Review of Singapore Airlines flight Manila Singapore in Economy

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ921
Class Economy
Seat 52A
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 03:35
Take-off 22 Jan 14, 19:00
Arrival at 22 Jan 14, 22:35
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By SILVER 456
Published on 24th November 2019

Welcome to this flight report! This mini-series is a throwback to all the flights I have taken in the past 6 years, starting with this flight report from Singapore Airlines' last daily flight from Manila to Singapore. 



I posted some of these flight reports before on my old FR account, but have deleted them since and will re-post them on this one instead.


NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT


Currently, Singapore Airlines uses Terminal 3 at Manila due to congestion. However, this flight was taken when the airline was still using the older Terminal 1. 


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The aircraft operating for the flight. It had just arrived as SQ916 and will now operate as SQ921 back to Singapore. This also means a turnaround flight for the crew as well. 


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Boarding took a while to complete as Economy Class boarding was a little disorganized. The announcement for Y class was to board strictly by row numbers, but almost everyone had fallen in line even though their row numbers weren't called yet. Those people were pulled over to the side to allow the designated passengers to board first. 


onboard and inflight


SQ's A330 featured the newest Economy Class seats at the time, with a 10.6" screen at every seat. The cabin was also maintained well despite the aircraft going through a tight turnaround time. Crew's face blurred for privacy reasons.


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The No Smoking sign has been replaced with Please turn off Electronic Devices sign. 


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A Cathay Pacific B777-300 from Hong Kong parked next to us.


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The flight took off on-time as there was very little traffic around MNL. Soon after, the cabin service began. The stewardesses began handing out a pack of peanuts to each passenger. 


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I explored the IFE and put on Flight Path to track the flight's progress. This IFE doesn't feature touchscreen control like on the retrofitted 77Ws, as well as the 787-10 and A350 (which now operate the Manila route today). There were, however, still a lot of good content to watch and was more than enough for this 3.5 hour flight. 


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MEAL SERVICE


About an hour after takeoff, the meal service began. 


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Meal choices were Sweet and Sour Fish or Roasted Chicken. I opted for the fish. Meal comes with a salad, bread, a cup of water and a slice of chocolate cake. I got a 7UP for my drink.


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Overall, a tasty meal. However, the chocolate cake was a little too sweet for my tooth. 


SETTLING IN


After the trays were cleared, the crew dimmed the lights for passengers to rest. However, I decided to explore the IFE more and put on Flight Path while listening to music.


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Later on, my screen suddenly stopped working and I pushed the call button. Not long after, a stewardess to came to my seat.
"Yes, sir? How can I help you?" 
"Hi, my entertainment system froze. Can you please reset it?"
"Sure, absolutely! Sorry for any inconveniences."
She replied with a smile.
Even with the turnaround, the crew were still able to dish out smiles and offer excellent service to the passengers. Just five minutes later, my IFE had been reset.  


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DESCENT AND ARRIVAL


Soon after, the lights were turned back on as the crew prepared for landing. By this point, the aircraft was nearing Singapore.



After landing preparations were completed, the cabin lights were turned off again. The flight landed at 10:25PM.



Taxiing to Terminal 2 was not too long and the flight was able to arrive on-time. Parked next to a Silk Air A320.


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An Etihad 777 preparing for a long haul flight to Abu Dhabi can be seen.


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Time for an overnight layover in Singapore before continuing onto SQ281 to Auckland.

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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

8.4/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering8.5

Manila - MNL

6.5/10
Efficiency6.0
Access6.5
Services6.5
Cleanliness7.0

Singapore - SIN

8.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.5
Services9.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

It was a nice intra-Asia flight onboard SQ. The boarding process at MNL was a bit disorganized but the flight still managed to arrive in Singapore on schedule.
Despite the turnaround flight, the cabin crew were friendly and professional.
Overall, a wonderful flight on Singapore Airlines.

Information on the route Manila (MNL) Singapore (SIN)

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