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18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:27 pm

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On November 23, 2013, a specially converted Airbus A340-500 with 100 spacious business class seats took to the skies from Newark’s Liberty International Airport for the very last time as SQ 21 non-stop service to Singapore. Before this day arrived, signifying the end to an exciting chapter in commercial aviation history, I had made it a top priority to experience this unique flight — an experience that soared to the top of my bucket list since the service’s inauguration nine years earlier.

This is the story about how a dream came true. About how I spent three quarters of a day on a plane covering a distance of over fifteen thousand kilometres, all while enjoying wolrd-class service, cuisine and entertainment. This is the story of a milestone for my inner aviation enthusiast. This is the story of my trip on SQ 22 from Singapore to Newark in June 2013 told in over 6,000 words, 130 photos and x minutes of video.

So sit back, grab a snack, coffee or a beer an enjoy the flight!


 
 

Note: there is a video on its way as well -- currently uploading (very slowly)!
 
 
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:28 pm

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The occasion for this flight was an exciting trip to Thailand and Singapore, my first time in both countries and only my second time in the South-East Asian region. I arranged the trip together with a fellow friend and co-founder of LittleBonsai, a product development studio that we had been running since graduating from college two years prior. Although business was running well, we had decided that it was time to move on to new things (in my case, looking for opportunities in the aviation business) and planned our two-week trip to celebrate our successes and achievements over the past years. After some extensive brainstorming, we narrowed our list down to three options: riding the Trans-Siberian Railway, driving a car from Boston to Alaska on the Trans-Canada Highway or a trip to Thailand. After exploring flight and accommodation options, we realised that Thailand would fit best into our budget, especially given that we could keep costs fairly low once we had arrived.

Now commenced one of my favourite phases of travelling: figuring out how to get to my destination! My primary task was to work out how I could efficiently get myself on to SQ 21 or 22 using my Lufthansa Miles and More miles for one leg of the trip, in combination with one-way ticket in economy for the other leg. I chose to only redeem a one-way award as I was saving the rest of my miles for a future ticket on Lufthansa First Class, another item on my bucket list. A few calls to the incredibly friendly US Lufthansa Frequent Traveller hotline showed availability on SQ 22 on the 26th and 27th of June, a day later than I was originally intending to return from our trip. However, I decided that this was a blessing in disguise as it would allow me to tack-on a short visit to Singapore at the end of our Thailand trip. I had read a lot about this unique city-state through airline magazines, trip reports and my general interest in geography and travel, so I was now looking forward to stepping out of Changi’s doors for some exploring.

After another call to the hotline and overcoming of the pain of parting with 67.5k hard-earned miles, I was immediately issued an e-ticket from Singapore to Boston via Newark on SQ 22 and UA 994. At the time of booking the majority of seats were still wide open, so I requested 16K towards the front of the cabin and with a good front-view of the wing (seat numbering started at row 11 on SQ’s A345s). Unfortunately, there were no domestic first class seats open on United’s A319 serving UA 994, so I opted for an economy seat rather than waiting an additional two hours at Newark for the next connecting flight. The agent advised me to call back a few days before departure to see whether any seats had opened up. The ticket was issued on Lufthansa stock with separate SQ and LH reservation numbers. All the booking management (including changing seat assignments) was done through the excellent Lufthansa website. I would definitely rate LH’s online services as some of the best in the industry.

 
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With my return flights booked I now worked on finding an well-priced one-way outbound ticket from Boston to Bangkok, fearing greatly that United would be the only Star Alliance carrier with a reasonable fare. Those of you who have read my previous reports know that I tend to avoid United whenever I can, especially for such a long itinerary which would be served by literally dozens of other interesting and top-notch carriers. As luck would have it, Singapore Airlines actually turned out to be the second cheapest option overall, after Aeroflot. Booking directly through their website, I was half considering grabbing a ticket from BOS-LHR-SIN-BKK with the first leg operated by Virgin Atlantic (which I have never flown on before), however, I decided to count my pennies and go for the $200 cheaper option from BOS-JFK-FRA-SIN-BKK. This was still an exciting itinerary as I would get to spend a lot of hours onboard the A380 and enjoy a brief taste of “home” in a familiar lounge during the Frankfurt stopover (I grew up in Vienna, Austria). The first flight was operated by JetBlue, an airline that I came to appreciate during my time in the US. I have not written a report on the outbound journey, however, I could be convinced to do so having taken some good notes and lots of pictures  

The full itinerary including all the flights taken during this trip is listed below. Let me know whether you have any questions regarding these other sectors — I would be more than happy to share my experiences!

11.06.2013 / JetBlue B61009 / BOS-JFK / Embraer E190AR
11.06.2013 / Singapore Airlines SQ 25 / JFK-SIN (via FRA) / Airbus A380-841
12.06.2013 / Singapore Airlines SQ 972 / SIN-BKK / Boeing 777-212ER
18.06.2013 / Thai AirAsia FD 3162 / CNX-HKT / Airbus A320-200
22.06.2013 / Tiger Airways TR 2153 / HKT-SIN / Airbus A320-232
26.06.2013 / Singapore Airlines SQ 22 / SIN-EWR / Airbus A340-541
26.06.2013 / United Airlines UA 994 / EWR-BOS / Airbus A319-131

 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:31 pm

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Our travels took us from Bangkok to Chang Mai (a gorgeous part of the country), down to Ko Phi Phi and finally to Singapore. I have many fond memories of this trip, including exceptionally good food, some of the genuinely kindest peopleI have ever met, impressive temples and Buddhas, vibrant cities, pristine beaches, Thai cooking classes, a Singapore Sling at the top of the Marina Bay Sands and incredible public transportation infrastructure.

However, all good things come to an end and before I knew it, June 26 2013 — the long-awaited day — had finally arrived. It started off very early in the morning and, unfortunately, after a relatively small amount of sleep. I tried to get a good amount of shut-eye the night before in order to fully enjoy the upcoming flight, and went to bed around 10PM after one last excellent Chicken Rice meal at the local hawker stand. I was staying at the Little Red Dot hostel on Lavender Street and had the pleasure of enjoying an eight-bed room with three strong snorers on my last night (hostel occupancy had been quite low on the nights prior). I literally found myself counting sheep and tried to force some rest.


6AM


Eventually, and not a moment too soon, my alarm went off and I immediately got up to strap on my running shoes for a quick jog in the city. I am an avid jogger and also though that I would be a good idea to get some exercise and get my circulation going before sitting down for 18 hours. I had also hoped that such an early run — it was in fact still dark outside — would be more comfortable than my previous attempts in the blistering Singapore day-time heat. Unfortunately, I was proven wrong when returning to the hostel 30 mins later with a sweat-drenched set of running gear. I collected my things and walked down to Lavender Station on the MRT East-West Line for a quick, 30 minute one-connection ride to Changi. I am a lover of all things transportation and thoroughly enjoyed riding the Singapore MRT, a system reminiscent of the types of public transportation seen in futuristic Hollywood films. Entering the impressive Changi MRT station, I took a turn towards Terminal 3, bidding my this amazing city farewell and eagerly anticipating the exciting chapter ahead.

 
 
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8AM


I had transited at Changi’s Terminal 3 twice, but had never experienced Terminal 3 airside before. It is absolutely no surprise that this airport is consistently rated among the top-three in world, from grandiose and functional architecture, to endless shopping and dining opportunities, thoughtful passenger amenities and perhaps the best airport bathrooms I have ever seen (better than in many airline lounges) — this airport was the perfect starting point for my upcoming journey. I proceeded directly to the Business Class counters in check-in area 6 and handed off the trusty travel rucksack that I had borrowed from a friend to a cheerful SQ check-in agent. I was informed that the flight was “quite full” and confirmed that my original seat reservation for 16K was still registered in the system. I was handed the infamous blue SQ boarding card, snatched some Business Class baggage tags and set off on an expedition of T3, exploring all nooks and crannies, and snapping a ton of pictures on the way.

 
 
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The truly top-notch Changi Terminal 3 developed by CPG Corportation and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who did the fantastic roof feature.
 
 
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An interesting approach to accountability — each of SIN’s bathrooms had a rating system showing the individual cleaners. I talked to some of these guys, many of whom seemed to come from Burma and who were all wonderful people.
 
 
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8.30AM


I now headed straight to the SQ Silver Kris lounge in T3, a haven that I was of course unable to visit on my inbound journey due to SQ’s fairly restrictive policies towards Star Alliance Gold status holders. After proudly presenting my newly acquired blue boarding pass, I was lead past the dragons to the tranquil temple of marble, leather and dark wood that lay beyond. My first task was to take a much needed shower (after lugging bags through June humidity) and to grab some breakfast, which my post-run stomach was not shy about requesting.

 
 
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Entrance to the Silver Kris Lounge.
 
 

Shower rooms are located within the bathrooms and are a tad on the narrow side. I am not one to complain, however, especially not after being ushered by a friendly shower-agent into a spotlessly clean bathroom full of practical amenities like shavers, mouthwash, moisturisers and shoe horns.

 
 
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After a refreshing and rejuvenating time under the SQ sprinkler it was time to hit the breakfast spread at the lounge buffet. There was an extensive selection of hot and cold offerings covering both western and local cuisines (from scrambled eggs to congee). I had worked up quite an appetite at this point and although I knew I was going to be extensively fed on-board, I figured there was still enough time until the midday service for me to enjoy the lounge offerings. I started with a bowl of cereal and fruit salad, then proceeded to an assortment of hot items with bread and rounded off with a plate of tropical fruits that I would come to dearly miss in about 18 hour’s time. The only disappointing element in this buffet was the horrible synthetic-tasting orange juice. This confused me slightly, as I would have expected fresher offerings to be available in the South East Asian region (understanding of course that this region is not a primary OJ producer).

 
 
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My choice of hot breakfast items.
 
 

A second point of disappointment, which has been discussed many times previously, was the lack of views from the lounge and it’s generally dark appearance. After finishing off my breakfast, checking my mails and having a quick glance at the papers, I found myself ready to leave for a continued exploration of Changi’s landside offerings.

 
 
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9.45AM


In the spirit of getting some exercise before SQ 22 I decided to walk over to Terminal 1, the only area of Changi that I had not yet explored. I was impressed by how good the terminal looked post-renovation. Standing on a foundation of early 1980s infrastructure, this terminal alone beats other international airports (especially in the US) by a mile. After visiting my fourth airport garden, I also came to realise that Changi must possibly be the only airport in the world where landside offerings are more exciting than the flagship lounge   While impressed and appreciative of the Silver Kris lounge I was not as blown away by the experience as I was by TK’s Lounge Istanbul, for example.

 
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:13 pm

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Singapore Airlines SQ 22 from SIN-EWR


June 26, 2013

STD / 10:55
STA / 17:50

ATD / 11:22
ATA / 17:40

Flight Time / 18:11
Aircraft / Airbus A340-541, 9V-SGC
Distance / 9,030 nmi (16.724 km, 10,392 mi)
Takeoff Weight / 371,157 kg (818,261 lbs)
Seat / 16K (Business)

10:10 AM


Boarding was announced for 10.25 this morning so I headed to the gate early in the hope of getting on to the plane first to snap some pictures. Our boarding gate was B1, part of the B1-B4 gate complex at Changi that shares a common security screening area. Given that our gate was the only one active in this complex, and that we only had around 80 business class passengers who turned up quite late for boarding, this was the quickest security screen I had ever experienced. The gate was still completely empty with only a single other passenger present, five minutes before the published boarding time. Things were looking good for my cabin photoshoot opportunity. Views from the gate area weren’t too great, but I managed to get a good impression of our aircraft while meandering the T3 halls earlier.

Our chariot today was 9V-SGC, one of four Airbus A340-500s in the SIA fleet, which first flew on 03.10.2003, was delivered to the airline on 23.01.2004 and was sadly stored in November 2013. Although I am a big 777 fan, I do find the A340-500 and -600 to be some of the most beautiful birds ever produced. Replacing the hairdryers with some proper Trents did wonders for the aircraft’s general proportions.

 
 
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10:35 AM


Boarding was announced about 10 minutes late. By this time, the gate area had filled up a little more with a large group of today’s passengers arriving around the same time. The load factor was around 85% and the general passenger profile consisted of Americans (leisure and business travellers with a few families in the mix) and a few Asian business travellers. Aside from some of the families, I was definitely one of the youngest passengers on board, an image that was supported by the fact that I rushed on to the aircraft with a large camera in hand as soon as I heard the characteristic beep confirming that by boarding pass had been scanned by the gate agent.

I was greeted by name by no less than six Singapore Girls in red, green and blue kabayas who were enjoying a bit of a laugh — it seemed like a joke that had just been told before my arrival. I was happy to see this as it immediately indicated that this crew would be less “robotic” and more personable than some of the other SQ crews described on this forum. I was escorted to 16K and was assisted with placing my coat and hand luggage into the overhead compartments. I immediately got down to snapping some pictures, being interrupted only by offers for a hot towel, some champagne and my post takeoff drink order (I of course could not resist the Singapore Sling).

 
 
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The cabin was well-maintained with the ottomans being the only obvious signs of wear that I could find. I couldn’t help thinking about the Emirates A345s I had been on numerous times on trips to Uganda and the absolutely horrible state those aircraft are in, with seats, panels and bathrooms all falling apart. Kudos to SIA Engineering Company for keeping these, and in fact all their birds, in such good shape. Cabin ambience was exceptional and made me feel like I was in a private jet. This feeling was further supported by material selection, colour schemes and the general use of space. The entry way to the aircraft was wide and open, similar to the lobby concept developed by Boeing for the 787 and 748i’s. I was located in the forward cabin, however, due to a lack of physical dividers, my view extended about 13 rows back, again, into a wonderfully open and airy space.

 
 
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A random observations from the cabin: SQ installed the shallow centre luggage compartments throughout their A345s, which I assume were necessary in the original Raffles + Executive Economy cabins with 2-2-2 and 2-3-2 configurations, respectively. With the new 100-seat 1-2-1 business class, I could help noticing how empty all the bins were — I had an entire set of two to myself, which I “filled” with a tiny canvas bag and small jacket!

Right from the start our crew embodied all the characteristics that the Singapore Airlines brand and its flight attendants have become know for: caring, warm, gentle, elegant and serene. Again, I would add personable to the mix as all crew members I interacted never missed an opportunity to strike up conversation and also delivered their service with genuine and enthusiastic smiles. I decided not to waste time and inform the crew member serving my section of the cabin (Ms. Green Kabaya) about my love for aviation, my first time flying SQ Business and the fact that this flight was a dream-come-true moment for me. I also handed her a “certificate” I had put together asking it to be filled out and signed by the flight deck and cabin crew. She loved the idea and didn’t hesitate to help me out (the results of this exercise will be discussed later on  

 

10:59 AM


Pushback and first contact from the flight deck with quite a few details on today’s routing. While I can’t remember the captain’s name it appears that he was from a spanish speaking country. We followed a fairly southernly routing for the flight, heading east over the Pacific (I was excited to cross the international date line for the first time), making landfall over Alaska and then continuing in a steady drop over the Canadian Northern Territories, Manitoba, Ontario and into New York.

During boarding, the airshow was showing an extreme-polar/westerly routing, which I initially thought would be our actual routing, before realising it was probably a glitch in the mapping system. The system was probably not designed to account for the rather edge-case routing of SIN-EWR, which I admit made me even more excited about the flight I was sitting on  

My only comment on the safety video is the ridiculous choice of subtitle font, which looked like something out of an 80s TV show and not a premium 5-star airline. But maybe that’s just the design snob in me  

 
 
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11:22 AM – Takeoff


No reason was given for our (slight delay) but with a block time of well over 18 hours, no one was concerned about arriving late! We taxied for about 10 minutes to the active runway 02L.

At 11:22 four mighty Rolls-Royce Trent 553 turbofans spooled to their maximum thrust of 240 kN (54,000 lbf), hauling our 371-ton beast on the longest takeoff run I have ever experienced (60s). We were obviously carrying quite a bit of fuel! In comparison to the A343, this aircraft felt like it was backed by the power it deserved. Despite this, we still climbed out at quite a slow rate while I remained glued to my window watching the mighty wingleted surfaces in front of me flap away in the mild turbulence.

Now, I started the stopwatch on my iPhone and sat back with a grin on my face, ready for my 18 hours of bliss  NOTE: Takeoff and inflight video coming soon!

 
 
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00:20 into flight


Service started immediately with the Singapore Sling I had ordered earlier and a bowl of mixed nuts. At this point, I also checked out the “amenity kit” items that were handed out along with the noise cancelling headphones for the Kris World system. I have heard a number of criticisms of SQ’s amenity approach and, while I agree the offerings are limited compared to other airlines, I actually found the provision of eyeshades and socks to be perfectly adequate for a flight like this. I am not usually a sock wearer on flights, however, I found these to be quite useful (despite looking hideous) for this 18-hour hop where I would be doing a lotos cabin wandering and bathroom visiting. The only other items I regularly use in amenity kits (during flights) are lip balms and moisturisers; the latter was available in the bathrooms along with other items like shavers and combs. I actually find this approach to be a little more responsible than handing out complete kits with items that the majority of passengers do not use. Which airline is the one that goes through the cabin with amenity items, allowing passengers to pick and choose?

 
 
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00:40 into flight – Lunch Service


Lunch service commenced, and it is at this point that I have to make a terrible confession. I had planned to scan in the menus from this flight to show the offerings in full detail, however, I seem to have forgotten these in a storage box when I moved away from Boston last year. The box still exists and is in good hands, so if I ever get my hands on the menu again, I promise to upload it for the sake of completion and for documenting a now historic flight.

Suffice to say, the lunch service was excellent, starting with the wonderful preparation of my tray table. I especially liked the salt and pepper shakers, which remind me a little bit of Cathay’s now discontinued models. I have to say that I am not a huge fan of SQ’s crockery design — I felt it looked a little “grandma”, despite the multitude of “Designed exclusively by Givenchy for Singapore Airlines” tags to be found.

I choose the seared tuna filets as a starter, the steak with pumpkin mash for my main and a delicious chocolate mouse cake for desert. The quality and presentation of the meals was good, though nothing exceptional like on Austrian Airlines or Turkish. As usual for in-flight beef, the steak was definitely on the well-done side, although miles better than the one I ate on an Emirates J-Class flight from DXB-MUC a month later.

 
 
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03:00 into flight – The Seat


With the two-hour dinner service completed, a satisfied stomach full of tuna, steak, chocolate cake and heaps of bread, and a liver working off some champaign, a Singapore Sling and a glass of port – I succumbed to the temptation and decided to take a little nap! After all, I still had 15 hours of flying to go and would, therefore, still have enough time to enjoy this dream flight. Just as I started clearing my seat in preparation for the signature SQ flip, the male inflight supervisor turned up and asked whether he could assist me in making the bed. I gladly accepted this offer and also briefly chatted with him about the flight, New York and how the crew had to specially apply to work on the SQ A345 services.

This is probably an appropriate point to discuss the seat. Let’s start with the bed. I really have nothing to complain about here. I am not sure whether it was the exhaustion and full stomach or the fact that I felt SQ’s was the most comfortable fully-flat bed I have enjoyed in the sky, but I slept like a baby. The thin mattress, which is stored behind the backrest of the seat when in its upright position, was a little hard and accentuated bumps in the seat but was still a pleasure to sleep on. I had no issue with sleeping diagonally as required by the seat’s layout and also found the large pillow and blanket to be extremely comfortable.

On to the actual seat: I absolutely didn’t mind the width, which I have heard negative comments about before. Quite on the contrary, I found sitting with the small armrest cushion to be perfect comfortable and also appreciated having the space next to me too keep items like my camera and the headphones when I was not using them. The absence of a headrest didn’t bother me either as the supplied pillow more than made up for it. My two mini-gripes were the difficulty of finding a good lounging position and the hassle of switching between “seat” and “bed” mode. I ended up lounging in my “bed” while using the frame of seat as a backrest. It looks like SQ has addressed some of this feedback in their new Business Class seat designed by BMW DesignWorks. It features a narrower seating surface and, what looks like more comfortable lounging controls. Still, I would even classify this as a complaint as I truly had nothing to complain about: I was soaring through the air at 900 km/h enjoying the world-class service.

 
 
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05:30 into flight


I woke up after a solid 2.5 hour nap to a surprisingly warm cabin. The temperature remains high throughout the entire flight and I end up just wearing a t-shirt for most of it. It’s really interesting to see the differences in cabin-temperature philosophies among airlines.

During a brief trip to the bathroom I notice that, once again, there are no paper towels to dry my hands after watching. This was the case on all the SQ flights I took during this trip including SQ 25 from JFK-SIN and SQ 972 to BKK. Is this generally a SQ philosophy?

 
 
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06:40 into flight


Feeling well-rested after my nap, I decided to explore and enjoy the incredibly diverse offering of SQ’s award-winning KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system. As this system has been discussed extensively in this forum already, I won’t go into too much detail. I certainly had no shortage of options of things to watch and, quite on the contrary, spent a long time deciding where to even start! Feeling nostalgic for Europe, I ended up exploring the French and German film catalogues and then watched a range of documentaries and a few sitcoms to round things off.

I was initially concerned as “welcome aboard” image shown during boarding appeared to be of very low resolution. I thought that this would perhaps be reflective of the screen’s general resolution but was proved wrong once the system was activated and the menu system appeared. The 15-inch screen was crisp and sufficiently bright to enjoy even with windows open.

 
 
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07:30 into flight


It now started getting dark outside. This is probably the point at which the true beauty of this flight started kicking in. I was about to experience a mini full day-night-day cycle, another tasty meal, endless hours of entertainment (I must have watched four films in addition to documentaries and shows) and another refreshing nap. And I would still have time to spare! Comparing this to a quick 6:30 hour hop from the U.S. east-coast to Western Europe or a sector from DXB to Eastern Africa, I realised that I would never again be satisfied with the length of a flight! Also, I would never again be able to get such good bang-for-buck on a Miles and More redemption (when considering the raw number of hours in the air).

 
 

07:50 into flight


To my surprise, orange cabin lights were raised (seemingly the only mood-lighting colour on these SQ birds) and the crew started preparing for the second meal service. At this point we were steadily plodding along through the northern Pacific, around two hours north of Japan. I didn’t quite understand the timing of the in-flight service as more than half the cabin was asleep and we were “only” five hours out from our last meal, with about 10 hours remaining on the clock. The menu included a range of mid-flight snacks that could be ordered at any time, so I would have thought it would have been more appropriate to have the second meal service 3-4 hours before arrival and provide these snacks in between. Could this timing be due to restrictions on how long food can be stored on the aircraft? To tell the truth, I wasn’t too hungry at this point, but decided to play ball as I, once again, was not going to miss a moment of this experience. And I was not the only one: I noticed quite a few people around me converting back to their seats for the second meal service.

The “dinner” service started with a round of satay that was served before the tray table was set. A crew change had taken place (Ms. Green Kabaya had probably retreated to the crew rest), however, I was still addressed by name from each and every one of the new crew members. To describe this as impressive would be an understatement – it demonstrated the depth of SQ’s service training and the dedicated professionalism of the crew.

I had considered trying out SQ’s famed Book-the-Cook service but decided that there would be enough interesting choice on the in-flight menu. I chose a lobster dish as a starter and decided to go for a more “regional” option for my main with a choice of Beef Rendang and finished with a desert that I cannot remember the name of. The food was good but seemed to be of lower quality than the previous meal. The beef was a bit rubbery and the desert not particularly inspiring. But I thoroughly enjoyed the satay, which I had been eagerly awaiting to try since the first meal service  

 
 
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09:50 into flight


At the end of the second meal service we were greeted with the return of the sun, making this the shortest “night” I have ever experienced! Cabin lights were dimmed, once again to allow passengers to return to sleep. A few minutes later Ms. Green Kabaya returned with a few other FAs and the inflight service manager. My flight certificate had been signed with small notes and sketches from each of the crew members and with completed information from the flight deck. The IFSM thanked me personally for “saving all of miles to fly SIA — it is a pleasure having you on board and I hope you enjoyed the service!” Ms. Green Kabaya had collected some goodies that she found throughout the cabin including a small SQ teddy, two decks of playing cards and a pen. The crew insisted that I have my picture taken with them next to the entry way at door R2, which I gladly agreed to. This was a wonderful gesture all-in-all and I was so grateful to Ms. Green Kabaya for all the effort she had gone through to make this flight a special one. What a great team!

 
 
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11:30 into flight


After watching another film and reading some of my book I decide to catch some more shut eye just as we were passing Anchorage, succumbing once again to sheer exhaustion (but definitely not boredom!)

 
 

16:20 into flight


After another great (and unexpectedly long) nap, I woke up to find bright sunshine over northern Ontario. I ordered a freshly squeezed orange juice (why couldn’t they offer this in the lounge??) and starting reminiscing about the wonderful flight. At this point we had less than two hours to go. 


I managed to grab the inflight supervisor as have passed and asked whether it would be possible to visit the flight deck once we had landed at Newark. He immediately went to check with the captain and came back with a positive confirmation about 10 minutes later. I enjoyed more of my book, watched one last documentary and then started getting myself ready for landing with a freshening up in the bathroom and a collection of the various items I had scattered around 16K over the past 3/4s of a day!

 
 
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17:30 into flight


Descent started with an announcement from the flight deck and I spent the remaining time studying the flapping motion of the wings and watching the Trents spool up and down as we reached our target flight levels. Descent was smooth with clear views of Newark city, but unfortunately not of Manhattan.

 
 
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18:11 into flight – Arrival


Touchdown on Newark Liberty’s 22L! A fairly lengthy taxi to terminal B followed with a quick docking and disembarking by the only 85 passengers. My visit to the flight deck was brief as I could tell that all four crew members were eager to move on themselves. I thanked the crew for an absolutely wonderful trip and assured them that I would keep fond memories of it for years to come.

NOTE: Landing video coming soon!

 
 
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9V-SGC at Newark Terminal B getting some well-earned rest!
 
 
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:14 pm

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Immigration luckily wasn’t too bad at this time of day, despite the fact that I had forgone my front-cabin benefits and allowed the entire aircraft to deplane during my visit to the cockpit. Stepping into the dreary, run-down terminal and transferring to a uninspiring United flight to Boston acted as somewhat of a reality check.

 
 
 
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Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:20 pm

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From my tired-blue A319 seat, I realised that I had been transposed once again from my magical, almost surreal shangri-la. Only a few few hours prior I had been transposed into it from a cheap shared hostel room in Singapore.

A dream truly did come true on the 26th day of June in 2013. A day I am sure I will once tell my grandchildren about. A day where I was fortunate enough to take part in what I consider a historical event. Singapore Airlines excelled at every point of this trip. Sure there were some minor shortcomings in seat design and dinner timings, but I consider that nit-picking. SIA has always been a pioneer that understands that flying should be an experience of wonder. I thank everyone involved in running SQ 22 smoothly and safely to its destination that day, from the check-in, shower-attendant and ground staff at SIN to the exceptional cabin crew and busy flight deck. Thank you all for making this experience such a memorable one.

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I would give this flight an overall rating of 9.1 / 10

 
 
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And many thanks to you for getting this far and for sharing my experience on this flight. I look forward to comments, feedback and any questions you may have!

-Ollie

 
 
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The certificate commemorating this flight, signed by the entire crew 
 
 
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:13 pm

Hi Ollie!

A top-notch Trip Report, hands down! The details and food photos are superb. Now I'm mighty envious of you that you got to go on the legendary SQ SIN-EWR flight! When you said that it is a historical flight, I agree with you 110%. Shame that the rest of us no longer have the chance to do what you did  
Quoting thegivenone (Reply 1):
All the booking management (including changing seat assignments) was done through the excellent Lufthansa website. I would definitely rate LH’s online services as some of the best in the industry.

United, on the other hand..

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 2):
I had also hoped that such an early run — it was in fact still dark outside — would be more comfortable than my previous attempts in the blistering Singapore day-time heat. Unfortunately, I was proven wrong when returning to the hostel 30 mins later with a sweat-drenched set of running gear.

Aha, welcome to my country!  
Quoting thegivenone (Reply 2):
I was informed that the flight was “quite full” and confirmed that my original seat reservation for 16K was still registered in the system. I was handed the infamous blue SQ boarding card, snatched some Business Class baggage tags and set off on an expedition of T3, exploring all nooks and crannies, and snapping a ton of pictures on the way.

Ah, them baggage tags for our taking! If you fancy, you could even walk all the way to Terminal 2! I suppose you didn't succumb to the siren call of duty free shops and food outlets?

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 2):
A second point of disappointment, which has been discussed many times previously, was the lack of views from the lounge and it’s generally dark appearance. After finishing off my breakfast, checking my mails and having a quick glance at the papers, I found myself ready to leave for a continued exploration of Changi’s landside offerings.

Join the club, we have jackets! It's as if the designers of the place banded together to give spotters a hard time spotting. Then again, the SKL in HKG is no better too! Equally windowless and dimly lit.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
Right from the start our crew embodied all the characteristics that the Singapore Airlines brand and its flight attendants have become know for: caring, warm, gentle, elegant and serene. Again, I would add personable to the mix as all crew members I interacted never missed an opportunity to strike up conversation and also delivered their service with genuine and enthusiastic smiles. I decided not to waste time and inform the crew member serving my section of the cabin (Ms. Green Kabaya) about my love for aviation, my first time flying SQ Business and the fact that this flight was a dream-come-true moment for me. I also handed her a “certificate” I had put together asking it to be filled out and signed by the flight deck and cabin crew. She loved the idea and didn’t hesitate to help me out (the results of this exercise will be discussed later on

Really great that you got yourself a good set of crew! And it's awesome that Ms Green Kebaya was really sporting enough to take up on your idea of the certificate and go along with it. That's really something special that definitely should be done  
Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
Suffice to say, the lunch service was excellent, starting with the wonderful preparation of my tray table. I especially liked the salt and pepper shakers, which remind me a little bit of Cathay’s now discontinued models. I have to say that I am not a huge fan of SQ’s crockery design — I felt it looked a little “grandma”, despite the multitude of “Designed exclusively by Givenchy for Singapore Airlines” tags to be found.

I choose the seared tuna filets as a starter, the steak with pumpkin mash for my main and a delicious chocolate mouse cake for desert. The quality and presentation of the meals was good, though nothing exceptional like on Austrian Airlines or Turkish. As usual for in-flight beef, the steak was definitely on the well-done side, although miles better than the one I ate on an Emirates J-Class flight from DXB-MUC a month later

Ah well, grandma as it may be, at least it still beats using uncharacteristic plastic cutlery! Other than that, the meals looks really nice. Might I say, chocolate mousse is more often that not the way to go  
Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
A few minutes later Ms. Green Kabaya returned with a few other FAs and the inflight service manager. My flight certificate had been signed with small notes and sketches from each of the crew members and with completed information from the flight deck. The IFSM thanked me personally for “saving all of miles to fly SIA — it is a pleasure having you on board and I hope you enjoyed the service!” Ms. Green Kabaya had collected some goodies that she found throughout the cabin including a small SQ teddy, two decks of playing cards and a pen. The crew insisted that I have my picture taken with them next to the entry way at door R2, which I gladly agreed to. This was a wonderful gesture all-in-all and I was so grateful to Ms. Green Kabaya for all the effort she had gone through to make this flight a special one. What a great team!

Now that's a really lovely gesture from the crew. I guess it is little touches like these that takes one's flight experience to the next level! Furthermore, you even got the crew to have you take a photo with them on their own accord. Usually it's the other way round, isn't it?

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
My visit to the flight deck was brief as I could tell that all four crew members were eager to move on themselves. I thanked the crew for an absolutely wonderful trip and assured them that I would keep fond memories of it for years to come.

A visit to the flight deck is truly the icing on the cake for this fabulous flight of yours. I would think that the crew was absolutely thrilled to have an aviation enthusiast like you on board their flight!

Once again, thank you taking us along with you for this trip! What made it doubly special is the fact that you flew on a plane that's dwindling in numbers. And triply special that it's with Singapore Airlines. Pity that now we have one less carrier to settle for should we want to catch a flight on board an A345. You got your priceless memories with SQ22 and its crew, and now it's yours to keep forever!

Regards,
Hafiz

p/s: Are you going to laminate and preserve that self-styled SQ22 flight certificate? :P
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:03 pm

Thank you for sharing a wonderful trip report on SQ22. I really like your report because it was very cool attitude with neutral tones but yet very details. Unlike some reports (i.e. ronerone) were very dramatic and showcase.
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:51 pm

Hello Oliver!

What a great trip report! It always brings a smile to my face when I read of people having such wonderful experiences on my home carrier. I'm glad that you managed to fulfil your dream and that the crew didn't disappoint! I've had the privilege of flying this route and the SIN-LAX route back in 2004/2005 when it was still the Spacebeds/Premium Economy combination. Little did I know then that it would be my last chance to do so. At that time, I even complained that the flight was too long!! Imagine that! Ok, but I was in Premium Economy and that wasn't anything to rave about...

Quoting thegivenone (Thread starter):
So sit back, grab a snack, coffee or a beer an enjoy the flight!

LOL I literally stopped, got a drink, came back, and carried on reading.

Quoting thegivenone (Thread starter):
I had also hoped that such an early run — it was in fact still dark outside — would be more comfortable than my previous attempts in the blistering Singapore day-time heat.

I jog pretty often too and unlike you, I am actually craving and missing that "blistering Singapore day-time heat"!! It's virtually impossible for me to run out in the cold in Dublin where I am now for my exchange program!!   

Quoting thegivenone (Thread starter):
I am a lover of all things transportation and thoroughly enjoyed riding the Singapore MRT, a system reminiscent of the types of public transportation seen in futuristic Hollywood films.

Futuristic?! For real?! Okay.... If you say so.... Hahaha.

Quoting thegivenone (Thread starter):
I was handed the infamous blue SQ boarding card, snatched some Business Class baggage tags and set off on an expedition of T3, exploring all nooks and crannies, and snapping a ton of pictures on the way.

I think you probably know this airport way better than most Singaporeans do, me included.

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Huh?! Where in the world is this?!?????

Quoting thegivenone (Thread starter):
I do find the A340-500 and -600 to be some of the most beautiful birds ever produced.

Agreed.

Quoting thegivenone (Thread starter):
A random observations from the cabin: SQ installed the shallow centre luggage compartments throughout their A345s, which I assume were necessary in the original Raffles + Executive Economy cabins with 2-2-2 and 2-3-2 configurations, respectively.

That's partially correct. If you look your own photo of the rear cabin, you would realise that the centre overhead bins are the shelf bins, and not pivot bins, since this cabin used to house the Premium Economy section.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 1):
In comparison to the A343, this aircraft felt like it was backed by the power it deserved.

While the last time I took an A343 was more than a decade ago when SQ still had them, I was always amused at how hard the engines were struggling to accelerate our aircraft. I swear I saw the piano keys of the end of the runway before we lifted off for a transpacific flight.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
Let’s start with the bed

Just for your interest, the seats on the 77W, A345 and A380 are all slightly different. The A380 lacks that additional leather piece where your foot is, while the 77W, due to its extra width, has an entire extra side panel and extra legroom.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
My two mini-gripes were the difficulty of finding a good lounging position and the hassle of switching between “seat” and “bed” mode. I ended up lounging in my “bed” while using the frame of seat as a backrest.

Agreed. Not the most comfortable seats to be sitting in for a long time in my opinion... But that's just being picky haha.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
During a brief trip to the bathroom I notice that, once again, there are no paper towels to dry my hands after watching.

Really? There've always been paper towels on my flights. This is an interesting development..

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
I was still addressed by name from each and every one of the new crew members.

They're good at that. I always wonder how they do it. I bet I wouldn't be able to...

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
What a great team!

You're very fortunate! I do feel that the team's general mood is determined by the Inflight Supervisor (Purple Tie/Kebaya) In my experience, the team is always good when the IFS is good, and vice versa.

Once again, thanks for this engaging trip report. I'm glad that everything turned out perfect and as you imagined it to!

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Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:08 am

Well done trip report! Thank for taking the time to create it, and share!
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:18 am

Hi Oliver,

great trip report!

What a special flight and it looks like you've had a great experience. In fact I' m a bit jealous  

I don't understand why Singapore is already phrasing out their A345. Around ten years isn't that old for an airplane right? Does anybody know why they're doing that?

The seat looks great and very comfy in 'bed' mode.

I hope I'll get to do the same one day as you did. The worlds longest flight in Business Class. Sounds great.

Happy flights!
 
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Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:44 pm

Ollie!

Seriously good stuff my friend, well narrated and portrayed, and seen through the eyes of a real aviation enthusiast. Your excitement and dedication to do this, from the start of looking at the possibilities for the booking until stepping out of the plane in EWR, is what I enoyed very much in this report. Who needs mileage runs just for the sake of gaining or keeping status   This was pure ‘planeporn’ just for the sake of the experience, melike 

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I was saving the rest of my miles for a future ticket on Lufthansa First Class

Any ideas yet, a flight on the B748 perhaps?

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I would definitely rate LH%u2019s online services as some of the best in the industry.

LH’s website is indeed very good and functionable. But some other airlines are also on top of this, definitely!

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I could be convinced to do so having taken some good notes and lots of pictures

What does it take to convince you to do so? Please do so?

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a spotlessly clean bathroom full of practical amenities like shavers, mouthwash, moisturisers and shoe horns.

Sounds more like a bathroom in a nice hotel.

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Replacing the hairdryers with some proper Trents did wonders for the aircraft%u2019s general proportions.

You hit the nail on it’s head here. Yep, the Trents offer the much needed boost that the A343 lacks a bit.

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I am not usually a sock wearer on flight

OMG, I don’t want to ask: what do you wear then? Oops, I just did 

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I was soaring through the air at 900 km/h enjoying the world-class service.

Nothing else needed at that point!

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A happy camper with 7:50 hrs to go!

Nice shot!

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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:06 am

Thank you everyone for the wonderful responses and feedback so far! Very much appreciated  


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@Hafiz:

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 6):
A top-notch Trip Report, hands down! The details and food photos are superb. Now I'm mighty envious of you that you got to go on the legendary SQ SIN-EWR flight! When you said that it is a historical flight, I agree with you 110%. Shame that the rest of us no longer have the chance to do what you did  

Thanks so much for wonderful words Hafiz! I wonder if/when/where the next ULH beating out QF 7 SYD-DFW will be launched?

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 6):
Join the club, we have jackets! It's as if the designers of the place banded together to give spotters a hard time spotting. Then again, the SKL in HKG is no better too! Equally windowless and dimly lit.

Please let me know where I can apply for one of these jackets! It really seems odd that SQ missed the ball here a little, especially given the amount of (excellent architectural and design) thought that was put into T3. Unfortunately, given its location, it also doesn't look like much can be done to resolve the situation, though I imagine the lounge will be renovated in the coming ~5 years.

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 6):
Now that's a really lovely gesture from the crew. I guess it is little touches like these that takes one's flight experience to the next level! Furthermore, you even got the crew to have you take a photo with them on their own accord. Usually it's the other way round, isn't it?

You are absolutely right! For one I was (surprisingly) not the one requesting a photo!

Quoting airbusmango (Reply 6):
Once again, thank you taking us along with you for this trip! What made it doubly special is the fact that you flew on a plane that's dwindling in numbers. And triply special that it's with Singapore Airlines. Pity that now we have one less carrier to settle for should we want to catch a flight on board an A345. You got your priceless memories with SQ22 and its crew, and now it's yours to keep forever!

Thanks again Hafiz! Coming from you and following your recent flow of fantastic reports, this means a lot!


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@ saigonhouston:

Quoting saigonhouston (Reply 7):
Thank you for sharing a wonderful trip report on SQ22. I really like your report because it was very cool attitude with neutral tones but yet very details.

Thanks for the feedback! I am glad you enjoyed the format.

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@pokfur:

Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
It always brings a smile to my face when I read of people having such wonderful experiences on my home carrier.

Not only your home carrier my friend, your home country too! I fell in love with Singapore and hope to return some day soon.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
Ok, but I was in Premium Economy and that wasn't anything to rave about...

Now that sounds like an interesting experience. Do you have a report/pictures by any chance?

Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
LOL I literally stopped, got a drink, came back, and carried on reading.

Glad I could provide some quality entertainment  
Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
I jog pretty often too and unlike you, I am actually craving and missing that "blistering Singapore day-time heat"!! It's virtually impossible for me to run out in the cold in Dublin where I am now for my exchange program!!

I guess conditioning and adaptation are the name of the game. I too have found myself "cold weather training" here in Austria and am getting quite good at running through negative celcius. Perhaps I would have just needed a few more days in SIN to practice  
Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
Futuristic?! For real?! Okay.... If you say so.... Hahaha.

Perhaps my perspective was a little skewed having flown in from Boston  
Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
Huh?! Where in the world is this?!?????

I believe it is a T1 garden if my memory serves me correctly...

Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
Just for your interest, the seats on the 77W, A345 and A380 are all slightly different. The A380 lacks that additional leather piece where your foot is, while the 77W, due to its extra width, has an entire extra side panel and extra legroom.

Very interesting and thanks for the insight. Sounds like we have a seasoned SQ Business Class traveller on our hands?  
Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
Really? There've always been paper towels on my flights. This is an interesting development..

I was really, really confused about this as well and checked my notes multiple times to confirm that I had noted their absence on all my SQ flights.

Quoting pokfur (Reply 8):
Once again, thanks for this engaging trip report. I'm glad that everything turned out perfect and as you imagined it to!

Thanks again to you too pokfur!


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@ jmy007:

Quoting jmy007 (Reply 9):
Well done trip report! Thank for taking the time to create it, and share!

Thanks for the thanks! And glad you enjoyed it!

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@ 767mvd:

Quoting 767mvd (Reply 10):
What a special flight and it looks like you've had a great experience. In fact I' m a bit jealous  

It really was! Thanks for the kind words on the report and for reading it to the end!

Quoting 767mvd (Reply 10):
I don't understand why Singapore is already phrasing out their A345. Around ten years isn't that old for an airplane right? Does anybody know why they're doing that?

SQ phased these birds out not because of aircraft age but because they couldn't make the ULH routes work profitably and didn't have a need for the A345s in their fleet otherwise.

There is some excellent (and extensive) conversation in the forums. Check out [url="https://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5928356/"]this recent thread[/url], for example.


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@ sultanils:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):

Ollie!

Seriously good stuff my friend, well narrated and portrayed, and seen through the eyes of a real aviation enthusiast. Your excitement and dedication to do this, from the start of looking at the possibilities for the booking until stepping out of the plane in EWR, is what I enoyed very much in this report. Who needs mileage runs just for the sake of gaining or keeping status   This was pure ‘planeporn’ just for the sake of the experience, melike 

Thanks for the very kind and supportive words sultanils! These too mean a lot as I have been diligently following your current TR series (and of course others in the past) with the same amount of enthusiasm. Haha, you are right in describing this trip and report as true and pure plane porn  

Still looking forward to your OS J-Class experience on the 767 by the way  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
Any ideas yet, a flight on the B748 perhaps?

I am trying to play the game again of maximising time in flight/spent mile. Currently, it looks like Miami is the only contender on my list for a trip that I will have to take any way in the near future. Luckily the route is well-served historically by the A380 and 748, the latter which I had the pleasure of flying on already in economy from FRA-IAD. I would be excited about trying the famed 744 beds too but not sure whether I would take the risk of catching a non-refurbished bird with my golden miles  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
But some other airlines are also on top of this, definitely!

Definitely agreed. I find JetBlue's update web and mobile apps great as well (among others)

Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
What does it take to convince you to do so? Please do so?

Haha, a little more time on my hands perhaps? I will look into doing so soon  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 11):
OMG, I don’t want to ask: what do you wear then? Oops, I just did 

Haha, I usually just keep my shoes on for the flight (and make sure I am wearing a comfy pair)! But I may actually be a sock-convert...I'll have to give them another go  
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:03 pm

http://oliverckhaas.com/tripreports/2013reports/sq22/sq22-video.png

A video of the trip including some clips from taxiing, takeoff, inflight (cabin) and landing is now available on YouTube in 720p resolution at the following link:

18 Hours of Bliss – Trip Video (YouTube)



 
 
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:40 am

Wasuze otya nno Oliver?

After your well designed survey, i was extremely impatient to discover your own impressions about this once in lifetime flight!
You've surely outdone yourself with this publication, so well written and with a constant effort to detail every aspect of this exciting trip! Thank you very much for the great videos too!

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 1):
Now commenced one of my favourite phases of travelling: figuring out how to get to my destination!

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Quoting thegivenone (Reply 1):
I have not written a report on the outbound journey, however, I could be convinced to do so having taken some good notes and lots of pictures

Please yes, you should definitely post it !

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 3):
A happy camper with 7:50 hrs to go!

Ah the infamous gorgeous SQ girls... well done for the pose.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 5):
Only a few few hours prior I had been transposed into it from a cheap shared hostel room in Singapore.

The only best way to enjoy the comfort of the plane   !

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 4):
The certificate commemorating this flight, signed by the entire crew 

How lucky to get this unique souvenir, SQ staff seems beyond shadow of a doubt a way above the competition!

Weebale nnyo Ssebo for sharing

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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:26 am

What a wonderful trip report!

Thanks so much for putting it together.

There are 2 flights I'm really sad I never got to fly on:

1. Concorde between LHR and JFK

2. SQ between SIN and EWR

However, thanks to your trip report I felt like I have experienced it, and that will have to do.

Safe travels to you, Oliver!
 
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Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:26 pm

@eastafspot:

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 14):
You've surely outdone yourself with this publication, so well written and with a constant effort to detail every aspect of this exciting trip! Thank you very much for the great videos too!

Weebale nnyo for the wonderful words! I am humbled to see you have been following my posts -- unfortunately, the full-featured website for my personal trip reports that I was planning to develop from the outcomes of the survey would have gone against forum rules (no linking to/promoting personal pages in trip reports). Thus, I worked hard to prepare a clear and engaging format that fits within the Airliners.net forum structure. I am glad you liked the outcome!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 14):
Please yes, you should definitely post it !

A few people have responded to this, so I may look into putting together at least a mini-report  

Thanks again for the kind words! Any interesting trips planned on your end? I noticed on your YouTube channel that you have flown on FastJet -- do you have any reviews up from the experience?


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@Thai744:

Thanks for the kind words -- I really appreciate them!

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 15):
However, thanks to your trip report I felt like I have experienced it, and that will have to do.

This, and a desire to document the trip for my own records, where the main goals of this report. I am glad these were achieved  
Quoting Thai744 (Reply 15):
1. Concorde between LHR and JFK

2. SQ between SIN and EWR

I would have loved to have tried out the Concorde -- I still can't imagine crossing the Atlantic in that short a time! I am also trying to figure out what other "monumental" flights to include on the bucket list. There are a whole lists of airlines, cabins and routes that I would love to give a try, but nothing record-breaking. The United Island Hopper has become a recent object of fascination...let's see what comes of that  
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:58 am

What a lovely report! Like many here, this was one of my "dream" flights that I didn't get to fly on.

62.5k miles seems like a good bang for the buck actually! And this is probably one of the flights you will be sharing with your friends (and kids) in the years to come!

The timing of the second meal does seem a tad too early.

So it was 2 full meals and a snack course? If I recall a post here correctly, SQ used to offer 3 full meal services on this flight but down-gauged it towards the end.. could be either that the pax feedbacked that there was just too much food or SQ had been cost cutting. Did the food suffice?

I generally found the appetisers and main courses on my SQ flights in all 3 cabins excellent but I never liked their desserts. Somehow they always seemed to be boring puddings or ice-cream. I like neither. I'm more of a cake and pastry person! How were the dessert courses in both meal services on the flights?

Thanks for sharing!

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 1):
While I can’t remember the captain’s name it appears that he was from a spanish speaking country.

He could be a Singaporean Eurasian- one of Singapore's many minority ethnic groups but a prominent one at that.. they were among the early settlers in modern Singapore i.e. from the 19th century.. many have Spanish-sounding names

Quoting 767mvd (Reply 10):
I don't understand why Singapore is already phrasing out their A345. Around ten years isn't that old for an airplane right? Does anybody know why they're doing that?

SQ's policy has always been to keep their fleet young.. they get rid of their planes around 10 years actually. They're usually sold to other carriers. They've done this with their jumbos in the past too.

The other issue was that this route wasn't making much money with the exorbitant fuel costs primarily. So they didn't find another suitable aircraft to replace their A345s at the 10 year mark, like perhaps the 772LR since the A345s are discontinued by Airbus.
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:22 am

Hello Oliver,

An amazing report. I love the professional look and organization! Reading reports like this one makes me want to fly with Singapore Airlines even more; I am amazed by the service from the flight attendants. It’s so nice to see how the entire crew was able to sign your certificate, along with the notes and little drawings!

What a great experience you had on a historic flight – I’m definitely jealous   Thanks so much for typing up this report; it’s great that we’re in the digital age where all these now-historic flights can be so well documented!

- Ytraveller
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:31 am

I have never noticed use of paper towel in SQ J. It usually the cloth towel i use and dispose it in the garbage.
 
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RE: 18 Hours Of Bliss – SQ22 SIN-EWR (Pics + Vids)

Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:46 pm

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 16):
Thus, I worked hard to prepare a clear and engaging format that fits within the Airliners.net forum structure. I am glad you liked the outcome!

Congrats for that!

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 16):
so I may look into putting together at least a mini-report  

Great idea!

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 16):
Any interesting trips planned on your end? I noticed on your YouTube channel that you have flown on FastJet -- do you have any reviews up from the experience?

yes, here:
Rwandair,FastJet,Air Tanzania: JNB-KGL/MWZ-DAR-TKQ (by eastafspot Feb 17 2013 in Trip Reports)

A few TRs have to be published indeed: SN465 in Y, BA A380 in J from JNB ...etc
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