Know what your saying mate. There is a tonne of stuff that I know about from my Singaporean brokers that would be very interesting to most people but like that unspoken language, you just don't kiss and tell. As much as I would love to!
As for the best spotting places, well my favourites are 'the beach' and the 'mound' both let you get very close to the action and enable you to get about as close as you could possibly can. You would be amazed I am sure. The beach is near taxiway alpha and your about 50 feet away. Incredible when a 744 taxi's past - the jet blast. Good for a/c pictures as well as for rotates on the main runway.
The mound is basically at the end of the 3rd runway and pretty good for 'the experience' of overhead take off's or landings. Again there is also the VOR field and others that are within walking distance from the Intl. terminal. But my favourites are only accessable by car (or a long walk). It's amazing that we still have such incredible access here. If you have the time the tarmac tours are pretty good as well. I'd be happy to show you these places if you like & can point you in the direction of the Sydney airport enthusiasts website that has all the info on the best spotting sites as well.
The best e-mail to get me on is 'email@example.com' .
You know mate I searched quite well this time before I posted as I KNOW you check out Ansett Stars. I had to post this as it sums up the way SQ are feeling at the moment. Did you get my e-mail? (From my office addy.)
BTW - My 2 Hasegawa A320 and 1 727-200 (the first VH-ANA) models arrived today! *yay* (from Japan)
BTW2 - I'm looking for what you are looking for in the same area.
One of the interesting things is that to provide quality service is quite easy if you have a forgiving and professional staff. If you pay people peanuts then you will get monkeys usually working for you. However, it is not such a huge cost to provide decent in flight service and amenity. The handing out of candy/lollies on the old AN before landing was a nice touch that did wonders for AN. I think the catering costs per pax was around $1.00 pp AUD on a snack flight and around $2.00 AUD for a lunch / dinner or breakfast. Someone correct me if I am wrong but I am baseing this on what my sister says "an accor company" quoted AN some time ago.
It doesn't take much to offer incredible service at a small price. One of the problems with modern companies is that the bean counters will see the cost on paper in bulk and cut these as it saves a substantial amount of money without realising that the individual cost is irrelevant.
I know for me, an airline that provides a quality and pleasant environment wins hands down. Not everyone values that but I do and am sure most others do. That little snack or luch makes that claustrophic flight go a little quicker. The main thing for AN to prove now is to have a product that is both tangible (as in yes we will be flying) and a substantial "reward" for previous AN customers to come back into the fold. If the administrators check it right, some union unreast at QF could be very beneficial.