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User currently offlineRobMEL From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 16879 times:

My first decent holiday in 3 years. A trip 6 months in planning, with early-bird flight specials, and what I felt was a winning itinerary through Turkey and Eastern Europe. So far, I’m half-way through, and loving every minute of it.

But to enjoy a European trip, one must first get to Europe. Needless to say, from Australia, it is a lengthy and often expensive proposition. So, when a flight return to Istanbul for less than $1800AUD including taxes came up, I jumped on it. Especially when said flight was on Singapore Airlines, and included 2 A380 flights! Yesssss!!!!

However, the timetabling God's conspired against me, and an equipment change saw my MEL-SIN flight downgraded to a 773. No matter. I still have SIN-MEL in the A380 to come, unless SQ decide to sub the equipment again. I’ll be somewhat filthy if this occurs.

Anyway, the day of departure finally arrived, and after a night in a fancy hotel in central Melbourne with the other half (sort of a tradition now, before a big trip, and it mollifies her a trifle, as she isn’t coming with me) we troop off to the airport. I had checked in the previous day and printed my boarding pass, but they took those and issued me with the normal airport kind that I prefer. I was a bit peeved to note that my brand new title “Dr” was not appearing anywhere on my boarding passes, despite having made the booking with that name. What use is having a PhD if one cannot fully make use of the salutation???

The time eventually came for me to farewell the girl, and pass through the door of no return; which has moved at MEL to where the old food court used to be

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Looks all shiny and new…

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Departure board. Not with as many exotic destinations as some, but it will do.

Then the usual bunfight at security. This is something they’ve never been particularly good at at MEL, today was no exception. You join a big queue, to be sent off to smaller queues as you reach it’s head, though there was yet another bigger queue off to one side. No prizes for guessing where I ended up.

Customs were their usual friendly selves (not), but they did open more booths to process people more quickly. It should be noted that departures in the afternoon are popular at MEL, with QF,MH,SQ,TG and CX all having departures scheduled in roughly a 2 hour time frame, so it can be quite busy. After passing through the gauntlet of temporary corridors, I ended up back at the old entry way, and in through the usual duty free outlets. To reach the gates, one must physically pass through a duty free store, you literally cannot avoid it. There is no clear path, and often they have displays in the way, creating a bit of a bottle neck. Capitalism is well and good, but this is just silly. Departure gates are at the top of the terminal building, and I had a bit of a look at the extensions. Looks…nice.

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Looking back towards the start of the terminal. There’s yet another duty free store behind me.

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My chariot, an SQ 773

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QF, heading to LHR via SIN

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CZ, sitting quietly. It wasn’t scheduled to leave until later.

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TG and part of the departure lounge.

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Departure lounge for my flight. It felt quieter than normal, so I hoped that the flight would be less than full. It wasn’t.

Boarding started about 50 mins prior to STD. I bided my time, content that I would spend enough time on aircraft over the next 24 hours that I didn’t have to rush on board. Never really understand why people do that anyway, when they have allocated seats.

SQ228 MEL-SIN
10/6/10
Loading: 95%Y, unsure of other classes.
Aircraft- 773.
Seat- 43K.
Pushback 5 mins late, take off eventually at 1602.
Arrival 10 mins early. At gate on time.

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Just wouldn’t be an A.Net report without it!

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I guess this is the unrefurbished variety, but the seat covers were new, and made the plane feel much more comfortable and brighter than the next one.

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Cabin shot. The buffoon standing on the left of the picture had a real issue with sitting down and buckling up, and had to be remonstrated with several times by the purser until he would. As soon as the seatbelt sign was off, he was out of his seat.
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Just after take off

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Menu card.
We had ham and potato salad, with a choice of roast chicken or Chinese style fish, and an ice cream for dessert.

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In case you didn’t believe me, here’s the chicken. It was…pretty average. And by average, I mean not good.

Flight was smooth with minimal turbulence. Somewhere over central Australia we passed this:
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It’s not Lake Eyre, it’s another salt lake of some kind.

We arrived in SIN 10 mins early as noted, and were at the gate on time. Fairly prompt disembarkation, and pax scattered to the 4 winds in the terminal. Most had connecting flights; there were few takers for the Singapore immigration forms.

I had 2 hours or thereabouts. A quick bathroom break, followed by 1.5 litres of water, some email, a BK whopper junior and another bathroom break, and I was ready. I had to transfer terminals, but that was no big deal.

There are numerous photos of the SIN terminals on A.net. Here’s another one for kicks
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Ahhh…lets make it two.
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Security was as always tedious, but courteous. The departure lounge was depressingly full, so my hopes of a vacant seat were dashed. I pinned my hopes on my seat mate disembarking in DXB.

Sidebar: why do so many SQ flights to the Middle East make a stop in DXB. Both IST and CAI flights stop there, as well as a dedicated DXB flight around the same time. Most people seem to be going on to the final destination…so why the stop?

SQ490 SIN-DXB-IST
Loading: 100% Y, unsure of other classes. 90% after DXB.
Aircraft- 773.
Seat- 60K.
Pushback on time, take off eventually at 0020.

I noted, with some disappointment, my seat mate was not getting off in DXB. Very few other people looked like they were.

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About the same leg room. Good…but not great.

Despite the late hour, they fed us. I didn’t take a photo of it, but the choices were pan fried fish or Malaysian chicken curry, with a seafood salad. As I don’t eat seafood, I was glad I made the burger stop. I took the chicken curry and nibbled at it…it was passable.

I watched a couple of movies, and tried to get some kip, but couldn’t really get comfortable. Never can on long flights, don’t know why I bother. I must’ve dozed for a bit though. I was pining for the fresh air vents that were depressingly missing. I like cool air on me when I try to sleep. I also like it to be dark. I had hoped the little Givenchy packs might contain a sleeping mask…but no; they had socks (why socks? Why?) and a toothbrush (that I can understand).

We landed in DXB at some god-awful hour local time, I think about 2:30am. This is where a bearable flight became brutal. Pax continuing to IST were forbidden from getting off the aircraft, and as that was most of us…it made life difficult for crew trying to clean the cabin and load new food. We were quite restless, and the guy who’s job it was to check boarding passes was having a hard time. I suggested it might be easier if we were doing this in the terminal. He grimaced and said “yes…it would be…” but didn’t elaborate further.

At one stage an announcement was made that me must return to our seats and stay there. Most people ignored it. Me included.

Our scheduled stopover was 1.5 hours. Even if all I had time to do in the terminal was to stretch my legs for 5 mins and take a whiz, I’d have taken it. As it turns out, we were there for 3 hours, as apparently we were requested to wait by IST.

So, if someone can give me good reasons for not letting us off the damn aircraft, I’d appreciate it.

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Company jet next door. This was the CAI flight.

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DXB terminal

We took off about 1.5 hours late. Yet we arrived in IST smack on schedule.

There was talk of light snacks being available after take-off…but nothing was forthcoming.

I tried to sleep some more; I went to look for vacant seats to move to…but there were no attractive ones. In the end I plonked back next to the Japanese lady, and tried to get some rest. I got about an hour I think.

When I awoke, the sun had begun to rise, and we were about 2 hours out of Istanbul. Now, even those most fervent A.netter would agree that the last 2 hours of a long haul flight (in Y) drag endlessly. Even the arrival of breakfast didn’t speed things up.

Breakfast was probably the highlight though; a choice of Omlette with baked beans and chicken sausage, or banana pancakes with apricot jam. I would have been happy with either, but went with the banana pancakes. I ended up having three, as the Japanese lady didn’t seem to enamored by them, despite choosing them, and the FA offered me a second (well…third) helping. They were delicious!

No photo. I regret not taking one now.

Istanbul drew closer:
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And eventually, we arrived.
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Prior to touchdown.

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Nearly on the deck.

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Taxiing.

As seems to be my karma, we were at the furthest possible gate, but as the airport was empty at that stage of international arrivals, it was no big issue. There was no queue at the Visa desk, and a crisp $20USD bill later, I had my Visa. Felt really shonky, sliding my passport to some guy with a $20 in it…but all legit.

Immigration however, was not so good. Lines moved at glacial pace in the “non-Turkish citizen” queue, so security direct a few of us over to the Turkish area which was empty. He didn’t tell anyone there he had done that, and there was a minor argument as immigration officials told us to go back…before they relented.

One stamp later…I was through. No pesky forms, no questions, no welcome to Turkey.

My bag was already on the carousel; I grabbed it, hit the green channel, and was out the door. Found my driver with my name misspelled, and I was off to my hotel.

All up, a typical SQ experience, aside from the DXB stopover kerfuffle. Actually, in retrospect, it was probably the highlight of an otherwise staid experience. Not bad, not brilliant, but adequate. Had I been up in J or F, then no doubt I’d be singing praises or complaining about champagne glasses being presented the wrong way around…but as an Economy pleb, I can but say the flights were just a means to an end; just not overly pleasant means.

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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 16636 times:

So it seems that Singapore Airlines are cutting like so many airlines. $1,800 is pretty steep.

User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2979 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 15926 times:

Was the A380 on that day subbed on MEL-SIN? damn that would suck. To go from the product on the 380 compared to old 777-300 really isnt a good compartitive product.

Love IST, its a great city. I want to go back as a week was not eough to see it all.


User currently offlineRobMEL From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 15510 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
$1,800 is pretty steep.

No...$1800AUD is a bargain. Usual prices from MEL/SYD to Europe can be very pricey indeed. 6 years ago I paid $1850 on a student fare, and it's not unknown for for prices of $2.5k to be paid. All depends on when you buy of course. Now there are some very cheap fares around, but if we ignore the ridiculously low fares that AirAsiaX offer, and concentrate on the alleged "full service" airlines, anything under $2k should be considered a bargain.


User currently offlineRobMEL From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 15293 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 2):
Was the A380 on that day subbed on MEL-SIN?

No, it was changed in the schedule a couple of months in advance. The 1010 departure is now the SQ flagship departure from MEL, presumably to cut the amount of hours the big jet sits on the tarmac in MEL. They also retimed my flight by 5 mins, and rang me to tell me. Such service!


User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 15251 times:

Interestging report.
I am actually debating doing the exact same routing later on this year using some hard earned Krisflyer miles.

Surprised you were kept on board the aircraft during the DXB transit stop.
On all my previous SQ flights where I have dis/embarkerd in DXB, transit pax had to deplane too.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 15177 times:

Hi Rob,

interesting report, too bad you weren't satisfied with the flights. The 773 on the MEL-SIN sector was equipped with new seats - but I'm wondering why SQ didn't install the latest IFE version, too.

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
Sidebar: why do so many SQ flights to the Middle East make a stop in DXB. Both IST and CAI flights stop there, as well as a dedicated DXB flight around the same time. Most people seem to be going on to the final destination…so why the stop?

I'm not sure whether loads to CAI or IST are always that high. SQ may also be interested in freight to and from DXB.

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
I had hoped the little Givenchy packs might contain a sleeping mask…but no; they had socks (why socks? Why?) and a toothbrush (that I can understand).

Yes, that's what I thought, too.

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
He grimaced and said “yes…it would be…” but didn’t elaborate further.

Dubai regulations may be the cause.

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
There was talk of light snacks being available after take-off…but nothing was forthcoming.

Probably just being available in the galley?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSingapore 777 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1015 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 15011 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
The 773 on the MEL-SIN sector was equipped with new seats - but I'm wondering why SQ didn't install the latest IFE version, too.

Hi PlaneHunter,

The B773 (or as SQ calls it, the B777-300A or 73A) currently on the MEL-SIN sector still has the previous generation Y seats, with the same IFE - they merely changed the seat covers and the user interface of the system to be more in-line (but still not up to par) with the latest KrisWorld found on their A333/A345/A380/B77W aircraft. These aircraft will purportedly get an upgrade (in Y) to new 9" screens but thus far, none of the ten refurbished aircraft (1 B773 and 9 B772s) have got the bigger screens in Y.

I am guessing the cost of replacing all the seats and the IFE was substantial and they simply did not anticipate any returns from undertaking that investment (although my friend and I talked through it and figured that given they were refurbishing at least 18 birds, they would have got a *very* good price from the seat manufacturers and Panasonic). Another possibility is that these birds will not be around for much longer.


User currently offlineT8KE0FF From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14857 times:

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
What use is having a PhD if one cannot fully make use of the salutation???

My parents are the same!!

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
so why the stop?

EK competition??

Thanks for a great read! All the best  



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User currently offlineRobMEL From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 14660 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
too bad you weren't satisfied with the flights

Again, thanks for the kind words PH. I would say I was satisfied with the flights...but that's all. They weren't the best I've ever had on SQ or any other carrier long haul, but far from the worst.

A note about the IFE. The MEL-SIN leg definitely had the newer interface, it worked well. The other leg did not, it had the old one. I was hoping to get the new IFE product, if for nothing else to move the remote from inside the arm-rest, where it can be hard to get out if you're sitting down (well, it is if you're built like I am), and they chew up valuable seat space. Much better to have them in the seat back out of the way.

I think I might email SQ and have a whinge about the DXB stop; see if I can get answers from them. I don't expect anything...but at least then we'll know.


User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14172 times:

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
Had I been up in J or F, then no doubt I’d be singing praises or complaining about champagne glasses being presented the wrong way around…but as an Economy pleb, I can but say the flights were just a means to an end; just not overly pleasant means.

You may have praised the service had you been "up front" in J or F but you would have been disappointed with the seating which is not the latest generation of premium seating found on SQ's A380s and B777-300ERs.


User currently offlineRobMEL From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 13035 times:

Update: I had a response from SQ regarding the DXB stopover...pleasant and apologetic as I expected.

Quote:
this policy was implemented from 1
September 2009 due to operational reasons. This is similar to our other
flights transiting in Milan, Karachi and Abu Dhabi.

After reviewing the amount of the time that our passengers would take to go
through re-screening and re-boarding, we have decided to adopt a
non-disembarkation policy so as to minimise hassle caused to our passengers
and reduce potential delay out of Dubai.

That being said, our ground staff do exercise discretion in making
exceptions to passengers on a case-by-case and upon request basis. Should
you wish to disembark at Dubai, you may wish to approach our cabin crew or
ground staff for review and assistance.

Notwithstanding the above, we do acknowledge that during this time onboard
the flight, our passengers should be kept as comfortable as possible and I
apologise if this was not the case in your experience.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12834 times:

I flew the same SIN-DXb flight back in 2003 - exactly the same old B777-300 back then too - shame not much has changed. That was actually the first flight that I was ever waitlisted on. I was desperate to get a seat, and finally just before boardiung, I was given an aisle seat in the second row - not a bad seat given i was SEQ#250 or something! Arriving in DXB at that time of the night is nasty.


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User currently offlineozglobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2721 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12271 times:

Quoting RobMEL (Reply 3):
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
$1,800 is pretty steep.

No...$1800AUD is a bargain. Usual prices from MEL/SYD to Europe can be very pricey indeed. 6 years ago I paid $1850 on a student fare, and it's not unknown for for prices of $2.5k to be paid. All depends on when you buy of course. Now there are some very cheap fares around, but if we ignore the ridiculously low fares that AirAsiaX offer, and concentrate on the alleged "full service" airlines, anything under $2k should be considered a bargain.

Perhaps, Lychemsa doesn't realize "AUD" = currency abbreviation for Australian Dollars, but with current exchange rate they're closer than they used to be in any case.



When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10914 times:

Dear Dr. RobMEL, what an enjoyable read!

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
Sidebar: why do so many SQ flights to the Middle East make a stop in DXB. Both IST and CAI flights stop there, as well as a dedicated DXB flight around the same time. Most people seem to be going on to the final destination…so why the stop?
Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
Pax continuing to IST were forbidden from getting off the aircraft, and as that was most of us…it made life difficult for crew trying to clean the cabin and load new food.
Quoting gardermoen (Reply 5):
On all my previous SQ flights where I have dis/embarkerd in DXB, transit pax had to deplane too.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I'm not sure whether loads to CAI or IST are always that high. SQ may also be interested in freight to and from DXB.
Quoting RobMEL (Reply 11):
Update: I had a response from SQ regarding the DXB stopover...pleasant and apologetic as I expected.

Thank you for your initiative to ask SQ about this curfew policy during transit in DXB and AUH. I have been transiting in AUH with SQ on 6 occasions now and at all times, the passengers were asked to remain onboard. But from my experience in AUH, the procedure has been effective since as early as November 2008. As mentioned in the reply to your email, I guess this is to ensure the 60 minutes turnaround time is achieved. However, I agree that during this time, there are a lot of conveniences to the passengers with the crew change, aircraft cleaning staff vacuuming the aisle and airport security marshalls doing head count onboard the aircraft etc all at once.

Apart from to achieve on-time turnaround time, one other operational reason that I can think of is to centralise the crew layover point. From my understanding, DXB is the crew stopover point for CAI, RUH and IST, while AUH is for JED and KWI. By doing so, SQ doesn't have to pay for hotels and other related expenses plus dealing with unnecessary bureaucracy for its crew in Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait and especially Saudi Arabia. However, it was announced very recently that IST (as featured in this trip report) will have its own dedicated 4 weekly non-stop service from SIN beginning 31 October 2010 - no more DXB stopover!

Quoting RobMEL (Thread starter):
I had hoped the little Givenchy packs might contain a sleeping mask…but no; they had socks (why socks? Why?) and a toothbrush (that I can understand).

I think this is because of the fact that most Asians are cold-feet LOL!


User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1069 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 10786 times:

Quoting RobMEL (Reply 9):
Again, thanks for the kind words PH. I would say I was satisfied with the flights...but that's all. They weren't the best I've ever had on SQ or any other carrier long haul, but far from the worst.

A note about the IFE. The MEL-SIN leg definitely had the newer interface, it worked well. The ot

Did you even consider flying MH to IST? They are non-stop on KUL-IST and not to mention you would have had way more legroom than SQ.



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User currently offlineRobMEL From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10053 times:

Quoting chrisrad (Reply 15):
Did you even consider flying MH to IST? They are non-stop on KUL-IST and not to mention you would have had way more legroom than SQ.

Indeed I did. SQ were cheaper, had flights on the days I wanted to fly, and Im a Silverkris FF; but most of all SQ offered me, at the time of booking, 2 x flights on an A380. Of course, one was downgraded to a 773, but I still got my A380 flight. I haven't written the A380 report yet, it's coming. Turns out, when on Annual Leave, your work just gets piled up and not done by magic fairies!

If I was doing that trip again, I'd prob look harder at MH.


User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8236 times:

Hi

I finally completed my SIN-DXB-IST vv SQ flights this week.
I was lucky that most pax disembarked in DXB on the way to IST, infact DXB-IST was not even half full. Oddly enough, not a sigle pax boarded in DXB for IST.

I think SQ use the same gate (ie the furthest one at IST) each time - gate 208. I was actually really impressed with the airport there.

The 773 IFE can do with an upgrade. It really is very old fashioned. Limited options, not on demand..I didn't watch any of it.


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