Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Community > Trip Reports
Reload this Page >

Across the Globe in 5 Continents Again

Across the Globe in 5 Continents Again

Old Sep 19, 06, 12:49 am
  #1  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
Across the Globe in 5 Continents Again

Index to my trip reports

If you like this report, you may be interested in some of my other trip reports.
  1. AKL-YYZ with NZ/AC in F & C - my first trip report
  2. Europe to Iceland & return on Icelandair (FI) - somewhere different
  3. Some FTers DO the Inaugural Worlds Longest Flight SIN-EWR vv 28 June 2004 - 2 long flights back to back
  4. 7 Crazy Days - includes an almost inaugural flight
  5. Champagne and figure eights on ice - Antarctica flightseeing
  6. a Lit.tle sPRinG.Ly JoUrney (BUDding KiwiS Can zig-ZAG around Europe) - mostly central and eastern Europe
  7. Big DO DOs - or a Kiwi Flyer's Month of Madness - lots of flights
  8. Another Manic Month for Kiwi - again lots of flights
  9. Mini Tour of NZ - over 100 domestic flights in New Zealand covering all domestic routes (ongoing)
  10. Across the Globe in 5 Continents - criss-crossing the globe
  11. Auckland to National Park by Train - train in New Zealand's North Island
  12. Across the Globe in 5 Continents Again - criss-crossing the globe, but this time mainly on One World
  13. A Warm Embrace of the Tropics - short trips to the tropical South Pacific
  14. Singapore (SQ) new first and business class, plus a medley of 12 F & C SQ flights - name says it all really
  15. Across the Globe in 4 Continents - around the world on star alliance, including some unusual flights
  16. Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Sampler - a sampling of Qantas flights, domestic and international, in economy and business (ongoing)
  17. Around the World in Under 60 Hours - around the world in a weekend
  18. The Heat is On - another longhaul economy trip in under 60 hours - what a contrast, Asia and Qantas' new first class lounges
  19. Fast on the ground and in the air - it must be Shanghai – a flying visit to Shanghai + Maglev
  20. It's a Fine Line Between Pleasure & Pain: 4 wacky weeks 2 RTW C, inaugural longhaul Y – mostly One World
  21. Back and forth across the Pacific on a variety of airlines in a selection of classes - 16 crossings of the Pacific plus some other related flights
  22. It isn't every day that you witness a hijacking attempt + NZ's forgotten 4th island - a visit to Chatham Islands coincides with New Zealand's first hijacking attempt
  23. There and back - first day Air NZ flies to Coolangatta (Gold Coast)
  24. A Run Around (part of) The Axis of Evil: A Perfect *A RTW in C? - Axis of Evil 0 US Immigration 1
  25. Wellington to Auckland by train - self-explanatory title
  26. A mad couple of days flying, including domestic international flights - a double longhaul inaugural, domestic international shuttle and domestic leg of an international flight
  27. Regional C *A RTW & (hopefully) finishing flying every route (100+) for an airline - featuring new QF First on A380 special flight, "you have to get off now", and 105th different current route with NZ
  28. One World Revolutions - Around Mostly the Southern Hemisphere - mostly Southern Hemisphere and mostly on One World on a mix of products
  29. Cris-cros the Med & the Globe on Emirates, Qantas & Star Alliance in mix of F/C/Y+/Y – starting with EK First on A380 and ending with Qantas economy, with a lot of travel mostly on *A in between
  30. An FTer flies to a Do (or Why take the nonstop when you can fly 10 flights instead?) - combining an FT Do with an aerial tour of northern Queensland
  31. The Ultimate Qantas Flight - short report on the ultimate flight
  32. Premium Flying Across the Ditch (Between New Zealand and Australia) - experiencing the forward cabins on Trans-Tasman flights (ongoing)
  33. 5 Boeings Straight to the Airbus Do - FTer feasts in first, business & economy - my journey to & from the *A / Airbus Mega Do
  34. NZ route oddities & One World turns by night (redeye special) - an odd collection of flight routes & schedules around the world
  35. From my first low cost redeye to a first class trifecta - an insane fortnight - some firsts of all types
  36. G'day, kia orana - it's another inaugural flight in Air New Zealand business class - a day & night tripping around the South Pacific on Air NZ
  37. A Feast of First Class Flying on British Airways, Qantas and Emirates - long distance in style
  38. A Weekend of Old and New - Lufthansa first & business, Air New Zealand business - a quick longhaul trip featuring some old and new products
  39. Star Alliance tres primo, and tres biz - a trio of first and business on Star Alliance
  40. A few flights to end 2011 - a quick trip around the world + more
  41. Five Continents in 3 Days and Some Other Mad Trips in 2012 - a selection of my 2012 travels
  42. Sky Team madness - 14 weeks, 200k miles, 5 continents, CI brand new business – mostly Sky Team
  43. Off to Star megado on Oneworld - mostly business incl brand new AA 787
  44. A Glutton for Punishment: red eye, new world's longest flight & more, in comfort?

Last edited by Kiwi Flyer; Apr 1, 16 at 4:05 pm Reason: Updated index to my TRs
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 19, 06, 2:11 pm
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: SYD
Programs: UA 1K, VA Platinum, IHG Spire Ambassador, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold, Coles FlyBuys
Posts: 2,769
Can't wait [rubs hands...]
TrayflowInUK is offline  
Old Sep 20, 06, 8:41 pm
  #3  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
It's almost time for another trip. There's a lot of travel coming up on several airlines, many aircraft types (big and small) and of varying comfort levels.

As well as my first One World round the world (after several Star Alliance ones), I have a wacky 31 days of travel, so I'll add in the other trips in this report for free just for you.

In the meantime, sit back and relax. At the request of some readers, I've added links to other trip reports.


Index to this trip report
  1. Intro and planning
  2. Auckland to Singapore (AKL-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747
  3. AKL-SIN Raffles menu
  4. Auckland to Singapore (AKL-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747 continued
  5. Singapore to Tokyo Narita (SIN-NRT) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747
  6. SIN-NRT Raffles menu
  7. Tokyo Narita to Singapore (NRT-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747
  8. NRT-SIN Raffles menu
  9. Singapore to Auckland (SIN-AKL) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747
  10. SIN-AKL Raffles menu
  11. Auckland to Sydney (AKL-SYD) Business Class on QF 767
  12. Sydney to Singapore (SYD-SIN) Business Class on QF 747
  13. SYD-SIN Business menu
  14. Singapore to London Heathrow (SIN-LHR) Business Class on BA 747
  15. SIN-LHR Business menu
  16. London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi (LHR-AUH) Business Class on BA 777
  17. LHR-AUH Business menu
  18. Abu Dhabi to Muscat (AUH-MCT) Business Class on BA 777
  19. Muscat to Abu Dhabi (MCT-AUH) Business Class on BA 777
  20. Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow (AUH-LHR) Business Class on BA 777
  21. AUH-LHR Business menu
  22. LHR T1 first class lounge menu
  23. London Heathrow to Barcelona (LHR-BCN) Business Class on BA 767
  24. Barcelona
  25. Barcelona to London Heathrow (BCN-LHR) Business Class on BA A319
  26. London Heathrow to Los Angeles (LHR-LAX) Business Class on BA 747
  27. LHR-LAX Business menu
  28. Los Angeles to Chicago O'Hare (LAX-ORD) First Class on AA MD80
  29. Chicago O'Hare to El Paso (ORD-ELP) First Class on AA MD80
  30. El Paso to Chicago O'Hare (ELP-ORD) First Class on AA MD80
  31. Chicago O'Hare to Los Angeles (ORD-LAX) First Class on AA 757
  32. Food review to date
  33. Los Angeles to Boston (LAX-BOS) First Class on AA 757
  34. Boston to Dallas Fort Worth (BOS-DFW) First Class on AA MD80, and security incident
  35. Dallas Fort Worth to Seattle (DFW-SEA) First Class on AA 757
  36. Seattle to Dallas Fort Worth (SEA-DFW) First Class on AA MD80
  37. Dallas Fort Worth to Boston (DFW-BOS) First Class on AA MD80
  38. Boston to Dallas Fort Worth (BOS-DFW) First Class on AA MD80
  39. Dallas Fort Worth to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (DFW-EZE) Business Class on AA 767
  40. DFW-EZE Business Class menu
  41. Buenos Aires
  42. Buenos Aires Ezeiza to Santiago (EZE-SCL) Business Class on LA 767
  43. Santiago to Isla De Pascua/Easter Island (SCL-IPC) Business Class on LA 767, and an immigration snafu
  44. SCL-IPC Business Class menu
  45. Isla De Pascua/Easter Island
  46. IPC-SCL Business Class menu
  47. Isla De Pascua/Easter Island to Santiago (IPC-SCL) Business Class on LA 767
  48. Santiago international to domestic Easter Island shuffle and vice versa
  49. Santiago to Lima (SCL-LIM) Business Class on LA 767
  50. SCL-LIM Business Class menu
  51. LIM-LAX Business Class menu
  52. Lima to Los Angeles (LIM-LAX) Business Class on LA 767
  53. LAX-AKL Business Class menu
  54. Los Angeles to Auckland (LAX-AKL) Business Class on QF 747
  55. Brand new interim business lounge at LAX Tom Bradley (TBIT)
  56. One World Explorer DONE5 RTW summary
  57. Auckland to Whakatane (AKL-WHK) Economy Class on NZ Jetstream 32 (operated by Air National)
  58. Whakatane to Auckland (WHK-AKL) Economy Class on NZ Jetstream 32 (operated by Air National)
  59. Auckland to Christchurch (AKL-CHC) Economy Class on QF 737
  60. Christchurch to Auckland (CHC-AKL) Economy Class on QF 737
  61. Auckland to Christchurch (AKL-CHC) Economy Class on NZ A320
  62. Christchurch to Wanaka (CHC-WKA) Economy Class on NZ Beech 1900D
  63. Wanaka to Christchurch (WKA-CHC) Economy Class on NZ Beech 1900D
  64. Christchurch to Wellington (CHC-WLG) Economy Class on NZ A320
  65. Wellington to Auckland (WLG-AKL) Economy Class on NZ 737
  66. Auckland to Singapore (AKL-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747, again
  67. AKL-SIN Raffles menu
  68. Singapore to Osaka Kansai (SIN-KIX) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 777
  69. SIN-KIX Raffles menu
  70. KIX-BKK Raffles menu
  71. Osaka Kansai to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (KIX-BKK) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 777
  72. BKK-SIN Raffles menu
  73. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Singapore (BKK-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 777
  74. Singapore to Nagoya (SIN-NGO) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 777
  75. SIN-NGO Raffles menu
  76. NGO-SIN Raffles menu
  77. Nagoya to Singapore (NGO-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 777
  78. SIN-AKL Raffles menu
  79. Singapore to Auckland (SIN-AKL) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747
  80. Wrap up

Link to latest summary and current location: no longer being updated

===============

INTRO

If all goes according to plan I will fly over 108,000 miles in 46 flights in 31 days. That's roughly equivalent to circling the planet every week at a ground speed of 145 miles per hour (based on shortest distances)!

Given the complexity of my itineraries I expect there will be some changes needed - time will tell.

The travel includes a round the world (RTW) and a mixture of long-haul and short-haul side trips.


PLANNING

I have wanted to visit South America for quite some time. Only 2 airlines fly directly across the South Pacific to South America - LAN and Aerolineas Argentinas. Given the lengthy flights involved, naturally I wanted to fly business class if possible. When I got around to checking the fares last year I found the direct flights were just as expensive as flying indirectly via USA (LAX and DFW on QF/AA or SYD, LAX and IAD on NZ/UA). Furthermore the fare was about the same as a round the world fare.

That sealed it for me - a round the world it will be to get effectively a free side trip to europe and of course a lot more mileage.

So the next question was which round the world product. Star Alliance round the world's (CRWSTARx) are distance based and so the large detour through USA would eat up a large proportion of the maximum 39,000 miles allowed leaving less options for the rest of the ticket. On the other hand, One World Explorer (DONEx) is continent based and so no mileage restriction. Thus, my decision to try my first one world round the world.

Working through a draft itinerary I realised consecutive weekends in Europe and South America would work best for me, freeing up the interim to visit North America. If I wanted I could have skipped North America to save a continent but opted for the slightly more expensive DONE5.

I wont reveal the routing just yet. My planning consisted of using various online tools, timetables and spreadsheets to optimise the combination of places I wanted/needed to go, my tight timeframe (just 2 weeks for the RTW), and wanting to maximise miles and status earning. In general a DONE4 provides the best bang (miles or status earning) per buck. Note that the best routing to maximise miles varies according to class of RTW (economy, business and first) as well as which frequent flyer program (FFP) is being credited. Since I am crediting to Qantas Frequent Flyer, this meant for example finding 2-class AA domestic flights that are over 1200 miles. Unfortunately for me, the timing I could do this trip fell in between seasons for DFW-ANC and LAX-SJU flights, both favourites of the regular xONEx'ers (eg see here, and here) over on the One World forum. In my planning I found out that I could transit the country of origin on a through flight number - this may be of help to someone else.

It wasn't until after I had ticketed, that on re-reading the One World Explorer rules posted on Flyer Talk more carefully that I realised I had left a significant amount of mileage on the table by returning directly from South America to South West Pacific. Their is an exception to the cannot revisit a continent for North America in transit to/from South America. So I changed my ticket to get some extra mileage, slightly disappointed I didn't have an extra day available to maximise the benefit by flying via JFK and SYD. I saved US$125 on the reissue thanks to FT since the rules had omitted the usual reroute change fee - my travel agent hadn't picked up this omission and wanted to charge me until I asked them to query with an airline and got the green light for nil change fee. Thanks FT ^

The other trips were much simpler to plan so I wont belabour them here.

Last edited by Kiwi Flyer; Apr 1, 16 at 4:06 pm
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 20, 06, 9:54 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: port broad reach
Programs: NorthSails® | Starboard | ION
Posts: 6,525
Looking forward to the future installments ^
WindFlyer is offline  
Old Sep 21, 06, 6:57 pm
  #5  
das
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Chicago
Programs: UA 1K, AA Gold
Posts: 3,640
This is going to be a great trip report - I'll be eagerly awaiting the installments! (especially because I am in a 2 month period of no flying)
das is offline  
Old Sep 22, 06, 7:03 am
  #6  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
Auckland to Singapore (AKL-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747

Finally I get finish the last minute meetings and emails and head for the airport. As we drive through light traffic I ponder that cabs are a bit like the airlines - quick to raise fares when petrol rose in price but so far no drop despite petrol being a third cheaper than the peak. At least cabs include the basic cost of fuel in the tariff and not as a surcharge.

On arrival I see check in for Singapore Airlines is busy, as are the other check in desks. Still, it isn't as busy as I'd expected given start of school holidays. Check in is completed quickly as I know the drill - NZ$25 cash for departure fee, use the immigration at the far left of check in and express lane upstairs, SQ uses the NZ lounge, etc. For the first time as far as I can recall I cannot get return boarding passes from SQ. Oh well it is only a minor inconvenience getting them along the way.

No queue at the special immigration. Arriving in the express lane upstairs I am thankful for this service - the regular lines snake out into the landside part of the terminal and must take at least 40 minutes to get through. Even the express lane takes a few minutes. The woman in front looked like she would set off the WTMD so I checked the other ones along the way and nabbed an empty one. I don't understand why people flock like lemmings to join the queue for the WTMD right in front of the immigration officer that just dealt with them when others have no queue at all. My gain this time as sure enough she did set off the alarm - far too much jewellery left on as well as metal on belts and shoes.

So I arrive at the nice NZ lounge maybe 15 minutes after reaching the airport. The lounge is packed and I soon find out the reason why - an NZ flight to Sydney was first delayed and then cancelled. A minor change since I last visited was the installation of soft drink dispenser replacing the cans. Of course the fridge is reduced by 1/3 to make room for it. (Don't worry mad_atta there are still plenty of wines .)

The flight is called rather early. Too early I think so I am in no hurry finishing off some emails and freshening up before heading to the gate. By the time I get to the gate boarding has only just started and I head straight on. I had been checking availability the past week and it was showing as very full - generally F2 A2 and lots of zeroes. But SQ is very good at managing loads and so no op-up. It doesn't matter since I have my favourite upper deck exit row seat to settle in to.

I unwind from the rush of the past week with a pre-departure drink. Doors are closed on schedule - yup totally full flight - but we take a while to push back and so by the time we begin takeoff roll it is 30 minutes after scheduled departure. The captain is very chatty - taking a few minutes to do his speil (and same again prior to landing in Singapore).

The food, drink and service are good as always; however the flight was marred by a few cockroaches being seen around my and my seatmates seats. They have no spray to knock out any other crawling around and can only tell us to look out for them If they had empty seats I'm sure we would have been moved but we had to spend the last several hours of the flight with a slightly creepy feeling. I've never seen any inspect onboard a flight before other than the odd fly (especially Australian domestic flights) or mosquito.

Last edited by Kiwi Flyer; Sep 22, 06 at 7:27 am
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 22, 06, 7:25 am
  #7  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
AKL-SIN Raffles Menu

LIGHT MEAL MENU

A Savoury Note

Seared tuna loin with mizuna and seaweed salad
Sesame soya dressing

The Main Event

Beef noodle soup
Egg noodles soup garnished with beef fillet and vegetables

Panfried blue eye cod fillet in white wine sauce, roasted vegetables and potatoes

Indonesian curry chicken, spicy vegetables and steamed rice

A Sweet Note

Ice cream

A Connoisseur's Choice

Gourmet coffee
Selection of tea


SNACK MENU

Fancy a snack?
Simply take your pick from our range of delectable snacks and make your selection known to our cabin crew.

Noodles

Fish ball broth with kway teow or bee hoon noodles

Vegetarian and non-vegetarian instant noodles

Sandwiches

Focaccia sandwich with smoked chicken

Snacks

Roasted mixed nuts

Kjeldsens cookies

Fruit bar

Arnotts pizza

Cadbury chocolate bar

Potato chips

Bananas


DINNER MENU

To Nibble On

Satay
With onion, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce

A Savoury Note

Salad of feta cheese, tomato, olives with marinated prawns and mesclun
Balsamic coriander dressing
Honey mustard lime dressing


The Main Event

Pan roasted beef fillet with bourgnignonne sauce, sauteed mushrooms with bacon and potato mash

Braised hapuku fillet with Oriental XO sauce, seasonal vegetables and egg noodles

Seared chicken in herb jus, roasted vegetables in olive oil and polenta

Lamb curry Madras, spicy vegetables and pilaff rice

A Sweet Note

Passion fruit creme brulee

The Cheese Board

Gourmet cheese with garnishes

Fruit

A selection of fresh fruit

A Connoisseur's Choice

Gourmet coffee
Selection of tea
and pralines


BEVERAGES MENU

Special cocktail

Golden Spice

Cocktails

Singapore Sling
Silver Kris Sling
Gin Fizz
Cloud Nine
Screwdriver
Bloody Mary
Daiquiri
Red or White Wine Cooler

Aperitifs

Campari
Dry Vermouth

Non-alcoholic cocktails

Citrus Royale
Tropical Sparkle
Orange Cooler
Fruit Spritzer
Sunrise Surprise

Spirits

Cognac XO Otard
Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
Gordon's Dry Gin
Smirnoff Red Label Vodka
Bacardi Carta Blanca

Liqueurs

Cointreau
Tia Maria
Baileys Original Irish Cream

Beer

International Selection

Stout

Guinness Stout

Champagne

Piper Heidsieck 1999

White Wines

2004 St Clair Marlborough Sauvignon
Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2004 Weinhas Ress

Red Wines

2003 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot
Chateau Cissac 1998 Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc

Port

Dow 2001 Late Bottled Vintage Port

Tea selection

Pure Ceylon Tea
Earl Grey
Darjeeling
Camomile
Decaffeinated Tea
Japanese Green Tea
Oolong

Gourmet Coffees

Brazil Santos Bourbon
Colombian Supremo
Kenyan AA Kilimanjaro

Specialty Coffees

Brewed Coffee
Cafe Royal
Espresso
Cappuccino
Decaffeinated Coffee
Mocha

Other Beverages

Chocolate
Milo

Mineral Water

Carbonated mineral water
Non-carbonated mineral water

Fruit Juices

Apple
Orange
Pineapple
Tomato

Soft Drinks

A range of regular or low-calorie drinks is available

Iced Drinks

Iced Tea
Iced Coffee
Iced Mocha
Iced Chocolate
Iced Milo
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 22, 06, 3:12 pm
  #8  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: In the skies of the world
Programs: SAS Gold, FB Gold, BA Gold, EY Silver
Posts: 3,167
Looking forward to another crazy flight report...
jacob_m is offline  
Old Sep 22, 06, 5:41 pm
  #9  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
Auckland to Singapore (AKL-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747 continued

I noticed the perfumes in the Raffles toilets onboard had changed to L`Occitane.

I spent the flight alternating between watching some movies, catching up on papers and looking at the scenery unfold out the window. The Australian outback, for example, has lots of interesting landforms clearly visible in cloudless skies. Here there is a desolate-looking plain, there a dried up river system, well eroded stumps of hills that may once have been a great mountain range, etc. As we head northwest the view is partially obscured by increasing haze and cumulus build ups. The volcanic peaks of Indonesia piercing through the murk while the lowlands are invisible and left to the imagination.

Once the sun has set and the skies darkened I return to the screen. Unusually I miscalculate when the krisworld system is going to be turned off and so miss the last 10 minutes of the program I was watching. We land at a rainy Singapore and have the expected long taxi around half the terminal complex before pulling up at F58.  It is amazing how often this flight ends up at the far end of the terminal from the lounge (or gate for onward flight). Still, the exercise is good and I'm soon in the Silver Kris Lounge getting my onward boarding pass. Again they won't issue return boarding pass, saying the policy has changed. I need to remember this in future for tight turnarounds and connections on SQ.

Boarding pass issued I head into the first class side and check up on FT, emails, make another booking and drink some Dom Perignon (not necessarily in that order ). I notice that the printer has gone and so no way to print out stuff from the computer terminals unless you have your own

The 3 hour connection passes quickly and so it is off back to F pier for boarding the next flight.
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 22, 06, 6:03 pm
  #10  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
Singapore to Tokyo Narita (SIN-NRT) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747

As usual in Singapore the screens show final call and gate closing ridiculously early, so as usual I ignore them and head out from the lounge 20 minutes before scheduled departure - giving me 10 minutes to traverse the terminal before the gate closes. As I approach the gate there is a long queue down the pier - due to only one WTMD being in operation. Fortuitously, the second one opens just as I reach the entrance, meaning I am quickly through.

Boarding has not yet started (but commences in another minute or so). Since the flight is very full (again checking availability it had been showing all zeroes, even for paid full F, for several days) the gate lounge is full and I can see we wont be pushing back on time.

I settle in to my upper deck exit row seat once more. Boarding is surprisingly quick and doors close only a few minutes late. But we have missed our slot so sit near the gate for 20 minutes. In contrast to the earlier flight the captain's announcement is much briefer although warns there may be some turbulence close to Japan due to Super Typhoon Yagi which is churning out to sea.

By now I'm very tired and struggle to stay awake long enough to tell the FA I want my meal as breakfast not supper. It seems most other passengers prefer this too. For on these short red-eye flights there is a single meal with the choice of being served shortly after take off or about 90 minutes before arrival.

I get a deep short sleep and get woken up for my book the cook breakfast. For those unfamiliar with Singapore Airlines, first and business class passengers have the option of pre-ordering a special meal (called BTC aka book the cook) - only available from certain cities. Generally these meals are a bit better than the regular meals and there is a wider selection. Naturally Singapore is one origin for BTC, but so far Auckland is not.

While having breakfast I finish off the last of the program I missed on the prior flight, and figure I have just enough time to watch a short movie. Again I was wrong and missed the last 10 minutes of that one too. There is no view outside due to a solid sheet of cloud. However the sun is reflecting nicely off the engines below and behind me. The expected turbulence does not eventuate and several coffees later we are flying low over green fields and villages on approach to Narita.

Since the opening of the southern part of the terminal back in July, the taxi for SQ is much shorter (it used to use the furtherst gates on the furthest satellite).
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 22, 06, 6:25 pm
  #11  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
SIN-NRT Raffles Menu

MENU

To allow you a longer period of undisturbed rest, please let us know your preference for the following meal service options:

- To be served your meal soon after take-off
OR
- To be served your meal about 2 hours before arrival

To Start With

A choice of apple, tomato, freshly squeezed orange juice or soya bean milk

The Main Event

Chicken basil mayonnaise in croissant served with potato chips

Dim sum
Steamed rice sheet cake with char siew, pork siew mai and prawn har kow

American Breakfast
Fruit yoghurt
Spinach omelette with chicken sausage, roasted roma tomato, hash brown potatoes
Bread selection with preserves


Continental Breakfast
Assorted bread with preserves

Your meal will be served with a selection of sliced fresh fruits


A Connoisseur's Choice

Gourmet coffee
Selection of tea


HANAGOYOMI MENU

"Finding the change of the four seasons in a flower and translating it into cuisine."

An array of nine appetisers and entrees together with miso soup, served in Japanese style.

Sakizuke
Grilled fish cake, shredded burdock and carrot

Kuchitori
"Dashi" flavoured egg omelette, spinach with sesame seeds

Aemono
Vegetables with beancurd paste, conger eel and vegetables with sesame dressing

Yakimono
Grilled white miso flavoured salmon trout

Takiawase
[i]Simmered pumpkin, taro, carrot, green beans[i]

Owan
Miso soup

Gohan
Grilled soya glaced rice ball, grilled seaweed with rice ball

Kounomono
Assorted pickles

Mizumono
Assorted fresh fruit

Ocha
Green tea


BEVERAGES MENU

Special cocktail

Golden Spice

Cocktails

Singapore Sling
Silver Kris Sling
Gin Fizz
Cloud Nine
Screwdriver
Bloody Mary
Daiquiri
Red or White Wine Cooler

Aperitifs

Campari
Dry Vermouth

Non-alcoholic cocktails

Citrus Royale
Tropical Sparkle
Orange Cooler
Fruit Spritzer
Sunrise Surprise

Spirits

Cognac XO Otard
Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
Gordon's Dry Gin
Smirnoff Red Label Vodka
Bacardi Carta Blanca
Premium Ginjo Sake Tamanohikari

Liqueurs

Cointreau
Tia Maria
Baileys Original Irish Cream

Beer

International Selection

Stout

Guinness Stout

Champagne

Piper Heidsieck 1999

White Wines

Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2004 Weinhas Ress
Montagny 1er Cru 2004

Red Wines

Chateau Cissac 1998 Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc
Serrata Belguardo 2003 Igt Maremma Toscana

Port

Dow 2001 Late Bottled Vintage Port

Tea selection

Pure Ceylon Tea
Earl Grey
Darjeeling
Camomile
Decaffeinated Tea
Japanese Green Tea
Oolong

Gourmet Coffees

Brazil Santos Bourbon
Colombian Supremo
Kenyan AA Kilimanjaro

Specialty Coffees

Brewed Coffee
Cafe Royal
Espresso
Cappuccino
Decaffeinated Coffee
Mocha

Other Beverages

Chocolate
Milo

Mineral Water

Carbonated mineral water
Non-carbonated mineral water

Fruit Juices

Apple
Orange
Pineapple
Tomato

Soft Drinks

A range of regular or low-calorie drinks is available

Cold Japanese Oolong Tea

Iced Drinks

Iced Tea
Iced Coffee
Iced Mocha
Iced Chocolate
Iced Milo
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 23, 06, 5:15 am
  #12  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
Tokyo Narita to Singapore (NRT-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747

After a brief security check I head to the NH F lounge. No that is not a misprint, thanks to my status and flying SQ Raffles I have access to F lounge. *Gold only has access to business lounge unless flying in first.

Even the though lounge is new I've been here before on a previous trip, but am still astounded at the ratio of lounge staff to pax - even more than Lufthansa's famous first class terminal at FRA it seems. At this early hour the lounge is fairly empty so I grab a nice shower to freshen up. I get given a L'Occitane amenity kit for the shower room, which is also stocked with comb, brush, hairdryer, etc. Others have posted the amenity kits are not always offered.

I while away the transit posting on FT, drinking a nice iced tea and <to be continued ... meeting up with FTer now>
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 23, 06, 6:55 pm
  #13  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
Tokyo Narita to Singapore (NRT-SIN) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747 continued

Apologies for the interruption.

Boarding is well underway when I am called from the lounge. I head down to the gate, pick up an SQ printed timetable (these are much better than the ones available from SQ's SIN lounge since only a few pages thick as opposed to a fat book) at the desk and board. It is another very full flight (was showing all zeroes for several days).

Again I have the upper deck exit row seat, in fact the same seat I had on the same aircraft only a few hours earlier. The overhead bin nearest my seat has a pillow and blanket inside which I move aside to see if my carry on will fit - as it happens it wont since another oddly-shaped carryon is underneath the pillow & blanket. But the jerk sitting on the other side yelled at me to put those back - they're his and they have to be in that bin, nowhere else will do. I noticed during the flight he never touched either pillow or blanket in the bin. What an idiot.

While settling in the captain apologises for the lack of aircon - apparently the APU isn't working and external power isn't coping with this warm Tokyo day. We have a small delay in pushing back waiting for ATC clearance and then roar into the sky.

I don't know why, but somehow during the turnaround the IFE on my seat stopped working properly. I had "VID" (ie airshow plus movies) but not "INT" (interactive including tv programs, games, etc). They rebooted my seat but this didn't fix the problem. A bit annoying but it did mean I read a lot more than I normally would on an SQ flight and at least I could still watch movies.

Our flight path was further east and much closer to the typhoon than on the way up, thus there was a lot more turbulence for the couple of hours. The view consisted of nothing but clouds almost right until touchdown.

The service, while generally good, was off the usual very high SQ standards. For example, no offer of sake with the hangoyomi, missed drinks rounds, didn't come back with hot towel if away from seat during their pass through, assume you want dressing on the salad instead of asking, etc.

We had strong tailwinds all the way and so looked to be arriving quite early when we banked just off SIN followed by an announcement that due to a tall ship(?) passing just in front of the runway we have to hold until it clears the area. So we spent the next 30 minutes going around in circles gradually descending through the thick tropical air. Eventually we straightened up and land a little behind schedule. A short taxi this time to our gate at the end of E pier. We stop short of the gate for 5 minutes to allow another a/c to clear the area.

Since once again I was unable to get an onward boarding pass at Narita my first stop is check in desk inside the lounge.
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 23, 06, 6:56 pm
  #14  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
NRT-SIN Raffles Menu

LUNCH MENU

To Nibble On

Satay
With onion, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce

A Savoury Note

Atlantic smoked salmon garnished with tomato and cucumber salad[/b]

The Main Event

Sauteed veal with braised leek and carrots. Boulangere potatoes.

Stir fried chicken in black peppercorn sauce served with seasonal vegetables and fried rice

Spaghetti pasta with assorted mushroom bolognese, shaved parmesan cheese

A Sweet Note

Haagen Dazs macadamia ice cream with chocolate sauce

The Cheese Board

Gourmet cheese with garnishes

Fruit

A selection of fresh fruit

A Connoisseur`s Choice

Gourmet coffee
Selection of tea
and pralines


HANAGOYOMI MENU

"Finding the change of the four seasons in a flower and translating it into cuisine."

An array of nine appetisers and entrees together with miso soup, served in Japanese style.

Ha-Sun
Salmon with pine nut, shrimp paste with shiitake, sweet potato, mukago

Kuchitori
Horned turban, seaweed shrimp

Yakimono
Grilled pacific saury, eringi mushroom, pickled ginger

Aemono
Straw mushroom and yamakurage vegetable in peanut dressing

Sunomono
Marinated persimmon, radish and carrot

Takiawase
[i]Simmered beancurd skin, carrot, green beans[i]

Gohan
Grilled mackerel sushi
Steamed rice with assorted mushrooms
Steamed rice with hijiki seaweed


Tome-Wan
Miso soup

Men
Cold buckwheat noodles

Mizugashi
Haagen Dazs macadamia ice cream with chocolate sauce

Ocha
Green tea


BEVERAGES MENU

Special cocktail

Golden Spice

Cocktails

Singapore Sling
Silver Kris Sling
Gin Fizz
Cloud Nine
Screwdriver
Bloody Mary
Daiquiri
Red or White Wine Cooler

Aperitifs

Campari
Dry Vermouth

Non-alcoholic cocktails

Citrus Royale
Tropical Sparkle
Orange Cooler
Fruit Spritzer
Sunrise Surprise

Spirits

Cognac XO Otard
Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
Gordon's Dry Gin
Smirnoff Red Label Vodka
Bacardi Carta Blanca
Premium Ginjo Sake Tamanohikari

Liqueurs

Cointreau
Tia Maria
Baileys Original Irish Cream

Beer

International Selection

Stout

Guinness Stout

Champagne

Piper Heidsieck 1999

White Wines

Rheingau Riesling Kabinett 2004 Weinhas Ress
Montagny 1er Cru 2004

Red Wines

Chateau Cissac 1998 Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc
Serrata Belguardo 2003 Igt Maremma Toscana

Port

Dow 2001 Late Bottled Vintage Port

Tea selection

Pure Ceylon Tea
Earl Grey
Darjeeling
Camomile
Decaffeinated Tea
Japanese Green Tea
Oolong

Gourmet Coffees

Brazil Santos Bourbon
Colombian Supremo
Kenyan AA Kilimanjaro

Specialty Coffees

Brewed Coffee
Cafe Royal
Espresso
Cappuccino
Decaffeinated Coffee
Mocha

Other Beverages

Chocolate
Milo

Mineral Water

Carbonated mineral water
Non-carbonated mineral water

Fruit Juices

Apple
Orange
Pineapple
Tomato

Soft Drinks

A range of regular or low-calorie drinks is available

Cold Japanese Oolong Tea

Iced Drinks

Iced Tea
Iced Coffee
Iced Mocha
Iced Chocolate
Iced Milo
Kiwi Flyer is offline  
Old Sep 23, 06, 9:00 pm
  #15  
Moderator, CoronaVirus and Hilton Honors
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: on a short leash
Programs: some
Posts: 71,086
Singapore to Auckland (SIN-AKL) Raffles (Business) Class on SQ 747

I notice I will be on the same aircraft and same seat again (that's 3 flights in a row). Again I check some emails and FT, drink some Dom and freshen up. derpelikan joins me for a while - he'd been trying to get on the same flight from Tokyo but was unable and thus took the longer option via Bangkok (still on SQ).

I headed for the gate slightly early for me, arriving a full 30 minutes before scheduled departure - which I was soon to regret. Again a queue out the door for security, but this time stupidly across the pier instead of down it - blocking the way for anyone heading to or from the gate past this one. Boarding has already started - as is often the case it starts early for SQ flights to New Zealand - but so far only for first, business, PPS and *Gold passengers. As I often do when on the upper deck and boarding is through 2 airbridges I mentally tossed a coin as to which way would be easiest. Left and through door 1L then through zone B to get to stairs (with a possible wait by door 2L to cross paths), or right and through door 2L and straight up the stairs. I chose right but should have chosen left since there was a long queue here in the hot airbridge. 5 minutes later and I'm onboard and up the stairs - it is sweltering inside, well over 30 C. It seems the APU hasnt been fixed and so the a/c has heated up badly during the few hours it sat parked here.

To compound the discomfort we pushed back late due to traffic congestion and so I had an unpleasant hour until the air cooled sufficiently to be comfortable.

Someone must have reset the IFE for my seat during the stop since it was now working ^ I had my BTC meal and then quickly fell into a deep sleep only to walk up with bright sun streaming in the windows 6 hours later. Yup the FAs forgot to pull down the blinds. Shortly after I awoke they went around closing most of the blinds, but left some hard to reach ones open! Service was again uncharacteristically poor. Here are some more examples, missed drink service, no drink top-ups (or even asking if we wanted top-up), forgot which coffee type I had requested (in just a few seconds!), forgot (or misremembered) I don't have milk with my coffee, rubbish left on the armrest for most of the flight (still uncleared by the time we landed), at breakfast forgot to ask if I wanted any yoghurt, another missed hot towel (just skipped a couple of rows), etc.

Breakfast was served a couple of hours prior to landing.

It was a fine spring day in Auckland with scattered cloud and so great views of the hills, harbours and city which we circled to land from the east. Immigration and customs were surprisingly empty for what is normally a busy time of day, and so my plane to exit time (with no checked bags) was an excellent 5 minutes even though we got the gate at the end of the pier.
Kiwi Flyer is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: