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Bonjour Paris On SQ A380

Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:20 pm

I made a working trip to Paris over the Chinese New Year period. Flew there on SQ, which was actually cheaper than Air France! After being disappointed with the meals on SQ on my previous trip to Cape Town, this will be the flight to see if SQ can redeem itself.

On the day of departure, I checked in at Terminal 3. I had initially booked a seat on the upper deck with an empty seat beside. Upon arrival to check-in my luggage, I asked the agent if the seat beside me is still empty but after he checked his system, he was apologetic that the seat beside my original selected seat had been taken. However he was kind enough to assign another 2 seater row to me with the seat beside empty! Kudos to the check-in agent! Also the load was only 150/399 in economy today (and barely a handful in Biz).

31 January 2011
Singapore Airlines
SQ 334
Singapore (SIN) - Paris CDG (CDG)
Economy Class

First some spotting to be done in T3. Boring stuff, all SQ planes.

B777-300 9V-SYB

A330-300 and more SQ planes behind.

Inside T3

Departure from Gate A4. SQ322 to London was almost near departure time with all pax boarded and the screens still showed "Gate Open".

Boarding upper deck.

My first "Upper Deck" boarding pass stub.

View across. It was very empty in upper deck! I can see from my seat that Business was extremely empty too!

Side compartment which refuses to close.

Leg room was reasonable, but still not as good as the 772ERs.

At the gate.

Same procedures: Hot towels, safety video. Flight time announced to be 13hrs.

Pushed back on time and taxied to Rwy 02L.


Menus, headphones and amenity kits distributed. Relaxing in my 2 seats shortly after takeoff.

Water, beer and juices were distributed with peanuts. No full bar service but ok for evening flight.

Supper was then served on this "prestigious" flight to Paris instead of a wrap. Service was fast due to the light load.


Pasta and tuna salad

main Courses
Pan roasted chicken breast with mushroom sauce,
sauteed green beans and smashed olive potatoes


Stirfried fish fillet with celery in garlic sauce,
chinese vegetables and steamed rice

Cheese and crackers

Chocolate delight

from the bakery
Roll and butter

hot beverages
Coffee - Tea

Tray set-up.

Main course unveiled. I had the roasted chicken breast.

Pasta and tuna salad was ok.

Chicken was not bad. It even came in a large-sized casserole. Apparently SQ has 2 sizes of casseroles in economy.

Cheese and crackers.

Hard-rock bun and "chocolate delight" aka Snickers bar.

All in all, the meal was satisfying and definitely miles better than what was served on my flight to Cape Town. Service was quite robotic though on this flight even with the light load.

Visit to the loo after supper.

I basically crashed out after supper and missed the mid-flight snack service. Similar snacks were served as on the flight to Cape Town.


Fancy a snack in between your meals?
Simply take your pick from our range of delectable snacks
when our cabin crew comes around during snack service.

Savoury sandwich
Vegetarian sandwich

Roasted peanuts
Granola cereal bar
Ferrero Rocher chocolate bar
Lay's potato chips

Had almost 7hrs of sleep and about 2.5hrs before landing, lights were turned on, hot towels given and breakfast was served.


Fruit appetizer

light starter
Fruit yoghurt

wholesome beginnings
Fried noodles with char siew style roast pork,
vegetables and mushroom


Omelette with chicken sausage, glaced tomato
and hash brown

from the bakery
Assorted breakfast rolls
Butter - Fruit preserve

hot beverages
Coffee - Tea

As can be seen, the main courses were similar to the Cape Town flight but yoghurt and a muffin was included for breakfast too. What a difference in standards.

Meal tray.

Fruits, muffin and hard-rock bun.

Same char siew noodles as I had before. Still tasted as good.

Upper deck after breakfast.

Going down the stairs..

To lower deck economy cabin.

We arrived in the darkness about 30mins early. Used the whole runway to stop. Welcome to Paris! The temperature is -4 degrees celsius!!

Taxi to the gate.

Crossing roads.

Video of taxi.

Parked at the gate after quite a long taxi.

Disembarkation was fast as there were not many J class pax ahead.

My seats after 13hrs.

Passing the unused Business class seats.

Business class again.

Last look at 9V-SKG.

Overall a pleasant flight but I slept mostly throughout so can't comment much. But the meals served were definitely much better and more substantial than my previous flight to Cape Town!
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RE: Bonjour Paris On SQ A380

Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:37 pm

SQ's A380s look very comfortable. It's nice you got those two seats to yourself, but then most of the seats were empty.
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RE: Bonjour Paris On SQ A380

Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:17 pm

Nice report. SQ+A388 upper deck+low load= a wonderfull flight.
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RE: Bonjour Paris On SQ A380

Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:37 pm

Enjoyed your report, that rock hard bun featured quite a lot!

I couldn't get any of the YouTube links to work, is it me?
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RE: Bonjour Paris On SQ A380

Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:51 pm

Hello, thanks for this nice report !

The "square style" of the J class is intriguing, but does not look confy IMHO
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RE: Bonjour Paris On SQ A380

Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:18 am

Nice report, it seems you had a good trip on SQ's A380. I also liked the bird when I tried it between SIN and HKG last year, but what I found very disappointing was the lack of camera views. All other A380 operators have that amazing tail camera.

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
Also the load was only 150/399 in economy today (and barely a handful in Biz).

Wow, what a light load!

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
Main course unveiled. I had the roasted chicken breast.

Looks very good.

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
No full bar service but ok for evening flight.

But I would expect that on a late evening departure.

Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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RE: Bonjour Paris On SQ A380

Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:27 pm

Now for the flight back. I had checked earlier on flightstat.com and it appeared that the flight was fully booked on Business and Economy. As usual, I checked in online a day before and was surprised that I was allocated the emergency seat row! Unlimited legroom without having to pay the extra! However, it was a middle seat but no worries, legroom is more important.

On the day of departure, reached CDG T1 about 2hrs before the flight and gosh, the queue for check-in was long! Luckily I had done online check-in earlier. After getting my tax refund on purchases, I proceeded to check-in my bags and get my boarding passes. According to the check-in agent, it was the start of the school holidays, thus explaining the full flight. In fact it was overbooked and I think a few pax were rebooked on another flight to their destination. Lots of kids on the flight too!

12 February 2011
Singapore Airlines
SQ 333
Paris CDG (CDG) - Singapore (SIN)
Economy Class

Went through immigration (where the EU line was much longer than the foreigners line) and immediately proceeded to the satellite where the plane was departing from. Security screening queue was long too (expected for a full A380 flight). After screening and entering the satellite building, there was not much else to do except for some plane spotting.

Retired Air France Concord

Air France B772

US Airways A333

SQ's boarding area and service desk. 3 gates were used to board our A380.

The best I can get of the A380

Easyjet A319

My boarding pass. Main deck this time round, but emex exit row! Boarding was by sticker colour.

Boarding commenced slightly more than 30min before STD. Even though the flight was full, boarding was orderly. However, no newspapers were available at the door.

Finally caught a glimpse of the reg no. 9V-SKE. My 2nd time onboard this aircraft! My first ever A380 flight was also onboard this plane.

"Welcome onboard, Mr Yxxx". Amazingly, on all my last 4 SQ flights, I was welcomed by name at the door!! Proceeded to my seat at the aft cabin. As I was the first few to board, the cabin was still quite empty, but it began to fill up rapidly and was finally completely full.


Economy class seat, First class legroom! But as I was in the middle seat, no videos will be available on this leg.

At the gate.

Surprisingly for the full flight, all pax boarded and settled down in a very orderly manner. In fact, everyone was onboard 10min before STD! And the cargo had not even finish loading yet. Flight time was announced to be 11hr 55 min, but on the flightmap, it showed only 11hrs 15min. Hot towels distributed and doors are closed right on schedule. We pushed back and taxied to the runway (the one nearer to T1) and departed towards the west.

After takeoff, amenity kits. menus and headsets were given out.

Climbing to 35000ft, I think. Not much views after this as it was cloudy most of the way.

Just taken off.

9V-SKE is equipped with the new e-Magazine feature on Krisworld. However Silver Kris magazines were still available in the seat pockets. After trying out the e-Mag feature, I would still say, gimme a real paper magazine anytime! It was too much of a chore to navigate through the system to read the text.

Firstly, a full bar service was offered with peanuts. I had an apple juice.

Followed by a Singapore Sling. It was too strong! Compare the colour with that on my Cape Town flight.

After bar service, lunch was served. Lets look at the menu.


Potato salad with baby shrimps

main Courses
Braised beef in red wine with seasonal
vegetables and potatoes


Stirfried fish fillet with celery in garlic sauce,
chinese vegetables and steamed rice

Cheese and crackers

Opera cake

from the bakery
Roll and butter

hot beverages
Coffee - Tea

Nope, there was no typo error. The oriental selection was exactly the same as the outbound from Singapore!! Well, it better not be uplifted from Singapore too!

I had the beef selection as it sounded better. Meal tray.

Courses unveiled. Baby shrimps were not too fresh. Beef and cake was good. Cheese was just a cheese spread. And who can forget the hard-rock bread (this time it was even harder!). I always wonder why SQ just cannot get their bread rolls right. Just use soft bread!

Service was rather fast (well, the inflight supervisor also came to help in economy. Suites must be empty then) but not too friendly, especially with the repeated "pinging" of call bells. In fact, call bells will "ping" almost every 5-10mins! If I were the crew member, I would also be annoyed.

Cabin view after lunch.


Nightfall, but everyone were still awake. Well, it was still daytime in Paris. And as usual, the "pinging" of call bells continued every 15min.

Snacks were laid out in the galley for pax to help themselves. 2 rounds of snack service were also conducted during the flight. However, pax prefer to go to the galley to help themselves to the snacks and chat among themselves there. Crew then tried to draw the curtains to keep pax out of the galley but to no avail as more came forward to help themselves to snacks and request for drinks. The crew members in the aft galley seemed stressed by this, and not to mention the continued "pinging".


Fancy a snack in between your meals?
Simply take your pick from our range of delectable snacks
when our cabin crew comes around during snack service.

Savoury sandwich
Vegetarian sandwich

Roasted peanuts
Potato chips
Chocolate bar
Marble cake
Assorted biscuits

Snacks laid out in the galley.

Probably due to the unexpected short flight, lights were only switched on slightly less than 2hrs before landing. Normally, lights would be on 3hrs before landing. Hot towels offered and breakfast was served. Crew were quite in a rush now and the first breakfast trays only appeared 1.5hrs before landing.


Fruit appetizer

light starter
Fruit yoghurt

wholesome beginnings
Fried noodles with shredded pork, mushroom
and vegetables


Scrambled egg with tomato concasse, sauteed mushrooms,
chicken sausages and potatoes

from the bakery
Assorted breakfast rolls
Butter - Fruit preserve

hot beverages
Coffee - Tea

I only received my tray about 1hr before landing. And I was the first row to be served in the aft cabin! See how near we are to Singapore by now.

Chose the noodles which was actually not bad. Fruits, yoghurt and muffin were good too. Only the bread roll had become even tougher after the long flight. I guess one can use the bread rolls to stone somebody to death:biggrin:

After breakfast was distributed, 2 empty carts came out to each aisle with the 2 crew on each aisle busy collecting back the empty trays. By then, we were only 40mins to arrival and the crew seemed flustered by the rush. Well, I went to the lavatory after finishing breakfastand stayed around there to get out of the way of the busy crew.

Tray collection

How to arm a Airbus door

Spotted this small lift beside the toilet used to send meals and other stuff to the upper deck or vv.

Door 5R.

Pilot's announcement came on and we were soon descending into Singapore. As the crew were all still busy clearing the galley, they only came around to collect headsets and check that pax had been readied for landing much later than usual. In fact, the crew only went to their landing positions when the pilot announced so. All looked so tired out with no smiles by then, haha.

We slammed onto the runway (with young children shocked to tears by the hard landing) 50min early at 0605hrs when the STA is 0655hrs. That was a really fast flight with strong tail winds! I could actually reach home even before the STA!

9V-SKE after disembarkation.

Probably due to the full flight but overall, I felt that the service provided on the 2 flights were just average and not too personal. Little smiles and robotic going-through the motion. Food wise, of course much better than my previous Cape Town flight (except for the bread roll). Punctuality, perfect!

My upcoming flights would be on various airlines, including Tiger, Cebu Pacific, SQ and Jetstar longhaul! Watch out for them! And of course, comments gladly welcomed.

Check out my previous reports too!
1) To The Cape With SQ (Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Jan 29 2011 in Trip Reports)
2) Another Short Hop To KL On Firefly And Air Asia (by ycp81 Nov 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
3) TG Vs SQ To Incheon (Lots Of Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Nov 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
4) Lazing In Lombok By Silkair (by ycp81 Aug 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
5) A Mix Of Both Worlds (Budget Vs 5-Stars To KCH) (by ycp81 Jul 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
6) Tigering To Vietnam (and VN Domestic) With Videos (by ycp81 May 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
7) Flying With Malaysian Hospitality To Tokyo (by ycp81 Apr 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
8) Silkair To Siem Reap : A Wonderful Way To Fly! (by Ycp81 Feb 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
9) 36hrs In KL By Firefly And Air Asia (by Ycp81 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)
10) Invasion Of The LCCs (Penang On Tiger And Jetstar) (by Ycp81 Aug 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
11) 10 Flights On 6 Airlines In 11 Days! (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
12) Cathay Way To Taipei (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
13) SIN-DPS-SIN On Lionair And SQ (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
14) SIN-SYD-MEL-SYD-SIN On SQ & QF (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
15) SIN-SGN-SIN On SQ In 2008 (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
16) Missing Swiss In SIN (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
17) ('07 Memories) SIN-KBV-DMK,BKK-SIN On TR, DD & FD (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
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RE: Bonjour Paris On SQ A380

Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:21 pm

I say the outbound leg was much better because you got a snickers, nothing beats a snickers, nuts and chocolate! Hmmmm!

Okay, jokes aside, Y class on SQ seems to be comfortable, looks like a lot of legroom to relax. Just looking at the pictures the trays seem to be filled completely, so at least food quantity is good.

Regarding the "robotic service", what to expect more in Y? In my opinion professional behavior and friendliness is most important.

Awaiting your future TRs,

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