Review of Singapore Airlines flight Sydney Singapore in Economy

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ220
Class Economy
Seat 63K
Aircraft Boeing 747-400
Flight time 08:20
Take-off 22 Sep 07, 08:05
Arrival at 22 Sep 07, 14:25
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By GOLD 1407
Published on 5th February 2021

Trip Report: Singapore Airlines SQ220 Sydney - Singapore

I'm writing a trip report from 2007.  Singapore Airlines used to operated Boeing 747-400's from Sydney. This trip was prior to smart phone being ubiquitous.

Flight Details:
Airlines: Singapore Airlines
Flight: SQ 220 SYD-SIN
Reg : 9V-SPH
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.


I was travelling to Singapore on this trip and onwards to Mumbai after few days. I arrived at airport early and waited for check-in counter to open.

Flight Schedule

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Check-in for this flight was from counter J.

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Baggage allowance for the flight was 30kg, I was below the limit. Had bag was light as I didn't want to carry too much weight on me. Flight was full. Passport and visa was checked and I got handed the immigration form and boarding pass.

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As I had completed the check-in formality. I had plenty of time to head towards the viewing deck in Sydney. Morning is peak arrival in Sydney after curfew is lifted.

Etihad A340-600

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Qantas Boeing 747-400

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Jetstar Airways A330-200

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Korean Air from Seoul

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Qantas Boeing 737-800 departure

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Tarmac view with city background

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American visitor

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Singapore Airlines 9V-SWM

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Sunrise landing on runway 16L

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Charter aircraft

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Qantas Domestic terminal

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Qantas Boeing 747-400 arrival

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Qantas Boeing 767-300 holding short of runway

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Qantas Boeing 767-300 "City of Parramatta" rolling on runway 16R

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Qantas Boeing 737-400 to New Zealand

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Taxi to runway 16L

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British Airways Boeing 777-200

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Towed to remote gate

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Qantas arrives at gate

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British Airways Boeing 747-400 arrives while BA 777-200 is holding to cross runway to remote bay for afternoon flight.

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Jetstar arriving at gate

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Etihad disembarkation continues

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Emirates Airbus A340-500 arrives from Dubai

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Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER arriving from Toronto and Vancouver landing on runway 16L

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Qantas Boeing 737-800 holding

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LAN Airbus A340-300 arrives from Auckland

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Qantas Boeing 767-300ER taxies from domestic gate

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Towed to remote bay

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Cargo Section

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Jetstar Airways

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Qantas Boeing 747-400ER

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Qantas Boeing 747-300

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Virgin Blue Airlines holding for arrivals

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Rolling on runway 16R

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Qantas Airbus A330-300 arrives

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Air New Zealand Airbus A320 holding short

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UPS MD11F ready to depart from runway 16R

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Immigration and Security

After watching the air-side action, went to the food court for breakfast before boarding. In those days, food court had air-side view and could see passengers heading towards gate after immigration.

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Qantas Boeing 767-300ER

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Cathay Pacific A330 to Hong Kong

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Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340-300

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United Airlines

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After breakfast, I went for immigration check and then security. After completing the checks, I headed to gate.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPH was operating SQ 220 to Singapore

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Etihad was moved to remote gate after disembarkation of passengers. Will be operating afternoon flight to Abu dhabi

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Qantas Boeing 747-400 taxies to  runway 16R

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Boarding started by seat numbers. Seated in the rear of the aircraft. Boarded first. I had chosen the seat while check-in and it was a 2 seater in in the second last row of the aircraft.

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Boarding continued.

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Window view while waiting for boarding to complete.

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OnBoard service

Boarding was completed and crew began distributing warm towels.

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Airside view

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Emirates Airbus A340-500 to Auckland taxies to runway.

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United to LA or San Fran. Freedom Air arrives from New Zealand

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Pushback and Departure

Pushback commenced and aircraft began taxi to runway 16R. Freedom Air taxies to gate.

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Etihad close view while taxing

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Singapore Airlines 9V-SWM parked in remote bay before mid-day departure

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Korean Air to Seoul holding for incoming aircraft

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Qantas Boeing 747-300 view would be operating to Perth

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Polynesian Airlines following SQ for departure

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Royal Brunei towed

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View while lined up to depart

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Freight section used as remote gate

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Royal Brunei towed to remote gate before mid-day departure to Bandar Seri Begwan

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Roll commences

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Heading South after departing from 16R runway - View of Bundeena

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Turned West and then North West with view of Sydney Airport below.

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3 runways of Sydney in view below

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Sydney suburbs in view heading West.

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Breakfast Service

Menu card was distributed by crew and drinks service followed soon after attaining cruising altitude.

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Menu Details: Egg frittata with chicken sausage roasted tomato and mushrooms , fruit appetizer, yogurt, breakfast bakery, butter and fruit preserve

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I had picked newspaper for reading.

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Breakfast was served after drinks. I chose the egg frittata with chicken sausage

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After breakfast, view of cabin.

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Flight map - had just crossed into South Australia

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Cabin light was off and windows shades down as it was bright outside. Central screen displayed the flight map.

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Flight information displayed on screen

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Rested for next 5 hours. Australian mainland was left behind while flying over the sea.
View of Indonesia volcano as aircraft hit turbulence around mid-day

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Indonesian islands

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Lunch Service

Lunch was served 2 hours before arrival. I chose the Thai style green curry chicken and vegetables with steamed rice

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Red wine to wash the meal.

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Flying over Batam island of Indonesia. Captain came on speaker and announced descend would commence soon. Crew began clearing the rubbish and pre-arrival check.

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Landed smoothly in Singapore.

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Changi Terminal 3 under-construction

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Terminal was not opened, Can see a Singapore Airforce Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker on the right

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Passing terminal 1

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Cargo aircrafts

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Flight arrived at Terminal 2.

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Cabin view as aircraft arrived at gate.

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China Airlines Boeing 737

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Qatar Airways in Asiad Games 2006 livery

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View of Terminal 2 gates

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Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300

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Remote bay in use

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Towing in action

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Raffles class seating

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Disembarkation was orderly, being in the rear and not in rush. Strolled out of the aircraft. View of 9V-SPH after disembarkation.

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I hope you enjoyed the report.

Thanks for reading.


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Singapore Airlines was airlines of choice for the convenience of timing and service. Even though ticket was slight more expensive than other carriers, chose them due to level of customer service. The flight was comfortable, food was adequate, Entertainment was best of the time.

Onboard crew and service was as expected. Overall a satisfactory flight

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


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