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SQ221 Singapore Changi Intl (SIN) - Sydney Kingsford Smith Intl (SYD)
Date: 7 March 2005
Departure (scheduled): 20:40
Arrival (scheduled): 07:15
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Cabin: Economy
Seat: 39H

Having already checked-in online and bagged two exit row seats, it was just a case of turning up at the airport to check our bags in, which we did a couple of hours before the flight. Changi was again very efficient and there was hardly any queue at economy check-in, let alone Raffles. Immigration was fast and bizarrely at Changi T2, security only occurs once you reach the designated gate.

We had some GST refunds to do and some free internet surfing, before hitting the lounge. Unfortunately SIA's proper lounge in Singapore, the SilverKris lounge, is only available to PPS Club members (frequent business class travellers in SIA's frequent flyer programme). For *G passengers (including its own *G's) there is a Premium Lounge which is frankly a joke. It was packed when we were in there. The fridge was tiny and although frequently restocked, the products didn't have time to cool down. So after a warm beer perched on the edge of a sofa, we decided to head off to the gate.

Boarding was again orderly and we were some of the first on board. Economy had about 40 seats free on this sector, so less busy than LHR-SIN, but only just. Taxi and take-off were slightly delayed, but only by ten minutes or so.

Dinner was a choice of fish curry or chicken. I chose the fish curry, but wasn't really hungry so didn't end up eating it, although I had the started dish of rice and ham. After the meal service, I tried to sleep, but as with my last SIN-SYD sector, only managed about 15 mins over a period of about 3 hours. With very high tailwinds of 140 km/h at some points, we made good progress during the flight, but unfortunately there was a lot of turbulence over the whole flight and the seatbelt signs were on for most of the time. These were eventually ignored as people started to need to go to the toilet etc.

Breakfast was served about an hour out of Sydney and was unfortunately somewhat poor. A bread roll, muffin and four pieces of fruit. That was it! Supposedly a "continental breakfast". If I'd have known that it was going to be that little, I would have made more effort for dinner. Should have read the menu more closely!

Descent into Sydney was quick and we took the scenic route, over-flying the city and landing at Kingsford Smith airport on schedule. We deplaned fairly quickly and thankfully the immigration queues at Sydney were significantly shorter (practically non-existant) than the last time I had been here.

Another good flight from SQ, but not as good as the LHR-SIN sector. The seat is still very comfortable for economy, although the exit row is right next to the emergency exit, which is much noisier than other parts of the cabin.