Today my fight would be flown by one of SQ
’s refurbished Boeing 777-200(derated)ERs. Again.
Flash back to more than 10 years ago. I remember travelling with my parents on their business trips to various countries. The stubby SQ
A310 was the bane of my life. On a 4 hour flight to China, I was bored out of my mind with no IFE on board. I also remember flying in the nose of the B743 on short sectors to Jakarta and wondering ‘where is the wing of this plane?!’ on the upper deck and thinking ‘hmm those humans look like toys…’ Then the A340s were introduced when I was 6 and I remember wondering (yes, at that young age), why we weren’t taking off yet after jiggling on the runway for what seemed like ages. It was only years later on airliners.net did I read that A340s were in fact powered by hairdryers! Explains so much. The 777s were introduced when I was 7, and I remember taking one and practically gawking at the HUGE engine during take off until my neck ached. I longed to always sit the 777 and I marveled at how the twin-engine replaced the quads on trans-pacific flights (it scared me a little at first to only have 2 engines powering us on our way to Vancouver). However, in the next 10 years, I would come to realize that ALL
I was going to be sitting on was the Boeing 777 for years to come and I started to hate that aircraft. Whether it was regional flights, mid haul, or long haul, I always seemed to get thrown onto a 777. The occasional flight to London and Japan on the 747 weren’t entirely welcomed either due to the inferior IFE and more uncomfortable seats (in economy, as the children were old enough to travel on our own while the old folks sat up front or up on top). I had the pleasure of flying the A345 on a short flight to Jakarta, and on both LAX
sectors. I. ALMOST. DIED. After the 19 hours flight to New York in Premium Economy. Never again. Of course little did I know then that the A345 would be a much-despised plane by airlines waiting to get rid of them, and that the 19 hour flight would be my last. In any case, the A330s have since arrived and I adore them. But considering they are to be the staple of SQ
’s regional fleet, I’m glad to be back on a 10 year-old 777 before they are eventually replaced. So, if you are still with me at this point, here’s on to the flight, finally.
A short walk down a freezing aerobridge led me to the door of my plane for the day. A male flight attendant greeted me “Welcome on board Mr XX”, and directed me to my seat which was not too difficult to find.
SQ’s regional business class seats
Plenty of legroom
I have sat these same seats on the A330s and seem to recall having less legroom. I wonder if it has anything to do with SQ
squeezing 5 rows in the front cabin on an A330, and only 3 rows on the 777. The centre column does get 4 rows though… I suppose this inefficient use of space is a result of the previous configuration of the aircraft before refurbishment. As such, there is a smaller cabin aft of Door 2 that has 2 rows with a simple divider between Business and Economy class. Anyway, this seat is the same seat found on several other airlines such as Eva Air and Virgin Australia? And is very comfortable.
Lots of storage space
I was disappointed to find that the flight path was not available before takeoff on this flight, as on previous flights, I had managed to turn it on. However, I would find out later that the flight path was not working even after take-off. It was quickly fixed after I let a FA
know of the problem.
After being served hot towels, and taking a 7up, we left the gate pretty much on time. Pushed back, spooled up, and made our way to Runway 02C, taking off to the South West.
Leaving the gate and engine spool up
Confirmation that I’m still in Singapore…
Taxiing past Barry
Entering runway 20C, we spooled up immediately and I enjoyed the familiar RR
Trent 884 take off. It was a steep climb and we started to u-turn to the left shortly after takeoff to head North towards Hong Kong.
Spot the Marina Bay Sands!
Changi airport under the clouds
At this point, the flight path was not working. However, the rest of krisworld was functioning, and looking at the krisworld catalogue for this month, I found nothing interesting.
Decided to rock and roll with Adele. She took a while to roll though. I had to wait several minutes before the song start playing…
My sister immediately enjoying the very comfortable regional business class
Took a quick trip to the toilet
It’s interesting to note the wooden panels that SQ
has put on its refurbished aircraft to give it an upmarket feel. Hmmm. Not too sure about them.
“Amenity kits” were given out
Which contained only these
Water bottles were given out as well
Cute cubby hole meant just for them!
A friendly FA came around to take drink orders and I ordered a Cappuccino. I then took out my laptop and started typing this trip report.
I had turned to check if the flight path was working, but it was not. At the same time, it annoyed me that I could not let Adele roll in the background once I switched to the flight path. It would inevitably turn off the entertainment and play the voice of someone reading some children’s book.
Turning on my computer and going back to Adele
Shortly after, the FAs came around to serve brunch, but I requested for mine to be served a little later as I was still full from breakfast and would have needed sustenance a little later to last through Hong Kong immigration and the long ride to the hotel. Lunch in Hong Kong would be 2pm at the earliest. Eventually, I kept my laptop and it was time for brunch. I also told the FA
about the dysfunctional flight path. And after disappearing into the galley for 2 minutes, she came back and successfully turned it on!
Only two hours left?!
I’m glad I pre-ordered the lobster because I wouldn’t want to have any of these choices to be honest.
Ok, maybe the poached eggs… But Lobster!!!
Trays are used on regional flights. I think they’re not used on long haul flights if my memory serves me well… I decided to try the Riesling and ordered another cappuccino as well.
Fruit salad with sour oranges. I don’t eat papayas. I think they taste like vo.. nevermind.
An enthusiastic male FA
came around serving bread. Too bad they didn’t have garlic bread as that’s my favourite. I took the last croissant instead which was the flakiest croissant I have ever eaten. It was yummy though.
After the fruits, an FA
came around to clear the tray, and I declined the cereal and went straight to my main course.
The lobster tasted awesome! The asparagus accompanying it did not. It was soggy, but not completely inedible. So I ate the whole meal all up anyway. Yumz. The Riesling was really full of flavor and I ended up drinking 3 (small) glasses. Later on, an FA
joked with me that my face was really red! Oops. That tends to happen…
I flipped open the menu again and noticed this
Imagine saying “Hello excuse me, could you get me an Awaiting the Golden Dawn? Thank you very much”. I couldn’t. So, I can’t tell you how this drink tastes like.
I also noticed this coffee page which seemed new
And I decided to try the Brazilian coffee
WHICH WAS SO GOOD.
I ordered one for my mother but she didn't like it.
I would have ordered another if not for the fact that it would be my 5th cup of coffee for the day. I didn’t think that would do any good for my body.
We continued to cruise on our way to Hong Kong and encountered light turbulence along the way. Wobble wobble. Wobble wobble. Nothing major. Eventually though, the 4 hours passed by in a flash and it was time to descent into Hong Kong.
Argh it’s raining in Hong Kong!!
All set for landing!
And soon we touched down in rainy, gloomy Hong Kong. Rats.
We taxied by several interesting aircraft along the way. Sorry for the rainy windows.
9V-SQM from the 7.30am flight from Singapore
And finally, we reached the gate, whereupon everyone in the cabin immediately started getting ready to disembark.
The door opened within a few minutes, and it was non stop “Thank you Mr xx” by various FAs (how do they ALL
know??) before stepping onto the aerobridge.
It was a short walk to immigration today.
Yes, we would be taking the airport express into town today
We collected our luggage, bought train tickets and boarded the train. I fell asleep in the train from exhaustion. Truly, sitting on a plane can be such an exciting experience that it wears one out completely. Trains are so… sleep-inducing. Anyway, we took a cab from Central station to our hotel and checked in. And thus concludes the journey from Home in Singapore, to Hotel in Hong Kong!
All in all, it was quite standard fare Business Class service on SQ
’s refurbished 777-200ER from Singapore to Hong Kong. Initially, I was addressed as ‘Sir’ but as the flight went on, the FAs seemed to start remembering my name and all started addressing me by ‘Mr XX’, which was nice and personal. The 10 year-old 777 was old by SQ
’s standard, but it was clean, roomy, and still a joy to sit on. I always wondered how flights go by ‘in a blink of an eye’ when I read trip reports here on Airliners.net, but I have come to realize just how long it can take to write one report. Testimony to that? I am writing this conclusion on my return flight on board the A380. Which only means… I HAVE TO GET
STARTED ON MY
RETURN TRIP REPORT RIGHT ABOUT NOW!!!