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User currently offlineAirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1446 posts, RR: 23
Posted (10 years 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8473 times:

Toronto, Canada to Hyderabad, India

Well after almost a year of planning this trip I was finally off to India for my vacation. I had originally planned on flying with Emirates again as I had an excellent experience the last time in 2003. My ticket had been reserved when a friend mentioned how he was going to fly on the Thai A345 to Bangkok. This got me thinking about flying via the Far East to India instead of the usual route via Europe. I did some searching and decided to go with SQ as I had always wanted to experience their legendary service. In the months and days leading up to my trip I was like an excited little kid as I was about to embark on an interesting routing and flights on my way to India. My original itinerary had me on SilkAir between Singapore and Hyderabad but at the last minute my ticket was reissued as Singapore Airlines had begun operating the route with their 777s. I was going to enjoy 6 long sectors with SQ!

Well enough preamble… here’s my first trip report.

Saturday Oct. 29, 2005
To start our journey we arrived at Pearson International Terminal 1 at approximately 8:20AM. We proceeded to the AC Elite/Super Elite check in counters at 8:30AM. There was no line-up, so we were able to go right up to the counter. The service was pleasant and very efficient. Our bags were priority checked all the way through to our final destination of HYD. Boarding passes for both YYZ-YVR and YVR-SIN were issued and we were informed that we would need to check in again at SIN for the SIN-HYD sector. I was asked by the agent if I knew where the AC Maple Leaf Lounge was and I replied that it was a regular hangout of mine.
Security was not busy either as it was early Saturday morning. Security check was performed without any incident and we proceeded to the AC Maple Leaf Lounge on level 4 using the private elevator by 8:45AM. The Lounge was a hive of activity as breakfast items of fruit, cereal, breads, and juices were being placed out. The MLL is impressive with numerous features including free wi-fi internet. One drawback is that the lounge windows start chest high and go to the ceiling so if you’re sitting in the nice comfortable leather chairs you cannot see the airside action.

My breakfast choices were toast and orange juice.
Once we'd completed our breakfast we headed down to the departure gates on level 2. Our departure was from far end of Pier E at gate 139. By the time we reached the gate boarding had commenced. I tried to get my wife and I upgraded but to no avail. We headed down the Jetway, as we boarded I passed my Flight Logbook to a flight attendant and asked if she could deliver it to the flight deck. She was very pleasant and replied that she would be happy to oblige.

Type: B767-200
Capt.: M. LeMoine
F/O: P. Vaughan
Cabin Crew: 7
Pax Load: 166
Sector Distance: 1851 nm
Seat: 37K
ETD: 10:00 L
ATD: 10:10 L
Departure Rwy: 23
ETA: 11:57 L
ATA: 11:47 L
Arrival Rwy: 08L
Block Time: 4:57
Actual Airborne Time: 4:30
FL: 340-380
Mach: 0.80
TOW: 133.6 tons
Fuel: 27.5 tons
Meal Service: Breakfast
IFE: Main Screen Feature – Batman Begins

My seat was 37K the second last row on this B767-200 registered C-GAUN. This is the famous “Gimli Glider”.
Pushback commenced at 10:03AM and we made out way out for a Rwy. 23 departure on a warm Fall morning with temperature at 12C. As we arrived at Rwy. 23 AC015 the A345 was ahead of us for departure. I noticed that fellow spotters and good friends Malcolm, Alan and Nalini were at Wendy’s waving. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a decent snap of them, but I am very thankful they were able to get a great snap of me. I am in the third last window!

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We lined up and thundered down Rwy. 23 with the Pratt’s snarling. We rotated at 10:10 EDT

We made a hard right turn to the north over Mavis Rd. and continued to climb out on our way to YVR. The beautiful fall colours in all their splendour were laid out below us.

The Main Screen entertainment was started at 10:30 EDT with the CBC News in English followed by French to be then followed by the movie "Batman Begins". Short Features, Frasier/Just for Laughs followed the movie.

A beverage service immediately followed by hot Breakfast was served at 11:05 EDT. A choice between two entrée’s was offered by the F/As;

Main Course:
Waffles with apple compote, scrambled eggs with tomato sauce
Scrambled eggs with sausage

Fresh fruit

From the bakery:
Bread and butter

Hot beverages:
Orange Juice
Coffee – Tea

I chose the Waffles and scrambled eggs with Orange Juice as I have had this item before and it tastes good. The meal service was quite nice with the F/As giving proper attention to each passenger and explaining the details of each entrée choice. Shortly after the meal service a follow-up beverage service was performed.

During the remainder of the flight there were several rounds of water service and approx. 1 hr before landing there was a light snack, a packet of sesame sticks.

The flight to YVR was smooth but most of the country was under cloud cover as the first traces of winter are becoming evident. We began our descent out over Cranbrook, BC at 11:15 PDT. Due to Easterly winds in YVR we made a perfect approach for and landed on 8L at 11:47 PDT, 20 minutes ahead of schedule. It was a glorious sunny day in Vancouver with a arrival temperature of 15C. As we exited I was able to see the famous AVIS lot with fellow spotters and good friends Rich and Sean snapping pics of my arrival. Thanks for capturing my arrival guys!

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Photo © Sean Norman

We parked at gate C39 in the domestic terminal. After deplaning we headed to the international terminal. We had a two hour transit in YVR as SQ17 departs 14:00 PDT. As we were walking I noticed our SQ plane land on 8L. Once in the International terminal we went to the SQ gate as we needed to report in. The gate was D56. Once we reported in at the SQ gate we proceeded to the AC MLL. The International Maple Leaf Lounge was very small in comparison to the lounge in YYZ but offered decent views of airside action.
There was a selection of cheeses with Melba toast and a variety of cookies and a generous complement of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages as well.

At approximately 13:20 PDT the first boarding announcement was made for SQ17. SQ Kris Flyer/Star Alliance Gold were invited onboard first. As an AC Elite flyer we were warmly greeted by the lovely gate agents and the cabin crew and proceeded down the jetway.

Type: B777-200ER
Reg: 9V-SVD
Capt.: S. Han Mun
F/O: W. Tong, D. Lee
Cabin Crew: 11
Pax Load: 288
Sector Distance: 4943 nm
Seat: 50K
ETD: 14:00 L
ATD: 14:24 L
Departure Rwy: 26L
ETA: 17:15+1 L
ATA: 16:49+1 L
Arrival Rwy: 33R
Block Time: 11:35
Actual Airborne Time: 10:28
FL: 360-381
Mach: 0.835
TOW: 261.5 tons
Fuel: 80.3 tons
Meal Service: Lunch, Light Meal
IFE: Wiseman 3000, AVOD

My seat was 50K the third row in the rear cabin section. I had a nice view out my window of the wingtip and the ground below. I asked one of the F/As to take my flight logbook up to the flight deck. She said she’d be happy to but she would come get it a little later after all the pax had settled into their seats.
Once all the pax had settled into their seats, hot towels were distributed.
Prior to the doors closing the amenity kits were distributed along with headphones and menus. The menus were substantial in both look and feel; it’s these little touches that I assume has kept SQ above the game even in Y class. We were to receive two meals on the YVR-ICN sector; Lunch and la Lght Meal. On the ICN-SIN sector we were to be served Dinner.

Pushback was at 14:09 and with the temperature around 17C we made the long trek to 26L. As we approached the threshold of 26L I could see the YVR spotters at the South Terminal parking lot taking snaps of our plane. Ahead of us was a red AC Jazz CRJ once it departed we lined up the runway.

As the massive engines spooled up and we began our roll down 26L the excitement of my first trip across the Pacific was at its peak. We rotated about 3/4 of the way down the runway at precisely 14:24 PDT and began a very powerful climb out over the Georgia Strait. We made a slight bank to the right. Again a special thanks to Rich and Sean for capturing our departure from the South Terminal at YVR.

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The fasten seatbelt sign was extinguished quite quickly after take off and the first beverage service began. The F/As brought out trays of glasses pre-filled with juice, beer and white wine. I chose the Orange Juice.
Everyone settled into exploring the very nice IFE system called Wiseman 3000. This is a FULL AVOD system with pause/rewind/advance functions.
I selected “War of the Worlds” as my first film on this 11hr 35min flight to ICN.

Lunch was served at 16:00 PDT as we cruised north towards Alaska skirting the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of Canada.
Lunch choices were either International or Indian and since I already get the best Indian food at home I went with the International selection.  Smile

International Selection
Marinated prawns with nicoise salad

Main Course:
Roast marinated chicken served with tomato sauce and spaghetti with creamy mushroom
Korean style braised beef short ribs served with spiced vegetables and steamed rice

Cheese and crackers

Ice cream

From the bakery:
Roll and butter

Hot beverages:
Coffee – Tea
Green tea


Indian Selection
Garlic and basil flavoured eggplant

Main Course:
Mixed vegetables with lentils, cauliflower and green peas in cashew gravy, Sultana pilaff, Curd, chutney or pickles

Ice cream

Hot beverages:
Coffee – Tea

The meal was very filling and tasty. The Ice cream (not pictured) was the peel-and-eat cone variety. The chicken was wonderfully marinated with the flavour of the tomato sauce permeating into the meat. The prawns were perfect without that rubbery feel often found when poorly cooked. Needless to say I was quite impressed with Lunch.

We passed south of Anchorage around 18:00 PDT but there was a lot of high, thick and hazy cloud layer so a clear snap wasn’t possible. I watched and tried to snap pics of an Evergreen 747F as it climbed out from ANC.

At 19:00 PDT we crossed the International Date Line directly over the Diomede Islands
After crossing the date line I tried to nap a little, but the excitement of my vacation plus being pampered on SQ made it hard.

As we began the turn south we passed the Gydan Mountains in Eastern Siberia the flight status was;
Groundspeed of 788km/h
Headwind 80km/h
Altitude of 10668m
Outside Temp of -58C

The cabin lights were dimmed and an announcement made for pax to lower their window shades. Lead F/A Jacqueline Ong brought back my completed logbook along with first officer Dennis Lee with whom I chatted briefly. He commented on how much the guys in the flight deck enjoyed the logbook and wished me a happy first flight with SQ.

The F/As came through the cabin approximately every 20 minutes with pre-filled glasses of juice and water. In addition every 40 minutes a snack service with a choice of cookies/chips etc. was presented. The gentleman in front of me was drinking heavily with a mix of red/white wine and beer. I started watching “Crash” and dozed in and out of sleep the 34” seat pitch and the excellent lumbar support of the economy class seat.
I woke up as we were headed almost due south around 22:30 PDT about 1800 km from ICN near the Russian city of Khabarovsk;
Groundspeed of 981km/h
Headwind 9km/h
Altitude of 11582m
Outside Temp of -49C
Time to ICN 2hr 33min

With a couple hours to go before our arrival into Seoul-Incheon the cabin lights were brightened and hot towels were distributed to the pax. The F/As began preparation for the second meal service. The Light Meal was served at approx. 23:25 PDT. Again the meal choices were either International or Indian I went with the International selection for a second time.

International Selection
Caesar salad

Main Course:
Seared Fish in saffron sauce with stewed capsicum and mashed potato
Stir fried chicken with spring onion and ginger, seasonal vegetables and steamed rice

Fruit salad

From the bakery:
Roll and butter

Hot beverages:
Coffee – Tea
Green tea
Indian Selection
Mixed salad with vinaigrette

Main Course:
Spiced potatoes, curried mixed vegetables and saffron pilaff, Curd and pickles

Fruit salad

Hot beverages:
Coffee – Tea

Since I’m not a big fan of airplane style fish I decided to go with the chicken again. The chicken itself was a little bland even after adding some additional salt and pepper. The Salad was crispy and had soft croutons which made it easy to eat with a fork. The Fruit salad was made up of cantaloupe, honeydew and grapes. Despite being branded as a “Light Meal” the meal filled me up sufficiently. I might have been because I had been sitting for about 8 hours.

After the meal another beverage service ensued with most people topping up their drinks. We began our descent into ICN at 00:21 PDT.

Our track took us south along the eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula then once we were clear of any possible infringment of North Korean airspace we made a hard right turn (West) just south of Kangnung and flew across the country until we reached Seoul on the western side. I was disappointed as there was a lot of cloud cover as we descended and not much was visible. We flew over the old Kimpo airport and I was lucky to get a quick glimpse of 33L/R.

We over flew a heavily industrialized area on our final for 33R. With the sun very low on the horizon heavy haze/pollution was visible. We made a very smooth landing on 33R at 16:49 local time, approx. 25 minutes ahead of schedule. Local temperature on arrival was 11C. I snapped away and got some pictures of the Cargo Apron with various aircraft from KE, OZ, NW and SU.
As we exited the runway we stopped short of crossing 33L as departures were underway. After an Atlas 744F rotated off 33L we crossed the runway and began a fairly long taxi to gate 39.
There seems to be a fair amount of construction still underway at ICN and noticed a number of KE birds parked at the remote stands.
With the sun quickly disappearing I hoped that I would be able to snap some pics from the terminal during our 1 hour transit in ICN. Everyone deplaned and there were two lines one for the transit pax like me who were continuing on to SIN and the pax terminating in ICN.
Unfortunately the transit security clearance was extremely slow and by the time we made it up to the departure area the sun was almost non-existent and we had time to visit the restrooms and freshen up a bit before they started calling our flight for boarding. I snapped a number of photos for my personal collection.

Sunday Oct. 30, 2005
The agents called all Elite frequent fliers first so we were able to board first again. There was a complete crew change at ICN and we were greeted warmly by the new cabin crew. This flight is a bit of a milestone for me as it will mark my 300th Sector.

Type: B777-200ER
Reg: 9V-SVD
Capt.: T. F. Chee
F/O: H. Wang, W. Chong
Cabin Crew: 11
Pax Load: 203
Sector Distance: 2870 nm
Seat: 50K
ETD: 18:15 L
ATD: 18:40 L
Departure Rwy: 33L
ETA: 00:10+1 L
ATA: 23:45 L
Arrival Rwy: 02L
Block Time: 6:40
Actual Airborne Time: 6:12
FL: 360
Mach: 0.836
TOW: 227.0 tons
Fuel: 48.0 tons
Meal Service: Dinner
IFE: Wisemen 3000, AVOD

As we settled back into our seats I noticed that the flight was noticeably less full on this leg. But we weren’t able to find a complete open row to stretch out. I passed my flight logbook to the lead flight stewardess to take up to the flight deck and she was more than pleased to do so for me.

Pushback from the gate happened at precisely 18:31 local time. As we pushed back the cabin crew came by with hot towels which were very hot, just like I like them. Shortly after, menus were redistributed for the benefit of the new pax that joined us in ICN.

On the taxi out to 33L for departure I saw the QR332, CA320 and numerous KE and OZ aircraft as it seems the airport was in the middle of a large evening rush of flights. We were number three for departure behind a KE744 and KE773 respectively. While holding short I could see the arrivals lined up on final were 4-5 deep. After about 5 minutes we lined up 33L and immediately began our take-off roll and rotated away from Korean soil at 18:40 local time. It was dark now so it was hard to see any landmarks, but about 1 minute after rotating off 33L we made a sharp 180 degree turn and headed due south.

Again the fasten seat belt sign was quickly extinguished and the F/As sprang into action bringing out beverages.
I flipped through the movie choices again and settled on "The Last Samurai" a film I had seen and liked. I dozed in an out of sleep while the movie was playing for about an hour.

Dinner was served 1:05 into our flight at roughly 03:45 PDT (YVR time) as we cruised southbound over the East China Sea west of Okinawa, Japan.

International Selection
Smoked Atlantic salmon with coleslaw

Main Course:
Paprika flavoured roast chicken served with mushroom sauce, buttered vegetables and roasted potato
Korean style grilled fish with spicy sauce, mixed vegetables and steamed rice

Ice cream

From the bakery:
Roll and butter

Hot beverages:
Coffee – Tea
Green tea


Indian Selection
Rungi bean and tomato salad with chatt masala spice

Main Course:
Okra with onion, mushroom and green peas masala, brown rice, Curd, chutney or pickles

Ice cream

Hot beverages:
Coffee – Tea

Dinner was filling and I barely managed to finish half of the chicken as the meals and snacks offered throughout the flights had been almost non-stop. Once the dinner trays had been removed I resumed watching “the Last Samurai” and finally fell asleep as the plane cruised somewhere near Taiwan.

At 23:16 Singapore local time and 210 km from the airport we began our descent for SIN.
Groundspeed 890 km/h
Tailwind 55 km/h
Altitude of 11582m
Outside Temp of -47C
Time to SIN 29min

Cabin lights came on and the cabin crew began their cleanup of the cabin for arrival into SIN. The lead F/A returned my flight logbook and wished us a happy vacation and thanked us for flying SQ. I filled out the immigration forms to be presented to officials upon our arrival. As I finished we were lined up on final for 02L. We came in from the South over the water and suddenly we were over land and flaring for a solid landing. The mighty SQ777 had arrived home after a long trip to Canada. We touched down at 23:45 local time, about 25 minutes early. My window fogged up almost immediately as the local temp was a sticky 28C. Once exiting the runway we made a u-turn and taxied down to the newly built taxiway crossing over the airport roadway then made a left turn toward T2. We held at this juncture as there was a SQ744 on pushback that was blocking our path. While we were waiting I saw the SQ744 Star Alliance taxi by and a KL744 and several other SQ birds. Once the plane had cleared we taxied in and pulled into gate F52 beside a SQ744.

I was tired but excited about being in Singapore. We deplaned and made a right turn toward the centre processor at T2. T2 looked a little dated IMO as many of the newer terminals worldwide have the high ceilings with floor to ceiling windows. I believe that with the new T3 SQ will have a state-of-the-art structure. Nevertheless it was very clean and the signage impeccable as it was very easy to find our way. We took the escalator down to the immigration hall which was pretty much empty. Our entry into Singapore was stamped and we made our way to the SQ Singapore stopover desk.

Luckily since I had checked our luggage all the way through to Hyderabad we were one of the first people in line. Once we had been processed we were given a “SQ stopover” sticker to place on our shirts and were informed that once the hotel’s bus arrived we’d be called. Our Shuttle Bus came in about 25 minutes and we were checked in at our hotel by 01:00. I asked for a 06:00 wakeup call as I wanted to get out to SIN by 07:00 for some spotting. We were asleep in our hotel room by 01:30.

Oct. 31, 2005
I woke up at 06:00 sharp thanks to my wife and the hotel’s wakeup service. Quickly got showered and dressed. Once dressed, I looked outside and saw that it was very cloudy and the weather forecast had called for periods of rain. It was my only chance to do some spotting at SIN so I decided to go out anyway. We grabbed a taxi and headed to Changi. The taxi dropped us off at T1 and we went up to the famous level three viewing mall. As we ascended the escalator my eyes popped as I saw the tail of a QF744. We headed to the Western side of the viewing mall.
I took a ton of photos but unfortunately the weather was terrible with heavy rain showers all morning. But just seeing all the variety that I don’t see at home in Toronto was wonderful. I met Sim Kok Chwee and Vincent a couple of local spotters who were very nice and eager share spotting stores with me. A special thanks to Andy Hunt for all the help about Changi and Singapore in general.
At about 10:00 I decided to head into town and do the touristy things.
But before heading there I took the Skytrain from T1 to T2 so I could check in for my evening SIN-HYD flight.
At the spacious check in hall at T2 I found the Raffles Counters that are available for Star Alliance Gold members. There was no queue so I walked up to the first available counter. The lady was extremely pleasant and quite efficient. She told us that the flight had a light load so she was going to book us into an aisle and window in row 39 and make sure no one is assigned the middle seat. We thanked her for the efforts; with a wonderful smile she said it was her pleasure and duty. She extended an invitation to the SQ Premier Lounge. The entire check in process took less than 5 minutes. With boarding passes in hand for seat 39H and 39K we grabbed the MRT train into town. As we made our way into town the clouds parted and the sun poured in...figures!

After a day of sightseeing and shopping in Singapore we headed back to Changi Airport courtesy of our Shuttle Bus. We arrived at T2 at 16:35 and we made a bee-line through security. Security was quite different than anything I had experienced before. Our carry-on baggage was screened but we didn’t undergo any screening. Once the bags were through the next step was to see the security agent. He welcomed us warmly and offered us some candies that were placed in a bowl on his counter. He thanked us for visiting Singapore and wished us a great flight to Hyderabad.

I found the signs directing us to the SQ Premier Lounge and we were greeted by two simply stunning agents who looked at our boarding passes and my AC Elite Card and welcomed us to the lounge.

The lounge is spacious and was mostly empty so we settled into the comfortable seats at 16:45. The view from the lounge was nice but not suitable for photography as there are awnings to block the sun and your sitting up and away from the windows. You can however see the airside viewing area from the lounge. The food offerings in the lounge included alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages a variety of sandwiches, and noodles.
I selected a Mozzarella Cheese and Soya Chicken sandwichs with a can of 7up. The Soya Chicken was especially tasty so I grabbed another once I had gobbled down the first.

After relaxing a bit and freshening up we made our way down to check out the duty free around 17:30. We did just a little bit of light browsing as Orchard Rd. had tired me out already. Then I noticed that the Flight Information screens were showing our flight as “boarding”.
We quickly made our way to gate E24 for our flight. It was at the gate that I noticed that we had to go through a personal screening along with an additional carry-on baggage screening.

From the gate area I was able to snap a number of pics of SQ planes including the A345. Unfortunately there was severe glare from the lights in the terminal but I snapped away furiously regardless.

Type: B777-200ER
Reg: 9V-SQM
Capt.: V. Nunis
F/O: E. T. Lee
Cabin Crew: 14
Pax Load: 106
Sector Distance: 1903 nm
Seat: 39K
ETD: 18:15 L
ATD: 18:25 L
Departure Rwy: 20C
ETA: 20:05 L
ATA: 19:59 L
Arrival Rwy: 27
Block Time: 4:20
Actual Airborne Time: 4:04
FL: 400
Mach: 0.84
TOW: 198.5 tons
Fuel: 39.4 tons
Meal Service: Dinner
IFE: Wisemen 3000, AVOD

Once all the pax had cleared the gate security the announcement was made inviting all SQ and Star Alliance Elite members onboard. We were greeted at the L2 door by no less than 4 F/A’s who welcomed us onboard the second ever flight by SQ to HYD (The first was the night before).

Shortly after all the pax had settled in my wife noticed that there was no one in the row behind us so she decided that she was going to back there and take all three seats and sleep on this 4hr 20min flight. This gave me three seats to myself to stretch out too. As one of the F/A’s passed my seat I caught her attention and asked if she would please take my logbook up to the flight deck. She smiled and said with pleasure.
Menus and headsets were promptly distributed and then we were ready to go. Pushback was at 18:18 local time and we made the short taxi out to 20C. We held short as we were behind a GR 737.
We lined up the runway and waited a few moments before Capt. Nunis cranked the throttle and we thundered down the runway. I got a beautiful evening shot of a busy SIN. We rotated quickly off 20C at 18:25 and were on our way to HYD. The evening sun made it difficult to snap any decent pictures of downtown Singapore.

Hot towel service was performed immediately following the extinguishing of the seatbelt sign. The first beverage service was at 18:50 SIN time. Along with the beverage service of Orange juice a snack of muruku wild green peas was given. A follow-up beverage service was at 19:10 SIN time. I had Orange juice again.

Dinner was served at 19:35 SIN time. Again there was a choice between International or Indian Entrées

International Selection
Salad of green bean, potato, tomato and turkey in vinaigrette

Main Course:
Pan-fried fish in tomato-basil sauce with roasted vegetables and potatoes

Cheese and crackers

Ice cream

From the bakery:
Roll and butter

Hot beverages:
Coffee – Tea


Indian Selection
Fried spiced steamed rice cake

Main Course:
Kadi chicken pilaf with Parsi style tempered lentil
Cottage cheese with corn and mushroom in spinach sauce, spicy minced cauliflower and three capsicum pilaf

Ice cream

Indian bread:
Oven baked kulcha

Hot beverages:
Coffee – Tea

The salad was okay but the turkey chunks were not really to my liking. The pan-fried fish which was lightly breaded had a nice slightly tangy taste. I watched “Wedding Crashers”, what a blast of a movie. With a busy day in Singapore behind me my eyelids were getting heavier and heavier.
Lights turned out at 20:30 SIN time approximately two hours from Hyderabad out over the Bay of Bengal.
Groundspeed 903 km/h
Tailwind 22 km/h
Altitude of 12192m
Outside Temp of -55C

When I woke up we were about 20 minutes from landing in HYD. Lead F/A Sharon Tay brought back my Flight log and chatted with my wife and I for quite a while about our vacation, my photos and SQ service. She was very nice and genuinely interested in sharing travel stories.

We came in from the Southeast of HYD and landed on Rwy. 27 at 19:57 IST approx. 23 minutes ahead of schedule. Temperature in Hyderabad was a pleasant 15C. Due to the compact nature of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport our wide body B777 backtracked on the runway before turning onto the apron as the newparallel taxiway is too narrow. It was a busy night in HYD with a UL 320, IC 320 and 9W 738 already occupying gates and the inaugural KLM AMS-HYD (a MD11) due to arrive in a few hours. Aviation in HYD is definitely looking up with the new greenfield airport on the outskirts of the city in Shamshabad under construction.
We pulled into gate 1 at the N.T. Rama Rao Terminal and quickly deplaned.
Immigration is still a slow process in India but went smoothly. Then once we had cleared Immigration there was a security check on our bags. After clearing that step we descended several flights of stairs into the baggage claim area.
I was amazed that my Star Alliance priority bag tags meant something here as my bags were among the first to emerge from the flight. By 20:50 we had loaded up the carts, cleared customs and headed out into a nice evening in Hyderabad where family had gathered to meet us.

So after about 25 hours of flying time we finally reached our destination. It was a long trip to be sure but a wonderfully exciting, and interesting experience indeed. I hope the return will be just as enjoyable. Comments/Feedback appreciated.


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User currently offlineB707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8364 times:

Brilliant trip report. I really got a great sense of what SQ is all about. Good on you for going 'the other way' to experience that. Can't wait to read your return. I've yet to read a bad trip report about SQ!

User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1878 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 8317 times:

Excellent Trip Report, and great pictures too! That must have been cool to be able to fly on the legendary "Gimli Glider". Hope you had/have a good vacation, and I look forward to the return report!

User currently offlineHardkor From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8079 times:

Excellent trip report,
Great pics/writeups, I'd love to fly SQ's 777.
Enjoy the rest of your vacation,

User currently offlineIntothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8007 times:

Excellent report, really enjoyed reading it. SQ really is one of the best if not the best airline on Earth in my opinion, and their IFE system is simply stunning.

Cheers, Konstantin G

User currently offlineSQPAX From Thailand, joined Dec 2003, 74 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7765 times:

Great report Kaz! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to experience the excellence that SQ offer the traveller. Your critique of the meal service warrants posting this report on the Food Network or similar web site! Very detailed and articulate work as we have come to expect from you. Glad you had a great holiday and also happy that you're both back home safe and sound! Thanks for sharing.


"One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy" - Murray Head 1984
User currently offlineCruiser From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7522 times:

Awesome trip report Kaz. Very thorough!!!

I will await the return trip. Too bad you didn't get any decent photos on the whole trip.


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User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7467 times:

WOW WOW WOW !!! This is all i can say about your trip! Amazing! I love trip reports with details and this certainly was one detailed tp. GOOD JOB!!!

Congratulations for your fine work

PD I envy your trip :P


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User currently offlineCyclonic From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 231 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7438 times:

Well done! The SIN-ICN-YVR sector and return has very sweet memories for me, as this is the flight I take from PER to see my in-laws in YVR.

Your excellent trip report brought back many wonderful memories and made my day. Thank you!

Some thoughts:

*How good in SIN? Yes T2 isn't that modern now, but the whole airport is so well laid out and easy to get around - brilliant!

*Any reason why your YVR-ICN sector went so far north? My last flights that way weren't anywhere near as north.

*Security is SLOOOOOW at ICN. There's not enough time to even freshen up, especially in peak season when the flights are full. Otherwise its a gorgeous flight into the airport there and the terminal at night looks like an anime bunny!

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User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7427 times:

Enjoyed the report! I'm curious about the stopover hotel bit, I have never heard of such a thing. Is it built into the itinerary as you had such a long layover, or is it an option you pay extra for? I'm interested to learn more. I think its wonderful that they will keep your bags checked all day!

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8714 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7374 times:
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Nice report, many thanks.

Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Thread starter):
I was able to see the famous AVIS lot with fellow spotters

-Do Avis allow people to spot there then?

Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Thread starter):
The F/As came through the cabin approximately every 20 minutes with pre-filled glasses of juice and water. In addition every 40 minutes a snack service with a choice of cookies/chips etc. was presented

-That is impressive, don't ever recall seeing that in any 'Y' i've flown before.

Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Thread starter):
I hope the return will be just as enjoyable

-Hopefully you'll post the return?



User currently offlineAirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1446 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7352 times:

Quoting 727EMflyer (Reply 9):
I'm curious about the stopover hotel bit, I have never heard of such a thing. Is it built into the itinerary as you had such a long layover, or is it an option you pay extra for? I'm interested to learn more. I think its wonderful that they will keep your bags checked all day!

Because it was a "forced" overnight in Singapore, the hotel and travel to/from SIN was included at no additional charge. Yes the fact they kept my bags all day in transit was excellent!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
Do Avis allow people to spot there then?

Yes, just don't bring your cars into the lot.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
-Hopefully you'll post the return?

Working on it as we speak.  Smile


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8714 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7350 times:
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Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Reply 11):
Yes, just don't bring your cars into the lot.

-Amazing! I work for a major car rental co, the one with yellow & black Smile, at LHR we don't allow spotters on site, unless it's me Smile



User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4296 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7278 times:

Somewhat unrelated, but I'm going to be assembling my own logbook soon for some trips I'm taking.
What does your consist of? Thanks!

What now?
User currently offlineCaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7259 times:

beautiful window shots


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User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2160 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7256 times:

Bravo Kaz... Bravo...,

I know travelling with you was fun but this is over the top, I am surprised that you didn't do this for our YVR trip...


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User currently offlineLutfi From China, joined Sep 2000, 808 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7056 times:

They named an airport after Rama Rao! LOL. I used to live next door to him...

User currently offlineGamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7039 times:

Great report and very informative. At ICN did they stick a note on your shirt indicating transit passenger and also give you a card with directions to departure gates? They do that for SFO/LAX flights.

Also, is SIN-HYD flight a turnaround flight for the crew like MAA, BLR flights?

User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3363 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6971 times:

Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Thread starter):
Then once we had cleared Immigration there was a security check on our bags

That was probably not security check - but customs screening of your hand baggage. In case they spotted something suspicious, your bags would have been manually inspected.

The check-in bags get screened via X-Ray before they are sent on the belt, and if the bag needs further inspection, there's a huge X sign placed on the bag using white chalk! But the advantage of all this is that if you're not tagged during the X-rays, you can walk straight out of the green channel without any of the (now) legendary harrasment by the customs staff.

Great report - enjoyed reading it!

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User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6815 times:

Wow, an amazing Trip report.
HYD is the nicest airport i've been to in India.

Can't wait for your trip back home report  Smile

User currently offlineLucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6777 times:

Amazing attention to detail - a great read & nice pics. Interesting how you chose the fish on the 3rd flight - I could see eventually getting tired of all those chicken entrees. Service on SQ sounds really great ~ thanks again,


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User currently offlineAirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1446 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (9 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 6663 times:

Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 13):
Somewhat unrelated, but I'm going to be assembling my own logbook soon for some trips I'm taking.
What does your consist of? Thanks!

Basically it has a summary of all my flights, total hours, total miles, number of airlines flown etc. plus a detailed list of each flight taken.

Quoting Gamps (Reply 17):
At ICN did they stick a note on your shirt indicating transit passenger and also give you a card with directions to departure gates?

Yes they did...

Quoting Gamps (Reply 17):
Also, is SIN-HYD flight a turnaround flight for the crew like MAA, BLR flights?

I believe so.


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