Istanbul IST - Tunis TUN (Tunis Air Economy, A320)
http://flight-report.com/en/report-5663.html First I have to emphasize that I consider SQ to be one of the best, if not the best, airline company in the world. That being the case, I am going to look at the slightest details. I'm travelling for my pleasure : it's of course a totally different way to fly from a businessman for whom the primary purpose is to fly from point A to point B
I didn't sleep a lot because I was jetlagged, excited and afraid not be able to wake up
So I arrived at Terminal 3 at about 9:00 am The Terminal was very airy and light-filled
My flight was on time
Nobody at the Business SQ check-in counters but I didn't need them because I had already gotten my BP when I arrived from ICN
Immigration was a breeze and I headed to the SilverKris lounge
Are they thinking about redemption tickets ? ;)
SilverKris Lounge entry
The lounge was very large, airy, and pleasant with different areas; the only down side is that there was no outside view.
Great food and beverage offer
Where is Numero_2 ?
The power outlets are only Singapore/UK standard
I took a shower just before leaving the lounge The showers are a bit dark
Then I headed to the gate, it was 20 minutes before boarding time and I was the first to pass through security check and a subsequent passport check
I received this sheet when entering the gate : it's about the SQ22 discontinued route
My aircraft : An Airbus A340-500 9V-SGE, first flight was on the 06/03/2004
About 30 minutes after the boarding began and I headed to my seat 30K In fact it's more of a couch than a seat ;) On each seat was a pillow but no blanket
There were only two windows instead of three in the 77W
The legroom is less generous but of course still more than decent
The table in the 77W was more practical as it was rotating when needing to get out of the seat
The footrest is much bigger at this row and exit rows: other rows have a kind of shoebox
The menu and the Wine list (for the complete offer of beverages please see the SQ15 ICN-SIN flight because a FR is limited to 150 pictures)
PDB Some Bollinger champagne of course ;)
Tribute to my SQ22 flight
Unfortunately someone wrote with a pen on the seat :(
The remote control was in the left armrest
I asked for a blanket and I've been given the quilt used for sleeping
An oshibori was handed out
My seat is just after the exit
View from my seat
The seatbelt was different from the 77W's
The final instructions between the flight attendants
Push back and taxi to runway A SQ whale
A SQ 77W
Another SQ whale
The Crowne Plaza hotel should have great views on the apron
I hope to see you soon
Myanmar Airways and Eva Air
Tiger Airways : I like this livery
And an amazing Air Zimbabwe aircraft !!!
A last view of Air Zimbabwe
A Scoot with the control tower
Late take off It was smooth and the A345 was climbing slowly
The flight is full and except the FA that was taking orders, I'm never adressed by name. This is understandable because I've never been served twice by the same FA and that the service was in roadrunner mode Anyway, it was a very good service but not so attentive as it used to be Maybe because I'm not a PPS ;)
Because of the strong tailwinds the aircraft was flying too fast and the flight time was only 17:30 :(
More champagne, Sir ? ;)
And even a cranberry juice
and some nuts
The table was set and the service began with the salmon
Trilogy of salmon with mesclun salad, Slices of hot smoked, cold smoked and marinated salmon
Quite stingy trilogy :(
The bread selection was good and my choice was with garlic bread and fougasse
Then my book the cook choice
Classic lobster thermidor
A bit disappointed because the lobster was rubbery, the rice tasteless and there were only three asparagus tips, the remaining was pieces of asparagus
So I asked for another main… but only this one was still available
Please note there was no second bread service(my bread plate stayed empty) and I was not offered new cutlery for my second main either
Spring chicken with chorizo sausage, chick peas and sauteed cavalo nero leaves
I was amazed to find such a main in a SQ menu but in fact it was quite good especially because I'm fond of chickpeas
Then it was dessert time Panna cotta with citrus compote
My water glass was empty and the FA didn't ask to or refill it when bringing dessert : not usual with SQ FAs !
Tribute to SQ22 with Sauternes this time
The filing of sugar this excellent Sauternes is impressive
The power outlet was out of order during all the flight : I was just offered to charge my PC in the galley
Gourmet coffees & selection of fine teas, with pralines
Only the latter for me
The front cabin
Perfect sleeping position : a 3 hours nap after lunch
As usual, I listen to music on board and watch the flight map
But when I was looking at David Bowie's songs, I was amazed not to find at least a few hits, not just unknown oldies !! Maybe because it was royalties free ;)
About 4 hours and a half after the end of the lunch, the dinner service began. Both meals really seemed all too close especially as there was no refreshment before arrival. An oshibori was handed out
Then they forgot to offer me a beverage but I was still able to catch an average orange juice
That was followed by the always (fortunately) very good satays Satay with onion, cucumber and spicy sauce
No cucumber in fact ;)
I decided to try the internet connexion provided by OnAir even if it was very expensive 14,99 usd for 15Mb So here was the Corporate picture
Megabytes were flowing very fast and it wasn't possible to use twitter Bandwidth was very very slow :( All in all not recommended !
The table was set and the dinner service began
As I knew that there would not have a second bread service I asked for two garlic bread and one fougasse
Service was made in roadrunner mode even if more than half of the pax were already sleeping
Cajun spiced prawns with marinated capsicums and sweet pepper pesto
It was still almost frozen, not spicy at all and the pesto was too concentrated and was not allowing to discern any other flavor
Then my book the cook choice Chilean Bass and Kalamata olive potato
The fish was good but the sauce was a sort of industrial canned lobster bisque. The peppers were very acidic and mashed potatoes with olives contained a spice that I could not identify and did not like.
So let's go for a second main… Spaghetti marinara was the only choice left : that was amazing because a lot of people were sleeping as I said before
The pasta was dry : it was obvious that this dish was lacking sauce :( Always asparagus without tips : is that trendy ?
I was not offered new cutlery for my second main and no refill of water like for the lunch
Tiramisu, Mascarpone chessecake with coffee
That was great : very good taste and texture except the not ripe strawberries
Payson breton brie, delices des bois, stokes point, smocked cheddar served with fig paste, walnut and biscuit
Gourmet coffees & selection of fine teas, with pralines
Only the latter for me
We were flying at high speed to New York
At 4 hours before New York I asked at what time the refreshment would be served They answered that no refreshment would be served !!! But I was asked to choose a refreshment online ???
Anyway I decided to pick a light bite !
Egg noodles soup with scallop, prawn and leafy greens
It turned out to be good
We were now close to our target
And we were allowed to open the window shades
The sun was going down when we were beginning the descent
Soft landing behind schedule
Singapore Airlines Silverkris Lounge - Business - 3
Singapore - SIN
Newark - EWR
All in all it was another good flight with SQ.
It's hard to confess without being considered crazy, but the flight time seemed short and I would have liked for the flight to be even longer so that I could stay onboard a few more hours
The Flight Attendants were always in running mode and I really couldn't understand why.
The catering was disappointing, especially as I have so many incredible memories of great SQ meals.
Both meals really seemed too close together
So sorry that the route will be discontinued in few days
I will miss the A340s : they are so quiet and great aircraft
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