First of all here are a few pictures of an eventful Saturday in Manchester.
If you don't need to see everything (Museums and so on), one or two days are enough to see the most important and famous sights of Manchester. Overall Manchester is a very beautiful city, with some new and old parts and with the tram system you get to almost every point very easy.
Now let's talk about the important thing, the return flight. Manchester Airport has 3 Terminals, SQ operates from Terminal 2 so we got there by hotel shuttle. By the way, I guess every MAN Airport hotel offers a free hotel shuttle which drives to every terminal. You can even call them from the MAN tram station to pick you up within just a few minutes.
Check in counters of Singapore Airlines are located on the first floor and easy to find, no worries here. There were a few counters but no passengers to check in, so check in was finished very quickly. Going through the security check to the departure gates is completed in just a few minutes. Like at every airport there were a lot of duty free shops as well as restaurants We took a break and watched around Terminal 2, there were a lot of duty free shops and some restaurants - like at every Airport.
The Queen of the skies Virgin Atlantic B747 gets prepeared for her departure to Orlando
Arriving at our gate and the first look at todays SQ B777-300ER
Airframe Details: Registration: 9V-SWP / B777-300ER First Flight: April 2008 Deliverd: 11. Apr 2008 (just a few weeks older than the aircraft the day before)
Scheduled departure: 09:10am | Actual departure: 09:30am Scheduled arrival: 12:15pm | Actual arrival: 12:10pm
The flight from Munich arrived on time but boarding began about 30min later than scheduled. I'm not sure but I think that SQ wanted to wait longer in Manchester because of a busy Terminal 2 in Munich. Although we arrived on time, we still had to wait about 10min until we were able to get to the gate in Munich. Boarding was finished very quickly because there were almost no passengers, let's say only 40-50 people overall. But we had a lot of freight (thermal insulation) in the belly.
Line up on runway 24R
American Airlines B767 and bye bye Manchester
Take off video from Manchester
We headed south and after Manchester complete South-England was under some very thick clouds.
Shortly after seat belt signs switched off the crew prepared the breakfast. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the meal but it was almost the same sandwich like on the MUC-MAN sector the day before. Not bad at all. Second service, only drinks of course, was about 45min before arrival. Here is the full menu card for SQ327 from Manchester to Singapore via Munich.
Some pictures of the cabin
Awesome seat pitch
Flight was very uneventful and calm. I chose to read a little and watched some short movies about Singapore, the Singapore F1 Grand Prix on the inflight entertainment system.
Descending from flight level
Munich with runway 26R is in sight
And there we are, back home again
Waiting for our gate KLM taxiing for departure to Amsterdam
Parkposition next to Air Malta and Air China
Manchester - MAN
Munich - MUC
In conclusion I have to say that it was a great experience and a perfect weekendtrip. It really worth to fly with Singapore Airlines to Manchester and do some sightseeing and to find out how SQ would be on long haul flights. Singapore Airlines has a great cabin crew, everyone was smileing and very friendly, you definitely feel welcome.
Last but not least a few words about the parking situation at Munich. The price for one night is about 30€ - but 10min away from the terminal, which can be reached by a free shuttle bus - something you expect for that price. Terminalparking would have been about twice as expensive - about 65€. Overall very expensive no doubt about that.
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