July 7 2005
Flight : SQ 298
Arrives 20:05 local time
Flight time: approx 11 hours
Aircraft: 777 300
Load factor (economy 100%, Raffles 50%, First EMPTY)
July 7 2005
Flight: SQ 322
Departs:23:20 actual departure time 23:45
Arrives 05:50 actual arrival time 05:20
I arrived at CHC in the morning at about 10:15 got into the checkin line immediately as there was already a large queue for economy class checkin. After checking in I sat down with my mum and filled in some departures forms and payed the ridiculous 25 NZ dollars to depart the country. Then my step dad came over from the Air New Zealand hangar to say goodbye. At about 11:30 I was collected by AirNZ customer services and taken up through the x-ray machines and on to the gate.
Then I was waiting for over an hour until we boarded. Then about 12:30 someone on the PA system said that all unaccompanied minors and family's with young children could begin to board. So I went up and got my boarding card and put through the machine and went down the tunnel we got about half way down when we were told to stop and wait by someone with a walkie talkie, SO we waited for about 15 mins until we were cold to go. I boarded the plane with 2 other unaccompanied minors, we were greeted by the head steward who took our passports some other documents off us and put them in a safe or something. We taken to our seats and I was in seat 56D an aisle seat as I requested as I being in the middle seat as can't sleep on planes SO would be annoying to other passengers who were beside me and I am tall neally six foot and I am only now 15 was 14 when flew on this flight.
As all the passengers were all nearly settled down with the majority of people in there seats. And by now I had settled down to with my stuff. And then I was confronted by a stewardess who asked me if I would change my aisle seat for a window seat but I refused, then I was confronted by the disgruntled passenger who was not asking to move more of the term telling me to move but still I refused. By now many of the other passengers sitting around were listening in to what this guy had to say then head steward came and told the man to get back to his seat but before he went I said one thing to him I paid my moneys worth for this flight and I don't want you ruining it.
And that shut him up for rest of the flight. The time was now nearly 13:10 SO we had definitely missed are takeoff time but as CHC isn't a busy airport we didn't have to wait long until we were up in the air eventually we departed at 13:25.we seemed to have a very long takeoff run as we were going down the runway I could we had just past international terminal and I thought that we wasn't to get off and I know that CHC runway is about 3,300 meters long SO that is more than enough. OH by the way we departed on the North South runway ovesley we departed to the North.
Dinner was served about an hour an a half into the flight I had chicken with vegetables and roast potatoes very nice and a decent portion to, desert was an icecream from somewhere in the North Island but can't remember where. The first 4 hours to Brisbane were really fast then, we over Australia and it went really slow and dragged on a little from then onwards. After we left Australia we were over 2/3 of the way there to Singapore. Any way during this time I had been trying out SQ's IFE it was absolute brilliant I think there was over 60 movies to choose from comedy's,documentary's and plus heaps of games to choose from.
About on and a half before the flight was due to land in SIN the 3 unaccompanied minors taken to First class which was empty SO we had 18 massive seats to ourselves was at least 3 foot leg room I couldn't believe it. And the engines were massive and as I was sitting in seat 2A I had look at them there was a glow on the blades it was amazing. I didn't play with the seat as I was little scared if I broke anything SO I didn't touch a thing but I did have a look all the buttons and functions it could do.
by now it was time to put on our seatbelts and prepare to land all the lights were dimmed SO it was quiet dark but I was looking outside looking out over the water which surrounds Chang airport. It was a smooth landing and then taxied to our gate immediately once the doors were opened everyone left the aircraft except the Y.U.M's SO I didn't really understand why we were put in first class as we left the 777 300 last but never mind.
After that we went to a special room for unaccompanied minors there was not much to do in there except watch T.V but I coundn't be bothered it was near empty when I got there about 20:30 local time but by the time I left it was near full of kids of all ages.
Then we left about 10 ish 10:15 can't remember to head for the gate it was long walk but we went on some of those long excerlaters. When we got to the gate there was queue for being searched but went straight to the front that's the goods thing about being a unaccompanied minor you get to the front of the line all the time I went through the x-ray machine and it beeped on me SO I was rold to stand legs apart arms straight but t was only my belt. By now it was about 22:50 SO they started to our flight SQ322 to LHR I was seated at seat 48C next to a galley. In the centre of the aircraft. We took off a little later than exspected but we had really good tale wind SO we reaching speeds of over 1000kmh during some parts of the flight. I fell asleep on this at the start and I woke up thinking that that I had slept for about 2 to 3 hours but I was off the mark I had only slept for an hour and couldn't sleep any longer as the galley curtain wasn't shut properly and every time I leaned over to pull it too, about a minute later someody would come out of it and they wouldn't pull closed and there we was very bright lights in there and I was feeling really annoyed plus behind my seat there was a food cart which every time they served meals wanted something out of, or what ever I would have to re recline my seat forward to let them get it out, and as you only get a little recline in economy by a few degrees anything makes a difference when flying for long time in my case nearly 24 hours with out hardly any sleep. SO after that I turned on the IFE and several like SWAT and Million Dollar baby and few documentaries. After all this it was breakfast and I had something but I can't remember what it was. We were flying over eastern Europe and the UK came into view on interactive map I was filled with joy as it had been 2 long flights from New Zealand to England and plus I hadn't seen my dad for over 18 months SO I couldn't wait to see him. But little do I now that, the world had changed since left New Zealand there had been terroist attacks in the centre of London the day I beforeI got there.
So we were circling London for nearly an hour there was high cloud but there some broken clouds some we could outside I didn't see that much as there was 2 people next to me and I was in aisle an aisle seat. Eventually we were lined up for landing flaps were being extended and landing gear was down, it was a bit of a hard landing as there was several aircraft landing afte us once we left the runway a Virgin Atlantic A340 600 from Sydney I presume landed after us and there was 4 aircraft I could lining up for the runway. We arrived at a terminal 3 gate and the main door was opened for us to depart the aircraft. We as in the unaccompanied minors were rushed to front and departed first. Awaiting us was a person who was then going to esort to arrivals but first we had to go through passport control, there was a massive queue at passport control but lucky for us skipped through nearly 1000 people to the front of it all. I don't think my passport got stamped as I am a UK citizen but live in New Zealand. After that we collected our bags and headed for arrivals but all of a sudden the fire alarm went off and arrivals had to be evacuated SO we were left in Immigration if that's what you want call there was one women in office with a window saying " Is anybody carrying cigarettes, knifes, large sums of money" etc. The immigration in the UK is nothing compared to New Zealand. After nearly an hour waiting we were let through and that is the end of my review of flights SQ and SQ
I might do a review of the return journey pending how may replies I get.
One more thing SQ is a excellent airline and has really good IFE and sevice coming round water and juice every 20 minutes or so.
And they were my first flights on SQ.
And I have flown on my own over 100 times before in the UK to visit my dad but that was my first long haul.
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