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The Last Hurrah!-Pt.2-SQ748 Final SQ B744 Flight  
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 98 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10275 times:

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Good day all, welcome to another of my trip reports. This trip report is the second 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.

The first part of my report can be found here.
A Great Way To Fly Indeed!- Pt.1-SIN-HKG on SQ 77W


Pre-flight


After spending 4 days (well based on the dates only) in Hong Kong, it was time to go to the airport (for the 3rd time in 4 days) once again, only difference being that this is the reason why I went to Hong Kong in the first place.

Originally planning to take the 11am shuttle bus so as to arrive early to capture the arrival of 9V-SPQ, I missed the coach, so I ended up leaving Gold Coast at 12pm, with many other Cathay cabin crew/pilots, and a small handful of passengers. Despite this, I reached the Departure Hall at around 1240, with much time to spare before departure. I proceeded on to Check-in Row F.

Check-in


There was a queue at Row F, but not all the passengers were going on SQ 748. After waiting for around 10 minutes plus, I was done, with my ‘precious’ boarding pass and ‘invitation card’ in hand.

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Queuing up for check-in


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Waiting for my precious boarding pass


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Check-in counter F is specially decorated for this event


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My boarding pass and ‘invitation’ card!


After all the security checks and stuff, I went to Gate 25 directly, though to my disappointment (though I fully expected it), 9V-SPQ was already parked at the gate, in the process of being loaded with the meals. At the adjacent gates, many people were taking photographs of the Queen, whether or not they were going to be on that flight.

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A SQ B747-412 being loaded up for the final time


After some photos, I decided it was time to make use of my ‘invitation card’. (Thus missing out on the shot of SPQ without any ground vehicles blocking).

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Reached Gate 25. SQ 748



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The ‘entrance’



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The female airport staff greeted me by name cheerfully as I entered the area, where many passengers and media were already there, enjoying themselves. There was a performance area at one end, and a reception area at the other.

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The Performance area


Some famous names could be seen, as with such events. I ‘grabbed’ a cup of juice, while walking around taking some photographs. I saw Mr. Sam Chui, the famous aviation photographer and trip reporter, and asked for a photo with him, which he gladly complied.


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Mr Sam Chui and I!


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Soon, it was time for Mr Mak Swee Wah, Vice-President of SIA to make a speech. The SIA cabin crew then put up a great show in the performance that followed.

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You could see that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Soon after, boarding commenced, and it was time to take one last look of the exterior of an active SQ B747-400 in daylight.

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I’m finally going on board this beauty!


Sector 2


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Date: 6th April 2012
Sector: Hong Kong – Chep Lap Kok International (HKG) – Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Distance: 2569km
Singapore Airlines Flight: SQ 748
Gate: 25
Aircraft: 9V-SPQ, B747-412
Delivered to SQ: 31-10-2001
Seat: 52B

SDT (ADT): 1445 (1445)
SAT (AAT): 1930 (1906)
Journey: 4hrs 21mins


1st flight on 9V-SPQ
7th B747-400 flight
10th B747 flight
3rd time on SQ B744
12th SQ flight
10th airline


Boarding


In an effort to speed up the boarding process, boarding was called at 1410 for both the priority passengers and the economy class passengers seating at the rear of the aircraft (which I found out that most of them were off-duty cabin crew) (Rows 49 to 66) at the same time. (Thumbs up, SQ!).

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Simultaneous check-in for passengers


I made my way to the back of the queue, and thinking: ‘I’m boarding an SIA B747 for the first (that I can remember anyway- the previous 2 times (Also to HKG in 1998 (not Kai Tak unfortunately))I was only 7 years old) and the last time!’

The airport staff greeted me by name, cheerfully and said ‘Hope you have an enjoyable flight, Mr Yap!’ A nice gesture. I wanted to ask her not to tear my boarding pass, but before I could even open my mouth... Oh well… I made my way down the aerobridge, where yet more airport staff were present to hand each and everyone the goodie bag, and wished us passengers the best of flights. The goodie bag was heavier than I had imagined it to be. (I will post some photos later on in the report)

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Walking down the aerobridge. Look at all those goodie bags!



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’Thank You for flying our 747 commemorative farewell flight



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Nearing the aircraft!


I stopped in front of door 2L to take some photographs. As I was doing so, the 2 friendly Singapore Girls welcoming passengers on board looked at me and joked, ‘ Don’t worry, we are not the ones that are retiring, and we won’t be anytime soon!’ Haha! What a nice way to start the SIA journey! Is this a prelude to what would be coming?


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Retiring? Not so soon 


I made my way to my seat (52B), and took the chance to get some window shots, as I might not have the chance to do so later on in the flight (maybe). My seatmates arrived. One of them is a First Officer working for a HK carrier, and the other is an aviation photojournalist for a famous Japanese aviation magazine! (He was sent to cover this flight, how lucky!). Both of them were really friendly. Load today was to be exactly 90%, with 337 passengers on board out of the 375 available seats.

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Inside the aircraft


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An empty cabin


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Parked beside a CX B744, B-HUA


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My seat. I think those are the performers behind


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My seat 52B


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Getting warmed up for the flight!


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The legroom shot


We were push backed on the dot at 1445. I heard afterwards that many aviation enthusiasts were present around HKIA despite the gloomy weather in an attempt to catch a SIA B747-412 for the final time. The Captain today would be CPT Roger Loh, with the First Officer being CPT Eric Oon. It was announced that a game of Bingo, and a quiz, would be held in-flight, and the winners of the Bingo game could win a $100 KrisShop Voucher, in addition to a cockpit visit at the end of the flight in Singapore!

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Seat pocket contents. Where is my Krisworld magazine?


Also, a B747 commemorative video, which includes interviews with some of the staff, would be shown. Champagne would also be available across all cabins (Oh, I really regret not taking up the option!) At this point of time, I was asking myself: “Where is the water salute?” That thought did not materialize at all, unfortunately.

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Taxi-ing past the cargo terminal. CX B748F HK Trader is at the far end


We made our way to Runway 07R for departure, and we were behind a Malaysian B772 in the queue for take-off.

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Singapore meets her neighbour


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Turning into Runway 07R for departure


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Lift off with the furthest end of the HKIA terminal in view


Before our turn though, a Singapore Airlines Cargo B747-400BCF touched down on the runway. How fitting! Take-off roll commenced and the 4 PW PW4056 engines got into ‘overdrive’. We rotated at 1510 to start our special journey back to Singapore. Instead of the usual SIN-HKG-SIN route, where flights would ‘cut across’ Vietnam, this special flight would fly towards Manila and throughout the flight, travel above the South China Sea.

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Different route today


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Different route today


In-flight


As we lifted off into the hazy skies, cheers could be heard throughout the aircraft! Let the celebratory mood begin!

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Singapore Girls distributing the special menu


After we broke free from the dark clouds into the clear skies, it was time for the toast, led by Mr Mak Swee Wah. Loud cries of ‘YYYUUMMM SSSEEENNNGGG’ could be heard, and every passenger and crew was raising their cups in the air (mostly champagne, but unfortunately for me, orange juice).
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WHY on earth I did not get the champagne I do not know


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The In-flight toast!


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YUMMMMMMMMM SEEEENNNNNGGG!


Cue the party atmosphere. The Bingo game began, but unfortunately, I only reached 3 in a row. 2 passengers won though, I think.

My seatmates began talking to me, and our common interest. The first officer recounted his experiences (he had worked for other airlines before) and even gave me some helpful tips of becoming a pilot.

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KrisWorld with the SIA In-flight challenge


At this point, nearly everyone was walking around, talking to the crew and other passengers, while others were busy taking photographs around the cabin. I was seated quite near the galley, and it was congested with passengers interested in the in-flight promotion (specially for this flight). SQ’s vice president Mr Mak also came around talking to us passengers, a lovely gesture. I had a good time listening to what he had to share with us (my seat mates).

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Mr Mak Swee Wah chatting with the passengers


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Views outside while cruising


Around halfway through the journey, the long-awaited meal service began. The menu, which had been distributed earlier on, was a specially designed booklet with a picture of the Big Top (B743) as the cover, a real keepsake.
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The special menu today


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A quote from the menu:” In honour of this special occasion, we have meticulously put together a gastronomic feast made up of classic favourites.” And classic favourites it was. We had a choice of the pan seared beef fillet, or the deep-fried fish. I don’t take beef (except for that one time in Kobe), so naturally, I opted for the fish, along with a cup of Fruit Spritzer, a non-alcoholic cocktail.

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Deep fried fish for me please


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Mixed berry mousse cake with vanilla thyme sauce, and something special  


The fish was a delight to eat, though in truth, I was expecting codfish or something. The Fruit Spritzer complemented the meal perfectly. There was even a specially ‘designed’ mixed berry mousse cake, with vanilla thyme sauce. A small pack of spring onion biscuits was also included in the meal for the oriental selection.

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Less than halfway to go☹


Up till now, the service provided has been near flawless. Despite the expected excitement and stuff, and also being extraordinarily busy, the crew was always smiling, never failing to attend to any passenger’s requests (so far). Some things cannot be written down, and have to be experienced personally... and this was it. The service provided by this crew of 18 was excellent, it was the best service I’ve ever experienced on board any aircraft/flights, by far and I can’t find any other words to describe it ☺. Full marks to them wouldn’t even be enough. It was time for the quiz, but I did not take part in it, as I was roaming around the cabin. Unfortunately, I did not visit the Business Class, First Class, and the cockpit. Wasted really.

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Quiz time


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Views of the Economy cabin



It was time for another drink service, and I ordered the Singapore Sling, something that I’ve wanted to try for a long time (though I rarely drink alcoholic drinks). In case anyone doesn’t know what’s it, the Singapore Sling was a classic created in 1915 at the Long Bar of Singapore’s Raffles Hotel and is now famous the world over. It is a concoction of dry gin, Dom Benedictine, Cointreau, and cherry brandy, shaken up with lime and pineapple juices and a dash of Angostura bitters and Grenadine.

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My first time trying the Singapore Sling ☺


Well, I’m not a big fan of alcoholic drinks, but the Singapore Sling tasted pretty nice, certainly worth a try even if you don’t drink cocktails etc. I would definitely try that again in the future. I didn’t talk much to anyone besides my seatmates, but I was absorbing in the fantastic atmosphere. I didn’t think that anyone would want to take this flight (though it was obvious that some was surprised that it was a special flight) and use the IFE/ listen to his or her own music, but people did. What a shame.

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No doubting which aircraft and airline we are on


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Yet another view of the wing


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Landing on 02L? Nope…


Of course, nothing is 100% perfect. Then came the only blemish in what was to be a fine flight. It was the fact that it took around 25 minutes for me/them to clear my empty cup, even though I left it on the table when I used the lavatory. )The other cups were cleared a while back)I don’t really blame them however, as they were really busy with the KrisShop sales Like many, I’ve never seen such brisk sales in-flight before, no doubt thanks to the promotion when one buys $74.70 worth of items. I finally remembered to ask for a pack of cards, but the Singapore Girl regrettably told me that they were all given out (She only took the cup away after this moment).

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A clear indication that we are approaching SIN soon. Light is fading…


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Oh no…..


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Sunset near Singapore


Another thing to note was that the seatbelt sign was not even turned on during the course of the flight. No turbulences, nothing. It was a very smooth flight thankfully. I heard from a steward that the First Class passengers polished the champagne, all 20 plus bottles of them. I really regretted not asking for it. ☹ All good things must come to an end though, and it was announced that we were descending into Singapore shortly, and would have to return to our seats (The ‘rules’ on this flight was quite lax, as what was mentioned after take-off I think).

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Turning towards the Runway 20 direction


Landing


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Where boys become men


We would be landing on Runway 20R, which would mean over-flying the ‘island resort’ of Pulau Tekong that I’ve (and many others) started my national service journey on more than 2 years back. (I had completed the mandatory 1 years 10 months service in December 2011)

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Last few moments of a SIA B747-412 being up in the air…


With a landing as smooth as anything you would encounter, we touched down gently onto 20R at 1906 amidst loud cheers, from the cabin.

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Touchdown! Everyone was cheering and clapping


We landed nearly half an hour earlier than expected. Normally, people would be happy…but obviously not on this flight. It was quite emotional to say the least, for everyone.

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Turning into Terminal 3 with the replacements of the Queen parked for all to see


As we made our way towards Terminal 3 (of course, no water cannon salute, as one would expect from Singapore), the Captain thanked us for being on board such a historical flight. The Queen slowly taxied past the newer and more efficient aircrafts (B777-300ER, A380) that were going to replace her, and she made her way to Gate B7, back to where the journey had started earlier on at dawn.

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Parked at B7 beside a company B777-300ER 9V-SWF


The engines stopped, but everyone stayed at their seats. No one wanted to leave the aircraft. Soon, passengers started packing up and walked along the aisle heading for the exits. Not a lot of passengers were left in the rear economy section, except for some others and us. Most of them were off-service cabin crew (and performers) taking group photographs. I had some minor ‘objectives’ to accomplish, which was to take some photographs with the pretty Singapore Girls.


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Another one won’t hurt ☺


It was obvious that we were not the only one that thought of that, as there was an ‘unofficial’ queue to take with them! They were all very complying with these requests though. I thanked them and the other senior management staff for the wonderful flight, before proceeding out of the aircraft and onto the aerobridge to get some last shots of 9V-SPQ. (I hadn’t thought of visiting the cockpit unfortunately- what a regret, as many people went up to the cockpit!)

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Last look at 9V-SPQ, SQ B747-412. You would be dearly missed


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Hmm…Belt 47?


On a side note, it was noted by some that it might be intentional of SPQ to be docked at gate B7, and luggage being deposited at belt 47…making it (747). A real interesting observation!

Finally, the journey had ended. It was simply too short for our liking. As with all trips abroad (though especially so for this one), I always feel a tinge of sadness as I leave.


Wow…this has to be the best flight that I’ve EVER been on, and what a special flight it was, the FINAL Singapore Airlines B747-400 passenger flight. I could go on and on and wax lyrical about it.

To plan this special event (and the fact that they would even think of such an event) and execute it to near perfection leaving every passenger satisfied is not an easy task at all, yet Singapore Airlines achieved it, outstandingly. Everything was just great, I’m sure many would agree. I would have been prepared to pay more for the tickets, but for that low price, what we got were priceless experiences and souvenirs, never to be gotten elsewhere.

This day would NEVER be forgotten. Thank you, Singapore Airlines B747-400 (and 9V-SPQ), you would be sorely missed.


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)
3. A Great Way To Fly Indeed!- Pt.1-SIN-HKG on SQ 77W (Apr 12)

20 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinefca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1757 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9916 times:

My First 747 and my First A380 Experience happened in 2007 with Singapore Airlines...First was London Heathrow on the 747 to Singapore and then a connection onto the A380 to Sydney...and I've only been on one since then which was last year on BA.

I'm glad I got to do it with the best airline SIA  


User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3290 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9772 times:

Outstanding report, yapple! Thanks. The pictures were terrific, and you did a great job of capturing the pageantry and fanfare surrounding this historic flight.

  

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlinefiloflyer From Finland, joined Feb 2012, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9637 times:

747 will always be the queen of they sky... =)
so what did the goodie bags contain? =)


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9212 times:

Hi Yapple,
Thanks for bringing us your report of a historic flight. It seems SQ pulled out all the stops to make the event special. Full marks to them. I wonder if any of the passengers were unaware that this was a special flight when they first booked? It would have been a lovely surprise for them.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
and asked for a photo with him, which he gladly complied.

No offence to Sam but I like the next photo better.   Did you pick up any useful tips from him and the aviation writer who sat next to you?

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Don’t worry, we are not the ones that are retiring,

What a lovely sense of humour and a warm welcome.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
to be docked at gate B7, and luggage being deposited at belt 47…making it (747).

That does sound clever. The SQ 747 will be missed by many.

Thanks for sharing,
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9099 times:

Hi

You made a nice trip report, despite being in the middle seat.
Glad you where able to make the latest 744 from SQ, definate an eventfull expercience.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinecheeken From Singapore, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9052 times:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
I wonder if any of the passengers were unaware that this was a special flight when they first booked? It would have been a lovely surprise for them.

The passenger beside me was, he was connecting to MEL after that flight, and he was in a state of blur when we were doing to toast!


User currently offlinecheeken From Singapore, joined Feb 2010, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8980 times:

Anyway Weiheng, that's a nice TR from you! I would love to have posted my own TR about my experience on this memorable send off, but there have been a few TRs and everyon'es gonna end up reading more or less the same things and seeing the same photos so I guess I'll just supplement your post with more unique views that you haven't showed? Most of the photos will come from SQ747, since that's the one you missed! So in other words this is a mini TR for you to read too? XD

Once again thanks for posting this TR and bringing back some good memories! I hope I don't come across as hijacking your TR!!!


Signs at WSSS for the farewell flight!


Check in row 2 entirely dedicated to SQ747


The party at gate B7


The spread of food, honestly felt that the spread at HKG was by far superior, so you didn't exactly miss out much here!


9V-SPQ parked at gate B7, awaiting her last glorious departure from Changi


Close up of the flight deck!


Ravi, the popular host who hosts major events in Singapore such as the annual National Day Parade, was the host for both flight events! It was truly an honour to meet him in person at last, such a memorable voice!


SQ crew putting up performances at the gate! They were singing a selection of oldies from the 60s up to the 90s, the glory days of the 747s in SQ's fleet before the 777s entered.


My travel buddy's 747 toy, bought from Everett, posing with 9V-SPQ


Oh look at the time! A strike of the gong then commenced boarding at this time.


After boarding, as usual, hot towels were given out. Still something you don't see in Y in most airlines!


Going across the southcross, with the East Coast Parkway underneath.


Right after a powerful takeoff, met by a warm round of applause from all around the cabin. Runway 02R in sight.


Champagne being served on the flight for the toast! I got myself the Singapore Sling on SQ748 for the toast though  


I'll never get to see this view again, unless I get rich enough in terms of money/miles to fly in this section of a 747


First class Skysuites!


The stairs leading up to the upper deck.


Upper deck J cabin, my first time on the upper deck of a 747! Also I really wished SQ stuck to it's "Raffles Class" branding!


Should be the cover photo of the album, shot with BnW in mind, but did notice that sepia created a more nostalgic feel, so here it is!


One of the nice touches SQ added to make this flight even more special!


Head on shot of 9V-SPQ parked at HKG, awaiting her absolute last commercial flight.


The much better spread at the HKG party


The captain autographs my menu/programme booklet!


Passenger interaction, in my opinion the best form of IFE, beats the second best which is the window. Sadly we don't get this much interaction these days! Everyone just immerses themselves in movies and TV shows...


Karate kid poses for me!


After we landed at Changi, I went to the flight deck for a photo!


Yup that's all from me! I'm sure the 747 will be missed from SQ's fleet.


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 98 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8756 times:

Quoting fca767 (Reply 1):
My First 747 and my First A380 Experience happened in 2007 with Singapore Airlines...First was London Heathrow on the 747 to Singapore and then a connection onto the A380 to Sydney...and I've only been on one since then which was last year on BA.

I'm glad I got to do it with the best airline SIA

Hello, thanks for reading.

Judging from my 2 flights, I would say they lived up to the expectations (but then again it's only 2 flights-I've heard some negative comments too-though I haven't heard anything bad regarding the 2 special flights yet!)

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 2):
Outstanding report, yapple! Thanks. The pictures were terrific, and you did a great job of capturing the pageantry and fanfare surrounding this historic flight.

Cheers,
Cameron

Hi Cameron,

Thanks for the compliments! This is the first time that I've ever took so many interior shots (of airport and aircraft), but you flatter me too.  
Quoting filoflyer (Reply 3):
747 will always be the queen of they sky... =)
so what did the goodie bags contain? =)

Yeah, a shame the number is getting smaller and smaller. The goodie bags contained a special model, pen, notebook, cookbook, some book depicting (but not really in depth) the history, flight certificate etc. Will post some photos of them later.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
Hi Yapple,
Thanks for bringing us your report of a historic flight. It seems SQ pulled out all the stops to make the event special. Full marks to them. I wonder if any of the passengers were unaware that this was a special flight when they first booked? It would have been a lovely surprise for them.

Hi Roy,

It's my pleasure. Yeah, I'm very surprised they planned it this well (with the exception of the water cannon salute, or lack of). No doubt some passengers were unaware, on both sectors I heard!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
No offence to Sam but I like the next photo better.   Did you pick up any useful tips from him and the aviation writer who sat next to you?

I didn't really talk to him, as for the photo-journalist, he was too busy going around the cabin (well, it's his job) but he did tell us about his job.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
What a lovely sense of humour and a warm welcome.

Yeah, certainly a good start to a great flight!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 4):
That does sound clever. The SQ 747 will be missed by many.

Thanks for sharing,
Roy / Quokka

Yeah, the gate for the departure was B7 too. Thanks for reading!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Hi

You made a nice trip report, despite being in the middle seat.
Glad you where able to make the latest 744 from SQ, definate an eventfull expercience.

Greetings
Marc

Hi Marc,

Thanks for the compliments. My seat mate did not mind me taking photographs out of the window, so I just used manual focus on the window in between his seat and the seat in front. Thankfully, it didn't turn out too badly. I was indeed glad to have made it too, such a priceless experience.

Quoting cheeken (Reply 7):
Anyway Weiheng, that's a nice TR from you! I would love to have posted my own TR about my experience on this memorable send off, but there have been a few TRs and everyon'es gonna end up reading more or less the same things and seeing the same photos so I guess I'll just supplement your post with more unique views that you haven't showed? Most of the photos will come from SQ747, since that's the one you missed! So in other words this is a mini TR for you to read too? XD

Once again thanks for posting this TR and bringing back some good memories! I hope I don't come across as hijacking your TR!!!

Hi JJ,

Thanks! No problem, I wouldn't mind. And you told me beforehand too . Certainly nice photographs too, many of which I was unable to capture (even of SQ 748)! No problem!

Thanks for reading once again,
yapple


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1263 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8349 times:
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Absolutely stunning report. Well done. Those wing shots are really nice.

User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3256 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 8216 times:

Very nice report Yapple!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Load today was to be exactly 90%, with 337 passengers on board out of the 375 available seats.

Oh, so the flight wasn't full - I'm suprised

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
On a side note, it was noted by some that it might be intentional of SPQ to be docked at gate B7, and luggage being deposited at belt 47…making it (747). A real interesting observation!

Ha, very observant of you, and well planned by SQ!



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8159 times:

Many thanks for sharing the experience on the special day yapple and cheeken! The photos are amazing! Really enjoyed reading it.

Thanks
Win


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 98 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7912 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 9):
Absolutely stunning report. Well done. Those wing shots are really nice.

Hi flightsimboy,

Thanks for reading, and for the compliments! Those could have been better had I been able to secure a window seat.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Very nice report Yapple!

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Oh, so the flight wasn't full - I'm suprised

I'm surprised too, because some people tried to book nearing the date but was told that it was full!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Ha, very observant of you, and well planned by SQ!

Haha, actually, it wasn't me who observed that  
Quoting win1290 (Reply 10):
Many thanks for sharing the experience on the special day yapple and cheeken! The photos are amazing! Really enjoyed reading it.

Thanks
Win

Hi Win,

thanks! It really was a special day. You flatter me 

yapple.


User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7339 times:

Hi WH,

I am so happy for you! To have accomplished what you have always wanted (just before it retires nonetheless!) and to produce this really stunning TR! You have really described your journey so well in alot of detail and also shared your personal thoughts which makes your review such a delight to read! I really can sense how excited you must have been during the flight!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
the 2 friendly Singapore Girls welcoming passengers on board looked at me and joked, ‘ Don’t worry, we are not the ones that are retiring, and we won’t be anytime soon!’ Haha! What a nice way to start the SIA journey! Is this a prelude to what would be coming?

LoL! I really enjoyed this part. Seems like the SIA girls do have a good sense of humour and are not the robots that they are notoriously known for!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
This would be my First Ever solo trip overseas.

Congratulations on this minor achievement on top of this really big achievement!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Loud cries of ‘YYYUUMMM SSSEEENNNGGG’ could be heard, and every passenger and crew was raising their cups in the air (mostly champagne, but unfortunately for me, orange juice).

Really not something you'll ever hear on any SIA flight. I can really sense the excitement and fun in the atmosphere!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
The special menu today

Looks so beautiful.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
My first time trying the Singapore Sling ☺

haha, Glad you managed to try the Singapore Sling!!! Its one of my fav cocktails on SIA 
Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I had some minor ‘objectives’ to accomplish, which was to take some photographs with the pretty Singapore Girls.

Very well-accomplished!!! Mission completed for sure!  

Anyway, really stunning TR as I've mentioned previously! Thanks so much for bringing the rest of us who didn't have the honour to be onboard on your journey!!! I think your report did great justice to the wonderful event and is a really nice tribute to the last B747-400 flight of Singapore Airlines.

Thanks so much for sharing.  



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6558 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7212 times:

Hi Yapple !

Nice report with nice pictures ! Very nice that you were able to take part of that very special event!

Looks like SQ went all out to make a very special day!

The777Man



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1081 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7011 times:

What an experience! It was very well done from SQ.
I really admire the whole farewell ceremony on the other hand, I'm sure SQ made even some profit out of these special 2 flights SQ747/748, great marketing as usual!

Thank you for sharing the precious moments with us.
net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6782 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6598 times:

Hi yapple,

great report with many good pictures! It's amazing how SIA celebrated this historic event - and you were a part of it!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
My boarding pass and ‘invitation’ card!

Very nice.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Reached Gate 25. SQ 748

I'm wondering why they didn't choose SQ747 or SQ744. They should have reserved SQ748 for the 747-8i delivery flight...  

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Mixed berry mousse cake with vanilla thyme sauce, and something special

Great!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
It was time for another drink service, and I ordered the Singapore Sling, something that I’ve wanted to try for a long time

I really like that famous drink!



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 98 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6389 times:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
Hi WH,

I am so happy for you! To have accomplished what you have always wanted (just before it retires nonetheless!) and to produce this really stunning TR! You have really described your journey so well in alot of detail and also shared your personal thoughts which makes your review such a delight to read! I really can sense how excited you must have been during the flight!

Hi Gavin,

Thanks! Yeah I was really excited, but how I described still didn't show how excited i was 
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
LoL! I really enjoyed this part. Seems like the SIA girls do have a good sense of humour and are not the robots that they are notoriously known for!

Yeah, that caught me by surprise!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
Congratulations on this minor achievement on top of this really big achievement!

A strike off the to-do list  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
Really not something you'll ever hear on any SIA flight. I can really sense the excitement and fun in the atmosphere!

Indeed. You should have been on board!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
Looks so beautiful.

A real collectible's item 
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
haha, Glad you managed to try the Singapore Sling!!! Its one of my fav cocktails on SIA 

Yeah! Like I said, not a big fan of alcoholic drinks, but would certainly try it again if I had the chance.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 13):
Very well-accomplished!!! Mission completed for sure!  

Anyway, really stunning TR as I've mentioned previously! Thanks so much for bringing the rest of us who didn't have the honour to be onboard on your journey!!! I think your report did great justice to the wonderful event and is a really nice tribute to the last B747-400 flight of Singapore Airlines.

Thanks so much for sharing.  

Haha not really! I looked bad in all the photos, so yeah ... 

Thanks for reading once again  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 14):
Hi Yapple !

Nice report with nice pictures ! Very nice that you were able to take part of that very special event!

Looks like SQ went all out to make a very special day!

The777Man

Hi The777Man,

Thanks for reading! Luckily I had the cash to make that happen  

SQ blew me (and all of us maybe) away with these!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 15):
What an experience! It was very well done from SQ.
I really admire the whole farewell ceremony on the other hand, I'm sure SQ made even some profit out of these special 2 flights SQ747/748, great marketing as usual!

Thank you for sharing the precious moments with us.
net-hkt

Hi Net,

No problem. I think so too, judging by the brisk sales on board too. Even if they didn't, it was a great publicity for them!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Hi yapple,

great report with many good pictures! It's amazing how SIA celebrated this historic event - and you were a part of it!

Hi PH,

Thanks! It was indeed above expectations. Thankfully I had this chance...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Very nice.

Except for the fact that they tore my boarding pass...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
I'm wondering why they didn't choose SQ747 or SQ744. They should have reserved SQ748 for the 747-8i delivery flight...  

They did use SQ 747 for the SIN-HKG sector, not too sure about SQ 744. As for the 747-8i, not in the near future, judging by the conversations we had on board...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Great!

I didn't try it though, but it certainly looked nice!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
I really like that famous drink!

PH

  Thanks for reading once again!

yapple


User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1060 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5731 times:

Greetings WH.

Now I've finally replied to your report!

I really regret not joining you on the flight after reading it! Great to see that you met Sam, one of the most famous guys on a.net. I don't really get the idea of dancing to bade goodbye to the 747, probably to send it off happily I guess.

Shame that you couldn't get a window seat for this flight, but I guess being on the flight itself is already great. The menu itself looks pretty retro with the Big Top as the cover.

Seems like you enjoyed your first Singapore Sling, we should go try the one in the Raffles Hotel Long Bar one day.  

P.S. Do you ever smile during photos? :P

Regards,
Daniel



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5618 times:

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Hope you would enjoy reading this, as much as I have enjoyed writing, and experiencing it. Thank you!

Great report, I definately enjoyed reading it! Thumbs up for making such an effort in making their last 747 flight so memorable!


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 98 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5248 times:

Quoting Initious (Reply 18):
Greetings WH.

Now I've finally replied to your report!

I really regret not joining you on the flight after reading it! Great to see that you met Sam, one of the most famous guys on a.net. I don't really get the idea of dancing to bade goodbye to the 747, probably to send it off happily I guess.

Shame that you couldn't get a window seat for this flight, but I guess being on the flight itself is already great. The menu itself looks pretty retro with the Big Top as the cover.

Seems like you enjoyed your first Singapore Sling, we should go try the one in the Raffles Hotel Long Bar one day.  

P.S. Do you ever smile during photos? :P

Regards,
Daniel

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for dropping by. Haha, as you said, no room for regrets... It's a joyous and somehow sad occasion.

Could have gotten a window seat...but for procrastination. Besides, I can't complain since I went on the flight.

Haha, it tasted okay, still not a fan of alcoholic drinks though. Well sure, if you treat me...

And yes, I do smile, sometimes.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Great report, I definately enjoyed reading it! Thumbs up for making such an effort in making their last 747 flight so memorable!

Hi roberts87, thanks for viewing! Yeah i agree, they were just great. I've also conveyed my thoughts to SIA (for both flights) and they've replied.

yapple


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