Welcome to the fifth and final installment of my series of trip reports.
1. CMB SIN - SQ469 - Airbus A330-300 - 02 Sep 2018 - Follow this link 2. SIN CGK - SQ956 - Airbus A350-900 - 02 Sep 2018 - Follow this link 3. CGK DPS - XT7514 - Airbus 320-200 - 02 Sep 2018 - Follow this link 4. DPS SIN - SQ943 - Boeing 787-10 - 08 Sep 2018 - Follow this link 5. SIN CMB - SQ468 - Airbus A330-300 - 08 Sep 2018 - You are here.
So we arrived at T3 and we have six more hours until our next flight departs from T2. We decided that we should clear immigration and go visit the Merlion Park but before that we headed to the Butterfly garden since we are already in Terminal 3.
Some spotting near our arrival gate…
These A gates are used for A380 superjumbos.
Silverkris Lounge in Terminal 3. We are not going there today.
After that we moved to the Terminal 2 to clear immigration.
An A350 at Gate F50.
Towards immigration counters…
Immigration was a breeze as its the norm at Changi. The lady officer inquired about my travel plans as I had written "Transit" as my address in Singapore and she reminded me to come back early, not to miss the flight :)
Next we had to take the MRT, The airport station is located two levels below the arrival hall.
Land side transfers to the newly built T4.
T4 Departures FIDS.
T4 Terminal Information.
Changi Airport MRT Station.
After transferring to the main Green Line at Tanah Merah, our MRT journey to Raffles Park took 15-20 mins.
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, known as the father of the Modern Singapore.
View of the Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum and the Singapore Flyer from the Merlion Park.
Merlion statue. The park was really crowded since it was a Saturday evening.
We were back at the airport after 2 hours.
Towards the departure hall.
T2 Departure Hall.
Premium Check-in lanes of SQ.
FAST (Fast and Seamless Travel) Check-in kiosks and baggage drop counters.
We have given the farthest gate of Concourse F.
It was time to hit the lounge to get refreshed and relax.
The lounge was not crowded at this hour.
First I went to the shower room as I was sweating after walking around in hot and humid conditions.
A well stocked washroom. No pictures of the shower room, sorry!
Standard buffet with choices of Indian, Chinese and Western food was on offer.
Our boarding passes.
45 mins prior to the departure, FIDS showed that Gate is open for our flight. We left the lounge as we had to walk to the end of the concourse.
Last spotting shots of this trip.
It took about 10 mins for us to reach the gate and boarding began right on time just as we cleared security.
Boarding passes scanned and then we walked straight to the aircraft.
Business class cabin was about 80% full today.
View from our window.
Oshibori and welcome drinks were offer. I went for champagne while Mrs. settled for OJ. The flight attendant Prearisa also confirmed our Book the Cook orders.
Menu for our flight.
One jet bridge was removed early and some late passengers were boarded through J class. Nonetheless, push back was right on time. There was a sense of urgency to send off this late night flight as quickly as possible.
Safety video is being played while we taxi.
Latest addition to the SilkAir fleet. Boeing 737max8 with the honours of MBA :P
We lined up behind BA16 to LHR for take off.
Take off after 15mins behind scheduled departure time.
Post departure drinks were offered after seat belt sign went off.
My Singapore Sling while awaiting the Hot Chocolate for Mrs.
Tonight's Entertainment is Ah Boys to Men 4, the last part of a Singaporean comedy film series about their National Service experiences.
Meanwhile the dinner service started with each course served separately.
Scallops were served as the starter. As a shellfish lover I had nothing to complain.
Garlic bread to accompany the meal.
We both had Classic Lobster Thermidor from the BtC menu and it tasted great.
By this time we were full and asked the crew to only bring one plate of dessert to share between us.
Prearisa came around cabin around few times to check whether everyone is comfortable and also delivered the A350 model I ordered online from Krisshop. As she asked whether I need anything else, I settled for another Singapore Sling.
We were above the Indian Ocean and had about 2 hours to land so I decided to visit the galley and have a chat with the crew.
The crew was really enthusiastic. Flight attendant Prearisa is from Northern Thailand, it was first time I met a Thai cabin crew in SQ. Senior steward Chng Kieng and In-flight supervisor Kwong were also serving the business class. This is one of the longest flights for them to serve both onward and return sectors. Being a red eye flight actually ease the workload as most passengers tend to have a nap after the meal service or even skip it altogether to have a good sleep. According to them the toughest one is the return flight to Hong Kong during day hours which they jokingly referred to as a "black eye" flight. They in fact thanked me for coming to have chat and keep them awake during these late hours of the day.
After chatting with the crew I returned to my seat for the descent. No more photos were taken as I was really tired after a long day. We landed 15 mins ahead of the schedule and after thanking the crew, quickly exited the aircraft to avoid long queues at the immigration. There was a moderate line at the counters but we manage to clear it in 5-10 minutes. After taking the baggage which were already at the belt when we reached there we took an airport cab to go home.
That brings us to the end of this series of trip reports. Thanks for reading!
Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge / Business Class Section
Singapore - SIN
Colombo - CMB
Yet another pleasant flight with Singapore Airlines. The ground staff made sure that flight left Changi on time and it caused the flight to arrive early in Colombo which is great for a late night flight. The cabin was comfortable as usual and the food was delicious. The cabin crew was exceptional in their service being friendly and efficient taking care of every passenger. Hope to fly again with SQ soon!
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