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A Dream Come True - SQ Business Class CAN-SIN  
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 26773 times:



This is the third and last trip report depicting my trip to China in May 2011. For the other 2 trip reports, please refer to the links below.

Flying The Orange Star Monopoly - SIN-SWA On 3K (by initious May 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
China Southern SWA-CAN - Do They Deserve 4 Star? (by initious May 21 2011 in Trip Reports)

Introduction


Singapore Airlines is one of the most admired airlines in the world. Ever since its formation in 1972 after the demise of Malaysia-Singapore Airlines, it has since expanded into a world-class airline with the service that “even other airlines talk about”.

In the 1970s, the airline saw a large expansion in its fleet and network with flights added to the Indian subcontinent and Boeing 747s, at that time the world’s largest passenger airliner, added to the fleet. The addition of the jumbo allowed flights to places as far as the United States and Canada.

In 2004, the airline made history again by offering the world’s longest non-stop flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and Newark utilizing the Airbus A340-500 aircraft. Operating with only Business Class and Premium Economy Class at its launch, the flights are now flown with only 100 of the airline’s newest Business Class seats which is touted to be the largest in the skies.

A chapter in aviation history was once again made by the airline on 25 October 2007 when the first Airbus A380-800 flight was flown from Singapore to Sydney. The day marked the entry by the world’s largest airliner into commercial service. All the proceeds of the flight were donated to charity.

Today, the airline operates various Airbus and Boeing aircrafts ranging from the Airbus A330-300, A340-500, A380-800 to the Boeing 747-400, 777-200ER, 777-300, 777-300ER with orders for the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-9. Most long haul aircrafts now feature the newest KrisWorld which is one of the leading In-Flight Entertainment systems among the airlines in the world.

Singapore Airlines is also a SkyTrax rated 5-star airline.

First and Business Class onboard the airline is certainly one of the best experiences one can get in the air. However, the premium classes are also infamous for their extravagant prices which can be as much as up to more than 2 times the normal price for other airlines (for e.g. S$3400 for SIN-PVG on SQ compared to S$1500 SIN-BKK-PVG on TG with better inflight product). For most people, it can only be a dream and for some they will realize their dream by redeeming miles instead which is what I will be doing for this trip.

Booking Process


I had intended to fly SIN-HKG on SQ with the Boeing 777-300ER which is one of my favourite airliners and I have never flown on it before and returning with SQ’s newest addition to the fleet, the Airbus A330-300 from CAN-SIN. When trying to check for mileage redemption tickets for CAN-SIN, I stumbled upon the 50% offer for selected flights and SQ853 from CAN-SIN was one of them, despite the departure at an ungodly time of 1.20am and arriving into SIN at 5.20am. However, I had just enough miles for redeeming a one-way Business Class ticket for 12500 miles so it was a no brainer to go for it and experience one of the world’s most award airline’s Business Class offering for a short overnight regional hop.

Pre-Flight


I was dropped off at the airport by my relatives at around 9pm, more than 4 hours before my flight as they have work the next day. This left me with nothing to do at all as most of the shops were already closed for the day with the exception of some selling local snacks and other miscellaneous stuffs. (P.S. They do sell very fake airplane models :P)

I was left with doing rounds and rounds around the airport looking for a bag for my new DSLR which I got from my relative for just a little more than S$300. Not bad for a Nikon D40 I’d say. Some long haul flights were departing at around this time with LH to FRA, MS to CAI and QR to DOH. There was a pretty long queue for the QR flight to DOH despite having lots of counters open for Economy Class which makes me wonder if it was the ground staff that was processing too slowly or most of the passengers had too many bags.


CAN landside pictures


2 versions of FIDS, the big and small brother


Check-in for my flight finally opened at 10.20pm, 3 hours before departure and I went to queue at the Business Class check-in desk. Funnily enough, the agent was taking very long to set up the counter and the Economy Class queue was moving even faster than us. However, we did not have a long queue at our end since the load for Business Class today was only 9/30. No wonder there is a 50% redemption offer for this flight! Not forgetting to mention, this flight only operates twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.


SQ Business Class check-in


Upon reaching the counter, I was greeted by a very kind CZ ground staff. It seems like there is a huge difference between CZ ground staffs and flight attendants as most of the ground staff I interacted with were great and the flight attendants were the opposite. I had to wait for her to load the boarding pass papers into the machine and get my boarding pass printed before getting my lounge invitation which was on a small thin slip of paper. I would have expected something better from a world-class airline than this small slip of paper as a lounge invitation. Even the FM lounge in PVG has a proper lounge invitation printed nicely on a card and this simply looks like it was typed in MS Word or Excel.


My first SQ J boarding pass, with a matching sequence number 1!


The cheap looking lounge invitation


Airside


Walking around in CAN is very BKK-ish although the terminal is not as huge as BKK. However, you need to walk a great distance before reaching the immigration counters and another great distance after clearing immigration with lots of shops awaiting your business at both sides. My tiredness certainly did not help as I did not have a good sleep the night before but more on that later.

Upon reaching the immigration counters which I assumed was for international flights, I got told that the counters were only for domestic flights and I had to walk a long way back to the terminal before making a turn to the next aisle for the immigration counters that I was actually headed too. They should’ve made a walkway between the domestic and international counters as lots of passengers were getting confused like I do.

Thankfully, there was a line dedicated for First and Business Class passengers at the immigration counters but that was just for checking of boarding passes and security checks. You walk a small distance to reach the long queue for passport control. This certainly did not impress me since I was getting sleepier as time ticked by. After at least 30 minutes, I finally got airside.

China Southern Airlines First Class Lounge


The words “China Southern” and “great” has never matched up together since my first experience with them so I have never expected anything good for their lounge. As I entered the lounge, I passed my invitation to the agent at the counter whom kindly let me know there is a separate section for First and Business Class passengers. However, I do not get why they call it a First Class lounge since it’s actually a First and Business Class lounge but probably because of their Domestic First Class offering.

The lounge is simple with a small selection of food which included dry sandwiches and pasta which tasted disgusting. There is also a room with desktop computers and massaging chairs should you require them. I got myself a can of coke and headed over to the computer room to surf a.net and chat with some friends on MSN before heading over to get some food from the buffet counter and surf the net using the wireless connection in the lounge on my laptop.


Using the computer on a.net


Comfortable massaging chairs


Food in the lounge


A sneaky picture


I could not wait for boarding to begin since I was absolutely bored in the lounge. The last 30 minutes in my lounge was disturbed by a group of Singaporeans whom I assumed to be on the same flight as me coming in and making lots of noise with their chatter. I wondered how they managed to get in as I did not see them in Business Class at all and I would assume even if one of them was a SkyTeam gold member the airline would not allow him/her to bring more than 1 or 2 guests into the lounge at once.


One way I will fly around the world!
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User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 26967 times:

The Flight


I decided to leave the lounge and head to my boarding gate at around 12.30am, 50 minutes before departure. It was located at the very end of the terminal so it meant another long walk to reach the gate. Just my luck today, I guess. Upon reaching the gate, I desperately tried to get the registration of the aircraft but I could not as the plane was parked several meters away from the terminal and there was no way I could get a view of the nose gear so I decided to enquire with a flight stewardess upon boarding.


Empty terminal on my walk to the gate


I’m boarding at this line today!


After lots of anticipation and waiting, boarding was finally announced at 12.50am. The usual rush for Economy Class passengers started and in less than 15 seconds a long line was formed at the Economy queue. As for me, I slowly walked up to the priority line for Business Class, Star Gold and PPS Club members since no one seemed to be heading to the line at all.

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ 853 – 18MAY11
Origin: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN/ZGGG)
Destination: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Registration: 9V-STL (DEL 30APR10)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Scheduled Time of Departure: 01.20am
Actual Time of Departure: 01.21am
Scheduled Time of Arrival: 05:20am
Actual Time of Arrival: 04:57am
Class of Travel: Business
Seat: 14A

My boarding pass was quickly scanned and the big portion torn off by the male ground staff standing at the machine. While passing back my boarding pass stub, he said “bye bye” with a completely straight face instead of the normal “have a nice flight” or “thank you” which I found it pretty hilarious. I walked briskly to door L1 of 9V-STL and was warmly welcomed onboard by flight attendant Sharon whom addressed me by my last name brought me to my seat at 14A.

Before sitting down, I enquired about the registration from Sharon who responded to my request in less than 30 seconds with the reply, “the registration is STL, Mr. Tay”. I thanked her for the help and sat down in the comfortable Business Class seat that I had been drooling buckets about. As I sat down, I can’t help but to wonder if I was dreaming since it has been my dream to fly SQ Business Class for more than 10 years and my dream is finally coming true.


View across


Huge 15 inch PTVs


IFE controller


Legroom shot


Shortly after settling down, Sharon came by and asked if I would like a welcome drink.

“Hello Mr. Tay, would you like a welcome drink?”
“Sure, what choices are there?”
“We have juices, champagnes, cocktails and teas.”
“What kind of teas are available?”
“May I know would you like English or Chinese tea?”
“Chinese please”
“We have Tie Guan Yin, Pu’Er, Wu Long and Jasmine Tea”
“I would like to have a cup of Tie Guan Yin please”
“Sure Mr. Tay, your tea will be brought to you shortly.”

As promised, the tea was brought to me in less than a minute and I was impressed with the service. Shortly after, leading stewardess Yap came over to my seat and offered me a hot towel and also addressing me by my last name. I can already tell that it will be a wonderful flight from then on. With the light load of 9/30, most passengers (including me) had an empty seat next to them with the exception of those travelling with a partner.


My cup of Tie Guan Yin


However, there was something I was not satisfied with. As I placed my backpack at the space in front of my seat, Yap came over to inform me that my backpack needs to be placed in the overhead lockers as stowage is not allowed below the seats for takeoff and landing. This would not have been a problem if she did not approach me in a rushed manner and opening the overhead bins without offering to help place my backpack in the overhead bins. Not that I am being a snob but I would have expected them offering since I am even an LCC can provide such a service.

We pushed back ahead of schedule at around 1.10am and it was a 3h 25m flight time back to SIN. I was already missing home so much that I cannot wait to reach Singapore so it was great news for me. However, this would also mean a shorter time to enjoy the service on SQ. Talk about a dilemma!

The plane slowly taxied over to runway 2R for takeoff. During the taxi, I noticed that the airport was pretty dead as we were the very last flight of the night out of CAN and the next morning flight only departs at 6.30am or so. Lots of planes were seen having their well deserved rest after a day of hard work. A powerful takeoff from runway 2R signifies the end of a wonderful trip and yet another farewell to Mainland China.


Menu for SQ 852 / 853


Yap came by the aisles to take orders for breakfast once the seatbelt signs were switched off. I chose the American Breakfast option which seemed to be the most promising of all. Tea came along with the breakfast which was served around 15 minutes after taking of our orders. While waiting, I decided to explore the entertainment options available in the newest KrisWorld. The movie choices were pretty diverse but I did not have the mood to watch a full movie so I settled for a sitcom known as “Come Fly with Me” which is a parody of certain airlines and their services. Halfway through the first episode, Yap came over with my breakfast tray and a bowl of fresh fruits as the first course. The main course for the day was Crepe with Potatoes and Sausage. A variety of breads was also offered to go with the main course and I chose a croissant. Funnily enough, I go for croissants 90% of the time when flying unless it is unavailable or I had a sudden change of decision. My previous trip reports can prove that. Also, I requested for a glass of Singapore Sling which turned out to be wonderful.


Views of the newest KrisWorld


Come Fly with Me


Cup of English tea for breakfast


Breakfast tray


Singapore Sling


Yoghurt


Croissant


Main Course



I was feeling so sleepy after breakfast despite having drunk lots of tea which is great at keeping me awake and slept for 1.5 hours. The seat is very comfortable and it reclines very softly unlike those on TG which might wake up your seatmate if he/she is a light sleeper if you recline when they are sleeping. SQ’s new regional J class seats recline with just a very soft sound and very smoothly which I believe is one of the best lie-flat seats in the industry. Besides that, the seats were very soft just like a mini bed in the sky.

Upon waking up, we were just less than an hour from landing so I requested for another cup of Tie Guan Yin from Sharon which answered by call bell request. As usual, it was brought to me in a swift manner coupled with endless smiles from the SQ crew.


Shortly after waking up


Another cup of Tie Guan Yin


Reaching soon…


We touched down in SIN at 4.57am, 23 minutes ahead of schedule. There must be some good padding of schedule for SQ as both the arrival and departure airports are quiet and taxiing did not take longer than 5 minutes at each end. As I alighted from the plane, I managed to confirm the registration is really 9V-STL. As I have mentioned in another post before, one of the things that I am afraid about is that I cannot get the registration of the aircraft I am flying on and I check the registration whenever I can to ensure I got the correct registration especially on China registered aircraft as they are in the form of numbers so it can get tricky to memorise them if I did not jot them down.


Cabin shot after landing


Empty terminal in SIN


During disembarkation, I was once again impressed by how Yap can remember each passenger’s name and their final destinations (if any), saying goodbye to each of us by our last name and wishing us a wonderful journey ahead.

Changi Airport was also very quiet upon arrival since we were one of the first arrivals of the day, next to another SQ flight from JNB. I proceeded on to duty free to purchase some alcohol and finally hopped onto a cab on my way home, reaching my comfortable room around an hour after landing with great memories of SQ still in my mind.

Conclusion


Being able to fly on SQ in Business Class was certainly an experience of a lifetime. The enthusiasm and warm service from the crew is really “what other airlines are talking about”. I believe SQ will remain a world-class airline in years to come and remain as a role model for other airlines that wants to become a 5-star airline. Despite several comments about service being robotic on SQ, I have never felt this way while onboard. If I do get the chance (and money) to fly SQ J again, I will never hesitate to do it.

[Edited 2011-06-13 06:26:33]

[Edited 2011-06-13 06:27:21]


One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 26842 times:

My Stay in China & Hong Kong


My previous reports focused on my stay in Shantou which is my hometown in China. In this report, I will focus on modern cities like Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong showing attractions and sights of the city. As a bonus, I have also included pictures from the Kowloon Through Train (KTT) that runs daily from Guangzhou to Hong Kong with a journey time of 1h 50m.

Shenzhen

While in Shenzhen, I visited the attraction known as Window to the World or in Chinese known as 《世界之窗》. It has miniature models of the various landmarks in the world from the Eiffel Tower to the Egyptian Pyramids to the Niagara Falls. Once again, I will let the pictures do the talking.


Eiffel Tower, the main attraction


10 points for you if you can guess which my favourite flag is!


More flags


Arc de Triomphe


Fountain


Some church which I forgot the name


Leaning Tower of Pisa


Castle


Taj Mahal


Angkor Wat


North Korea (top) and South Korea (bottom) buildings


A Japanese structure


Welcome to Egypt!


Niagara Falls


More flags at the entrance


After the visit, we headed over to the wet market to purchase some seafood for dinner. Enroute back, we also went to the supermarket to purchase some rice. The seafood in the market is still alive which makes it very fresh since Shenzhen is just next to the sea. Certainly something we don’t see much in Singapore!


View of the market


Live seafood still in their shells


The lady washing our abalone which was only 50RMB (7.70 USD) for half a kilo


More fresh produce


Weigh your own rice at the supermarket, something we don’t have in Singapore too


I stayed at my nephew’s (which actually is 10 years older than me) flat during my visit to Shenzhen and I chose the smallest room as it looked the most comfortable to me and sure enough I had the best sleep in my trip ever. The next morning, we had brunch at a famous hotel before heading back to Guangzhou.


My comfortable bed for a night


View of the restaurant


Some delicious food!


Hong Kong

I got onto the KTT to Hong Kong which costs around 230 HKD (29 USD) one way in premium class (1-2 config) and 190 HKD (24 USD) for normal class (2-2 config). Naturally, I went for premium class for the larger seats. A bottle of water and 2 packets of peanuts are served for free and food items can be bought for a reasonable price. The train attendants heat the food and bring it to your seat so you do not have to leave your seat. BOB items are in HKD but you can choose to pay in yuan although the price is the same.


My train tickets to/from Hong Kong


Waiting room


Boarding


View of the seats


Legroom shot


Complimentary drink and snacks


BOB item, black pepper chicken wings for 25 HKD (3.2 USD) with free Chinese Tea


Contents


Lavatory view with control buttons by the side


Another train (believe to be long haul from Shanghai or Beijing) overtaking us


I finally reached Hong Kong safely and went to look for my 90 year old Granduncle who lives at Wong Tai Sin. Shortly after, we went downstairs to have Yum Cha which is one of the favourite things that Hong Kongers love doing.


The forever crowded restaurant. Dedicated to you, Ish!


Pig leg vinegar (top) and some normal nibbles, all for only 46 HKD (5.9 USD)


Tall buildings are everywhere in Hong Kong as they have one of the highest population density in the world


My “computer table” for the day


Drinking Chinese Tea


Cool type of fan (no it’s not an air conditioner!)


Showing its age


My bed for the night, now you know why I did not have a good sleep the night before my flight!


A hearty breakfast with tea


Guangzhou

Guangzhou was basically my transit stop only for this trip although I managed to visit Beijing Road, a very popular shopping street in Guangzhou.


Views of the shopping street


That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Previous Trip Reports

Flying 5 Star - SQ SIN-CAN-SIN (2009) (by Initious Mar 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Sardines In A Can - Jetstar Asia SIN-HKG-SIN (by Initious Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern SIN-CAN-WUH Vv (1/2) (by initious Apr 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
Away We Go - China Southern WUH-CAN-SIN (2/2) (by initious Apr 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Oldest Vs Newest: Royal Silk Class On Thai (by Initious Jun 13 2010 in Trip Reports)
First On Airliners.net - CZ Shanghai To Shantou (by Initious Jun 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
18 Hours Of Royal Orchid Service: Thai PVG-BKK-SIN (by initious Jul 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Good Morning Borneo! - Where Silkair Unwinds... (by initious Oct 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Irama AirAsia! - Kota Kinabalu To Singapore (by initious Oct 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 1 - Propping To Luxury (by Initious Mar 23 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 2 - In Love With Emirates (by initious Mar 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 3 - The Arabian Adventure (by initious Apr 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Finale - Brothers In Bangkok (by initious May 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Orange Star Monopoly - SIN-SWA On 3K (by initious May 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
China Southern SWA-CAN - Do They Deserve 4 Star? (by initious May 21 2011 in Trip Reports)



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 26518 times:

Great report! I also flew my 1st ever SQ biz class flight with the 50% off promo! Old regional recline seats though but meals were definitely much better than yours :p


My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 26463 times:

Hello ycp81,

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 3):
I also flew my 1st ever SQ biz class flight with the 50% off promo! Old regional recline seats though but meals were definitely much better than yours :p

I just reread your report and your meal was definitely much better and it's making me water now! However, I guess the trade-in for this would be the the new regional seats with state-of-the-art IFE. Still worth it in my opinion though. I wanted to fly SIN-CAN instead to use SQ's lounge in SIN and better food (seen from the menu) but the 12am arrival did not appeal to my relatives.

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineckblah From Singapore, joined Jul 2010, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 26382 times:

nice trip report once again! just a quick qn, how did u manage to list your previous TRs? thanks in advance!

User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 26283 times:

Hi Chin Keat,

Quoting ckblah (Reply 5):
nice trip report once again!

Thanks for your kind comments!

Quoting ckblah (Reply 5):
how did u manage to list your previous TRs?

You just need to copy the link of your previous TRs and paste them in and it will "transform" into the post. I save all my previous URLs in a notepad document so I just have to copy and paste them into my newest TRs.

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 26000 times:

Hi initious,

How wonderful that you have finally been able to "live your dream". Congratulations. I can imagine the feeling of joy and excitement that you felt.

The SQ product is certainly one of the best and your trip report shows this so well. The range of teas they offer is truly impressive which shows that they really want to accommodate their passengers' wishes. I used to fly quite a bit with SQ: your report makes me think perhaps I should so once more.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
I visited the attraction known as Window to the World or in Chinese known as 《世界之窗》.

Lovely photos and a good way for people to see the world without travelling, or at least whetting their appetite to travel.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
Some church which I forgot the name

I think that is modelled on the Campanile in St Mark's Square in Venice.

Thank you for sharing another excellent report.

Best wishes,
Quokka


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 25951 times:

Nice report, for sure! I still wonder why especially SQ receives such a high reputation, since -in my opinion- quite a few other airlines offer also a great, friendly service, especially for lower fares. SQ sometimes gives me the impression that they think "we are the best around", it just keeps me away from them. Nevertheless, your flight was a good one, though the meal was not so colourful, therefore not such a good looks.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 510 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 25925 times:

Hi Daniel,
very nice TR about SQs J class product.
Their standard on this regional flight seems to be even higher than some airlines around Europe have in longhaul.
The breakfast was fine for this leg I think and the new seat is really comfy for sure.
Also very nice are the pictures of your stay in mainland China, which I dont see that often.
Thank you a lot for sharing.
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 25740 times:

Hi Daniel,

I am glad that your dream has come true. Thank you for sharing your nice moments with us.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
2 versions of FIDS, the big and small brother

The smaller brother shows the check-in time ranges. I have never seen it elsewhere.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Walking around in CAN is very BKK-ish although the terminal is not as huge as BKK

Never been in both places. It was still DMK when we last visited Thailand.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
As promised, the tea was brought to me

What a nice tea crockery. Impressive indeed how she made your tea that quick.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
even an LCC can provide such a service

When we last year flew with Mandala, Indonesian LCC, Anggerika noticed our DSLR camera bag under the emergency exit seat in front of us and offered to put it in the overhead locker for us.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
I requested for a glass of Singapore Sling which turned out to be wonderful.

A must when you are on board of a SQ flight.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
I was feeling so sleepy after breakfast despite having drunk lots of tea

So, the Singapore Sling did the job?   



Quoting initious (Reply 2):
Window to the World or in Chinese known as 《世界之窗》.

Good to know.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
Taj Mahal

You should visit the real one sometime.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
Angkor Wat

It looked like Borobudur to me.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
Lavatory view with control buttons by the side

Wow, so clean and tidy!


Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 25699 times:

Hi Quokka,

Quoting Quokka (Reply 7):
How wonderful that you have finally been able to "live your dream". Congratulations. I can imagine the feeling of joy and excitement that you felt.

Thanks for your kind comments! It still felt like a dream to me, probably I was overwhelmed.  
Quoting Quokka (Reply 7):
The range of teas they offer is truly impressive which shows that they really want to accommodate their passengers' wishes.

There are lots more kinds of Chinese Teas but these few are the more popular ones. Nonetheless I was impressed since most airlines just serve you the generic Tie Guan Yin when you order Chinese Tea.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 7):
I used to fly quite a bit with SQ: your report makes me think perhaps I should so once more.

You definitely have to give them a try.  
Quoting Quokka (Reply 7):
Lovely photos and a good way for people to see the world without travelling, or at least whetting their appetite to travel.

Thanks for your kind comments again. Seeing the Eiffel Tower definitely makes me feel like flying to CDG right away!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 7):
I think that is modelled on the Campanile in St Mark's Square in Venice.

Thanks for the information!

Hi Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Nice report, for sure! I still wonder why especially SQ receives such a high reputation, since -in my opinion- quite a few other airlines offer also a great, friendly service, especially for lower fares.

The airline in question, in my point of view would be TG.   Thanks for your comments!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
SQ sometimes gives me the impression that they think "we are the best around", it just keeps me away from them.

Even though I'm a Singaporean, I also feel that way!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Nevertheless, your flight was a good one, though the meal was not so colourful, therefore not such a good looks.

The meal was not even as good as the one I got on MI from SIN-BKI in Economy actually, just a generic breakfast which I can get anywhere else.

Hi Johannes,

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
very nice TR about SQs J class product.

Thanks!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Their standard on this regional flight seems to be even higher than some airlines around Europe have in longhaul.

Great to hear that.  
Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
The breakfast was fine for this leg I think and the new seat is really comfy for sure.

Seat was real comfy or I would not have fell asleep so fast!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 9):
Also very nice are the pictures of your stay in mainland China, which I dont see that often.

Thanks!

Hey Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
The smaller brother shows the check-in time ranges. I have never seen it elsewhere.

I also do not see this anywhere else but I think it is a good touch.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Never been in both places. It was still DMK when we last visited Thailand.

I think I have flown through DMK when I was young but I have no impression of it at all.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
What a nice tea crockery. Impressive indeed how she made your tea that quick.

Making of Chinese Tea is pretty easy if you have the tea leaves ready so you just need the hot water. I believe they have gotten everything ready by the time I requested for it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
When we last year flew with Mandala, Indonesian LCC, Anggerika noticed our DSLR camera bag under the emergency exit seat in front of us and offered to put it in the overhead locker for us.

Sad to see that Mandala has ceased operations. I got that treatment on Jetstar too but never on any legacy carriers. I guess it's an LCC thing.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
A must when you are on board of a SQ flight.

Definitely! The very first Singapore Sling in my life.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
So, the Singapore Sling did the job?

Guess so! I get drowsy easily after drinking alcohol.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
You should visit the real one sometime.

I was actually talking to Sandeep last time about it and we had plans to visit the Taj Mahal in 2013 when I get out of the army but it seem like it cannot come true now.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
It looked like Borobudur to me.

Now that you've mentioned it, I believe I made a mistake!

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlinebeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 734 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 24600 times:

Thanks for this report. I am always very much intrigued by the photos of the places and apartments you include. It really gives a great feel for the place.

You are heading to NS, right? So no more trips for a little while.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 24124 times:

Hi Daniel,

another enjoyable report with great pictures, well done!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Registration: 9V-STL (DEL 30APR10)

I also flew on 9V-STL - back in 1997, on an A310-200! I wouldn't mind to get the new 9V-STL on a trip later this year...

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Singapore Sling

Good choice!

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
While in Shenzhen, I visited the attraction known as Window to the World or in Chinese known as 《世界之窗》. It has miniature models of the various landmarks in the world from the Eiffel Tower to the Egyptian Pyramids to the Niagara Falls. Once again, I will let the pictures do the talking.

Very nice, I had never heard about that park.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 23344 times:

Hey beowulf,

Quoting beowulf (Reply 12):

Thanks for this report. I am always very much intrigued by the photos of the places and apartments you include. It really gives a great feel for the place.

Thanks for your kind comments. The apartment was actually the same apartment you saw in my previous EK trip report. This time, I stayed there for a night.  
Quoting beowulf (Reply 12):
You are heading to NS, right? So no more trips for a little while.

Actually I still have a trip or two coming up but very short trips, gonna try and fly more before going NS.  

Hey PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
another enjoyable report with great pictures, well done!

Thanks for your kind comments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
I also flew on 9V-STL - back in 1997, on an A310-200! I wouldn't mind to get the new 9V-STL on a trip later this year...

Wow, if only I got to fly in the old 9V-STL instead! You can get any SQ A333 routes but since they have 19 of them you may or may not get 9V-STL...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Very nice, I had never heard about that park.

Yup, it's wonderful. Definitely worth a visit if you pay a visit to SZX.

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlinekretek From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 21920 times:

Hi Initious

Thanks for sharing the photos from a part of China we don't often see in tourist brochures.

At the places you visited, do the locals speak dialects similar to the ones spoken by the overseas Chinese in SE Asia - i.e Guangzhou/Shenzen Cantonese, Shantou Tiochiu? Did you communicate with ground staff in standard Mandarin or dialect?


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 21658 times:

Heya Kretek,

Quoting kretek (Reply 15):
Thanks for sharing the photos from a part of China we don't often see in tourist brochures.

Thanks for reading and you're welcome! =)

Quoting kretek (Reply 15):
At the places you visited, do the locals speak dialects similar to the ones spoken by the overseas Chinese in SE Asia - i.e Guangzhou/Shenzen Cantonese, Shantou Tiochiu? Did you communicate with ground staff in standard Mandarin or dialect?

Well you can choose to speak in Cantonese in Guangzhou / Shenzhen and Teochew in Shantou but you can also choose to speak in Mandarin as most Chinese know how to speak Mandarin as it is the common language in Mainland China. However in Hong Kong, most people spoke to me in Cantonese even when I spoke to them in Mandarin.

Regards,
Daniel



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User currently offlinelh4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 21203 times:

Hey Daniel, great report!

I must say SQ's short haul J product looks just exquisite, just love the beige leather and the bright colours around the cabin. Also the fact that they're using flat bed seats for short haul is pretty amazing, given the fact that most airlines use them for short haul. Have they fitted their short haul 777's with the new seats yet?

Food looked pretty nice, not sure whether the portion was big enough as it looked a bit small to me. Also nice that they served Singapore Slings for breakfast  

It was a nice report, and I really enjoyed reading it. Hope to see some more reports from you (and your DSLR   )!

Thanks for sharing
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 21013 times:

Great report Daniel!

And what a nice little treat it is to get to try the SQ premium service! Even tho SQ may be a tad cliche-ish for me, i nevertheless was as excited as you were to try their new regional and international products. And you can't hide the fact, that SQ does offer one hell of a consistent prduct network-wide!

By the way, you mentioned that you worry about forgetting Chinese aircraft registrations because they are all numbers? Am i missing something here? If i remember correctly you were reciting some of your ultra-historic booking references in Dubai  

Great to also see that you ventured out to Hong Kong too! A fantastic city!

Thanks for sharing this with us. Looking forward to more  


Cheers,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 20798 times:

Hey Jonas,

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 17):
I must say SQ's short haul J product looks just exquisite, just love the beige leather and the bright colours around the cabin.

That's actually why I fell in love with this regional J cabin at first sight!

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 17):
Also the fact that they're using flat bed seats for short haul is pretty amazing, given the fact that most airlines use them for short haul.

The seats are actually has a recline up to 170 degrees but it's pretty much comfortable.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 17):
Have they fitted their short haul 777's with the new seats yet?

Some 772s and 773s are fitted.

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 17):
Food looked pretty nice, not sure whether the portion was big enough as it looked a bit small to me. Also nice that they served Singapore Slings for breakfast

The food portion was just nice although could have been better but I guess most people on the flight just wants to sleep. The Singapore Sling was definitely a nice touch!

Quoting lh4116 (Reply 17):
It was a nice report, and I really enjoyed reading it. Hope to see some more reports from you (and your DSLR   )!

Thanks for your kind comments! =)

Hey Roni,

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
And what a nice little treat it is to get to try the SQ premium service! Even tho SQ may be a tad cliche-ish for me, i nevertheless was as excited as you were to try their new regional and international products.

It was definitely a dream for me until this 50% redemption offer came up but like the traditional SQ style, you get flights at ungodly timings.  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
And you can't hide the fact, that SQ does offer one hell of a consistent prduct network-wide!

I wouldn't say they have a consistent product for regional routes since some 772s and 773s are still outfitted with the old Ultimo recliner seats but compared to other carriers they are considered more consistent.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
By the way, you mentioned that you worry about forgetting Chinese aircraft registrations because they are all numbers? Am i missing something here? If i remember correctly you were reciting some of your ultra-historic booking references in Dubai

Interestingly enough, my mind just refuses to memorise the registrations of Chinese registered aircraft probably due to my dislike against them.   Well I did not recite the references isn't it? Haha.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
Great to also see that you ventured out to Hong Kong too! A fantastic city!

It's now one of my favourite cities!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing this with us. Looking forward to more

You're welcome and thanks for your kind comments! =)

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 20258 times:

Hi Daniel (or should I say Yan Meng, as per your boarding pass?   ),

thank your for sharing this trip report with us. I was looking forward to the last segment of your China trip, and I finally found to time to completely savor it. Without a doubt, one can clearly see that you put in a lot of effort, sparing no details, which makes reading really enjoyable. Well done!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
25 October 2007 when the first Airbus A380-800 flight was flown from Singapore to Sydney

That was almost four years ago? Time passes so quickly - and I feel I am still not even remotely close to my first A380 flight...   

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Singapore Airlines is also a SkyTrax rated 5-star airline.

And unlike CZ, SQ seems to deserve their rating.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
CAN landside pictures

CAN sure looks like a sizeable airport.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
Sharon who responded to my request in less than 30 seconds

Impressive. Did she actually ask the pilots what registration the aircraft had?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Tie Guan Yin

What does it taste like? It looks neatly-presented.

Quoting initious (Reply 1):
Menu

As I expressed in another trip report, in my opinion, SQ and EK are my personal favorites when it comes to menu designs. Too bad this cannot be said about the lounge invitations...:

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
I would have expected something better from a world-class airline than this small slip of paper as a lounge invitation.
Quoting initious (Reply 1):
Yap can remember each passenger’s name and their final destinations (if any)

Each passenger on the plane, or in Business class? At any rate, it sure gives the experience a nice touch.

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
My Stay in China & Hong Kong

Beautiful photographs. The park looks amazing! I am sure it would even eclipse the replicas in Las Vegas.

All the best,
Marius



'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 20006 times:

Daniel -

First of all, thank you very much for (yet another) wonderful report. I keep on getting impressed by the consistency of your reports ... though, I do miss more of your funky Chinese reports as well! These take a lot of effort, and I am impressed with how detailed your report is.

Some observations:

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
Upon reaching the immigration counters which I assumed was for international flights, I got told that the counters were only for domestic flights and I had to walk a long way back to the terminal before making a turn to the next aisle for the immigration counters that I was actually headed too. They should%u2019ve made a walkway between the domestic and international counters as lots of passengers were getting confused like I do.

= Isn't this annoying? HKG almost has the same feature, and the last time I went through, it was anything but serene.

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
A sneaky picture

= Why was it sneaky?

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
As I sat down, I can%u2019t help but to wonder if I was dreaming since it has been my dream to fly SQ Business Class for more than 10 years and my dream is finally coming true.

= Aaw. Congrats mate!

Quoting initious (Thread starter):

However, there was something I was not satisfied with. As I placed my backpack at the space in front of my seat, Yap came over to inform me that my backpack needs to be placed in the overhead lockers as stowage is not allowed below the seats for takeoff and landing. This would not have been a problem if she did not approach me in a rushed manner and opening the overhead bins without offering to help place my backpack in the overhead bins. Not that I am being a snob but I would have expected them offering since I am even an LCC can provide such a service.
Quoting Quokka (Reply 7):
The SQ product is certainly one of the best and your trip report shows this so well. The range of teas they offer is truly impressive which shows that they really want to accommodate their passengers' wishes. I used to fly quite a bit with SQ:

= This is the one thing about SQ which has always prevented me from them being my favorite. They are consistently good, but I have had random experiences like this which have prevented me from calling them great. To be fair, perhaps they were tired due to it being a red-eye back rotation perhaps?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 8):
Nevertheless, your flight was a good one, though the meal was not so colourful, therefore not such a good looks.

= I have to agree as well. I don't think the meal was anything special. BTW, this is one confused catering   ... did you have the option to be woken for breakfast prior to arrival?

Thanks again for the report.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 19955 times:

Hey Marius,

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
or should I say Yan Meng, as per your boarding pass?

Oh no, please call me Daniel! Or I shall call you Mr. Stach too. :P

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
I was looking forward to the last segment of your China trip, and I finally found to time to completely savor it. Without a doubt, one can clearly see that you put in a lot of effort, sparing no details, which makes reading really enjoyable. Well done!

Thank you! I feel flattered.  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
That was almost four years ago? Time passes so quickly - and I feel I am still not even remotely close to my first A380 flight...

Yeah, time passes by so quickly! I remember I was taking my Cambridge O Levels Geography Examination when 9V-SKA lifted off Changi Airport... Don't worry, you'll get to fly the A380 one day. Come visit me after my army, LH FRA-SIN.  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
And unlike CZ, SQ seems to deserve their rating.

Definitely!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
CAN sure looks like a sizeable airport.

It sure does but there is nothing to do in there.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
Impressive. Did she actually ask the pilots what registration the aircraft had?

I'm not sure about this but I saw galley equipments had "STL" written on them so she might have gotten the reg from there.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
What does it taste like? It looks neatly-presented.

I do not really know how to describe the taste but I can say it is my favourite tea out of all kinds of tea. Probably it tastes light and fragrant thats why I fell in love with it. I shall direct you to the Wiki article should you want to find out more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tie_guan_yin

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
As I expressed in another trip report, in my opinion, SQ and EK are my personal favorites when it comes to menu designs. Too bad this cannot be said about the lounge invitations...:

I guess SQ would have better designs in SIN.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
Each passenger on the plane, or in Business class? At any rate, it sure gives the experience a nice touch.

Each passenger in Business Class of course. She would be a computer if she can memorise all 200+ passengers' names in the plane.   However, there were only 9/30 of us in the J cabin that day so I wonder if she could do that if it were a full 30 passenger load.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 20):
Beautiful photographs. The park looks amazing! I am sure it would even eclipse the replicas in Las Vegas.

Thanks for the compliments!  

Hey Alex,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
First of all, thank you very much for (yet another) wonderful report. I keep on getting impressed by the consistency of your reports ... though, I do miss more of your funky Chinese reports as well! These take a lot of effort, and I am impressed with how detailed your report is.

Thanks a lot for your kind comments and encouragement. I am flattered.   I will definitely be flying more Chinese domestic flights in the future, albeit at least 2 years later.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Isn't this annoying? HKG almost has the same feature, and the last time I went through, it was anything but serene.

I did not really have that problem in HKG as the signage was pretty clear. However, I'd say HKG does not compare up to the likes of SIN to be the world's best airport. Not that I'm bias but I'm pretty sure most of us can see...

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Why was it sneaky?

Lounge attendant was just standing right beside me so I had to be sneaky so as not to get caught. Not sure if pictures were actually allowed.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Aaw. Congrats mate!

Thank you!  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
This is the one thing about SQ which has always prevented me from them being my favorite. They are consistently good, but I have had random experiences like this which have prevented me from calling them great. To be fair, perhaps they were tired due to it being a red-eye back rotation perhaps?

I guess it would be the fatigue that they might be experiencing.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
I have to agree as well. I don't think the meal was anything special. BTW, this is one confused catering   ... did you have the option to be woken for breakfast prior to arrival?

Yea, we had the option to have breakfast right after takeoff or before landing.

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 19623 times:

A very enjoyable TR and an excellent series of TRs too!

SQ is my favourite airline and it definitely is nice to see consistency of good service maintained. I'm glad your dream has come true flying SQ J class!!!!

Thanks for sharing.



A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 19441 times:

Hi Ojas,

Quoting ojas (Reply 23):
A very enjoyable TR and an excellent series of TRs too!

Thanks for your compliments!  
Quoting ojas (Reply 23):
SQ is my favourite airline and it definitely is nice to see consistency of good service maintained. I'm glad your dream has come true flying SQ J class!!!!

Thanks! =) SQ was my favourite airline but TG has taken the lead now. SQ needs to lower their prices and stop thinking that they are the best everywhere, even though they might be but we can see QR overtaking them as Airline of the Year for 2011.

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
25 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Daniel, Great report, thanks for sharing. Photos are great too - next time you go back, they'll be even better! Your pictures of CAN remind me of m
26 Post contains images Sultanils : Good day Daniel, What an nice experience and report! That must've given you a great feeling, I think I would feel a 'special' passenger although it mi
27 Post contains images initious : Hi Nicholas, Thanks! I hope so. My camera by then will be visiting its old home. The airport just opened in 2004 so I guess you saw it at its best (or
28 NZ107 : It was dead! lol. Nearly completely empty.. And not much traffic to speak of. Well, that could have been due to the haze/smog preventing any good vie
29 EL-AL : Thank you for a fantastic report. Your historical introduction was very interesting also. I was very impressed from CAN airport, very modern and comfo
30 vegas005 : As a Star Alliance Gold member I avoid Singapore like the plague. They have ridiculous stipulations on FF miles and most tickets receive ZERO miles. T
31 initious : Hi Jonathan, Thanks for your kind comments! =) Yeah it's pretty huge and not that busy. Same here, I will not pay full fare on SQ for J even on long h
32 planiac787 : Great tr friend! I am dying to try out sq's j class myself... I will be sampling lh s new j cabin soon Trip report coming shortly Cheers Pradat
33 MSS658 : Hello Interesting trip report you have got there. Great to read, glad you managed to catch a flight in J. SQ seems top notch as usual. I did enjoy the
34 fidelidade : I think Singapore Airlines is so nice. The Singapore girl to me is the best reason to fly. An icon of the world who will charm you everywhere. Is ther
35 celestar : Hey, thanks for a detailed travel report. Why is that you always slept on the floor on your trip? Saving up money for SQ business class perhaps? Just
36 Post contains images thegivenone : Fantastic report initious that provided excellent start-of-the-day entertainment on a Saturday morning. I too look forward to the day that I can final
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