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SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:34 am

I took this trip back in June but have been too lazy to do a TR. As a
matter of fact, I've taken the same trip on OZ since but I promised a
lot of people I'd do a TR on SQ and so here it is. I've done TR's
SFO-NRT-MNL and back on both NW and JL but this SQ trip was my most
favorite although it added a good 12 hours to the trip.

The trip was SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL. The SFO-ICN-SIN route was operated on
the new SQ 77W (777-300ER) and the SIN-MNL leg was operated on a 773
(777-300).


Driving to SFO at around 11 AM since my flight was at 2:15PM



Jacobin777's favorite NW pee wee boarding for NRT.


QF 744 parked at a remote area before the flight down under later in the day.


The great San Francisco International Terminal. I love this airport.




There was nobody in the business class check so checking in literally
took me less than 5 minutes. No pun intended but I seriously thought I
was in the wrong check in line because the economy check in was so
long with 90% of the people on it of the Indian decent. I thought it
was a flight to BLR maybe.  biggrin 

I went outside after checking in and sat there for a while looking at
this couple making out for a good half hour. It was like the guy was
never coming back to the Red, White and the Blue because I am not
kidding, they kissed and hugged for at least a half hour and the lady
kept getting hustled by the cops to move her car but they eventually
left her alone…lol



I went n chilled outside for a little while, had a beer at one of the
restaurants and then went through security. The line was kinda long
because there are quite a number of afternoon departures at the time.
There's a good Mexican restaurant inside the secured area and I
decided to have a good bite of Mexican food since I knew it would be
months before I find Mexican food anywhere. The little things you take
for granted…

I still had sometime before boarding so I went to the SQ lounge which
was quite disappointing compared to the other lounges in SFO. BA
lounge is my favorite and there's no comparison to the SQ lounge. Ooh
well, I had another Heineken and started walking towards the gate
while taking pictures. Here are a few:











Here's my ride to SIN


A lot of UA 777 that day.








Where would you like TED to take you today?


SQ lounge


Nice-looking aircraft 




Boarding was a breeze and this being my first time on SQ, I just
wanted to see the Singapore girls and I wasn't disappointed when I
walked into the aircraft. The little, cute lady walked me to my seat
and took my jacket. The first thing that I noticed is how HUGE the
seats were. Considering I was going to spend the next 19 hours on one
of them, I couldn't complain.

I got a glass of Faux-J but remembered the TR by Mr. Door5right so I
downed the Faux-J and asked for the 'fizzle' as he calls it. This is
Mr. Door5right's name for Champagne and although I don't necessarily
care much for it, this was some good stuff and I knew I'd be drinking
more of this throughout this long trip. Interesting thing I noticed is
that the 1st class seats are almost the same as the J class seats,
especially the size. They look a little bit more comfy but that's
about it.

Here are a couple of pictures that I took after boarding.








Seat controls


Lots of leg room


Air China B744 at the gate right after arrival.




The British have arrived. VS 744 was close behind this baby but I
couldn't get a picture of it. BA and VS always seem to following each
other especially at SFO.




J class was pretty empty. We taxied to the end of the runway and off
we took. It's amazing how quiet the 77W is during rotation and on
climb out. Here are a few pics I took right after takeoff.

VA A320 that was parked at SFO forever.












If you notice, the control says 10:18 hours to SEL, not ICN which I
thought was kind of weird since this was a new aircraft that has never
been to SEL. In any case, it took us more than 12 hours to ICN so the
timer went all the way to 0 minutes to SEL but we were 2 hours away at
the time. Ooh well!


SQ already had a picture of the A380 on the Flight path demo.


I like how this image shows you where the sun is in relation to the
aircraft. We were literally following it flying West.


This wasn't quite right.




The skewers were actually pretty good although I cannot remember what
kind of meat it was. Didn't care for the dip though, kinda too sweet.


The setting was great wit metal folks, knives and spoons.




The food was decent but I gotta say I prefer OZ's food because they do
have the same dish as this but better tasting.








All in all, the meal was decent but I wasn't very hungry though
because of the Mexican food I had eaten earlier.

A few pictures I took in the lavatory.




I got back to my seat and decided to take a nap. I couldn't figure out
how to 'convert' the seat into a bed because I missed the video they
had shown earlier on 'The New Business Class'. The friendly, gorgeous
FA saw me struggling and came over to help me out. Here are the
results.






A picture of the seat in front of mine


My IFE went bust and froze up on me. I called the FA and she had to
reboot it which took a good 10 minutes before it was back up.


Snoozed for a while and by the time I woke up, we were almost there.






I don't know what meal this was but evidently they served us more food.






The sun was proving to be faster than us.


Time to destination was showing at 0:00 for a good two hours.



All in all, it was a good flight to ICN and I slept half of the 12
hours it took us to get there. A relief pilot came over and sat in the
empty seat next to me during meals. He checked out the IFE for a
couple of hours before going back to either the cockpit of the bunk
beds.

Great shots of the HUGE engine and the wing on approach to ICN.






Finally landing at ICN


¾'s of the planes in ICN are KE's shouting blue aircraft.











We got to the gate but it was still occupied by the other SQ 77W on
its way to SFO where we just came from. These planes always meet here
one headed to either direction.








EK's A340


We deplaned with our belongings and for those of us continuing to SIN,
we got a yellow sticker printed 'SQ Transfer' on it and proceeded to
the security line. This is the part I don't get because why would they
have you go through security again if you just deplaned and getting
back on the plane in less than an hour. Ooh well, I see this in many
airports so no big deal after security, I headed to the lounge for a
smoke which I needed real bad. I love SQ's lounge at ICN, I even use
it when flying other carriers.








Lay over at ICN was an hour and before I knew it, it was boarding time
again so I headed to the gate. Here are a few more pics of our ride;




Boarding once again was painless and I headed to my 'old' seat that I
sat on for 12 hours earlier except it had new amenities e.g. blanket,
magazines and all.


Not sure what's up with the thick seat belt.


Here are the menus;








It was about a 7 hour flight to SIN and by now I just wanted to get to
SIN then MNL. It's funny how I look forward to these trips but after a
few hours on the plane, I want out.










Food was okay and I had dinner then went to sleep.



I woke up when they turned on the lights right before landing. I was
kind of excited because this was my first time in SIN although it was
1 AM and I wasn't even getting out of the airport.



We finally landed and deplaned and all I wanted was to take a shower.
I knew SQ's lounges had showers so I couldn't wait. SIN lived up to
its hype per like they say, it is the best airport in the word
followed closely by ICN.






I finally found the lounge.








The showers are awesome and I went straight to one




After the shower, I went straight to the bar because my flight to MNL
wasn't until 9:00 that morning. I had a good 7 hours to kill. I
contemplated getting out of the airport but I didn't think I'd be able
to see much at 2:00 AM so I decided against it. I did promise myself
to be back soon which actually happened about 3 weeks after this trip.





I logged on and did some work for a few hours and then just tried to
kill time. 7 hours in a lounge is a long time. Around 6 AM, it started
getting busy and at around 8 AM, you could not find a seat anywhere. A
lot of SQ arrivals are in the early morning which explains it.

At around 8:15AM, I started walking to the gate because I had no idea
how far away it was and it wasn't that far after all. Here's a shot of
our 773 that would take us to MNL and some other SQ heavies:








Boarding was uneventful again and it didn't take long to get to my seat.










Newsflash, The engines on the 773 are HUGE!




We pushed back and started taxing to the runway.





I knew I'd be seeing a whole lot of these where I was going. This bird
was headed to MNL and I wondered if we would get there before her
which I am sure we did although she took off a good 10 minutes before
us.  wink 




Interesting aircraft.






After a short takeoff roll, we lifted up and off we went. Some neat
shots after lift off.

















I fell asleep after the meal which I can't remember what it was but I
do remember it was good. I woke up a few minutes before landing and
took a few more pictures, Manila style.




Hazy Manila


We touched down and the reverse thrusters we on. On a serious note,
you just cannot fathom how big this engine is until you're sitting
next to it. All along I kept wondering how the hell they keep that
thing on. From now on, I am buying my super glue from Boeing if it
works on this thing.  biggrin 


Right after landing, a pleasant surprise of an aircraft I've never
seen before. I wonder what the heck she was doing in MNL. It's a
'repulic of Iran' B707.




Some interesting mixture of aircraft and airlines in MNL.






This has to be one of the most beautiful aircraft I've ever seen but I
still think their A345 looks better, right Jacobin!  duck 


NAIA


Finally, I was in MNL and happy to be back. I've worked/lived here
since August 2006 and out of all the 20+ countries I've visited, this
is by far my favorite. Everybody is so nice and to be honest, I was
home (California) for two weeks and I missed coming back out here.
Things don't quite work as smooth as they do back home but who cares,
that's what makes it fun.

We deplaned and since we were the first afternoon arrival, there was
no line in immigration if you can believe that for those of you who've
been to MNL. I was the very first person to get to the immigration
officer and she stamped my passport in less than 30 seconds and I was
on my way to retrieve my baggage.



Looking back at immigration lines which were now a mess due to the SQ
and TG arrivals at the same time. Your worst nightmare in MNL is
arriving around 11PM local time which see's about 7 heavies (2 NW
747's, CX 744, OZ, KE 744, JL 742, TG, SQ to name a few) then having
to go through immigration. It once took me 2 hours.


Luckily, my bag was one of the first ones out so I was out of the
airport in about 10 minutes after deplaning. I got into the sweet
hotel ride and was on my way.


After seeing the infamous Jeepney, I knew I was in Manila.  biggrin 




All in all, it was a great trip although like I mentioned earlier, I'd
have saved myself a good 14 hours at least if I took any other
airline. I got to fly them again on my way home 3 weeks after my
arrival in MNL since I had to go home on a family emergency. It was
pretty much the same thing heading home except I decided to get out of
the airport in SIN since I got there at 9 PM and the SFO departure
wasn't until 9:15 the next morning. I booked myself into the Hyatt on
Orchard street and I never got my wake up call thus ended up missing
the flight. Worked out ok coz I got to stay an extra day in SIN and
hang out with an ex-girlfriend who now lives there. Since then, I've
been back there twice  biggrin . After going back home, I flew OZ
SFO-ICN-MNL and I gotta say I love OZ almost as much as I do SQ.

I am flying them again in December on my way home for X-mas and back.
Looking forward to the WIDE seat and the gorgeous FA's again. I get to experience how it is being Zvezda with all his SQ experiences. LOL.

Sorry for the memory gaps, I guess that's why it's a good idea to do a
TR right after the trip and not to wait 4 months. Hope you guys
enjoyed the read.

Cheers,

Mike
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:14 am

That was a lot of flight hours...
Very nice with all photos!
 
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:23 am

Hi Mike!

What about the SQ nonstop flight LAX - SIN? Would a SFO-LAX-SIN-MNL routing be a reasonable alternative? SQ operates the LAX - SIN leg with their A345 on an 18 hours nonstop flight. I would be delighted to check out this flight someday.

Regards

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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:57 am

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
Not sure what's up with the thick seat belt.

it's actually an airbag as well!

Very good TR, lot's of pics, I love that!

-CXfirst
 
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:01 am

Great trip report. I sincerely hope SQ will start to send the 777ER's to JNB at some stage - I would love to try them out.

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
Not sure what's up with the thick seat belt.

I'm pretty sure those seatbelts have airbags in them. SA have airbags in the Y-class A340 seats, situated at the bulkheads.


Rgds

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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:09 pm

Great Report!! Thank you for taking lots of photos.

Looks like the original post has gone as I went to read it again and only the first reply onwards is shown.
 
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sun Oct 14, 2007 1:16 am

Great report and awesome photos. I was hoping you would do a comparison between interior of medium range SQ 773s and 77Ws. Will you do SFOMNL as a non stop in the new PR 77Ws?
 
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:33 am

Great report and amazing pictures.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:29 am

After taking this long trip to MNL, and spending the night at SIN, how were you able to stay awake? Didn't you have jet lag, big time?
Have you kissed a 777 today?
 
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sun Oct 14, 2007 5:01 pm

Fantastic report, Michael. SQ's catering looks mouth-watering as usual, but the design of the new Business Class seats is not to my taste.


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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:39 pm

Good report, excellent selection of pictures too.

I'm not keen on the look of these new seats, they look too bench like for my like.

The food too looks pretty unimpressive too, perhaps I just expect soo much from SQ Buiness Class.

Regards

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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:41 am

Thanks guys, glad you liked it.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 2):
What about the SQ nonstop flight LAX - SIN? Would a SFO-LAX-SIN-MNL routing be a reasonable alternative? SQ operates the LAX - SIN leg with their A345 on an 18 hours nonstop flight. I would be delighted to check out this flight someday.

I've thought about this and might try it sometime next year. I've always wanted to get on SQ's A345 and wouldn't mind the LAX-SIN route although that's a long flight.

Quoting Eoinnz (Reply 5):
I was hoping you would do a comparison between interior of medium range SQ 773s and 77Ws.

To be honest, the seats on the 773's are more comfortable in the sitting position than the ones on the 77W's. The 77W seats are hard and 'to wide' if there's such a thing. You cannot put both arms on the armrasts at the same time because you cannot reach them. The sleeping position on the 77W is quite comfy though although still kinda hard on a long flight.

Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 6):
Will you do SFOMNL as a non stop in the new PR 77Ws?

I'll try to get on one. Kind of curious though what kind of an interior they'll install on them.  biggrin 

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 8):
After taking this long trip to MNL, and spending the night at SIN, how were you able to stay awake? Didn't you have jet lag, big time?

I was beat when I got to MNL for sure. I think I went to bed for a good 12 hours when I got to the hotel. It was a good experience though and I am doing it all over again in Dec.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
but the design of the new Business Class seats is not to my taste.



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
I'm not keen on the look of these new seats, they look too bench like for my like.

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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:29 am

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
Jacobin777's favorite NW pee wee boarding for NRT.

...you're just jealous of my shots and that I've gotten to fly on the Pee-Wee's 10 times more than you..

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
I took this trip back in June but have been too lazy to do a TR.

.....anything else would have been a majour disappointment..

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
The great San Francisco International Terminal. I love this airport.

....the terminals here at SFO are just huge... Wow!

I think we can get the next Space Shuttle to launch from one of the terminals here...

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
I went outside after checking in and sat there for a while looking at
this couple making out for a good half hour. It was like the guy was
never coming back to the Red, White and the Blue because I am not
kidding, they kissed and hugged for at least a half hour and the lady
kept getting hustled by the cops to move her car but they eventually
left her alone…lol

......you sick psychopathic deviant pervert...nothin' else better to do than smoke and take photos of other people making out...LoL

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
There was nobody in the business class check so checking in literally
took me less than 5 minutes. No pun intended but I seriously thought I
was in the wrong check in line because the economy check in was so
long with 90% of the people on it of the Indian decent. I thought it
was a flight to BLR maybe.

..... ...that is certainly one route where I think SQ will get competition from. IT's Mallya has mentioned that he eventually wants to start BLR-SFO when they has the ability to do so...

I would expect to eventually see AI possibly start this route also with one of their incoming -200LR's...

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
Lots of leg room

...those must your favourite shoes, you have them in every TR..

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
My IFE went bust and froze up on me. I called the FA and she had to
reboot it which took a good 10 minutes before it was back up.

..LoL...a friend of mine works for Marvel Technologies (shown on the screen)..its only 15 minutes away from my house...fortunately the F/A got it working...

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):

It was about a 7 hour flight to SIN and by now I just wanted to get to
SIN then MNL. It's funny how I look forward to these trips but after a
few hours on the plane, I want out.

..LoL...I feel that way also most of the time..the "charm"/"novelty" seems to wear itself out after a few hours..regardless of class...

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
I logged on and did some work for a few hours

....you liar ...you were sending me instant messages from there....

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
We touched down and the reverse thrusters we on. On a serious note,
you just cannot fathom how big this engine is until you're sitting
next to it. All along I kept wondering how the hell they keep that
thing on. From now on, I am buying my super glue from Boeing if it
works on this thing.

.. ....I told how amazing those things are....! I'm glad you finally believed me...

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
This has to be one of the most beautiful aircraft I've ever seen but I
still think their A345 looks better, right Jacobin!

......I'm not saying anything....

I have seen TG's A345 at your adopted airport of LAX and I do have to say their A345s are quite impressive looking .....but you know what I'm going to say, better I don't say anything...

Though the TR was about 9 months late, definitely a great TR ...hopefully we'll get another one in the next six months, er I meant soon....

[Edited 2007-10-14 19:33:19]
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:58 am

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
... ...that is certainly one route where I think SQ will get competition from. IT's Mallya has mentioned that he eventually wants to start BLR-SFO when they has the ability to do so...

I would expect to eventually see AI possibly start this route also with one of their incoming -200LR's...

A quick look at Great Circle Mapper - if an airline wants to do BLR-SFO, and does not feel like using 77Ls or 345s, and cannot wait for 787s - with a standard 777-200ER, it looks as though Anchorage would be the shortage deviation from the Great Circle, and BLR-ANC would be within the range of a 777-200ER. YVR-BLR would not be much longer than some routes that CO fly with 777-200ERs. Would IT make people fly through BRU, which is a lot further than the GC?
 
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:25 pm

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
The great San Francisco International Terminal. I love this airport.

Indeed.... this is one of the more beautiful airports I have been to in USA. My worse? LAX TBIT and DTW...

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
It's amazing how quiet the 77W is during rotation and on
climb out.

is this your first time on the 777? Did you hear how loud the start up was on the 77W? I love the grunts and roars of the start up process.

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
The skewers were actually pretty good although I cannot remember what
kind of meat it was. Didn't care for the dip though, kinda too sweet.

What you had is called "satay" (Malay) or "sate" (Indonesian). One stick of beef, and 2 sticks of chicken.

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
The food was decent but I gotta say I prefer OZ's food because they do
have the same dish as this but better tasting.

Hmm... it is bibimbap. I would assume that OZ's would taste more authentic since they are, after all, Korean.

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
I don't know what meal this was but evidently they served us more food.

Dinner perhaps? What was the main?

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
I love SQ's lounge at ICN, I even use
it when flying other carriers.

SQ's lounge in ICN is one of the better ones out there, I think it even looks better than their so called flagship lounge in Changi, their homnebase.

Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 1):
Looking back at immigration lines which were now a mess due to the SQ
and TG arrivals at the same time.

Gawd, MNL's arrivals are always a mess.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 2):
Not sure what's up with the thick seat belt.

Seat belts on the 77Ws have air bags installed in them because the seat is so wide. The seat belt is also not fitted throughout the entire width of the seat, rather just 3/4 of it and you forced to be strapped in towards one side of the seat, away from your one and only armrest. My review for the new JCL seat is rather mixed....

Great report! I myself embarked on the new JCL last month on 2 flights between SIN and HKG (not sure if you read the report). I wished the flight was longer to allow me to fully enjoy the experience.
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RE: SFO-ICN-SIN-MNL On SQ 77W J Class (pics)

Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:20 am

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
......you sick psychopathic deviant pervert...nothin' else better to do than smoke and take photos of other people making out...LoL

ha haa, I just couldn't help it.  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
I would expect to eventually see AI possibly start this route also with one of their incoming -200LR's...

AI and SQ codeshare on thie route as I learned flying SIN-SFO.

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
...those must your favourite shoes, you have them in every TR..

LOL, they are actually. Better than the ones you were wearing on EK's MASSIVE when you took a picture of the pregnant guy.  duck 

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
....you liar ...you were sending me instant messages from there....

Part of my job sir.  biggrin 

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
I have seen TG's A345 at your adopted airport of LAX and I do have to say their A345s are quite impressive looking .....but you know what I'm going to say, better I don't say anything...

Yeah, I think I know what your next comment would be on this one.

Though the TR was about 9 months late, definitely a great TR ...hopefully we'll get another one in the next six months, er I meant soon....

Ha haa, I'll try to do one next time hopefully, now that I have a decent  camera 

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
Indeed.... this is one of the more beautiful airports I have been to in USA. My worse? LAX TBIT and DTW...

LAX SUCKS!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
is this your first time on the 777? Did you hear how loud the start up was on the 77W? I love the grunts and roars of the start up process.

Definately not. What I emant was it was quieter on rotation and climb up than your regular 772ER. It was my first time on the 77W though.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
Hmm... it is bibimbap. I would assume that OZ's would taste more authentic since they are, after all, Korean.

OZ's bibimbap is off the hook. It's the only meal I eat trans-Pacific. You are right though, they are Korean after all.  thumbsup 

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
Dinner perhaps? What was the main?

Cannot remember unfortunately.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
SQ's lounge in ICN is one of the better ones out there, I think it even looks better than their so called flagship lounge in Changi, their homnebase.

You're right. Their lounge at ICN is too crowded. The only problem with SQ's ICN lounge is that they don't have free wireless like OZ's does. They do have computers though where you can log onto the web so works for me.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
Great report! I myself embarked on the new JCL last month on 2 flights between SIN and HKG (not sure if you read the report). I wished the flight was longer to allow me to fully enjoy the experience.

Thanks. I'll check out the report, hopefully it's not archived.
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:17 pm

Thanks for your t/r and all those pics. A very long journey for you - but at least in comfort.

You say: "This is the part I don't get because why would they
have you go through security again if you just deplaned and getting
back on the plane in less than an hour."

This is/was one of the *biggest* gripes about the process at HNL for passengers going from Australia to Canada on AC so this happens in the US as well, and other airports I've transitted through such as HKG and DXB also have this requirement.

Even for a 1 hour transit, the authorities in Honolulu made us go through security again which took ages and meant that by the time everyone got through, it was time to re-board for the onward sector.
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:24 pm

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
This is the part I don't get because why would they
have you go through security again if you just deplaned and getting
back on the plane in less than an hour.

I wonder the same thing when I transfer in LGW and LHR.

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Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:06 pm

Same thing in Hong Kong, as well as in Dubai. I've asked security people and their response "becaue you are mixing in a common area with different people. I looked at security person in absolute puzzlement, thinking he was joking, but he wasn't. Apparently it hasn't occurred to him and the others (if he was being serious) that once you are through security you mix in a common area with different people.
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:57 pm

Great Trip report, from your photos SIN looks really nice............

Amazing an Air Mauritius out here......

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Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:46 pm

Nice TR, just one note: SEL is the metro code for Seoul, so if you see the code SEL somewhere, it usually just means Seoul in general and isn't specific to either ICN or GMP.  Wink
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:24 pm

AMAZING TR!!!

One of my dreams is flying from BCN to SIN on the B777-300ER...and then flying on the A380 to Sydney... *sigh*

Thanks for sharing!
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:51 pm

Brilliant TR and photos. I really enjoyed all of it . Alot of hours to rack up . Cool Nike shoes LOL....


Thanks for sharing

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Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:50 am

Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 15):
Thanks. I'll check out the report, hopefully it's not archived

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Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:42 am

Excellant report and pics! Thank for posting.
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:40 am

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 16):
This is/was one of the *biggest* gripes about the process at HNL for passengers going from Australia to Canada on AC so this happens in the US as well, and other airports I've transitted through such as HKG and DXB also have this requirement.

Even for a 1 hour transit, the authorities in Honolulu made us go through security again which took ages and meant that by the time everyone got through, it was time to re-board for the onward sector.

Yeah, this is a puzzle to me to this date.

Quoting Davescj (Reply 17):
I wonder the same thing when I transfer in LGW and LHR.

LHR T3 is the worst at this because of the lines.

Quoting Davescj (Reply 17):
One of these days.....I hope to be in J on SQ.

I have my employer to Thank for that.  biggrin 

Quoting Aerofan (Reply 18):
"becaue you are mixing in a common area with different people.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl  That's a classic.

Quoting Omoo (Reply 19):
Great Trip report, from your photos SIN looks really nice............

Thanks, SIN is really nice.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 20):
Nice TR, just one note: SEL is the metro code for Seoul, so if you see the code SEL somewhere, it usually just means Seoul in general and isn't specific to either ICN or GMP.

Thanks, I did not know that.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Cool Nike shoes LOL....

Thanks and tell that to Jacobin777. He gives me rap about these shoes all the time because it seems I am always wearing them on every TR I do.

[quote=Ryanair!!!,reply=23]quote]

Thanks, I'll check them out.

I am glad you guys liked the TR. Will try to do another one in Dec when I fly them if it'll be any different than this.
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Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:05 pm

Excellent report, Mr Norcal773 - heaven indeed to be spending so much time in J class on the SQ 77W!

I am honoured that you spared me a thought as the fizz came your way. A strong feeling of envy swept across me as I read your report and looked at that most comfortable seat which I believe I would have been quite happy to sit upon - I suspect I would be very reluctant to leave it.

I do hope the Visions of Loveliness in attendance upon you were not too shocked by those trainers!  Wink
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Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:27 pm

Wow, amazing report!! Brings me back to my trips through ICN. The Silver Kris lounge at ICN is the first lounge I was ever allowed in (J on UA) A great view of the KE ramp as well! Awesome pictures!
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Fri Oct 26, 2007 9:44 am

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 26):
Excellent report



Quoting Crjflyer35 (Reply 27):
Wow, amazing report!!

Thank you Gentlemen.

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 26):
I am honoured that you spared me a thought as the fizz came your way.

It's the least I could do sir.

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 26):
A strong feeling of envy swept across me as I read your report and looked at that most comfortable seat which I believe I would have been quite happy to sit upon - I suspect I would be very reluctant to leave it.

Youi never know. Maybe next time you're on SQ the gorgeous FA will come to you and invite you to one of those instead of informing you that your fly is open like last time.  biggrin 

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 26):
I do hope the Visions of Loveliness in attendance upon you were not too shocked by those trainers!

LOL..... I think it's time I got new sneakers. I've got too much flack about my shoes on this forum.

Quoting Crjflyer35 (Reply 27):
The Silver Kris lounge at ICN is the first lounge I was ever allowed in (J on UA) A great view of the KE ramp as well! Awesome pictures!

The SQ lounge at ICN is awesome. I love their bar
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Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:12 am

Great TR. I envy you for flying SQ business, it looks so good. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:36 am

Great TR.

Your pics is really good captured. Thank you for them.

Quoting Norcal773 (Thread starter):
BA and VS always seem to following each
other especially at SFO.

That is true. When I fly to LAX with BA we often lands just ahead VS. Pretty funny that you noticed that too.

Thank you for sharing this TR. Really enjoyed to read it.

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Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:20 am

I can't imagine the J-class seat on the Beast is wider than the already really wide one on the 773ER.  boggled 


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Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:57 am

Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 31):
I can't imagine the J-class seat on the Beast is wider than the already really wide one on the 773ER.  boggled 

...IIRC, they are by 3-4 inches.... Wow!
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Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
that is certainly one route where I think SQ will get competition from. IT's Mallya has mentioned that he eventually wants to start BLR-SFO when they has the ability to do so...

A year later, there's not much competition on this route as you predicted except from 9W BLR-PVG-SFO. I am curious about this flight's on-time performance because everytime I am in SFO, it's late.  duck 

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
I would expect to eventually see AI possibly start this route also with one of their incoming -200LR's...

Yeah right, they've had them for a while and SQ will rn them out of town just like they'll run 9W out.  biggrin 

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 32):
...IIRC, they are by 3-4 inches....

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Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:17 pm



Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 33):
A year later, there's not much competition on this route as you predicted

However no one would could have thought "black gold" running up so high. no 

Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 33):
except from 9W BLR-PVG-SFO. I am curious about this flight's on-time performance because everytime I am in SFO, it's late.  duck 

Hey, better late than not showing up.. biggrin 

Quoting Norcal773 (Reply 33):
Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 12):
I would expect to eventually see AI possibly start this route also with one of their incoming -200LR's...

Yeah right, they've had them for a while and SQ will rn them out of town just like they'll run 9W out.  biggrin 

..however 9W is still around and with "black gold" down a good 20%, the route should hopefully start improving.... yes 
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Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:31 pm



Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 34):
..however 9W is still around and with "black gold" down a good 20%, the route should hopefully start improving....

My guess is they'll pull out sooner or later because from what I heard, the loads aren't that good. Meanwhile, SQ 1/2 and SQ 15/16 continue to flourish. SQ buys black gold too so not a good excuse.  duck 
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Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:33 pm

Helo Mike! Thanks for the TR. I love SQ and I love multi-stop flights especially if it's First or Business Class. That should count as one of the best routes to MNL from SFO. How much did you pay SQ for the RT? (if you don't mind me asking, thanks in advance).
 
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Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:07 am



Quoting AirAmericaC46 (Reply 36):
Helo Mike! Thanks for the TR. I love SQ and I love multi-stop flights especially if it's First or Business Class. That should count as one of the best routes to MNL from SFO. How much did you pay SQ for the RT? (if you don't mind me asking, thanks in advance).

No worries. Yeah, I love flying SQ and as a matter of fact, they're the only ones I've flown to MNL from SFO for the last 14 months and so. It adds a lot of travel time but ooh well! The ticket price for this trip was about $7000 but I've also paid $3300 and $4200 two other times. The company paid and when I had to pay out of pocket, I fley Y on the 77W about a month ago which was pretty cool too.
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