Review of Singapore Airlines flight Singapore Sydney in Economy

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ 219
Class Economy
Seat 63K
Aircraft Boeing 747-400
Flight time 08:40
Take-off 12 Oct 07, 09:05
Arrival at 12 Oct 07, 19:45
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By GOLD 1106
Published on 4th March 2021

Trip Report: Singapore Airlines SQ 219 Singapore - Sydney


I'm writing the return trip report from 2007. Click the bold text to read the earlier flight: Singapore Airlines SQ422 Mumbai - Singapore.

Photos for this trip report taken with Canon S3 camera.

Flight Details:
Airlines: Singapore Airlines
Flight :SQ 219 SIN-SYD
Reg : 9V-SMU
Aircraft: Boeing 747-412
Dep - SIN : 9.05 am
Arr - SYD : 7:45 pm
Flight time : 7 hours, 50 minutes
Distance : 6,305 kilometers or 3,404 nautical miles.

Highlights:

Flying on the 1000th Boeing 747.


Introduction


I arrived at Changi Airport early for this flight. As I was early, check-in was quick and I had spare time to go around before heading for immigration. I'm not a fan of this flight, as day was wasted doing nothing, neither can sleep as it daytime throughout the flight. When arriving in night in Sydney, its evening peak, Also feeling of jetlag due to lack of rest.


Singapore Changi Airport Control Tower

Unconstruction Terminal 3 cranes in the background


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Terminal 1


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Terminal 1 Departure


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Airline operating from Terminal 1


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Terminal 1 Check-in area


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PlaneSpotting


As I was luggage free with time to spare, I indulged in planespotting from Terminal 1 viewing deck.


Jetstar pushback and taxi


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Xiamen Airlines


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Cathay Pacific


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Jetstar Airways with Singapore registration


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Air China and Thai Airways


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Xiamen Airlines, China Eastern and China Southern docked on the other pier.


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Jet Airways


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Jetstar Airways push-back complete


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UPS MD-11F


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Air China Boeing 757-200


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China Southern push-back


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Air China Boeing 737-86N


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Thai Airways Airbus A330 pushback


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Boeing 757-200 parked in remote bay


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Business jet


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Thai Airways to Bangkok


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Thai Airways and Air China simultaneous push-back.  Singapore Airlines retired A340-300 without titles in the background.


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Cathay Pacific Boeing  777-300 taxies after arrival


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Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300


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Cargo Section with Antonov


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Jet Airways crew preparing for next flight.


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Bangladesh Biman Airbus A310 on approach


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Immigration AND SEcurity


After the spotting, I went to Terminal 2 for immigration. Immigration did not take long, the immigration officer took the stamped stub from which i had received on arrival and stamped the passport.

I checked the departure gate and walked to catch flight.


Security


Each gate had its own security area. Security check was open, After quick security check, ground staff checked passport and boarding pass. Boarding area was full.


Singapore Airlines 9V-SMU Boeing 747-400


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Singapore Airlines had the 1000th Boeing 747.


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Boarding


Within few minutes boarding was called. Flight was full.I was sitting in the two seater at the rear of the aircraft.


Window view


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Boeing 747-400 wing


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Departure


Crew started onboard service with menu and cold towel distribution. Doors were closed after boarding was completed.

Push-back commenced, crew manually demonstrated safety instructions. After a short taxi departed from Singapore.


Window view overflying Indonesia


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Video: TurbulEnce on Board


Experienced turbulence over Indonesia.



CABIN view


After passing the bumpy section close to equator, rest of the flight was smooth.


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CaBIN Service


Onboard service commenced with breakfast. Orange/ apple juice and water was served, followed by breakfast.


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Breakfast


Breakfast and menu with orange juice.


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Seat covering showing signs of age.


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Breakfast: Fruit appetiser, Breakfast roll, butter and fruit preserve


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Inflight


After breakfast, windows shades were lowered to keep sun out. I rested for the remaining time till flight reached South Australia.


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Window view of winglet. It was past mid-afternoon. Sun was behind the aircraft.


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Lunch


Crew did rounds of water and orange juice on regular intervals. Soon it was lunch time


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I chose the pan fried chicken with garlic sauce and veggies. I also had red wine along with the lunch.


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VIDEo: onBoard



Arrival in Sydney


Crew cleared the lunch trays and remainder of flight was quiet. Crew distributed the Australian immigration forms. I had mine filled and was ready for arrival.


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As flight got closer to Sydney, sun was about to set.


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ArrIVAL


Captain was on mic to inform crew to prepare cabin for arrival. Windows shades, tray and footrest was set for arrival.

Landed from South on runway 34L and taxied to gate.


Immigration and QuarAntine


As it was evening peak, a long queue had formed at immigration counter. Queue was divided between Australian/NZ national , residents and not residents.

I submitted my immigration form and passport to the officer who stamped. I was out in luggage area.

After collecting luggage, queued for quarantine check which took sometime.

I was allowed to pass through without check.


Exiting Airport


After exiting the airport, I took taxi home from the taxi stand.

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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

7.9/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering8.0

Singapore - SIN

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

Sydney - SYD

7.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

Singapore Airlines provided good experience on ground and onboard. Flight departed and arrived on time. I prefer night flights into Sydney as the flight time is long. Having crossed timezones, jetlag sets in upon arrival.

Singapore Changi is good transit and destination airport with excellent facilities. Sydney Airport is busy during peak times and it took time to complete the formalities.

Overall had a satisfactory flight.

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

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