Hello! I'm back with reports and this is a series of several flights because this is my round-trip between Jakarta and Istanbul using Singapore Airlines. In case you haven't read the previous sectors, here are the links to the reports.
Flight Number: SQ952 Origin Airport: Changi International Airport - Singapore (IATA: SIN/ICAO: WSSS), Terminal 2 Destination Airport: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport - Jakarta, Indonesia (IATA: CGK/ICAO: WIII), Terminal 2
Departure time information are given in Singapore Standard Time (UTC+08.00) Standard Time of Departure: 0740 hrs Actual Time of Departure: 0813 hrs Departure time information are given in Western Indonesian Time (UTC+07.00) Standard Time of Arrival: 0825 hrs Actual Time of Arrival: 0836 hrs
Aircraft Registration Number: 9V-SYJ (MSN 33374) Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-312 Aircraft Age: 13 years (delivered January 2005)
On the previous sector, I was flying from Istanbul overnight where the link is already available above. Due to strong tailwinds, the flight lasted for only 9.5 hours, in comparation to the outbound sector of the same route which takes 11 hours. The flight was well 30 minutes earlier than schedule, so it's a pretty good news since the flight from Istanbul arrives at T3 while my connecting flight to Jakarta departs from T2, so it gives us ample time to switch terminals via Skytrain service.
Not so many long-haul flights on display this morning on the T2 FIDS. Most of them are regional flights served by MI, TR, MH, and SQ itself. My flight, SQ952 is assigned to gate E8 which is the furthest gate possible within the E concourse of T2.
Still retains the best quality despite it's aging. Like fine wine, it gets better with age.
Passing by gate E5, it's been assigned to SQ956 which is another flight to CGK but departs a bit later into the day. You can see that there's a change of plans for UA2 to SFO, which currently ranks 7th in the longest flights to ever traverse the earth's surface
Boarding was very punctual
Down we go the airbridges
On duty today is Sierra-Yankee-Juliet
I'm sitting at 54K, which is at the very rear of the aircraft, on the right side of the fuselage.
Got to my seat in no time at all as I'm among the first to board the aircraft. Economy class boarding was done in boarding groups, the first one to board are the ones sitting in the rear.
Very adequate legroom for today's flight
Early morning activity in Singapore Changi T2. My aircraft is parked next to a Scoot Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which is registered as 9V-OJE. Within a few hours it'll be departing to Sydney Kingsford Smith Intl. (YSSY/SYD) as TR12.
Still with the Christmas feeling to it
The older generation IFE as well as the user's guide to the remote control
Safety instruction card is of good state
All passengers are seated, doors are closing and we're preparing for pushback. This unit also already displays the latest safety video by Singapore Airlines. And I really like it:)
Sporting the red-eye hour activities! Some movements from Silk Air (MI) and Scoot (TR), both of them are subsidiaries of the Singapore Airlines Group.
9V-STB, a 9-year old younger sibling from the SQ family checks in for duty this morning as it'll depart for Juanda Intl. Airport in Surabaya, East Java Province, Indonesia (WARR/SUB) as SQ930.
Some of the other SQ counterparts however, are still sleeping…
More of T2
JA885A, a 1-year old pretty ANA 787-9 Dreamliner is also checking in for duty this morning, departing as NH842 to Haneda Intl. Airport (RJTT/HND). Please pray that I'll get the chance of flying on the Dreamliner soon! They're a common sight now and has multiple operators bringing it in to my homebase in CGK but I still haven't got the opportunity to fly on one, though:(
A CX B777 is sleeping, be quiet!
Speaking of CX, which now has moved its operations base in Changi Airport to the brand new and state-of-the-art Terminal 4. In this picture, the furthest gate on the left, gate G1 is the exact gate where I'll be landing the following month on an Indonesia AirAsia (QZ) flight from Bandung. Stay tuned because I'm working on the report on QZ and Changi T4 and can't wait to share it with all of you!
What could be better than a flight that's perfectly on schedule? Kudos to the Changi Airport ops division for making sure every flight is on their track perfectly, even during critical hours like this morning! It's really saddening to see that punctuality is disappearing from my home airport as it gets overcrowded and more schedules are being screwed up each day.
We have liftoff!
In Singapore, we're battling against the rising level of seawater! Rising sea surface levels pose as a serious threat for cities like Jakarta and Singapore as they are coastal cities and are relatively, thoroughly flat in terms of contour. The highest point in Singapore is only around 170 metres ASL and in Jakarta it only gets to 86 metres ASL.
Within no time at all we're above Indonesian territory, precisely Batam Island which happens to be one of Singapore's most important neighbours apart from Johor Bahru in Malaysia. It lies 16 kilometres south of Singapore, just separated by a strait. I've been there and there's not much to see because it's overwhelmingly industrial.
Hot meal on only an hour of flight is joy for the passengers, but can be challenging for the flight attendants. These guys on board are demanded to ensure the passenger's wellbeing and also ensuring their rights to meal service. Some short-haul Indonesian domestic routes such as CGK-DPS also demands efficiency and good time management from the cabin crew as they must serve hot meals during flights of 90 minutes, with a big portion of the flights are operated with wide-body jets like A330 and the B777. Today's meal for breakfast is egg frittata with potato wedges and a chicken sausage.
A perfect combination of the magnificent weather, the beautiful wing-flex of the B777, and the view over the islands of Bangka Belitung to compliment the breakfast service this morning.
30 minutes of dining time and we're done
I was seldom asleep during the previous sector from IST to SIN. A good 2-hour nap was all I did so this flight really embraces the meaning of a "red-eye hour" flight because honestly, my eyes were really red. After completing the meal I fell asleep almost instantaneously and all of a sudden this came into my eyes
Yep, the first contact of the landing gears woke me up from the "power nap". What a way to be welcomed back in my home country. A Qatari B787-8 is taxiing as well, right behind us.
Taxiing was very short and the aircraft entered T2's apron almost immediately after exiting the runway. a MH B737-800 registered as 9M-MXA which is sporting MH's retro colours is docked at T2 before getting ready to return to its base in KUL.
Making my way out of the plane, passing through the front row economy seats..
The iconic and bulky business seats of the 773 fleet
The "freshened look" of the T2 International Arrival Area. Well, it's a bit of improvement from the old-fashioned and dull previous scheme.
I don't really get what these balloons are for
That concludes the report of this trip! Thank you for your kind attention!
Singapore - SIN
Jakarta - CGK
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