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MEL-SIN-SHA-PEK-SIN-MEL Report

Sun Jun 23, 2002 1:53 pm

Flight details:

10Jun02 MEL - SIN SQ218 aircraft 9V-SYG (B773) seat 16A
10Jun02 SIN - SHA SQ806 aircraft 9V-SYC (B773) seat 14D
12Jun02 SHA - PEK MU5103 aircraft B-2318 (A300-600R) seat 4A
16Jun02 PEK - SIN SQ811 aircraft 9V-SJJ (A343) seat 12K
17Jun02 SIN - MEL SQ227 aircraft 9V-SPF (B744) seat 18A

This was a great trip for the variety of wide-bodied aircraft (2 Boeing and 2 Airbus) and two new aircraft for me (the A300 and A340) and one new airline (China Eastern).

SQ218 is an overnight flight, departing MEL at 0.50, so I slept most of the way. I have flown SIA many times before and their service was up to normal high standards. This aircraft was fitted with the large PTV screens (Raffles class), and the Wiseman system, allowing you to start and pause films as required. This is a great feature. The flight departed and arrived to schedule.

After a few hours in the T2 Silver Kris lounge, boarded another B773 for the flight to SHA. This aircraft, 9V-SYC had the smaller TV screens and no Wiseman, but just the standard Krisworld entertainment. Films on show included Harry Potter, and The Lord of The Rings, split into two parts on different channels due to being so long.

Arrived at Shanghai Hongqiao roughly on schedule, and then queued for a while to get through immigration. After picking up my luggage, I then entered the chaos that is the arrivals hall at Hongqiao, and then even more chaos on the roads outside!

Two days later arrived back at Hongqiao for the relatively short flight to Beijing with China Eastern. I managed to get into the business lounge at gate 6, without the invitation card that I apparently should have had. I just shrugged my shoulders and was let in. The lounge was great, with leather couches, and refreshments (including beer!) I boarded the flight about 45 minutes late, due to the late arrival of the aircraft. There was a bus ride from the gate to the plane which took less than 5 minutes. Unfortunately we then had another hour sitting on the tarmac before take-off, due to ATC at Beijing. The flight attendants took the opportunity to serve us dinner before take-off. I was relatively impressed with First Class with China Eastern; the seats were comfortable, although the only entertainment was a big screen at the front of the compartment with no sound (and no headphones). The food was good quality airline standard (sorry, can't remember what I ate!) What was rather worrying was that the lights and A/C went off about 6 times whilst we sat on the tarmac, and each time they went off there were loud shouts in Chinese from the cockpit! Anyway, at 18.10 we started our taxi, and there followed an uneventful flight to Beijing with drinks service (choice of wines, beers and spirits + soft drinks). We arrived in Beijing about 2 hours late. Beijing Capital airport is modern and with no immigration formalities due to this being a domestic flight, I was quickly out of the airport and on the highway towards my hotel.

Several days later I returned to Beijing Capital airport for the return flight to Singapore. I was looking forward to my first flight on a A340, and it was not a disappointment. SIA share a business lounge at PEK, which was large and comfortable. The flight departed on time, and I agree with Airbus' claims about the quietness of the cabin. And, as we all know, there is no middle seat in business class, although as I had a window seat this didn't affect me.

Both this flight and the one the following day back to Melbourne were up to usual high SIA standard, and on time.

As for my favourite flight of the trip, probably my first flight on the A340, but I enjoyed all of them. And the tail didn't fall off the A300....
 
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RE: MEL-SIN-SHA-PEK-SIN-MEL Report

Sun Jun 23, 2002 4:16 pm

hahahahaha.... The guys at AA might not take to that joke about the tail falling off the A300 v well...

Anyway, what about the service on SIA? You never mentioned much about it? How did you like the lounge in T2 Changi? I was in the F Class one and thought it was a tad too small. Nothing amazing about it as well...

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RE: MEL-SIN-SHA-PEK-SIN-MEL Report

Sun Jun 23, 2002 10:49 pm

Did 9V-SPF have the AVOD system (ie, Wiseman)?
 
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RE: MEL-SIN-SHA-PEK-SIN-MEL Report

Mon Jun 24, 2002 4:56 pm

No, 9V-SPF did not have AVOD...

Ryanair, I find the SIA service very good. The flight attendants are attentive and respond quickly to requests. I always judge the service by how quickly flight attendants respond to the call button in the middle of the night. Not that I use it very often, usually for a glass of water. On SIA the response is always immediate (in my experience anyway). Compare this to Qantas where you can be waiting for 15 minutes...

The food is very good, especially the Asian dishes. There's also a good selection of programmes in the in-flight entertainment. Wiseman is excellent, and the Dolby headphones the best I have used.

The Raffles class lounge at T2, Changi is very large and has good facilities; TVs, internet linked computers, showers. There's a wide selection of refreshments. The reef fish tanks are also a nice feature. Unfortunately it also has a smoking room which tends to leak a bit, and there are no windows to see the action at the gates.

 
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RE: MEL-SIN-SHA-PEK-SIN-MEL Report

Mon Jun 24, 2002 11:24 pm

VH-EBV: A nice trip report. It's thrilling to know that you had a nice time on board SIA. Also nice to know that the food was to your liking. Big grin
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