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The average flight time is 7 hours and 45 minutes.More information
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.
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.
Flying on the 1000th Boeing 747.
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
Terminal 1 Departure
Airline operating from Terminal 1
Terminal 1 Check-in area
As I was luggage free with time to spare, I indulged in planespotting from Terminal 1 viewing deck.
Jetstar pushback and taxi
Jetstar Airways with Singapore registration
Air China and Thai Airways
Xiamen Airlines, China Eastern and China Southern docked on the other pier.
Jetstar Airways push-back complete
Air China Boeing 757-200
China Southern push-back
Air China Boeing 737-86N
Thai Airways Airbus A330 pushback
Boeing 757-200 parked in remote bay
Thai Airways to Bangkok
Thai Airways and Air China simultaneous push-back. Singapore Airlines retired A340-300 without titles in the background.
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 taxies after arrival
Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300
Cargo Section with Antonov
Jet Airways crew preparing for next flight.
Bangladesh Biman Airbus A310 on approach
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.
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
Singapore Airlines had the 1000th Boeing 747.
Within few minutes boarding was called. Flight was full.I was sitting in the two seater at the rear of the aircraft.
Boeing 747-400 wing
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
Experienced turbulence over Indonesia.
After passing the bumpy section close to equator, rest of the flight was smooth.
Onboard service commenced with breakfast. Orange/ apple juice and water was served, followed by breakfast.
Breakfast and menu with orange juice.
Seat covering showing signs of age.
Breakfast: Fruit appetiser, Breakfast roll, butter and fruit preserve
After breakfast, windows shades were lowered to keep sun out. I rested for the remaining time till flight reached South Australia.
Window view of winglet. It was past mid-afternoon. Sun was behind the aircraft.
Crew did rounds of water and orange juice on regular intervals. Soon it was lunch time
I chose the pan fried chicken with garlic sauce and veggies. I also had red wine along with the lunch.
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.
As flight got closer to Sydney, sun was about to set.
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.
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.
After exiting the airport, I took taxi home from the taxi stand.
This report completes the journey.
Thanks for reading.
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.