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A Great Way To Fly Indeed!–Pt.1-SIN-HKG On SQ 77W  
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 103 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11561 times:

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Good day all, and welcome to my 5th trip report. (This is the 3rd trip report that I'm posting, but I have already completed 2 more which I've been lazy to post  ) This trip report is the first part of 2 where I would fly to Hong Kong and take the final Singapore Airlines B747-400 flight back to Singapore. I usually don’t ‘split’ up reports into parts, but this is such a special and momentous occasion that I decided to do so. Hope you would enjoy reading this, as much as I have enjoyed writing, and experiencing it. Thank you!

Background


The idea of going to Hong Kong began in late December, when my younger cousin who was working as an intern in a travel agency mentioned to me that between February and April, Singapore Airlines was to have a special flight to commemorate the Queen of the Skies- The Boeing 747-400. He said it was a piece of info not to be leaked out to others, and I did not tell anyone as such. However, in order to be sure to make it for the trip since the departure date was unknown, I could not work full time temporarily, so I began looking out for temporarily event jobs, to ensure that I have the cash to pay for the trip, and the time to make it for the trip.

It was around late January or early February this year, when rumours of this commemorative flight spread around. I nearly dropped the idea of going when I was told that an Economy Class ticket could cost nearly SGD 2000 due to goodies and was only available for a short period of time. However, a few days before the Singapore Air Show 2012 (Public Days), I was alerted on Facebook that tickets were available on sale, and the flight was to be held on 6th of April, which happens to be Good Friday. This was 1 day before the details was announced publicly. I checked the price of a 1-way ticket on that day, and it came out to be around SGD 800+ inclusive of tax. I hadn’t thought of buying 2-way tickets at that time though, as I was thinking of going there with a budget carrier and flying the final flight back for some weird reason. It was quite expensive, so I contemplated for a day.

After it was announced in the local media, I went to sq.com to check again. The price actually dropped! A 1-way ticket cost slightly over SGD 700, which was pretty reasonable. I then tried to convince my parents to let me go. I could tell they weren’t really for the idea of me going alone, but they said since it was my money, I should think carefully. I made up my mind (to go), but as I tried using sq.com, there was an error, and I could not even see the flights available! I was quite panicky, and I called the ticketing hotline at around 0150 in the morning, trying to find out the situation, and hoping it wasn’t fully booked. After a few tries, I finally got through, but to my disappointment (at the point of time), I was told that flights originating from Hong Kong (1 way) could only be booked from the HK office or something, and he even said that SQ 748 was FULLY BOOKED. I was so disheartened that I went to sleep immediately.

I woke up the next day to find that the SQ e-booking system was working again, and I could check out flights and availability. I then tried to find 2-way tickets, and to my pleasant surprise, I was quoted SGD 624.30 for a 3 or 4-day trip! I wanted to try a B777-300ER for the first time (and hoping to get 9V-SWI), so I sacrificed the flight timings, and was booked on flight SQ 866 and SQ 748 quite effortlessly. I did not manage to get a window seat though, but at least, I was going to be on the FINAL flight! This would be the first time that I would be travelling alone too, and it was a LOONNNG wait for 3rd of April to arrive. This would be my First Ever solo trip overseas.

I was hoping to get on 9V-SWI, the first Star Alliance plane in SQ’s fleet that has a white tail. However, I had been tracking the flight the day before, and it would be in Narita when the flight was made, so all hope had gone. My flight was to be operated by 9V-SWO, a 4-year old aircraft.

Pre-flight


I have long wanted to experience travelling alone, so to add to the experience, I’ve asked my mum to accompany me to the airport taking the public bus instead of her sending me by car. We reached Terminal 3 in just 7 minutes or so. Now, this is my first time checking in at Terminal 3. For the past few years, I’ve been checking in at Terminal 1. I haven’t been on Singapore Airlines since 2001, when I had flown on Business Class (Using my dad’s miles) to Shanghai Hongqiao and back with my family. We proceeded to Check-in Row 3, and there was no queue at all, so I was done in a jiffy.

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Checking in for my flight


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Boarding pass and baggage check receipt in hand, I'm all set to proceed air-side!


I had pre-booked my window seat 37K, so no issues there. After a hug (lol), my mum and I parted ways.

I had initially wanted to check-in early to catch that Royal Brunei B762 V8-MHB, but I missed it. I still spent time spotting arrivals for around 45 minutes, and it was time to proceed to gate B9 for boarding.

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A panning shot of my aircraft 9V-SWO from HKG as SQ 001 on Rwy 20R


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9V-SWO taxi-ing towards Gate B9


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9V-SRI, B772 in Star Alliance livery making her way onto the taxiway after arriving as SQ 941 from DPS


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My gate is around 16 minutes away


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Finally reached my gate! SQ 866 is preparing for boarding


It was around this time when I received the news that Singapore Airline’s newest A380 (9V-SKQ) was due from TLS soon, and a Dragonair A320 was to be parked near our gate.

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My ride for today, a 4 year old B777-300ER 9V-SWO looking great in the sunlight


There was a queue forming to get inside the holding room, but security was fast, and it was my turn soon. It doesn’t seem as though it would be a full flight, as the waiting area was quite empty as compared to other flights that I’ve been on. Boarding was called, but SQ380 hasn’t arrived yet, so I continued waiting. There were barely a few people left in the area when SKQ finally made her appearance. I then began walking towards the aerobridge on board 9V-SWO, who had just arrived from SFO via HKG as SQ 1.

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SQ380 finally arrives from TLS. This is the delivery flight of SQ's newest A380, 9V-SKQ


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Flight KA8066, Dragonair's A320 B-HSK arriving from SDK taxi-ing to Gate C20. No idea what it's here for


Sector 1


Date: 3rd April 2012
Sector: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) – Hong Kong- Chep Lap Kok International (HKG)
Distance: 2569km
Singapore Airlines Flight: SQ 866
Gate: B9 (T3)
Aircraft: 9V-SWO, B777-312ER
Delivered to SQ: 28-03-2008
Seat: 37K

SDT (ADT): 1330 (1341)
SAT (AAT): 1715 (1723)
Journey: 3hrs 42mins

1st flight on 9V-SWO
1st B777-300ER flight
8th B777 flight
1st time on SQ 77W
7th time on SQ
10th airline


Boarding


I was welcome by the purser, who greeted me by surname (after looking at my boarding pass of course). I made my way to my window seat 37K, and there was one guy seating on the aisle seat, but no one was in the middle seat. With my DSLR in hand, I settled down onto my seat. Load today was around 90% in Y, and the seat pitch was very acceptable.

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My entertainment for the next 3 hours  


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The mandatory legroom shot


The lunch menu was distributed at 1322, a while before pushback. As with all Singapore Airlines flights, hot towels was served too. Boarding was completed at 1326, and the pilot informed us that weather along the way was expected to be occasionally cloudy. A Vietnam Airlines A321 was parked beside us, but it departed soon and a SriLankan A332 made her way into B8, after arrival from CMB. Finally, at 1341, we were push backed, and the safety video was shown.

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You can see B-HSK parked at C20, along with the famous words 'Singapore Changi Airport'


We were to depart from Runway 20C today, so it would mean a taxi past the Viewing Mall/Central Apron via North Cross 3. We held short of Echo Papa, as a AirAsia with the ‘Amazing’ special livery sped down the runway for departure. Next in line were us, ahead of a Firefly ATR-72 and a Jetstar A320 who have been waiting for a while. We made a turn into the active, thundered down the runway, and lifted off at 1357 for our expected 3 hours and 20 minutes flying time to Hong Kong.

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The famous view of the East Coast area, but we are heading in the other direction


In-flight


Drinks service began half an hour into the flight. As usual, my welcome drink was Orange Juice. Packets of peanuts were given out too.

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Peanuts and my favourite OJ. Oh, and the notebook which I use to record down stuff as well


Krisworld Entertainment was turned on, and as with all aviation enthusiasts, I checked out the airshow first, before anything else. Krisworld has a wide selection of movies available on demand, but I’ve watched most of the good ones back in Singapore.

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KrisWorld's main screen


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Proceeding to my favourite part of IFE- the airshow  


In the end, I settled for War Horse, which I haven’t had the chance to watch it in Singapore, but was recommended by my parents. It is a movie directed by Steven Spielberg, about how Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry, and Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. It was indeed a great movie, and I certainly wasn’t surprised to see it being nominated for 6 Oscars.

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View of the cabin


Around an hour after pushback, the flight attendants came around for the meal service. The international selection (Fried fish with vegetables and potatoes) and oriental selection (Hainanese Pork Chop) were available.

The menu

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I settled for the latter. It turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten up in the air. It was served with fried rice and fries, and it was piping hot, and very tasty. It really tasted like the authentic version. I even gobbled down the appetizer, which was soya chicken with beancurd and peanut salad, something that I don’t usually do.

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My fantastic meal!


I accompanied the main course with a cup of Apple juice, and a pineapple cookie, which was a delightful touch. It was an absolutely fantastic meal alongside a fantastic movie. And I hadn’t even mentioned anything about the service yet.

Every single steward and stewardess were smiling throughout the flight, maintaining eye contact, while chatting with the passengers. They were certainly busy, but not once did they let the smile fade off their face. They had many requests, but they accomplished every single one of them cheerfully. I then asked for a pack of playing cards, and in the blink of an eye, the stewardess came back with one for me. The rest of the journey was spent watching the movie while the aircraft was cruising at FL390. We encountered some mild turbulence, but there were nothing else. At 1645, we commenced descent.

Some nice views along the way

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Approaching Hong Kong


Nearing HKG, the sky turned grey, and visibility was severely reduced.

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Just moments away from touching down on 7L in a very hazy HKIA


We touched down on Runway 07L at 1723, bringing an end to the flying time of 3 hours and 26 minutes. The aircraft made her way to Gate 26 of a busy HKIA.

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Parked at Gate 26 beside one of the many CI flights to TPE


For the first time, I waited for most of the passengers to disembark first, before I went around and took some photos of the interior.

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A near empty middle section


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A different view


I asked a pretty stewardess ‘for permission’ to photograph the Business Class cabin, and she replied cheerfully, ‘Of course sir!’ before she asked, ‘Would you like a photo of yourself too?’ I accepted naturally ☺.

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The Business class cabin


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I don't like to take photos of myself, but how could I reject the offer of the beautiful Singapore Girl?


I thanked them for the services, and made my way out. The stewardesses and airport staff were helping some elderly out of the aircraft and on wheelchairs, so I waited awhile for them to be done, and walked into the main terminal, where I did some minor spotting (AI 77L, LX 343), before proceeding to the immigrations.

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Air India B777-200LR VT-ALG


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Swiss International A340-300 HB-JMA


There was a long queue, and I waited for around 20 minutes before it was my turn. I found my luggage by the time I reached the belt. I bought some snacks and had a mini-dinner at Burger King while waiting for the shuttle bus to Gold Coast (with a lot of the Cathay Pacific flight attendants and pilots).

Impressions


My first Singapore Airlines experience in 11 years (and 1 that I can remember) is certainly a memorable one. A pleasant booking system (with the exception of that one time that had me scrambling for the phone), a fast and efficient check in, great aircraft with a very nice in-flight product, impressive food, very friendly and courteous flight attendants, it was indeed A GREAT WAY TO FLY. Thank you Singapore Airlines, and well done! You guys are certainly the pride of our small country!

To be continued in Part 2, which is of course, the main event, the FINAL FLIGHT OF SINGAPORE AIRLINES' B747-400!

P.S Will post some photos I took in Hong Kong later on (Mostly spotting though).

Thanks for reading,
yapple

Past trip reports
1. Aloha! From SIN To HNL/ITO (and Back) On CI And YV (Jan 10)
2. Flying The Classic 734 To Bali On GA (Apr 10)

9 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 10779 times:

Hi

Interesting trip report, thanks for sharing.
Singapore Airlines does indeed look superior compared to most Euro's/gulf carriers.
Have yet made my maiden SQ voyage, but will do so sooner or later.
Looking forward to the next part!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 10745 times:

Yo!

Nice to know that you had a nice first flight with SQ in 11 years!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Every single steward and stewardess were smiling throughout the flight, maintaining eye contact, while chatting with the passengers. They were certainly busy, but not once did they let the smile fade off their face. They had many requests, but they accomplished every single one of them cheerfully. I then asked for a pack of playing cards, and in the blink of an eye, the stewardess came back with one for me.

Now this I'm REALLY envious with! The crew on my first SQ (or at least those serving my aisle) flight (SQ 619) were like walking Madame Tussauds waxworks. Obviously KIX-SIN has a longer flight time than SIN-HKG, yet your crew doesn't sound rushed at all in going about their duties but mine were. Oh well.. looking forward to Part 2 of this TR!

Regards,
Hafiz


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9981 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
Hi

Interesting trip report, thanks for sharing.
Singapore Airlines does indeed look superior compared to most Euro's/gulf carriers.
Have yet made my maiden SQ voyage, but will do so sooner or later.
Looking forward to the next part!

Greetings
Marc

Hi Marc,
Thanks for dropping by. I didn't hear the best of stuff regarding SQ recently (before my flight), so I was 'blown away' actually. You should make one soon! Next part is on the way, just need to sort out some pictures.

Yap

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 2):
Nice to know that you had a nice first flight with SQ in 11 years!

Hi Hafiz,
Thanks for reading. Yeah, I've forgotten what SQ is all about...

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 2):
Now this I'm REALLY envious with! The crew on my first SQ (or at least those serving my aisle) flight (SQ 619) were like walking Madame Tussauds waxworks. Obviously KIX-SIN has a longer flight time than SIN-HKG, yet your crew doesn't sound rushed at all in going about their duties but mine were. Oh well.. looking forward to Part 2 of this TR!

Haha! Maybe I'm just lucky...but the service was fantastic on my return flight (SQ 748) too! So I don't think mine's a one-off.

Yap


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9801 times:

Hi WH,

great report with many nice pictures, well done! Good to see you enjoyed SQ's 77W. I tried the bird on the MUC-MAN-MUC run.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
This is the 3rd trip report that I'm posting, but I have already completed 2 more which I've been lazy to post

That's not a proper excuse!  

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I usually don’t ‘split’ up reports into parts, but this is such a special and momentous occasion that I decided to do so.

I think it's better to split up reports in order to reduce loading times.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Hope you would enjoy reading this

I certainly did!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I was hoping to get on 9V-SWI, the first Star Alliance plane in SQ’s fleet that has a white tail.

I'm wondering why they chose that ugly white tail for 9V-SWI. I prefer the black tail on 9V-SRI and 9V-SYE (which I got on a DXB-SIN flight two years ago).

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I had initially wanted to check-in early to catch that Royal Brunei B762 V8-MHB, but I missed it.

Interesting visitor!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
SQ380 finally arrives from TLS. This is the delivery flight of SQ's newest A380, 9V-SKQ

Nice!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):

1st flight on 9V-SWO
1st B777-300ER flight
8th B777 flight
1st time on SQ 77W
7th time on SQ
10th airline

I'm sure I have seen a similar layout here before...  

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I settled for the latter. It turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten up in the air. It was served with fried rice and fries, and it was piping hot, and very tasty. It really tasted like the authentic version. I even gobbled down the appetizer, which was soya chicken with beancurd and peanut salad, something that I don’t usually do.

That meal looks very good!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Every single steward and stewardess were smiling throughout the flight, maintaining eye contact, while chatting with the passengers. They were certainly busy, but not once did they let the smile fade off their face. They had many requests, but they accomplished every single one of them cheerfully. I then asked for a pack of playing cards, and in the blink of an eye, the stewardess came back with one for me.

Very impressive.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
To be continued in Part 2, which is of course, the main event, the FINAL FLIGHT OF SINGAPORE AIRLINES' B747-400!

P.S Will post some photos I took in Hong Kong later on (Mostly spotting though).

I'm looking forward to see that report!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 9511 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Hi WH,

great report with many nice pictures, well done! Good to see you enjoyed SQ's 77W. I tried the bird on the MUC-MAN-MUC run.

Hi PH, thanks for dropping by! Thanks for the comments! How was your 5th freedom flight?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
That's not a proper excuse!  

Haha, guilty...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I think it's better to split up reports in order to reduce loading times.

Perhaps I should do that for my next reports (or the current ones which I've been 'lazy' to post)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I certainly did!

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I'm wondering why they chose that ugly white tail for 9V-SWI. I prefer the black tail on 9V-SRI and 9V-SYE (which I got on a DXB-SIN flight two years ago).

You're lucky! Love getting onto 'special liveried planes'. (The only special liveried plane that I've been on is CX's OneWorld A333 B-HLU last year. For some reason, I like the white tail for -SWI though, must be one of the only few people. 
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I'm sure I have seen a similar layout here before...  

It's a good way to record stats! And of course it's familiar, haha...(for obvious reasons   )

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
That meal looks very good!

Tastes even better!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Very impressive.

I'm surprised too!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I'm looking forward to see that report!

Thanks, would do so when I have the time!

Once again, thanks for reading.

Yap


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 9353 times:

Greetings CPL (NS) Yap!

Congrats on having a chance to be part of history - the last ever flight of the Singapore Airlines B747!

The way you wrote about acquiring the tickets reminds me of how "kan chiong" you were on the day of the airshow.   Interesting that the plane from SQ 1 will operate SQ 866, back to HKG again. SQ 866 is the first ever flight that I remember flying on, coincidentally on a SQ B747-400. It's definitely not an everyday sight to be seeing KA in SIN, must be a charter flight of some sort.

SQ's new interior looks fresh as usual despite being 6 years since its introduction. The meal looks neatly placed on the tray - Looks more like a short haul J class meal you'd see!

Looking forward to part 2 (and your load of backlogs!)

Regards,
Daniel

P.S. You seem to love wearing orange huh?



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 9088 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

Hi yapple, nice trip report! I also flew up to HKG a bit earlier (SQ856 on the 4th) to catch SQ748 on the way back. Looking at your photo, I think I might have seen you on SQ748, too bad we didn't get a chance to talk.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Now, this is my first time checking in at Terminal 3. For the past few years, I’ve been checking in at Terminal 1
Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I haven’t been on Singapore Airlines since 2001

Same here. I've bid people farewell at T3 numerous times (and even went through T3 immigration for a T1 flight) but never boarded the aircraft from T3 until my A388 flight to HKG the other day. For me, it has been 10 years since I last flew on SQ despite the numerous trips in and out of SIN.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
SQ380 finally arrives from TLS. This is the delivery flight of SQ's newest A380, 9V-SKQ

I was hoping to get on that one, but had to settle for 9V-SKR.  
Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
As usual, my welcome drink was Orange Juice. Packets of peanuts were given out too.

Interesting to see that you got a pre-meal service. The crew on my SQ856 flight seemed to have forgotten about that. I subsequently thought the pre-meal service was another victim of cost-cutting measures. But after getting one on SQ748 and reading about your experience leads me to believe that it's either not offered on morning flights or was just skipped completely per the crew's discretion.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Every single steward and stewardess were smiling throughout the flight, maintaining eye contact, while chatting with the passengers. They were certainly busy, but not once did they let the smile fade off their face. They had many requests, but they accomplished every single one of them cheerfully
Quoting airbusmango (Reply 2):
Now this I'm REALLY envious with! The crew on my first SQ (or at least those serving my aisle) flight (SQ 619) were like walking Madame Tussauds waxworks. Obviously KIX-SIN has a longer flight time than SIN-HKG, yet your crew doesn't sound rushed at all in going about their duties but mine were.

The popular debate is whether the service on SQ is genuine or robotic. After reading many trip reports and experiences from others over the years, I've formed the opinion that the SQ crew truly serve from their hearts rather than by the handbook. Perhaps I set the bar a bit too high, but the crew I got on SQ856 can be comparable to the crew airbusmango described. A bit too robotic and rushed, but they did get their jobs done.

The crew on SQ748, however, more than made up for it. Makes me believe that the robotic SQ crew do exist but are probably few and far between.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I asked a pretty stewardess ‘for permission’ to photograph the Business Class cabin, and she replied cheerfully, ‘Of course sir!’ before she asked, ‘Would you like a photo of yourself too?’ I accepted naturally ☺.

On the contrary, one of the flight attendants on my SQ856 flight told me that I needed permission from SQ to take photos. Yep, I'm sure all 337 of us on SQ748 applied for and were granted permission for onboard photography.  

Looking forward to your perspective of SQ748!


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8704 times:

Quoting initious (Reply 6):
Greetings CPL (NS) Yap!

Congrats on having a chance to be part of history - the last ever flight of the Singapore Airlines B747!

The way you wrote about acquiring the tickets reminds me of how "kan chiong" you were on the day of the airshow.   Interesting that the plane from SQ 1 will operate SQ 866, back to HKG again. SQ 866 is the first ever flight that I remember flying on, coincidentally on a SQ B747-400. It's definitely not an everyday sight to be seeing KA in SIN, must be a charter flight of some sort.

SQ's new interior looks fresh as usual despite being 6 years since its introduction. The meal looks neatly placed on the tray - Looks more like a short haul J class meal you'd see!

Looking forward to part 2 (and your load of backlogs!)

P.S. You seem to love wearing orange huh?

Hi PTE Daniel,

Of course, it's the truth what regarding how i got my tickets  . I found out that the KA was here because of a ferry incident that happened near SDK or something and 1 Dragonair + 4 Royal Brunei Airlines a/c were chartered to ferry the cruise passengers the day after the ferry reached SDK.

Not too sure about it being a short haul J class meal, but it was nice nonetheless!

Only have 2 Orange shirts, it just so happened that I was wearing Orange during the Air Show and for this flight  .

Quoting je89_w (Reply 7):
Hi yapple, nice trip report! I also flew up to HKG a bit earlier (SQ856 on the 4th) to catch SQ748 on the way back. Looking at your photo, I think I might have seen you on SQ748, too bad we didn't get a chance to talk.

Hi Jerrold,

I know some spotters/enthusiasts were on board the same flight as you. I saw you on SQ748 a couple of times, but i doubt most would recognise me.

Quoting je89_w (Reply 7):
Same here. I've bid people farewell at T3 numerous times (and even went through T3 immigration for a T1 flight) but never boarded the aircraft from T3 until my A388 flight to HKG the other day. For me, it has been 10 years since I last flew on SQ despite the numerous trips in and out of SIN.

T3 immigration for a T1 flight? Why would you do that?

Quoting je89_w (Reply 7):
I was hoping to get on that one, but had to settle for 9V-SKR.

How was the 2nd newest A380?  
Quoting je89_w (Reply 7):
Interesting to see that you got a pre-meal service. The crew on my SQ856 flight seemed to have forgotten about that. I subsequently thought the pre-meal service was another victim of cost-cutting measures. But after getting one on SQ748 and reading about your experience leads me to believe that it's either not offered on morning flights or was just skipped completely per the crew's discretion.

Seriously? My dad nearly always takes SQ856 when he flies to HKG but I've never heard of him saying that it is lacking in anything (ie pre-meal service etc). In fact, he likes taking SQ856 so much...

Quoting je89_w (Reply 7):
The popular debate is whether the service on SQ is genuine or robotic. After reading many trip reports and experiences from others over the years, I've formed the opinion that the SQ crew truly serve from their hearts rather than by the handbook. Perhaps I set the bar a bit too high, but the crew I got on SQ856 can be comparable to the crew airbusmango described. A bit too robotic and rushed, but they did get their jobs done.

The crew on SQ748, however, more than made up for it. Makes me believe that the robotic SQ crew do exist but are probably few and far between.

Yeah, I was curious to see if the crew were as robotic as some people commented to be, so I did not have high hopes for the service. Maybe it's because of this, that I'm (SO) impressed with those 2 flights.

Quoting je89_w (Reply 7):
On the contrary, one of the flight attendants on my SQ856 flight told me that I needed permission from SQ to take photos. Yep, I'm sure all 337 of us on SQ748 applied for and were granted permission for onboard photography.  

Looking forward to your perspective of SQ748!

He/she really said that? Haha!

Would be done soon! Just need to sort out the photos.

Once again, thanks for reading!

Yap


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Quoting yapple (Reply 8):
T3 immigration for a T1 flight? Why would you do that?

Had someone else traveling with me but on different airlines, leaving at the same time.

Quoting yapple (Reply 8):
Seriously? My dad nearly always takes SQ856 when he flies to HKG but I've never heard of him saying that it is lacking in anything (ie pre-meal service etc). In fact, he likes taking SQ856 so much...

No joke man, I've been pretty good about documenting (edible) things I get in-flight, and I was especially vigilant on SQ, having not flown with them for a decade before that flight.


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