sutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 115 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7377 times:
Here is my recent trip traveling SQ's 747-400 between HKG-SIN-HKG in Business Class, hope you will enjoy!
Reason for the trip: Need a trip during Chinese New Year holiday, was planned to go BKK because TG fly their A340-600 to HKG, however, just before booking, I discovered that SQ would send the 747-400 to HKG instead of 772 during the CNY period, so it is the best opportunity to travel on it before they retire in March 2012.
On the day, I took the Airport Express to HKIA, and found the QF advertisement for their new A380 service to Sydney
CNY decoration in HKIA
SQ check-in counters are in aisle F
No queue for Business check-in
After the immigration, I looked out the windows and found the 747 was still parking outside, it stayed overnight in HKIA
It would be nice to visit the lounge for breakfast
The lounge was so quiet with only few people
Food and Drinks counter
My choices, the food quality was good and the choices was more than enough!
Boarding was about to start, the queue for Economy Class was so long, that's the reason SQ use the 747-400 rather than 777-200 during the period
Dedicated Bag for 9V-SPJ
First Class cabin, not open for this flight
View from my seat 20K, the last row of upper deck
Welcome drink, I chose water
Safety Information Card
Pushed back was on time, during taxiing, saw the all white OX 747-400 heading to BKK
And the one I wanted to see for long, the Hong Kong Trader 747-8F
Takeoff was fast and we used only half the runway
The IFE was turned on afterwards
Post-takeoff drink and nuts
The seat was comfortable and wide enough, but it was not easy to control
The seat control
Noise Cancelling headphones
Meal started very soon after takeoff, here is the menu, nicely design for Chinese New Year!
Smoked duck breast with dried apricot compote with Mustard vinaigrette
Book the Cook - Stir-fried prawns and scallops with braised beans in leek and red wine vinaigrette with vegetables
Peach crumble flan with vanilla sauce
Skipped the cheese, just some fruit
After the meal, visit the washroom
The load was very light in Business class today, only 5 upper deck, a very peaceful cabin
The famous Row 17 with many legroom
The near flat seat
Stair to main deck
After 3 hours of flying, we were going to descend to Singapore, at this moment, some passengers moved to upper deck with their bags, I was wondering were they going to visit the flight deck after landing, but the answer was due to the flooding in Economy Cabin, the passengers have to move to somewhere else, ooops!
Anyway, landing was smooth and thank you 9V-SPJ!
Passed the immigration in no time, took the MRT to Novena to the rather new hotel called Oasia Hotel Singapore
Club room in 25/F, it was nice but a bit too small
View from my room
The service was very good and the Club floor was very nice, the only cons were the size of the room and the not so centered location
After 2 nights, I was in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 again
Business Class check-in at Aisle 6
So quiet at that time
For Chinese New Year?
There was quite alot of people at immigration today, so it took about 10 minutes to clear
Head to the Silverkris Lounge
Many choices, but not in my taste
It's time to proceed to the gate, and I found that I will be on 9V-SPQ
Pushed back was on time, the Business and Economy class cabins were fully packes, but the First Class left empty
Meal service commenced after takeoff
Fa Cai Yu Sheng (Singapore CNY dish) - Prosperity New Year Salad with Salmon to usher in the "Year of the Dragon"
Book the Cook - Duck with Yam Rice
Chocolate and Cherry cake with raspberry sauce
Cheese and fresh fruit
I was so full after the meal......and this is the toilet time!
Descend started afterwards, the three hours journey finished in no time.
The landing was a bit hard, and it took ages to taxi to the Gate 43. It should be the last SQ's passengers 747 landing in HKG
When everyone rushing to leave, I took the opportunity to take some more photos of the First Class cabin
The famous seat 1B
Thank you very much 9V-SPQ!
It is a bit sad the Queen will leave SQ this year, but they are really tired especially the problems about water, wet floor and flooding on 9V-SPJ, water dripping on 9V-SPQ.
Hope they will find a new home in the future! For those who would like to farewell the SQ's 747-400, you can still find them in SIN-MEL-SIN until late March
B738FlyUIA From Switzerland, joined Dec 2009, 473 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7059 times:
Thanks for sharing the wonderful TR on SQ´s 744! Those remind me very much to the trip I had on the SQ's Jumbo Jet couple of years ago!!!! The food looks very good and so much tasty such as your super photos from the Upper Deck and more!!!
Really a pity that they will leave the Fleet next month and I hope that the last landing in SIN will be on TV or at least as live stream on SQ´s Website!!!
Will miss very much those 744's of SQ!!!!!!!
TR will follow; ZRH-DME SVO-HKT, HKT-SIN, SIN-KUL, KUL-HKT, HKT-SVO & DME-ZRH on LX, UN and AirAsia