After arriving from Manila, it was time to continue onto the next sector to Auckland, NZ. At the time of booking, I was originally going to take the SQ285 flight on the newer B777-300ER, however it was fully booked in Economy Class. Therefore, I booked the morning flight instead.
Departure The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 8:50AM, however there was a delay announced and that departure was re-timed to 9:35AM
I decided to do a bit of plane spotting to pass the time
SQ B777-300 in the distance
The aircraft that will be used for the flight to Auckland, registration 9V-SVH
Onboard SQ281 (SIN-AKL)
Unlike the SQ285 night flight, this aircraft does not feature the new Economy Class. However, this particular seat felt more comfortable as there was not only a recline button, but also a lumbar support button that can be adjusted to your preferences.
Although pushback was on-time, the taxi to the runway took almost 30 minutes due to congestion around Changi Airport. Looking from out the window, there were more than 7 planes ahead of our flight waiting for takeoff. Eventually, we were on the way to Auckland.
Meal Service Soon after the seatbelt sign was turned off, the flight attendants began preparations for breakfast service. The Asian Option was Rice Vermicelli while the International Option was Omelette with potatoes and sausage.
Overall, a tasty meal.
KrisWorld IFE The IFE system was gate-to-gate, however there was no sound coming from the headsets. At first, I thought my headset was broken, but other passengers around me noticed the same thing with theirs. Eventually, the crew turned off the IFE during the lengthy taxi and managed to successfully re-activate it when the seatbelt was turned off after takeoff.
6.5 inch screen with old generation KrisWorld
IFE content was good, though not as extensive as on the newer Y class.
Cabin Crew The cabin crew were professional and friendly. However, one of my requests for a drink was somewhat forgotten and I had to ask again after about 15 minutes. Aside from that minor inconvenience, the crew attended to passengers' needs promptly and efficiently. They offered water and juice every 25 minutes and kept scanning the cabin frequently for anyone needing anything.
Before Touch-Down It was starting to get dark as we get closer to Auckland.
A couple of hours before landing, the cabin crew served another meal
For the second meal service, there was an choice of either pork with rice or fish fillet with potatoes
Ice Cream was served after the meal
Descent and Arrival It was already past midnight local time when we began our descent into AKL International.
Parked at gate at 12:45AM
Singapore - SIN
Auckland - AKL
Seat comfort was actually better than the new Economy Class, I didn't have much problems with sleep for parts of the flight.
IFE selection is pretty good. However, it was a little inconvenient that the crew shut it off during the long taxi and didn't turn it back on until after takeoff. I didn't really mind too much though as there was no sound coming from the IFE, which makes sense to restart it. The size of the screen was a little small and the quality is poor as well.
Cabin Service was very good. Besides the fact that one of the crew members forgot my request for apple juice, they were all proactive, friendly and efficient throughout the flight.
Meals were also good, nothing much to complain about. I didn't see the crew come around with Light Bites but that was maybe because I was asleep when that happened.
Overall, a nice flight onboard Singapore Airlines. It's a little sad that they discontinued this particular flight and replaced it with Air New Zealand because of their alliance. However, I do hope to fly NZ on this route and see how their product compares to SQ when I have the opportunity to.
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