Firstly, thank you all for your kind replies. As promised, the pics from the SIN
sector. I decided not to put the pics directly from photobucket, so they are in a shutterfly album. It made easier work for me, hope you all don't mind
Ryanair!!!, I do not know whether the entire T2
was full that morning, but I note that all the gates we passed on the way to -SQH had SIA aircraft parked there. I agree with you that the Wisemen 3000 does have problems sometimes, I experienced this on my flight back from PVG
. But nonetheless, I still like it because of the significantly larger number of movies available and the Audio-On-Demand.
So for all, here is part 2 of my trip report, onboard SQ815 PVG
Pictures can be found here:
03 Dec 2006
A/c type: B777-312
Pax Load: 308/332
Scheduled departure time: 0845 local
Actual departure time: 0848 local
Scheduled arrival time: 1420 local
Actual arrival time: 1410 local
Cruising altitude: FL360
Cruising speed: Mach 0.84
From before we left our hotel, things began to go wrong. We planned to leave for Pudong International at 6.00am, and had asked the hotel staff to arrange a vehicle for us to take us to Pudong International. However, when made dad made the request, he obviously omitted the "am" part. Thus the staff had arranged a vehicle for 6.00pm
. We had no choice but to take 2 taxis to Pudong, since there were 5 of us, 5 bags and 1 rather large box. Thankfully, being so early on a Sunday morning, traffic was light all the way. It seems though, whenever someone tells a cab driver "airport", in no matter what country, cab drivers seem to always assume their passenger is in a hurry and will speed. So after hair-raising ride at the breakneck speed, we managed to reach Pudong safe and sound (if a bit shaken) in less than an hour.
We then made our way to SIA's check-in counters. Check-in took a rather long time this time, even though we checked-in at the First Class counter. It seemed that they had problems finding the upgrade number for my dad's Raffles Class upgrade. Eventually this was resolved, but not before at least 4 ground agents and the station manager had descended on the check-in counter. We proceeded on to security, where I got a rather rude shock when the security staff asked me to open my pencil case in my carry-on. This was the first time this had happened to me, even at Changi I had no problems going through security. Nonetheless, this was settled without and further incident and I left with my belongings intact, though I thought for sure they would confiscate the stapler I kept in my pencil case.
Today's aircraft, 9V
-SYI, was parked at gate 24, at the far end of the terminal. SIA"s lounge at Pudong was also located at gate 24, and this was where we headed to. At the lounge, we helped ourselves to some breakfast. There was a wide selection of food available for an overseas station. In truth, I think the Silver Kris lounges are not quite good enough, the lounge in Changi even is not as great as some home base lounges of other airlines such as TG
. At 8.15, boarding for the flight commenced. I had been hoping for another light load today, but judging by the queues at the check-in area and the queue to board, I knew this was not going to be the case. Luckily for me, my dad had already agreed to give me his Raffles Class seat for this sector, even then I still found myself in a 100% full Raffles Class cabin.
We boarded around 8.25, and it seemed like an eternity before we finally pushed back. After push back, we started to make our way toward runway 35 for takeoff. We were made to hold twice, once for a passing JL
763, and then for A333 HS
-TEL of TG
and an A319/A320 of China Eastern. There were no landings on runway 35 during this time, and all 3 planes in front of us took off in quick succession. Soon we were lining up on 35. The takeoff roll was much longer than on my SIN
sector, but we still used just over half the runway to lift off. We climbed straight out for around 3-4 min, before making a slight left turn out towards the coast. Shortly after takeoff, a steward came round with drinks. When he came to me, I pointed to a red glass and asked if it was watermelon juice, to which I got a nod. I promptly choice that and got my third bad surprise of the day - it was tomato! I guess the steward didn't hear me clearly or misunderstood my question. I gulped down the entire glass quickly, eager to get rid of that horrible red liquid.
Again on this sector, brunch was served. The menu:
A Fresh Start
A choice of apple, tomato or
freshly squeezed orange juice ( it just occurred to me that perhaps i should have read the menu earlier
A Healthy Note
Choice of cereals or yoghurt
Cornflakes with milk or Birchermuesli
Plain or fruit yoghurt
The Main Event
Selection of dim sum
Oriental glutinous rice with preserved pork,
Shanghainese pork dumplings and prawn
A Sweet Note
From the bakery
Choice of bread rolls
Butter - Fruit preserve
A Connoisseur's Choice
Selection or tea
Brunch was served soon after the takeoff. I opted for the cereal and dim sum, which came highly recommended from the stewardess. This time at least, I wasn't disappointed. The dim sum was comparable to what is served in good Chinese restaurants. The dumpling skins were well and didn't break too easily while also being soft. The rice was soft and not overly sticky. I opted not to have any coffee or tea. The last time I tried gourmet coffee on SIA, I ended up having to make a trip to the toilet with an upset stomach. Nowadays I mostly just drink water and juice whenever I fly, regardless of airline
During this time, I amused myself by watching a kids' movie ( I am only 16). I was pleased that -SYI was fitted with the Wisemen 3000 AVOD system. After the movie finished and the last of my meal cleared, I decided to catch some sleep. The crew obviously thought that the Raffles Class passengers wanted sleep, so the lights in the cabin were dimmed, though not in the economy section I noticed. It was just when I was falling asleep when I noticed my screen go black and a red "No Signal" appear. Sure enough, one of the crew came on the PA a minute later to announce that Krisworld system was having problems and that they would restart it soon.
I fell asleep right after the announcement, about two and a half hours into the flight. I awoke about 45mins later, by which time that Krisworld system had been restored, thankfully. I was feeling a bit hungry, so while on a toilet trip I stopped at the galley and requested a bowl of instant noodles and an iced milo to go along ( so much for my just water and juice
). My food and drink were duly delivered to my seat in a couple of minutes. I found the noodles were overly seasoned - the stewardess must have used a whole packet of seasoning; the iced mile too diluted. My mid-flight snack was nowhere near as memorable as the main meal.
I spent the next hour or so listening to music. Thanks to the Audio-on-Demand, there were various albums available and I could pick and choose songs to create my own playlist. Approximately 40mins to landing, we started our descend into Singapore Changi. A typical scene just before landing, many passengers started making trips to the toilet. The cabin crew busied themselves with preparing the aircraft for arrival, collecting headsets and menus (I managed to sneak mine away). We continued heading southwards, flying over the east side of Malaysia and overflying Changi while on approach. About 10? miles south of Changi we made a sharp 180 degree right turn back up northwards on I think a visual approach for runway 02L. While turning, the gear was lowered and we continued descending into Changi. We flew straight in for 02L, sweeping past a CX
aircraft holding short of the runway. The landing was rather hard, very unlike that of one week ago in PVG
.We used up quite a bit of runway on the landing roll, by the time we slowed enough we had shot past the under construction-Terminal 3 and most of the C gates at Terminal 1. We made a right turn onto North Cross, taxiing past the central apron at Terminal 1. We then made another right turn, travelling on one of the parallel taxiways. We taxied for a while longer, coming to a stop at gate F54. With that, my holiday to China had come to an end.
My flight back home on the whole, was not as good as my outbound flight. The cabin crew were not as attentive or efficient as the crew on my outbound flight. I guess that could be due to the large pax load this time around. In terms of flying, it was no where as near a smooth flight. We encountered heavy turbulence throughout most of the flight, at one point it was so bad that all onboard services were suspended, for the safety of the cabin crew. The landing was also not as smooth, and the close proximity of the engine to my seat didn't make it any nicer.
I hope you all enjoyed reading my trip report and once again any feedback, good or bad, is appreciated. I don't travel that much, but I do have 1 or 2 upcoming trips. I might be going to Bangkok later this month, and almost certainly I will heading to Paris/London on SQ
in Jan, which means I will be getting a chance to try SIA"s new cabin products!!!. I promise to write a report on those trips, if they do happen.