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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 21324 times:

Decided to visit a friend from Junior College in Jakarta, so another friend and I booked with SIA to Jakarta (CGK). CX was the cheapest on the days we wanted to leave, at S$180. However, the schedules were horrid. Arrival into Jakarta at close to midnight and departure at 8am….. Thai was the next cheapest at $199 with only one flight a day but with an afternoon departure from SIN and early evening departure from Jakarta. SQ, GA, LH were $250 . Thought that the $50 extra would be worth it for SQ since they flew 8 times a day and we could book a morning departure ex SIN on Sat 4th Dec and an evening departure ex CGK on Wed 8th Dec.

Did an internet check-in for SQ156 SIN-CGK the day before which was quite user friendly.

Arrived at Changi Airport ay 8.20am for our 10am departure on Sat 4th December. Terminal Two was overflowing with people. I had never seen SIN so crowded in my life. There were long queues extending out of each check-in row…… I guess it was cos 2 rows were shut for renovation but even then, even if they were open I don’t think it would have made much of a difference.

Not wanting to join the queue and having very little luggage, decided to do an express check-in. There was no queue for that counter and we were issued boarding passes in under 2 minutes.

The queue at immigration was quite long too for Singapore standards. I gather we spent at least 8 minutes in the queue which is a record time for SIN. I have never ever spent more than 3-4 mins in line.

Just past immigration I noticed the SQ 744 in a Star Alliance livery (9V-SPP) so I caught a shot of it.



You don’t get much variety in Terminal Two at Changi!!



The departure area (will try to get a better shot the next time)



Wandered around a bit…. and we boarded SQ156 at 9.45am, 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time at 10am

As we neared the gate at F56, I noticed that we would be taking the SQ 777-300 in the Star livery!

9V-SYE operating SQ156 to Jakarta



Another shot



A whole row of SQ aircraft!



Boarded the 773 (my first time on a 773) and grabbed a copy of The Straits Times on a newspaper rack by the door…..which was when I noticed that the flight was about 25% full. Y class was virtually empty! I wasn’t all that surprised though. Being a Saturday, and Jakarta being a business destination, (no one goes there for holidays!) all the business pax wouldn’t have been travelling that day.

Flight time this morning was 1h11min.



The aircraft had Christmas decorations as is usual of SIA at this time of the year.



Just before takeoff, cabin crew came round with hot towels. (I dedicated the wiping of my face at that moment to Singapore_Air. If you are reading this I hope you’re grateful at my sheer dedication to you! =) )

I totally forgot which runway we took off on, but it was in the northeast direction towards Malaysia. As we took off, forgive me for sounding stupid but…. I noticed another runway on my right on reclaimed land that looked like it was just completed. Am I out of the loop or was what I saw really the third runway that was supposed to materialise?

Anyway here it is






After the seatbelt sign was turned off, cabin crew rushed to the galley to prepare the light meal service.

This morning, we had a choice of either beef steak with potatoes or Fish with rice. I thought I was committing a faux-pas by choosing the western option since SATS catering in SIN isn’t usually that great at their western food preparation as compared to asian food, but I chose the steak anyway.

Here it is….



Here it is now!!



Well, it was one of the best steaks I had ever had on an aircraft. How steak prepared a couple of days back, frozen, sterilised, microwaved again and served at 37 000 feet could still be so juicy, I do not know how.

Dessert was some sort of flan with vanilla sauce. It was really tasty too. Together with the meal service we were also offered a full bar service.

I did notice an absence of bread rolls which I found rather unusual. Perhaps the bread rolls take too long to microwave for such a short flight?



Being a really empty flight, the cabin crew finished the meal service really quickly and collected all the meals back in half an hour. We still have about 25 minutes of flight time left and I noticed some of the crew eating at the back galley of the aircraft.

I asked for some postcards and playing cards and got them promptly with a pen. Wrote a couple of postcards to some people and got them posted free by SIA.

Krisworld, the inflight entertainment system was turned on. However, headsets were not distributed as it was a short flight. (They are available for First and Business Class pax) I fiddled around with the system, played a couple of games and watched some movies without the soundtrack, only to lose interest after erm, 10 seconds?

Visited the lavatory. Here is a photo of the amenities available. I hope Singapore_Air is sufficiently grateful. No I couldn’t find sanitary napkins and didn’t conduct extensive tests on them to ensure that they were of superlative standards.




Flight Map just before arrival



Fish traps in the sea??? (What are those?)



Just before landing……



Landed 1h15mins after take off from Singapore. As our aircraft came to a halt at gate D1, an SQ A345 9V-SGB was preparing for departure to SIN.

Immigration at Jakarta was a bit of a pain. The immigration officer didn’t quite understand the concept of an e ticket when he asked the person in front of me for her return ticket and that held me back for a few mins. Luckily I printed my e ticket receipt out to prevent any confusion…..

Didn’t have any check-in luggage so went straight through customs and out to the arrivals area to meet my friend.

All in all it was another good flight on SQ. As usual, nothing out of the ordinary. Service was prompt and efficient and less rushed as it was an empty flight.


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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 21183 times:

SQ163 Jakarta-SIN Wed 8th December, 777-200

We were originally booked on SQ167 to Singapore departing at 8.15pm but my Indonesian friend had to leave Jakarta for another city in Indonesia at 5.30pm so he dropped us off at the airport at 5pm.

Went straight to the SQ counter to check if we could get on an earlier flight. Our tickets were special fare ones which did not allow change of flight but we asked the check in staff if we could be put on the next flight out and she agreed without any hesitation.

Further, our luggage was 17kg over the limit but she didn’t seem to mind either.

So, we were put on SQ163 departing at 7.10pm. Noticed a French group of about 10 (Obviously a tennis team) checking in next to us, connecting to SQ334 to CDG in SIN later that evening.

We walked around the airport a bit…. Then headed to Starbucks whose seating area overlooked the tarmac. There was a TG plane waiting to go to Bangkok just across where we were sitting. SQ161, a 773 departed for Singapore at about 5.30pm…. Saw it take off but didn’t manage to get a photo.

At 6.30pm, I noticed that SQ164 from SIN, which was supposed to operate SQ163 to SIN (our flight) still hadn’t arrived…. I knew we were definitely not going to depart on time at 1910.

At 6.45pm, SQ164, a 777-200 arrived and made its way to the gate. We only decided to go to the gate at about 7.15.

The gate area (D3) was packed. There was hardly any seating space left and it definitely looked like a very full flight. Most pax were formally dressed and looked like businessmen. My friend and I were among the few who were in their early twenties.

9V-SQM, One of the newer 3-class Regional 777-200s operated by SIA was doing SQ163 today. Here it is…..



Boarded started at 7.25 and by 7.45 most pax had boarded. BUT… the captain came on to say that some pax were missing and they had to offload their bags blah blah blah blah and it was only around 8pm when the doors were shut.

Basically the service from this point on was exactly the same as the inbound flight. Hot towels, safety demo, then takeoff.

Some air show shots just after takeoff:



As it was a full flight, service was a bit more rushed this time, but in no way was it unprofessional or anything like that. Choices today were:

Lamb with potatoes, which I chose:



Or

Chicken with rice which my friend chose:



Dessert was some kind of crumble with vanilla sauce and some papaya filling. I’m not sure if the food was really good or if we were just really hungry (and we were!) but we finished our meal in like five minutes.

This aircraft came equipped with AVOD. I notice that for all SIA aircraft with AVOD, you can start watching the movies even if the aircraft is on the ground. My friend and I started doing that even before the doors were closed. No headsets provided of course, but one passenger behind me had his own earphones plugged in and he seemed to be enjoying a movie! Pity I didn’t bring my own =(

Another pax behind me, perhaps feeling left out that his fellow pax was watching a movie, asked a steward for a headset (in halting, accented english. He was either southern European or north African, I couldn’t place the accent nor the face) The steward then told him that no headsets were available. The steward then said “I’m sorry sir, but that’s because this is a very short flight.” Then the pax asked the steward “Why” again. To which the steward responded “Because this is like a domestic flight… it’s very short”

What a strange response!

Anyhow, my friend and I decided to do the SIA Inflight Trivia Challenge where we were thoroughly amused enriching ourselves with the most useless information ever.

Shot of the crew



Some airshow shots





We landed in SIN at 10.15pm, about 1h10min after departure from Jakarta. Most pax on our flight were connecting to a Mid East/European long haul from SIN.

I was very surprised by the “greeters” Changi Airport has stationed at the end of the escalators leading to the immigration area. You have two ladies standing there greeting everyone “Good Evening Sir, Good Evening Ma’am” with the biggest smile ever.

Very sweet gesture I guess. But does it serve a point I wonder…..

Lines at immigration were long too. But I took 5 mins to clear it. Usually it’s done in under 3 minutes. Even if 10 744s arrive at the same time it is also usually done in under 3 mins!

Headed to the arrivals area which is undergoing renovation. Here is a shot of the newly renovated Belts 33 and 34:



Our bags came out within 7 mins and we went to the arrival hall.

That’s it for my short holiday to Indonesia on SQ. It’s really late now and I don’t really know what thoughts to pen of the flights, except that they were just typical SQ flights with the prompt, efficient, well-trained Singapore Girl service!




User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12593 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 21119 times:

Very good and interesting report, although I'm surprised you didn't go for the 340-500, since this is the only short flight this plane flies. With reports that the 345 is to be replaced by the 772LR, I wouldn't miss a chance to fly on it!

Anyway, great report.

I've always liked SIA as an airline and flew with them before (although pre-9/11). This brings me to my question: I had heard that SIA had gone a bit strict on photos - and indeed, SIA as well. Is this the case? Does anyone - security at Changi or crew on flight - mind you taking photos? What about Jakarta? Did you find that you had to hide your camera in case people saw you taking photos? I'd hope not, because that's one thing that could put me off an airline.


User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 21085 times:

Great pictures!!

I also agree with Kaitak, you should have went for the A345.



Joe


User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 21075 times:

hey

thats so nice that SQ decorates there palnes with Christmas decorations.

I wish IB did that, they just play Xmas carols.

Great Report.

I hope one day to fly on a SQ A345, before they get replaced with the 772LR.



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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 20743 times:

Hi guys.... I obviously would have taken the A345 if there were seats left but as I booked the flight less than a week before departure, the 2 flights (out of the 8 daily Jakarta flights) that were being operated by the 345 were full!

I wonder why my first post has the right bit cut off..... But I guess most of you can get the gist of what I'm saying??


User currently offlineKFly From Australia, joined May 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 20612 times:

Hey Docpepz,

Nice trip report, thoroughly enjoyed it.

That "3rd" runway you saw most likely belongs to the new Republic of Singapore Air Force Changi East Airbase.


K



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User currently offlineJafa From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 20590 times:

I enjoyed your report, however I am willing to bet a month's pay that the food is not "microwaved". Did you just assume that? Every galley I have ever seen uses convection ovens to heat meals. It has a heating element and a fan to circulate the hot air. It takes about 20 minutes at a medium temp. to cook a meal.

User currently offlineJubilee777 From Singapore, joined May 1999, 528 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 20412 times:

Hi Docpepz,

thanks for the reports.. thou i would advise you to go for some photo taking lessons or change a new camera!  Wink/being sarcastic

Our Departure Hall had been very packed for the whole of this month due mainly to increase in passenger loads for flights to regional destinations. Would advise paxs to reach the airport early for check in if the flights is between 8am to 11am.

For the ladies at the Arrival Hall, they are suppose to be the Welcome Hostess who will greet passengers coming down to Arrivals. Their new uniforms are on the way.....its bright orange and yellow and...........  Acting devilish

They do have their purposes, they seemed to be helping passengers filling up the Immigration cards almost everytime....

Cheers
Jubi777


User currently offlineKrisworldB777 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 571 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 20328 times:

Thankyou kindly for your very nice report Dr PP.

Glad to see you weren't irrevocably damaged by having to travel on the ugliest ducking in the SIA fleet and that you enjoyed your last flight on what was formerly the Jubilee Boeing 777.

Was the stewardess in one of your photos Yeo Ying-Ying by any chance?

Your photos are the first I’ve seen of T2 since the renovation – extremely chic and impressive. However, I would echo Jubilee777’s pertinent reservations about the quality of your camera. Given that you are Singaporean and consequently faultless, it is time you acquired a camera that matches your undeniably superlative abilities.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 19644 times:

Nice report! Love the pics...

now for my DVDs...



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User currently offlineBushcheney2004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 19574 times:

Very nice trip report, with great pictures!

User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19338 times:

Thanks guys for your comments. Oh i didn't mention it but the return flight was 1h11min.

My next trip will be SIN-Auckland this coming Tuesday on an SQ 744 in J, an NZ domestic flight from AKL to Christchurch, and Christchurch-SIN in J, on a 772ER on SQ, courtesy of my mum's miles.

Naturally, I am looking forward to the trip and will try to post a trip report! Does anyone want one? =)



User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 19008 times:

Heh. Trying to jab at me huh? J on SQ298 was full  Pissed

9V-SVA



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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 18959 times:

Oh you little brat 9V SVA (whose mummy works in SQ and gets to travel on premium cabins on SQ for free)

As I promised you, I spoke to Chew Choon Seng, the SIA CEO last week to ensure that J class was full on SQ298 yesterday. I trust you enjoyed your flight at 55H in between two fat people.

I hope he put you on a decommisioned Garuda 732 specially chartered to get you from CHC to SIN via AKL, SYD, BNE, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Bali, Jakarta and Medan. =)



User currently offlineNoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 18917 times:

Cool trip report and great photos!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Gotta love this photo - the guy looks like he should be in the Indy 500 or something! Big grin



 Laugh out loud

Noel.


User currently offlineBusinessflyer From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 18885 times:

Yep, the new runway is Changi East - the new military base. But it is a bit confusing since a master plan I saw of Changi some time ago had Changi East's runway as an integral component of a future enlarged Changi - maybe that plan is no more...

The other week when I came through Changi, they had two greeters in Santa outfits (with very short skirts!) on the other side of immigration handing out leaflets extolling the virtues of Christmas shopping at Changi... given that Changi is probably a nicer place to go shopping than Orchard, I may give it a chance when I go through on Thursday...


User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 18865 times:

Great report, and some interesting photos. The interiors of SQ's 773s look very nice.

Oliver



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User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 18798 times:

Oh you little brat 9V SVA (whose mummy works in SQ and gets to travel on premium cabins on SQ for free)

As I promised you, I spoke to Chew Choon Seng, the SIA CEO last week to ensure that J class was full on SQ298 yesterday. I trust you enjoyed your flight at 55H in between two fat people.

I hope he put you on a decommisioned Garuda 732 specially chartered to get you from CHC to SIN via AKL, SYD, BNE, Broome, Cairns, Darwin, Bali, Jakarta and Medan. =)


Oh doesn't your mummy work in SQ too?  Big grin SQ298 on 12 Dec was operated by 9V-SVN for your info, not some rotten Garuda B732. Big grin And no, I wasn't in Seat 55H.

9V-SVA



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User currently offlineAidan From Indonesia, joined Dec 2004, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 18476 times:

Oh doesn't your mummy work in SQ too? SQ298 on 12 Dec was operated by 9V-SVN for your info, not some rotten Garuda B732.

Hey.. enough with Garuda bashing!  Angry Fly with them all the time for domestic flight and they are not so bad  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Anyhow, nice trip report considering is only very short trip  Big thumbs up

Tried both the Jubilee and the A340Leaderhip for CGK-SIN, prefer the A340 though. Perhaps b'cause the A340 was newer.





User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 18456 times:

I totally forgot which runway we took off on, but it was in the northeast direction towards Malaysia. As we took off, forgive me for sounding stupid but…. I noticed another runway on my right on reclaimed land that looked like it was just completed. Am I out of the loop or was what I saw really the third runway that was supposed to materialise?

At the time that you flew, its 01/19 of CAB, but from Xmas eve, its the new 02R/20L ... our usual T2 runway will be 02/20C which sounds awful imho.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 18440 times:

Yep, the new runway is Changi East - the new military base. But it is a bit confusing since a master plan I saw of Changi some time ago had Changi East's runway as an integral component of a future enlarged Changi - maybe that plan is no more...

I guess they will be moving towards an integrated type of ops just like how the old Denver Airport was. There are many airports in the world thgat function like that... eg:

Nagoya
Bangkok
Bandung

... and I am sure numerous airports in India.



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User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 18359 times:

I trust you enjoyed your flight at 55H in between two fat people.

Eh, 55H is an aisle.


User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 22 hours ago) and read 18118 times:

eh ex-SQer..... you want to be so picky with me on the seat for what har? Is that sin as grave as confusing a 737 with a 747? =)

User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (10 years 22 hours ago) and read 18163 times:

I see a certain Mr Prakasam has internet access from wherever he is in NZ huh?  Big thumbs up

9V-SVA



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