You can find the other parts of the series here:
Part 1 - South East Asia Part 1: NCL-DXB-KUL With EK (by Lap747 Aug 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
Part 2 - South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH (by Lap747 Aug 31 2011 in Trip Reports)
Part 3 - South East Asia Part 3: DPS-SIN With QZ (by Lap747 Sep 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
There are many airlines that fly the busy route between Singapore and Hong Kong, however we decided to take the cheapest option of flying with Jetstar Asia as opposed to flying with CX or SQ. Sometimes price just has to take the lead...
My flight to Hong Kong was at 3.50pm so we decided to go straight to the airport after checking out of the hotel at 10.30am and get breakfast/lunch there. We took a taxi to the airport and arrived around 20 minutes later.
A couple of views of the ATC tower from the taxi and the terminal
Overview of Terminal 1 at Changi
QF/BA Customer Service
Since my flight was not departing for another 4 ½ hours or so, I took a trip the Skytrain to Terminal 3 and had a look around there. I also went up to the aviation gallery which had some good views of the runway, however not so good photo opportunities due to the window design as will become evident later on...
The train only took 2 minutes to get to T3
Airlines and terminals – obviously with the airlines blanked out not operating to SIN anymore!
Nice welcome and good first impression of T3
Looking around the terminal building – I was very impressed at how they keep the floor so shiny!
Baggage Reclaim area
Check in desks
SQ info desk
I then took the lift up to level 3 for the Changi Aviation Gallery.
Overview of airside at T3
SQ A380 and A330 (9V-STR) – The windows aren’t very photo friendly
A couple of 3K A320’s landing
The light and airy viewing gallery
View into the check in hall
I then went back downstairs to head back to T1; however on the way back I was distracted by The Singapore Aviation Centennial Exhibition which was running from the 8th August until the 31st October 2011. It was a very informative and interesting exhibition about the last 100 years of aviation in Singapore, how it has evolved over the years to what it is now and also the introduction and evolution of Singapore Airlines. I really enjoyed looking at it and managed to spend around 45 minutes here.
There was also a model of the transparent plane released by Airbus, who said they hoped to have it flying by 2050. Wonder if it will happen...
After being distracted by the exhibition I got the Skytrain back to T1.
CX check in, Terminal 1
After getting something quick to eat, I headed over to the Jetstar Asia check in desks for 3K 695 to Hong Kong.
Other 3K flights to Penang and Phnom Penh
Check in didn’t take long and I headed through immigration into departures (note that security is done at the gate in SIN instead of when heading into departures).
Airside in T1
I walked around the terminal and got some good photos
3K A320 9V-JSB, CI A333 B-18317 and AK A320 9M-AFJ
Looking over to the cargo apron
Head on with a 767 and A320
Overview of the apron
JT B737-900ER taxiing to a gate – this aircraft is brand new
9V-JSB pushing back
SQ Cargo B744 and IT A332
Full view of 9M-AFJ after the CI A333 had pushed back
VN A332 landing
TG B772 HS-TJU turning into the gate
9V-STS taxiing for departure
I looked up into the distance and saw that the whalejet was on approach to runway 20R!
SQ A380 about to touchdown
QZ A320 PK-AXQ
SQ Cargo B744 9V-SFN
3K A320 9V-JSK – little did I know at the time, this would later be the aircraft to take me to HKG
Shanghai Airlines Cargo landing
I then had a walk around the rest of T1.
Improving the terminal building – there was a lot of work going on inside and also outside all over the terminal
SQ B773 9V-SYF
QF A333 VH-QPC
TR A320 9V-TAM
Antonov AN32 of Airmark Aviation Singapore – Built in 1989, this aircraft has served around the world – flying first for Aeroflot as CCCP-48972 and later as ER-AWY in Sudan.
MH B734 9M-MMZ
Berjaya Air Dash 7 9M-TAL – Previously flew for Brymon Airways in the UK as G-BOAY until 1995
MI A320 9V-SLD
The rooftop swimming pool!
I then took a walk down to the gate as it was nearing the time of the flight.
Thursday 18th August 2011
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN/WSSS) – Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport (HKG/VHHH)
Departure Time – 3.50pm
Arrival Time – 7.45pm
Duration – 3 hours 55 minutes
Aircraft – Airbus A320-232 / 9V-JSK / Built in 2011, Delivered to 3K on 22nd July 2011
Seat – 22A
Photo © Thomas Loh Y. H.
Photo © Rinaldi Widyanto
Arriving at the gate
The gate was open when I arrived and security screening was done at the gate.
Views from inside the gate area were good:
CX A333 B-LAD – I would later see this aircraft landing in HKG after my flight
My aircraft – 9V-JSK delivered less than 1 month earlier brand new from Airbus
SQ B773 9V-SYD landing on 20C
KE B772 turning onto 20C
Bad shot of 9V-SRF
After around 15 minutes of waiting we were invited for boarding.
View from the airbridge
View from 22A – this was actually the same gate that we had arrived at 5 days earlier. CX B773 B-HNE parked next to us
Welcome announcement from the captain was given with estimated flying time to be 3 hours 35 minutes, good weather en route with a little turbulence expected on arrival into HKG
Pushback commenced about 10 minutes after boarding was completed
Taxi to runway 20C for departure was one of the shortest I have ever had; it was literally around one corner!
Waiting for takeoff next to TG B772 HS-TJU that I had seen arriving earlier
We waited for a while before the captain announced the reason – they were doing a runway inspection and we could expect takeoff in around 7 minutes.
8M A320 XY-AGG joining the queue
VN-A372 following on – this aircraft flew for Swiss as HB-IQJ until 2009
We departed after the TG B772 and it felt like quite a slow acceleration down the runway – I thought it could have been a de-rated takeoff but I’m not sure.
Takeoff from runway 20C
The many shipping lanes in the Singapore Strait
Flying over an Indonesian island (Batam Island)? – Where the QF32 incident occurred in November 2010
Looking through the window
I wasn’t very hungry after eating in the airport but I looked through the menu anyway
In the end I just got a Sky Snacks Value Pack, which was a packet of crisps, cookies and chocolate and a bottle of water for SGD$6 (forgot to take a picture though, sorry!)
[Edited 2011-09-09 11:58:55]