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A380 Cacophony, 777 Star Livery: DXB-SIN-HKG On SQ  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

A380 Cacophony & 777 in Star Alliance Livery:
Dubai - Singapore - Hong Kong on Singapore Airlines




Intro
The Airbus A380 cabin is very quiet - too quiet, some people argue. I have to confirm that you hear sounds which you don't want to hear due to the low cabin noise level. On a recent Singapore Airlines flight between Singapore and Hong Kong I also noticed other disturbing sounds not related to the general cabin quietness...

Apart from the noise issues the second part of my recent trip report series will give an impression of the products and services in Singapore Airlines' Economy Class on a trip between Dubai and Hong Kong. While the Singapore-Hong Kong leg was operated by the Airbus A380, the Dubai-Singapore leg was operated by a Boeing 777-300 in old configuration. In addition to the flight reviews you will also find a selection of pictures from Dubai.

All those who have missed Part 1 simply need to click here:
The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330


Background
In early January my brother and I decided to go on a sightseeing trip to Asia by the end of February. Our focus had been on Hong Kong from the very beginning, but we also wanted to enhance a possible trip by another city. My brother suggested to pick Dubai so that we could visit the new Burj Khalifa. I agreed and started searching for the most interesting flight options. It didn’t take very long until I found an unbelievable fare offered by a most interesting carrier: Munich-Muscat-Dubai return on Oman Air for 260 Euro!

We decided to try Oman Air and then I started searching for adequate flights between Dubai and Hong Kong. The plan was to spend one night in Dubai each time on the outbound journey and the inbound journey. The whole trip shouldn’t last more than one week, so it was clear we wouldn’t be able to spend more than three nights in Hong Kong. It wasn’t difficult at all to find interesting and affordable flights between Dubai and Hong Kong. In contrast, satisfying options were rare between Hong Kong and Dubai. Problematic were either high fares or unfavorable flying times. Leaving Hong Kong too early would have drastically reduced the sightseeing options - and leaving too late would have been risky regarding the onward flights between Dubai, Muscat and Munich. We also couldn’t just add one day due to the limited frequencies between Muscat and Munich. In the end we decided to fly back from Hong Kong to Munich without stopping again in Dubai - it was the most convenient option and absolutely free of risk.

While searching for flights between Dubai and Hong Kong, Singapore Airlines soon caught my attention by offering a one-way connection for 318 Euro - including an A380 flight. My brother hadn't flown on the A380 yet and I was very interested in getting on the bird for the second time (after the premiere on Emirates). Great service and high-quality catering were further arguments for SIA. Unfortunately, the low fare suddenly disappeared and SQ wanted 350 Euro - at least for the A380 combo. We decided it would be worth it.

In addition to the Oman Air and Singapore Airlines flights we added a connection between Hong Kong and Munich on another airline. Even though the final itinerary consisted of only six flights, it included two new airlines and four widebody jets (more details to follow in the next parts).




Dubai Sightseeing
Immediately after our arrival from Muscat we took a taxi to the excellent Hilton Dubai Creek. Our twin bed room wasn't available yet, so the kind receptionist invited us to wait in the Executive lounge where we got free drinks and snacks. 45 minutes later I asked again when the room would be ready and I was informed about another slight delay - but as compensation we got free access to the lounge during the whole stay. Nice views from our room:





Stylish furniture and nice colors:





Elegant bathroom:



Rooftop pool area:



Views of the Creek:





Impressive skyline:



Later in the afternoon we started our sightseeing tour and took a taxi to the nearby Union Square Metro Station.



You cannot miss these striking stations:



The station interiors look like luxury hotel lobbies:



February 26 was a public holiday marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammad - most likely the reason why the trains were totally crowded. Our first destination was the Burj Khalifa which had been the major reason for our Dubai stop-over. The Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station:



Skyscrapers and construction sites along the Sheik Zayed Road:



Unfortunately, the Burj Khalifa observation deck remained closed for several weeks after an elevator incident in early February. Our hopes for a timely reopening failed to realize. Anyway, it was still nice to see that impressive tower:









Which one is taller?  Wink





Another view of Sheik Zayed Road - right in the middle you can see the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana aka Rose Tower, the world's tallest hotel:



Our next destination was the Mall of the Emirates, one of the world's largest malls. It was just as crowded as the metro on that day.



The Mall of the Emirates also features Ski Dubai, one of the world's largest indoor ski slopes:



Due to the crowds we decided to move along to the beach near the famous Burj Al Arab:



The Jumeirah Beach Hotel:



Jumeirah Beach Hotel parking lot with illuminated palms:



View from the front entrance:



We decided to enjoy some drinks in the hotel's elegant Uptown Bar and took the elevator to the 24th floor. View down to the main hall:



The Uptown Bar terrace offers extraordinary views of Dubai...



...and the Burj Al Arab:





Later in the evening we took a taxi to the Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road and went to the rooftop bar on the 43th floor. Again we enjoyed stunning views of Dubai:







After an excellent breakfast at our hotel on the next morning we went to the Mall of the Emirates Metro Station again and took a taxi to Atlantis, The Palm. The main building is huge:





Main hall:



Glass art:



The 7 star resort includes a water "Aquaventure" theme park, a "Dolphin Bay" where guests can swim and interact with dolphins and an 11-million litre aquarium with 65,000 sea creatures...



...including numerous stingrays and a whale shark (released in mid-March):







Before going back to the hotel we went for a walk along the Dubai Creek. Very impressive yacht:





Safina Al Gayatri, an Indian dhow, would be hijacked by pirates at the end of March and released again some days later:



Dubai Municipality:



The Twin Towers:






Saturday, 27 February 2010
Dubai (DXB) - Singapore (SIN)
Singapore Airlines SQ491
20:00-07:15 (19:50-06:32)
Flying time: 06:19 (hrs)
Economy Class, Seat 61H

Boeing 777-312
9V-SYE (s/n 244), STAR ALLIANCE livery
Delivered in 09/1999


1st flight on 9V-SYE
5th 777-300 flight
25th 777 flight



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More than two hours prior to departure we took a taxi to Terminal 1. Only few passengers were waiting in front of the Singapore Airlines check-in counters. It was just a matter of a few minutes until we got our boarding passes for the flight to Singapore. However, I was surprised that the agent couldn't issue boarding passes for the connecting flight to Hong Kong. Anyway, I had reserved the seats during the booking process, so there was no reason to be concerned of. While I had been lucky to get the last row on the 777-300 (no middle seat), all upper deck two-seat rows on the A380s had already been occupied. So I had to pick a middle seat and a window seat in the rear section on the main deck.

The Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise promotion, introduced in 1989, offers ticket holders a 1/1000 or 1/2000 chance to win luxury cars like this Lamborghini:



SQ491 from Istanbul arrived on time and we soon entered the gate. Spotting was impossible in the darkness, but at least I was able to identify our 777: it was 9V-SYE, one of 12 777-300s in the fleet and one of only three SIA planes in Star Alliance colors. Definitely a good start to the journey to Hong Kong!



Just as expected, very friendly flight attendants welcomed us at the door and during our long walk to row 61. The cabin was packed, apparently most passengers had started their journey in Istanbul. Like most other 777-300s in the fleet, 9V-SYE was not yet equipped with the latest interior. The old-style seats were a bit hard, but still comfortable:



Seat pitch could have been a bit better - and the large IFE box wasn't a positive surprise either:



Small IFE screens by today's standards:



Cabin shot (picture taken later in the flight):



Boarding was completed soon and the plane left the gate 10 minutes early. 18 minutes later the Trent engines started roaring and we lifted off after a shaky take-off roll. Some time later flight attendants distributed menu cards...



...and Givenchy amenity kits:


The kits look very elegant, but they only contained socks and a toothbrush set. Oman Air also provided earplugs and eyeshades.

When peanuts and drinks were offered, I passed on the usual ginger ale and opted for a Singapore Sling:



Now it was time to explore the in-flight entertainment system. The older non-AVOD KrisWorld version offers a choice of 14 movies, 7 channels with TV features, an airshow channel, 12 radio channels and 48 games. Of course the system doesn't meet today's standards any more, but it's still enough to keep you entertained on such a short long-haul flight. I was also glad that the system was still fully operational. An excellent IFE guide gives an overview of the available options:



Main menu in German:



Old-style airshow:



Dinner was served more than an hour after take-off. Very promising menu card:



I ordered the fish fillet and a Tiger beer:


The meal was nicely presented, delicious and filling. My favorite was the chocolate and orange cake - it was excellent, outstanding, fantastic - probably the best dessert which I ever got on a plane.  thumbsup 

Crossing India:





3,5 hours after dinner it was breakfast time and the tasty Danish pastry was just right:



Only 40 more minutes to go:


We touched down at Singapore Changi Airport after a flying time of 6 hours and 19 minutes and arrived at our gate 43 minutes early. It was still dark at Singapore so it wasn't possible to get some registrations. After disembarking we immediately took the train to Terminal 3 where our flight to Hong Kong would depart from.


Transfer at Singapore Changi
It is widely known that Singapore Changi Airport belongs to the best airports in the world, so it's not necessary to go into detail about the generally excellent facilities. Terminal 3 arrival hall with immigration counters:



Beautiful flowers:



Transit area:


Our euphoria about the airport and Singapore Airlines in particular was dampened after we had had to wait more than 30 minutes in queue in front of a transfer desk. All we needed were boarding passes for our flight to Hong Kong, so the waiting time was not acceptable. Only two agents were on duty and most passengers who they had to deal with had apparently missed a flight which required lots of handling time. Finally it was our turn and we got the boarding passes with the seat numbers which I had reserved at the time of booking.

The remaining time was limited and I didn't want to waste more of it by searching for the perfect spotting spot. I decided to stay at a place near our gate where I had a relatively good view of one runway. Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ERs...



... and a 777-300ER, bound for London Heathrow:






Sunday, 28 February 2010
Singapore (SIN) - Hong Kong (HKG)
Singapore Airlines SQ856
09:40-13:25 (09:46-13:22)
Flying time: 03:12 (hrs)
Economy Class, Seat 61J

Airbus A380-841
9V-SKI (MSN 034)
Built in 12/2008 and delivered in 07/2009


1st flight on 9V-SKI
2nd A380 flight



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Shortly before boarding we went to our gate where 9V-SKI was being prepared for flight SQ856. The plane was built in December 2008 and delivered in July 2009:



Seat plan:



The A380 cannot be called pretty from this perspective:



After waiting in the long queue for a while we finally reached the door. Friendly flight attendants welcomed us on the way to row 61, nothing else expected. Singapore Airlines' new Economy Class seats are a bit hard, but still quite comfortable:



Seat features: 10.6-inch widescreen LCD, seatback-mounted handset, 110V AC power port and USB port, footrest, cupholder and coat hook:



The 32-inch seat pitch is absolutely sufficient for long-haul flights:



Very useful feature for those who have forgotten the makeup mirror...  Wink



Taking pictures through the A380 windows is tricky due to the large distance between the inner and outer glass panels. SIA 777s and an A340-500:



While boarding was continuing I noticed a strange and (soon) disturbing noise. I would describe it as a constant up-and-down howling, it was quite loud and somehow reminded me of a saw or an oversized vacuum cleaner...first of all I assumed it's caused by flap or cargo door movements, but I dropped that thought after a few minutes. I guess the noise occurrence lasted at least 20 minutes and didn't stop until push-back. Interestingly, it appeared again later during approach (10 minutes) and after landing (10 minutes).
I didn't hear anything similar on my first A380 flight on Emirates - either that noise hadn't been there or I just hadn't noticed it. Later at home I started a thread in the Tech/Ops forum. Some posters referred to the PTU (Power Transfer Unit), but that was ruled out by an Airbus pilot. The latter suggested the sound could have been caused by the convection ovens. Any ideas?

While I was positively surprised by the captain's welcome speech, I was very disappointed to find out that camera views are not available on Singapore Airlines' A380s.  thumbsdown  The tail camera had been one of my favorite features on Emirates' A380. On the way to runway 02L:



777 partly covered by the giant A380 wing:



The four quiet Trent engines quickly accelerated the giant plane which finally lifted off rather unspectacularly:



Some time later we were quietly cruising over a field of small clouds:



Unfortunately, it was almost impossible to take decent pictures of the LCD screen - those could be used as mirrors after their airline life.  Yeah sure
KrisWorld main menu:



Airshow:




The latest KrisWorld version (audio/video on-demand) offers a choice of 100 movies, 180 television programs, 700 audio CDs, 22 audio programs and 91 games - enough to keep you entertained for a long time. No doubts, SIA's IFE system belongs to the best ones in the world, but I still prefer Emirates' ICE which offers a better airshow, camera views and some other additional features.

My seat neighbor to the left decided to watch an action movie (using his headphones) and due to the general low noise level in the A380 cabin I heard every shot and every scream - not very amusing if you don't watch or listen to anything yourself. So you may not only overhear more human sounds of any kind on the A380, but also IFE noise from other seats. What I also noticed during the flight was a high toilet flush noise level - I'm not sure whether it was a general issue or a specific problem with one lavatory. It seems only noise cancelling headphones can help in these situations...

Before flight attendants started serving breakfast I took some cabin shots. The Economy Class section on the main deck was packed:



Rear stairway:


I also tried to have a look at the upper deck Economy Class section, but the entry was blocked. Probably they didn't want passengers passing through the galley all the time.

Menu card:





I ordered the scrambled eggs...


...and again I was absolutely satisfied with my choice. The meal was tasty and filling, absolutely no reason for any complaint. The ice cream bites were a nice addition:



On approach to Hong Kong we had to pass through some thick clouds and the giant A380 was shaken quite a bit. We touched down after a flying time of 3 hours and 12 minutes...



...and arrived at the gate 3 minutes ahead of schedule. During disembarking I asked whether it would be possible to have a look at the flight deck, but a flight attendant quickly rejected, referring to security regulations introduced after 9/11.  Yeah sure

Big nose, big forehead:



9V-SKI was soon boarded by a large group of cleaners:


After grabbling our luggage we immediately went to the train station and took the next Airport Express train to Kowloon. Story to be continued...



Conclusion
Despite some weaknesses, flying Singapore Airlines was a pleasure in general. Crews and ground staff members were friendly and helpful, cabins were clean, mostly comfortable and in good shape, the catering was excellent. Seating comfort and IFE options vary depending on the type, just like on many other carriers. Nevertheless, SIA should quickly refurbish the 777-200ER and 777-300 cabins. What I found absolutely unacceptable was the long waiting time at the transfer desk in Singapore.

Despite the noise issues - I cheekily call them "A380 Cacophony" - and the lack of camera views it was still a pleasure to fly on the giant again from an enthusiast point of view. Of course I will try to fly on other operators' A380s, too. But whenever I have the choice again between an EK A380 and another similarly equipped EK widebody or an SQ A380 and another similarly equipped SQ widebody, I wouldn't invest more money to get on the A380. It may be a great plane in terms of efficiency, but it's just another widebody plane in terms of Economy Class comfort.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - other more or less recent reports:
The Next 5* Carrier? MUC-MCT-DXB, Oman Air A330
Turkey For 1.5 Hrs: Daytrip To AYT On Sky Airlines
CO Scores Again: ATL-IAH-EWR-FRA On ERJ, 752 & 764
Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR
Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER
Bye Bye, Hell! TRD-OSL-TXL-NUE - DY/AB/HE DH4
My Trip To Hell: NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD On Cimber & SAS
SFO-YUL-FRA: Map- & Sleepless On Air Canada's 77W
Sin City Gloss & Virgin America's Chic First Class
Seat Dilemma & Canyon Glamour: FRA To LAX, AC 763
On Par With Air France? DTW-AMS-MUC, KLM A330
Goodbye, Red Tails! DC-9-40/50 & Chicago Tour
Champagne & World Of Coke: Air France A340 To ATL
"Mission A380": Disappointing Legs On BA/BD/EI
Delights Of Doha, 773 & 77W: DOH-DXB-LHR On EK
A380 Really a Step Forward? LHR-DXB-DOH On EK
Quality & Style: HKG-LHR On Air New Zealand 744
Taiwan Trio: TransAsia, UNI Air And The Taipei 101
"The Wings Of Taiwan": EVA Air A332, 744 Combi
SHA-SZX, Shanghai 757: Delayed By The Military
PEK-SHA, China Eastern A330 & Shanghai At Night
Striking Newcomer: Berlin-Beijing On Hainan A330


[Edited 2010-05-01 08:45:32]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hello there,

Thanks for another fantastic report! It was an entertaining read after watching Bundesliga!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
as compensation we got free access to the lounge during the whole stay.

Wow, not bad!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
We decided to enjoy some drinks in the hotel's elegant Uptown Bar and took the elevator to the 24th floor.

I've been there as well a few years ago. This bar is offering some great views but it is also quite expensive to have a few drinks there.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I passed on the usual ginger ale and opted for a Singapore Sling

Excellent choice, I always order this stuff when I am onboard a SQ flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Tiger beer

Also great stuff. I find it very refreshing when drinking in the wet heat of Singapore.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
It is widely known that Singapore Changi Airport belongs to the best airports in the world

I can only agree. Terminal 3 looks awesome!

Patrick


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey, PH,

what a perfect Saturday afternoon read.
Let me say superb pictures from Dubai.
A real nice reminder to my stay last autumn there.
And also informative flight details, SIA doing good business and the meals looking indeed far above average.

Well done.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi PH,

I can only echo Markus. What a great read I have had for this Saturday evening. It feels like I have been there with you and your brother wandering around in DXB. The city scenery pictures are just stunning. If I ever visit DXB one day, I think I won't bother taking pictures anymore since you have covered it thoroughly and beautifully.   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
While searching for flights between Dubai and Hong Kong, Singapore Airlines soon caught my attention by offering a one-way connection for 318 Euro - including an A380 flight. My brother hadn't flown on the A380 yet and I was very interested in getting on the bird for the second time (after the premiere on Emirates). Great service and high-quality catering were further arguments for SIA. Unfortunately, the low fare suddenly disappeared and SQ wanted 350 Euro - at least for the A380 combo. We decided it would be worth it.

Wow, a one way connection for that price? Even a one way AMS-MUC costs more than that.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the excellent Hilton Dubai Creek. Our twin bed room wasn't available yet, so the kind receptionist invited us to wait in the Executive lounge where we got free drinks and snacks. 45 minutes later I asked again when the room would be ready and I was informed about another slight delay - but as compensation we got free access to the lounge during the whole stay.

Good to know that. I have just got a confirmed booking with its Indonesian sister hotel. I hope they will be as accomodating as yours in DXB.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
...and Givenchy amenity kits:

Amazing! I thought that Givenchy was preserved to premium travellers. But not the case on board of SQ.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Singapore Sling

Great choice!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, it was almost impossible to take decent pictures of the LCD screen - those could be used as mirrors after their airline life.

I did not expect that the screen could be that tiny. What a pity for a long haul experience.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The ice cream bites were a nice addition:

Wow, I thought that you had got it from SQ's Onboard Duty Free or something. Nice presentation and looks yummy!

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
Thanks for another fantastic report! It was an entertaining read after watching Bundesliga!

Thanks a lot, Patrick, your feedback is highly appreciated!

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
This bar is offering some great views but it is also quite expensive to have a few drinks there.

Well, the drinks aren't cheap, indeed, but you may find similar prices in average German bars.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
Excellent choice, I always order this stuff when I am onboard a SQ flight.

Too bad the stuff is not well-known in Germany.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
what a perfect Saturday afternoon read.
Let me say superb pictures from Dubai.

Thanks, Markus, nice to hear!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
And also informative flight details, SIA doing good business and the meals looking indeed far above average.

Only few carriers beat SIA in terms of catering.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
I can only echo Markus. What a great read I have had for this Saturday evening. It feels like I have been there with you and your brother wandering around in DXB. The city scenery pictures are just stunning.

Hi Suryo, thanks so much for your kind words.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
If I ever visit DXB one day, I think I won't bother taking pictures anymore since you have covered it thoroughly and beautifully.

There's a still much more to see in and around Dubai.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Wow, a one way connection for that price?

Unlike numerous other carriers, SIA offers reasonably priced one-ways to many destinations.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Good to know that. I have just got a confirmed booking with its Indonesian sister hotel. I hope they will be as accomodating as yours in DXB.

Usually you can rely on Hilton. The hotels aren't cheap, but it's well-invested money.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
I did not expect that the screen could be that tiny. What a pity for a long haul experience.

The new SQ screens are quite big - actually the same size (10.6 inches) as on Emirates and Oman Air.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Well, the drinks aren't cheap, indeed, but you may find similar prices in average German bars.

You are right, it is actually not unusual to pay 8 EUR (or more) for a cocktail in an average German bar. Two weeks ago I was out with a few friends and I left approx. 100 Euros just for drinks... and that was in Soest and not in Dusseldorf, Hamburg or Berlin.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Too bad the stuff is not well-known in Germany.

You are right, it is very rare to see Singapore Slings on the cocktail cards of a bar here in Germany. I know it from the movie "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Johnny Depp said something like: "Wir waren an jenem Abend im Beverly Hills Hotel - im Innenhof - und tranken Singapore Slings mit einer Meskalin Beigabe". 

Patrick


User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Another excellent and well written TR. I look forward to reading your next installment!!

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi PH,

Great TR as usual, nice continuation! Great photos from Dubai too, somewhere where I'll get to someday (just like every other place in the world that I've seen on here!). Hospitality in Dubai sounds great as well, giving you access to that lounge - I guess they didn't care about any revenues they could have received from the in room fridge!

It seems like there's a massive difference between flying the A380 and any other SQ plane (maybe excluding the 77W). From the pictures you uploaded, the 773 had just a pillow on it for a 6 hour flight and the A380 had a bigger pillow and a blanket for a 3 hour flight. It seems as though airlines are trying to make the A380 more 'prestigious' in other ways too. But from my experience on EK, the service is much more personal on a smaller plane (A345 v A380). Hopefully I can clear my TR backlog sometime.. The IFE in SQ's 772s and 773s look so outdated when compared with the A380/77W product. I really wonder if they'll bother replacing it or not. The surrounding noise is definitely a problem with the A380 and it's a reason for me never wanting to sit near the toilets on the whale again. It also sounds like the person next to you had the volume turned up quite a bit too because that's a first for me although I can definitely see how it's possible. It makes you think you're on a bus.. No pun intended! I hope the 787's a bit louder!

In terms of the seat, you referred to both of them as a bit hard but comfortable enough. Which was better?

Meals looked pretty good although I must say the dinner on the 773 looks better than the breakfast on the A380. It doesn't look very filling in comparison.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, I was surprised that the agent couldn't issue boarding passes for the connecting flight to Hong Kong

How strange.. And that ultimately led to the 30 min waste of time to collect it. They should know that and have better procedures.




Take a look: the handset is flung over the armrest!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
While I was positively surprised by the captain's welcome speech, I was very disappointed to find out that camera views are not available on Singapore Airlines' A380s. The tail camera had been one of my favorite features on Emirates' A380. On the way to runway 02L:

What a shame. It's one of the best features that technology has brought us in terms of IFE!


Thanks for sharing an insight to the new and old that SQ have to offer. It's such a noticable change when switching from one PTV which is touch screen, is bigger and has so many more functions to one that isn't so clever.

Looking forward to reading the next one and also the pictures of HK which will make me super envious!


Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27295 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Great report. Lovely photos. I think in your photo from the Hilton Dubai Creek looking towards the port you can see a Costa Cruise ship which does the 7 night Arabian ports cruise.

Love all the pics of Dubai. Makes me want to go back. That metro looks cool and I love the Mall of the Emirates.

As for SQ I think I wouldnt like the older product, the A380 and 77W looks alot better.

OA260


User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2693 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Fantastic trip report, PlaneHunter! As always, a great read.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My favorite was the chocolate and orange cake - it was excellent, outstanding, fantastic - probably the best dessert which I ever got on a plane.

The best desert you've ever had on a plane, in economy class??? Wow! I've got to admit, that looks delicious, looking at the pictures just makes me hungry.

One thing about the breakfast serving you got on the DXB-SIN route - I have to admit, I'm somewhat disappointed to see that it's just a pastry roll. I get exactly the same breakfast on my numerous CX PER-HKG flights. And there's no choice either. It's good to see, however, that SQ served some scrambled eggs on your SIN-HKG route.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My seat neighbor to the left decided to watch an action movie (using his headphones) and due to the general low noise level in the A380 cabin I heard every shot and every scream - not very amusing if you don't watch or listen to anything yourself. So you may not only overhear more human sounds of any kind on the A380, but also IFE noise from other seats. What I also noticed during the flight was a high toilet flush noise level - I'm not sure whether it was a general issue or a specific problem with one lavatory. It seems only noise cancelling headphones can help in these situations...

I've never been on an A380, but based on other people's experiences, it does seem to be too quiet - and yes, I do believe there's a point when it becomes too quiet that you can hear a conversation from the other side of the plane, or toilets flushing, or what your neighbour is watching on the AVOD.

Did you enjoy your stay in HKG? Thank you for the trip report, I look forward to its continuation  



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1130 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Superb report again PH. I expected nothing less!

I would absolutely love to fly SQ one day.... its really an ambition for me. The whole operation brings alot of class to the economy offerings...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
You cannot miss these striking stations:

Aaah the metro system seems so well designed in Dubai. It wasn't quite working yet when I was last there.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Which one is taller?

Great photo... though once described as an uncharming hypodermic needle, I think its a great building.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The 7 star resort includes a water "Aquaventure" theme park, a "Dolphin Bay

Looks quite garish... perhaps its the Dubai extravagence? And I really object to the 7 star label some of these hotels give themselves... they really big themselves up.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I ordered the fish fillet and a Tiger beer:

This dish looks so good and the meal tray is perfectly designed ; good lines, not cluttered, quite minimalist and very tasteful. The cold beer is obviously the icing on the cake!

All this flying to HK has made me curious about how you'll get back.. I like forward to the next installment!

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 5):
You are right, it is actually not unusual to pay 8 EUR (or more) for a cocktail in an average German bar. Two weeks ago I was out with a few friends and I left approx. 100 Euros just for drinks... and that was in Soest and not in Dusseldorf, Hamburg or Berlin.

Many bars and restaurants are simply overpriced in Germany.

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 6):
Another excellent and well written TR. I look forward to reading your next installment!!

Thanks a lot, good to hear!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
Great TR as usual, nice continuation! Great photos from Dubai too, somewhere where I'll get to someday (just like every other place in the world that I've seen on here!).

Many thanks for your feedback, Nicholas!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
Hospitality in Dubai sounds great as well, giving you access to that lounge - I guess they didn't care about any revenues they could have received from the in room fridge!

The choice of drinks in the lounge is quite limited, though.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
It seems like there's a massive difference between flying the A380 and any other SQ plane (maybe excluding the 77W).

The A330-300s and A340-500s are also equipped with the latest in-flight amenities. I'm not sure how many 772s and 773s have been refurbished yet - definitely not more than a handful.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
It seems as though airlines are trying to make the A380 more 'prestigious' in other ways too.

I'm not sure about that. The offerings on SQ's 77Ws and EK's newer 777s are almost the same as on the A380s.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
The IFE in SQ's 772s and 773s look so outdated when compared with the A380/77W product. I really wonder if they'll bother replacing it or not.

I guess numerous older 777s won't be refurbished.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
The surrounding noise is definitely a problem with the A380 and it's a reason for me never wanting to sit near the toilets on the whale again.

Can you confirm that the toilet flush is quite loud on EK's A380, too? I didn't notice that.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
I hope the 787's a bit louder!

  

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
In terms of the seat, you referred to both of them as a bit hard but comfortable enough. Which was better?

Good question. Usually I prefer older-style seat cushions - as long as they aren't worn out.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
Take a look: the handset is flung over the armrest!

Interesting, I didn't notice that. However, I took the picture after landing.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
It's one of the best features that technology has brought us in terms of IFE!

  

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
Looking forward to reading the next one and also the pictures of HK which will make me super envious!

Many pictures to follow...the question is when.  
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 7):
Hopefully I can clear my TR backlog sometime..

Yes, can't wait to see another NZ107 report!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 8):
Hi Great report. Lovely photos.

Thanks, Phil!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 8):
I think in your photo from the Hilton Dubai Creek looking towards the port you can see a Costa Cruise ship which does the 7 night Arabian ports cruise.

I think you are right, hadn't noticed that.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 8):
Love all the pics of Dubai. Makes me want to go back. That metro looks cool and I love the Mall of the Emirates.

There are so many nice things in Dubai, cannot wait to be there again.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 9):
Fantastic trip report, PlaneHunter! As always, a great read.

Many thanks, Sam!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 9):
One thing about the breakfast serving you got on the DXB-SIN route - I have to admit, I'm somewhat disappointed to see that it's just a pastry roll.

Well, it tasted quite good and it was absolutely enough only a few hours after dinner.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 9):
I've never been on an A380, but based on other people's experiences, it does seem to be too quiet - and yes, I do believe there's a point when it becomes too quiet that you can hear a conversation from the other side of the plane, or toilets flushing, or what your neighbour is watching on the AVOD.

I guess most people still prefer the general quietness. But it will be interesting to hear opinions in a few years after many more people have regularly flown on the A380.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 9):
Did you enjoy your stay in HKG?

Absolutely, Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
Superb report again PH. I expected nothing less!

Hi Luke, thanks a lot for your reply!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
I would absolutely love to fly SQ one day.... its really an ambition for me. The whole operation brings alot of class to the economy offerings...

You should try SQ - but make sure you get a type with the new interior.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
Aaah the metro system seems so well designed in Dubai. It wasn't quite working yet when I was last there.

The metro is amazing. Just read that some more stations were opened recently.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
Great photo... though once described as an uncharming hypodermic needle, I think its a great building.

I can only agree.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 10):
All this flying to HK has made me curious about how you'll get back..

One airline was planned, but we got two different ones in the end, including an upgrade from a narrowbody to a widebody...more to follow.


PH

[Edited 2010-05-02 11:46:07]


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User currently offlinestaralliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR! Thank you for sharing! Great to see an A380 flying SIN-HKG!


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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Hi PH,

Very nice TR & pictures, good reading on this wet sunday night.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, the low fare suddenly disappeared and SQ wanted 350 Euro - at least for the A380 combo

- Still pretty good for a one way ticket.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Our twin bed room wasn't available yet, so the kind receptionist invited us to wait in the Executive lounge where we got free drinks and snacks. 45 minutes later I asked again when the room would be ready and I was informed about another slight delay - but as compensation we got free access to the lounge during the whole stay

- Pretty good service getting the lounge access for the duration, despite it being short.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Small IFE screens by today's standards

- Just shows how quickly sizes have increased.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I noticed a strange and (soon) disturbing noise. I would describe it as a constant up-and-down howling, it was quite loud and somehow reminded me of a saw or an oversized vacuum cleaner...first of all I assumed it's caused by flap or cargo door movements, but I dropped that thought after a few minutes. I guess the noise occurrence lasted at least 20 minutes and didn't stop until push-back. Interestingly, it appeared again later during approach (10 minutes) and after landing (10 minutes).

- Interesting, never heard any 'additional' noises, that said, all of my 4 A380 flights have been on the upper deck.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My seat neighbor to the left decided to watch an action movie (using his headphones) and due to the general low noise level in the A380 cabin I heard every shot and every scream - not very amusing if you don't watch or listen to anything yourself. So you may not only overhear more human sounds of any kind on the A380, but also IFE noise from other seats. What I also noticed during the flight was a high toilet flush noise level - I'm not sure whether it was a general issue or a specific problem with one lavatory. It seems only noise cancelling headphones can help in these situations...

- Gotta say I've not really noticed anything on my A380 flights, just felt like a normal flight but much quieter.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I also tried to have a look at the upper deck Economy Class section, but the entry was blocked. Probably they didn't want passengers passing through the galley all the time.

- I suspect that is likley, foot traffic through the galley can be quite intrusive,especially during meal service & preparation.

Looking forward to the next installment.

RE my note the other day, I'm looking at Central & South America next year, MEX,PTY,BOG,GRH,GIG and more.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6456 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
I'm not sure about that. The offerings on SQ's 77Ws and EK's newer 777s are almost the same as on the A380s.

Yeah sorry, I should have worded that a bit differently. Most airlines are bringing the standard up to the A380 like QF is.. I guess SQ is a bit different as the 77Ws have been arriving in a similar time period as the A380s. But their Suites is still a product which 'elevates' the A380 above the others in their fleet. It's actually quite hard to compare all the airlines flying the A380 - they all have such different styles.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Can you confirm that the toilet flush is quite loud on EK's A380, too? I didn't notice that.

My next TR, whenever that will be, will talk about this a little bit. I wrote something down about it so I'm pretty sure it was annoying. I couldn't imagine what it'd be like on a long haul flight. I think it comes down to when people flush the toilets - I do it on the way out because I hate the loud sucking noise. Even so, those walls aren't that thick and would be easily penetrable by the sound. As a reference, I was sitting in 86A. I definitely prefer the front of the 2nd cabin on the EK A380 and I'm anxious to try out the upper deck with any airline sometime!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Many pictures to follow...the question is when.

Same here.. But you will see them all on here eventually!


Cheers,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineag92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Like most other 777-300s in the fleet, 9V-SYE was not yet equipped with the latest interior.

Haha reading this, I remember that my last SQ flight except for the SQ380 was on this plane sometime in December 2006, after seeing that plane I never stepped onboard a SQ flight again except to return back from Delhi, the plane was absolutely HORRIBLE! The worst thing was that my arm rest was in pretty poor shape and the fact that my life vest fell onto the floor, the only good thing about that flight was that there was an empty seat next to mine, but that journey changed my perception of SQ to India (I write this to India for a reason)

ANyways excellent TR, and reminded me that Y can still be a joy to travel with


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6670 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi PlaneHunter!

Excellent report with fantastic pictures !

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Some time later we were quietly cruising over a field of small clouds:

I just love that picture! Very nice with the puffy clouds!

Nice to hear that SQ is still a nice airline; seats look okay and meals look really good, especially the breakfast from SIN to HKG. A bit strange that the breakfast is so much larger on the much shorter flight.....The ice-ceam bits looks really good  

Nice with an amenity kit although not to much in it.....

Interesting to hear that the A380 is too quiet and I doubt that I'll find that out for myself as I have no plans to fly on a A380.

Looking forward very much to your next installment.....

The777Man



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi PH!

Great second part, I very much enjoyed the many great pictures of Dubai! Oh, and I guess there was some flight coverage as well  

I'm amazed at that great fare on SQ - I guess there's quite a bit of competition on the DXB to Asia market. Singapore can be a very good airline when things go right, apart from your transfer at SIN it looks like everything did this time. Those robotlike Singapore Girls are always fun.

Thanks and keep up the good work!


User currently offlineRobMEL From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks PlaneHunter.

I'll be flying SIN-DXB-IST-DXB-SIN in the near future, so I was keen to see whether SQ were using the upgraded interior on those flights. I guess it might still be a day-by-day basis. Im also then getting on an A380, but heading back to MEL.

Did the IST pax get off the plane in DXB? If I can, I will, if only to stretch the legs and visit the facilities...


User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent Trip report, PlaneHunter! The pics from Dubai were spectacular. I gotta visit Dubai - atleast for the skyscrapers and malls  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
t is widely known that Singapore Changi Airport belongs to the best airports in the world, so it's not necessary to go into detail about the generally excellent facilities

Absolutely. Terminal 3 at Changi is superb!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The latter suggested the sound could have been caused by the convection ovens. Any ideas?

Strange! Why would anyone use the ovens during approach and after landing?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The ice cream bites were a nice addition:

WOW. Looks delicious.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After grabbling our luggage we immediately went to the train station and took the next Airport Express train to Kowloon.

The Airport Express at HKG is so fast & convenient. I absolutely loved it.

- Vivek


User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 957 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi PH

Thanks for this great continuation of your epic journey to the Far East. Fantastic! It seems that you were in Dubai just slightly a week after I was there in February, so I can totally relate with your impressions, while the pictures of Dubai are wonderful and look vaguely familiar as I went to some of the same places you did... hehehe (I hadn't gotten round to writing a TR yet though... it's among many other things on my procrastination list!)


Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
We touched down at Singapore Changi Airport after a flying time of 6 hours and 19 minutes and arrived at our gate 43 minutes early

That's quite an impressive gain for 6-hour-plus flight!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Seat plan:

I didn't realize that SQ still have those displays - I remember them from my early flight in the first week of operations (and frankly have only been on one other SQ 380 since) - it's nice to feel that what you're boarding is a special plane.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I was very disappointed to find out that camera views are not available on Singapore Airlines' A380s.    The tail camera had been one of my favorite features on Emirates' A380.

A shame: following proceedings at take off and landing via the tail mounted camera is one of the highlights of any A380 flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
It seems only noise cancelling headphones can help in these situations...

That's funny. There was a time when the A380 first flew, some commentators said noise-cancelling headphones were no longer necessary because it's so quiet. Now, it's required - precisely because it's so quiet!  

Thanks again for this very enjoyable rendition.

Cheers,
airpearl


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6670 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi !

Forgot to mention that spotting in the dark in DXB is possible although difficult coming from my own experience.....

The777Man



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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

PlaneHunter,

Excellent TR, and a great follow-up to your Hong Kong trip series.

Not sure why i thought you would be on EK for this sector, so seeing this SQ trip was a nice surprise, and a rare documentation on one of their DXB flights.

With regards to old versus new products on SQ, i should have flown Y class instead of J, on my trip with them last year. This report, along with others reiterate a solid and reliable product where you know what to expect, with a minimized regard to whether the product is new or old. Oh well, maybe next time  

As for the A380, i did hear a high-pitched saw-like churning sound on both EK and QF, and i always assumed it was the deployment of the flaps (i noticed the churning before takeoff and on approach). To be honest, it was a much welcomed sound in my opinion, because the aircraft was too quiet and i was desperate to hear some of the old-school noise!

Did you manage to go on the Sky Deck at HKG for some proper spotting? ...


Thanks a lot for sharing this TR, looking forward to the next installment!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting staralliance38 (Reply 12):
Great TR! Thank you for sharing! Great to see an A380 flying SIN-HKG!

Thanks Mark, good to hear you liked it.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):

Very nice TR & pictures, good reading on this wet sunday night.

Hi Mark, many thanks for your feedback!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Still pretty good for a one way ticket.

Yes, the price was still ok considering that I got a 773 and an A380.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Interesting, never heard any 'additional' noises, that said, all of my 4 A380 flights have been on the upper deck.

That may make a difference.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
Gotta say I've not really noticed anything on my A380 flights, just felt like a normal flight but much quieter.

If I remember correctly, two of your flights were in Business Class. So the people around you were further away. As for the toilet flush - probably it was a specific problem on my plane or SQ chose another outfitter than AF, EK and QF.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 13):
RE my note the other day, I'm looking at Central & South America next year, MEX,PTY,BOG,GRH,GIG and more.

Sounds great. Do you want to get a specific carrier? I may also finally look at South America next year.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 14):
But their Suites is still a product which 'elevates' the A380 above the others in their fleet.

That's true!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 14):
My next TR, whenever that will be, will talk about this a little bit. I wrote something down about it so I'm pretty sure it was annoying.

Very interesting. When do you think it will be ready?

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 14):
I'm anxious to try out the upper deck with any airline sometime!

Same here.

Quoting ag92 (Reply 15):
ANyways excellent TR, and reminded me that Y can still be a joy to travel with

Thanks a lot!

Quoting ag92 (Reply 15):
The worst thing was that my arm rest was in pretty poor shape and the fact that my life vest fell onto the floor, the only good thing about that flight was that there was an empty seat next to mine, but that journey changed my perception of SQ to India (I write this to India for a reason)

Sounds quite bad, that shouldn't happen on SQ.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Excellent report with fantastic pictures !

Many thanks, Lars!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
A bit strange that the breakfast is so much larger on the much shorter flight

Well, it was the only meal service on the SIN-HKG sector. We had also had dinner on the DXB-SIN flight.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Interesting to hear that the A380 is too quiet and I doubt that I'll find that out for myself as I have no plans to fly on a A380.

I know you don't like it - but you should try it one day. Probably on a connecting flight when heading to a new 777 experience?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Great second part, I very much enjoyed the many great pictures of Dubai! Oh, and I guess there was some flight coverage as well

Thanks a lot, FlyingFinn.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
I'm amazed at that great fare on SQ - I guess there's quite a bit of competition on the DXB to Asia market.

Yes, indeed. There were some cheaper options.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Those robotlike Singapore Girls are always fun.

No doubts about that. I prefer CX and MH crews.

Quoting RobMEL (Reply 18):
I'll be flying SIN-DXB-IST-DXB-SIN in the near future, so I was keen to see whether SQ were using the upgraded interior on those flights. I guess it might still be a day-by-day basis.

Hi Rob, maybe you'll be lucky and get a 773 with the new interior.

Quoting RobMEL (Reply 18):
Did the IST pax get off the plane in DXB?

I'm quite sure they didn't get off.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 19):
Excellent Trip report, PlaneHunter! The pics from Dubai were spectacular.

Thanks a lot, Vivek!

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 19):
I gotta visit Dubai - atleast for the skyscrapers and malls

I'm sure you'd like it.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 19):
Why would anyone use the ovens during approach and after landing?

Very good question. I'm still waiting for a satisfying answer.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 19):
The Airport Express at HKG is so fast & convenient. I absolutely loved it.

I can only agree - and fares are still acceptable.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 20):
Thanks for this great continuation of your epic journey to the Far East. Fantastic!

Hi Airpearl, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 20):
I hadn't gotten round to writing a TR yet though... it's among many other things on my procrastination list!

We are waiting for it!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 20):
That's quite an impressive gain for 6-hour-plus flight!

777 + tailwind = Speedbird!  
Quoting airpearl (Reply 20):
There was a time when the A380 first flew, some commentators said noise-cancelling headphones were no longer necessary because it's so quiet. Now, it's required - precisely because it's so quiet!

Funny, isn't it?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):
Forgot to mention that spotting in the dark in DXB is possible although difficult coming from my own experience.....

Is there a specific location to recommend?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):

Excellent TR, and a great follow-up to your Hong Kong trip series.

Many thanks, Roni!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
As for the A380, i did hear a high-pitched saw-like churning sound on both EK and QF, and i always assumed it was the deployment of the flaps (i noticed the churning before takeoff and on approach).

Ok, finally someone who seemingly heard the same. Where exactly were you seated?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
Did you manage to go on the Sky Deck at HKG for some proper spotting? ...

Yes, it was my first visit on the Sky Deck. Nice place, but spotting was a bit difficult with my small binoculars. I had left my heavy ones at.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 22):
Thanks a lot for sharing this TR, looking forward to the next installment!

Should be online in a few days!


PH



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6670 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):
Forgot to mention that spotting in the dark in DXB is possible although difficult coming from my own experience.....

Is there a specific location to recommend?

No, just have to go from gate to gate and check at the nose gear door etc. Very tedious and not possible to view at every gate but probably at 80 % of gates.

The777Man



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25 NZ107 : Not even I know so I guess it'll remain a surprise when I do find time to write and upload it! I've basically said what I think I was going to say bu
26 Contact Air : Hi PH, It was great to follow the next part of your story, again illustrated with excellent pictures. Good to read you enjoyed your flights on Singapo
27 abrelosojos : = Sadly, I find Berlin to be cheap for an Euro-city. Anyways, great report PH. I enjoyed the detailed report and was impressed by SQ's Y-class meals.
28 PlaneHunter : Yes, that's tedious indeed. I'm wondering whether the terminal hotel offers good views - but it's very expensive. Alright, I'll watch out for it. Hi
29 globetraveller : A truly delightful trip report PlaneHunter. I love trip reports with images of the cities of departure/arrival and this TR certainly had plenty of tho
30 PlaneHunter : Thanks a lot, Globetraveller! Good to hear from you. Part 3 will include plenty of pictures from Hong Kong, should be online very soon. PH
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