It has been a long awaited dream to start writing a trip report. However, due to certain time based complications, I was unable to engage in this hobby. Nevertheless, it is with great delight that I am writing my first trip on Singapore Airlines - one of my top most favourite carriers in the industry. Having flown my first flight on the airline in 1996, at the age of four, to Singapore, I have developed a strong love and attachment to fly in the airline. Before, I go on with the report, I would like to thank my good friend Gavin Leow (Flight Travels/RvXkaz) for having inspired me with his wonderful & mesmerizing pictures, videos & trip reports. Therefore, I would like to dedicate my first report to him, as a token of appreciation. This one is for you Gavin. :)
As this trip was completed 3 years back, I apologize as I do not have a vivid memory of the entire experience. Nevertheless, I will try to explain as much as I can remember. Most of which, I will let the pictures do the talking. :)
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is no stranger to Airline netters. It is one of the most acclaimed and most loved airlines in the world. ‘’An airline where nothing could go wrong’’. Flying with SIA, is just more than getting to your final destination. The flight itself is a huge excitement itself. So as it was for me. The end of 2012 was nearing. By that time, I had finished my A Levels (Diploma) in my home country - The Maldives, and was preparing to look for a substantial career option. Like every other Maldivian youth, I wanted to pursue my higher studies abroad. After several months of hunting for a scholarship & academic based loans, I was blessed with the opportunity to study in Singapore. As my course was starting on the 24th of September, I had to fly to Singapore as soon as possible. With excitement building up and adrenaline rushing, I was in charge of selecting the carrier I want to fly with. With no doubts of course, I chose Singapore Airlines. The one way fare was approximately at US$300+ which was surprising for SQ. Fares from Maldives are usually more than US$650+ (Return).
Map of Maldives
Maldives is made up of 1000+ islands. Out of which, 300 islands are inhabited by located, 100 are given for resorts, and the remaining are totally uninhabited. Male’ Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is located on one of these islands called Hulhule’. It is between Male’ (the capital city) and Hulhumale’ (the reclaimed, residential city of the Maldives). As it is detached from the capital city, one has to take a ferry to reach to the airport. A 10 minute ride costing MVR 10 US$1 (price during that time), gets you to the airport in no time.
Singapore Airlines (SQ461) at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Source:goingawesomeplaces.com)
SIA operates two flights to the Maldives - SQ 461/462 in the Afternoon & SQ451/452 in the evening. SQ 461 arrives at 1210hrs and departs Male’ at 1420hrs. SQ451 arrives at 2210 and departs Male’ at 2325. SQ 461 arrive Singapore in the evening, whereas SQ 451 arrives Singapore during daylight hours. The latter is a pure red-eye light. Both flights give access to the airline’s connecting destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Beijing and Tokyo (to name some popular connecting destinations from Maldives). SQ has been operating to Maldives since 1984 (if I am not wrong). Both flights were operated by A330 (at that point of time). However, during the start of 2015, both of these flights were operated by B777-200ERs. It has also become a premium carrier among fellow Maldivians, for trips to Singapore, Australia & the New Zealand. For most of us, flying on SIA Economy is like flying First Class on any other airline. It is that good. On the 19th of September, I arrived at the airport at 2100hrs, with sheer anticipation.
Unlike many other parts of the world, Male’ airport is very different. It has one single runway, and houses one main terminal for international flights. This is where all international flights depart. Be it a premium carrier like Emirates, Singapore Airlines or a budget airline like Fly Dubai, Tiger Air. Everyone gets to say Goodbye to Maldives from here. (There is also a separate terminal for domestic flights, a kilometer away on the same island).
The airport seemed to be fairly empty. There were very few people as far as I can remember. At that period, the tourist season had not begun, which explains the reason for this. Even for the SIA check-in counter, this applied as well. There was absolutely no one at the counters. Two counters were opened for Economy Class. Therefore, check-in was done very effectively. Luggages tagged & boarding passes printed out. We were then on our way to the boarding gate.
FDIS for the Late Evening - Not Busy:
Check-In Desks for SIA:
I was shocked to see how empty Male’ airport was. Few people, two or three aircrafts, a handful airport staff loitering around. It reminded me of a football stadium after the match is over. It was a far-cry from what I see today (2015). Anyways, the best part is that it allows a smooth and fast boarding process. I could not remember the exact timings (apologies). Boarding was called in no matter, and there was a small beeline formed towards the gate. As my father was travelling with me, we both decided to wait until the entire beeline went off to their respective hives (seats), to facilitate an easier boarding process. Soon, we were off. One of the best things in Male’ is that you get to walk all the way to your aircraft, if weather conditions agree to do so. Tonight was such a night. We had a stroll to our magnificent A330-300 which would be taking us all the way to South-East Asia - Awesomeness. We then boarded through stairs.
We are finally boarding!
I was greeted by one female and a male cabin crew, who directed me and my father to seat. Both of them were friendly and had a smile on their face, which creates a sense of warm welcome on the plane. The hospitality was going to be warm tonight, unlike the cabin temperature which was inspired by the North Pole. Yes, it was very cold onboard, which I like. I was assigned 31A for the evening. ‘’The New Economy Class. WOW!’’ I whispered to myself. A hygienically packed blanket and a pillow greeted me on my arrival at my seat. An IFE screen was just right in front of me. Everything was comfortable & good enough. What more can you expect in Y? ? Tonight’s flight was going to be a medium haul - 4 hours & 15 minutes. As doors were soon closed, the quintessential SQ routine followed. Hot towels were handed out, followed by menus and a special surprise - A Glass of Water. As far as I can remember there was a slight delay, which explains the sudden appearance of this beverage.
My Seat - 31A.
Economy Class Cabin - A330:
Water is Served!
Drink Service after Take-Off - No Nuts (maybe cause its a midnight flight?):
Headsets were also handed out:
Tonight’s meal service involved a Supper Service. No matter how fattening suppers can be, who doesn’t love it? It’s a treat to one’s own-self. ? The Supper Service had two options - A Beef dish cooked in a Western Style & a Chicken dish prepared in an Asian style. The nature of choice explains as most of the passengers were of Asian & Australian origin. Well done SIA! (Y) I also noticed that all meals served on flights to Maldives are Halal. It is not stated on the menu like Emirates, Sri Lankan & Qatar, but the choices leave to one’s imagination. No surprise, as Maldives is a Muslim country.
We took off from the single runway, half an hour before midnight. As far as I can remember, it was a powerful takeoff, which was followed by several turbulences. However, 15 minutes after takeoff, everything was back to normal and service was started. A Drink Service on a tray was conducted. However, only two options were available. You can have Beer or the healthy option Orange Juice. I picked up the latter. This seemed to be an inferior version of the standard SQ drinks service. Normally, a full cart comes on display with a packet of peanuts. This was absent from tonight’s flight - maybe because it is a red-eye flight, and everyone wanted to sleep. Two minutes after that, headsets were distributed.
Everything was happening very fast on the plane. After sometime, the meal carts made their appearance. I chose the Chicken where as my father picked the beef. I am always a fan of rice. Be it anything, appetizer, main course, or desert, as long as rice is in, I am totally for it. The meal tray had all of SQ stuff except for cheese & crackers. The Seafood appetizer was nice, so as the Asian chicken option which was cooked to perfection. The rice was soft, whilst the chicken melted in my mouth. It was not something too spicy nor too over bearing. Just light & nice. I also enjoyed the desert which was something very different from the norm. Change is good, sometimes. ? Everything was carried out very well. The cabin crews were professional and handled every request very carefully. They were very right for their job. After the meal service, lights were switched off to allow passengers to sleep.
Menu for the Flight:
Whats on Offer for Tonight:
Meal is Served. Sir, Would you like to have the ''Beef with potatoes'' or ''Chicken with rice''?
The Beef Option:
The Chicken Option:
Main Course - Chicken:
Cabin After the Meal Service:
Obligatory Lavatory Visit:
Having been awake for most of the day, I fell asleep for the next 3 hours. I did not engage in the IFE system much. I woke up a minute before the lights came up for landing. The cabin crew passed another round of hot towels and conducted a drink service on a tray (orange juice or plain water). This was good as it made the passengers feel fresh for the arrival. I couldn’t take a picture of the hot towel (Apologies again).
We landed around 7:10am, which was just nice as per the scheduled time. We taxied to the gate and dis-embarked within a short period of time. Singapore Changi Airport is very efficient and effective. One of the nicest airports I have been to. After passports were chopped and my ICA letter shown to the immigration officer, I was allowed to enter Singapore as a student. :)
Good Morning! :)
Pre-Arrival Drink - Orange Juice:
Cabin Shot before Landing:
Landing in Singapore:
Welcome to Singapore!
Dis-Embarkation - Singapore Changi Airport:
It has been 3 years since this trip happened. At the time of writing of this trip report, I have finally submitted all of my assignments and I am currently anticipating my results. Time surely does pass fast. Haha!
I would like to thank immensely for taking valuable time of yours to read this trip report. The lack of a proper camera and the first attempt to write a trip report, it led way for many shortcomings, which I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I do appreciate your feedback of any kind and all suggestions are welcomed.
I also assure you that more trip reports are on its way.
Thank you very much & wishing you a great week ahead. :D
Kind regards, Jailam.
Malé - MLE
Singapore - SIN
Singapore Airlines is one of the world's finest airlines. They are rated as a five star, and offers a premium product in all classes. Male', Maldives is one of their several destinations, which has gained a huge reputation among holiday-makers and businesses alike. Their high standard and quality of service is envisage on this four (4) hour red-eye flight from Male' to Singapore. I had no complains, as per the flight. Everything from check-in to boarding to in-flight service to landing was done immaculately. I had a pleasant flight, like how they say at the end of the safety video. Moreover, the plane ambiance & service is designed to keep you refreshed and wide-awake for your upcoming journey/holiday. Such was the case for me too. I would rate SIA as an excellent carrier, and will always choose them to fly, if financial and situational circumstances allow me to me do so. :)
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