Trip Reports

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 to Melbourne

Upper deck on the Super Jumbo!

My first post of 2021 was supposed to be a REX Saab 340 trip report, however the re-emergence of COVID community transmission in Melbourne forced a last minute cancellation of the trip, so hopefully yet another SIA trip report isn’t too boring! To better reflect my schedule, I have also swapped around post days, Wednesdays are now trip reports, and Sundays are spotting updates.

Once inside the terminal, photography isn’t really possible because of the sunshades

After a few days sightseeing around Singapore, we finally had to head home, onboard yet another Singapore Airlines A380, this time it was 9V-SKH. With some check-in problems, courtesy of the self service machines, behind us, we were through to departures, and headed straight over to the Singapore Airlines Business class lounge. We couldn’t spend long in the lounge, and we had soon boarded the aircraft, one of the few A380s left in the world with economy on the upper deck, in a 2-4-2 configuration.

As we taxied out for takeoff, my upper deck window seat provided some fantastic views, although this was long before I started using a DSLR camera, so they aren’t fantastic photos. Some of the most notable aircraft I spotted were a Las Vegas Sands Corporation Boeing 737, and a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ER half way through having its branding removed.

Climbing out of Changi

Lunch was served not long after takeoff, and I had the absolutely delicious Pan fried fish fillet in dill lemon sauce, (for those of you who have been wondering about the detailed food descriptions, I have just been referring to the menus I brought back). The other advantage of the tiny little economy cabin on the upper deck, is the toilets and aisles were rarely congested, I belive none of SIA’s A380s have that config anymore.

The sun began to set just as we passed over South Australia, and a small refreshment was served around the same time, I had the Braised ee fu noodles.

Approach and landing into Tullamarine were in complete darkness, and as we were one of the last international arrivals of the day, we cleared immigration fairly quickly, and after a night in Melbourne we we flew back to Hobart on a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800. I hope you have enjoyed this series of throw back trip reports to 2018, I have enjoyed trawling through my old photos and souvenirs to put them together! After a 2 year break from flying, I headed to Flinders Island with Par Avion in mid 2020, so you can expect a trip report on that next week.

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