SIN-LHR  
User currently offlineXtra1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 111 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 17945 times:

Following on my previous trip report from LHR.
Here is a 'shorter' report on the onward and return flights.


SIN-HKG
SQ 856
Seat 1F
Dep:- 09.45
Arr:-13.30
Aircraft :- 9V-SKI

Back at Changi airport for my onward trip to HKG.
Checked in at the Suites/First Class section, which had desks and chairs/sofas instead on the normal check-in counters. Then went through the dedicated immigration lanes.

Straight to the SQ lounge area...and the lounge ' beyond" the First Class Lounge, called the 'Private Room'. More about this later, in my return trip report.
The Private Room.


Boarding their planes very early, as usual.
Went down to the gate and through security. ( Changi has security checks at the gate).
Boarding had already started.
I was escorted to my seat, 1F.
Again the SQ goodies were handed out.
But..NO amenity kit or sleep-suit Sad
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The aircraft was the same as the one from LHR; 9V-SKI.
View of the door to the cockpit, from my seat 1F.

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A SQ sister ship .


A refreshing Singapore Sling .
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Detail of the IFE console and pull-down blind.


Jett Cargo 747.

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Flight position.

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Brunch.

Fresh Fruit plate with cottage cheese.
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Singapore radish cake
Fried rice pudding in sweet soya sauce with prawns, egg and preserved radish.
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Warm chocolate fondant with strawberry salad and macadamia ice cream.
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Landing in HKG was on time .
Took the terminal train; as the 380 gates are far from the immigration/baggage/arrival area.
I went through the automated immigration gates for passengers with HKG residential ID cards, in one minute.
Straight to baggage reclaim, with a short wait for my bags.
Then out and onto the train to Central.


HKG-SIN
SQ 861
Seat 2A
Dep:- 16.00
Arr:- 19.50
Aircraft :- 9V-SKF

The newly renovated SQ SKL at HKG.
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Larger with a better food selection than before.
However, still rather dull, no natural light .....and NO toilets or showers????!!!!
One has to go outside to the public toilets!!
The First Class/Suites section is too far from the food bars and felt really stuffy( due to lack of air-con?).
In the end, I just relaxed and snacked by the food bar area.

Once again I quickly got bored and decided to slowly walk to the 380 gates.
Its a long, long walk from the lounge; if I was in a hurry I would have taken the terminal train.

View of HKG airport.
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Views of my ride to SIN
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Due to SQ always boarding their planes very early, in this case, a good 50 minutes before departure. There was no queue and I walk straight on board.
I was escorted to my seat, 2A.
The ever consistent smiling SQ service then sprung into action; drinks, nuts, newspapers, menus , earphones, slippers & socks.
But...again, NO amenity kit or sleep-suit on this sector:-(
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View from seat 2A, across the cabin.

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My usual glass of Krug.

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An Eva Combi, seen out of one of the windows.

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A slightly late push back.
With an AirBus technician on hand.....Just in case!

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The reflection of the plane. About to taxi.
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The engines were powered up and we began to move forward. Then suddenly, the pilot braked really hard. This caused a few things( newspapers and magazines) to fly forward! The whole plane wobbled !
It transpired that a CX 330 sneaked up in front of our plane.

Anyway, after a longish taxi , we were up and away.

Again the SQ service started like clockwork.

Drinks.
Then the dinner service.
I chose the Chinese Menu option; Shi Quan Shi Mei .
" A complete and perfect chinese culinary experience"; as the menu blurb states.

Marinated lobster with melon salad.
Shredded pork with snow cabbage.
Bamboo pith with vegetables.
Steamed bread.
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Marrow melon with assorted mushroom soup.
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Baked crabmeat with abalone and dried scallop.
Steamed garoupa with "mui choy" in soya sauce.
Stir fried chicken with lily bud and cloud ear fungus.
Kai lan with black mushroom.
Choice of steamed rice or rice porridge.
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Warm pancake filled with red bean paste, green tea ice cream and raspberry sauce.
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More jasmine tea with a few pralines while watching 'Julie and Julia'.

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This whole meal was an absolute delight !!

Landing in SIN was in the dark; so, no pics.
A vicious thunder storm was passing over Changi.
Lighting and heavy tropical rain.
The approach was slightly bumpy. However, the landing was really smooth.
Taxied to the gate and I was first off; headed to the shops for a bit of shopping therapy.
Then to the SQ Lounge 'Private Room' to wait for my connection to LHR.
Once again, when one of the lounge' dragons' saw my boarding pass. She immediately escorted me through the First Class section and introduced me the another lounge 'dragon' guarding the entrance to the 'Private Room'. I was then escorted by this other woman to a quiet corner of the PR. Then asked if I wanted anything to eat at the dinning area by one of the waiters.
Decided I wanted to eat something lite.
Lobster with 3 cheeses.

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view of the dinning area.
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View of the sitting area of the Private Room.
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Coffee, some fruit and pralines by my seat.

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Went to the toilet /shower area to freshen up.
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Then it was time to walk over to the SQ 322 gate.


SIN-LHR
SQ 322
Seat 2F
Dep:- 23.45
Arr:- 05.45
Aircraft :- 9V-SK?

The Suites section was about 80% full; with a compliment of 24 cabin crew on the plane.
I was starting to get rather tired; so, didn't take too many photos on this sector.
However, I must say, that this sector was a big disappointment. ..or was I getting a bit jaded!
The lead FA lacked any smiles..and this time, the service did seem very robotic.
The female Suites cabin crew just felt as if they were going through the motions. While the male cabin crew seemed a lot better.

Dinner

Chilled malossol caviar.
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Double-boikled chicken soup with American ginseng.
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Lobster thermidor.
This was not on the menu. But ordered through SQ's "Book the Cook" service. Where one can order many other specific meals via the Internet before one flies.
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Provence style peach tart, almond icing.
Rosemary ice cream with orange salad.
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Cheeses
(skipped , for max sleep time)
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Fruits
(skipped).
.Tea.

Slept well.
Breakfast began about 2 hours out of LHR.
Orange Juice.
Fresh Fruit Plate.
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Place setting with pastries and my favourite blue mountain coffee.
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Cereal or yoghurt
(skipped this)
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Singapore style yu pian mi fen.
Thick rice vermicelli in a creamy fish soup garnished with sliced fish and vegetables.
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We landed in a still dark LHR.
As always; in LHR, it took forever for the piers to be connected to the plane.
The walk was to immigration was long and windy; through shabby corridors.
When I arrived at baggage reclaim; the baggage belt still had not been started.
Is it just me?
The minute one arrives into LHR. Everything starts to go wrong and nothing works!!!!

10 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17412 times:

One of very few if not the only TR on SQ A380 "Suites" - well done and very nice !

Must be quite a privilege to travel this way.Would you by any chance have more pictures of the cabin and the seats itself? I would love to see how the suite looks with the seat inclined or laid out as a bed.


User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16989 times:



Quoting KHI747 (Reply 1):
One of very few if not the only TR on SQ A380 "Suites" - well done and very nice !

Not the only but yes one of the few (Sam Chui has one) as well as a few others!

Great trip report very interesting.


User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 15858 times:



Quoting Xtra1 (Thread starter):
We landed in a still dark LHR.
As always; in LHR, it took forever for the piers to be connected to the plane.
The walk was to immigration was long and windy; through shabby corridors.
When I arrived at baggage reclaim; the baggage belt still had not been started.
Is it just me?
The minute one arrives into LHR. Everything starts to go wrong and nothing works!!!!

I couldn't agree more. Arriving back into LHR after a long trip to Asia is always a let-down. If it isn't the weather then it's the poor state of T3 just after disembarkation.

But an 80 per cent l/f is pretty good for this flight. Maybe that's accounted for by the fact it's an overnight service and one which connects with SQ's numerous services out of Australia/N Zealand.

What were the Suite passenger loads like on the regional SIN-HKG-SIN sectors ? Just curious.


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 15283 times:

Really good TR

The food looks excellent once again.

Pity to hear that you found the last flight a bit disappointing.

Quoting Xtra1 (Thread starter):
in this case, a good 50 minutes before departure

That is really early.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineBhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 971 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13774 times:

Methinks you REALLY just went to a 3 star restaurant that just happened to look like an airplane....and was near an airport...  Wink


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User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13684 times:

What an exceptional level of service you received, and to think you can order a special meal on-line for your flight is another little touch that must make the experience even more surreal. But my favorite part of the report are the crisp photos of aircraft on the ground, 744's, 380's, what a beautiful sight. Thanks for the photos, you have made me craving some fine cuisine right now!


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User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 717 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 13035 times:
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Quoting Xtra1 (Thread starter):
However, still rather dull, no natural light .....and NO toilets or showers????!!!!
One has to go outside to the public toilets!!
The First Class/Suites section is too far from the food bars and felt really stuffy( due to lack of air-con?).
In the end, I just relaxed and snacked by the food bar area.

The Silverkris Lounge in HKG was a major disappointment to me as well. It's whole ambience just didn't feel right. I remember that the food wasn't too great as well.

Quoting Xtra1 (Thread starter):
Then suddenly, the pilot braked really hard. This caused a few things( newspapers and magazines) to fly forward! The whole plane wobbled !

And that is why one should always keep their seatbelts fastened...hehe

Quoting Xtra1 (Thread starter):
The walk was to immigration was long and windy; through shabby corridors.
When I arrived at baggage reclaim; the baggage belt still had not been started.
Is it just me?
The minute one arrives into LHR. Everything starts to go wrong and nothing works!!!!

Over the years, LHR T3 has shown *some* improvement, but I agree - the walk to passport control still takes forever, especially if you're parked at the high 30s and 40s. As for things going wrong the moment you walk off the a/c, I would say it goes wrong when you arrive in the immigration hall and you find that the IRIS machines aren't working!

I'm interested to hear your thoughts on the hardware of Suites vs First vs old First (skysuites). Are the current F and R seats herringbone beds?



Me: (Lining up on final) I shall now select an aiming point. || Instructor: Well, I hope it's the runway...
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11739 times:

I love your trip reports. The way you fly is THE way to fly!

You will have to tell me your secrets.  champagne   cheerful 

Now I recommend that you try LH First out of Frankfurt and most of all, their most wonderful First Class Terminal facilities.  angel 

The LH 380 inaugural will be soon enough, prepare to book your F Suite!  airplane   champagne   cloudnine 

I will come and visit you during the flight!  airplane 



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11314 times:

Oh WOW!
Loved it, and those Private rooms,gosh!
Great pics almost smell the food.
Gotta sell the house then then try that trip.  Big grin



you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11215 times:



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 9):
Gotta sell the house then then try that trip.

This is not worth selling your house for.
I am sure you can find other ways to collect the cost of the ticket.  spin   airplane 



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