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Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:23 am

Note: This is a long trip report.  Smile


Background:

I decided on a trip to Asia in February, due to the nice hot climate for the time of year. After a discussion with a friend from work (Nick), a Trip to Bali, Indonesia was decided upon. We decided a 12 day trip would be ok.

I looked at what SQ flights ex LHR were available, and after a short phone call to Air Canada, I secured a reward booking using air miles, after paying £95 / $180US in taxes for the trip (not bad eh?) Big grin

My trip was planned as follows:

Mon 18th Feb 2008 LHR-SIN SQ317 B744 F Class
Tue 19th Feb 2008 SIN-DPS SQ942 B772 C Class
Fri 29th Feb 2008 DPS-SIN SQ941 B772 C Class
Fri 29th Feb 2008 SIN-LHR SQ318 B744 Y Class

A couple of days later, I received my e-ticket confirmation, and that was it - I was confirmed for my first ever flight in International F class Big grin

**Just to note, Nick will not appear on the report, as he requested pics of him not be posted.



The Trip:


Leg 1:-

Date: Mon 18th Feb 2008
Departure Apt: LHR
Arrival Apt: SIN
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (9V SPE)
Flight No: SQ 317
Seat: 2A - First Class

After an overnight stay at a Heathrow hotel, we finally arrived at the airport just after 8am. We had already checked in online, so just needed to collect our boarding passes and hand over our baggage. Once the formalities were completed, we went to collect our pre-ordered currency, then passed thru "Fast Track" security. By 9am we had made our way to the SQ Silver Kris Lounge, where we relaxed in the 1st Class section.

Pics from the lounge.












At 11am (sched departure time), it was announced that the flight was still not ready for boarding, and that "for our comfort" we should remain in the lounge. At 11:20, boarding was announced, leaving from gate 24 (324), which I know immediately was a "bus" gate, therefore we would be leaving from a remote stand.

Sure enough, we boarded the bus, and embarked on a 10 min journey via the 'airside road tunnel', where we emerged next to T5, and our aircraft sure enough was there, doors open with Flight Attendants eagerly awaiting us.




I boarded via door L1, while Nick took L2. Pre departure drinks were offered, along with hot towels, which I found very welcoming. Also, menu's, headsets, eye shades, socks, toiletry kit and Pyjamas were handed out too.



At about 12 noon we pushed back an headed for the runway, 09R for takeoff. Ahead of us were a couple of bmi A320s and a BA A320. On the opposite taxiway also awaiting departure were a BA A320 and a QF 747-400. At roughly 12:05 the captain announced takeoff was next for us, and the F/As took their seats. Our aircraft entered the runway and performed a rolling takeoff. The video of this can be seen below.




Roughly 15 mins into the climbout, cabin service started, beggining with a drink offering, which for me was orange juice. I took some more pictures whilst we climbed east towards the North Sea.






Another hot towel was offered, then the lead F/A came and confirmed my meal choices with me - I had booked my meals (main course only) via the SQ "book the cook" service a few weeks prior to the flight.




Menu:

Canape - Satay with Spicy Sauces.

Soup - Cantonese Chicken Soup with Lotus Root and Red Dates.

Salad - Caesar Salad

Main Course - Roasted Lamb with Potatoes and Gravy.

Dessert - Lemon Panna Cotta with Citrus Salad, Raspberry Coulis topping.

Cheese and Fruit Selection

Garlic Bread.


The following are pics of the meal in the order that it was presented:
















During the flight, I watched "The Kingdom" movie on the AVOD system, followed by listening to some music tracks of my choosing, then a few of the comedy programs that I found on the relevant TV section. During the night portion of the flight, the FA asked if I would like to sleep, then kindly turned down the bed for me, also providing me with a very nice thick quilt and pillow.





I slept pretty well, until the turbulence over the east cost of India woke me up. Not long after this, the FA asked if I would like breakfast, to which I replied yes.

Breakfast consisted of the following...

Orange Juice
Fruit Plate
Yoghurt

Noodles in Chicken Stock, with chicken and green vegetables

Bread Rolls with Preserves
Tea or Coffee


Pics of the breakfast in order of presentation are below.







I had an opportunity to capture the sunrise, so I took some pictures, which were pretty good, but not the best.






Landing at SIN was on time, despite our 1hr late departure from LHR. It has to be the smoothest landing i've ever experienced to date. Deplaning took place around 10 mins after landing, parking 2 aircraft away from a UA 777. I was unaware that UA flew to SIN, so was it a charter?

We arrived at the brand new T3, and upon leaving the aircraft, I received a very cheerful "Goodbye" from the lead F/A and the purser. I thanked them for the excellent service that they had provided.


Landing Video



Before I continue, here are some pictures from Changi Airport. We arrived at T3, and then transferred to T1.










Continued.....
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Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:26 am

Leg 2:-

Date: Tue 19th Feb 2008
Departure Apt: SIN
Arrival Apt: DPS
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 (9V-SRD)
Flight No: SQ 942
Seat: 16D - Business Class


After relaxing in the SQ lounge, we made our way to the gate (F33) for our next flight, where we were security screened before entering the gate area. Our aircraft - a B777 - was sat there in the sunshine, just waiting for us to board. Sure enough, on time at 0900, boarding was announced.

The purser welcomed me on board by name, and asked if I would like to move seats (I was booked into 15A), as the cabin was not going to be full. By moving seats I could sit alone, he explained. I obliged  Smile

Seats on this aircraft reminded me of flying UA business class.





After taking my seat an orange juice was offered, followed by a hot towel, then the menus and headsets were handed out. The safety video was shown, then we pushed back from the gate 5 mins late at 09:40. Takeoff was brisk at 0950, with a quick climb to our cruise altitude, because the flight was only 3/4 full, and it was scheduled for 2hrs 30 mins, meaning the aircraft was very light.

Cabin service commenced at 10am, beggining with a hot towel, then another drink. The F/A's then went round the C cabin to confirm everyones menu choices for brunch. As with the previous flight, I had booked my meal in advance. Note - Comfort Kits are not provided on short SQ flights such as this one.


Menu:

Starter - Fruit Plate, Croissants, Drinks.

Main - Steak 6oz and Vegetables, in Sauce.

Dessert - Grilled Pineapples & Mascarpone Cream.


Food







The flight was pretty much routine, until the turbulence started. In fact it got so "choppy" that the Captain requested the FA's to stop cabin service and return immediately to their seats. Believe me, it was bad, and I was genuinely worried for once - turbulence really doesn't bother me usually. That aside, the FA's did a great job handling everything.

The flight landed on time - well slightly early in fact - at 12:01 local time. Upon arrival at gate 8, we deplaned, and proceeded to immigration. After a visa had been placed in my passport (US $25 for 30 days), I collected my baggage, then to my surprise, I had to pass thru security, having all my bags and carry on items screened.

I am guessing this is a reaction to the 2002 Bali Bombings. Following this, I proceeded outside with Nick, and we found our transport to the hotel.


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Leg 3:-

Date: Fri 29th Feb 2008
Departure Apt: DPS
Arrival Apt: SIN
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 (9V-SRN)
Flight No: SQ 941
Seat: 16A - Business Class

We arrived at the airport, and the first task was to be screened at security, before even going to the checkin area. After checking in at 6am, myself and Nick made our way to the "Executive" lounge, on the airport upper level. Here we relaxed for a couple of hours, watching various aircraft takeoff for different destinations.

If you like variety, Bali is the place to go!! - here you can see Helicopters, Light Aircraft, Dash 8's, ATR's, Fokker 28's, DC9's, MD80's, A319's, A320's, B732's, B733's, B734's, B735's, and B738's. Also there's a chance to see new B739ER's (Lion Air) on various days.

On the 'heavy' side airlines send A330's, B767's, B777's, and B747's. While I was there, a "Bahrain" 747SP was on the ramp too. Big grin You will see this on the "Taxi / Takeoff" video later.

Executive Lounge at DPS












Arriving at the gate, we were screened again at security, before boarding the flight. The flight was scheduled to depart at 09:05, and as scheduled, boarding began on time at 08:45. The flight today would be only half full, so I had 2 seats to myself, infact there were only 9 people in Business class today, each of us having 2 seats.

Again, as with the previous leg, I was offered the usual hot towel and welcome drink, along with a menu and headsets.

Aircraft








The flight pushed back on time and whilst we taxied the safety video was shown. We then took off at 0920. Our flight was due to take 2hrs and 5 mins to SIN, giving us an arrival time of 11:25, the scheduled arrival time being 11:40. As the connecting LHR flight was due to leave at 12:45, I welcomed the news of an earlier arrival into SIN.  Smile


Taxi and Takeoff Video




Cabin service commenced at 09:45, with drinks served first, followed by Breakfast.


Menu:

Begginer - Fruit Plate.

Main Event - Roesti Potatoes, Grilled Nuernberger Sausages, Cauliflower Gratin, Ratatoullie.

Others - Assorted Rolls, Tea and Coffee.


Breakfast.



I took the opportunity to capture some pics of the poor weather outside during the flight.







During the flight I used the AVOD system to listen to music, and watch TV. Landing in SIN was at 1135, due to a slow down by ATC.

Landing Video



Upon arrival at the Gate (T1) we left the aircraft, and made our way straight to T3 for the LHR Flight. On the way, before getting into the main body of the terminal, we passed through a security screening checkpoint. I've never experienced this before at SIN, so it must be a relatively new thing, unless of course it is because we have arrived from Indonesia??


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Leg 4:-

Date: Fri 29th Feb 2008
Departure Apt: SIN
Arrival Apt: LHR
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (9V-SPN)
Flight No: SQ 318
Seat: 40A - Economy Class

After using the train to move to T3, we headed straight for the gate, in order to catch our connecting flight. We were screened at the gate, making this the 4th time now that we had been screened on route! Our 744 was still being loaded and eventually boarding commenced on time.

Our planned departure was scheduled today for 12:50, with an arrival into LHR at 18:55.Once on board however, we discovered our deparure would be slightly late due to late connecting passengers and baggage.

Eventually we pushed from the gate at 12:55 and taxied to 02C for takeoff, on the way the Captain pointed out an SQ A380 parked on the right hand side of the aircraft  We took off at 13:10. A video is below.

Takeoff Video



During the climb, I took pictures, but due to the awful weather, only 1 is worth posting in this report.

Climb Out





Cabin service commenced about 20 mins after wheels up, beggining with a hot towel. The captain informed us the flight would take 13hrs 10 mins (Should be 14h 05) and that arrival into LHR would be at 18:25. A drink service the commenced, followed by Lunch. About 6 hours later, dinner was served (12 noon local time in the UK!), then approx 2 hrs before landing, a snack service of sandwiches and fruit was provided.

Lunch


Dinner



During the flight I purchased some SQ aircraft models from the duty free 

Around 1 hour prior to landing, the captain told us that London ATC were going to hold us for 30 mins, effectively "delaying" our arrival to it's booked time of 18:55. Sure enough, we were sent into a holding pattern over the Thames Estuary, then into another one just south of LCY.

We landed on time at 18:50. After arriving at the stand, it was discovered that the gate we'd parked at had only 1 jetway!! After disembarking from the aircraft, it took myself and friend a record 28 minutes to clear immigration, baggage, customs and get to the Heathrow Express station 


So there we have it, the end of an adventure  

I hope you liked reading the report as much as I enjoyed writing it.


(Comments Certainly Welcome)



Lee

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Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:43 am

Nice to see a different style of the same flight that I took from LHR to Changi...I'm envious that you took the stairs to the aircraft...I think this is the most authentic and proper way to enter these magnificent machines...Unfortunatly I'm not going home on the A380 because I am doing my working holiday in Brisbane because I had trouble in sydney trying to find work so that's where I am right now so will take the 747 to singapore around may...I could have just got a flight back to SYD but the times work better in brissy...basically gets me there at 5am gives me time to get into the city and buy this 2700 pound camera I've been wanting Big grin
 
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Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):

Landing at SIN was on time, despite our 1hr late departure from LHR. It has to be the smoothest landing i've ever experienced to date. Deplaning took place around 10 mins after landing, parking 2 aircraft away from a UA 777. I was unaware that UA flew to SIN, so was it a charter?

UA has two scheduled flights to SIN. One is a 744 from ORD via HKG and the other, which you saw is a 777 from IAD via NRT. The flights arrive late in the evening and return to HKG and NRT early in the morning.


Great TR by the way! You can never go wrong with SQ, no matter what class you're in.
 
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Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:25 am

Hola Lee!

Thanks for this nice TR.

I liked 'LB Productions' videos, really nice.

Flying the same airline on its three classes must be a unique experience. I have no doubts F is a top notch but looking at your pictures it seems Y is miles away from many other airlines: seat pitch and especially food look quite above average.

The best for me is to board the plane via stairs. My last B747 proper boarding goes back to 1981 onto TWA flight at BCN to JFK.

BTW, it would have been nice to have a picture of you on the return leg seeing the effects of Bali sun  Smile

Salut!

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Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:40 am

Great pics Lee! Looks like you had a very comfortable flight on SQ F, hope you enjoyed the satay, I always feel cheeky if I ask for some more!

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Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
Deplaning took place around 10 mins after landing, parking 2 aircraft away from a UA 777. I was unaware that UA flew to SIN, so was it a charter?

UA does fly to SIN on a regular basis. The UA 777 you saw was probably heading up to NRT. The HKG flight is normally a 744.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
Before I continue, here are some pictures from Changi Airport. We arrived at T3, and then transferred to T1.

DPS flights depart from T2. Moreover the track which your Skytrain travelled on was the track headed to T2.

Well it seems you had a great trip! Just love the satay on board SQ flights. I've yet to see it outbound though.
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Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:08 pm

I always like takeoff in a 747-400 especially when it's heavy, and no doubt yours was and you captured the moment.

I'm curious...why did you fly first class on the outbound and economy class on the return?
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Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:14 pm

Nice trip report Lee. Now I have to kill you out of jealously. !!!! Big grin

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Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:24 pm

Excellent report my friend . . . C or F when flying International is the only way to go . . . the Y on this trip didn't look too bad either . . . of course, it helps that this is Singapore Airlines  biggrin 

Great pics too - as usual.
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Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:52 pm

Great pictures Lee!

Any particular reason you were a suit for the flight in F?

The chicken satay looks yummy...one of my favourite dishes! Do they serve fizzy in Y? If not it seems a bit cruel to show a picture of it on the menu!  Smile
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Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:12 pm

A very nice trip report BMIFlyer. Congratulations and Kudos!

I hope you will choose to fly Singapore Airlines again soon!
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Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:26 pm

Nice report Lee. Good pictures too!

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Quoting UA772IAD (Reply 5):
UA has two scheduled flights to SIN. One is a 744 from ORD via HKG and the other, which you saw is a 777 from IAD via NRT. The flights arrive late in the evening and return to HKG and NRT early in the morning.

Thanks for that  Smile

Quoting UA772IAD (Reply 5):
Great TR by the way! You can never go wrong with SQ, no matter what class you're in.

True! Big grin

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 9):
I'm curious...why did you fly first class on the outbound and economy class on the return?

F and C were both full on all SIN - LHR flights of the day for the return leg  Sad

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 12):
Any particular reason you were a suit for the flight in F?

Well, I thought it was "the way", however upon boarding it seemed I was the smartest dressed!  Smile

Quoting A340600 (Reply 14):
Was there not a hot option for breakfast?

You mean like a "fry up"? No, there wasn't. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it  Smile



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Another great report of yours, thanks for sharing.
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Hey Lee:

Nice TR! I do have a question for you. I noticed your attire in your first part of the TR, which was a shirt, tie,etc is that what the First Class pax on SQ are supposed to wear, any dress codes for them? Once again great TR! Too bad your 747 wasn't an A380  Wink.
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Awesome and stylin!!!  cool  I need to try SQ and can't wait to see them in IAH! Thanks!  wave 
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Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:37 am

Oh, the food on the SIN-DPS sector looks distinctly unappetising  Sad

Anyway, many thanks for the report and photos. Both the new Changi T3 and DPS seem impressive (DPS surprisingly so!)

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Good TR

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
Upon arrival at the Gate (T1)

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Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
and after a short phone call to Air Canada, I secured a reward booking using air miles, after paying £95 / $180US in taxes for the trip (not bad eh?)

Hi Lee, great report.

Out of curiosity, are those regular airmiles you used (as in airmiles.co.uk)?

I'm keen to start doing some trips like this, but wonder where everyone gets's their rewards from?

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Hi Sean, no the miles I used were my Star Alliance ones.

This trip cost 140,000 miles plus relevant taxes as mentioned in the post.

Usually i'll fly "Star" Airlines on normal paid tickets for 2 - 3 years then spend my earned miles on a reward trip as a treat Big grin




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Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:06 pm

About time you got around to writing another TR Lee  Wink Excellent one as usual - congratulations on your first First flight - bit of a mouthful to say there! The food looked fantastic, but unlike so many other reports you added other interesting bits about the flight and outside views, very good to see.

Thanks for taking the time to write it  Smile
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Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:03 pm

Lee!

That trip report gives me major deja vu!

What did you think to Bali? I think I'm back off there at the end of the year  Smile


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Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:16 pm

Thanks for a really nice report Smile To bad SQ didn't have any available seats in C or F for your return journey to LHR.

I´m also curious about how you found Bali. Where did you stay etc?

Kudos on the report Big grin

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Quoting Jamotcx (Reply 24):
What did you think to Bali?

Was good, especially the clubbing, and the lovely Australian girls Big grin


I'll defo go back sometime.




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Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:02 pm

Enjoyed following your topic thanks.

The one and only problem i would have endured were the meals on the first leg. Other than the lamb i would not have enjoyed your selection and the breakfast the following morning was not for me either. Just nit picking really, would have liked to be on the trip though.
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:13 pm

Excellent TR and pics!!! 10/10 in my opinion. You got some brilliant pics of the interior and service etc.... A real enjoyable read. F class looks cool on the 744 !!! Cant beat the DC redemptions thats for sure .

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Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 12):
Any particular reason you were a suit for the flight in F?

I cheer the fact that this gentleman chose to wear respectable clothing. In my opinion if one wants to be treated with respect, one should dress so.

I always wince when looking at trip reports, and the author shows a picture of the seat pitch and we see he is wearing blue jeans and running shoes, like a 10 year old. We always bemoan the general degradation of the airline experience since the 1950s. Well, look at what even the Economy passengers were wearing in the '50s! (not blue jeans!)

Of course, when travelling as a revenue passenger, what one wears is one's own choice. A common topic on airliners.net ... dress codes on airlines. While there are dress codes, they are very basic.

It is human nature. It one wears blue jeans, running shoes and a t-shirt in First Class. Then one will be treated like you are travelling on frequent flier miles, a cheap gate upgrade, or worse an upgrade due to an over-sale in Economy. Is it right to be judged on your apparel ... of course not. Does it happen ... damned right it does!

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Quoting LongHauler (Reply 29):
I cheer the fact that this gentleman chose to wear respectable clothing. In my opinion if one wants to be treated with respect, one should dress so.

I disagree with that whole heartedly. I know you addressed what my opinion is so I won't go on too much but basically I'll wear what I want and still expect to be treated with respect. Ok fine, running shoes no but jeans are fine. This isn't the 1950's. If they treat me like shit then I too will treat them like shit. Fair is fair and they would come out worse.

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 29):
Even on the best ... Singapore Airlines.

They really aren't the best at all.

Anyway Lee, good report. Like Jamo says it was deja vu reading through it all and seeing those pics on SQ and in DPS. Bali was good eh? You just need to go the extra few miles and get to Australia next time albeit I don't really rate the place! Saying that though and like you found out, the Aussie girls are great and it might be worth it just for them.  Wink

I'll write my SQ DPS or rather finish it off at some point in the next few weeks!
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Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:10 pm

Nice report and pictures thanks.

I must say the meals you were served in F were not all that special, at least in my opinion, the meals on the other C sectors looked better.

Must have been a bit of a bummer travelling back in Y after the C & F flights.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
Seats on this aircraft reminded me of flying UA business class.

- The seat colour is just awful!

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Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:13 am

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 29):
It one wears blue jeans, running shoes and a t-shirt in First Class. Then one will be treated like you are travelling on frequent flier miles, a cheap gate upgrade, or worse an upgrade due to an over-sale in Economy. Is it right to be judged on your apparel ... of course not. Does it happen ... damned right it does!

Really? I fly a mix of classes but for the most part premium cabins, longhaul and shorthaul. I never feel I've received inferior service purely because I've worn jeans or not "dressed up". To think one has to wear a suit (!!) to get good service is naive and a flight attendant who delivers a downgraded service because of this shouldn't be in the job. I feel my manners, demeanour and the fact I'm pleasant and welcoming to 'strangers' helps me receive good service far beyond any form of dress could. Who is going to be treated better by the flight attendant, an arsehole business in a suit who treats the FA like personal slave, or the nice welcoming guy in jeans and polo shirt who upon boarding asks them how they are doing?

I've flown longhaul premium cabins in shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops, it was an overnight flight and I wasn't going to be supplied with pyjamas so I got comfortable. The only person who didn't treat me anything but exceptionally was a business person in their suit waiting in the long economy check-in line who called me out and presumed I was trying to sneak into the business check-in line!  

If someone wants to dress up and try and add some 50s glamour to air travel then good on them, but don't expect everyone else to follow. There is a time and place for dressing up but flying First Class isn't a black tie event.

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Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:46 am

Lee - best t/r I've read on the site. I enjoyed SQ from LAX to Asia for work in F several times. Your pics are fantastic and your critique of the service and aircraft are perfect.

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Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:16 pm

Interesting report, i have to mention two things. Firstly i would have adapted my rtn flight so that i could get at least J if not F. Why not spend an extra day in Bali or a day in SIN?

I also agree with the people who mention that one should wear whatever one wants when travelling. I don't care if i've paid £8000, used miles or got an op-up. I'll wear exactly what i want and i expect to be treated like any other passenger. First class is no longer that of the suited and booted. It is now much less formal and is now commonly full of jeans and shirts.

Personally whenever i fly i wear Jeans, a shirt/polo shirt, jumper/jacket and some nice shoes. not posh but not not smart. It's what i feel comfortable in.

Nearly every long haul flight in F/J i always put pj's on in first hour of flight, whether it's day or night.

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Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 34):
Why not spend an extra day in Bali or a day in SIN?

I couldn't, as I had to return to work  Smile

As for everything else, if I want to wear a suit when I fly "F", then its up to me. I like to smartly dress anyway.




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Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:44 pm

Great TR, Lee.

The pics and videos are really good.

Congrats for flying on F class for the first time. Seems that you enjoyed your trip with SQ. If you had just wait til this week, you would get the opportunity to fly F in SQs A380s.



Thank you for sharing

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Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:32 pm

Great report, Lee !!

Our paths have crossed in Asia, I was flying SQ317 on 16th of Feb, then on to MNL... Trip report will appear soon, I am still busy organizing pics etc (have been abroad twice since my return on 8th of March)...

My trip was a 10 segment one, including Air Philippines' 737-200 and SQ 773, 744 and 772..

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Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:52 pm



Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):
and Pyjamas were handed out too.

That lady friend of mine that you like in Bangkok wants to see a picture of you in those pyjamas they passed out. Big grin

Excellent report Lee!
One of these days, I MUST try Singapore Airlines first class on their 747 or A380.
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 38):
That lady friend of mine that you like in Bangkok wants to see a picture of you in those pyjamas they passed out.

No pics i'm afraid  Wink I didn't take any  Smile



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Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:16 pm

I really enjoyed reading that. Great that you could compare the classes all within a short time, and not relying on memory. To save up my BA airmiles for an equivalent flight would probably take over 15 years! Maybe time to change my airline preferences.
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Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:13 am

Nice report Lee. You just cannot beat the service on SQ. They are unbelievably a super, super international carrier. Glad you enjoyed your trip. I love them and fly them every chance I can. It's nice to be treated great by everyone at SQ. Sorry I can't say the same for US carriers.
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