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To The Other Side Of The World, Part 1:ZRH-SIN-AKL  
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 20851 times:

Dear readers,

Welcome to another of my trip reports. This time it’s the first part of a series and a rather exotic one by my standards- no 90 minute hops up to Northern England this time!

Background

My husband was entitled to extra holiday this year, due to the fact that he’s been with his company a good number of years. That was all very well for him, but my holiday allowance isn’t quite so generous. What to do about it? Well, I asked about taking some unpaid leave. This wasn’t granted, but it was decided I could take a couple of extra weeks off work and make the hours up later in the year. For operational reasons I could only have this extra time off in April or May.

So, we decided to take a month off and do something crazy. But where? An extensive Scandinavian tour has long been a dream of mine, but it wasn’t the best time of year. When you have 4 weeks to play with, it’s logical to go further afield. We thought of South Africa, but decided that as the time difference is minimal, this could easily be done with just 2 weeks leave.

I don’t remember how the idea started, but somewhere along the line Australia got brought into the conversation. And then from Australia, suddenly New Zealand got mentioned. I actually ‘blame’ fellow a.netter NZ107 for this, as after reading this report and seeing the photos of beautiful Queenstown, there was this little idea in the back of my mind of visiting the country sometime.

So, down to the travel agent it was on a dull, cold December afternoon. Returning with an armful of brochures, we actually dared to dream that we would fly to the other side of the world. At this point some of you might wonder why in the age of internet booking we use a travel agent. Well, it’s a tradition we have for our main trip of the year, plus a friend of mine works in our local branch so we always get good service.

Relatively quickly we settled on a 3 week tour of both islands and after New Year we were ready to book. My husband said he wanted to add on a few nights in Sydney, so an itinerary was drawn up and the flight options were looked at. Obviously there were many of these. EK were having a January sale and we were offered a truly excellent deal by the travel agent. My first choice had always been SQ, but the difference in price was substantial.

The flights were blocked for us and we said we’d sleep on it. Our joy was short lived however. No sooner had we returned home than our friend called to say that our planned tour had been cancelled and was no longer taking place in April.

So, it was back to the drawing board. We decided we didn’t want to do a self drive and although we’ve never been keen on the idea of coach tours we felt that this was going to be the best option. We trawled through brochures until I could no longer take it and spent hours in the travel agent. It was the same story every time. Either the tour we wanted was no longer taking place on the advertised dates, or if it was going ahead, the itinerary didn’t appeal.

In desperation I googled all sorts of travel companies and eventually struck gold with Relaxing Journeys, an NZ based agency who offer an abundance of trips, including unescorted coach tours. This means that you use the local Intercity buses to get about and as they leave daily, you can adjust the itinerary to suit, so we were sold.

As the EK offer was no longer valid we settled on SQ, the routing being ZRH-SIN-AKL / SYD-SIN-ZRH. For the necessary CHC-SYD leg the travel agent automatically suggested EK. I was tempted, especially as it would mean a widebody on the short 3 hour hop. But what about NZ? My chances of flying EK in the future are much higher than being to able to log NZ, even if it did mean an A320 over a B777. So, Air New Zealand it was.

We also booked the exit row on all the SQ flights. This costs 50$ per seat per leg, but they gave us one leg for free. This was good for my husband as not only is he tall but for medical reasons is at a higher risk of DVT, so the extra legroom was important. The downside was there wouldn’t be a window……

Finally! Everything was sorted & our trip was booked! I intend to break the report into 3 parts. Part 1 will cover ZRH-SIN-AKL, part 2 our trip around New Zealand and the CHC-SYD leg and part 3 SYD-SIN-ZRH.

Enough of the background, let’s go!

Saturday 14th April

Prior to the biggest trip of my life, I experienced a mixture of excitement and nerves. As a result I didn’t sleep too well and was tossing and turning from 3am. The alarm eventually bleeped at 6, giving us two hours to get ready. Some special sms wishes from certain members of this forum were very welcome!

We’d ordered a taxi for the short ride to our local station, where we picked up the direct train to the airport. So, this was how our journey started:
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Arrival at the airport was at 9. Plenty of time for an 11.45 departure but there were reasons for being early. We headed straight up to check-in 2 to the dedicated SQ desks where we were served after a short wait. A friend of mine was checking in, so we got extra special service. I was amazed when we handed our cases over- they weighed just 15 & 16kgs. I was a little worried about a 20kg allowance for 4 weeks and for the first time in my life I made an extra special effort to travel light. It paid off!
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Check-in 2
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After a quick chat with my colleague we headed to the Airport Medical Centre. My husband had been given blood thinning drugs which he had to inject and as neither of us had done this before we decided to make use of the service the airport offers. No charge was made, which is rather surprising for Switzerland, but tips were very welcome.

View from the Medical Centre, 8th floor. You can just make out the SQ tail in the far left corner of Dock E:
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After stocking up on some magazines and then nibbles from the famous airport bakery Steiner, we passed security. There I met up with 3 of my colleagues who gave us a good send off complete with some gifts of Swiss chocolate.

Then it was time to head through passport control and on to the E gates. We timed it just right, as the SQ crew working our flight caught the same train as us. When presenting my passport, I greeted the policeman with ‘Grüezi’. He took one look at my passport and asked me in English whether I was going to London (Britain does not just consist of London you know….). He seemed a bit baffled when I replied in Swiss German that no, I was going to Singapore and then let me pass.
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Non-Schengen departures


Over at Dock E, the SQ crew now heading to the gate (there were 4 males and 10 females)
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US Airways heading to PHL
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The last red & white tails for a while…..

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Saturday 14th April 2012
ZRH-SIN SQ 345
STD 1145 / ATD 1223
STA 0555 / ATA 0613
A380 9V-SKP
Seats 44H&J
Passengers: 345 (no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!)
My 3rd flight on the A380, 1st on this aircraft



SQ uses two gates at Zurich: E67 for Y class and E59 for C & F. Sadly, the tarmac position of the aircraft makes photographing it near impossible.


Boarding gate for Business….
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…and for the rest of us
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Boarding was done strictly by rows and started at 1115. Everyone had a coloured sticker on their boarding passes, the first group was red if I remember correctly and we had green.

Walking down the airbridge. I remember the excitement at boarding AF’s A380 at CDG, but knowing what a journey I was embarking on this time, well, it was a different feeling!
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Getting closer


Almost there!
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We were at the front of the second Y-class section. On the ZRH route, SQ has an all business class configuration on the upperdeck.
Our seats
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Considering the size of the aircraft, boarding was relatively swift .

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View for the next 12 hours  

Let’s have a look at the legroom


Before pushback we received hot towels then menu cards and finally amenity kits
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Socks and toothbrush, not the most generous of offerings. Combs and razors were available in the toilets
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Captain Francis Lee welcomed us on board and told us that we were waiting for the last few passengers. Flying time to Singapore today was 11hrs45 & the distance to fly was 10,500kms. And, funnily enough, at exactly 11.45 the boarding completed announcement was made.

We were then told that our pushback would be delayed slightly due to ATC restrictions and our slot was estimated at 12.10. Well, we got lucky and at 11.55 the next stage of our journey began.

The safety demo was played and the crew walked through the cabin checking who had ordered special meals. I got a sticker put on my seat.

We slowly taxied round to runway 16 behind a United 767 when the pilot gave us some more information: we were going to have a wait of approximately 20-25 minutes before before we could take off, again due to ATC. There were a few groans but we must have received an earlier slot, as at 12.23 the 4 engines roared as loudly as they could (still way too quiet for my liking) and we started our take off roll. I’ve seen this flight depart ZRH many times and am still fascinated at how gracefully the A380 leaves the ground. Sitting inside, it was no different. The flaps make rather a noise as does the undercarriage, but apart from that you really don’t hear a thing.

Being on the exit row meant I couldn’t use the IFE until the seatbelt sign had been turned off. It was the moving map for me of course
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Headphones


It was clear from the moment my neighbour sat down on 44K that there were to be no interesting conversations on this flight. A Swiss business traveller who managed a grunt in response to my „Grüezi“ and who spent the first 6 hours reading newspapers and drinking nothing but red wine. I was actually quite curious as to how long the crew would keep serving him, but eventually the wine took effect and he fell asleep.

Shortly after take off the first drinks service commenced, accompanied by bags of nuts.


Before lunch was served, I went for a wander. You could walk up and down the staircase, but the top was obviously cordoned off

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Cabin view
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Let’s have a look at the menu card

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Ordering a special meal often has its advantages – I got mine much earlier. Salad, mediterranean pasta & fruit for dessert. It was very tasty.
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The crew came round with bottles of red & white wine, asking those who had received a special meal whether they would like a glass. I declined, but thought it was a nice touch, rather then having to wait until the main trolleys appeared. Mr grumpy-wine-addict next to me asked for some red, to which the FA replied that she didn’t have any glasses and would come back later. He shook his head and muttered ‘No glasses! No glasses!’ Come on mate, it was quite clear that the poor girl couldn’t carry two bottles and a load of glasses, so just be patient!

This was 44H’s choice….
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…accompanied by a first taste of Singapore. The crew didn’t have any Tiger beer left on the trolley, but the FA serving us immediately contacted her colleague who brought one straight away. When she passed through the cabin later she asked if my husband had enjoyed the beer and whether he wanted another. Great service here.
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For dessert, we got delicious Swiss Mövenpick ice cream. It was a bit too cold and took a while to soften up. As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.
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Time to find out where we are – over the Black Sea
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Another wander and peek out of the window
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I left the moving map for a while and looked at the other entertainment options. How about some music?
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Or something a bit harder?
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44H’s choice


I won some spending money for the holiday, but the cheque never arrived.
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For most of the flight we cruised at between 10,500-11,800m, with a speed of 870-950kmh. After the meal service had finished about half the crew disappeared downstairs to the crew rest area, the entrance to which was located just opposite our seats. Halfway during the flight, the crews swopped round.

They did a fantastic job of checking the toilets, working hard to keep them clean. On the occasions that I passed through the galley on my walkabout, I never once saw the crew standing around chatting, they were always doing something. There were always plenty of drinks ready to take.

The cabin had descended into darkness, but no matter how hard I tried, the longest I managed to sleep for was 20 minutes. I felt like a child on Christmas Eve willing for Father Christmas to arrive so I could finally get up. Time for another walk.
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Let’s hope we don’t need to make an emergency landing here
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Halfway there!
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Cruising over India
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No turbulence over the Bay of Bengal
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Being on the exit row, a lot of people tend to congregate nearby to stretch their legs. At one point my husband nudged me and pointed to a guy hovering round the toilets smooching with his other half. It was Carlo Janka, the Swiss Olympic ski champion in Giant Slalom. Typically my husband had to say something and casually asked where they were going and told them about our trip to NZ. They were flying to Singapore for 3 nights (does that sound familiar to anyone?!). No business class even for an Olympic champion.

About 2hrs before landing, breakfast was served. Well, it was late evening Swiss time and I had a little trouble eating this kind of spread when my body was telling me to sleep
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The Asian meal
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Getting closer
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Over Thailand now
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Starting descent soon
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It was noticeable that on all the SQ flights we took the only cockpit announcements were made at the beginning and shortly before landing. We were told that our estimated arrival time was 06.15 and it was a balmy 25C with cloudy skies in Singapore.

For landing the crew took their seats opposite us again, one male & one female (I’m hopeless, I didn’t write their names down). We started chatting to them and they were both so nice. We told them about our journey and asked a little about life flying with SQ. The female F/A noticed I’d been writing facts & figures down in my notebook so I explained about my job and of course airliners. She gave us some tips for our stopover in Singapore on the way back. I also asked her about the lovely SQ uniforms and she explained how the different colours represent the heirarchy – blue for flight stewardesses, green for leading stewardess & red for chief stewardess.

I asked the crew for the registration of the aircrft, as I hadn’t been able to spot it at ZRH. When they told me it was 9V-SKP I had to smile, as on exactly the same day Markus was enroute to Skopje.

I really don’t like not having a window seat. Not just for the obvious reasons, but I find it quite unpleasant on climb out and approach when you can’t see how the plane is banking. I find I have no feeling for knowing just when you’re going to touch down. Anyway, I kept busy talking to the crew and before I knew it, we landed on Singapore soil at 0613 local time and taxied round to our arrival gate at T3.

I was in no hurry to deboard, the usual scenes followed. I took the opportunity to have my photo taken with the crew.

Deboarding
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"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 21094 times:

Singapore

Leaving the airbridge, I couldn’t quite believe that I was in Singapore. Having read so many trip reports about it and seen so many pictures, it all seemed a bit surreal. All I can say is WOW! What an airport. Plenty of internet points offering 15minutes free, drinking fountains, immaculate toilets with large cubicles (great if want to change your clothes). A wide selection of shops and restaurants and plenty to keep you amused during your layover. We just kept wandering round and round as it was good to have some exercise after such a long flight.

First impressions of Changi
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Beautiful flowers
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A sparkling immigration hall


I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!
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Auckland from Gate B1
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Huge, open spaces at SIN
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Definitely T3 then



Clear signage
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I just loved the place and kept snapping away
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Too early in the day for Tiger beer
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Post office on wheels
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I sadly only managed to spot SQ planes whilst I was here !
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I was so tired that I didn’t even realise that this was to be our plane for Auckland.
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A fellow a.netter?
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The gate was in a group of 4 and you could only proceed through security when the gate open sign appeared. Two lanes of security were open and we didn’t have to wait that long.
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Yet another A380, never seen so many at once!
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15th April 2012
SIN-AKL SQ281
STD 0845 / ATD 0913
STA 2225 / ATA 2227
B777-200ER 9V-SQI
Seats 44H&K
First flight on the B777


Lots of comfy seats were available at the gate area, as well as toilets, internet points and a small kiosk selling drinks and snacks.

Boarding was called, again strictly by rows, at 0810. During the boarding process we were handed landing cards for New Zealand.
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Home for the next 9+ hours
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Neighbour being loaded
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We got to pass business class this time – now those seats look comfy
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The aircraft might only be 10 years old, but it seemed older than that in comparison to the A380: frayed carpets were particularly noticeable.

Settling down
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Legroom impeeded slightly by the door, but still excellent

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This time the exit row had a further advantage: it was a block of 2. Blue blankets this time and silky pillows.


Safety card


Magazines


Once I got settled into my seat I peered at the flight info on the screen opposite. My heart sank and I cursed. It said flight time 9hrs50. Officially it’s 9hrs40 for this flight but I was optimistic that it would be a bit shorter. My body clock was messed up and confused, I was tired and yet couldn’t sleep, so I was not really a happy bunny (this is confirmed by how little I wrote down during the flight).

Anyway, the pilot gave us his welcome speech and told us the flight to Auckland would take 9hrs15, so that was good. When the screen was updated shortly after, it said 9hrs03, so my spirits lifted slightly. Distance to our destination: 8,400km.

We pushed back at 08.53.

Take off was at 09.13 to the north. It was a real shame I couldn’t take any photos as we banked to the right and had some lovely views of the airport and harbour.

After the seatbelt sign had been turned off:

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We’d been talking to the female FA sat opposite us during take off. She’d obviously been listening carefully to our tale about the long journey, as when the amenity kits were handed out she gave us both an eye mask.

The IFE looks a lot older, doesn’t it?
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Drinks were offered shortly after take off and breakfast was served promptly. Once again, I got mine ahead of most. However when I saw the following…
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…I felt rather queasy and reached my lowest point of the whole trip. My body was screaming at me ‘you can’t eat that in the middle of the night’. I think I managed 3 bites of the omelette and half a bread roll and then something strange happened. The tiredness hit me in a way that I have never experienced before, as if someone had given me an anaesthetic. I somehow clambered over to the toilet, stumbled back to my seat, pulled the blanket up and the next thing I knew we were over Australia.

Here’s the standard breakfast, taken before I fell asleep
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I woke briefly and went for a wander:
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Progress!
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Our route took us west of Darwin, down to AliceSprings and then to Sydney. Despite it being a daytime flight, the cabin lights were dimmed. If you pulled the window blind up too quickly then it really hurt your eyes!
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I dropped off again whilst Mr 44H carried on in true trip reporter style
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Some nice scenery
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Cabin shot
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Mouthwash, perfume & handcream on offer, but one rather blocked basin.
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A look at SQ’s fleet. When we returned a month later, the 747 was no longer in the list, sad.


The crew passed round with snacks – I took some crisps


Getting dark


Heading out over the Tasman
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Before dinner there was another drinks service. I never drink alcohol on planes. However, the end of the journey was in sight and fellow a.netter Gabriel told me I must have a Singapore Sling on the flight. So, I made an exception to my rule, cheers Gab. It was rather fine too (but not good on an empty stomach!)


Dinner time: rice & some very strange tofu, salad and fruit. It wasn’t one of my favourite meals.
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Standard meal (sorry for poor quality)
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Over halfway across
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Shortly before 22.00 the pilot gave us some info: we were 200miles out of Auckland where the temperature was 15C and would soon be starting our descent. And sure enough a few minutes later the engines spooled down.

Still time for a game of Solitaire


Nearly there!!
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Once the cabin lights had been dimmed for landing I was able to get a better view out of the window behind me. I could already see the urban sprwal of Auckland and it seemed strange to think that after so many hours we about to land on Kiwi soil. Touchdown was at 2227. To think we’d travelled all those miles and landed only 2 minutes late – incredible isn’t it?

The taxi to our gate wasn’t that long and soon enough we were bidding the SQ crew goodbye and to be quite honest, I wasn’t too sad to get off a plane for once!

A last look back at our aircraft
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Yes, we really are here !
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Some Maori influences
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Heading for immigration
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Like Australia, entering New Zealand takes some time. There was a lengthy queue at immigration, as it took a couple of minutes to process each group. The officer who dealt with us was friendly, he asked us if we had any friends in NZ – it seemed an innocent question, but I’m sure it’s all part of the tactics!

After immigration we collected our bags, both were already waiting for us after having flown halfway around the world. I was going to take a photo but saw two female customs officials with a dog, so decided against it. They came over to me and asked if it was ok for the dog to sniff our bags. They then went on to ask if I had any fruit in my hand luggage. I had done, but had disposed of it after getting off the plane. However, the scent was still there and the dog had picked up on it, so they looked through my bag until they were happy there was only Swiss chocolate in there.

Then we proceeded through Quarantine. There were signs up saying that TV crews were filming a programme called Border Control although we couldn’t see any. We had to present our cards to an official and tell them what restricted items were were carrying, after which our bags were xrayed and we were free to go.

Arrivals hall
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Still lots of activity
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A piece of home
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Taxi
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As it was so late and we were so tired we hopped straight in a taxi driven by an Indian guy. I did wonder whether he took us on a detour through as residential area as the route seemed a little strange, but local a.net resident Nicholas confirmed that it was the correct way.

We’d booked the 5* Skycity Grand hotel as they had a good 3 nights for 2 offer on. It’s part of a huge complex with the Sky Tower, casino, restaurants, shops etc. We got assigned a room on the 19th floor and were welcomed by the following sight- just what you need after 21hrs in the air:
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A nice shower made me feel vaguely human again after which it was straight to bed. It did actually take me a little while to get off to sleep, my mind was still processing the fact I was actually in New Zealand, but it was wonderful to sleep in a proper bed again!

My verdict: SQ was everything I expected – classy with excellent service and friendly crews. I felt safe and well looked after at all times. I preferred the A380, but then again was glad to have the opportunity to log my first 777. At no point did I get backache from the seats or feel uncormfortable as I thought I might. The extra legroom was a bonus & it was a joy to transit in SIN - our layover was just the right length of time. Maybe I could get used to this longhaul flying?!

I will end this report here. My next installment will cover a special Auckland sightseeing tour, an outline of the tour we took in New Zealand and the flight from CHC-SYD on NZ, well, at least that’s the plan.

Thank you for reading and comments are most welcome & appreciated, as always!

Happy flying
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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 20656 times:

Nice interesting read.

SIN does look impressive - now i know why my dad always makes a point of transferring there whenever he's in that part of the world. The meals on SQ look good too.

Hopefully ill get to try them out for myself someday.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 20563 times:
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Great read and pictures Hannah, thanks for posting, this, looking forward to the next part.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Before pushback we received hot towels then menu cards and finally amenity kits
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Socks and toothbrush, not the most generous of offerings

- Not bad IMO for Y on a day time flight though.....

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
who spent the first 6 hours reading newspapers and drinking nothing but red wine

- Sounds like me, sans the newspapers  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Salad, mediterranean pasta & fruit for dessert. It was very tasty.

- Looks pretty D!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Being on the exit row, a lot of people tend to congregate nearby to stretch their legs

- That indeed can be an issue, best to recline the seat and stretch out as far as you can to eat into that space  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
About 2hrs before landing, breakfast was served. Well, it was late evening Swiss time and I had a little trouble eating this kind of spread when my body was telling me to sleep

- Looks good! - Thankfully I don't suffer from time zone eating issues  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I really don’t like not having a window seat. Not just for the obvious reasons, but I find it quite unpleasant on climb out and approach when you can’t see how the plane is banking. I find I have no feeling for knowing just when you’re going to touch down.

- I know where you are coming from, though any seat without a window is an issue for me.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
First flight on the B777

- Get out of town!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Before dinner there was another drinks service. I never drink alcohol on planes

- Hmm, opposite of me......

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Dinner time: rice & some very strange tofu, salad and fruit. It wasn’t one of my favourite meals

- Tofu, yuck, had it for the first time in Hawaii, what a horrible 'food' - I think it is the texture I don't like.

Looks like SQ really took care of you on these flights, they are good and I love their service continuity, something the likes of EY & EK suffer from.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 20414 times:

Epic report! SQ looks pretty good. SIN is a quite an airport; really top-notch. I want to go to New Zealand but I never seem to have enough time.

User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1793 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 20213 times:

Hi Hannah

Thanks for the great report. I mean, we all know how impressive Singapore Airlines is in all classes. But even so, every time I read a report about them I can't help but be very impressed.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Over at Dock E, the SQ crew now heading to the gate (there were 4 males and 10 females)

Surely, that couldn't have been the entire crew for such a big bird?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Considering the size of the aircraft, boarding was relatively swift .

Never mind the size of the cabin, that kebaya sure is a tight fit.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Socks and toothbrush, not the most generous of offerings. Combs and razors were available in the toilets

I dunno, that's more than you're likely to get on any European carrier in Y.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
It was clear from the moment my neighbour sat down on 44K that there were to be no interesting conversations on this flight. A Swiss business traveller who managed a grunt in response to my „Grüezi“ and who spent the first 6 hours reading newspapers and drinking nothing but red wine. I was actually quite curious as to how long the crew would keep serving him, but eventually the wine took effect and he fell asleep.

Eugh, you poor woman. There's nothing worse than being stuck next to some piss pot on a plane.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Here’s the standard breakfast, taken before I fell asleep

Well that looks...interesting.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We’d booked the 5* Skycity Grand hotel as they had a good 3 nights for 2 offer on.

that's where I stayed last time I was in NZ. Great location!

Thanks for posting Hannah, I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 20192 times:

SQ looks great but they don't give miles on the UA frequent flyer program if you fly on Y.

I assume you got the good seats thanks to your friend. Looking forward to seeing pics of New Zealand. I always wanted to go there. I don't like renting cars when I am overseas so your idea is of interest to me.


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1926 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 20084 times:
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Nice report on SQ.

I can relate to your descriptions about your inner clock being so disoriented with the meals being served at odd times, etc. When we flew to CPH in September; they served breakfast prior to landing and it was midnight in MSP ... Usually a good cup of coffee can help me re-adjust and get on that day's schedule ...

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 20026 times:

Hi Hannah!

Amd thank you for posting this inspiring and inviting tr!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
This wasn’t granted, but it was decided I could take a couple of extra weeks off work and make the hours up later in the year.

Ouch! So, you will be working long days for the rest of the year! Well, this certainly seems to be worth it!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My 3rd flight on the A380, 1st on this aircraft

I remember the first two that happened to be my first two 380 flights as well!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The crew came round with bottles of red & white wine, asking those who had received a special meal whether they would like a glass.

I usually have a special meal as well and have usually finished my meal before I finally get something to drink! A very nice gesture!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For dessert, we got delicious Swiss Mövenpick ice cream.

This picture made me want ice cream! Luckily, I have none at home and the grocery store is 500 metres away. Maybe tomorrow.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

Seems worth all the praise it gets!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!

Great! Well done! Usually no-one gives you feedback unless something is wrong!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
First flight on the B777

I haven't flown on 777 either!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
We got assigned a room on the 19th floor and were welcomed by the following sight- just what you need after 21hrs in the air:

Looks nice and comfortable!

Looking forward to the rest of the strory!

Jani



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5153 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 19724 times:

Hoi, H.,

that´s what I call really good work.
You have definitely selected a nice set of pictures, well done.
And also you´re story. Sure the perfect Sunday evening read.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I remember the excitement at boarding AF’s A380 at CDG,

Count me in this way.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
finally amenity kits

Any idea where I saw these before?.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):

The cabin had descended into darkness, but no matter how hard I tried, the longest I managed to sleep for was 20 minutes. I felt like a child on Christmas Eve willing for Father Christmas to arrive so I could finally get up. Time for another walk.

You should switch on the aircraft sleep mode!.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
They were flying to Singapore for 3 nights (does that sound familiar to anyone?!).

No, definitely not me!.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
When they told me it was 9V-SKP I had to smile, as on exactly the same day Markus was enroute to Skopje.

How nice that you remember these detail.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
The tiredness hit me in a way that I have never experienced before, as if someone had given me an anaesthetic. I somehow clambered over to the toilet, stumbled back to my seat, pulled the blanket up and the next thing I knew we were over Australia.

Now you have finally found the aircraft sleeping moee switch!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Maybe I could get used to this longhaul flying?!

Sure you are.

Looking forward to part II.

Best greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 19688 times:

Hello guys,

Thanks for the first set of replies, very much appreciated!

James,

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
SIN does look impressive - now i know why my dad always makes a point of transferring there whenever he's in that part of the world. The meals on SQ look good too.

I can’t imagine you’d find a nicer airport to transit in, it really does seem to have everything you need.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
Hopefully ill get to try them out for myself someday.

Highly recommended.

Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Not bad IMO for Y on a day time flight though.....

It seems you’re not the only one with that opinion! I was only basing my comparison on what I’ve seen here on airliners and I seemed to have it in my head that other carriers had better offerings, must have got it wrong.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Looks good! - Thankfully I don't suffer from time zone eating issues

You’ve had more practice than me!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Get out of town!

Ditto the above!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
I know where you are coming from, though any seat without a window is an issue for me.

I certainly won’t sacrifice my window seat without a fight in the future!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Looks like SQ really took care of you on these flights, they are good and I love their service continuity, something the likes of EY & EK suffer from.

So it seems, this was something that was at the back of my mind when we were offered the EK flights.

Kurt,

Quoting kurt (Reply 4):
report! SQ looks pretty good. SIN is a quite an airport; really top-notch. I want to go to New Zealand but I never seem to have enough time.

I can thoroughly recommend both Sq and New Zealand. You really need at least 3 weeks though to visit the country, any shorter and you can’t do it justice.

William,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Surely, that couldn't have been the entire crew for such a big bird?

Yeah, the more I think about it of course you’re quite right. I guess I must have missed a group that had gone through earlier or later. On board it’s impossible to count!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Never mind the size of the cabin, that kebaya sure is a tight fit.

Men….  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
dunno, that's more than you're likely to get on any European carrier in Y.

See my response above to Mark!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Eugh, you poor woman. There's nothing worse than being stuck next to some piss pot on a plane.

At least he was a quiet one. I was grateful for that!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
Well that looks...interesting.

Hmm, I would have felt even more queasy if I’d been presented with that.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 5):
that's where I stayed last time I was in NZ. Great location!

What a coincidence.

Lychemsa,

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
assume you got the good seats thanks to your friend. Looking forward to seeing pics of New Zealand. I always wanted to go there. I don't like renting cars when I am overseas so your idea is of interest to me

No, as I said, the seats were all pre-booked and paid for in advance.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
SQ looks great but they don't give miles on the UA frequent flyer program if you fly on Y.

Didn’t get any miles either, it was a ‚special tarif‘!

Matthew,


Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
I can relate to your descriptions about your inner clock being so disoriented with the meals being served at odd times, etc. When we flew to CPH in September; they served breakfast prior to landing and it was midnight in MSP ... Usually a good cup of coffee can help me re-adjust and get on that day's schedule ...

I suppose the more you fly you more you get used to it. Sadly I don’t drink coffee either so that wouldn’t work!

Jani,
Thanks for your kind words.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
Ouch! So, you will be working long days for the rest of the year! Well, this certainly seems to be worth it!

Yes, and having just received my shifts for July I have to keep reminding myself that it was worth it!

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
I remember the first two that happened to be my first two 380 flights as well!

Funny, I remember them well too  
Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
This picture made me want ice cream! Luckily, I have none at home and the grocery store is 500 metres away. Maybe tomorrow.

I always have some Mövenpick ice cream in the freezer. You really can’t beat it.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
Seems worth all the praise it gets!

Absolutely.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
Great! Well done! Usually no-one gives you feedback unless something is wrong!

Exactly. That’s precisely why I did it. I know how nice it is to receive praise too.

Quoting AYA333 (Reply 8):
I haven't flown on 777 either!

Phew, I was beginning to think I was the only one!

Markus,
Thanks for your reply.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
that´s what I call really good work.
You have definitely selected a nice set of pictures, well done.

Oh believe me, those pictures were the easy ones…..

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Count me in this way.

Is it really nearly 2 years ago?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Any idea where I saw these before?.

No, couldn’t possibly imagine!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
You should switch on the aircraft sleep mode!.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Now you have finally found the aircraft sleeping moee switch!

It only took me about 14hours to find it. Next time please tell me about it in advance  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
No, definitely not me!.

Didn’t think so. I don't know anybody who would do that!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
How nice that you remember these detail.

Markus, I am always well informed about your travel plans!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Looking forward to part II.

You might have a long wait......

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1678 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 19591 times:
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Hello Hannah!

That's some excellent coverage of this long and winding journey. SQ looks and are great, and this report shows it. Even in Y class, their cabins show a class act, the meals are well presented and plentiful and the crew is courteous and friendly. The A380 seems somewhat superior over the 777, but that's maybe understandable with the aircraft being younger in age. The best thing I like about the A380 is indeed that it is so quiet!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We trawled through brochures until I could no longer take it and spent hours in the travel agent.

I know the feeling. And then just at the moment you are about to give up, there's the light at the end of the tunnel!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There I met up with 3 of my colleagues who gave us a good send off complete with some gifts of Swiss chocolate.

How nice of your fellow infodesk's to give you a good start to the holiday.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Passengers: 345 (no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!)

It was definitely no omen!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
View for the next 12 hours

Looking at this way, the wing is really massive and almost endless.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
but apart from that you really don’t hear a thing.

A top notch feature on longhaul if you ask me.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.

Yummy!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
When they told me it was 9V-SKP I had to smile, as on exactly the same day Markus was enroute to Skopje.

This really was a day of coincidences, now was it  

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I went to the information desk and told them how nice their airport is!

To the infodesk? Ha ha ha, you couldn't give it a rest, could you 

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
and to be quite honest, I wasn’t too sad to get off a plane for once!

I know what you mean. I've done the same some 12 years ago from ANR to MEL via AMS, SIN and SYD. Those long journeys are a bit too much...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1970 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 19521 times:

Thanks for a very nice and detailed trip report. Read this just after reading the other SQ report in Suites/Business, but it was of course just as entertaining! I've always felt treated better in SQ in Y compared to J - eg in Y they hand out the menus and headsets to you personally whereas in J they're always already inserted into the storage compartment before you're seated.

Will we get a report for the return to Europe?


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 19000 times:

Hi Infodesk!

great read! Your enthusiasm comes through, I'm already looking forward to parts 2 and 3  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
We thought of South Africa, but decided that as the time difference is minimal, this could easily be done with just 2 weeks leave.

SA really deserves longer   Saying that, last time I went to NZ, it was for less than 2 weeks, to my uncle's funeral, way back in 2004.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
suddenly New Zealand got mentioned

Excellent choice!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My husband had been given blood thinning drugs which he had to inject

Ouch, I hate needles with a passion. I've been recommended to take a couple of aspirin once per day for the couple of days before a long flight.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Let’s have a look at the legroom

Well worth it! Was if S$50, NZ$ or another $?

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Ordering a special meal often has its advantages – I got mine much earlier

My wife has to have a special meal as well, the gluten free meal. When travelling with children it really helps, as one of us can eat while the other entertains.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I really don’t like not having a window seat

I don't know any A.netter who does!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Here’s the standard breakfast, taken before I fell asleep

Doesn't look to bad, a little bland perhaps. But completely understood with the way you were feeling. That last NZ trip had us (me, my mum and my sister) taking NZ1 LHR-LAX-AKL in one go. Brutal.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I did wonder whether he took us on a detour through as residential area as the route seemed a little strange, but local a.net resident Nicholas confirmed that it was the correct way.

Yes, there is a motorway route but it is such a long way south out of the way of the direct route it isn't usually worth it.

Like I mentioned before, already eagerly awaiting the next parts!

Thanks again

signol



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 18930 times:

Hi Hannah,

Good to see the first part of your New Zealand journey published.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
So, Air New Zealand it was.

Sensible choice as EK use their 77W on this route, if I am not mistaken, and they are nothing special in Y. Chance of an airline that you might not get to fly on again soon, makes sense.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
There I met up with 3 of my colleagues who gave us a good send off complete with some gifts of Swiss chocolate.

How nice of them. It shows that you are popular.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
345 (no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!)

Was that including J and F, or just in Y? Seems a light load.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
traveller who managed a grunt in response to my „Grüezi“

Sometimes that's a benefit. What if you had been lumbered with an opinionated bore?  
Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
When she passed through the cabin later she asked if my husband had enjoyed the beer and whether he wanted another.

It became rather fashionable in some threads to dismiss SQ crew as "robotic". Good to see that on your flights they were pro-active and attentive to the passengers.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
As 44H decided that beer & ice cream don’t mix, I ate his as well.

Waste not: want not.  The meals look substantial enough and the choices, particularly the Asian ones, inviting.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
. I also asked her about the lovely SQ uniforms

One of the attractive features of SQ. I like that they have a clearly Singaporean appearance and style. Imagine if European airlines' crew wore traditional "Tracht". Maybe not.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

Isn't it lovely to see the Water Gardens with fish and all the colourful orchids? I will be passing through next month but will have to transfer between T1 and T2, changing from QF to LH's A380.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
as when the amenity kits were handed out she gave us both an eye mask.

How thoughtful of her.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
Some nice scenery

Passing over the Simpson Desert.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
To think we’d travelled all those miles and landed only 2 minutes late – incredible isn’t it?

They weren't running on "Swiss time", then?  

Thank you Hannah, for sharing your experience with SQ. They have long been regarded as a quality airline and it is good to see that the standards are being maintained.

Looking froward to your next instalment.

Regards,
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 18515 times:

Awesome trip report! I agree that Changi is AWESOME!

I TOTALLY know that sudden travelers fatigue that overcomes you suddenly and without warning when you've been traveling for a long time but still feel perfectly fine until all of a sudden....*thwump* and it is LIGHTS OUTS!

So your special meal was a vegetarian meal?


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1079 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 18387 times:

A very long journey on SQ from Europe via Asia to Australia (and I mean continent).
Thank you for a long trip report with plenty of useful photos. I like them all.

One thing I'd put SQ/TG over Qatar/CX is that on SQ/TG they do utilize proper crockery and cutlery.
It feel much better and lots easier when eating without real fork spoon and dish (plus real glass for wine in Economy)

I hope SQ made your trip smoother than expected.
Brgds,
net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2016 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 17917 times:

Hi infodesk

Great TR, thanks for sharing! It's a shame that living in Singapore I have never experienced SIN as a transit airport! I've always been tempted to stick around for a while after a flight, but I'm always thinking of the bags waiting at the carrousel.

Shame you had a 772A on the leg to AKL. I wouldn't fancy that on a 10 hour flight. The new Y seats on the A388 and 77W are very firm, but the refurbed ones on the 772A and 773A are a little old.

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineRussianGirl From Russia, joined Jan 2011, 107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 17718 times:

Hi Hannah!
Really interesting report with very good pics!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
no mistake, exactly the same as the flight number!

What a funny coincidence  
SQ serv looks perfect! My dream is to fly with them someday  

Vsego horoshego,
Anastasia


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 17593 times:

Hi Hannah !

Thanks for an amazing report ! Very well written and amazing pictures as well.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
I remember the excitement at boarding AF’s A380 at CDG, but knowing what a journey I was embarking on this time, well, it was a different feeling!

I know what that's like; some flights are more special to board than others. Whenever I get to board a new 777 carrier, it's a very special feeling for me.

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
Our seats

Looks very comfortable!

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
accompanied by a first taste of Singapore. The crew didn’t have any Tiger beer left on the trolley, but the FA serving us immediately contacted her colleague who brought one straight away. When she passed through the cabin later she asked if my husband had enjoyed the beer and whether he wanted another. Great service here.

Always nice to try the local beer which is something I try to do often. Very nice of the flight attendant to ask how it was.


Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
For dessert, we got delicious Swiss Mövenpick ice cream

Movenpick is indeed very good ice cream

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
All I can say is WOW! What an airport.

SIN is very nice and MUCH better than DXB. I still prefer HKG over SIN as it's more spotter friendly air side than SIN.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
…I felt rather queasy and reached my lowest point of the whole trip. My body was screaming at me ‘you can’t eat that in the middle of the night’. I think I managed 3 bites of the omelette and half a bread roll and then something strange happened. The tiredness hit me in a way that I have never experienced before, as if someone had given me an anaesthetic. I somehow clambered over to the toilet, stumbled back to my seat, pulled the blanket up and the next thing I knew we were over Australia.

It's very difficult to travel thru so many time zones but I think it's very important to keep drinking fluids and eat regularly. Always try to get rest even if you can't sleep and try to adjust to the new time zone as soon as possible i.e. have breakfast when it's time for it local time. It does get easier the more often you travel.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 1):
I never drink alcohol on planes.

That's a good idea. I usually don't have more than one beer on a flight. Every three to four long haul flights, I have a glass of wine but not more than that.

Thanks again for an amazing report and very much looking forward to the next part.

The777Man



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1222 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 17538 times:

Hi Hannah

Wonderful start to your travels down under. I was really looking forward to the report. Nice to see that SQ looked after you both so well, and the A380 is an amazing machine for its quietness and space. Meals looked of a high standard too.

Glad you got to experience SIN - it's such a nice airport although I think ZRH is also super nice. The airport designers at both airports should be congratulated (having just been forced to zig zag all the way through arrivals at the North Terminal at LGW this morning - which took forever!)

I know what you mean about the jetlag - no matter how many times you go ultra long haul, it's always the same. On trips back down under, I've got to the point on some flights that I've felt beyond tired that I cannot sleep at all. It's such an awful feeling. I hope you managed to get over the jetlag soon after arriving - i've found that sometimes it takes me a week or so. Ugh.

Now awaiting Part II

Cheers, Palmjet

PS it was great to meet you in Berlin recently.



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 17316 times:

Evening guys and girls,

Thank you for your kind responses, I'm very touched!

Nils,

Good to read your feedback.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
know the feeling. And then just at the moment you are about to give up, there's the light at the end of the tunnel!

I nearly threw in the towel and gave up. So glad I didn't!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Looking at this way, the wing is really massive and almost endless.

Just huge, isn't it?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
A top notch feature on longhaul if you ask me.

Oh indeed, almost to the point that you don't realise you're flying.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
This really was a day of coincidences, now was it

So it seems!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
To the infodesk? Ha ha ha, you couldn't give it a rest, could you

No, you know me, I couldn't! Always interesting to see the set up in other airports!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
know what you mean. I've done the same some 12 years ago from ANR to MEL via AMS, SIN and SYD. Those long journeys are a bit too much...

Good to hear that even aviation enthusiasts admit that  . Still though, it was more than worth it.


Docpepz,

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 12):
and detailed trip report. Read this just after reading the other SQ report in Suites/Business, but it was of course just as entertaining! I've always felt treated better in SQ in Y compared to J - eg in Y they hand out the menus and headsets to you personally whereas in J they're always already inserted into the storage compartment before you're seated.

Oh, I didn't know that. It's rather surprising, as you'd expect the service in Business to be even more attentive.

Quoting Docpepz (Reply 12):
Will we get a report for the return to Europe?

Indeed, although you might have to be patient!

Hi Robin,

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
SA really deserves longer Saying that, last time I went to NZ, it was for less than 2 weeks, to my uncle's funeral, way back in 2004

Thanks for the tip about SA, good to know. That must have been a very tiring and emotional journey for you back in 2004.

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
Ouch, I hate needles with a passion. I've been recommended to take a couple of aspirin once per day for the couple of days before a long flight.

I had to perform the rest of the injections which was rather a strange feeling. Usually I can't even look at the things without feeling queasy!

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
Well worth it! Was if S$50, NZ$ or another $?

Actually, it was US.

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
My wife has to have a special meal as well, the gluten free meal. When travelling with children it really helps, as one of us can eat while the other entertains.

Of course, I can see that must be a huge benefit when travelling with kids. Even with my slow eating I'd finished before my husband got his tray.

Quoting signol (Reply 13):
Doesn't look to bad, a little bland perhaps. But completely understood with the way you were feeling. That last NZ trip had us (me, my mum and my sister) taking NZ1 LHR-LAX-AKL in one go. Brutal.

Yeah, that is brutal. However, I am glad that we did it all in one go flying out and had the layovers on the return journey. I think the excitement of the trip ahead helps to get you through it.

Roy,

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Sensible choice as EK use their 77W on this route, if I am not mistaken, and they are nothing special in Y. Chance of an airline that you might not get to fly on again soon, makes sense.

Oh and boy, was ANZ good. More to follow!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Was that including J and F, or just in Y? Seems a light load.

All classes. Usually it's closer to 400.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Sometimes that's a benefit. What if you had been lumbered with an opinionated bore?

True, a fair point. As I said to in reply to William, at least the wine kept him quiet.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
became rather fashionable in some threads to dismiss SQ crew as "robotic". Good to see that on your flights they were pro-active and attentive to the passengers.

I never once saw trace of such behaviour.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
One of the attractive features of SQ. I like that they have a clearly Singaporean appearance and style. Imagine if European airlines' crew wore traditional "Tracht". Maybe not.

Now there's an idea I like!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Isn't it lovely to see the Water Gardens with fish and all the colourful orchids? .

Oh indeed and such a welcome change. We visited the butterfly garden on the way back too.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
Passing over the Simpson Desert.

Thanks. Australia is just huge, isn't it?

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 14):
They weren't running on "Swiss time", then?

Almost  

Burj,

Quoting burj (Reply 15):
I agree that Changi is AWESOME!
I TOTALLY know that sudden travelers fatigue that overcomes you suddenly and without warning when you've been traveling for a long time but still feel perfectly fine until all of a sudden....*thwump* and it is LIGHTS OUTS!
So your special meal was a vegetarian meal?

I'm still learning about all this longhaul travel, so next time I'll know what to expect! Yes, correct, my meal was a vegetarian one.

Nethkt,

Quoting nethkt (Reply 16):
A very long journey on SQ from Europe via Asia to Australia (and I mean continent).
Thank you for a long trip report with plenty of useful photos. I like them all

Thanks for your nice feedback.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 16):
One thing I'd put SQ/TG over Qatar/CX is that on SQ/TG they do utilize proper crockery and cutlery.
It feel much better and lots easier when eating without real fork spoon and dish (plus real glass for wine in Economy)

I hope SQ made your trip smoother than expected.

Yes, I forgot to mention the real cutlery, but it is indeed a joy to receive that nowadays in Y. SQ didn't just make our trip smooth, but unforgetable!

Coal,

Quoting Coal (Reply 17):
Great TR, thanks for sharing! It's a shame that living in Singapore I have never experienced SIN as a transit airport! I've always been tempted to stick around for a while after a flight, but I'm always thinking of the bags waiting at the carrousel.

A bit like me and ZRH - I've only transited there once!

Quoting Coal (Reply 17):
Shame you had a 772A on the leg to AKL. I wouldn't fancy that on a 10 hour flight. The new Y seats on the A388 and 77W are very firm, but the refurbed ones on the 772A and 773A are a little old.

I think the evening flight to AKL gets a 77W, but hey, you can't have it all. I didn't find the seats uncomfortable, which was a blessing, but I was a bit worried in advance as a lot of what I'd read about the 772A wasn't that favourable.

Anastasia,

Quoting RussianGirl (Reply 18):

SQ serv looks perfect! My dream is to fly with them someday

Well, if you ever get the chance, I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
Always nice to try the local beer which is something I try to do often. Very nice of the flight attendant to ask how it was.

It was thanks to a friend that he knew to ask for Tiger beer, it came highly recommended!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
SIN is very nice and MUCH better than DXB. I still prefer HKG over SIN as it's more spotter friendly air side than SIN.

Yeah, again I've heard mixed things about DXB. But good to know that HKG is also worth a visit.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 19):
It's very difficult to travel thru so many time zones but I think it's very important to keep drinking fluids and eat regularly. Always try to get rest even if you can't sleep and try to adjust to the new time zone as soon as possible i.e. have breakfast when it's time for it local time. It does get easier the more often you travel.

These were all the very bits of advice I'd read and was so trying to adhere to, but it just didn't work! The only thing I think I did do right was drink lots of water & keep off the alcohol (with one exception!). There's a reason you're advised not to drink the stuff in the air.....


Palmjet,

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
Wonderful start to your travels down under. I was really looking forward to the report. Nice to see that SQ looked after you both so well, and the A380 is an amazing machine for its quietness and space. Meals looked of a high standard too.

Everything really was as we imagined it & I was pleased that we decided on SQ.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
Glad you got to experience SIN - it's such a nice airport although I think ZRH is also super nice. The airport designers at both airports should be congratulated (having just been forced to zig zag all the way through arrivals at the North Terminal at LGW this morning - which took forever!)

It's always good to hear to praise about ZRH and sure, it has many good features. But I felt SIN just excelled in so many ways.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
know what you mean about the jetlag - no matter how many times you go ultra long haul, it's always the same. On trips back down under, I've got to the point on some flights that I've felt beyond tired that I cannot sleep at all. It's such an awful feeling. I hope you managed to get over the jetlag soon after arriving - i've found that sometimes it takes me a week or so. Ugh

Yes, it was a pretty awful feeling that i won't forget in a hurry. I adjusted to my new sleeping pattern ok once we got there, but it took me a good week until I was eating 3 meals a day at the proper times.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 20):
PS it was great to meet you in Berlin recently.

Thanks, you too, even if it was only briefly.

Happy flying all,
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16845 times:

Quoting infodesk (Thread starter):
My heart sank and I cursed. It said flight time 9hrs50. Officially it’s 9hrs40 for this flight but I was optimistic that it would be a bit shorter.

Very recognizeable! Even while you know better, it always seems like a shock that, in my case when I went down under in 2008, the KUL-AKL flight sector was almost as long as AMS-KUL, while irrationally you might think South East Asia is very close to Australia and New Zealand.

SQ service seems as good as I expected... Pity the whole top cabin was roped off, I flew on EK and Korean's A-380s and never managed to make it upstairs. Did you try to ask for a cockpit visit?

Great to meet you in Berlin and see you on another meet I hope
Servaas



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26906 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 16767 times:

Hey Hannah  

What a fantastic read following you to AKL ! I could feel the excitement as you boarded the A380 in ZRH . Must have been unreal. Glad SQ lived upto your expectations. From your photos it looks great.

SIN looks like a lovely airport too and something for me to do one day . You certainly chose the right destination to go to with that much time off. A trip in Europe for us Europeans would be a waste considering this was a trip of a lifetime .

Im really looking forward to the next parts .

Thanks for a lovely read.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2279 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16570 times:

Hi Hannah,


Wonderful TR, and thanks for sharing!


Decent legroom on the A380, I guess having no window is a small price to pay in this situation.

SQ service definitely looking up to par here, good to know.

Very long flight to AKL, it seems. Wanting to be a globetrotter really is stopping me from ever considering living in Australia and/or New Zealand... They really do seem way too isolated from... well, anywhere else, really, to differing degrees.

Waking up at 6 (aka as not sleeping, for me) and making this journey... I can only imagine how it must have felt arriving in NZ (late at night, no less).


Wow, Iron Maiden? Was that in the airline's music library or did you guys bring that onboard? I'm a big fan, so a good choice anyway  

Thanks again. Looking forward to the next parts.


25 rogerbcn : Hola Hannah! Brilliant TR, not only the report itself but the fact of having a report that covers half the world made me eager to read it and imagine
26 Post contains images globalflyer : Hi Hannah...great TR! That is such a long time in the air, isn't it! It made me sleepy just reading it! I too love the SQ service. Was that me next to
27 MIAspotter : Hi Hannah! Excellent trip report to a very exciting destination! It is still quite amazing how you can resume a 22 hour flight into a few paragraphs a
28 Post contains images infodesk : Hello guys, Great to see some more feedback, every comment is much appreciated! Servaas, Yes, quite right. You do somehow think that once you’ve rea
29 GVAJFKflyer : Ooooooh, what a long trip. It must indeed have been tiring. Anyway, it makes for a fun, fun, fun read. Thanks !
30 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Hannah, Really good to see you going long haul. And you certainly went there with your guns blazing - going ultra long haul while you are at it! Bu
31 Post contains images akhmad : Dear Hannah, While people are watching football matches, there is no better way to entertain a non soccer fan like me than your marvelous journey to t
32 Post contains images infodesk : Hello gentleman, GVAJFKflyer, Thanks for leaving a comment & glad you enjoyed it. Hi P, Kiitos for your extensive reply, much appreciated! Yes, it
33 Post contains images infodesk : Suryo, Sorry, I missed this one: We were in the hotel before midnight, so less than 90 minutes after landing. I found the procedure in Auckland took l
34 Post contains images gabrielchew : Great report Hannah - looks like you had some great flights on SQ! Extra special...but no upgrade Shame you didn't get an older style one with Y upsta
35 nipoel123 : Hi Hannah, Good to see some more writing from your hand. That's quite the trip you took. New Zealand is still on my wishlist, and it's going to be the
36 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Hannah, Great TR. Great to know you survived this huge journey, especially the outbound without any proper stopover! SQ has been and will remain on
37 Post contains images infodesk : Thanks for your feedback guys! Hi Gabriel, Well, I did wonder…but it was a bit too much to hope for! Yeah, I was disappointed about this. I would ha
38 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi Hannah, finally I have had the time to read your wonderful report about this epic journey half-way around the globe. Some nice pictures as well, an
39 roberts87 : What a great trip report Hannah! Very detailed and some nice personal touches. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next parts!
40 MSS658 : Hi Hannah Great report, thanks for sharing it with us. SQ is indeed a change from the usual European and North American carriers. Even the "dated" 77A
41 LXM83 : Hello Infodesk That's one long trip! I'm not sure if I'd want to do it without seeing a proper bed for one night in SIN. Great to be able to take an A
42 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Hannah, Sorry for my late reply - I just arrived home from Dubai yesterday. Recovering from an overnight flight (albeit being on the 747) takes som
43 Post contains images deltamartin : Hi Hannah! I finally got around reading the first part of your big trip! It sure was a good read and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed SQ. It sure seems th
44 Post contains images infodesk : Hello gents, thank you for your replies. Sorry for the late response, I was on holiday (again)! Evening Captain! Danke for your kind comments. We did
45 Post contains links and images flightsimboy : Hello Hannah, I finally got down to replying to this. Okay I know this might sound far fetched, but does Andy Ruesch happen to work at Zurich airport,
46 Post contains images Zkpilot : Great TR! Always nice to read one from someone who is quite excited about the journey. I hope you had a great time in my homeland of NZ.
47 Post contains images aznmadsci : Greuzi! Thanks for inspiring me to write my trip report on SQ. I remembered a lot of my details but was not going to write one as I had gotten tired w
48 Post contains images infodesk : Nice to see some more replies! Flightsimboy, Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated. He doesn’t work for the same company as me, but that doesn
49 adamspotter : Hi Infodesk, Great report of a long journey. SIA service looks excellent what a beautiful wingspan! Looking forward to your next parts cheers, Brendan
50 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Hannah, great report with many nice pictures! Your review clearly shows once again that SQ belongs to the best carriers on the planet. The food loo
51 Post contains images infodesk : Hello Brendan & PH, thank you for your replies! Fantastic, was completely satisfied. Huge, isn’t it ? PH, Yes, although I have to compare it to,
52 Post contains images Parton87 : Hello Hannah! Thanks for the great story! You seemed to have some nice flights with Singapore Airlines! Never heard of that kind of service before. Ni
53 Post contains links and images HELyes : What a fab TR, thanks ! I have the same problem. I had no idea I had inherited the risk, found that out when got a DVT after a SIN-NRT-HEL flight in 2
54 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Robert, Thanks for your feedback! And very unusual in Switzerland! My favourite, no doubt about it. Yeah, even for us enthisiasts there comes a tim
55 Post contains images airbuseric : Hannah, sorry for being so late replying on your tripreport, which is great btw. I understand how you have felt. You get used to it when you make such
56 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Eric, Good to read your reply. Yes, it's true that I'm not used to longhaul flying, so really ought to do a few more such trips to become accustome
57 reifel : Hi Indodesk, thanks for sharing. I somehow didn't saw this report earlier, although it has been online for 2 months. This is indeed quite a trek. I re
58 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Reifel, Good to read your reply. That's ok, I sometimes miss reports too and only stumble across them by chance several weeks later! My maximum num
59 abrelosojos : Enjoyed the report. Thanks for writing it up. I was rather impressed by the SQ YCL service - especially the final meal service which looked good. Than
60 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Abrelosojos, Thanks for leaving your feedback. Yeah, SQ was definitely top notch in Y, although I didn't eat much of the final meal, my bodyclock w
61 musapapaya : Hey Infodesk Thank you for sharing with us such a wonderful report, everything in your report is very enjoyable for me to read. IT also gives me an in
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