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SQ380 SYD-SIN (Inaugural A380 Flight)

Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:10 pm

26th Oct 2007 … a date I will never forget – I flew on the inaugural A380 flight from Sydney to Singapore. This was a charity flight organised by SIA to celebrate the launch of their new A380 as well as the new Suite product. The charity drive raised more than US$2m for 3 charities worldwide.

I must say that I was very lucky to be offered a seat on this historic journey.

Travelling to Sydney from Singapore was courtesy of Qantas Airways. Airbus A330-303 VH-QPG operating Q72 provided the 4hr 45min journey to my former home, Perth. Spotting, shopping and dinner at Cicerallos in Fremantle was the order of the day. Transportation to Sydney was provided by Boeing 747-438 VH-EBY operating as QF518 to Sydney. The business class seat on the upper deck was inviting and comfortable, though shuteye was limited to a mere 45 mins. Sydney weather was atrocious on the morning of the 25th. Friends Aaron, Benny and Randall (all NinerVictor admins and Airliners.net photographers btw) offered their services as tour guides and partners in crime during my very short 36 hr stay in Sydney.

Passengers on the SQ380 inaugural flight from Sydney were given some privileges. Apart from a dedicated check-in, drop off points were also cordoned off for the passengers.


A kerbside welcome for all passengers of SQ380.


A seating plan layout was provided along with more images of the SIA girls.


Another welcome to one of the most important events in Sydney this year!

Check-in was a little slow, no doubt due to the large number of passengers who turned up early at 1230 hrs as SIA advised that check-in would close at 1330 hrs. The early check-in was to facilitate a welcome function that SIA had put together at gate 57. The nice Asian chap at the check-in counter was very helpful to me. He even remembered my name, and greeted me as I entered the boarding gate later on.

A corner of the terminal at Gate 57 was cordoned off for the SIA function. Folks from all classes on this flight mingled with champagne and finger food whilst SIA CEO Chew Choon Seng brought NSW Premier, the Hon. Morris Iemma on a tour of the A380. SIA Chairman Stephen Lee was also present at the function.


Welcoming passengers onboard SQ380 with a miniature sized cake of the A380.



SALC is presented with a mounted image of 9V-SKA touching down on her delivery flight to Singapore.


9V-SKA (also known as the Big Fella) is waiting patiently at the gate.


A party atmosphere!


Our SQ ladies posing for pictures before boarding the aircraft.

Unfortunately, an electric storm soon came about and halted all ground work on the aircraft, delaying our departure. The departure time was delayed time and time again, until 1700 when boarding was called. Finally, the moment has arrived.

Sydney’s Gate 57 has 3 aerobridges set up for the A380. Passengers were sorted according to:
- Bridge 1 – Suites
- Bridge 2 – Economy Class (Main Deck)
- Bridge 3 – Business Class and Economy Class (Upper Deck)

Boarding of the aircraft commenced at 1710 hrs. Being on the upper deck, I had the opportunity to walk through the Business class section of the aircraft. Originally, when I saw the photos of the Business class section, I thought the aisles were a tad small. In reality, they are of the same size as in a normal single decked aircraft. Walking through was a breeze, save for the “wows” and suction of breaths when you see the very inviting Business class seats. These seats are similar to those found on the 77W, but wider. In my opinion, a lot more practical than the Suites.

My seat was at the last row, and thankfully I had a window. The actual size of the A380 window is the same as that of a normal 777 aircraft. However, it is very thick, resulting in it appearing to be a lot bigger than it really is. Another thankful item was that the PTV boxes that were previously placed under the seat (as in the A345s) were now incorporated into the seat, so one would not feel as squeezed.


The window of the A380, on the upper deck. The image is slightly distorted by the fisheye lens.

Window seats on the upper deck also come with a storage bin on the side of the seat, similar to that of the Boeing 747. The storage compartment would fit a standard briefcase or laptop bag easily.

On this charity flight, a matte black laptop bag was placed on every seat that had a passenger. This bag contained the items that SQ has provided to commemorate the flight. Amongst the ‘goodies’ were an SQ A380 model as well as a luggage tag commemorating the flight.


The commemorative items provided by SQ.

It is interesting to note that the model and the luggage tag were customised for the flight. I understand that SQ made 4 models to celebrate the A380 – A delivery model, the SIN-SYD flight model, a model for visitors to the A380 in Sydney, as well as this model for the SYD-SIN flight.


Some other collectable items on the flight!


A customised version of the KrisWorld magazine was provided.

As everybody settled down in their seats, the cabin crew started their rounds with hot towels. This crew was the same as that which operated the inaugural flight into Sydney, and they recognised a few of the passengers which came up on that flight. The crew on this flight were very relaxed and enjoyed mingling around, chatting with the passengers.


Passengers are loading up their bags into the overhead bins. The Economy class seats on the upper deck are adorned in blue and brown colours. Those found on the lower deck have a different colour.

The PTV system used on the A380 is similar to that found on the 77W. I believe this version of Krisworld is powered by Panasonic. The resolution on the screens were much better, and it did not have the irritating flicked of the Matsushita system. The PTV system is accompanied by an input jack for your laptop or DVD player, USB port as well as an Ethernet port. I’m not sure why there’s an Ethernet port on board, perhaps we may be able to MSN onboard one way.


Yes, we’re in Sydney alright!


The PTV systems on the 2 seater.

Legroom wise – not too bad! To all those naysayers who didn’t fancy the 32” pitch on this aircraft, its a lot more comfortable than being on a 747! Being 6’ tall, I was pretty comfortable in my seat. When you do recline the seat though, the base of the seat moves forward a tad, making it pretty comfortable with your bum being supported.

Captain Robert Ting came on the PA system to welcome everybody onboard, and introduce the other pilots – DY A380 Chief Pilot and an Airbus test pilot (Apologies I have forgotten their names). He also gave his thanks to ExxonMobil who donated the jet fuel for the flight both directions.

Push back soon came and went. It seemed so smooth to the passengers, while in fact, pushback was asked for and cancelled twice. On the 3rd push attempt, the ground crew contacted the Tower and informed them that they wanted to push us facing west so that we had an easy taxy to runway 34L.

Audio Recording of SQ380’s pushback clearance

We had the fortunate (some may say unfortunate) pleasure of having the Dreamflight British Airways Boeing 747-436 to our starboard. I’m sure the crew had a great time watching our aircraft and waited for our taxy. Ground crew lined the apron watching the mammoth beast commence her taxy through exits Yankee, Juliet and directly onto taxiway Alpha for 34L.

Passing the beach was a great experience. Folks at the fence line were waving, taking pictures and admiring Kilo Alpha. I wonder if the crew waved back.

The line up on 34L was smooth, and takeoff power was applied without the holding. Gosh, this aircraft is really quiet on takeoff! At take off thrust, all you hear is quiet sound of air rushing by, no noise or groans whatsoever from the engine. You could hear folks on board saying ‘That’s very quiet.’ Mind you, these are aviation enthusiasts and journalists, they know what they’re talking about.

Our takeoff roll saw us pass a number of Qantas and Virgin Blue aircraft, which were holding on 25 and taxying around. A gentle rotation saw us lift off after passing the Sydney Control Tower. Applause was heard all round. It was a great feeling, being on the big bird as she gently climbed.

Singapore 380, cleared for takeoff!!

I have a video of the takeoff, but I get an error every time I try to load it onto YouTube. If anybody’s willing to host about 80mb of a video for me, please do let me know.

We climbed through the cloudy Sydney evening en route to our cruising altitude of FL340. Step climbs were given en route and we finally cruised at FL400.

Noise wise, this is quieter than an A340, hands down. You can communicate with others at normal talking volume. The engines don’t drown your voice out and you basically forget about the engines after a while.

Once the seat belt signs were turned off, the party really began. Folks started getting up and walking around, discovering the plane. Due to our delayed departure, a lot of passengers drank quite a bit, hence the toilets were all utilised soon after departure!

As I moved about the cabin, I was so reminded of my previous A380 walk around. Then, there weren’t many seats, just test equipment. It’s amazing how some nice interior can make the whole aircraft look so different.



Seats on the Economy class on the main deck are patterned differently.

I had a chance to visit my friend, Mr Sim, as he was seated at Row 31. My gosh, this is a fabulous row especially if you’re a window, engine and leg room space lover like me! Row 31 is a bulk head seat, with a nice window for those seated at 31A and 31K. The window overlooks the leading edge of the wing as well as those 2 huge Rolls Royce engines.


This is the absolutely stunning view from row 31.

Folks were running about all over the cabin, taking pictures and videos and generally having fun. The crew were also pretty relaxed, allowing everybody to go about this business.


Another view of the Economy class on the main deck.


Another bulkhead row – Row 54.


The 2-4-2 configuration of the upper deck Economy seats. The emergency exit row is row 81, and the window seats do NOT have any windows.


Another view of the emergency exit row on the upper deck. The window seats are on row 81, whilst the middle 4 seater is row 80.


The toilet – It has a set of LED lights which come on slowly when the door is opened, looking very very cool indeed!

Since this is the inaugural flight, passengers received a certificate of flight. Premium passengers received theirs mounted, while Economy class passengers received ours in a plastic clear folder. Each certificate was individually handed to passengers by the cabin crew. Great touch by SIA!

Meals were soon served. Being the charity and inaugural flight, our meals were specially catered for. Australian Chef Matthew Moran, winner of “Two Chef’s Hats’” and Singaporean Chef Sam Leong, 3 time winner of the ‘Asian Ethnic Chef’ award, provided the fillings for Economy class. The Australian selection featured Citrus Cured Salmon and Pan-Roasted Beef Steak, while the Asian selection featured Tiger Prawns and Stewed Canton Duck.

I chose the Asian selection and I must admit, I never had such good food onboard an aircraft before. The duck was so tender and the rice so fragrant, I wondered if Chef Sam cooked each serving individually! By far, this is THE best meal I’ve ever had onboard and aircraft, and probably one of the best I’ve ever had.


Chef Sam Leong posing for pictures with a fellow passenger.

Now, if you’re read my previously posting, I’ve mentioned a Coke Cannon salute. Well, this is what happened. I sat down with Mr Sim at row 31 to have dinner. As it happened, dinner was served from the front rows. Just as I was consuming my heavenly roasted duck, the trolley hit the edge of my seat, and coke can from the trolley fell onto the floor. It hit the floor, burst and rebounded. Lucky me, I caught the rebound, as well as quite a bit of Coke! I was amazed – I’d never knew Coke could shoot from the can right up onto the ceiling of the A380! Mr Sim was also wondering what happened as he felt ‘raindrops’. A very funny incident nevertheless, and the SQ cabin crew responded marvellously! Within seconds, there were 5 crew members surrounding me, apologising and passing paper towels and wet ones. The mess was cleared quickly and I was the butt of the joke afterwards, even the folks from the Malaysian press seated behind at Row 32 were laughing and making fun of me. Very hilarious!

Also on board today, we had fellow NinerVictor forum member and Airliners.net member, MadamConcorde, who was celebrating her birthday! Not withstanding, SQ did have a small celebration for the lady.


Marie, aka MadamConcorde, posing for pictures after receiving a birthday card and cake from SIA.


Guess who sat down to have cake desert with our lovely lady!

Another thing noticed about the A380 – It’s pretty slow! We hardly broke 900kmh, and that’s with a 50kmh tailwind. Perhaps the information on FlightPath could be a little out of sync, just like the altitude readout, which was at 39917ft.

All too soon, it was time for the descent into Singapore. Captain Ting came back on the PA system to inform us of our planned approach into Singapore, as well as the fact that we will be the first passengers to experience an A380 autoland. Wow! What a feeling! I’m sure the crew would have done one in Sydney too if only Sydney was equipped with CAT 3 ILS.

As we were positioning ourselves for a 20C ILS approach, I noticed that on this plane, you cant feel the aircraft banking. Flight Path is showing the aircraft turning from downwind, to base, to final but you just don’t feel it doing the banks unless you look outside. Awesome!

The flight was smooth up to this point and it got even smoother after that. Unlike the 777, where the cabin rattles and shakes when the flaps and gears are fully lowered, the A380 hardly missed a beat. No fuss, no unruly wake up calls, no frightening sounds, nothing – ZILCH. Being on the upper deck, you cant even hear the flaps or gears lowering. You are really disconnected from the flight.

Touchdown was a greaser. It really was. I’ve been on a Boeing 777 that auto-landed once and it was no where as smooth or as non-eventful as this one. Everybody showed their appreciation for the smooth landing by applauding the computers.

A slow taxy on EP and we were soon docked at F31, the same gate where SQ380 departed the day before. The viewing deck of T2 was full of enthusiasts, waiting to catch a glimpse of the big jet as she came into dock.

All the aerobridges (Believe its 3??) were used to unload the passengers this time round. A Malay percussion crew welcomed the passengers to Singapore and SIA management were on hand to greet the passengers.

Immigration and customs was quick as per Singapore’s standards. However, baggage seemed to take forever to come out. It was a good 15 minute wait, surveying all the Priority tagged bags, before my 3 bags came into sight.

With this, my inaugural A380 charity flight has come to an end. Today’s Straits Times had an editorial about the luxuries onboard A380 and how useless they are. In a way, perhaps the Suites are for novelty or those very rich folks who really want their privacy. Business class would be the way to go for me. I find it a lot more comfortable and at least I’ll be in touch with my fellow passengers. Then again, I’m not rich and I’ll probably never find the need for privacy too! That said, the tagline used for the Singapore Airlines A380, “Experience travel in a new light”, is something nobody should ever doubt.

Thanks for reading.

[Edited 2007-10-27 12:14:59]
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Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:37 pm

Nice TR! Lucky to have been on the first flight. How was the cabin in flight quiter than expected or about the same?
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Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:39 pm

Finally a A380 TR.

Thank you for posting it.

It is really good.

Great pics too.

Thank you for sharing

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Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:39 pm

An excellent trip report!

I hope I have a chance to fly on one soon...
 
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RE: SQ380 SYD-SIN (Inaugural A380 Flight)

Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:44 pm

Hola Tsentsan!

Thanks for the TR.

I was eager to read the first comment on this bird.

I hope I can fly it one day and write a TR, thanks for the tips on the no-windows rows.

Salut!

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Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:51 pm

Great report, great pics!

Thats what we all waited for! Amazing view out of window 31K.

Coke raining from the ceiling of a A380  biggrin 

Can hardly wait till i fly it in February.

Many thanks for sharing!


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Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:31 pm

WOW I was waiting for this report so much!!! Also the photos are the ones I wanted to see also of the Y class exit rows on the Upper Deck!!! Thank you so much for a amazing report and photos. The gifts that SQ gave look so nice. Something to keep forever.

Really great to see Madame Concorde!!! What a really nice touch for SQ to arrange a birthday cake.

After seeing this I really cant wait to get on the A380 .

Thanks again

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Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:02 pm

Quoting KDTWFlyer (Reply 1):
How was the cabin in flight quiter than expected or about the same?

If you read the TR you could get a answer to your question.
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Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:05 pm

I've been checking for two days for a A380 trip report. It was worth the wait! Great details and pictures. I especially enjoyed the sound clips. Thanks!
 
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Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:05 pm

Very nice report. Thanks for sharing your experience. It was a pleasure to read and see the pics. I wonder how you recorded the cockpit conversations though! As far as I know, it is not permitted during normal flights. Perhaps exceptions were made for this flight?
 
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Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:14 pm

Very cool TR, congrats.

Also congrats to be the first TR for a revenue flight on the A380.

3 things hit me about this TR though:

1) The SYD signs [B]Welcome to passengers flying aboard SQ380 the first commercial flight from SYD to SIN" it reads like there was never a SYD-SIN service ever before!

2) Head on from the gate the A380 is exceptionally ugly. Impressive and imposing, but ugly!

3) The upper deck looks spacious and airy I like that SQ have chosen 777 stlye cantilever bins for the upper deck too, I dont think the Airbus mock-ups had those. The upper deck does seem to be the place to be, especially around Row 80/81/82/83. The exit rows there will have the extra legrom but wont be the gatherng points so common at these locations on 330/340/767/777.

Well done once again, I cant wait to fly on the A380 ASAP!

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RE: SQ380 SYD-SIN (Inaugural A380 Flight)

Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:30 pm

And not a moment too soon.
Sorry but i have been waiting for this report for a long time.
Thank you very much.
To all other A.Netters.who teased us for a long while by counting down minutes,rubing it in our faces that they will be on the inaugural flight.What happened? Did you loose your laptops,misplaced your camera's or the experience was so overwhelming that you forgot about the rest of us?????
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Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:57 pm

Great TR - congrats on being able to experience such a wonderful event. Your comment about the airspeed being slow is interesting, particularly if it was the groundspeed; wasn't the A380 supposed to be at least as fast as other jumbos (namely, the 747), comparatively speaking? FWIW, I don't recall the 777 being very loud while the flaps and gear were being lowered. Regardless, given the size and amount of landing gear and flaps onboard the A380, it's impressive that you weren't able to notice them.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 4):
I hope I can fly it one day and write a TR, thanks for the tips on the no-windows rows.

FYI, SQ's A380 is already loaded into SeatGuru and the seats have already been assigned values! Mrs. 777fan and I prefer to not sit in the middle of a/c; I'm not sure I'd like to have to sit across the aisle from her in biz class. Does anyone know if all of the suites are two-person "rooms"?

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Sin..._Air/Singapore_Air_Airbus_A380.php



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Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:02 pm

Congratulations for having such an opportunity! Thousands of a.netters envy you  Wink

Thank you very much for posting the trip report we've been waiting for years and years. It must have been something unbelievable to be in that plane right?

Did you had a chance to walk around the whole aircraft? How was the service? Fast enough?


congratulations to Madame Concorde as well!


Cheers!



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Sat Oct 27, 2007 11:18 pm

excellent work Sir, I'm thinking that I might have to get myself on the QF inaugural flight next year, if it happens!
 
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:00 am

Great report! How was the crew in terms of how efficient the service was? I ask this because whenever an airline introduces a new aircraft type or configuration in their fleet crews tend to take a bit to get used to their new surroundings, which sometimes results in a bit of lackluster service. Given recent comments regarding CX crew and their new premium layouts and the introduction of the 777W, I was wondering if the SQ Girls were more seamless in their transition?
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:39 am

Hi all,

Thanks for your feedback, this is probably one of the longest trip report I've ever written. It came up to 5pages on Ms Word!

Quoting Jakeflyer (Reply 8):
I've been checking for two days for a A380 trip report. It was worth the wait! Great details and pictures. I especially enjoyed the sound clips. Thanks!

Thanks, I'm surprised nobody else did a TR, since I believe there were a lot of a.netters onboard.

Quoting Netdhaka (Reply 9):
As far as I know, it is not permitted during normal flights. Perhaps exceptions were made for this flight?

ATC transmissions were recorded by my friends in Sydney.

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 13):
Did you had a chance to walk around the whole aircraft? How was the service? Fast enough?



Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 15):
How was the crew in terms of how efficient the service was?

I only had the chance to walk around EY and Suites. The EY service was as per normal, fast and efficient. The crew knew the aircraft pretty well, except for maybe the bumps on the floors that made pushing the trolley over it a tad too difficult. Other than that, I'd say that you wont encounter too many problems made by the crew on the aircraft. I'm sure they would have been thoroughly familiarised  Smile They didnt seem to be 'lost' at any point in time.

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Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:54 am

Just an additional point, I'm not sure if the Safety Video onboard is a revamped version. The last time I flew SQ was early this year. The Safety Video is as per normal until the very end, where they show the A380 instead of the B744 flying across the screen.

I've got a copy of the Safety VIdeo, if anybody's keen, please let me know.

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Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:24 am

A380 droool. Thanks for the sharing. Does it feel much bigger than a 747-400, when your in it of course?
 
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:52 am

Great report, very informative. I've been waiting for this.

Hopefully I'll be on a flight on the beast soon.
 
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:20 am

Well Well Well... finally there is a new "Queen of the Skies". The Jumbo has been for years but no more.

Thanks for this wonderful TR. I was really looking forward to a good one of the SIA A380, and a good one it was!

Safe landings,

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Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:00 pm

Awesome work mate! I can't say anything else.. i'm in awe!
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:31 pm

Thanks Tsen Trip Report graphic detailed and interesting.Much appreciated

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Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:33 pm

Quoting InbarD (Reply 18):
Does it feel much bigger than a 747-400, when your in it of course?

Not really. Perhaps because when you board it via the upper deck door, it seems just like a normal widebody aircraft. You dont get the entire size of the aircraft until you walk down the stairs at the rear, and up those in front.

Anyways, thanks for all the comments so far. I've finally managed to process and upload the video to youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHVEk1hKOqA
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:35 pm

Oh My .. what a fantastic TR!

Your pictures are breathtaking! Felt like i was on board.

I cannot wait to get on the A380!

Thanks for sharing!

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Sun Oct 28, 2007 3:58 pm

... WOW ... ... nothing to add except a big thank you...
One question: Do you remember the row numbering on the lower and upper deck (e.g. lower deck rows 1-45, upper 46-81)?
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:56 pm

Fantastic! Appears to have been a magnificent flight! Thanks for sharing!

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Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:20 pm

Nice work Tsentsan, very nice TR! If only all commercial flights could be so relaxed and fun! I especially liked this paragraph  Smile !

Quoting Tsentsan (Thread starter):
Everybody showed their appreciation for the smooth landing by applauding the computers.

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Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:24 am

Quoting Tsentsan (Thread starter):
Spotting, shopping and dinner at Cicerallos in Fremantle was the order of the day.

Ahhh... CICERELLOS.... It is one of my must-dos in Freemantle too and this is why...


Quoting Tsentsan (Thread starter):
The PTV system used on the A380 is similar to that found on the 77W. I believe this version of Krisworld is powered by Panasonic.

Yes indeed. This new system is very user friendly and I was surfing through the IFE easily when we were still on the ground. Compared to the old "WISEMAN", it does take a while to get used to if it does not fail on you.

Quoting Tsentsan (Thread starter):
Folks were running about all over the cabin, taking pictures and videos and generally having fun. The crew were also pretty relaxed, allowing everybody to go about this business.

If only this could happen everyday. I suspect this would happen for quite a while onboard the A380.

Quoting SQuared (Reply 3):
even the folks from the Malaysian press seated behind at Row 32 were laughing and making fun of me.

Hahahahah... I can imagine them writing in the press back home. SQ 380 fails to deliver a can of coke properly!

Quoting SQuared (Reply 3):
What a feeling! I’m sure the crew would have done one in Sydney too if only Sydney was equipped with CAT 3 ILS.

I have always wondered about that. An airport as busy as that, NO CAT III?? Why? Remember the BA 747 that I was on diverting to BNE due to fog?

Quoting SQuared (Reply 3):
It was a good 15 minute wait, surveying all the Priority tagged bags, before my 3 bags came into sight.

Hmm... That is a little long for Changi's standards, isn't it? I wonder if CAAS is busy tweaking their SOPs now like good god fearing ever toiling government servants do?

Quoting SQuared (Reply 3):
Today’s Straits Times had an editorial about the luxuries onboard A380 and how useless they are.

I was wondering about that article... although I never quite got the angle the writer was trying to achieve. If SQ is to forge ahead in this competitive environment, they need to do what they are doing now or they might otherwise fall behind.
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Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:08 am

Great airplane.

Great airline.

Great trip report!

Thanks.
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Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:40 am

Also found a video of the landing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvs256uR_Q0

Love how people claps everytime, specially in landing... everybody seems to be quite funny! (jejeje! champagne???). Also, in the video of landing sounds a Marcus Miller song!!! was it the ambient music, or just in the video?
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Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:01 pm

Thanks for all the comments so far  Smile

Quoting AntonovA330 (Reply 25):
Do you remember the row numbering on the lower and upper deck (e.g. lower deck rows 1-45, upper 46-81)?

Sorry, I dont remember, but if you look on SIA"s site for the seat plan.. I'm sure you can find it... I know the upper deck ends at 83.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 28):
An airport as busy as that, NO CAT III?? Why? Remember the BA 747 that I was on diverting to BNE due to fog?

I think they did mention before that the cost-benefit analysis of equipping the airport for CAT III was not a good business case, as there were only so few days where the airport fogged up.
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Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:53 pm

Hi TTT, I'm glad you had such a good experience. Thanks for the report.
Here's a few shots of you departing Sydney:
http://home.exetel.com.au/ajphotography/9VSKA_SYD_26OCT2007_LowRes.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/ajphotography/9VSKA_SYD_26OCT2007_LowRes2.jpg
 
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Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:42 pm

Thanks for the shots Aj!! I think if you zoom in close enough on the last window of the upper deck (the picture of her taxying), you might be able to see part of my face plastered across it  Smile
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Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:21 pm

I was kicking myself when I found that one pax had paid only $560 for the trip - and that there were apparently five no-shows. I'd have sat anywhere ... middle seat economy, even jump seat or suite, if they really twisted my arm (because I'm very accommodating that way!)

Anyway, wonderful trip report ... only makes me all the more anxious to try it!
 
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Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:44 pm

Good report. Enjoyed that.
Only comment I have is that you don't need a CAT 3 ILS to do an autoland. CAT 1/2/3 refers only to the weather minimas and if the aircraft is capable of autolanding, you can do it with any serviceable ILS.

Refer to wikipedia's explanation at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrument_Landing_System
 
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:19 am

Thanks for the trip report with words and pictures. Have seen shorter reports some with just text some reports with pictures but your report includes both parts.

Quoting Tsentsan (Thread starter):
Check-in was a little slow, no doubt due to the large number of passengers who turned up early at 1230 hrs as SIA advised that check-in would close at 1330 hrs.

I think SQ were hoping everyone would check in by 2:30 as that is when the function would start at gate 57. They were accepting check in until at least 2:45pm at any of the regular SQ check in counters.

Quoting KDTWFlyer (Reply 1):
Nice TR! Lucky to have been on the first flight. How was the cabin in flight quiter than expected or about the same?

Everyone onboard even the SQ FAs mentioned how quiet the cabin was.

So quieter than expected, especially for the size of aircraft.
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:26 am

Great Trip Report Tsentsan Big grin

My wife and I were onboard the flight as well (seats 48d and 48e) so it is interesting reading about your experiences. The takeoff video you posted is much appreciated because the view from my seat was nearly entirely blocked by the massive wing.

I was really impressed by how well Singapore AIrlines planned and executed the whole event. Everyone from the Chairman and pilot down put a lot of effort into making the passengers feel welcome, which is particularly impressive given that I found out from one of the SQ employees who greeted us at check-in that many of the staff had only a few hours sleep the night before (a function had been held after the SIN-SYD flight). Because 48d does not have a seat in front of it, the Chairman and a few other SIA people even stopped to tell me that I had the best economy seat on the plane!

One other thing worth noting - Claude Lelaie, one of the Airbus pilots who flew the A380 on its very first flight in 2005, was also onboard the flight as a member of the cabin crew.


Here are a few additional photos from the flight:

A band playing in the check-in area (they also played later at the pre-flight function).
http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/a380flight/DSC01334.jpg

It was amazing to see the 747 and 380 at the same time (took this photo on the way to the function).
http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/a380flight/DSC01344.jpg

The plaque unveilled at the pre-flight reception to commemorate the historic flight.
http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/a380flight/DSC01368.jpg

I had never seen an SIA crew look so excited about a flight before. They all took quite a few photos.
http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/a380flight/DSC01359.jpg

Stretching the legs is a joy when seated at 48D  Smile
http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/a380flight/DSC01378.jpg

The tireless Captain Robert Ting meeting and greeting passengers.
http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/a380flight/DSC01380.jpg

The Malay percussion crew that greeted us on arrival
http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/a380flight/DSC01397.jpg
 
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:48 am

Quoting Ants (Reply 37):
Stretching the legs is a joy when seated at 48D

Was looking at the pictures... and it looks like on 48D you get twice the leg room, a footrest that is probably too far away to rest your feet on, 2 PTV screens and 2 tray-tables all to yourself??
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:46 am

Quoting Tsentsan (Thread starter):
Stretching the legs is a joy when seated at 48D

Why is there no 47D? I cannot work out that odd seating section. 48D seems a great seat to go for!
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:59 pm

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 39):
Why is there no 47D? I cannot work out that odd seating section. 48D seems a great seat to go for!

Apparently, it is to cater for occasions where pax want to get to the other cabins, but there is a trolley in the way. Whenever that happens, the trolley can be moved to that location, and the pax or the trolley can be sidelined so both can pass freely.

Quoting Don (Reply 35):
Only comment I have is that you don't need a CAT 3 ILS to do an autoland. CAT 1/2/3 refers only to the weather minimas and if the aircraft is capable of autolanding, you can do it with any serviceable ILS.

Refer to wikipedia's explanation at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrum...ystem

Thanks for that. I was under the impression that only with CAT 3 ILS can you do a 0 visibility landing, IE the aircraft lands itself.. whereelse with CAT1/2 the flight crew has to be visual with the runway at minimums, and the autopilot cannot land the aircraft.

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Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:03 pm

Quoting Tsentsan (Reply 40):
Quoting Door5Right (Reply 39):
Why is there no 47D? I cannot work out that odd seating section. 48D seems a great seat to go for!

Apparently, it is to cater for occasions where pax want to get to the other cabins, but there is a trolley in the way. Whenever that happens, the trolley can be moved to that location, and the pax or the trolley can be sidelined so both can pass freely.

I believe there's another explaination to the missing seat... the floor where 47D should be is actually an emergency hatch connected to the crew rest area below. I doubt SQ would ever remove a seat that could potentially generate revenue for the mere convenience of passengers who insist on going to the washroom when the beverage/meal service is underway.
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:51 pm

Yes, a pity on the poor no-shows...

Randy Petersen from Flyertalk sent me an email saying he had to attend a meeting in California and could not make the flight. I ended up with 3 empty seats next to me at row 54 in the back of the Bus. A couple and their baby did not travel to make the flight as something had happened to their baby before the flight.

I ended up having a fairly serious accident on the way home and had to shorten my trip. I did the point to point home to Sydney airport and back in 5 days. It was rather urgent that I get back here as quickly as possible. Sad
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Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:05 am

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 38):
Was looking at the pictures... and it looks like on 48D you get twice the leg room, a footrest that is probably too far away to rest your feet on, 2 PTV screens and 2 tray-tables all to yourself??

Yeah, the footrest, tray table and PTV at the back of seat 46D are too far away to be of much use (unless you are about 7 feet tall  Smile ).

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 41):
Quoting Tsentsan (Reply 40):
Quoting Door5Right (Reply 39):
Why is there no 47D? I cannot work out that odd seating section. 48D seems a great seat to go for!

Apparently, it is to cater for occasions where pax want to get to the other cabins, but there is a trolley in the way. Whenever that happens, the trolley can be moved to that location, and the pax or the trolley can be sidelined so both can pass freely.

I believe there's another explaination to the missing seat... the floor where 47D should be is actually an emergency hatch connected to the crew rest area below. I doubt SQ would ever remove a seat that could potentially generate revenue for the mere convenience of passengers who insist on going to the washroom when the beverage/meal service is underway.

Yep, SQ772 is correct, it is the emergency hatch for the crew rest area. How do I know? - the Chairman of SQ told me.  Big grin
 
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Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:12 am

I am sorry to say... It is not so!

There is only one Queen of the Skies.
Her name is Concorde.

Quoting Airbus340 (Reply 20):
Well Well Well... finally there is a new "Queen of the Skies".
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Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:08 am

Congrats on the best SYD-SIN report I read on A.net. Well done and keep them coming...
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Sat Nov 03, 2007 5:55 pm

Thanks for all the comments everybody Big grin

Quoting Ants (Reply 43):
Yep, SQ772 is correct, it is the emergency hatch for the crew rest area. How do I know? - the Chairman of SQ told me.

Kewl! Now we know the truth behind that seatless seat.
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Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:35 am

Wow! Great TR! That is greatly appreciated!
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Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:17 am

I find it ironic that the first commercial A380 flight was flight #380  Silly
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