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Singapore Airlines 9V-SQI SQ237 Singapore - Melbourne | 2007 Photos

Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:11 pm

Trip Report : Singapore - Melbourne on Singapore Airlines

Flight Details

Airlines: Singapore Airlines
Flight : SQ237 SIN - MEL
Reg : 9V-SQI
Aircraft: Boeing 777-212/ER
Departure Singapore Terminal 2 : 23:40 SGT
Arrival Melbourne International Terminal : 10:05 AEST
Flight time : 7 hours, 32 minutes
Distance : 6,057 kilometers

Introduction

This report is from a trip in July 2007. I have travelled to Mumbai with family. Read trip report here: Singapore Airlines 9V-SYG SQ424 SIN - BOM

On return, I flew with Singapore Airlines, Read trip report here: Singapore Airlines 9V-SYD SQ 421 BOM - SIN

Being monsoon season, I fell sick while in Mumbai and had to change the return flight. After getting well, I went to Singapore Airlines office in South Mumbai to reschedule my flight. I was put on wait-list for the Sydney flight. Having to return back to work, I decided to fly to upto Singapore and try to travel to Sydney on the 15th. Being wait-listed I had to head to the airport and try my luck at securing a seat.

Singapore Photos

I went around the city area in the morning.

Hindu Temple at Bugis

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Chinese Temple

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Singapore river

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Singapore Parliament

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Theater

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I had visited this spot in 1989.

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Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel was the tallest hotel in world in 1989.

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Cricket in progress

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Changi Beach

Took bus to Changi Beach. Had lunch at Hawker Centre near the bus terminal. After having lunch, decided to head to Changi Beach for planespotting.

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Singapore Airlines 9V-SQI arriving

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Heading to Airport

As I was wait-listed arrived the airport early before check-in commenced. With time to spare, waited in the viewing area at Terminal 1.

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Terminal 1 Flight schedule

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Terminal 1 Check-in

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Garuda pushback

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Qantas Singapore Hub

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Qantas VH-OJA pushback

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Turkish A340-300

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KLM pushback

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Check-in on 15th July

I arrived at the check-in counter and was advised to wait. As it was end of school holidays, flight to Sydney were full. I waited at the airport being wait-listed number 10-15 [can't remember]. I didn't make it on that flight. I was informed to arrive at the airport and try for the 7 am departure next day.

Terminal 2

It was past mid-night as I wasn't going to make it to the flight. I left my check-in bag at the Left Luggage in Terminal 1 to collect around same time next day. It cost me SGD $13 [Approx].

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After dropping the bag, took train to city and looked for hotel to spend the night.

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Check-in 16th July

As I was staying at a hotel in Bugis, had to change train at Tanah Merah MRT station to arrive at Changi Terminal 2

Tanah Merah MRT

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I arrived at the Terminal 2 before the flight, I wasn't able to secure a seat.

I was spending for the hotel and other expenses while waiting for the Sydney flight. I spoke with the reservation staff and requested to be put on any Australian flight.

I was advised there was 11p.m flight to Melbourne but I would have to make my own arrangement to fly to Sydney. I accepted the condition.

Terminal 2

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With the booking sorted, I headed to the Terminal 1.

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Skytrain to Terminal 1

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Terminal 1

I headed to viewing area for spotting

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Terminal 1 Departure Schedule

As the terminal 1 viewing area offer a good view of the tarmac, I spent rest of the time there as I was still recovering from health issues. Had my lunch and dinner in the food court close to the viewing area.

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Plane spotting

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Night view

It was dark as evening set in, Qantas flight started to arrive.

China Eastern

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Qantas B747 and Emirates B777

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Air India A310 to Mumbai

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View of Terminal 1 Departure area

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Terminal 1 Flight Schedule

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As flight time approached, took collected the left bag at Terminal 1 and took SkyTrain to Terminal 2.

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Sunflowers at Terminal 2

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Check-in

Check-in counter was aisle 7-8, my bag was light, didn't have any issues with bags, got the boarding card for Melbourne. Flight to Melbourne was full. I requested a window seat and was able to secure it.

Terminal 2 Flight schedule

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View of Terminal 2

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Immigration

Immigration was quick as I was exiting Singapore, passport was scanned and stamped.

To Gate

I checked the gate number and it was short distance from where I had completed the immigration. On reaching the gate, indicator stated gate closing. I passed security. Passport and boarding pass was checked by ground staff. Stub was torn off the boarding card and was allowed in the waiting area.

Waiting area

After a wait of few mins, boarding was called. As seen, there was no wi-fi, laptop docking terminals were provided along with desktop for emailing and browsing. I emailed to informed family, I was about to board flight.

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On Board

Boarding was through aerobridge, Once on board, boarding card was checked and was directed to seat which was on the starboard side. I was seated 32K.

Seating

Seating was 3-4-3. I was lucky to get a window seat even though I was wait-listed. My neighbours were a Singaporean couple.

Cold towel

Crew provided cold towel for wiping and then menu and immigration form.

Business class - Drink Service before departure

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Pushback

Pushback commenced on time, after a short taxi, lined up to depart Singapore. I was happy to fly out as I had to return to work.

Departing Singapore

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Flight path

After departing Singapore on attaining cruising altitude.

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Drinks service commenced. I selected red wine for the drinks.

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Flight Details

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Cabin view

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Supper

Supper option was Chicken or lamb. I had selected the lamb option. I was too tired and sick and didn't take any food photos. After dinner, lights were switched off and I feel asleep after exhausting day.

Heading towards Victoria

I woke up to notice flight had progressed over South Australia, I must have slept 5-6 hrs.

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Flight details

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Sunrise over South Australia

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Breakfast

Breakfast was served 1 and half before arrival in Melbourne. Options were scrambled egg or noodles.

I chose scrambled egg with orange juice.

Over Victoria

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Approaching Melbourne

Approach towards Melbourne was from the North-West landing on the main runway.

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Landing

It was cold day in Melbourne. After landing, exited the main runway to head to International Terminal.

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Rex - Regional Express

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Virgin Blue Airlines

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Melbourne Airport

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Singapore Airlines B747 at Gate D8

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SQ 237 parked next to the sister-ship

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Disembarkation

As I was seated behind the business class, disembarkation was quick.

Immigration and Quarantine

After arriving in Melbourne, passed through immigration without hassle. Baggage arrived soon after entering the collection area.

As I wasn't carrying any declarable items, I was allowed to exit out.

To Departure

After exiting the quarantine area, I arrived in the arrivals area which was full of waiting people. I took a travelator to the departure area.

Went to the toilet to freshen up in the departure area, it was dirty and disgusting. After freshening up, I headed to BK for breakfast.

I still had to book flight to Sydney.

Hope you enjoyed the trip. Thanks for reading.

End of report

:)


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