Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
When The Vacation Is The Journey | SQ, MH, KL  
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Posted (5 years 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi peeps,

I had the opportunity to go back home for vacation during the long holiday during the Eid Adha/hajj period recently. Offices in Saudi Arabia were closed from Thursday, 26 November 2009 until Friday, 4 December 2009. This was my first trip back home after working non stop for 8 months. My routing was JED-AUH-SIN-KUL-LHR-AMS-LHR-KUL-SIN-AUH-JED, which spreaded throughout the mentioned period.

Some highlights of the trip:

Jeddah's leaking King Abdul Aziz International JED (the whole city was flooded on that day, those in Facebook have seen the 'catastrophe' in my album).




The Singapore stopover - ION Orchard




Kuala Lumpur International KUL's newest Jungle Walk






Enrich's 'Online' Redemption




Malaysia Airlines' First Class Section of the Satellite Golden Lounge, Kuala Lumpur International KUL




Malaysia Airlines' First Class




Malaysia Airlines' new Brit home - London Heathrow LHR Terminal 4






SkyTeam Lounge, London Heathrow LHR Terminal 4




KLM's Europe Select Business Class




Minutes in Schiphol AMS




KLM's Boeing 737-900




Malaysia Airlines' spanking new Golden Lounge, London Heathrow LHR Terminal 4




The 'flight mate' - 1Malaysia First Lady, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansur




Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 747-400




Singapore Airlines' Boeing 777-200




So, which one do you guys want to see first?

107 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Nice amuse bouche we are ready for the whole meal, appetizer, main course, cheese, dessert and drinks.


I am against any terrorist acts committed under the name of Islam
User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Azizul  Smile

Welcome back!

Very cool pics, especially the sunset picture of the MAS 744! Also the Golden Lounge in KUL looks quite good eh?

Would be interesting to see SQ JED-KUL-JED trip first  Smile


Regards,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 959 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi 9MMAR,

Thanks for the teaser. Wow, MH First Class to London? And the first glimpses into the new Golden Lounge and SkyTeam lounge at LHR T4. Now those MUST absolutely be done, but I agree (partially) with Roni, let's do it in the order of your epic journey. The pictures look wonderful.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
The 'flight mate' - 1Malaysia First Lady, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansur

We are moving in exalted circles these days, aren't we?  

Regards
airpearl

Edits to add "partially"

[Edited 2009-12-05 14:41:34 by airpearl]

User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi,

You have got a very interesting sneak preview here.  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 2):
Would be interesting to see SQ JED-KUL-JED trip first

I am with Roni here.

Look forward to your following installment.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Hi 9MMAR,

Wow, so much to look forward to, I'd like to see it all starting at the begining pls.

Thanks

Mark



111,732,3,4,5,7,8,BBJ,741,742,743,744,752,762,763,764,772,77L,773,77W,L15,D10,30,40,AB3,AB6,A312.313,319,320,321,332,333
User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1072 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

MH F class please!!!


Welcome aboard Malaysia Airlines! Winner of Best Cabin Staff 2001,2002,2003,2004,2007,2009,2012
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6457 posts, RR: 38
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 weeks ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
So, which one do you guys want to see first?

I'm with Mark - sequentially please!



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

The whole journey in its entirety please.

Thank you.



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Allright, to comply with the majority of the votes, I'll be posting the reports sequencially.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 2):
Very cool pics, especially the sunset picture of the MAS 744!

It's a sunrise.

Quoting Airpearl (Reply 3):
Wow, MH First Class to London?
We are moving in exalted circles these days, aren't we?

Yep, I finally did that.
Are you kidding me, having Rosmah as a flightmate - we are so in it LOL!



PART 1 | JED-AUH

The first sector of the journey.

Flight Record No: 200
Date/Day: 25 November 2009/Wednesday
Flight Number: SQ 455
Carrier: Singapore Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 (de-rated ER version)
Aircraft Registration No: 9V-SRB (11 years old aircraft)
Route: Jeddah (JED) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Departure Time: 21:30 hour Saudi Arabian time (GMT +3) [delayed by 40 minutes due to technical problem]
Arrival Time: 00:40 hour + 1 day Emirati time (GMT +4)
Journey: 2 hours 10 minutes
Distance: 1,004 miles
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Fare Category: W (Discounted Economy)


The day started wet. That was the day the desert city of Jeddah saw itself being flooded by water. Raining is almost a once a year affair in this city (most occasions happened during the hajj season hmmm…), but apparently on that day the city was not prepared for such a downpour. My journey to King Abdul Aziz International JED from the office however, fortunately went on smoothly.



Ok folks, do you see the signage? Turn left if you are flying with all international airlines, turn right if you are flying with Saudi airlines (which include Saudi Arabian Airlines, Nas Air and Sama Airlines) and go straight if you are invited by the King of Saudi Arabia to fly with him. Yes, that is the entrance to the (heavily guarded) Royal Terminal.

This is how the Royal Terminal looks like – landside.



In the background, one can see the colossal Hajj Terminal.



Up close. This is the time when the terminal is at its busiest – hajj season.



Welcome to JED's North Terminal, where all foreign airlines are assigned to. It is pretty spartan actually for a country as rich as Saudi Arabia. The South Terminal, where the 3 Saudi airlines called home is also identical to this one.



Check-in, which was handled by the JED Airport Services' staff, was smooth as I was early. Friendly agent too. Singapore Airlines' check-in counters are next to Middle East Airlines' and Malaysia Airlines'.





The Exit Card as featured above (the far left document) is apparently not applicable to be filled in by Resident Permit holders like yours truly. It was also the first time I received SQ's widened boarding pass stubs, which incorporate the barcode on it. 2 boarding passes were issued out to me, 1 for the JED-(AUH)-SIN sector while the other for the SIN-KUL sector.

The extra ordinary rain on that day caused many parts of the JED North Terminal's roof to leak. Here's one right in the middle of the passengers holding area, past immigration.



The departures of the night. Not too many flights I should say as the bulk of them are SV flights handled at the South Terminal.



Flight MH 151 flew JED-KUL non stop. But I decided not to go with them.

19:50 Boarding was finally called and passengers were gathered inside the holding area of Gate 41. JED is a no aerobridge airport, so all passengers have to be bussed to the aircraft and later on climbed the stairs to get onboard. The majority of the passengers seemed to be Filipino – mabuhay, salamat and kabayan echoing the atmosphere.







I was given seat 64E, the middle seat at the very last row of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. I kinda like it actually.



The world renowned Singapore Girls and the 'not so well known' Singapore Boys sprung into action immediately with the distribution of hot towels. Wow, hot towels! (*)







The seat pitch is ok and guess what, they still have the foot rest (*) intact. Isn't that great?



The Menu Booklet (*) was then distributed….



… followed by the screening of the Safety Demonstration.



Then the drama unfolded. Just after being pushed back, the Captain suddenly made an announcement that the aircraft has to return back to the apron because of a start-up failure. He also mentioned that the engineers will look into it and it will take approximately an hour for the problem to be fixed.

During the waiting time, passengers were served with a selection of water and asked to remain calm.





Luckily, much to our relief, at 21:28 the engineers managed to solve the problem and we were soon being pushed back again. By then, we were already 40 minutes behind schedule.



The aircraft took off right after flight MH 151, which departed on time. Have I made the wrong decision?

Post take off, headphones were distributed and the KrisWorld IFE was activated.





I was accompanied by Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler on my journey into AUH.

The meals. It was ok and the presentation is good but one thing that is so obvious is that the main dishes' portion is quite small. Hardly filling my small stomach.



2 hours and 10 minutes later, we touched down into AUH, which seemed busy at that time. The crews started to take their luggage from the overhead compartments.



(*) - Referring to inflight enhancements that MH decided to get rid of.


To be continued in PART 2


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi 9MMAR,

Great first part! It seems that SQ succeeds in maintaining their Y product.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
Here's one right in the middle of the passengers holding area, past immigration.

It looks nasty.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
During the waiting time, passengers were served with a selection of water and asked to remain calm.

A nice touch!

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6944 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Azizul,

great first part with nice pictures, interesting to find a report involving Saudi Arabia.

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
The meals. It was ok and the presentation is good but one thing that is so obvious is that the main dishes' portion is quite small. Hardly filling my small stomach.

That's still a decent meal for such a short flight.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Great start, keep it coming.


I am against any terrorist acts committed under the name of Islam
User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Great pics! Thanks!
Can't wait to see the other sectors.

Hmmm, hot towels are lovely.
Anyways, can't comprehen why SQ gives out hot towels when the destination is warm.
Example when ex-SIN would be nice to get cold towels instead of hot ones.

What was in the meal?
The main meal, some grilled middle eastern chicken?
The appetizer looks like a mush of colorful veg?


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
ION Orchard

I love this mall!!

Quoting 9MMAR (Thread starter):
Kuala Lumpur International KUL's newest Jungle Walk

Hey, I didn't notice this last month when I was there... where do you access the jungle walk?



L1011,733,734,73G,738,743,744,752,763,772,77W,DC855,DC863,DC930,DC950,MD11,MD88,306,319,320,321,343,346,ARJ85,CR7,E195
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6457 posts, RR: 38
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very interesting first part. Does the hajj terminal get used at all during other times?

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 9):
Post take off, headphones were distributed and the KrisWorld IFE was activated.

Strange that you have to put the padding onto the earphones yourself.. Is it too much extra labour for SQ to do?

The meal looks pretty good for such a short flight!

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 13):
Anyways, can't comprehen why SQ gives out hot towels when the destination is warm.

They cool down pretty quickly once you unravel it! Warm probably suggests that it's more sterile etc, you don't want it to be too cold though..


Looking forward to the next instalment!

Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
Strange that you have to put the padding onto the earphones yourself.. Is it too much extra labour for SQ to do?

I always ask myself the same question. The only explaination I can think of is that the ear pads are fresh new ones (they don't re-use it), and for hygiene reasons, you would be the first person handling it when you remove it from the bag.

But it would definitely be nice if the ear phones came padded... I've lost count the number of times that I accidentally tore the pads when I tried to put them over the ear-piece myself.



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thank you guys for the responses. Much appreciated.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 10):
Great first part! It seems that SQ succeeds in maintaining their Y product.

I do agree that SQ has a great Economy Class product.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
That's still a decent meal for such a short flight.



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
The meal looks pretty good for such a short flight!

I think the meal should be regarded as the first meal of two for the whole JED-SIN journey, not separately.

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 13):
What was in the meal?
The main meal, some grilled middle eastern chicken?
The appetizer looks like a mush of colorful veg?

SIN7, I will copy the Menu Booklet for you soon. I am still outside the house at the moment.

Quoting Kappel (Reply 14):
I love this mall!!

SQ's new flagship sales office is located on the 4th floor of ION Orchard. Previously, the office was located in Paragon Mall as I was told.

Quoting Kappel (Reply 14):
Hey, I didn't notice this last month when I was there... where do you access the jungle walk?

Kappel, the KLIA Jungle Boardwalk is located at the center of the Satellite Terminal. You know that jungle in the middle. Can you see the entrance behind the Information Counter in this photograph?



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
Does the hajj terminal get used at all during other times?

The Hajj Terminal is also used during the peak Umrah period throughout the year. Usually it will handle extra and charter flights.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
Strange that you have to put the padding onto the earphones yourself.. Is it too much extra labour for SQ to do?



Quoting SQ772 (Reply 16):
I always ask myself the same question. The only explaination I can think of is that the ear pads are fresh new ones (they don't re-use it), and for hygiene reasons, you would be the first person handling it when you remove it from the bag.

I think I am in the agreement with SQ772 with regards to this SQ's headphone matter.


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

PART 2 | AUH-SIN

The second sector of the journey.

Flight Record No: 201
Date/Day: 26 November 2009/Thursday
Flight Number: SQ 455
Carrier: Singapore Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 (de-rated ER version)
Aircraft Registration No: 9V-SRB (11 years old aircraft)
Route: Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Singapore (SIN)
Departure Time: 01:40 hour Emirati time (GMT +4)
Arrival Time: 13:10 hour Singaporean time (GMT +8 ) [30 minutes delayed]
Journey: 7 hours 30 minutes
Distance: 3,658 miles
Class of Travel: Economy Class
Fare Category: W (Discounted Economy)


I guess we all know that airports implement several approaches in dealing with transit passengers. Some require the passengers to disembark the aircraft, clear security checking and other unnecessary formalities before allowing them to continue their journeys. However, as in the case of AUH, the passengers for flight SQ 455 (and SQ 456) are not permitted to leave the aircraft during the hour long layover.

The only folks that disembarked the aircraft were the cockpit and the cabin crews. SQ uses AUH as its crews' layover point. The crews who served me earlier also did the outbound sector into JED (from AUH) prior to my flight. There are no SQ crews spending a night in JED. A new set of crews took over the flight for the final sector into Changi SIN.



During this 60 minutes layover time as well, the meals were uploaded, trash were collected by the AUH based aircraft cleaners and also some checking conducted by a pair of Marshalls aboard the aircraft, asking each passengers which cabin luggage belongs to them.



(Accidentally), the Safety Demonstration was screened during this time, which at that time most of us found rather awkward as the aircraft was still on the ground with both its aft doors being opened.



The new set of crews then started their routine with the distribution of the second hot towels of the day for me. The Captain then requested for the cabin crews to arm the doors and we were pushed back shortly after.



This followed by another screening round (which I believe the correct one) of Safety Demonstration. A few more passengers joined us from AUH and filled in the remaining empty seats. It was almost a 100% load factor in Economy Class for the flight that night.





Once airborne, the cabin crews sprung again with a check list of those who pre-ordered special meals. A sticker was pasted on top of the seats of those applicable. They were also served first during the meals run. I happened to be one of them.



Then, came the 'Givenchy' amenity kit, which contains a pair of sock, a toothbrush and toothpaste. This is actually something very commendable on SQ's part, since most airlines had gotten rid of them years ago. SQ still offers a 'cold feet-less' and a 'non-bad breath' flying experience to their passengers at the back. This followed by the distribution of the Menu Booklet to the newly joined passengers.



The ever hardworking crews appeared again from the galley with a basket full of snacks (read: junk foods), which was defined as 'Refreshment' in the Menu Booklet. I seriously thought the 'Refreshment' would be at least a sandwich, but how wrong I was.



So, it means those who joined the flight from AUH only received 1.5 meals, as compared to 2.5 for those who started the journey from JED *(0.5 meals referring to the 'Refreshment').

As for this longer sector of my journey, I was accompanied by Professor Dumbledore and Harry Potter, but I slept half way.



.
.
.
At 10:30 Singapore time, approximately 2 hours and 11 minutes away from Singapore, somewhere near the Bay of Bengal…





… the breakfast was served. As mentioned previously, I got mine earlier than the rest because it was a special meal (which turned out to be identical to one of those being offered as the standards). Pretty nice but again, the size of the main dishes do not make the cut. Why is this issue bothering me? Because the size of the main dishes is smaller than MH's – post multi inflight meals cut in 2 simultaneous Business Turnaround Plans.



7 hours and 30 minutes into the flight, we were then finally approaching Singapore. Information of departure gates for those who were continuing their journeys on other SQ flights was displayed at the PTVs. Surprisingly it didn't show mine (probably because it was still too early?).







At 13:10, the aircraft was docked at Gate 50 in SIN's Terminal 2, 30 minutes behind schedule.



I then found myself running helplessly to change some of my Riyals into Singapore Dollars and to clear immigration formality as I was late for a meeting with a fellow A.Netter in downtown Singapore. Who could it be?




To be continued in PART 3


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice follow up. Can't wait for PART 3.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 18):
Then, came the 'Givenchy' amenity kit, which contains a pair of sock, a toothbrush and toothpaste. This is actually something very commendable on SQ's part, since most airlines had gotten rid of them years ago. SQ still offers a 'cold feet-less' and a 'non-bad breath' flying experience to their passengers at the back

Really impressive.

Good to hear what SQ still has on offer in Y.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 17):
SQ's new flagship sales office is located on the 4th floor of ION Orchard. Previously, the office was located in Paragon Mall as I was told.

Yeah, I saw that. Nice to see the difference in Christmas decorations on Orchard. They just started at the end of October/beginning November when I was last there.

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 17):
Kappel, the KLIA Jungle Boardwalk is located at the center of the Satellite Terminal. You know that jungle in the middle. Can you see the entrance behind the Information Counter in this photograph?

I see it. I could have used that info a month ago... lol... otherwise KUL is quite dull...

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 17):
Then, came the 'Givenchy' amenity kit, which contains a pair of sock, a toothbrush and toothpaste. This is actually something very commendable on SQ's part, since most airlines had gotten rid of them years ago. SQ still offers a 'cold feet-less' and a 'non-bad breath' flying experience to their passengers at the back.

Indeed very nice!



L1011,733,734,73G,738,743,744,752,763,772,77W,DC855,DC863,DC930,DC950,MD11,MD88,306,319,320,321,343,346,ARJ85,CR7,E195
User currently offlineAlexEU From Nauru, joined Oct 2007, 1826 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi, nice trip report and pics.

I was wondering, what is the demand between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia / Singapore? Is it mostly SE-Asian workers in KSA or vice-versa or the business and oil?

Alex


User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting SIN7 (Reply 13):
What was in the meal?
The main meal, some grilled middle eastern chicken?
The appetizer looks like a mush of colorful veg?

For the benefit of SIN7 and all, here is the menu for flight SQ 455 on 25 November 2009:

Jeddah to Abu Dhabi - LIGHT MEALS

Appetiser - Salad al rahib (grilled eggplant salad)

Main course - Spicy chicken Zamboanga with vegetables and steamed rice. The other choice was Egg tagliatelle with fish fillet in tomato basil sauce.

Desert - Chocolate and pear cake

Bakery - Roll and butter



Abu Dhabi to Singapore - REFRESHMENT

Light bites - the snacks (read: junk foods)



Abu Dhabi to Singapore - BREAKFAST

Fruit - Fruit appetiser

Main course - Corned beef hash with garlic rice and egg. The other choice being Parsley omelette with chicken sausage, grilled tomato and potatoes

Bakery - Breakfast roll, butter - fruit preserve

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 21):
I was wondering, what is the demand between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia / Singapore? Is it mostly SE-Asian workers in KSA or vice-versa or the business and oil?

I would say it is the mix of both, although the majority of them are the labour traffic, especially from the Philippines and Indonesia. Also, the religious tourism traffic as well (although maybe not too apparent on SQ, when compared to MH or GA).

I think SQ does not appeal to the business travellers in Saudi Arabia because the aircrafts they deploy here are the worst in the fleet - the Boeing 777-200 9V-SR* series, where some of the older one still don't have an AVOD IFE, couple with very old Business Class seats.


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!



Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 22):
I think SQ does not appeal to the business travellers in Saudi Arabia because the aircrafts they deploy here are the worst in the fleet - the Boeing 777-200 9V-SR* series, where some of the older one still don't have an AVOD IFE, couple with very old Business Class seats.

I could say that they are the worst club seats on that line. KWI,RUH,JED,AUH,DXB to SIN.
But if my memory is correct they should already or very soon have better C seats.



I am against any terrorist acts committed under the name of Islam
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 23):
I could say that they are the worst club seats on that line. KWI,RUH,JED,AUH,DXB to SIN.
But if my memory is correct they should already or very soon have better C seats.

Yes, I read that recent trip report of yours.



PART 3 | The Singapore Stopover


Date/Day: 26 November 2009/Thursday
Place: Singapore


First of all, this Singapore Stopover is not the official Singapore Stopover Program that SQ offers for free to their transit passengers with more than 5 transit hours to spend in SIN (I was not qualified). It is basically a self planned stopover escapade.

Earlier on, I was contacted by a fellow A.Netter for a possible get-together session in Singapore and I eventually agreed to the proposal.

Since I was late, soon after clearing immigration formality, I joined the queue for the city taxis and got one in about 10 minutes. It was a new C class Mercedes Benz taxi and the driver is a Malay Singaporean guy named Mohamad Sharif, whom I had a very nice chat with all the way through.



The initial plan to take the MRT from Changi to Orchard has to be abandoned as I was late, due to the late arrival of the aircraft,

The venue of the meeting would be at ION Orchard, the newest up-market shopping mall in Singapore located on top of the Orchard MRT station. There's even a concierge service to greet visitors who arrived by taxis, just like in 5 star hotels, which I found most impressive.





The precise meeting venue would be in front of SQ's new sales office on the 4th floor of the mall. There, I met Kretek whom I have been virtually befriended with for years. We started our get together session by browsing through the shops in ION Orchard, before settling down in a café nearby for a more serious discussion. In all, I found ION Orchard to be a nice mall, although it is quite small – only as big as Kuala Lumpur's Lot 10.

Our discussion went on very well, until I realized that it was almost 15:45, only 75 minutes away from my next schedule departure into Kuala Lumpur International KUL. Kretek helped me to navigate through the Singapore's MRT system and we bade goodbye at the City Hall interchange station.



From there onwards, I continued on the journey on my own, taking the train on the East West Line (Green Line) towards Pasir Ris, but disembarked in Tanah Merah station, where a separate line train was waiting for the journey to Changi. The station is located underground, right in between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 and guess what? I arrived there at 16:30, just nicely for immigration clearance.

What I learnt most from this experience? If you are in Singapore and you are late for your flight and not sure about the traffic (road) conditions, just take the MRT, it's the safest best. While on the train, I actually doubt whether I would arrive at the airport on time to make the flight, but I did. The Singapore efficiency is no joke. It is for the world to be envied upon.


To be continued in PART 4


25 Ronerone : Very interesting follow-ups! For all SQ flights out of AUH, whether they continue to KWI or JED, the crew will layover in AUH, and will do the shuttle
26 SQ772 : That's a very typical filipino dish, and I guess SQ knows very well who flies that route with them. What's the reason for this? Better timings? Witho
27 Ronerone : Etihad does not cater to AUH's O&D market. Over 80% of the traffic they carry are transferring from other points on their network, leaving a huge por
28 Ryanair!!! : Nice little journey you have there.... And we never met up. Normally people who are supposed to meet up with me and don't in the end (but splash it al
29 9MMAR : This is actually a very interesting discussion. In one hand, EY usually offer cheaper fares than SQ, and for the O&D passengers travelling to MNL or
30 Ronerone : I think you are talking about O&D traffic between JED and CGK. This could be a totally different scenario than that for AUH. Out of JED (and Saudi Ar
31 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 4 | SIN-KUL The third sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 202 Date/Day: 26 November 2009/Thursday Flight Number: SQ 116 Carrier: Singapore A
32 Lukeyboy95 : Manifested too in their choice of Zamboanga Chicken dish ( that being a city in the fabulous Philippines)
33 SQ772 : If you look at it from an operational perspective, and comparing apples to apples, serving pre-packed juice is more efficient and less taxing on the
34 Akhmad : Hi again 9MMAR, Really nice follow up! Can't wait for PART 5. Cheers, Suryo
35 Airpearl : Hi 9MMAR, thanks much for your report so far. Very interesting journey especially bits out of JED which we don't get to see all that often on A.net -
36 Ojas : Hi there , Excellent TR! Pics from JED/RUH/DMM are rare. That is appalling, A rich country like Saudi and such poor infrastructure. Thanks for sharing
37 9MMAR : Ouch MH! Maybe I should post more Saudi Arabian domestic trip reports then? IF I met Ryanair!!! instead of Kretek...
38 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 5 | KLIA Jungle Boardwalk Date/Day: 26 November 2009/Thursday Place: Kuala Lumpur International KUL Remember I mentioned about taking my own swee
39 Ryanair!!! : Oi! Ape ni? Like I would eat him up... hehehehehe... Airpearl, next time you come to town, experience ME for yourself and see if your transit turns o
40 SOBHI51 : More than that you are a perfect gentleman
41 BartBus : I enyoy reading your TP but I find it rather shocking that SQ will seize operation to PEN. Quite a key business route for European customers.
42 Aces727 : Hey guy! awesome trip report, I really enjoyed going trough it. Nice photos! Similar to you I had been working nonstop for 8 months until I was able t
43 9MMAR : Thank you guys for all the responses. Why do I have disturbing visuals of Ryanair!!! and Airpearl in my mind? Looks like Airpearl's future transit in
44 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 6 | ENRICH MILES REDEMPTION The Hiccup My body decided not to cooperate with the local climate, as I was sick the entire time throughout the 4 da
45 SQ772 : Ok, now I'm confused... So you went to collect your passport on 1Dec with luggage and winter wear et al, WITHOUT knowing that you'd be flying to LHR
46 9MMAR : I had the information of the destinations being offered for the discount on redemption in hand several days earlier, it's just that I don't know whet
47 Kretek : I think Ryanair!!! was too busy eating Chicken Rice or Chilli Crabs that he forgot to check his mail. Who can blame him though for living in the food
48 Post contains images 9MMAR : Dank je wel Meneer Kretek for dropping by. PART 7 | KUL-LHR PART [1] The 4th sector of the journey – the journey of my lifetime. Flight Record No: 2
49 Chrisrad : Eagerly awaiting part 8
50 SQ772 : Are you done with your striptease/foreplay yet? When is the rest of the report coming??
51 Post contains images 9MMAR : Sorry guys, I was low on lubricant. Moving on. PART 8 | FIRST CLASS SECTION OF THE SATELLITE GOLDEN LOUNGE Date/Day: 1 December 2009/Tuesday Place: Ku
52 Ryanair!!! : How dare you reveal my secret? How very dare you reveal my shameless tactics? That being said, those pots aren't menacing enough to hold me back. No
53 Post contains images 9MMAR : LOL sorry Mr. Soh, bluek! PART 9 | KUL-LHR [2] Continuation of the 4th sector of the journey – the journey of my lifetime and definitely the most aw
54 NZ107 : Great pictures of the seat, it feels like I'm there! Now for the rest of the flight..
55 Ryanair!!! : As backward as MH's First Class is, it is becoming increasingly rare as the 747-400 leaves the fleet eventually because none of the other aircraft typ
56 Post contains links and images Chrisrad : Compared to? If we drop out SQ A380 Suites, who is it so backward to? They all look pretty similar to me. British Airways View Large View MediumPhoto
57 9MMAR : As MH will receive its A380s beginning August 2011, a new First Class product is expected to be unveiled. Although I also think that MH should follow
58 Flightsimboy : Looking forward to the First Class trip report, on my favourite airline
59 Post contains images 9MMAR : Another intermission - The Amenity Kits While we were still on the ground as well, the cabin crews distributed the followings to us: The 'Fast Track'
60 Flightsimboy : Can't wait to read the rest!!
61 Chrisrad : Dear oh dear! The amenity kit looked rather dissapointing, 3 years ago we were getting L'Occitane amenity kits in business, and the food was not a gre
62 9MMAR : I was informed that some of the First Class meals are also offered in Business Class. There has been many cost cutting elements that undermine the who
63 Ryanair!!! : Chris, out of those examples you quoted - how many of which were introduced during that time MH revealed theirs? Or which of those are considered "5-
64 Post contains images SQ772 : The corners that MH have cut no longer surprise anyone...and what is the Y class headphones wrapped in a plastic bag doing in F?? It must be one of t
65 Chrisrad : Probably none, but the point is, it is not so outdated as you seemed to indicate. But many supposed "world class airlines" still fly with products ve
66 9MMAR : Only the satay was prepared from the trolley right in front of me. The rest of the meals were brought to me individually from the galley. I haven't t
67 Justbala : Excellent TR.. luv the way you have built up the story line. You have a excellent knack for it mate!! MH First Class doesnt seem as impressive as the
68 Airpearl : Hi 9MMAR, thanks for this continuing epic. Very detailed, very analytical, very 9MMAR! I hope we reach AMS before the end of 2010 Overall, looking at
69 KFly : Surely not the entire plane... maybe just the engines :-P Excellent TR 9MMAR, very entertaining
70 Airpearl :
71 XA744 : Hey, Azizul, my dear friend, a very very long time no see !!!... ... Had been off line for quite a few months already... Not much time these days to n
72 9MMAR : Thank you guys for the responses. Much appreciated and Happy New Year 2010 to all! Quite apparent isn't it. Very unfortunate, really. Very delayed? Yo
73 Post contains images 9MMAR : The Journey Continues The cabin was darkened and the mood lighting (of the first generation I think) was in full effect, when I went out of the lavato
74 Ryanair!!! : I have time to nit pick with you this morning... Mind solving the mystery of who are "Bloody Mary" and "Queen B"? Truly agree... With this supposedly
75 9MMAR : LOL Mr. Soh! There is a Malay proverb that says, 'Kura-kura atas perahu, pura-pura tak tahu'. Yes, as mentioned in the report, TG has an identical sea
76 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 10 | LHR-AMS [1] The first part of the 5th sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 204 Date/Day: 2 December 2009/Wednesday Flight Number: KL 101
77 Ronerone : Yes Lionel! Like a tortoise on the sampan pretending not to know eh?
78 Genius12 : I have been following this trip report for some time, and it really is superb (if a little slow at being updated ). May I ask what camera you use?
79 9V-SPJ : We need a picture of Datin 3G! Great report! 9V-SPJ
80 Ryanair!!! : LOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gosh that is such a retro thing... Kadang-kadang perasaan, kadang-kadang kan mesti pura-pura sikit la!
81 Post contains images 9MMAR : Thanks guys. It's coming in ok. LOL! I am using a very cheap Point-and-Shoot digital camera - a very small and very slim Sony T-50. It's more because
82 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 10 | LHR-AMS [2] The secord part of the 5th sector of the journey. Date/Day: 2 December 2009/Wednesday Place: LHR Terminal 4 SkyTeam Lounge Ok fo
83 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 12 | LHR-AMS [3] The final part of the 5th sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 204 Date/Day: 2 December 2009/Wednesday Flight Number: KL 101
84 SQ772 : Very nice snack box! What software do you use to edit your pictures?
85 Akhmad : Nice continuation! Really enjoyed it! KLM does not block the middle seats in Europe Select. You were lucky because the aircraft was not full, otherwis
86 Airbuseric : Hi, followed this report already for a while. With pleasure, and will reply now; The curtain is movable and placed on demand. I was on the very same a
87 Lukeyboy95 : Hi 9MMAR, Particularly enjoyed this last little visit to LHR. It made me realise that its quite a playground for those into aviation. There is nothing
88 Pellegrine : 9MMAR, Your trip report is an absolute epic! I haven't made it through but half, but I am really enjoying it. You have so many funny lines and photos.
89 9MMAR : Thanks for the replies guys. I am terribly sorry for the long hiatus as I am extremely busy with my works. Photoshop Element 3 given by Mary. I think
90 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 12 | AMS-LHR The 6th sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 205 Date/Day: 2 December 2009/Wednesday Flight Number: KL 1021 Carrier: KLM Royal D
91 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 13 | LONDON Date: 2 – 3 December 2009 Place: London, United Kingdom My stay in London was well, short. Very short in fact that I didn't even ha
92 The777Man : Thanks for the great pictures and for continueing your adventure! Can't wait for the last installement! The777Man
93 9MMAR : It's time to wake up this thread from its beauty sleep. The following replies will move the completion of this thread from 50% to 70%.
94 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 14 | LHR-KUL [1] The 7th sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 206 Date/Day: 3 December 2009/Thursday Flight Number: MH 3 Carrier: Malaysia Ai
95 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 15 | GOLDEN LOUNGE LHR TERMINAL 4 Date/Day: 3 December 2009/Thursday Place: LHR Terminal 4 Ok folks, MH's Golden Lounge in LHR Terminal 4 is loca
96 Post contains links and images 9MMAR : PART 14 | LHR-KUL [2] The 7th sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 206 Date/Day: 3 December 2009/Thursday Flight Number: MH 3 Carrier: Malaysia Ai
97 The777Man : Nice ending (?) to this very long but great trip report. The lounge at LHR looks fantastic! Great views of the runway as well. Great feature to have m
98 9MMAR : Hi The777Man, Not yet LOL! There are 3 more sectors to go. The new Golden Lounge in LHR Terminal 4 is indeed stunning. I am actually wondering what is
99 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 16 | KUL-SIN The 8th sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 207 Date/Day: 4 December 2009/Friday Flight Number: SQ 107 Carrier: Singapore Airli
100 SQ772 : I was beginning to believe those rumours...until.... ...I read this... For those in the know, SQ is not synonymous with 'highest price tag' unless yo
101 The777Man : Agreed; just that it's better to have the menu on the screens rather than just announcing the meal options and not have a menu card...... Nice flight
102 9MMAR : It could be the case (for MAHB to charge different rates for certain gates in KUL). Another cost conscious airline in KUL, EK, never being assigned w
103 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 17 | SIN-AUH The 9th sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 208 Date/Day: 4 December 2009/Friday Flight Number: SQ 456 Carrier: Singapore Airli
104 Post contains images 9MMAR : PART 18 | AUH-JED The 10th and final sector of the journey. Flight Record No: 209 Date/Day: 4 December 2009/Friday Flight Number: SQ 456 Carrier: Sing
105 Post contains links and images 9MMAR : CONCLUSION Looking back, I must say that I had a wonderful and most enjoyable time doing the whole trip despite being sick on 7 out of the 10 legs of
106 Post contains images airpearl : Hi 9MMAR Firstly, many congratulations on completing your trip report - which is really of epic proportions! I believe I can safely say that the sheer
107 Post contains images 9MMAR : Hey Airpearl, thanks for dropping by. LOL, when you said... ... I thought I need to prove you wrong. And I did. Bluek! I am not the kind of writer who
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic When The Vacation Is The Journey | SQ, MH, KL
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J posted Sun Jan 28 2007 12:15:12 by ThaiA345
The A343 At Last: LA MAD-FRA (+KL AMS-MAD FRA-AMS) posted Wed Apr 4 2012 12:29:16 by roberts87
One Last Shot For The SkySuite: LAX-NRT In SQ F posted Thu Mar 10 2011 16:59:22 by N751PR
The Great Aussie Trip: Part 1 - SQ Cliche posted Thu Dec 17 2009 01:32:21 by Planesjoey
Beauty & Beast -TATL On The 747, A330 & NW/KL Pt.1 posted Thu Oct 1 2009 11:05:51 by TJM321
BA268 LAX-LHR,the Final Journey Home posted Fri Jan 2 2009 11:18:51 by BA319-131
A Safari And The Kalahari On SQ And SA (Pics) posted Fri Mar 2 2007 12:32:25 by Coal
QF 176 LAX BNE - The Return Journey (+pics) posted Sat Oct 7 2006 13:18:58 by Safs
My First Trip In The 1980s On SQ's 737 SIN-KUL posted Mon Oct 18 2004 05:27:45 by 9V-SVC
The Last Flight Out... A NW/KL Experience. posted Wed Jan 3 2001 09:23:02 by Azjubilee

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format