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Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:54 pm

Feedback always appreciated.

Trip Report: 006
Flight Category: J-ILR (See Report End)
Date: 20-Sep-06
Dep.Arr.Time: 2300/0540+2/18:40hrs (Arrived early by 01:02hrs)
Flight: SINGAPORE AIRLINES, SQ 21, 9,535 miles (World’s longest)
Routing: EWR-SIN
Aircraft: 345
Seat: Raffles Business Class, 20K

I > Background:

Part of a month long amazing passage to India for a wedding, with some stops in Asia to see friends. Routing was CCS-MIA-EWR-SIN-CGK-SIN-CCU-DEL-CCU-BOM-CCU-IXZ-CCU-IXA-GAU-CCU-SIN-ICN-YYZ-EWR-CCS with a mix of J and Y class of travel. This focuses on the SQ segment from EWR to SIN. Other trip reports for this trip will be SIN-CGK (KI), CGK-SIN (VF), CCU-DEL (SG), DEL-CCU (IC), CCU-BOM (S2), IXZ-CCU (DN), CCU-IXA (CD), IXA-GAU (IT), GAU-CCU (6E), CCU-SIN (SQ/J-Cabin), and ICN-YYZ (AC/J-Cabin). I think these reports will be “firsts” for revenue flights on SG, CD, IT, and 6E and cover IXA, GAU and CCU-IXZ for the first time on Airliners.Net.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Booking for the sector was made using my travel agent in CCS. I was frustrated that the agent could not book my seat directly and I had to call SQ a few times before finally being guaranteed my choice of seat. SQ seems to have a very old-fashioned system as passengers in Y-cabin cannot pre-select a seat. Guess traveling in Raffles Business Class has its perks.

b) At Airport:
I had some time in Newark so ended up going back and forth between the terminals using the Air-train (there are some blurry pictures below.) Singapore Airlines (like many other international carriers) uses terminal 2 at EWR. Their check-in counter is in the middle-pier and they have around 6-7 counters … 4-5 of which are carpeted and reserved for Raffles Class passengers. Since the counters next to them were empty, Newark felt emptier than it really was. Moreover, I am not much fan of the American airport designs (SFO, DEN, and even IAD being the exceptions) and found EWR to be quite blah.

Check-in was brisk and the SQ counter agents did not seem very friendly. In fact, my agent had problems changing the UAL mileage number to BD. She had to ask 2 supervisors what to do and did not know that the code was BD … even after I had mentioned it several times over. Throughout it all, she was very robotic and never looked at me to smile or interact or make small talk. Very unlike-SQ. Also, the ground staff looked extremely nervous, and a bunch of them were randomly hanging around … I guess trying to anticipate the need of J passengers but not really knowing what to do with themselves. It was all quite bizarre. Anyways, after initial fumbles, she handed me my boarding pass … and when I was ready to leave … called me back as she had forgotten the SAS lounge invitation card.

Since I had some time, I walked around the relatively empty terminal, and post security made my way to the SAS lounge. The lounge is basic with internet terminals, wi-fi, some cheese/cracker/vegetable spread, and some beer and alcohol help-your-self kinda things. The lounge was small and was crowded despite really catering to only 2 flights … SQ to EWR and AI to BOM via CDG.

Boarding was orderly from the now near-empty terminal and soon I was on board the Airbus A-340/500 enroute to Singapore. Upon entering the plane, I was surprised to find no cabin crew at the door to greet … very odd for J class anywhere … and this was one of SQ’s flagship flights. Perhaps it had to due with the 100% load in J? Y+ load was around 75%.

Check-In:

(Newark Terminal 2)
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Airport:

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Scenes of the tarmac:

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http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/5-3.jpg

Lounge – SAS/Star Gold:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/6-3.jpg

Boarding:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/7-3.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/8-3.jpg

III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
Pre-takeoff included hot towels and a choice of drinks (average champagne, orange water, or water.) Soon after an extremely slow ascent (this is the A345 after all) and upon reaching cruising altitude of 41K, dinner was served. At any time during the flight, there was a snack counter and one could also avail of some light bites between meals. Finally, an hour and half prior to arrival in Singapore, breakfast was served.

SQ’s overall Raffles product is definitely showing its age. I was disappointed by the amount of small things that SQ did not have anymore … no in-flight stationary, no amenity kits/except an eye-shade and socks (this is totally unacceptable to me in a premium cabin), and no deck of cards. Moreover, there were many things that the crew had “run out of.” This included non-sugar sweeteners and 2 of the types of tea.

b) Aircraft + Seats:
SQ’s 345 were immaculately presented and the mood lighting was greatly appreciated. The J class cabin was clean and the seats came with a blanket and pillow. The angled lie-flat beds were not uncomfortable as some believe and I definitely was not slipping off … I even managed to get in a good 8 hours of sleep. The seat pitch was adequate and the various compartments (on the facing seat-back) was neat – this included a coat rack, a shoe holder, and an eye glass holder. Oh, I am a sucker for windowed bathrooms!

Aircraft:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/9-3.jpg

Views from Aircraft:

(Extremely slow take-off of the 345. This was taken 9 minutes post wheels-off)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/10-3.jpg

Seat Leg-Room:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/11-2.jpg

Seat Recline + Angle View:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/12-3.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/13-3.jpg
(The controls are extremely intuitive – and for people like me, just use the one-touch button)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/14-3.jpg

Cabin:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/15-2.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/16-2.jpg
(Inside of the Washroom)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/17-2.jpg
(Aaw…my favorite thing…washrooms with a view)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/18-2.jpg

c) Meal + Beverage:
SQs meal and beverage service included dinner soon after take off, and a breakfast 1:30hrs prior to landing in Singapore. In between, one could go to the snack bar or order from the light-bite menu. Dinner menu read as follows:

TASTY BEGINNINGS: Maine Lobster with olives and mesclun
MAIN EVEN: Roasted baby chicken marinated in balsamic with shallot-caper topping, caponata, and creamy polenta :: Grilled beef fillet :: Braised grouper fillet in XO sauce :: Indian style lamb shank curry
SWEET OVERTUNES: Apple-almond crumble or Strawberry ice-cream
CHEESE CORNERS: Old Chatham Hudson Valley camembert :: Tomme Idyllic Putney Vermont :: Humboldt Fog (all served with dried apricots, grapes, walnuts, and biscuits)
FRESH PICKING: Seasonal fruits
TRANQUIL FINALE: Gourmet coffee (Brazil Santos Bourbon, Colombian Supremo, Kenyan Kilimanjaro) :: Premium tea (Pure Ceylon, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Japanese Green, Chinese Oolong, Chamomile, Decaf)

Instead of having my main course from cart, I had earlier pre-booked my dinner using SQ’s award winning BOOK THE COOK program. Unfortunately, the Grilled shrimps and scallops in tarragon mustard sauce with leeks, carrots, and linguini I had ordered was an absolute disaster. It arrived cold, soggy, and was flavorless! A real disappointment as my prior experiences with this program had been positive.

Besides dinner, the other main meal was breakfast. Again, I was disappointed by my cold dry frittata. Portions were also pretty small. The breakfast menu was as follows:

TANTALZING NOTE: Choice of apple, tomato, or freshly-squeezed orange juice.
TASTY BEGINNINGS: Special “K” cereal with milk and yoghurt.
MAIN EVENT: Beef roasted in herb and salt crust with porcini red wine sauce, spinach, and potatoes :: Braised beef :: Poached eggs :: Baked vegetable frittata
FROM BAKERY: Freshly baked bread
MORNING AROMAS: Gourmet coffee :: Premium tea

In between the 2 meals, one could go for a walk to the snack counter which included fruits, cereal, and cereal bars. One could also go for the “light-bite” menu which included beef bee hoon soup, focaccia sandwich, griddled hotcakes, and cheese omelette.

In terms of beverages, SQ offers a wide variety of specialty cocktails including the Golden Spice, Singapore Sling, Silver Kris Sling, Gin Fizz, and Cloud Nine and regular more common ones. Aperitifs include Campari and Dry Vermouth. Spirits include Cognac XO Otard, Chivas Regal, Johnnie Walker Black, Jack Daniels, Gordon’s Dry Gin, Smirnoff, Bacardi Carto Blanca. Liqueurs include Cointreau, Tia Maria, and Baileys. There is also an international selection of beer, red wines (Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Chateau Marquis De Terme 1998), port (Dow 2001 late bottled vintage), white wine (Wente Reserve Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2003 and Rheingau Riesling 2004), and champagne (Piper 1999.) Besides these, there was a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, 5 kinds of fruit juices, soft drinks, and iced drinks (tea, coffee, mocha, chocolate, milo.)

(Immediate post-take off drink, my Silver Kris Sling)
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(Lobster Beginnings @ Dinner)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/20-2.jpg
(Not tasty at all – from BOOK THE COOK)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/21-2.jpg
(Dessert)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/22-1.jpg
(Snack Counter)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/23-1.jpg
(Midnight Tea; Excellent Collection of Tea)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/24-1.jpg
(Breakfast)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/25-1.jpg
(Not yummy Frittata)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/26-1.jpg

d) Inflight Entertainment:
I simply love SQs on-demand IFE system … 80 movies, 104 tv channels, music, game, live tv … it cant get much better than this. However, the choice of recent Hollywood movies was not as stellar as it has been in the past and I ended up seeing a classic … THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Helping enhance the IFE experience were the noise-canceling headphones provided on board. The excellent SILVER KRIS magazine helped as well during this long flight. Of course, having internet on board helps and this was surely missed from such a long flight.

(Post Departure)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/27-1.jpg
(Journey Ahead)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/28.jpg
(Kris World Main Menu)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/29.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/30.jpg
(Amazing array of on-demand movies)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/31.jpg
(MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE – one of my favorites of all time)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/32.jpg
(The route)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/33.jpg
(Silver Kris Magazines; Boarding Pass)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/34.jpg

e) Crew:
SQs crew has definitely taken flak of late for being robotic and performing out of obligation. My crew was different. Led by a 28 year old veteran, it showed sparks of the old SQ. I must commend them as they were always perky and ready to help … however, it is evident from this experience (and from several chats with leading SQ FAs in the past) that the service brought by a culture of intimidation and strict quality control can produce roboticness. Warmth is something that has to be felt. However, this was one of the better SQ crews in recent memory.

IV> Post-Flight:

Singapore Changi continues to be one of my favorite airports (along with KLIA and Incheon.) Arrival processing was fast post a quick shower at SQs SILVER KRIS lounge (crowded, but excellent.) Baggage was waiting for me in hold when I got there and soon I took the excellent subway to head to CLARK QUAY for some hanging out with friends.

Singapore Airport:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/35.jpg
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/40.jpg

V> Impressions + Scores:

Singapore Airlines remains one of the worlds leading carriers. Unfortunately, it is no longer the benchmark on which other airlines should be judged. Lots of products look tired. While the crew has improved, ground staff and the recent cutbacks in amenities is noticeable. As EK, EY, QR and CX enhances their J product, I do not know how SQ can retain premium traffic by reducing some goodies which most people expect out of Asian carriers. Food standards are also slipping. I know I am being picky about meal service and the like … but those who have flown SQ in the past can notice the difference. Having said all that, I still think SQ is miles ahead of most of its competition and is clearly one of the top 10 in the world. I would jump on the opportunity to fly SQ-J again soon.

Reservation: 7.0
Check-In: 7.0
Lounge: 7.0 (SAS @ EWR)
Boarding: 7.0
Seat: 9.0
Aircraft Overall Ambience: 9.0
IFE: 9.0
Crew Service: 8.5
Food: 6.0
Beverages: 9.0
Amenity Kits + Others Freebies: 6.0
Disembarkation: 7.0
On-Time Record: 10.0
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 7.81

(Scores are based on comparison with other airlines in THAT class of service – No comparison of Y vs. F for example)

VI> Other Trip Reports:

1/ Avianca: BOG-LIM: 07/06/06: 7.09pts: Y-IMR
2/ Air Tran: EWR-MDW: 08/02/06: 6.73pts: Y-DMR
3/ West Jet: YYC-YVR: 09/05/06: 7.14pts: Y-DLR
4/ Air Canada: YYZ-YVR: 09/02/06: 5.92pts: Y-DLR

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul :: I have designed these codes so people don’t believe my scores are comparing apples and oranges)

VII> Other Pictures:
(Raffles Class Comfort Pack – pretty dismal)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/41.jpg
(Silver Kris Raffles Class Lounge, Singapore)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/36.jpg
(Silver Kris Raffles Class Lounge, Singapore)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/37.jpg
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(Shower Room)
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k251/abrelosojosnow/39.jpg
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vikinga346
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:27 pm

Excellent trip report! Thanks for that. I have always wanted to fly SQ21. Haven't gotten the chance yet. If I wasn't going back to the states via New Zealand, I would go PER-SIN-EWR-PHL. Instead I am flying PER-SYD-AKL-LAX-PHL. I really want to see New Zealand - otherwise I would have looked into taking SQ back home.

Hope you enjoyed your trip!
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EMA747
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:28 pm

Top report. I really enjoyed reading it.

Get me on that flight. It would be be awesome to be on the worlds longest flight, and to be ok after 18:40hrs!  crazy  Big grin

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:42 pm

Thank you very much for sharing.
 
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:33 am

Great report! Nice pictures! I've seen the SQ A345 at EWR a couple of times while traveling through that airport.

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Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:42 am

Excellent report - thanks for sharing. You seem to like the toilet with a view! Big grin
 
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:52 pm

Looks good and nice report, though I cant see much difference in SQ and TG here, except TG is half the price. TG MEL-BKK-LAX-JFK-BKK-MEL In J Class Photo Report (by Chrisrad Sep 23 2006 in Trip Reports)
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:16 pm

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Led by a 28 year old veteran

Did you ask her how old she was?!  Wink And if she was a veteran can words describe UA's cabin managers??  Wink

I've always thought the J cabin on the A345 was too large and open.. did you get the feeling that it lacked exclusivity?

Anyway, great report, would love to try that flight sometime.
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:22 pm

Great report and loved your pics  Smile

If you love A/C lavtorys with windows, try SAS on their 330/340..
3 windows in thei Business class Lav Big grin

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:09 pm

Another excellent trip report. Keep up the good work.
 
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Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:17 am

Quoting CXtra (Reply 7):
Did you ask her how old she was?! And if she was a veteran can words describe UA's cabin managers??

= It was a "HE." I did not ask the age ... next time  Smile. Well, UAL cabin managers are unfortunately made from a whole different fabric  Sad.

Quoting CXtra (Reply 7):
I've always thought the J cabin on the A345 was too large and open.. did you get the feeling that it lacked exclusivity?

= Yes and no. I dont think it was too large and open ... tho, I did feel it lacked exclusivity ... and perhaps that can be attributed to a 100% load?

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 8):
If you love A/C lavtorys with windows, try SAS on their 330/340..
3 windows in thei Business class Lav

= Ya, I love SK's J class windowed Lavs. Actually, those windows are my favorite. AFAIR, they are bigger than SQ's windows. Unfortunately, SK's overall product is far weaker in my opinion.

Cheers,
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:34 am

Good report!

Although the terminals at EWR are called A, B and C, not 1, 2 and 3 Wink
 
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Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:49 am

Very good TR. The A345 looked nice and enjoyable.

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Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:55 am

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 11):
Although the terminals at EWR are called A, B and C, not 1, 2 and 3

= Thanks for the good catch. Funny thing was when I typed it - I count remember if it was A/B/C or 1/2/3 and I became too lazy to look it up. Moreover, I was also proud of not editing the report once  Wink.

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:52 am

I really enjoyed reading it, thank you so much for sharing it with us---i hope to this route soon and you have just inspired me to do it asap

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:52 am

very nice report  Smile

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
CCS-MIA-EWR-SIN-CGK-SIN-CCU-DEL-CCU-BOM-CCU-IXZ-CCU-IXA-GAU-CCU-SIN-ICN-YYZ-EWR-CCS

what did you pay for that combo? btw what is your travel-agency in caracas?

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
SQs meal and beverage service included dinner soon after take off, and a breakfast 1:30hrs prior to landing in Singapore. In between,

Have the impresion that a bigger-snack (meal) should be served in the middle of the flight, was the food enough for such a long flight?

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(Raffles Class Comfort Pack – pretty dismal)

looks poor, even my pack that I get from LP last week on EZE-LIM was bigger

cheers
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:08 am

Very nice trip report. I flew the exact flight about a year ago. Here's my trip report.
United/Singapore ORD-EWR-SIN In Raffles Class (by RoseFlyer Oct 17 2005 in Trip Reports)

I noticed that SQ isn't as great as they are claimed to be in some ways. They still did have excellent customer service. I'm sorry your meal wasn't so good.
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Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:46 am

Was explaining this flight to a friend after reading about it in a magazine so I did a google search for the flight and this TR came up. Excellent report and pictures.
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Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:17 pm

Another fine piece from ASRW.

One question though. If you dont mind sharing, how on earth did you fund that ticket? Me poor Uni student struggling to fund, AKL-LAX-MCO-LHR-DEL-HKG-AKL.

Keep it up though waiting for more

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:05 pm

Quoting AKLDELNonstop (Reply 18):
One question though. If you dont mind sharing, how on earth did you fund that ticket? Me poor Uni student struggling to fund, AKL-LAX-MCO-LHR-DEL-HKG-AKL.

= Well, I am not a poor Uni student anymore  Wink. When I was in Uni, I lived in a box. Your time shall come  Smile.

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:20 am

Excellent TR.

The pics are okey.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Extremely slow take-off of the 345. This was taken 9 minutes post wheels-off)

WOW, that is a really really slow take-off. Amazing slow.

Thank you for sharing.

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Sun Feb 10, 2008 1:36 am

Does anyone know if SIA are planing to replace the old buisness seats on the 345 w/ the new ones on the 380?
 
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Wed May 07, 2008 6:39 am



Quoting TCT (Reply 21):
Does anyone know if SIA are planing to replace the old buisness seats on the 345 w/ the new ones on the 380?

Yes they are, and the first flights with the new cabin begin in a couple of weeks.
 
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Wed May 07, 2008 8:31 am

Thank you so much for a wonderful review of SQ J service years back.
Photos are clear and every necessary photos are here in the review.

I'd love to fly the new J class on SQ. Have to save up my miles from now.

Thanks again!
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Thu May 08, 2008 7:48 am

asia is truly widebody country. Great pics and what luxury!!
 
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Thu May 08, 2008 1:24 pm



Quoting Nethkt (Reply 23):
Thank you so much for a wonderful review of SQ J service years back.

= You are welcome ... though, I don't think my review was so "wonderful"  Smile. Their old product was simply tired and lost the magic of SQ. Hopefully, the new product has improved on that.

Quoting Nethkt (Reply 23):
I'd love to fly the new J class on SQ. Have to save up my miles from now.

= Be careful. SQ has blocked most 77W/380 J/F award inventory for most partner airlines.

Cheers,
A.
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Sat May 10, 2008 3:11 am

As usual a great trip report from Abrelosojos!

I am always interested in the routing of SQ 21 and I have seen many different ones so far, but I never saw it going so far north and then coming down over Russia and China. Did you come down over Thailand as well?

And another question, I am right that the sun came up inbetween two nights? Would be great if you could describe the routing a bit more into details with sunrise/sunset etc.

Thanks!

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Sat May 10, 2008 3:53 am

Great trip report! This trip report is kind of old, but from this TR the SQ product doesn't seem to be 5 stars.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
SQ to EWR and AI to BOM via CDG.

Small typo - sure you meant SQ to SIN :P
 
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Sat May 10, 2008 10:38 am

You have done a couple of great Trip Reports before, but I must stress the fact that this one tops them all.
The A345 looked very beautiful.
Thanks for sharing this.

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:05 am

As usual an AWESOME trip report. Thank you very much for sharing. I have so many stories from SQ J in the past (wish I had a digital camera then) and I have to say it does seem like there is a slight drop in the excelent service. My most memorable moment was when I had taken my shoes off (always careful to not have stinky feet before boarding  smile  ) and falling asleep and when I woke up my shoes were polished!! I have been a big SQ fan ever since ... amazing how something so small leaves such a large impression.
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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:46 am

Hi A.,

thanks for the report. That's a way long end to fly!!

Quoting Abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Soon after an extremely slow ascent (this is the A345 after all) and upon reaching cruising altitude of 41K,

Is this sentence correct? I can't imagine the A345 climbing to FL410 after takeoff, especially not on this flight? I have the feeling that it would be too heavy for that. But correct me if I'm wrong.

The catering doesn't appeal to me, neither the cabin looks. I personally rate SQ not that high as other do. Especially since you also mention a wide variaty of missers on this flight (on ground, in the aircraft, crew). I would rethink of spending my money with SQ, to be honest.

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:31 am

I really enjoyed your trip report...very informative.

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RE: Singapore SQ 21: 20/SEP/06: EWR-SIN: J Cabin

Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:28 pm



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 30):
The catering doesn't appeal to me, neither the cabin looks. I personally rate SQ not that high as other do. Especially since you also mention a wide variaty of missers on this flight (on ground, in the aircraft, crew). I would rethink of spending my money with SQ, to be honest.

The TR above is 2 years old, hence, it was the older interior. Now they have been revamped to include just 100 sleeper beds (new kind that is 30 inch wide by 78 inch long), and no other class of service. The A345 service from both EWR and LAX (SQ21 and SQ37) are just 100 seat flights now.

Thought you may want to know it. Plus they have some good deals... one may get for $6k incl taxes!!!

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