Review of Singapore Airlines flight Sydney Singapore in Economy

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ220
Class Economy
Seat 60K
Aircraft Boeing 747-400
Flight time 07:00
Take-off 25 Jun 07, 08:00
Arrival at 25 Jun 07, 13:00
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koresh
By SILVER 2364
Published on 2nd February 2019
Trip Report : Sydney - Singapore on Singapore Airlines

Flight Details:
Airlines: Singapore Airlines
Flight : SQ 220 SYD-SIN
Reg : 9V-SMZ
Aircraft: Boeing 747-412
Dep - SYD : 8.05
Arr - SIN : 14.25
Flight time : 7 hours, 50 minutes
Distance : 6,305 kilometers or 3,404 nautical miles.

Introduction

This trip report is from a flight in June 2007. In those days, Singapore Airlines's jewel of the crown was the Boeing 747-400. Airbus SQ's A380's inaugural Sydney flight was to be start in Oct. I was travelling with family to Mumbai. Had 5 hours transit in Singapore. There was no iphone, no apps, Nokia ruled the phone market.

Arriving at the Airport

Arrived at the airport 3 hours before flight by taxi as had a luggage to check-in. Internet Check-in was not available.

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Being winter was still dark outside

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Flight Information Display

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Check-in Counters

Singapore Airlines Check-in Counter H01-H52.

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Check-in

SQ Check-in counter operated from H01-H52. Passport and visa was checked, received the boarding passes all the way to Mumbai. Carry-on baggage tags were given. With less weight to drag around were free to walk around

Frog Statue

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Arrivals

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Flight arriving in Sydney

As there was no internet / apps on the mobile phone, flight location details was displayed on the monitor.

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Flight arrival schedule

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To Departure area

After some time walking around, returned to the departure area.

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A380 Model

SQ was to launch the inaugural A380 service, there was model hanging from the ceiling.

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Wet week in Sydney

Decided to have breakfast before boarding flight. It had been a wet winter, rained on that day too.

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View of the tarmac from the food court.

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Royal Brunei B767-300ER pushback

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After breakfast, waited few minutes in the terminal area. View of Air Canada before entering immigration and security

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Immigration for gate 50- 63

Immigration was divided on gates, Qantas and alliances had separate immigration. SQ and most star alliance flights departed from Gate 50-63.

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Boarding Gate

After completing immigration and security, headed to the gate 57. Had arrived early at gate and waited for the boarding call. Got a magazine to read onboard.

Boarding

Boarding was called soon. Passport and boarding pass was checked before allowed to proceed to flight.

Boarding process was quick and soon was on board the flight. Crew checked the boarding pass and directed to seat 60K.

Cabin view

Economy seating on B747-400 was 3-4-3. After door was closed, crew provided warm towels to everyone on board. Menu card was distributed.

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Pushback, taxi and departure

Flight was full yet boarding was completed on time, Cabin crew carried out pre-departure checks and performed manual safety demonstration.

Pushback commenced and taxied to runway 16R. Flight flew South before turning West.

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Boeing 747-400 Engine

Being a rainy day, few over clouds to attain cruising altitude.

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Flight Path after departing Sydney

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Drink Service

Drink session commenced short. I selected orange juice.

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Cabin view

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Flight Information

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Seat pocket

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B747- Economy Seat recline

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Cabin Service

Announcement was made breakfast would be served. Checked the menu card. Crew distributed special meals first.

Menu Card

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Menu

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Breakfast

Noodles for breakfast

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Special Breakfast

My family members had booked special veg meal while booking ticket. Indian veg meal, food was good.

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Flight path Sydney - Singapore

Soon the trays were cleared and windows shades down, cabin light was dimmed.

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After breakfast

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Over NT

Checked outside, flying over the Great Australian desert of Northern Territory

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Inflight Entertainment [IFE]

Watched a Bollywood movie.

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IFE control

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Resting

After the movie, snoozed of to wake somewhere close to equator.

Resting between meals

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Flying over Indonesia waters

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Dormant volcano in Indonesia

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Cabin Service

2 Hours before landing, lunch service began with drinks. Special meals were served first.

Drinks

I selected Singapore Sling.

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Lunch Presentation

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Lunch - Hindu Veg Meal

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Lunch - Western

Selected Western lunch of Chicken and potatoes

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Cabin view

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Window view

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Terminal 2 Gate information

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Over Batam Island, Indonesia

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Descending

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Approaching SIngapore

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Brakes applied

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Slowing down after landing

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Crossing East coast highway

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Taxi to gate

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Demolished Low Cost Terminal at Singapore Changi

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Approaching Terminal 2- Gate

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Silk Air A320's

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Passengers getting up

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Sunflower garden just above the engine. Ground staff doing a check in preparation for next flight

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Preparing for another flight

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Transit

Singapore Changi caters to transit passengers, with 5 hours of transit time there are enough facilities to keep one busy, we disembarked the plane and rested for sometime in Terminal 2 as the Mumbai flight was to depart from same terminal.

Hope you enjoyed the trip. Thanks for reading.

End of Trip

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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

8.0/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering8.0

Sydney - SYD

8.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Singapore - SIN

8.0/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

Singapore Airlines great way to fly, flight was comfortable, crew service was excellent. Sydney airport was not as busy as the immigration and security was divided in to parts.
Singapore Changi airport had enough facilities to keep transit passengers busy. Overall had a good flight and excellent time.

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

8 Comments

  • Comment 486621 by
    socalnow GOLD 899 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this look back at SQ 747-400 ops. Koresh. Such an interesting time when the -400 is being displaced by the A380.

    Were you intending to make a trip report in 2007? Your pictures hit all the marks that make a great report.

    Love the spotting at SYD. Where does the Air Canada 767-300 fly to? IS YVR within range or is it an HNL stop? The BI 767-300 is a great catch too. Of course teh United -400 in the battleship colors.

    The meals in flight look substantial compared to what you see these days in Y.

    Thank you again for this excellent blast of nostalgia. Happy flying.

    • Comment 489392 by
      koresh SILVER AUTHOR 42 Comments

      I took the photos for family members as we were travelling togather after long time. I took photo of the departure schedule which shows Air Canada was operating B767's via Honolulu. I have travelled on Royal Brunei B767 in 2004, didn't take any interior photos.

      Singapore Airlines service has been excellent on all trip I been on. My preference is SQ-> MH->TG->CX-> QF when I'm planning to travel.
      Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Comment 486651 by
    ANDRAFLY 27 Comments

    I love the seats....very comfy

  • Comment 486877 by
    Jett Tyler SILVER 162 Comments

    Brilliant read, remember the SQ747s regularly at LHR before 2009.
    Shame they are gone, some of those pictures took me back a bit on the technology pictures!

  • Comment 487946 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4901 Comments

    Hi Koresh, thanks for this cool retro-report! It's so interesting to see a report on the SQ 744 so many years later. The cabin had a decidedly 90's feel.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 489396 by
      koresh SILVER AUTHOR 42 Comments

      I enjoyed flying on B747 even though the interior seems dated compared to the modern aircraft. Entertainment wise not as IFE interface wasn't user friendly. but more than made up by friendly customer and inflight service

      thanks for the comment.

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