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Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:25 am

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.

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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.

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There are Internet stations and large plasma screens with CNN.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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The main meal performance started.

This was my choice:-

Petrossian Caviar with condiments

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Oriental broth of bamboo fungus

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

Fine field greens with Thousand Island dressing

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

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

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Cappuccino and pralines.

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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.

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A choice of Bread and Pastries.

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Birchermuesli.

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Salmon and conpoy congee.

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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.
 
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:40 am

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

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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:54 am

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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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:56 am

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,

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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:25 am

Great first attempt at a trip report - you have mastered the art already it seems!
 
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:49 am

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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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:58 am

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
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:21 am

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
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:15 pm

those pictures will make me day dream more about when will united's first class looks like that
SQ always my 1st choice
 
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:39 pm

NIce report with great pictures. Glad to hear you enjoyed your flight with SQ.
 
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:24 pm

That food looks nearly as nice as the food you get on Thomas Cook Airlines  Wink
Great report btw  Smile
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 10:25 pm

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.
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Wed Oct 19, 2005 11:44 pm

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
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:20 am

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).
 
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:45 am

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.

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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:22 am

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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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:44 am

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.

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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Sat Oct 22, 2005 3:09 pm

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.

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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Sat Oct 22, 2005 3:59 pm

This report just reinforces the adage: "A Picture is worth a thousand words". Excellent!
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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:47 pm

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!

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RE: Singapore First LHR-SIN Part1 (pics)

Sat Oct 22, 2005 11:49 pm

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!
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