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Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
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Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business

Welcome to the first part of my spring trip to Asia! I’ll try and keep the prologue succinct, as I know I have a tendency to ramble. A good friend of mine moved out to Indonesia in early March to teach English. Having found it had to adjust to the life back in England after my jolly in Africa, I thought I might as well bite the bullet and book some tickets to see him sooner rather than later.

I still had some miles left with BD, so it made sense to use them. Checking out the forums on Flyertalk, I realised that I could get a lot more for my miles if I booked a trip to Zone 7 (Indian subcontinent) rather than Zone 10 (Thailand/Singapore/Indonesia). The trick here is to choose a destination in Zone 7 only served from Zone 10 so you get a free stopover in Zone 10. Clever, huh? I knew from the forums that KTM (Kathmandu in Nepal) worked, but for some reason I wanted to go to Bangladesh. With Dhaka decided on I called BD only to find that Bangladesh is actually in Zone 10 (doh, misread the miles chart AGAIN). I then decided on Sri Lanka for convenient transit location, only to find that that was also Zone 10…why are these two countries in SE Asia rather than the Subcontinent zone? MLE is in the Indian zone (correctly), along with SEZ, which I think should be in the East Africa zone. Strange.

I was left with little option but to go via India (something I wanted to avoid as I didn’t want the hassle of a visa). With that decided I booked BCN-SIN-CCU (Kolkata, aka Calcutta). Why fly out of BCN? Well as it’s in Zone 2 rather than Z1 (UK/France/Germany basically) it was cheaper for miles, and more importantly saved me over GBP 150 in UK departure tax. The hop down to BCN would be solved with easyJet and my nectar points. The total BCN-SIN-CCU with SQ in Business class cost? 15,000 miles + GBP 326 (cash and tax).

My connection to Indonesia would be courtesy of Jetstar Asia (and their subsidiary Valuair) over to Medan in Sumatra.

I’ll fill you in on the other flights later, but basically my booked flights currently stand as:
Valuair (Jetstar Asia) Singapore-Medan (SIN-MES)
Garuda Indonesia Medan-Banda Aceh (MES-BTJ)
Sriwajaya Air Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta (BTJ-MES-CGK)
Lion Air Jakarta-Singapore (CGK-SIN)
Singapore Airlines Singapore-Calcutta (SIN-CCU)
JetLite Bagradora-Calcutta (IXB-CCU)
Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka (CCU-DAC)
Biman Bangladesh Dhaka-Kathmandu (DAC-KTM)
Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok (KTM-BKK)
Thai Airways Bangkok-Frankfurt (BKK-FRA)
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Dusseldorf (FRA-DUS)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Dusseldorf-Billund (DUS-BLL)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Billund-Manchester (BLL-MAN)
British Airways Manchester-London Heathrow (MAN-LHR)

I’m hoping to add a few domestic flights in Nepal and Bangladesh onto the list.

The entire map:
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This report’s map:
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You may recall during my Greek Tragedy my camera charger broke? I decided that instead of replacing the charger, I’d take the opportunity to upgrade my camera instead. As I’m not good with manuals, and the camera has a lot of knobs and dials, I’m still getting to grips with using it. Hopefully this report will have some slightly better photos than my previous ones. As it’s much larger than the camera I’m used to, I’ve not always managed the shot I want as it’s too fiddly/cumbersome to be able to just whip out/snap away with discreetly. As such, I used my camera phone as well.

With an early start, I took the horribly overpriced First Capital Connect service to Luton Airport Parkway, then the expensive onward bus to the airport. Check in was almost deserted, and I was checked in without delay. My bag was 2kg over the 20kg limit. I moved a few books into my hand bag (no weight limit for hand luggage), and I was good to go.
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It was a foggy morning in LTN – the previous day a lot of flights out of London were cancelled.
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There wasn’t much queue for security, although it wasn’t very fast as there were a LOT of muppets flying today who were in no rush whatsoever. They had time to stop and have a laugh and a chat with their friends about being stopped, and told to take off their belts and shoes… AND they were dressed like business people so one would assume they knew the ropes. Grrrr.

FIDS


Terminal
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I was standing in a good location when the gate was announced so was one of the first into the holding pen.
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G-EZAI
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March 2012
London Luton (LTN) – Barcelona (BCN)
easyJet U2 2263
Scheduled: 0750-1045 (1h55m)
Actual: 0751-1036 (1h45m)
Airbus A319 G-EZAI
Economy



The flight was fairly full, but I managed to get an emergency row window seat, with the middle left open. Wet and foggy morning.
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But sunny up above
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Cabin
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Legroom
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Airport article in the easyJet magazine
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I managed to snooze most of the way down. I woke up just as we passed over some spectacular mountains, which seemed very close to the plane.
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Despite the late departure, we touched down easy into Barcelona
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QR A330 lifting off
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EasyJet uses the older and nearly empty Terminal 2, originally built for the 1992 Olympics. I only saw 3 planes on stand….not sure they needed the extra terminal to be honest, as nice as it is.
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Despite the plethora of empty gates, we were given a bus stand
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Bags came out pretty quickly. With my bag in hand, I got a map from the information office, then the free bus over to Terminal 1. Once inside I headed for the very furthest corner, which hosts the left luggage office. With my bag stored, I caught the bus into town.
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Outside Terminal 2
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Such a cliché, I know. First stop was La Rambla
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Fabulous market
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Very tasty muffin
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Lunch
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Some arty city shots en route of La Sagrada Familia
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La Sagrada Familia – very beautiful, and still unfinished. I last here in 1992 and I remember being much more in awe back then….children are easy to please. Maybe I was just tired, but it wasn’t so jaw dropping in 2012.
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I got a poorly timed train back to the airport. Unfortunately the station is at Terminal 2, so I had to stake the shuttle over to T1. The station was woefully inadequate for it’s rather obvious and simple objective. Way too many people in too small a space.
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After another long walk down to the bowels of the airport to collect my bag, I resurfaced next to the SQ check in desks. There was no queue for Business class, and my bag was tagged. I asked if they could check it through to Medan, but this was understandably not possible. I had reserved a seat in the second cabin of the plane as there were no window seats left in the more exclusive 2 row cabin behind First. I asked if there were any spare seats in there, and luckily one had freed up. I guess it was probably only available to prebook for Golds.
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There was only a short queue for security (no priority queues were apparent), and no queue for immigration. The view from the non-Schengen walkway into the Schengen zone.
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Ooh, some Singapore Girls.
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There wasn’t much to see in the departures level, so I went down a level to the Miro Lounge.
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The lounge was pretty nice – nothing was obviously missing, although I believe you had to pay for showers.
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I wasn’t in the mood for much. I had a few bottles of water (I was quite dehydrated after all the walking around the city), a small sandwich, and later a vodka and tonic (just for tasting purposes – it tasted nice).


Airport map


There weren’t many other flights leaving, so the terminal was quite empty.
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A few Vuelings
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Lovely vantage point of -WD
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March 2012
Barcelona (BCN) – Singapore (SIN)
Singapore Airlines SQ 67
Scheduled: 1730-1310 (12h40m)
Actual: 1743-1237 (11h54m)
Boeing 777-300ER PV-SWD
Business



**A bit of trivia about this sector. BCN-SIN in SQ’s longest nonstop flight to Europe, beating LHR-SIN by XX miles**

There was a short queue for economy, but none for Business. My boarding pass was ripped, and I was sent on my way. One thing apparent even before getting on the plane was the number of staff. There were people in uniform everywhere. At the entrance door (1L), I was greeted by the Leading Steward and shown just three rows down to my seat, 11A. walking through First class, I didn’t think that the seats loked very different to those Swiss have in F. The big difference is in business though. How’s this for C class?! I think this seat definitely beats everyone else’s C class hands down, and probably quite a few F seats.
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Bulkhead seats are quite a bit more spacious than regular ones. The bed/seat are the same, but the TV monitor is about 30cm closer to you (about where the aisle partition is). The seat is incredibly wide. Unless you hae incredibly long arms, you can’t rest both arms on the arm rest simultaneously, which is why they given you a little leather cushion, as well as a pillow.

With the bulkhead seats you can also use the side leg rest at a little seat!
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My view sideways. Luckily the middle seats weren’t used, so the seat felt very private.
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One negative of the bulkhead is that you lose a little bit of storage space (to the side of the seat), and the pull down glass tray/mirror is too far away to be of use.


Power
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A view into F. Notice the fluffy carpet stops at the “border”. I suppose they need to differentiate the products somehow. Comparing the first 4 rows of the plane, the seats look scarily similar (much like on Egyptair!).
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There was a short documentary on how to change the seat into a bed. There wasn’t a printed seat guide.
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Moving map – 12 hours today down to Singapore
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Today’s menu. It was the thickest menu I’ve ever had on a plane. It had all the food for SQ 67’s journey…GRU-BCN-SIN in English, Spanish and Portuguese. SQ 67 runs 3 times a week with a nice afternoon departure from BCN. SQ 377 runs 4 times a week from BCN, stopping in MXP on the way. Times for this aren’t so great with a morning start, and a 7am arrival into SIN (nightmare for jetlag). It’s funny how a few years ago SQ flew B744s to MAD, and nothing to BCN. Now they don’t serve MAD and have 7 flights a week from BCN, with 3 a week to GRU. Way to go BCN!


The GRU-BCN menu
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Newspaper and headphones
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I was asked what I would like before takeoff…champagne of course. It wasn’t a full glass, but I got two top ups before take off.


The first of many hot towels. I’ve forgotten the actual number, but I think was given at least 6 during the flight.
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View to the front


Outside
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A packet of nuts was also offered
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And a bottle of water (all the way from Brazil).
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I should take a moment and mention the staff. In a word, WONDERFUL! With a few very minor exceptions, all the staff I met were faultless. On my trip to Africa I was addressed by name ONCE on 13 First and Business class flights. On SQ every single member of staff called me by name every time they interacted with me throughout the flight. Two of the staff also introduced themselves to me as well. Nothing seemed too much for them. In the past they have had quite a bit of flak thrown their way from people calling them robotic and boring. I don’t think these bunch could be further from that at all. I hope this is the norm for Business Class, and not just because I was sitting in the “hot seat” (first seat of C), nor that my surname is the same as that of one of the ex-SQ CEO!

On some airlines the crew frown at photo taking. Before take off I was spotted by two different crew (including the Leading Steward). What did they do? Insisted on taking my photo, even when I said I didn’t want one! Very photo friendly!

Safety demo
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BA 767
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The nearly empty T2 – is BCN one of the few places where FR uses a jetbridge?
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25R today
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T2
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Over the shores of the Mediterranean


Barcelona through the haze
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I was quite surprised that there was no amenity kit. Instead eye masks and slipper socks were handed out. The last time I flew SQ was in economy in 2009, and they had them then. There were amenities (toothbrushes etc) in the bathroom though. To be fair to SQ, other than the lip balm and slippers (not the socks), I never use anything from the kits anyway, just take them away as a memento.
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For my first after take off drink, I went with the signature Singapore Sling. On my last SQ flight I must have got through about five of these. Either they’ve changed the recipe (or they use better quality products in front of the curtain) or I’ve lost my appreciation of sweet drinks – it wasn’t great.
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Drinks menu
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KrisWorld has a great selection of things to watch. I decided to go with Tintin (I’m a great fan) as I hadn’t seen the film yet.
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Dinner menu


Dinner started half an hour after takeoff with some satay (skewered meat with peanut sauce)
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Sparkling water to prepare me for my next drink….
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NEEDING to make the most of an airline with a proper cocktail menu, I decided to try Jubilee Lining – tasted quite nice, better than the Sling (hmm, these drinks all seem to have a hint of double entendre. I’m sure SQ did not intend for that)
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Over the Med


I didn’t like the table. It was too big (and couldn’t be halved) and was too low to be able to eat with the seat slightly reclined. I compromised by having it at a slant.
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This is the best wing view I could get
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Over Sardinia, with Corsica in the distance
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Map
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Ooh, the cleaners missed something, although at least it wasn’t a bloody tissue this time
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Nearly the Italian mainland
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Forty minutes after the satay was served, the table is set (no pre set trays)
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Bread is offered. I go with the very tasty antipasto plate. In the words of Maria Von TrappL “these are a few of my favourite things”.
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I struggle with choosing a main course as they all look so tasty. I honestly wouldn’t have minded any of them. I asked the terribly helped stewardess (as SQ refer to them) if the Thai curry is very spicy. “Have you had much red curry before?”, “No”, “oh, well the last time I had it was quite spicy, and I eat a lot of spice”. “Hmm, well, I’ll give it a go”. “Great, I’ll get some more drinks ready in case if you need them! You can choose something else if it’s too spicy”. I didn’t find it too spicy in the end. Plenty of meat and rice – another winner. It was individually plated too – this really is more like F than C. I got a glass of Bordeaux to go with the curry.
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I decided to give the cheese course a miss, and instead asked if I could have both. So she didn’t need to say no (I guess they only load enough for 1 each) I said I’d have the cake, and if there were any ice creams left I’d gladly help finish it! She seemed happy with this. The cake was good.
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However, less than five minutes later the ice cream was delivered – clearly a lot of people had skipper dessert. It was perfect to finish off the meal. I asked for the red wine to be taken away (I don’t drink much red), but instead a few minutes later it was returned refilled. Turns out I quite enjoyed sipping it watching the end of Tintin.
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A cup of peppermint tea too.
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Where have we got to? Skirting along the Northern Coast of Turkey. Like I said earlier, I was still experimenting with my new camera, so the IFE shots were a bit over exposed.
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A quick visit to the facilities reveals a very nice set up – moviestar lighting, and more wood/leather
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Once dinner was all cleared away, a stewardess came and asked if I wanted my bed making. I said yes, and in a few seconds, my seat looked like this:
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Whilst not quite as plush as the LX First seat, it was pretty damn good. I was also given another bottle of water, this time from Spain. I watched an episode of Ab Fab before trying to get some sleep.

I was still awake when we hit the Georgian border. It’s always nice to fly over places you’ve been to.
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I finally managed to get some sleep. I woke up briefly during a jolt of strong turbulence ov


http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-GVA-LHR-TXL-LHR-VE-PRN,SPU-OSL-LHR, LGW-DXB-BKK-DXB-LHR
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 21855 times:

I finally managed to get some sleep. I woke up briefly during a jolt of strong turbulence over Kandahar, before sleeping a bit more to the Indian border.
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A photo of the darkened cabin. Of the 8 seats in the front cabin, only 5 were taken. The guy behind me didn’t sleep at all. I guess he was aboard since GRU and was very out of his timezone.

There was no one in F, and roughly 10 people in the second much larger C cabin. If SQ weren’t so stingy with their award space, I’ve had stumped up (a small) sum of miles for the seat. Only very recently have SQ allowed C seats (the newer longhual ones) to be redeemed by people other than SQ mileage holders. F is still out of bounds, although they are planning to make them available soon for an obscene number of miles…I think I read somewhere they would be asking for 1,000,000 miles one way SIN-Europe. Youch!
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After half an hour of attempting to sleep, I decided to make the most of the other benefits of flying C, other than having a flat bed, namely having a big comfortable armchair with a TV and nonstop service. I checked out the music available, and listened to their 2011 chart. They had every UK chart dating back to the 60s! Oh Adele – don’t you just love her?!
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It didn’t take long for the eagle eyes of a steward to notice I was awake, and promptly brought round a tray of snacks.
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Snack menu
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With the music exhausted, I ended up watching the comedy (more of a tragedy) Chalet Girl. Not sure how I managed til the end – still it was easy watching for whatever time it was.
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Over India
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My seat at night
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Nearly at the Andaman Islands – would love to go there someday
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The true joy of jumping time zones….morning drinking without guilt! This time I tried Solitare Dreams – quite nice.
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Reading (or attempting to) the Chinese section of the SQ magazine about some island in Thailand.


It was way too early for my translating skills, so I switched to something more palatable…Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-rabbit.
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Just a few minutes after I started watching, I was offered a glass of OJ
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Breakfast menu
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Twenty minutes later the table was laid (again no tray, this time even beating LX F, although they did have a lot of time constraints), and fruit and more juice was offered.
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A chocolate pastry
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I was offered tea of a coffee, but went for a mocca instead – didn’t taste very nice to be honest.
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I declined the cereal course, and went straight to the hot meal, a very tasty seafood kway teao (a bit like tagliatelle). I don’t tend to eat stuff like this in the morning, but like I’ve said before, on planes I always go for an odd choice at breakfast. It tasted pretty good though, even if I was too scared to eat all the chillis.

Seat with a view
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Yet another hot towel. I think this was No. 5
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I pulled the central divider across to afford a bit more privacy. I guess the difference between C and F is that the divider only went 1/2 way.
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I was asked to complete a survey….yes if I can keep the pen.
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Nearly Kuala Lumpur
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Filling in my landing card
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Just when I thought the service had stopped, I was offered a glass of water. The guy in charge of Business class came round to have a chat, and thank me for flying with SQ. I asked if there was a arrivals lounge, and I was given directions (I had a 4 hour connection before my Valuair flight to Medan).
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Safety card


I’ve never had a seat belt with an airbag in before
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A murky Malaysian estuary
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A final turn before our approach into Changi Airport. Years ago I flew into SIN with GF from BAH and the person making the announcement mentioned Singapore’s Shanghai Airport which shocked a few people into listening.
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Touchdown over half an hour early.
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We were welcomed to Singapore, and advised that we would be docking at Terminal 2, rather than the newer T3. The terminals are fixed on departure (T3 gets the rich destinations (Europe/North Asia/Americas/Australasia) whilst T2 gets poorer (India/Middle East/S.E. Asia, and partner Silkair)). Arrival is a lottery, however. I wish SQ would kick the other airlines out of T3 and have it to themselves. Doesn’t make sense being unnecessarily spread over two terminals.
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I hope the cockpit windows don’t fog up this much


Once we were on stand, I exited via First again – their carpet really is nice!

A Berjaya Air Dash taxiing past – I flew one of these many years ago SZB-TOD
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I stopped to use the facilities before making my way to baggage reclaim and immigration. As always in SIN, my bag was on the belt before I arrived.

My bag tags
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Arrivals – the JK codeshare still seems to be there
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I’ll leave this part here, and carry on my with flight to Medan when I have some time.

All comments and questions welcome!

***Addendum***

About two weeks after sending a feedback form to BA regarding the lack of sparkling water onboard, and the staff joking, I was quite surprised to get a call from customer services. I had quite a nice long chat with the guy on the other end. Our call ended fairly abruptly, however, with “Well, I’m sorry about the problems you had on board. Take care!”. No compensatory Avios as I was hoping for, but nice to get a call nevertheless.

On the subject customer services, the same day I also wrote to Aegean and Swiss about their flights (both very complimentary). A3 replied the next day thanking me for my email, and saying how their prided themselves on their staff. I still haven’t heard back from LX. You would have thought that the sort of customer you want to keep (and the easiest to retain) is one that sends you a letter saying you enjoyed flying them in F. You also would have thought that the easiest way of losing a customer flying in F was to ignore their compliment….

Unsurprisingly, SN still haven’t replied to my follow up email. I’ve decided SN are a lost cause.

Some of my other TRs:

Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 21328 times:

Well Gabriel,
What can one say? Simply amazing. This SQ J product puts other airlines' F to shame.
From the space to the personal service, the presentation meals - although I think nuts in a bag is a bit tacky - and the absence of a tray, normally only associated with F, the whole experience is a very pleasing one. Like you, although hearing of robotic crew, I have only ever found them to be willing to please, even when travelling down the back between PER and SIN.

Oh, and La Boqueria in Barcelona is really a wonderful place to explore. I was amazed by the array of fruits, meats, cheeses and wines to be found at reasonable prices when I visited in 2010.

Thanks for a delightful start to your Asian Odyssey.
Roy / Quokkas

[Edited 2012-03-18 07:56:23]

User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1249 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 21275 times:

Wow you must have a good boss letting you have all this time off - I get moaned at if i ask for just one!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unsurprisingly, SN still haven’t replied to my follow up email. I’ve decided SN are a lost cause.

Ive come to the same conclusion as I'm still waiting a reply from about 6-8 weeks ago now.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A3 replied the next day thanking me for my email, and saying how their prided themselves on their staff.

Not got a reply from A3 from a question i asked last week... bit of a pattern emerging here it seems.



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 21253 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Great report as usual, very interesting to read about your SQ Business experience, seems like you really had a great flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The entire map:

Wow, very impressive.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite the plethora of empty gates, we were given a bus stand

Odd, as I, like you, noted FR using jetways at BCN when I was there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
How%u2019s this for C class?! I think this seat definitely beats everyone else%u2019s C class hands down, and probably quite a few F seats.

I'd really like to fly SQ one day, in any class!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I hope the cockpit windows don%u2019t fog up this much

Reminds me of once time when I got stuck in LLA because the heater which were supposed to remove the fog on one of the cockpit windows were broken. The flight got cancelled and the passengers were put on remaining seats on later departures. I ended up reaching ARN 7 hours late. SK handled the situation well though, I'd say.

Martin


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 20899 times:

Thanks for the replies so far!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
What can one say? Simply amazing. This SQ J product puts other airlines' F to shame.

Yeah, it really was first class

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
although I think nuts in a bag is a bit tacky

Yeah - if American carriers can put them in a bowl on domesitc flights, SQ can too

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):

Thanks for a delightful start to your Asian Odyssey.
Roy / Quokkas

No problem Roy

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Wow you must have a good boss letting you have all this time off - I get moaned at if i ask for just one!

The trick is not to work for a boss!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Great report as usual, very interesting to read about your SQ Business experience, seems like you really had a great flight.

Yeah, flight was excellent

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Odd, as I, like you, noted FR using jetways at BCN when I was there.

I guess that was one of the conditions AENA gave to FR. ALso, I suppose my aircraft was going to be used on a Schengen flight next

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 4):
Wow, very impressive.

Hopefully it all works out!

It seems like a few photos didn't post:

View into F


My breakfast
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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 959 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 20873 times:

Awesome trip report again! SQ C sure looks great!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ll fill you in on the other flights later, but basically my booked flights currently stand as:

Dude, that's another amazing trip. Look forward to reading it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I woke up just as we passed over some spectacular mountains, which seemed very close to the plane.

The Pyrenees I presume? Sometimes you can pretty up close and personal with them on approach to BCN.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
EasyJet uses the older and nearly empty Terminal 2, originally built for the 1992 Olympics. I only saw 3 planes on stand….not sure they needed the extra terminal to be honest, as nice as it is.

Yes, when I flew HV out of Terminal this fall, the place was deserted.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite the plethora of empty gates, we were given a bus stand

Perhaps the plane was continuing to a Schengen destination? Easier to bus the pax to/from the bus then.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
**A bit of trivia about this sector. BCN-SIN in SQ’s longest nonstop flight to Europe, beating LHR-SIN by XX miles**

12 miles  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The big difference is in business though. How’s this for C class?! I think this seat definitely beats everyone else’s C class hands down, and probably quite a few F seats

That's C? When I saw the thumbnail on Facebook I assumed you were flying F. That sure looks great, and the entire service and experience too. SQ lived up to their reputation!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 19328 times:

Hi there Gabriel Chew Chew, great report!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I still had some miles left with BD, so it made sense to use them.

I'm just wondering how many miles you have stacked up with BD? Did you fly to earn them or did you get them via AMEX, or miles purchase?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With an early start, I took the horribly overpriced First Capital Connect service to Luton Airport Parkway, then the expensive onward bus to the airport

Weren't you able to reserve that cheapskate EZY transferbus? Or do you have to book it months ahead to get a decent price?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
although it wasn’t very fast as there were a LOT of muppets flying today who were in no rush whatsoever

Hmm, what are you implying to as muppets? You mean the fly-once-a-year leisure pax. Quite strange that they were dressed as businessmen if they were going on a holiday. I wouldn't bother with that, at least not when flying a LCC.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I woke up just as we passed over some spectacular mountains, which seemed very close to the plane.

Those are the Pyrenees, if I am not mistaken.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Fabulous market

Place looks fab indeed, very similar to the Saluhallen in Gothenburg. I'm sure you have been there already!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I guess it was probably only available to prebook for Golds.

LOL, never had I ever imagined SQ reserving some extra perks for lowly *G, considering they're not even allowed into their own lounges. Well only that KrisFlyer Gold lounge that I'm told is rubbish.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There wasn’t much to see in the departures level, so I went down a level to the Miro Lounge.

Such a shame that the Spanair Lounge is closed, place looked quite nice in the pictures.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Times for this aren’t so great with a morning start, and a 7am arrival into SIN (nightmare for jetlag).

Really? I think mornings are quite good to set the dayrhytm with. Jetlag gone after day 2 if you manage to stay awake the whole day  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
nor that my surname is the same as that of one of the ex-SQ CEO!

Perhaps they thought you were related to Mr. Chew!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I never use anything from the kits anyway, just take them away as a memento.

Yeah I think those kits are quite useless too. Items are rubbish. I think airlines should instead focus on stuffing them with more gift-like items, more as a gesture to the pax, and have the other amenities like socks, etc on request from the crew.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I think I read somewhere they would be asking for 1,000,000 miles one way SIN-Europe. Youch!

WOW, now that's just inhumane! Those could buy you 2,5 RTW trips in First for christ's sake!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ve never had a seat belt with an airbag in before

Really? They had seatbelts on LX C, so I'm pretty sure they must've had them on LX F as well?

The service on your SQ flight looked fantastic, although the meals not as good as one would expect, at least presentation wise. Drinks list was impressive though, at least with all the cocktails. I'm guessing SQ is the only airline to train their cabin staff as barmen (except from the designated bartenders on EK and KE)?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 19066 times:

Hi Gabriel,

what an exciting trip and routing. We'll get a lot to read and I'm looking forward to this!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The nearly empty T2 – is BCN one of the few places where FR uses a jetbridge?

IIRC this is quite usual in Spain. Saw this in PMI, as well as some canary islands airport and MAD (not 100% sure though)...


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1658 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 18844 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

On the road - or better: in the air - again   Good starting episode of your next series. Quite a contrast with that U2 and SQ flight! I'm glad the SQ C class was to your satisfaction as well as the crew. No robots but genuine human being who care for the pax, that's the way to go.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The entire map:

Man what a crazy routing again   

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I woke up just as we passed over some spectacular mountains

Les Pyrenées!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Oh Adele – don’t you just love her?!

Nope I don't  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-rabbit.

Now that's more to my liking!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 18223 times:

Hi Gabriel,

nice first part of your new series! SQ's J Class looks very impressive, it definitely beats numerous airlines' F Class products. However, I'm not sure if I'd like that wide seat. And the screens looks quite small. I had a larger screen on a recent EK J Class flight and I still had to wear my glasses.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The total BCN-SIN-CCU with SQ in Business class cost? 15,000 miles + GBP 326 (cash and tax).

What a bargain!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Valuair (Jetstar Asia) Singapore-Medan (SIN-MES)
Garuda Indonesia Medan-Banda Aceh (MES-BTJ)
Sriwajaya Air Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta (BTJ-MES-CGK)
Lion Air Jakarta-Singapore (CGK-SIN)
Singapore Airlines Singapore-Calcutta (SIN-CCU)
JetLite Bagradora-Calcutta (IXB-CCU)
Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka (CCU-DAC)
Biman Bangladesh Dhaka-Kathmandu (DAC-KTM)
Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok (KTM-BKK)
Thai Airways Bangkok-Frankfurt (BKK-FRA)
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Dusseldorf (FRA-DUS)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Dusseldorf-Billund (DUS-BLL)
Sun-Air (British Airways) Billund-Manchester (BLL-MAN)
British Airways Manchester-London Heathrow (MAN-LHR)

Very impressive! I'm particularly looking forward to the SJ report.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It wasn’t a full glass, but I got two top ups before take off.

But the glass was larger than the typical Champagne glass.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was quite surprised that there was no amenity kit. Instead eye masks and slipper socks were handed out. The last time I flew SQ was in economy in 2009, and they had them then.

That's very disappointing. I got a high-quality amenity kit on my recent EK flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They had every UK chart dating back to the 60s! Oh Adele – don’t you just love her?!

Inspired by EK?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
You would have thought that the sort of customer you want to keep (and the easiest to retain) is one that sends you a letter saying you enjoyed flying them in F. You also would have thought that the easiest way of losing a customer flying in F was to ignore their compliment….

Gabriel, they knew well your one and only intention was to get additional miles or anything else...  

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Yeah I think those kits are quite useless too. Items are rubbish.

Jonas, you should stop to generalize about almost everything. I got a high-quality amenity kit on my recent EK J Class flight - full of useful high-quality items.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 18146 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 6):
Awesome trip report again! SQ C sure looks great!

Thanks!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 6):
The Pyrenees I presume? Sometimes you can pretty up close and personal with them on approach to BCN.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Those are the Pyrenees, if I am not mistaken.

Yes, the Pyrenees

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 6):
12 miles

Ha, forgot to put that it! XX=12 miles!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 6):
That's C? When I saw the thumbnail on Facebook I assumed you were flying F. That sure looks great, and the entire service and experience too. SQ lived up to their reputation!

Yeah, was in C not F, although it did feel like F

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Hi there Gabriel Chew Chew, great report!

Thanks J-J-J-J-Jonas

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
I'm just wondering how many miles you have stacked up with BD? Did you fly to earn them or did you get them via AMEX, or miles purchase?

Mostly via Amex and promotions

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Weren't you able to reserve that cheapskate EZY transferbus? Or do you have to book it months ahead to get a decent price?

That only goes from Central London, not handy for me to get to LTN

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Hmm, what are you implying to as muppets? You mean the fly-once-a-year leisure pax. Quite strange that they were dressed as businessmen if they were going on a holiday. I wouldn't bother with that, at least not when flying a LCC.

Not sure of their travel purpose other than the fact they were taking their sweet time

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Such a shame that the Spanair Lounge is closed, place looked quite nice in the pictures.

Well that would have been in the Schengen but anyway

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Really? I think mornings are quite good to set the dayrhytm with. Jetlag gone after day 2 if you manage to stay awake the whole day

But you can't sleep on the plane as by the time you land in SIN, it about midnight for your body

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Perhaps they thought you were related to Mr. Chew!

Perhaps

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Really? They had seatbelts on LX C, so I'm pretty sure they must've had them on LX F as well?

Ph, maybe they didn, can't remember

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
although the meals not as good as one would expect, at least presentation wise.

Really, I thought the presentation was very nice

Quoting reifel (Reply 8):
what an exciting trip and routing. We'll get a lot to read and I'm looking forward to this!

Yup, interesting routing

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):

On the road - or better: in the air - again

Yeah, can't keep me on the ground for long

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
Quite a contrast with that U2 and SQ flight! I'm glad the SQ C class was to your satisfaction as well as the crew. No robots but genuine human being who care for the pax, that's the way to go.

Yeah, was a nice contrast. SQ sure were good

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
Nope I don't

Maybe you have to be British

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
Now that's more to my liking!

A child at heart!?



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17823 times:

Hi Gab,

very nice report about an amazing product.
Everything just looks wonderful, the hard and the software.
I also liked seeing that they have quite a good choice of cocktails, but still they could have Bombay Sapphire instead of the casual Gordons.

Thanks a lot for sharing!!!
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17799 times:

Hi Gabriel,

thanks for this very enjoyable read on SQ's long BCN-SIN flight. Good explanation why you choosed this route, and for sure, it's more special then from the other SQ origins in Europe imho.
SQ's cabin looks really nice, and like you said, the seat can easily be 'F' classified.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite the plethora of empty gates, we were given a bus stand

Happens always on my EZY to BCN flights. FR has more style at this airport haha

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sun-Air (British Airways) Dusseldorf-Billund (DUS-BLL)

Something I'm planning to do as well real soon, to score that interesting little propper

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Airport article in the easyJet magazine

Some photos in your report are mixed up... you probably noticed already.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Boeing 777-300ER PV-SWD

9V-SWD you mean  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
never had I ever imagined SQ reserving some extra perks for lowly *G, considering they're not even allowed into their own lounges.

Well Jonas, *G probably not... don't count yourself already rich with your A3 card. I guess the airline reserves such cabins for their own frequent flyers. At least, that is what some other airlines do.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):

Yeah I think those kits are quite useless too. Items are rubbish.

Jajaja... typical Jonas again. Why do you make such silly comments all the time.

I am still waiting for the day that you're flying again on a longhaul in J, and the airline will not hand out an amenity kit to you. Then... the world is probably too small and we can read a full paragraph in your report again about 'how bad the airline is'.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
I'm guessing SQ is the only airline to train their cabin staff as barmen

Cabin staff is trained to be there for your safety. To serve you a drink is always an additional item but far less important of course.

Gabriel, I'm already looking forward for your Indonesia adventures

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 925 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17745 times:

Hi Gabriel. What a fantastic report. I have been to that very market in BCN. Brought back memories. I have to say I flew SQ A380 in JCL and it was by far the best experience ever! Cheers, Will


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 17736 times:

Sorry, just realised I missed out one of my better photos (so embarassing!):
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/asia2012/DSCF4238.jpg

The missing 2nd dessert:
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/asia2012/DSCF4347.jpg

And peppermint tea:
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/asia2012/DSCF4348.jpg

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):

nice first part of your new series!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
SQ's J Class looks very impressive, it definitely beats numerous airlines' F Class products.

Yeah, very good C product

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
And the screens looks quite small. I had a larger screen on a recent EK J Class flight and I still had to wear my glasses.

It was large enough....about 15 inches?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
What a bargain!

I know!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
That's very disappointing. I got a high-quality amenity kit on my recent EK flight.

Yeah, I'm surpised they've vanished

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Gabriel, they knew well your one and only intention was to get additional miles or anything else...

Haha, still maybe one day I'll actually buy a F ticket with real money!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 12):
very nice report about an amazing product.

Thanks

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 12):
I also liked seeing that they have quite a good choice of cocktails, but still they could have Bombay Sapphire instead of the casual Gordons.

Yeah, I expected more from them especially as SA served Tanquerary! BA serves Gordons in shorthual Y!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):

thanks for this very enjoyable read on SQ's long BCN-SIN flight

Glad you liked it Eric

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Good explanation why you choosed this route, and for sure, it's more special then from the other SQ origins in Europe imho.

Yeah, nice to try out different departure points for my longhuals. Major ones missing now are LIS, CDG, AMS, ATH, ARN and DME/SVO

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Something I'm planning to do as well real soon, to score that interesting little propper

Better do it soon - I still can't believe they are running a J31 on that route given the prices they charge!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Some photos in your report are mixed up... you probably noticed already.

Yeah, I know  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
9V-SWD you mean

Yup!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 13):
Gabriel, I'm already looking forward for your Indonesia adventures

I've done flight #1 with Garuda - very nice flight; shame it was so short.



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 17398 times:

Hi Gab,

The first time I read this report I had to stop short as the mixed up pictures were just too damn annoying! Now that you've managed to fix most of them it is a much more pleasant read and a fitting opening chapter on another one of your jetsetting, Phileas Fogg -style adventures. Well done.

SQ looks just as impressive as people usually regard them to be. And such a nice plane as well, an excellent choice. You should have a cold one for Diamond Club - just think of all the amazing things they've made possible for you to experience!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to the first part of my spring trip to Asia! I’ll try and keep the prologue succinct, as I know I have a tendency to ramble.

Nothing wrong with rambling - I do the same all the time  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The entire map:

What an impressive itinerary. Looks like another epic trip report series is brewing...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I moved a few books into my hand bag (no weight limit for hand luggage), and I was good to go.

Ahh, this is just so stupid... But now you have no room for any loot you might pick up along the way!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS

Quite impressive seeing the WizzAir operation at LTN. Especially considering that this airport is not a base at all, just a spoke in the network (but with some W pattern flights it acts as a mini hub though).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Fabulous market

Oh yes, I love this place as well, although sometimes during the high summer the smells can be a bit... overwhelming.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Lunch

You made me long for a genuine Spanish seafood paella... so lovely!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I got a poorly timed train back to the airport. Unfortunately the station is at Terminal 2, so I had to stake the shuttle over to T1. The station was woefully inadequate for it’s rather obvious and simple objective. Way too many people in too small a space.

Oh yeah, you should take the bus when going to T2. Faster and a more humane option. It is a bit more expensive but the difference is less than 2 EUR I think. Sadly with the Spanish (not sure about Catalonian but I suspect the same) economy being down the drain I don't think we will see the promised rail line extension any time soon...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There wasn’t much to see in the departures level, so I went down a level to the Miro Lounge.
The lounge was pretty nice – nothing was obviously missing, although I believe you had to pay for showers.

Hmm, this is the non-Schengen Miro, right? Looks a bit familiar but the layout is different to the Schengen one where I was back in November. Offerings seem to be better - drinks are the same but the Schengen one didn't have any food apart from some cookies and nibbles, definitely no prepackaged salads.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
**A bit of trivia about this sector. BCN-SIN in SQ’s longest nonstop flight to Europe, beating LHR-SIN by XX miles**

12 miles. What do I win?!!!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I think this seat definitely beats everyone else’s C class hands down, and probably quite a few F seats.

Now that looks like a proper C class seat!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
all the food for SQ 67’s journey…GRU-BCN-SIN i

That is one seriously long flight! I guess the thru pax can (or must?) disembark at BCN, staying onboard the whole flight would be quite hardcore.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was asked what I would like before takeoff…champagne of course. It wasn’t a full glass, but I got two top ups before take off.

Attaboy!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On some airlines the crew frown at photo taking. Before take off I was spotted by two different crew (including the Leading Steward). What did they do? Insisted on taking my photo, even when I said I didn’t want one! Very photo friendly!

That's the way to do it. I wish all airlines were like this instead of placing some stupid and pointless restrictions on photos for no apparent reason. Actually the other day I was yelled at for taking a photo at a Berlin supermarket, how's that for ridiculousness?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The nearly empty T2 – is BCN one of the few places where FR uses a jetbridge?

It actually happens everywhere in Spain. AENA and MOL had a bit of a fight over it a couple of years ago - Ryanair was of course claiming that it wastes time when pax can't use the back door and they wanted to stop the usage of the jetways but AENA insisted (knowing Spain this was probably due to the Jetway Operator's Union  ) and in the end got they way.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dinner started half an hour after takeoff with some satay (skewered meat with peanut sauce)

Yummy!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Ooh, the cleaners missed something, although at least it wasn’t a bloody tissue this time

But an airshow instead? What an odd thing to misplace!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Plenty of meat and rice – another winner. It was individually plated too – this really is more like F than C.

Funny, I again thought that looked a little nonsubstantial. Enough rice but not that much meat and sauce...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Oh Adele – don’t you just love her?!

No. Give my Amy McDonald any day.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nearly at the Andaman Islands – would love to go there someday

I bet a certain Finnish a.netter would too!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ve never had a seat belt with an airbag in before

Me neither. Should help after the gluttonies you had onboard...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A final turn before our approach into Changi Airport. Years ago I flew into SIN with GF from BAH and the person making the announcement mentioned Singapore’s Shanghai Airport which shocked a few people into listening.

Heh, that's a nice one!


User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17309 times:

Hi Gab!

thanks for sharing your 12 hours of true pampering! Flying Singapore Airlines is a thing I'd love to do one day but I don't think it'll happen very soon unfortunately.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to the first part of my spring trip to Asia! I’ll try and keep the prologue succinct, as I know I have a tendency to ramble.

I'm speaking for myself, but rambling in a TR is always welcome.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
more importantly saved me over GBP 150 in UK departure tax.

That's simply wrong. Not your behaviour, obviously, but the government's. I guess that the purpose of a government should be the one of guaranteeing the welfare of the voters by fostering economic growth and wealth. That's not the case if aviation is concerned, with this fake "green tax" whose only purpose is to curb demand, thus attempting at reducing the need of additional runways which would need an approval that this weak government isn't able to provide.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The lounge was pretty nice – nothing was obviously missing, although I believe you had to pay for showers.

Really?! That's, to use somebody else's words, quite faux!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
How’s this for C class?! I think this seat definitely beats everyone else’s C class hands down, and probably quite a few F seats.

I guess it does! Was this seat manufactured by Poltrona Frau as the Suites on their A388's?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ve never had a seat belt with an airbag in before

That's an interesting add-on, anyone knows how it's supposed to work?

Looking forward to read the rest!

Fabrizio


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 17138 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
The first time I read this report I had to stop short as the mixed up pictures were just too damn annoying! Now that you've managed to fix most of them it is a much more pleasant read and a fitting opening chapter on another one of your jetsetting, Phileas Fogg -style adventures. Well done.

Yeahs, sorry about the photos. I shouldn't have uploaded it so quickly

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
SQ looks just as impressive as people usually regard them to be. And such a nice plane as well, an excellent choice.

Yeah, SQ is really 5*

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Ahh, this is just so stupid... But now you have no room for any loot you might pick up along the way!

My bags are ful, not accepting any more stuff this trip!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
Quite impressive seeing the WizzAir operation at LTN. Especially considering that this airport is not a base at all, just a spoke in the network (but with some W pattern flights it acts as a mini hub though).

LTN is probably busier than more of their real hubs

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
12 miles. What do I win?!!!

I'm afraid Ronberts87 already got that one!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 16):
But an airshow instead? What an odd thing to misplace!

This pictures hould be there....http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/asia2012/DSCF4321.jpg

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
I'm speaking for myself, but rambling in a TR is always welcome.

Glad you like a ramble!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
I guess it does! Was this seat manufactured by Poltrona Frau as the Suites on their A388's?

No idea, sorry



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 16891 times:

Hi Gabriel

Nice report thanks for sharing!
Great that you had the time to visit Barcelona itself, my favourite European city.
SQ looks to be pretty well airline. Indeed the J-class is a product you don't see so much out there!
Great seating, great food, wonderfull service.. What more can you ask for


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16785 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Nice report thanks for sharing!

Ni problem Marc, glad you liked it

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Great that you had the time to visit Barcelona itself, my favourite European city.

Yeah, was very nice to go back to Barcelona after all these years - lovely city

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
SQ looks to be pretty well airline. Indeed the J-class is a product you don't see so much out there!
Great seating, great food, wonderfull service.. What more can you ask for

Indeed a super service on a super flight



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 16494 times:
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Hi Gabriel,
Once again a nice trip report! SQ Business class looks very nice indeed

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Oh Adele – don’t you just love her?!

sure do

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The true joy of jumping time zones….morning drinking without guilt!

haha, very nice!

Looking forward to all your next parts!

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 16439 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for sharing your trip report, really enjoyed reading it. Singapore Airlines services look amazing! Business Class seats seems to close the gap with other airlines First Class seats. However, on paper SQ's J class has around 51'' of seat pitch (compared to a typical long haul J of 60'' pitch), did you feel uncomfortable when the seat was in sleeping position?

Thanks again for posting, very much looking forward to reading the coming parts!

Win


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 16279 times:

Thanks Brendan and Win for ytour comments!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 21):
Once again a nice trip report! SQ Business class looks very nice indeed

Yeah, SQ are a quality act

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 21):
Looking forward to all your next parts!
Quoting win1290 (Reply 22):
Thanks again for posting, very much looking forward to reading the coming parts!

Hopefully Part 2 will be up later today

Quoting win1290 (Reply 22):

Thanks for sharing your trip report, really enjoyed reading it

Thanks

Quoting win1290 (Reply 22):
However, on paper SQ's J class has around 51'' of seat pitch (compared to a typical long haul J of 60'' pitch), did you feel uncomfortable when the seat was in sleeping position?

As you sleep diagonally (hence the big seat width) you have quite a lot of space. However, I could touch the end with my feet quite easiliy. If I were 6 foot or taller, it'd porbably be a bit too small. Being in the front row, the seat felt very spacious - it has a lot more room than other seats.



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 16103 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for this great report on SQ. The explanation on the different mileage zones makes for interesting reading, but just where the logic is, well, who knows?

A nice little error on the IFE before you left "time to destination 12hr, distance 2km", even a tortoise could do it quicker!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided that instead of replacing the charger, I’d take the opportunity to upgrade my camera instead.

And the irony is that it's probably is more economical to do so.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
How’s this for C class?! I think this seat definitely beats everyone else’s C class hands down, and probably quite a few F seats.

Damn. How am I going to cope with 12hrs in economy after seeing that?!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was quite surprised that there was no amenity kit.

That does surprise me. I was banking on there being a basic one in Y, but now you've got me wondering.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I still haven’t heard back from LX. You would have thought that the sort of customer you want to keep (and the easiest to retain) is one that sends you a letter saying you enjoyed flying them in F. You also would have thought that the easiest way of losing a customer flying in F was to ignore their compliment….

Disappointing. Although my written contact with Swiss customer services has never been quite what I would expect.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 16021 times:

Hey Gabe.
Good to get stuck into the start of your next adventure.

Well, the pictures turned out real good with your new equipment. It takes a bit of time to learn but I'm sure you can see some improvement over your old gear?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
**A bit of trivia about this sector. BCN-SIN in SQ’s longest nonstop flight to Europe, beating LHR-SIN by XX miles**

An honour that used to be with the MAN flight until the MUC stop was added.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For my first after take off drink, I went with the signature Singapore Sling. On my last SQ flight I must have got through about five of these. Either they’ve changed the recipe (or they use better quality products in front of the curtain) or I’ve lost my appreciation of sweet drinks – it wasn’t great.

Far as I know the slings in Y are pre-mixed and the J - F - Suites offerings are made in the galley, in-flight.

Really good and comfy looking seat with some good food presented to you also. Nice to hear the crew did not show that robotic style people often talk about. I feel this has become less apparent nowadays from what I read and on my later SQ flights.

Have a nice trip Gabe and I look forward to future instalments.
Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 26, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 15989 times:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 24):

Thanks for this great report on SQ

Glad you liked it!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 24):
And the irony is that it's probably is more economical to do so.

Well, getting the lense cleaned on the old one would have!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 24):
Damn. How am I going to cope with 12hrs in economy after seeing that?!

Just seank through the curtain after lights out!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 24):
That does surprise me. I was banking on there being a basic one in Y, but now you've got me wondering.

In the report posted today MXP-SIN it looks like there still is a Y one

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 25):
Good to get stuck into the start of your next adventure.

Thanks, hope you enjoyed it

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 25):
Well, the pictures turned out real good with your new equipment. It takes a bit of time to learn but I'm sure you can see some improvement over your old gear?

Well, Im enjoying experiements a bit - still haven't worked out the flash yet though!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 25):
Really good and comfy looking seat with some good food presented to you also. Nice to hear the crew did not show that robotic style people often talk about. I feel this has become less apparent nowadays from what I read and on my later SQ flights.

Yeah, great staff now on SQ



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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 27, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 15901 times:

Excellent report Gabriel! Good detail and photos that took me on a trip right there with you!  

It is really difficult -of not impossible- to find a fault on anything related to SQ, and it is quite impressive that this airline actually turned this into a simple fact.

i have flown SQ several times, and i did notice the robotic side, but it was SQ at its very best in my experience. And i found that robotic element to be quite interesting. Everything from the smiles, to the way the service was conducted, to the responses by the crew, and even the smooth way my table was set up for the meal service; it was simply perfect! And nice! But i've also seen SQ on a rainy day as well, and it wasn't the same. Still faultless though, i can't deny that!


I much preferred that J seat on the 77W as opposed to the A380. It seemed more spacious! But i found it to be a little uncomfortable to sleep on, as it was a tad too hard.

Love that thick menu by the way! I hope you took it with you for keeps!  


Thanks a lot for sharing!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 28, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 15842 times:

Hi Gabriel,

what a nice report again from your hands, enjoyed it very much. Looks like that just after your African adventure you are about to do another one to a quite different part of the world, very nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The entire map:

What an awesome routing, well done with the planning. Pretty nice selection of airlines and destinations. I guess it took a while to figure out and plan that route.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Such a cliché, I know. First stop was La Rambla

... and then have a paella, indeed very stereotypical   But why not. Barcelona for sure is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, so nice you have included a visit in your trip. Great pictures of that market hall.

And about SQ, I am really impressed by their service. Singapore Airlines for me have always been a synonym for luxurious and comfortable air travel, so good to see that they are living up to these expectations. That seat looks very comfortable, for sure good for a even 12+ hours flight. And the meals and the cocktails looked very nice as well.

Now looking forward to the next parts of the trip   ...
CaptainRed


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 29, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 15672 times:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Excellent report Gabriel!

Thanks Roni!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
It is really difficult -of not impossible- to find a fault on anything related to SQ, and it is quite impressive that this airline actually turned this into a simple fact.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
I much preferred that J seat on the 77W as opposed to the A380. It seemed more spacious! But i found it to be a little uncomfortable to sleep on, as it was a tad too hard.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Love that thick menu by the way! I hope you took it with you for keeps!

Yes, it's part of my permanent collection now!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):

what a nice report again from your hands, enjoyed it very much

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):
What an awesome routing, well done with the planning. Pretty nice selection of airlines and destinations. I guess it took a while to figure out and plan that route.

Axtually the planning was rather brief - I only booked the SQ flight 2 weeks ahead. Not really enough time, and it was a bit of a stress to get my Indian and Bangladeshi visas in time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 28):
Great pictures of that market hall.

Thanks!



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 30, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 15293 times:

Hi Gabriel,

another excellent report to your usual standards! And another crazy routing!

U2 do the job quite comfortably, when I last used a foreign long haul departure point it was actually BA who were the cheapest to get there   Still, been a while since I flew U2, next one coming up in June.

It's always good to be able to visit the city when transferring, and Barcelona especially. I've still yet to visit.

And SG - well, wow. They certainly haven't lost their class, service level or comfort. Excellent all round.

Thanks for the report!

signol



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 31, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 15172 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 30):

another excellent report to your usual standards!

Thanks!

Quoting signol (Reply 30):
And another crazy routing!

Of course

Quoting signol (Reply 30):
It's always good to be able to visit the city when transferring, and Barcelona especially. I've still yet to visit.

You shoudl definately visit BCN - lovely city

Quoting signol (Reply 30):
And SG - well, wow. They certainly haven't lost their class, service level or comfort. Excellent all round.

They certainly haven't. Definately still top dog.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6496 posts, RR: 55
Reply 32, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 14968 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for an interesting report with great pictures !

SQ looks very impressive here especially with the wide seat. I just wonder what would be so different in F except for perhaps better food ? I guess their C class is so impressive that there's no need for F.

I had the same type of seat belt on my recent CX flight in Y on a 77W. I had never seen that before.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
there were a LOT of muppets

Interesting quote. In Sweden this term is used as (used to be?) a derogatory term of mentally challenged people.....

Very impressive overall itinerary! I guess your are a full time traveller now!

The777Man



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5133 posts, RR: 55
Reply 33, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 14905 times:

Hi, Gabriel,

pretty good to follow you´re intro for the great Asia trip.
Also nice pictures from BCN, sure a good reminder to my last visit.
These SQ biz flight looks like really nice.
That seems difficult to me to stay awake with such an full service on offer to use and a nightflight.

Looking for part two now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 34, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 14528 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 32):
Thanks for an interesting report with great pictures !

Thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 32):
SQ looks very impressive here especially with the wide seat. I just wonder what would be so different in F except for perhaps better food ? I guess their C class is so impressive that there's no need for F.

Yeah, I guess with such a great C, F loads might have taken a hit?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 32):
Interesting quote. In Sweden this term is used as (used to be?) a derogatory term of mentally challenged people.....

Interesting to know. I was using it in the British sense of someone that just doesn't have a clue despite being "normal".

Quoting The777Man (Reply 32):
Very impressive overall itinerary! I guess your are a full time traveller now!

I guess so!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 33):
pretty good to follow you´re intro for the great Asia trip.

Thanks!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 33):
These SQ biz flight looks like really nice.

Yeah, very nice flight with SQ



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User currently offlinethemit9 From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 12416 times:

Hi gabrielchew,

Excellent report, I read this report before embarking on my SQ A380 experience, but wasn't a member of A.net back then and couldn't respond. It would be a dream to one day fly around the world with SQ on the 77W and A380 in C. Your trip puts mine to shame...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was greeted by the Leading Steward and shown just three rows down to my seat, 11A. walking through First class, I didn’t think that the seats loked very different to those Swiss have in F. The big difference is in business though. How’s this for C class?! I think this seat definitely beats everyone else’s C class hands down, and probably quite a few F seats.

What is the main difference between C and F? Both are configured 1-2-1. F looks to have a slightly better seat pitch but I wonder how easy it is to justify the extra cost?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Bulkhead seats are quite a bit more spacious than regular ones. The bed/seat are the same, but the TV monitor is about 30cm closer to you (about where the aisle partition is). The seat is incredibly wide. Unless you hae incredibly long arms, you can’t rest both arms on the arm rest simultaneously, which is why they given you a little leather cushion, as well as a pillow.

I don't think they originally had that leather cushion, but I had it on the A380 and it works very well because you set the width of the seat to your needs and you can enjoy a range of seating positions. I moved away from the bulkhead on the A380 due to the fact that the seat is narrower as the fuselage tapers (I wanted every inch of the widest seat I've ever flown in). Looks worth it though on the 77W for more room.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I should take a moment and mention the staff. In a word, WONDERFUL! With a few very minor exceptions, all the staff I met were faultless. On my trip to Africa I was addressed by name ONCE on 13 First and Business class flights. On SQ every single member of staff called me by name every time they interacted with me throughout the flight. Two of the staff also introduced themselves to me as well. Nothing seemed too much for them. In the past they have had quite a bit of flak thrown their way from people calling them robotic and boring. I don’t think these bunch could be further from that at all.

I felt that they were robotic, as in they followed a proven script. But the script is perfect and is followed to the letter, so that was more than fine by me (even though when you get on MH and have personal touches you get blown away). What impressed me was that I didn't need to be sitting in my seat to be called by name, if I went to the galley for the bathroom etc. they would say 'This way Mr. themit9' and similar. It's just a really solid product that I feel I could rely on because they follow the script so well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was quite surprised that there was no amenity kit. Instead eye masks and slipper socks were handed out.

MH gave me an amenity kit for an 8 hour day flight, it's a major dissapointment. Even though I, like you only use the lip balm and a couple of other things it's great to walk down memory lane. Plus, when I go away I choose a bag to take with me.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
For my first after take off drink, I went with the signature Singapore Sling.

I meant to have one of those, and then remembered on the flight as we were on final approach into Changi. Next flight was an early flight, so it didn't seem right. I'll have to fly with SQ again just to try it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Dinner started half an hour after takeoff with some satay (skewered meat with peanut sauce)

Looks great in your picture...up there with MH's...would love to do a taste test but it wasn't offered on my flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I didn’t like the table. It was too big (and couldn’t be halved) and was too low to be able to eat with the seat slightly reclined. I compromised by having it at a slant.

Was yours height-adjustible? Mine was on the A380 but if you bumped it, it would end up on your knees. Don't think we had the rotation option.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I finally managed to get some sleep. I woke up briefly during a jolt of strong turbulence over Kandahar, before sleeping a bit more to the Indian border.

I'll have to do a long night flight just to test out sleeping on that bed. I used to be able to get about 6 hours in those recliner J seats, didn't go so well on the one J night flight I've had since then on the lie-flat seats of Thai, so it would be interesting to try the full flat experience.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I checked out the music available, and listened to their 2011 chart.

The charts were a great feature, I tuned into the 2001 chart for the memories. Pity they old had the top 10 though.

Thanks again for a great report,

themit9


User currently offlineLAX888 From Singapore, joined Oct 2010, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12061 times:

Hi Gabriel

Thanks for that great report!

I have a question though, you mentioned that you asked about an arrivals lounge in SIN? Did you visit it? I was looking on the SQ website and reading on flyertalk but it seems there is no arrivals lounge in SIN   You can only visit the lounges if you have an onward SQ connection according to various sources.

Thanks for the clarification!

Again it was a pleasure to read!!!

Nick


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 18
Reply 37, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11051 times:

Hi Gabriel

Thanks for the interesting report. Must have been of a bit of a clash of cultures to fly to BCN with Easyjet and then transfer onto Singapore Airlines Business Class. Nothing wrong with Easyjet, but it is a very different product.

I like the pictures you took in Luton. It's been many years since I used the airport last and it seems to have changed considerably in the meantime. Now it actually starts to look like an airport.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite the plethora of empty gates, we were given a bus stand

Are those ground vehicles Easyjet branded only, or does the airline actually have its own ground handling in Barcelona?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There wasn’t much to see in the departures level, so I went down a level to the Miro Lounge.

Was this a Spanair lounge or a contractor lounge?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8493 posts, RR: 55
Reply 38, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10298 times:
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Great read GC, finally found the time to read this part!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I still had some miles left with BD, so it made sense to use them

- Indeed, a good idea, burn most of mine already!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The total BCN-SIN-CCU with SQ in Business class cost? 15,000 miles + GBP 326 (cash and tax).

- A steal!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
You may recall during my Greek Tragedy my camera charger broke? I decided that instead of replacing the charger, I’d take the opportunity to upgrade my camera instead. As I’m not good with manuals, and the camera has a lot of knobs and dials, I’m still getting to grips with using it

- Sounds like me, can't be bothered to read the manuals.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was asked what I would like before takeoff…champagne of course. It wasn’t a full glass, but I got two top ups before take off.

- I should hope so with these tiny amounts.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I asked for the red wine to be taken away (I don’t drink much red), but instead a few minutes later it was returned refilled. Turns out I quite enjoyed sipping it watching the end of Tintin

- Red is the way to go Gabs, did you know it counts as part of your 5 a day  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
even if I was too scared to eat all the chillis.

- I drink Cayenne Chilli powder as part of my breakfast routine.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ve never had a seat belt with an airbag in before

- VS have these in their emergency exit seats in Y.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 39, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9870 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting themit9 (Reply 35):

Excellent report

Thanks

Quoting themit9 (Reply 35):
What is the main difference between C and F? Both are configured 1-2-1. F looks to have a slightly better seat pitch but I wonder how easy it is to justify the extra cost?

Well, F has a bit more space, and I guess the service and catering are even more excellent

Quoting themit9 (Reply 35):
they would say 'This way Mr. themit9' and similar. It's just a really solid product that I feel I could rely on because they follow the script so well

Indeed, the script is great

Quoting themit9 (Reply 35):
Was yours height-adjustible? Mine was on the A380 but if you bumped it, it would end up on your knees. Don't think we had the rotation option.

I don't think it was height adjustable, at least I didn't manage to work it

Quoting LAX888 (Reply 36):
Thanks for that great report!

No problem

Quoting LAX888 (Reply 36):
I have a question though, you mentioned that you asked about an arrivals lounge in SIN? Did you visit it? I was looking on the SQ website and reading on flyertalk but it seems there is no arrivals lounge in SIN You can only visit the lounges if you have an onward SQ connection according to various sources.

No, there isn't a lounge in SIN on arrival.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 37):

Thanks for the interesting report

No problem

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 37):
Must have been of a bit of a clash of cultures to fly to BCN with Easyjet and then transfer onto Singapore Airlines Business Class. Nothing wrong with Easyjet, but it is a very different product.

lucky I was going the "correct" way, so it was an easy change!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 37):
I like the pictures you took in Luton. It's been many years since I used the airport last and it seems to have changed considerably in the meantime. Now it actually starts to look like an airport.

Yeah, it's getting nicer

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 37):
Are those ground vehicles Easyjet branded only, or does the airline actually have its own ground handling in Barcelona?

Not sure, I doubt they have their own handling

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 37):
Was this a Spanair lounge or a contractor lounge?

Don't know

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 38):
Great read GC,

Thanks Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 38):
- A steal!

Indeed

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 38):
- Red is the way to go Gabs, did you know it counts as part of your 5 a day

Ha, I don't think so  !

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 38):
- I drink Cayenne Chilli powder as part of my breakfast routine.

Interesting....what do you have it with?



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