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Part 4: SQ Singapore-Calcutta, A330 Business Class  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
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Part 4: Singapore Airlines Singapore-Calcutta, A330 Business Class

Welcome to the fourth part of my spring trip to Asia!

The entire map:
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This report’s map:


Previous flights:
easyJet London Luton-Barcelona
Singapore Airlines Barcelona-Singapore, Business Class on the 77W
Valuair/Jetsiar Asia Singapore-Medan
Garuda Indonesia Medan-Banda Aceh
Sriwijiaya Air, Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta with the 734 and a fuel leak
Lion Air, Jakarta-Singapore on the Boeing 737-900ER

Flights to come:
Spicejet Calcutta-Bagdogra (CCU-IXB)
JetKonnect Bagdogra-Calcutta (IXB-CCU)
Biman Bangladesh Calcutta-Dhaka (CCU-DAC)
United Airways Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar (DAC-CXB)*
Regent Airways Chittagong-Dhaka (CGP-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’ve added two domestic flights in Bangladesh after I moved my international flight around a bit

I’ll pick up where I left off at the end of my Lion Air flight from Jakarta into Singapore Changi’s Terminal 1. Wanting to maximise time in both Indonesia and India, but not wanting to cut my self-made connection too tight, I scheduled a 7 hour stopover in Singapore – just enough time to meet up with a fellow A.netter Initious and a friend from home who’d just moved out to Singapore. With my time ticking by quickly, I made a beeline from Terminal to the shuttle to Terminal 2 to check my bag in for my evening Calcutta flight.

There was no queue at the Business class desks, so I had my visa checked, my bag tagged, and the boarding pass issued. I moved my seat to the far corner of the cabin in the hope to get an empty seat, which luckily paid off.
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Very handy FIDS showing all flights across the airport for Arrivals and Departures.
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With my bag gone, I hurried down to the MTR for the train into town. For such a well thought out airport, the location and ticket buying systems for the MTR is frankly shocking. They need to move the machines about, and enable to machines to take notes bigger than $5! Anyway, once I had my ticket, I’d just missed a train. After a lot of faffing, I met up with Initous in town around 45 minutes later than planned. Thanks for being so patient! Was great to meet you!
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After a late lunch, we went for a walk over to the Merlion, where I met up with my friend from home. Bits of Singapore on the way.

My favourite Singapore hotel, The Stamford (or whatever it’s called nowadays)
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I said goodbye to Intitous, and managed a very pleasant mojito with my friend before having to zoom back to the MTR to get back to the airport.
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FIDS in the airport station
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Wanting to make the most of my lounge access, I headed to terminal 3 first to check out the new lounges there. The last time I used a lounge in Singapore was back in 2003 when I did a few trips in First Class to PEN and KUL.

The lovely T 3 check in area
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The Business lounge in T 3 was pretty busy so I didn’t take many photos. There was a decent, if not eclectic, range of food on offer, so I got some Japanese noodles with some seafood spaghetti, along with a soda water and Tiger beer (on tap).
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Lounge
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I went back, and refilled my plate with a bit more Japanese stuff - yum
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After around 40 minutes I headed off for the transit to Terminal 2, where SQ bases it’s flights to “2nd tier destinations” (my words, but see for yourself)
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Lovely SIN
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FIDS. The NH flight to HND is code-shared with ….United Parcel Service?
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First stop was the SQ lounge.


This was pretty much identical to the T3 one, and also lacking any tarmac views. I decided a show and shave was in order, so headed to the shower rooms.
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Feeling much better after, I decided to indulge a bit in the buffet before boarding.
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After all too short a visit, I head to down the gate where boarding is already underway
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No one seems to be in a rush, so I have to squeeze past a few people to use the Business class air bridge
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March 2012
Singapore (SIN) – Calcutta (CCU)
Singapore Airlines SQ 516
Scheduled: 2100-2235 (4h05m)
Actual: 2112-2222 (3h40m)
Airbus A330 9V-STQ
Business


I’m warmly welcomed aboard, and directed (but not escorted) to my seat….looks nice enough for the next few hours
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Safety demo
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It takes a while for one of the stewardesses to turn up with a drink and paper – one of the cons of sitting in the back I guess. Champagne of course


Paper, menu and hot towel
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Magzine – despite flying in late March, we already have the April edition of Silver Kris


Some handy stowage, we terribly cool latches
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A look at the moving map
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I’m also offered a magazine….the Lonely Planet I brought with me!
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As the drinks are cleared away I’m asked for my drinks preference after take off. We push back 4 minutes before our STD, and taxi towards the rather busy runway
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My Smirnoff tonic and peppermint tea
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Unable to initially choose anything to watch, I settle for the last few minutes of the thriller I didn’t see on my DAR-ZRH flight in February.
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Packaged nuts and amenity things are handed out. The stewardess also confirms that I ordered the Book the Cook Lobster (“yes, that was me!”).
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The Menu… SIN-CCU. If I hadn’t “booked the cook”, then I still would have been happy going for something form this menu


Champagne


CCU-SIN


And in Bengali
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Starters are served. Unlike on my longhual, dinner is served on a pre-set tray. Never mind, the no-choice starter is an incredibly tasty smoked salmon and roasted vegetables. Mmmmm. Bread is also offered.
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All gone! It’s so good I ask for a second plate, which is granted with a smile.
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Before long my main course arrives…Slipper Lobster Thermidor. There is a bit of debate on Flyertalk as to whether this is any good. To set the record straight, it is. Very good. Buttery and tender, the meal is a success!
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I skip the cheese course, and go for the mint ice-cream, with a champagne top up
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I’m also offered so fruit and a praline…don’t mind if I do. I feel like a Roman popping grapes into mouth whilst reclining above the Bay of Bengal.
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After forgetting on my BCN-SIN flight, I remember to ask for some playing cards. I have loads of these at home, but I need to add the A330 set to my collection. My A380 set in my travel bag are also getting rather long in the tooth and need replacing.
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Advancing into Burma
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I thought a Singapore Sling would be good to enjoy with Abduction (fairly easy watching)
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With Abduction finished with, I switched over to Modern Family before landing
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Around 25 minutes before landing, and we’re flying over the Sunderbans in Bangladesh, which is where I happen to be writing this from.
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Despite our imminent arrival, quite a few people are still fully reclined and snoozing away – the cabin is very chilled! I did try the seat full flat (sloping) and it was quite comfy – I think it’s an improvement over their old Spacebed.
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Finishing up time
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With my drinks finished, I head back to use the facilities. A stewardess is putting something into a locker nearby. She recognises me…what a coincidence, it’s the same lady I had a good chat with on my BCN-SIN flight. “ah yes, we met a few weeks ago….on the Melbourne?”, ”No, Barcelona”. “Oh yes, of course. How was your trip to the jungle? Medan and Jakarta wasn’t it?”. Very impressive! Not only did she remember me, but also most of my travel plans! Shame we was serving in economy not in business this time. Maybe she was a SQ robot!
Not far to go
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We’re on stand a few minutes before our STA, which is good
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Luckily disembarkation is through door 2L, so I’m one of the first out of the plane. There are no other international arrivals at this time, so no queue for immigration. Unfortunately, I get one of the most unenthusiastic officers I;’ve ever come across. I put my documents on her desk. She slowly looks up from what she was reading (looked like a manifest?). She looks through my stuff saying only one word (well, not really a word)…”SQ”. I’m not sure if it’s a statement or a question, so I just mumble yes, as she gives my passport a big illegible smudgy stamp. Welcome to India!

The terminal looks pretty rough, and well in need of demolition. I noticed a new terminal being built, but this seems a few years away. I managed a few sneaky photos:
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With my bag back in my possession, I head out to arrivals. After a bit of confusion, a lot of arguing, a few expletives, I find the pre-paid taxi desk, and am on my way into Calcutta. Arriving late at night might actually be a good time as the roads are fairly empty, and the traffic nearly non-existent. Before I came I wondered where the “slums of Calcutta” were. Seems like they’re everywhere. On my way to the hotel I see children sleeping in gutters and an old man shooting up on the pavement. Wow.

I selected a cheapie on Sudder Street for my first night… the Hotel Diplomat sounded quite grand:


It seemed clean enough, so I took a sleeping tablet, and went to bed. In the morning I woke up covered with bites from some creature…mosquitos or bedbugs, not sure which. I checked, and moved across the road to the lovely Bawa Walson hotel:
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What a relief! And only 3 times more expensive (£30/night).

Just before I left the UK, I found out quite by chance that some very good friends of the family were also India bound. In fact they would be in Calcutta the same day as me, which was excellent news. As this was my first day in India, I thought it’d be good to catch up with them for some moral support! They were stating in the rather posh Oberoi Hotel…a bit beyond my budget this time.
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A few shots of Calcutta
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So herein ends this report. The next section, which should be up in a few days, will cover my Indian domestic flights on Spice Jet and Jet Konnect to and from Bagdogra Airport, and my stay in Darjeeling.

(Also, sorry it’s taken so long to upload this. I’ve got 2 reports waiting to go, but for the past week I’ve been in deepest Bangladesh with no wifi)

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Part 3: Sriwijaya B734 BTJ-MES-CGK, Lion Air B737-900ER CGK-SIN
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
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 A


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1316 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 30150 times:

Well that was definitely a more interesting read than the paper over lunch!


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User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 30147 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I said goodbye to Intitous, and managed a very pleasant mojito with my friend before having to zoom back to the MTR to get back to the airport.

Don't you mean the MRT?  

Anyway, nice trip report featuring my favorite Airplane type! Just a question though, did you use the in-seat power? I was wondering if there's any 'techniques' in activating the green light because I had trouble getting in-seat power supply to work back on 9V-STK last February (SQ 619 KIX-SIN).

The lobster dish looks fabulous, by the way!

Regards,
Hafiz


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 30120 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
Well that was definitely a more interesting read than the paper over lunch!

Of course!

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 2):
Don't you mean the MRT?

Yes. I always get confused. In HK its the MTR?

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 2):
Anyway, nice trip report featuring my favorite Airplane type! Just a question though, did you use the in-seat power? I was wondering if there's any 'techniques' in activating the green light because I had trouble getting in-seat power supply to work back on 9V-STK last February (SQ 619 KIX-SIN).

Didn't use it, sorry

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 2):
The lobster dish looks fabulous, by the way!

It was!



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 29611 times:

Great report Gab - nice to see the latest instalment up!

Looks like you had a nice flight with SQ. I also flew in J from SIN - BNE in 2009 on the A330 (co-incidentally one of the first routes for the A330 when it entered service with SQ) and I found the J cabin to be very comfortable, despite it being classified as "regional business class".

I also enjoyed the pics of Kolkata/Calcutta too. Thanks for posting these.

Where did you get your large bag from (in the pic on your first night in India)? I really like the design and need to update my luggage in the next few months. Did you buy it in the UK?

Thanks again

Palmjet



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 29515 times:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 4):
Great report Gab - nice to see the latest instalment up!

Thanks!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 4):
Looks like you had a nice flight with SQ. I also flew in J from SIN - BNE in 2009 on the A330 (co-incidentally one of the first routes for the A330 when it entered service with SQ) and I found the J cabin to be very comfortable, despite it being classified as "regional business class".

Yeah, it;s pretty good for a 'regional' product

Quoting palmjet (Reply 4):
I also enjoyed the pics of Kolkata/Calcutta too. Thanks for posting these.

No problem

Quoting palmjet (Reply 4):
Where did you get your large bag from (in the pic on your first night in India)? I really like the design and need to update my luggage in the next few months. Did you buy it in the UK?

I bought it at Macys in Minneapolis. It's by Calvin Klein, and was $440 down to around $120. It's been pretty good having travelled extensively since Dec 2009. Just last week, however, something happened to the bottom, so I'm thinking about getting a replacement. Not sure if I shoudl space out of a pricey lightweight Samsonite?



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User currently offlinejohruk From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 29201 times:

Great report and so good to see you managed to photo two of my 'Firsts'!

The Westin Stamford was the first hotel I stayed in, on my first trip to Singapore some years ago (I loved SIN so much as soon as I got back to the UK I got a job at SQ LON and was there for 10 years!) Plus a picture of the Oberoi Kolkata....The first hotel I stay in on my first trip to India 2 years ago, before I went on the Maharajas' Express!

Seeing your pics makes me so want to go back to SIN. I haven't been back since I left SQ.

Looking forward to the next part of your trip reports!

Thanks!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 28288 times:

Quoting johruk (Reply 6):
Great report and so good to see you managed to photo two of my 'Firsts'!

Thanks, glad you liied it, and it resonated with you

Quoting johruk (Reply 6):
Seeing your pics makes me so want to go back to SIN. I haven't been back since I left SQ.

Get yourself on a plane!



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User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 28228 times:
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I have always wanted to try the Lobster Thermidor onboard and your main course looks divine! I am always hesitant when ordering seafood in the sky.

Were you mortified when you checked into your bed-bug hotel? I can't even imagine the contrast between SQ Raffles and the hotel in Calcutta. You are so brave!

I have traveled quite extensively, however, I have never flown with SQ. It's still on my MUST-DO list  



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 27889 times:

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 8):
I have always wanted to try the Lobster Thermidor onboard and your main course looks divine! I am always hesitant when ordering seafood in the sky.

I only worry about steak when I fly - don't have a problem with seafood, at least not if C or F.

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 8):
Were you mortified when you checked into your bed-bug hotel? I can't even imagine the contrast between SQ Raffles and the hotel in Calcutta. You are so brave!

Well, for GBP10/night, the room was what I expected! The bedbugs weren't great, but you have to take the rough with the smooth!



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 27840 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Good to see your next installment up.

Changi is an amazing place, especially when you consider that we all used to have to crowd through Paya Lebar - although there you could walk across the apron to the plane. But Changi must have some of the most hideous carpets ever seen.

They used to be my favourite airline but I haven't flown with SQ since 2006 so it is pleasing to see that they provided you with quality service. Shame that it took a while for the welcome aboard drink to arrive. On some carriers they will have them ready almost immediately no matter where in the cabin you are sitting, and you can be offered more than one if you boarded early enough.  

The seats look comfortable enough and appear to have all the connectivity for devices that you could need. The presentation of the meals make them look enticing. I would have skipped the ice cream and gone for cheese, myself.

Love the photo of the boys limbering up in the nets. Cricket is more than a passion - it's a way of life in some countries!

Thanks for sharing.

Roy / Quokka


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6816 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 27764 times:

Hi Gabriel,

another enjoyable report! SQ's J Class product looks great as usual - that's better than various carriers' F Class.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m warmly welcomed aboard, and directed (but not escorted) to my seat….

Which carriers do offer that as standard service?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Starters are served. Unlike on my longhual, dinner is served on a pre-set tray. Never mind, the no-choice starter is an incredibly tasty smoked salmon and roasted vegetables.

Wow, all the food looks excellent!


PH



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 27668 times:

Hi Gab

Quote:
I bought it at Macys in Minneapolis. It's by Calvin Klein, and was $440 down to around $120. It's been pretty good having travelled extensively since Dec 2009. Just last week, however, something happened to the bottom, so I'm thinking about getting a replacement. Not sure if I shoudl space out of a pricey lightweight Samsonite?

Ah I see. I really like the design and it looks easy and move about with without too much hassle. A pricey lightweight samsonite sounds tempting... I will take a look in the next few weeks and see what's out there (in London at least). If I come across anything vaguely interesting, I will let you know? Happy travelling!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 27496 times:

Thanks for the comments guys!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
Good to see your next installment up.

Thanks

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
But Changi must have some of the most hideous carpets ever seen.

I guess they got a good price on them!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):

The seats look comfortable enough and appear to have all the connectivity for devices that you could need

Yes, all mod cons!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 10):
The presentation of the meals make them look enticing. I would have skipped the ice cream and gone for cheese, myself.

I fancied something refeshing rather than somthing strong and pungent!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
another enjoyable report! SQ's J Class product looks great as usual - that's better than various carriers' F Class.

Yeah, SQ has a terribly good C class

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Which carriers do offer that as standard service?

I guess it depends on how buys the flight is....I was escorted to my seat at the back of an SQ 744 a few years ago (and no, I wasn't under arrest!)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Wow, all the food looks excellent!

It was

Quoting palmjet (Reply 12):
I will let you know? Happy travelling!

Thanks!



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 27318 times:

Hey Gab,

SQ is impressive. The food looked great just like the overall service.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went back, and refilled my plate with a bit more Japanese stuff - yum

Ah.. This photo makes me nostalgic of the UK (of all places). The only place I've ever seen the fish-shaped soy sauce container is Scotland... Apparently it is a bit more universal than that...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With my bag back in my possession, I head out to arrivals. After a bit of confusion, a lot of arguing, a few expletives, I find the pre-paid taxi desk, and am on my way into Calcutta.

Not the way you wanna be "welcomed" to a country (especially if it's your first time, which I'm sure it's not in your case). Quite frankly this is the reason why India is not on my radar. The chaotic nature of many aspects of life there scares me to be quite honest.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I selected a cheapie on Sudder Street for my first night

This room reminds me of my undergrad dorms in Bangor, Wales. Fortunately those dorms were demolished (a few decades too late if you ask me) and replaced with new ones. Sorry to hear about the bedbugs/mosquitoes
.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I checked, and moved across the road to the lovely Bawa Walson hotel:

That's more like it   And for such a great price.


Looking forward to your Bangladeshi and Nepali segments.

Thanks,

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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1729 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 27173 times:
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Hello Gab,

Very nice to see you have another good SQ business flight under your belt. I just wonder what the major differences are with the 777?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They need to move the machines about, and enable to machines to take notes bigger than $5! Anyway

No cc payment possible?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The NH flight to HND is code-shared with ….United Parcel Service?

Perhaps for those who travel in boxes  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I feel like a Roman popping grapes into mouth whilst reclining above the Bay of Bengal.

I can see it before me. It reminds me of the movie 'Ben Hur'!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
She recognises me…what a coincidence, it’s the same lady I had a good chat with on my BCN-SIN flight. “ah yes, we met a few weeks ago….on the Melbourne?”, ”No, Barcelona”. “Oh yes, of course. How was your trip to the jungle? Medan and Jakarta wasn’t it?”. Very impressive! Not only did she remember me, but also most of my travel plans!

How cool she recognized you, even the flight and your plans. She had it all saved on her 'robot hard disk'   

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 27134 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
SQ is impressive. The food looked great just like the overall service.

Yes, 5* to SQ again

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Ah.. This photo makes me nostalgic of the UK (of all places). The only place I've ever seen the fish-shaped soy sauce container is Scotland... Apparently it is a bit more universal than that...

We just love our fish shaped soya sauce in the UK!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Not the way you wanna be "welcomed" to a country (especially if it's your first time, which I'm sure it's not in your case). Quite frankly this is the reason why India is not on my radar. The chaotic nature of many aspects of life there scares me to be quite honest.

Well it was my first time in India, so I was pretty on edge. The Singapore Slings sorted me out a little though!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Sorry to hear about the bedbugs/mosquitoes

Me too!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
Very nice to see you have another good SQ business flight under your belt. I just wonder what the major differences are with the 777?

IN the new regional C? I think they have 2x3x2 seating, but not sure.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
No cc payment possible?

Um maybe, but I already had some cash

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
I can see it before me. It reminds me of the movie 'Ben Hur'!

haha

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 15):
How cool she recognized you, even the flight and your plans. She had it all saved on her 'robot hard disk'

Thank God for the SQ robots!



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 26963 times:

Hi Gabs,

A nice bite-sized episode this time, a good snack between the more extensive and exotic ones, I'm sure. SQ regional business class looks good - a nice enough hard product, great food and free flowing drinks. Plus the Singapore Girls - what more could you ask for?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Anyway, once I had my ticket, I’d just missed a train. After a lot of faffing, I met up with Initous in town around 45 minutes later than planned. Thanks for being so patient! Was great to meet you!

That sounds so bad. I associate Singapore with the ultimate, almost machinelike efficiency so this sounds really surprising. Aren't the trains more frequent?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. The NH flight to HND is code-shared with ….United Parcel Service?

Must be one of the high density domestic widebodies then!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My Smirnoff tonic and peppermint tea

Did they run out of gin?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Starters are served. Unlike on my longhual, dinner is served on a pre-set tray. Never mind, the no-choice starter is an incredibly tasty smoked salmon and roasted vegetables. Mmmmm. Bread is also offered.

Ugh, what's it with raw fish? It is hideous. It gives you worms. It is dangerous. Don't eat it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Before long my main course arrives…Slipper Lobster Thermidor.

Now that looks delicious! My kinda meal, definitely!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I skip the cheese course, and go for the mint ice-cream, with a champagne top up

Ahh, so decadent.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Very impressive! Not only did she remember me, but also most of my travel plans!

Very impressive indeed. But I guess that's part of the training for the "Singapore Robots"  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Welcome to India!

The perfect welcome. Get rid of false beliefs and expectations right from the start!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I selected a cheapie on Sudder Street for my first night… the Hotel Diplomat sounded quite grand:

That looks like a horrible dump. Reminds me of a few hotels I stayed at last year, actually. And quite unfortunately so, I might add!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I checked, and moved across the road to the lovely Bawa Walson hotel:

That looks much more civilized. And still a great price, by Western standards at least.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They were stating in the rather posh Oberoi Hotel…a bit beyond my budget this time.

And that of course is just decadent! I guess that runs in hundreds of quid per night range?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few shots of Calcutta

Interesting mix of colonial architecture and well... India. Certainly not a place I see myself visiting anytime soon. If I ever venture into India I sure as heck won't start it from Kolkata. Delhi or Mumbai will be a somewhat gentler introduction into the subcontinent...


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 26913 times:

Hey Petteri!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):

A nice bite-sized episode this time, a good snack between the more extensive and exotic ones, I'm sure

Thanks

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
That sounds so bad. I associate Singapore with the ultimate, almost machinelike efficiency so this sounds really surprising. Aren't the trains more frequent?

The trains were frequentish (every 10 mins?) - the delay was cumulative from every activity that morning!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Did they run out of gin?

Nope, just fancied a change!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Ugh, what's it with raw fish? It is hideous. It gives you worms. It is dangerous. Don't eat it.

But it's so tasty! Everything is dangerous, and life's mortality rate is curently 100%...you might as well enjoy it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Very impressive indeed. But I guess that's part of the training for the "Singapore Robots"

I just love those robots!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
And that of course is just decadent! I guess that runs in hundreds of quid per night range?

Not too OTT, about £120/night.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 17):
Interesting mix of colonial architecture and well... India. Certainly not a place I see myself visiting anytime soon. If I ever venture into India I sure as heck won't start it from Kolkata. Delhi or Mumbai will be a somewhat gentler introduction into the subcontinent...

Actually I believe Delhi and Bombay are even worse than Calcutta for a first glimpse. I would try Goa, Trivandrum or Kochi. Somewhere relaxed down south on the beach  



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4270 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 26814 times:

hi Gabriel,

great report, super nice pictures too, and SQ does a good job once again. Looking forward to my flight on them, just 2 days from now  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My favourite Singapore hotel, The Stamford (or whatever it’s called nowadays)

Yes, it's great. Their rooms are fantastic! Slept there once on the 6xth floor, breathtaking city views. Not to tell about the impressive breakfast buffet offering worldwide dishes

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m also offered so fruit and a praline…don’t mind if I do. I feel like a Roman popping grapes into mouth whilst reclining above the Bay of Bengal.

As long as these grapes are seedless!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Also, sorry it’s taken so long to upload this. I’ve got 2 reports waiting to go, but for the past week I’ve been in deepest Bangladesh with no wifi

No need to make excuse. I should, not you haha

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User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 26747 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for an interesting look at SQ's Regional J class, and also some "local" pics from Singapore and Calcutta.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was a decent, if not eclectic, range of food on offer, so I got some Japanese noodles with some seafood spaghetti, along with a soda water and Tiger beer (on tap).

Looks nice. and good beverage choice too!  

It's nice that they have the playing cards available on SQ (and also that you remembered to request them this time).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Slipper Lobster Thermidor.

That looks tasty, glad to hear it was nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I checked, and moved across the road to the lovely Bawa Walson hotel:

Wow, what a difference between the two hotels. But, like you said, it was a few times more expensive...

Thanks again, look forward to see more.

D.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 26395 times:

Thanks for the comments guys!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):


great report, super nice pictures too

Thanks!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):
and SQ does a good job once again. Looking forward to my flight on them, just 2 days from now

Where are you off to?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):
As long as these grapes are seedless!

Yes, they were!

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 20):
Thanks for an interesting look at SQ's Regional J class, and also some "local" pics from Singapore and Calcutta.

Glad you liked them

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 20):
It's nice that they have the playing cards available on SQ (and also that you remembered to request them this time).

One of the litter perks of flying SQ

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 20):
That looks tasty, glad to hear it was nice.

Very tasty



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 690 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 26044 times:

Hi Gabriel,

another great report, very nice to follow your travels. SQ looks good as expected, again great service it seems. And the food looks just delicious, makes me really hungry now   Also nice to see some pictures of Singapore and of Calcutta, for sure an interesting contrast.

Thanks again
CaptainRed


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3282 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 25960 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):

another great report, very nice to follow your travels

Thanks, glad you liked it

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
SQ looks good as expected, again great service it seems.

You can't go wrong with SQ

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
Also nice to see some pictures of Singapore and of Calcutta, for sure an interesting contrast.

Yes, it was quite the contrast



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 25495 times:

Hi Gab

Great report, thanks for sharing. I'm very surprised about the 'regional' Business class of SQ.
It seems to top most airlines Longhaul J class and even some F classes..

Looking forward to the next!

Greetings
Marc



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25 signol : Hi Gabriel, nice continuation. Some good pictures of Singapore, good that you got to see the city if only for a few hours. Good flight too on SQ - tho
26 The777Man : Hi Gabriel! Thanks a for another great report in this series! Looks like SQ still offers a great product for a regional flight. Singapore looks nice a
27 gabrielchew : Thanks for the comments! No problem Yes, SQ are leagues ahead Yeah, Singapore is quite a nice little stopover Loberster was great! No problem
28 deltamartin : Hello Gabriel! Nice tripreport! Seems like SQ treated you well. I'd love to fly them some day. Very impressive! For, what I assume is, a regional Busi
29 Post contains images akhmad : Hello Gabriel, Very nice continuation of your journey. I really enjoyed it. They remind me on my own visit last month. Which one did you like most? Ov
30 gabrielchew : Thanks, SQ are really good Definately, the regional seats beat most other airline's longhual C Thanks Japanese definately Unless you wanted to read t
31 FLIEGER67 : Hi, Gabriel, I´am going forward with you´re stories. This is another real good one, SQ biz looks like nice and I like you´re few pictures from Calc
32 lukeyboy95 : Hi Gabriel. I only just got round to reading this one... so much for the chronological idea. Still, excellent report, excellent flight and a nice litt
33 gabrielchew : Good to hear! Yeah, SQ was great, and Calcutta interesting I'm surprised how many people read these out of order! I'm sure service in the back was al
34 Post contains images BarfBag : *Any* major city is a better introduction to India than Kolkata. Many decades of communist rule (which only ended after the communists were recently
35 Post contains images roberts87 : Hello Gabriel, Another great trip report, thanks. As always, SQ looks a pretty great experience. I'll continue reading part 5 now!
36 gabrielchew : Oh, so the communists screwed up the city to it's current state? Good to know that other entry points are better Thanks Glad you liked it!
37 sfflyer123 : Fantastic. The plane ride was definitely nice. Calcutta--even though it has tremendous history--didn't seem that enticing. Was it worth going to? I wa
38 Post contains images gr8circle : I can assure you that Delhi and Mumbai are much better than Kolkatta...
39 ba319-131 : Great read GC, most enjoyable! - Know it well, stayed there a few years back, very nice! - One of my pet hates about the SQ lounges @ SIN, no views! -
40 Post contains images OA260 : Great report as always Love the photos of India . The Oberoi certainly looks like the biz . That first hotel was scary ! No wonder you got bitten. lol
41 sankaps : Frankly it is one of the most interesting places in India, if you can get beyond the initial reaction. Lots of history and culture, and a throbbing l
42 Post contains images gabrielchew : Thanks! Yes, very comfy Not having been anywhere else in India, I couldn't say if it was better or worse. Certainly I found it an interesting place,
43 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey there Gabriel to the Double Chew, nice report! I must say that SQ's Regional Business Class looks very impressive! Lounge in SIN looks fantastic,
44 gabrielchew : Thanks Jonas Yes, it is SQ are a law unto themselves on matters like this. Having said that, they are the best.... I had a cake on my BCN-SIN leg...
45 Post contains images Initious : Hi Gabriel! Wonderful report on SQ's J class! Reminds me of my own experience on their A333 back in May last year. Their meal looks wonderful on your
46 gabrielchew : Thanks Dan! I remember your report - shame you got breakfast - the most dissapointing meals you can get in F/C. Well, in retrospect I shouldn't have
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