Taking a Triple Seven to the Garden City
The second leg on our trip to Europe, back in 2018, was MEL-SIN on board Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER (9V-SWW), my first flight on the triple seven. I took loads of pictures, and kept a lot of stuff from this flight, so this trip report will be a longer read.
After a quick transfer from the domestic terminal we arrived at the gate, with excellent views of the tarmac. The short layover (95 minutes) passed quickly, watching planes taxi past.
We soon boarded, and moved down to row 52, with a very nice wing view. Interestingly, the now rather dated Boeing Signature interior, which debuted on the 777, was also adapted for use on Qantas’ Boeing 747-400ERs, and late model 747-400s.
Almost thirty minutes after boarding, we finally pushed back and taxied out to runway 16 and took off, unfortunately my video of the taxi and takeoff corrupted each time I tried to upload it to YouTube, so I haven’t been able to host it on this page.
As we climbed smoothly out of Melbourne, the rest of the country came into view under the clear blue sky.
Soon after reaching cruising altitude, the crew came round with lunch, I had the stir fried chicken with ginger and spring onion, Chinese vegetables, and steamed rice, the western option being beef burgundy style.
The KrisWorld entertainment system occupied me for the next few hours, as we crossed Australia’s northern coast and over the volcanos of the Indonesian Islands.
About an hour or so before landing it was time for the second meal of the flight, a substantial refreshment, Char Siew fried rice, or Chicken and Leek pie. The former was quite delicious, and more than adequate catering for a 9 hour flight.
I barely noticed we had started descending, and the busy shipping lane that is the Singapore strait came into view as we approached Changi’s runway 02R. 02R has since become 02C, as part of the massive expansion of the airport to the south east.
After touching down, and taxying past the rows of SQ tails, we disembarked and made our way through to Changi’s stunning customs hall, before heading over to the hotel.
Probably one of my best flights to date, and so far my only 777 flight, I really enjoyed flying with Singapore Airlines, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this Trip Report. Next Sunday’s post will be the next leg of our trip, Singapore to Heathrow, onboard Singapore Airlines’ Super Jumbo!