Singapore Airlines SQ221 Singapore to Sydney – Economy

Not even needing sleep on a red-eye flight can tear me away from the array of entertainment options aboard Singapore Airlines.

Flight Details

Date: 24 October 2012
Seat: 47E
A380-800

Flight rating

4 planes out of 5

Luggage allowance

Carry on baggage:

One x 115cm (45 inches) bag weighing no more than seven kilograms (15 pounds).

First and business class passengers can carry two pieces at the above dimension and weight.

Checked Baggage:

Thirty kilograms (66.1 pounds)

Check-in

Arriving at the airport with plenty of time to expore the wonder that is Changi meant that I had no queues to deal with at check-in (Terminal 3, counter 3), where I was told that I had a dreaded middle seat for the flight, which was at full capacity.

Self check-in is an option online or via mobile for all flights between two and 48 hours before your flight across the Singapore Airlines network but, having limited access to time and the internet this trip, I opted to take the risk with my seating by waiting to check in at the airport.

They were able to note down my preference of a window seat but were unable to guarantee anything.

It has been a few years since flying out of Singapore and I had forgotten the unusual but very streamlined security process of going through screening at the gate you board your aircraft rather than in order to access the duty free and eatery options. It makes for oft shorter queues I find.

Lounge access

The SilverKris Lounge is located in terminal three (inside the departure/transit area) on the third floor.

Cabin conditions

Cabin Configuration: 3 – 4 – 3

The cabin was spacious and, although clean, seemed older than the aircraft I had flown on to Singapore earlier that week.

The bathroom was clean and well equipped with; mouthwash, toothbrushes, eau de toilette, moisturiser, razors, sanitary products and even seat covers.

I appreciated the foot lever to operate the waste disposal unit as well.

Our vanity packs included a pair of socks, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Seat comfort

The seats were in good condition with material spotless.

I also discovered that sometimes a middle seat isn’t all that bad. 47E was my new favourite seat after a window with there being no seat to my left.

The seat missing makes ways for more leg room for the seat behind and 47E has full use of the tray table, a bonus when wanting to dispose of your tray after eating.

The tray table in this case was broken and everything slid off it, but in theory, the option is there.

I also had an empty seat next to me, so was able to stow my hand luggage beneath that seat and spread out instead, making full use of the footrests installed.

Economy seats have seat pitch of 32 inches and a width of 19 inches aboard this aircraft.

Onboard catering

The economy class menu was superb.

Just after take off we were offered a beverage from a diverse selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including; aperitifs, spirits, liqueurs, wines, beer, soft drinks, cocktails, fruit juices and coffee and tea.

I selected a Singapore Sling to commemorate my time in Singapore.

The flight attendant was pleased with my choice of braised beef, as that was the only option she had left and this was accompanies by vegetables, salad, a bread roll, cheese and crackers.

Bite size servings of chocolate coated vanilla ice cream was served for dessert which was a tad too sweet for my liking but I relished a cup of tea before settling into my first movie choice for the flight.

Beverages were offered regularly throughout the flight and the breakfast service was a continental spread of bread roll, jam, muffin and fruit salad.

A satisfying selection but not the most appetising of meals I’ve experienced on a Singapore Airlines flight.

Cabin staff service

Flight attendants were professional and prompt with service and immaculately dressed.

Inflight entertainment

A vast array of entertainment options were available including;

190 movies (new release, Hollywood and more, World movies, young ones, arthouse and stage performances)
205 TV programmes (comedy, drama, young ones, Asian, documentary, sport, luxury, lifestyle and business)
795 CDs
22 radio channels
80 + games
20 applications

All entertainment options were listed in the ‘KrisWorld’ magazine available in the seat pocket.

Safeguarding is available for children with the option for parents to lock individual channels.

The entertainment options were so vast I found myself wishing for a longer flight to get through the myriad options.

My selection included; "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" with an all-star cast including Jennifer Lopez and Chris Rock and "Rock of Ages" which had me bopping in my seat to the possible chagrin of my fellow passengers.

I also settled into several episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" and considered logging onto Facebook again to ‘check-in’ at 38,000 feet but the price plans for Wi-Fi were a tad out of my price range at USD$29.95 for 26 MB of data and USD$11.95 for 10 MB of data.

On-air mobile was also available for those services with a roaming agreement with On-Air.

Rates are determined by the service provider not Singapore Airlines.

SingTel mobile subscribers can enjoy 40 percent discount off roaming charges on Singapore Airlines flights with a text costing S$0.60 each and S$21 per MB for data roaming.

If the wide selection of entertainment isn’t enough for you, AV jacks can be provided by flight attendants to connect your portable device to the screen to watch/listen to your own media.

A USB socket is also available behind every economy seat.

Those wanting to increase their knowledge on the flight can learn a language with ‘Berlitz Word Traveller’ that offers four main interactive lesson categories (‘Numbers’, ‘Dates’, ‘Words’ and ‘Dialogues’) with fun self-tests to check on your progress.

The program features 23 languages including; French, English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Thai, Cantonese and Hindi. I brushed up on my French during this particular flight.

‘Soundview Executive Book Summaries’ offer passengers the ability to read abridged versions of over 100 of the world’s best business books while the ‘Culture Quest’ application offers advice on business practices, cultures and protocol of more than ten countries worldwide.

If you’re seated separately to your travelling companions, you can keep in touch via seat-to-seat calling or, call home for US$0.59 per six-second block with a minimum of US5.90 for the initial minute.

On-time performance

Taxiing time – 20 minutes
Departure – 20:30 (20 minutes late due to traffic control changing runways)
Arrival time – 6:55

e-Travel Blackboard Tip
Purchase an adaptor and bring your own noise cancelling headphones for a red-eye flight. That way you are immune to the snoring, talking, coughing and babies crying when trying to sleep.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
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