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Asian Delight, LHR-SIN-BKK-SIN-LHR On SQ With Pics  
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 23397 times:

On Thursday the 16th of Feb 2006, I was browsing the Internet and came up with a plan for a trip to Asia, seeing as I had never been before. On the SQ website, I found a good Fare (£560 rtn) incl taxes, for departure the next day flying only on SQ, so I though, "yeah why not" 

Anyway, a few clicks later my flights were confirmed. A few more clicks later, on the National Express site and a hotel booking engine, and I was all set for the trip  

Here Goes.......

Leg 1:-

Date: Friday 17th Feb 2006
Departure Apt: LHR
Arrival Apt: SIN
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (9V-SPG)
Flight No: SQ 317
Call sign: Singapore 929

The trip started in the wee small hours at the "National Express" station in Leeds. I boarded the 00:10 express service to LHR, which only had 6 people on it at this point in the journey. The coach would call at Wakefield, Sheffield, Leicester, EMA, Coventry and on to LHR.

I somehow managed to catch some sleep on the coach, not easy considering the bumps we faced en route. Arrival at the LHR bus station was around 05:40, and as per usual it was cold, wet and windy outside.

A quick walk through the underground tunnel system followed and I quickly arrived into Terminal 3 Zone E. As the SQ check-in doesn't open until 07:00, I sat and waited. I had many thoughts going through my head, wondering what the trip would be like, as I had never been any further east than CPH from the UK, so this trip would be quite a difference!!

Check-in opened at 07:10 and I was number 2 in the line, so was served straight away. I had already chosen my seats during booking, so I knew where I would be sitting, even before I got my boarding passes. My baggage was tagged right through to BKK, and I received a boarding pass for my connecting flight in SIN also.

After passing through security, I took some pictures in the T3 departure area......

The Lounge, busy as usual


A model A380



Eventually, Gate 323 was shown as our stand for departure, so I went to see what was there and found this:




Just then the AI bird pushed back. More people started coming round to the gate, and sure enough, at 10:00 our bird, 9V-SPG - arrived 



Before I could take any more pics, some guy wearing a BAA security uniform told me to put my camera away, as it was against the airport bylaws to take pictures of aircraft at LHR. So I put my piece away  

When he had gone, the gate opened for boarding, I found 4 captains and the cabin crew in the holding area, waiting to board the aircraft. One of the captains saw me (I was first into the gate room) and remarked how "early" I was for the flight, lol.

I found out that 2 of the cockpit crew were from Singapore and the other 2 were from Australia, then it was time for them to leave. The Captain with 4 stripes (an Australian) shook my hand and wished me a pleasant trip. Note 2 captains had 4 stripes, and 2 had 3 stripes.

Boarding commenced at 10:30, and eventually my row was called, I was seated in seat 42A, being a window. During boarding, flight information was given - cruise alt 37000ft, flight time 11hr, 50 Min's. The cabin crew offered us all a hot towel each, a nice touch. We pushed back on time, and taxied to 27R for departure, while I took pictures  







One of the aircraft to take off before us:


Continuing:



We eventually turned onto the runway after a 10 min wait, and I took one last shot:



During our climb, I took this:



In Flight Service

Our climb was uneventful, and took us over Hemel, Norwich and out to the North Sea, then over AMS and beyond.

First offering from the delightful SQ crew was a menu, headsets, and some socks. As well as these extras, I had a blanket and pillow at my disposal should I need them. At Noon UK time, tea and coffee, orange juice were offered, my choice being OJ.

During this service, the smell of lunch floated through the aircraft   . We were also advised that the aircraft was fitted with "Connexion by Boeing" wireless Internet.

Additions:


Snack:



Pretty soon, it was time for Lunch, and as I hadn't eaten much today, I was looking forward to it. A quick glance at the airshow, showed our ETA into SIN as 07:04 on the 18th.

Our current position put us on a course between Amsterdam and Berlin, heading East. Lunch arrived as we flew over the Czech Republic.

My choice was Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary, Snap Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, Cheese and Crackers, Ice Cream, Bread and Butter, Tea.

The meal was served with plastic cutlery, regulation on flights to/from the UK now.

Lunch:



View during Lunch:



For the first few hours, i used the AVOD system (Wisemen 3000) to watch various on demand programs, listen to music etc. The next few hours afterwards are all a blur, as i went to sleep, this being an overnight flight. I woke up in time for breakfast, which was served over Phuket, the city lights being clearly visible in the dark below.

Breakfast consisted of Cereal with Milk, Fruit Dish, Fried Egg Noodles with roast pork, Prawns and mushrooms, Bread and Butter, Marmalade, Tea.

Breakfast:


The View Outside:


It was soon time to Land in SIN, so once all the formalities were complete, and the cabin tidied up, I waited at the ready with my camera, to catch some pics of our approach 

Approach and Landing Shots:







We landed at 07:20 local, where the outside temp was 26C!! At 07:35 I disembarked from the plane, now parked at gate F40, and i thanked the crew for my pleasant experience  

Views of Changi:


http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/leebrompton/bangkok/Picture028.jpg




I scuttled off to the "Ambassador" transit hotel for a well deserved shower, it cost me S$8.40 (£2.76), very good value.

The Shower room:


Me:



Later on, I wandered around Changi, and took a few more pictures:

Even bigger than the LHR one   


The Terminal:


The even have a fish pond:



Thats all for part 1   Part 2 can be found below.

[Edited 2006-02-22 20:18:35]


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 23451 times:

Leg 2:-

Date: Saturday 18th Feb 2006
Departure Apt: SIN
Arrival Apt: BKK
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 (9V-SQG)
Flight No: SQ 62
Callsign: Singapore 62

After taking a few pictures, i made my way to the gate for my next flight. Note, i haven't had my passport stamped. If you are simply changing flights, you don't need a stamp,

you just go to your new gate. Well, my next flight was to depart at 11:00 to BKK.

The Gate Info Screen:


My Aircraft - 9V-SQG:



To get to the aircraft, i passed thru security, which at SIN is located at the gate of the flight you are boarding (saves on queues this way).

Boarding commenced on time, and i soon found my seat - 45A, again a window. I took a pic as soon as I was seated. The seating config on this aircraft was 3-3-3 in Y, a first for me (I usually fly on UA on my trips which has 2-5-2 in Y on the 772).



During boarding we were offered a hot towel, again a nice touch. After the usual formalities, we pushed back and headed to the runway for departure.

Our flight time was today going to be 1hr 47 mins, very quick. Takeoff followed very quickly and we had a stunning view of Changi Airbase after takeoff.



I also took these pics on our climbout.











In Flight Service

Lunch was served after takeoff, and included metal cutlery. Lunch comprised of Chicken In Sauce with Potatoes, Veg, Leaf Salad, Fruit Salad, Bread and Butter, Tea, Jelly for Dessert.

I used the AVOD system again, to listen to some music albums, all available on demand of course. Popular artists/groups added to my favourites list were; Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, James Blunt, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Coldplay and the Kaiser Chiefs 

We landed onn BKK on time, with me capturing the following pics:











After disembarking from the aircraft, i joined the massive lines of people at passport control, where i waited for over 1 hour in a line, until i was checked  

My ride to the apartment i was renting for my stay, was in a limo, costing 700Baht (£11.50).




Thats it for part 2, part 3 is below  

[Edited 2006-02-22 20:10:39]


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 23438 times:

Leg 3:-

Date: Tuesday 21st Feb 2006
Departure Apt: BKK
Arrival Apt: SIN
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (9V-SMS)
Flight No: SQ 67
Callsign: Singapore 967

I checked in at Terminal 2, which only took a couple of minutes. I was allocated seat 53A on this flight, and the aircraft was to be a B744, departing at 16:10 local.

Before passing thru passport control, I had to paty the airport service charge of 500 Baht, so i used a machine on the concourse to do this.

I then had my passport stamped, to say i had "left" the country, then made my way thru security, to the gate. Gate 14 was the one for my next flight.

My Aircraft:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Fishair



We boarded on time, and i took a pic of the legroom in my seat.


Views from my seat:




Our captain, who i shall only call Peter, was british. He told us the flight would climb to 37000ft and the en route time would be 1hr 55 mins to SIN.

Once all the usual stuff was completed, we pushed back and headed for the runway. Again a hot towel was offered during boarding.

Aircraft arrives as we hold:


Finally we roll:


Climbing out:






Lunch was served, again with metal cutlery.



I had Sweet/Sour Fish, Rice, Veg, Leaf Salad, Bread and Butter, Tea, Cake for Dessert.


Again i used the AVOD system to listen to some music. I also took some pics of our flight and the approach to SIN, where we landed on time.









We arrived at the gate, I thanked the crew and went into the terminal to find the nearest bar  Wink


Part 4 Below  Smile



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 23440 times:

Leg 4:-

Date: Tuesday 21st Feb 2006
Departure Apt: SIN
Arrival Apt: LHR
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (9V-SPQ)
Flight No: SQ 322
Callsign: Singapore 322

I was supposed to stay in SIN overnight, at the transit hotel, then catch the 9am flight to LHR in the morning. Instead i thought id try to get on the overnight flight to LHR, so I went to the transfer desk and asked.

I was in luck, i was moved to the earlier flight, along with my checked baggage, all free of charge Big grin.
How is that for service  Wink

The flight was to leave from gate F41, at 23:20. I was assigned seat 37K, a window. After passing thru the gate security station, boarding commenced at 22:30 and we closed the doors at 23:18. Hot towels were again offered, and the usual safety demo was shown.

My Aircraft
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Gerry Stegmeier



Then, silence. We sat and waited, and waited. The captain eventually telling us that due to this time of the night being "rush hour" we would have to wait for a slot to push back, also telling us that when we eventually become airborne, our flight time would be 12hrs 39 mins.

Eventually, we pushed at 00:06, and took off 10 mins later.

View from my seat:



We were offered a menu, headset, drinks, etc as per the LHR-SIN sector. Shortly after passing over KUL supper was served (plastic cutlery).

I had Chicken, Rice, Veg, Roast Potatoes, Leaf Salad, Bread and Butter, Cheese and Crackers, Tea, Walls Vienetta Ice Cream for Dessert


Supper:


While watching the movies on AVOD, I ate supper and drank some cocktails, including the "Singapore Sling", which is basically Dry Gin, Dom Benedictine Cointreau and Cherry Brandy, shaken up with Lime and Pineapple juices and a dash of Angostura Bitters and Grenadine.

A few of these drank, and i decided to sleep, bearing in mind i was already really tired anyway.

The "Singapore Sling" Cocktail Big grin


I woke up over Poland, when the cabin lights were switched on, and breakfast was served. I had Fruit, Cereal, Omelette with mushrooms, chicken sausage and potatoes.

Bread Butter, Jam and a nice Coffee also added some flavour.

We landed on 9R at LHR on time at 05:15, arriving into gate 323 (the one i departed from a few days earlier!) at 03:25. After passport control, i collected my luggage, jumped on the Heathrow Express and found myself in London Paddington at 06:35 Big grin

After a quick transfer by tube to Kings Cross, i boarded the 07:27 train to my home city, where i arrived at 10am.

I can't to wait to fly SQ again sometime in the future Big grin

Thanks for reading, comments welcome  Smile




Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineSDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 23369 times:

Great report!
I really like the pictures!

I got to fly SQ some day when I can afford it  Smile



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User currently offlineMjt909 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 23338 times:

Wow!! Great report and pictures. I'm planning to fly SQ to TPE in November and I'm looking forward to it!

User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 23330 times:

Nice report, Mr. Bmiflyer. Reminds me why I like SQ so much too. I love your photograph of the three SQ fins. First time I have seen anyone take a pic of the Ambassador Transit hotel's showers - I know those showers well! Glad you had such a good time. I enjoyed your other photographs of BKK too.


My soul is in the sky...
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 23314 times:

Wow! great pics!  Smile

User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 23275 times:

 Wow!


bastard  Wink

Glad you had fun  Smile


User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2458 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 23238 times:

Top report Lee, loved reading it, I love singapore, cant wait to go back there, was there twice last november sadly, at stupid hours of the day and for only about an hour each time, wanna go back now i read your report!

Glenn



http://www.glenneldridgeaviation.com
User currently offlineNdebelebev From Sudan, joined Apr 2004, 877 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 23159 times:

Absolutely fantastic set of reports. Love SIN and can't wait to go to BKK in October.

Regards

Bev xx



Her Pose Is That Of Someone... Who Knows It All And Is In Total Control Of Her World... Little Does She Know...
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 23079 times:

Great report, glad to hear that you enjoyed your trips. Thanks!!!

User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 22997 times:

Great report, I like the photos on the approach into SIN. Look at all those ships! Wow!

Thanx
Jeffrey


User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 22986 times:

Great report, Lee! Big grin

Fantastic pics


User currently offlineDSMflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 22976 times:

Good report and pictures, I enjoyed it. Thanks!

User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1207 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 22916 times:

Thanks for the great report.

I'm off to Singapore and Bangkok (among others) in under 2 weeks and after reading your report the waiting is killing me even more!! It'll be my first time on SQ and I've booked with my BD miles in Raffles - compensation for all those Atlantic crossings in Y. Thank you again - I can't wait (although spending this weekend in SFO should help)!!

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
On Thursday the 16th of Feb 2006, I was browsing the Internet and came up with a plan for a trip to Asia, seeing as I had never been before. On the SQ website, I found a good Fare (£560 rtn) incl taxes, for departure the next day flying only on SQ, so I though, "yeah why not"

Liking your style  bigthumbsup 



Flown: A300,A319,A320,A321,A330,A340.A380,717,727,737,747,757,767,777,DC9,DC10,MD11,MD80,F100,F50,ERJ,E190,CRJ,BAe146,Da
User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3235 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 22796 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
On Thursday the 16th of Feb 2006, I was browsing the Internet and came up with a plan for a trip to Asia, seeing as I had never been before. On the SQ website, I found a good Fare (£560 rtn) incl taxes, for departure the next day flying only on SQ, so I though, "yeah why not"

That sound exactly like my idea of great fun biggrin  I do hope that some day, I'll be able to do something similar sigh 

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
Thanks for reading, comments welcome

Well, I have no comments only praises for one great trip report  bigthumbsup  I really enjoyed reading it. I do hope you enjoyed your short visit to Far East.



R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offlineLordanmol From India, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 22563 times:

How do you manage to sleep in economy? Otherwise it was an excellent trip report.

Regards
Anmol



Hmmmmm....
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 22367 times:

Quoting Lordanmol (Reply 17):
How do you manage to sleep in economy? Otherwise it was an excellent trip report.

Have a few cocktails (as mentioned above) then wait for the cabin lights to be switched off  Wink

Bingo, there you have it  Smile



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineCVG72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 167 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 22213 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
We were also advised that the aircraft was fitted with "Connexion by Boeing" wireless Internet.

So, I see that you were on one of the four LHR-SIN flights on SQ that has Connexion by Boeing. Did you use it?



Roll Tide // Next: UA/EV/LH CVG-EWR-FRA-DUS-MUC-EWR-CVG
User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3238 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 22109 times:

Hey, thanks for sharing!

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
Before I could take any more pics, some guy wearing a BAA security uniform told me to put my camera away, as it was against the airport bylaws to take pictures of aircraft at LHR.

What a pile of crap!

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
Breakfast consisted of Cereal with Milk, Fruit Dish, Fried Egg Noodles with roast pork, Prawns and mushrooms, Bread and Butter, Marmalade, Tea.

This looks much better than any breakfast I've had on Y!

Great report!

Tony



Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 22037 times:

I just received my SQ tickets to BKK for next month, I can't wait!  Smile
Thanks for the report.



AY and ANA rock!
User currently offlineKennethsk From Thailand, joined Oct 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21852 times:

Wow, what a GREAT trip report!! I've never tried SQ myself but surely heard and been told that SQ is one of the best airlines of the world!!

I hope you really had a nice time in Bangkok, When is your next time back here?

Kennethsk



Welcome to the REAL world! it SUCKS but you are gonna LOVE it!
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21847 times:

Quoting Kennethsk (Reply 22):
When is your next time back here?

Either June or October, i'm not sure yet  Wink


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 21802 times:

Great report Lee, glad you had a good time out there. That's what you call a spur of the moment descision!


One Life, Live it.
25 Ryangooner : Nice one Lee This has certainly made me look forward to my flights to SIN/BKK this month, im flying on exactly the same flights and im hoping i get th
26 UA935 : Thats because two of them were Captains and two of them were First Officers.
27 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Hot towels and cocktails in Y! Whatever next....apart from a good night's sleep of course Been a few years since I've been to Bangkok and looking forw
28 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Yes, a truly blonde moment from me Lee
29 SATX : Nice report and thanks for posting! I could not possibly agree more. LHR screws plane spotters two ways. First, they tell their security folks to stop
30 Airbus3801 : Excellent report. Did you happen to use Connexion by Boeing or did you see any other passengers using the service? I am curious to know how it works!
31 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : But they don't say anything about standing on the end of 27R and taking approach shots I didn't use it, didn't have my laptop with me, because I didn
32 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Well a couple of these tickets was bought ex-US, and besides I have no employment to risk at the moment It is no different in the UK either, although
33 AirWales : Really good report. There are some excellent pictures in there. Really enjoyed viewing them. Thanks, AirWales.
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