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Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)  
User currently offlineXtra1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 111 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 12351 times:

This is my first attempt at a trip report ;so, forgive me if there are any intial problems.

Date : Monday 19th September 2005
Route : LHR(London Heathrow, Terminal 3) to SIN( Singapore Changi)
Flight : SQ 317
Equipment ; 747-400 (9V -SPL) Delivered to the airline on 30/01/1997
Depature Time: 12:00 (Actual 12:20)
Arrival Time : 07:45 (Actual 07:10)
Seat : 3F


Off to London Paddington Train Station to grab the Heathrow Express train to Terminal 3.
Strange that Singapore Airlines do not have a complmentary limo service for their premium class passengers.Virgin, Malaysian , and Cathay all supply limos to the airport.

The train was efficient and took 15 minutes to arrive at the Heathrow terminals 1,2,3 stop.Then its a long walk to the check in.
Heathrow Terminal 3 is really a dump. Elevators not working, torn and dirty carpets, ceiling panels missing, portable fans on the floor. A real mess.

Check in was very slow, due to a man using the check-in counter to complain about having to pay an extra bagguage charge.
The check in area itself, was dark and cramped , not pleasant!

Finally got my boarding card and its up to the “fast track’ security line, which was very long , as only one X=ray machine was working.
The normal security line(non-fast track) moved faster!

Through to the general departure lounge , which was typical Terminal 3, busy and hectic.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/heathrow1.jpg

Went directly to the Singapore airline lounge complex. The first class lounge is on the lower level while the business class/raffles is on the upper level.

The first cless seating area offered a good view of the gate/ramp normally used by SAS MD80’s.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/heatnlounge1.jpg

There are Internet stations and large plasma screens with CNN.

The first class bar area. No hot food. Only Sandwiches, pastries,drinks,

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/heathlounge2.jpg

The flight was called. The gate was a good 15 minute walk away.
9V-SPL at the gate.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/heathsia2.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/heathsia1.jpg

Boarding was called. With First and Raffles class given priorty.
First and business class passengers also have their own boarding pier.

I was shown to my seat 3F by the chief steward and my jacket taken to one of the two closets in the nose of the aircraft.
A view forward of my seat.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/siacabin1.jpg



The IFE screen .....with the stationary drawer open.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/siacabin4.jpg

The ramp view from my seat.



One of the FAs serving us came around with drinks Krug or Dom were the champange marques offered. Then there was the supply of goodies; The 'Bulgari' toiletry bag, the slippers and eyeshades bag, a 'designer' sleeper suit and todays menu (lunch and breakfast) in an burgandy coloured leather folder.

Every seat was taken in First class and some people already began going to the toilets to change into their sleeper suits.

The push back was delayed about 20 minutes due to a missing passenger.

We then got in line behind an Iberia A320.



After take-off we turned right and flew over north London, towards the Channel. Initally routing over Amsterdam.

A appetzier of Satay in peanut sause was served soon after the seat belt sign went off.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singappet.jpg

The IFE “wiseman’ was turned on . With 60 on-demand feature films. This system seems a tad better than Virgins IFE.
There was also internet access available via Boeing Connexion.

The table was laid.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singtable.jpg

The main meal performance started.

This was my choice:-

Petrossian Caviar with condiments

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singapcaviar.jpg

Oriental broth of bamboo fungus

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singsoup.jpg

Fine field greens with Thousand Island dressing

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singsalad.jpg

Stir fried Lobster in sweet and sour sauce, braised beancurd with seasonal vegetables and steamed rice.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singmain.jpg

Gourmet cheese selection.
Warm sticky date pudding with butterscoth sauce and vanilla ice cream.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singdesert.jpg

Cappuccino and pralines.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singcoffee.jpg

The whole 'Lunch' affair took more than an hour.

Then the FA offered to make up my bed.
The seat was flattened, an under-sheet was fitted, an large extra pillow and a duvet provided.

Window shades down and sleep time.



During the night the FAs made fequent cabin patrols
The toilets were cleaned by the FA seemingly after every use!

I had a few hours of sleep and enjoyed the fact that I can just lie in bed watching films while being served snacks and tea.

About 2 hours before ETA at Singapore.

The Breakfast service began.

Orange juice, freshy squeezed.
Coffee.
Fresh Fruit plate.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singbreak1.jpg

A choice of Bread and Pastries.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singbreak2.jpg

Birchermuesli.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singbreak3.jpg

Salmon and conpoy congee.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b259/xtra1/singbreak4.jpg

coffee.

Landing was from the south over Changi beach.



The shadow of our plane as we were about to land in Singapore.



An Air Hong Kong/DHL cargo AB300.



Again we had priorty and our own pier for deplaning.

All in all, another very good flight with Singapore Airlines.

21 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 12298 times:

A first class ( pun intended) trip report, that first class looks NICE.

Wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 12265 times:

Did they serve Dom 98 or 96? At least on the regionar routes, 98 seems to be served nowadays.

I'll be on SQ 325 in F on Thu.



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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 12256 times:

Hey,

You're a very very lucky person, wow, what fantastic pictures to go with it, thankyou for sharing and giving an insight into the good life at SIA, rumoured to be one of the best,

Happy Flying,

Sam Smile



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1623 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 12213 times:

Great first attempt at a trip report - you have mastered the art already it seems!

User currently offlineXtra1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 111 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12178 times:

Quote:
Did they serve Dom 98 or 96? At least on the regionar routes, 98 seems to be served nowadays.

I'll be on SQ 325 in F on Thu.

Just had a look at the menu. The Dom was 98.
Have a good flight on Thurs.


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12161 times:

Quoting Xtra1 (Reply 5):
Just had a look at the menu. The Dom was 98.
Have a good flight on Thurs.

Thanks.

Very nice report and pics, forgot to say that.



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User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12150 times:

Great report, great pics- simply a pleasure to read  Smile

Seems like really great food! I certainly wouldn't mind flying F on SQ at all Big grin

Well done  Smile


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12112 times:

Pictures confirms my thoughts SQ F is the best out there, you're making me wince thinking about cancelling that F ticket I booked FRA-JFK


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineSQ2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 11850 times:

those pictures will make me day dream more about when will united's first class looks like that


SQ always my 1st choice
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11516 times:

NIce report with great pictures. Glad to hear you enjoyed your flight with SQ.

User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11473 times:

That food looks nearly as nice as the food you get on Thomas Cook Airlines  Wink
Great report btw  Smile



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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2738 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 11352 times:

Hey,

Great Report!
Myself and a Friend are flying Raffles Class in February, from JFK to FRA. How much is the onboard internet?

Cheers,
Simon.



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11278 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 11):
That food looks nearly as nice as the food you get on Thomas Cook Airlines

Kirky's obsession with charter airlines continues, even in a SIN F thread Wink



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineXtra1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 111 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 11042 times:

Quote:
Hey,

Great Report!
Myself and a Friend are flying Raffles Class in February, from JFK to FRA. How much is the onboard internet?

Cheers,
Simon.

I cannot really remember what the usual rate was. I didn't need to pay.
I was given 2 cards in the departure lounge by SIA representatives . Each of these give you free 30minute sessions. In between the meals ,films and sleep, there really wasn't much time for full-on Internet usage. (They were giving these promotional cards out in both LHR and SIN departure lounges).


User currently offlineF27XXX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10939 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 2):
Did they serve Dom 98 or 96? At least on the regionar routes, 98 seems to be served nowadays.

That can not be a serious question. It does take the Pretentiousness award though. Someone who's barely of legal drinking age concerning himself with whether or not the Dom being served was 96 or 98. ROFLMAO.

Puh-leeeez. Like you'd know the difference anyway.

Tony  wave 


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10923 times:

Quoting F27XXX (Reply 15):
That can not be a serious question.

It was a very serious question.

Quoting F27XXX (Reply 15):
Like you'd know the difference anyway.

Yeah, like Black and Blue label also taste the same, right?  banghead 

Quoting F27XXX (Reply 15):
Someone who's barely of legal drinking age concerning himself with whether or not the Dom being served was 96 or 98.

Mind your own business. U.S. drinking age is a joke anyway.  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10899 times:

At first: Great report, very detailed and enjoyable to read!

Quoting F27XXX (Reply 15):
concerning himself with whether or not the Dom being served was 96 or 98.



Quoting F27XXX (Reply 15):
Like you'd know the difference anyway.

I am a "beer guy" myself and I don't drink bubbly regular but I can imagine that, when you are drinking the stuff frequently, you will notice the difference. And I am also sure that someone like Lufthansa747 is able to tell you the difference because he frequents the First and Business Classes of many different airlines regulary (that confirms a quick search in this forum).

The same for wine, my parents are enthusiastic wine drinkers and they also notice differrences when it comes to the vintage.

Patrick


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10369 times:

Quoting F27XXX (Reply 15):
Did they serve Dom 98 or 96? At least on the regionar routes, 98 seems to be served nowadays.

That can not be a serious question.

= Luftansa747 ... forgive him ... he is American and they have no idea about airline service  Smile ... and for the USD 8,000 ticket, Dom 98 or 96 makes a damn difference. Remember when the first SQ SIN-LHR service came out ... Dom 82/83/88 (? dont recall vintage) being served in F class.

-A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineVega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10333 times:

This report just reinforces the adage: "A Picture is worth a thousand words". Excellent!

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 10318 times:

I see Terminal 3 hasn't got any prettier since i was there last (May 2003) I thought the crap and chaos was a temporary thing but it seems to be that that is the reality of LHR T3!

Thanks for the TR, I have indigestion after all that food though!

Jafa  Wink


User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 10222 times:

Are you sure this is your first trip report!? Big grin Great report! You are a very lucky man and very envied in this forum! Love the pics!
Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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