Review of Singapore Airlines flight Sydney Singapore in Economy

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ 232
Class Economy
Seat 78K
Aircraft Airbus A380-800
Flight time 08:35
Take-off 10 Jul 16, 11:00
Arrival at 10 Jul 16, 17:35
SQ   #10 out of 72 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 647 reviews
TerryYong
By 1853
Published on 18th July 2016
Went to a farmers' market on the outskirts of town. Carriageworks Market, near Redfern Train Station. Really fresh fruits, vege and meat, as well as a variety of food stalls.

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Home-made ice-cream from one of the stalls was delish!!

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After 3 days of gloomy and wet weather, the sun finally peeked out on the last day.

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Had another seafood feast on the final later afternoon at the fish market.

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On the last evening in Sydney, there was a fireworks display at Darling Harbour. This is a weekly Saturday event for some periods of the year. Nice way to end the short trip!

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Early on the day of departure, took the train back to the airport again. Would be flying on the 11am flight back to SIN, which is the 2nd of 5x daily SQ flights from SYD-SIN. A but of wait for check-in at the economy counters due to the full flight and that 2 flights were being checked in at the same time. The later flight would just be 2hrs after our departure.

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Boarding pass issued.

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Immigration was quick due to the use of SmartGates, but security was long. After finally clearing pass security, ended up in the Duty-Free shopping hall. Decided to skip duty-free shopping as the flight would be boarding very soon and it would be a long trek to the gate.

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Some plane spotting. Interestingly, there is an Australian Air Force A330 parked at the gate.

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X-Men liveried AirAsia X A330!

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This B773ER had just arrived earlier as SQ231 and would be operating as SQ222 back later in the afternoon. Our flight would be the A380 parked beside but not in clear view.

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Boarding has already started when we reached the gate.

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10 July 2016
Singapore Airlines
SQ 232
Sydney (SYD) - Singapore (SIN)
A380-800
9V-SKF
Economy Class
Flight Time: 7H57M



Boarding the whale.

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Would be seated at the small upper deck economy cabin. Passed through Business Class while boarding.

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Economy cabin with the less new economy seats. It would be a totally full flight in economy today, which loads of passengers returning from their holiday break.

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Seatback with earphones already pre-set.

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First impression of the cleanliness of the aircraft was not too favourable, with a small meal casserole, muffin wrapper and used paper towel in the seat pocket….. This is not what I would have expected from SQ! Alerted a steward who cleared them with apologies. As the upper deck seats has additional stowage at the window, I had initially wanted to keep the blankets in there, but when opening, found some dried coffee/tea/dunno what are those stains in it…. (forgot to take a photo of it as I was totally grossed out) Yucks!! Aircraft cabin cleanliness is definitely lacking here!!

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Scoot B789 arriving from SIN.

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IFE interface, No touchscreen monitors on the older IFE system.

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Hot towels and menus distributed, and we were pushed back slightly behind schedule.




X-Men AirAsiaX taxiing for departure ahead of us.

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Starting the long taxi to Rwy16L.

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Departure from Rwy16L.

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Nice view of the Sydney CBD during the climb out. And the sun is finally gloriously shining!

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Video of the departure.




Amenity kits were distributed.

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Followed by bar service, where I ordered a Singapore Sling to go with the peanuts.

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Visit to the lavatory

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Cruising over the Australian desert. We would be taking a northerly route today.

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Meal service on this flight would be a lunch as refreshment. 2 choices for lunch.

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Meal tray delivered. Meal tray consisted of a starter, main, roll with butter, cheese and crackers. I had an orange juice with the meal. Chose the beef stroganoff.

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Turkey with pasta salad and warm roll

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Cheese and crackers

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Beef stroganoff. It was ok for airplane food.

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A no-brand Magnum wannabe-looking ice-cream bar was distributed later.

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As the crew had run out of the chicken option when they reached my row, and my travel partner was unable to take beef, the crew managed to salvage the situation by getting other choices from Business Class. Ended up he got a casserole of seafood noodles, but of course dished onto an economy casserole.

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Ending the meal with a cup of tea.

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After lunch service ended, we were 2.5hrs into the flight.

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Caught the movie "Batman vs Superman" and bored myself to sleep for a couple of hours.

When I woke up, we were somewhere over the ocean.

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View of the economy upper deck cabin.

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Refreshment was served 2hrs before arrival. Here is the refreshment menu.

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Refreshment service in progress.

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Chose the beef meatball penne.

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The pasta was actually rather tasty.

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Stir-fried vermicelli with chicken was not bad as well.

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Somewhere over Borneo

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We soon started descending into Singapore, but due to traffic, had to fly a couple of circles and S-courses.

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Final approach and landing onto Rwy20R, right on schedule.

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Video of full approaching till landing.




Parked at Terminal 3 and disembarked. A company A330 beside.

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And the whale that flew me back.

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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

8.5/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi8.5
Meal/catering8.5

Sydney - SYD

8.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

Singapore - SIN

9.3/10
Efficiency9.5
Access8.5
Services9.5
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

It was again a pleasant flight on SQ. Even though the seats may not be as comfortable as the new generation of seats and IFE not was wonderful, the economy product on the A380, coupled with the consistently good service, is still ranked among the tops for economy travel.

Information on the route Sydney (SYD) Singapore (SIN)

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