Another month and another trip to France. The first for this year, but a few more are in the planning, including finally a holiday to France instead of work.
Although I am only allowed to fly economy, I am allowed to fly when and who I like, so there is always some flexibility. I was going to try the A380 flight to LHR, but cheap seats were gone and arrival is a little too late meaning that I would have to connect to later flights to CDG and NTE.
My first flight was the 30th April, hence causing a little bit of anxiousness as to whether my flights would be cancelled by the volcano. Fortunately by this time flights were all back to normal, although very full.
Checkin was quick as always, the advantage of being able to use the First Class desks, and then through to the lounge after at the TRS to collect the tax back from the new camera I purchased the week before.
VH-OJQ which will be QF1 to LHR
VH-OJB which will be my plane to SIN
BA preparing for the trip home
After a nice meal in the lounge and a few e-mails it was time to head down to the gate. It was apparently that this flight was going to be totally full. I like the 2 class plane because of the small cabin just behind business. Even if the flight is full it doesn’t feel so bad in this part. Surprisingly for a full flight we departed right on schedule.
Another view of VH-OJQ
VH-OQA which will be QF 31 to LHR via SIN
VH-OJF with engine covers open
Cronulla views on departure
Full mini cabin
Afternoon sun lighting up the RRs
Views of the outback
Arriving into Singapore
Apart from the screaming babies which turned out to be a common occurrence on this trip, this was pretty uneventful, apart from the fact we ended up arriving about 20 minutes early in SIN. This was most welcome as it meant I didn’t need to rush so much to the lounge to get a shower. It also meant I could check mails before I headed down for the next leg.
I had hoped that I would be upgraded on this flight because it had been oversold for a few weeks before hand, however although full I wasn’t needed to be upgraded. Can’t really complain I have had my fair share of upgrade luck, and its never good to expect to travel in a class other than the one booked.
We departed about 20 minutes late, although the captain announced that they expected to make up that time during the flight.
40A is in another mini cabin with only 2 rows on the port side, and one in the middle and starboard side, so it was very quiet. I was very tired by this time so I declined dinner and tried to get to sleep. Even without the help of sleeping tablets which I sometimes do, I fall asleep very quickly and woke with about 3 hours to go. Not bad for an economy seat.
I noticed that our expected time to arrive was 20 minutes later than scheduled so we weren’t going to make up any time. I was not anxious but hoped that we wouldn’t be much later as I had a BA flight to CDG due at 07:25 and it wasn’t going to leave me much time to got from T3 to T5 and have a shower.
As it happened we landed on 27L with no holding pattern, and it was only a quick taxi to our gate at T3. Disembarkation was very quick and I made my way to the transfer bus within 5 minutes and a bus was waiting. In all it only took about 20 minutes to get from T3 to the BA lounge at T5 including going through security. This left me lots of time to have shower and even a bacon and egg roll in the lounge
Boarding was on time as I had been advised at the lounge. The fact it was a 767 was one of the reasons I arranged my flight timings for this trip.
Even though everyone was on board on time, ATC restrictions meant that we were held at the gate for a good 30 minutes. This was obviously not good for the girl sitting next to me who seemed very agitated and at one point went to see the cabin crew. For me it was ok, I had a scheduled 3 hour break at CDG before my flight to NTE so I didn’t mind.