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Old 21st June 2020, 05:28 PM   #76
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116. SQ A380 Y to New Delhi: Butter Chicken & The Art of the Seat Swap

I wrote this TR in mid-May 2020. Now, as it was then, the Covid-19 pandemic is still far from over. SIA's Whalejets are still grounded, along with much of the rest of the fleet, although tentative steps are being taken to restart flying, albeit with quite a different inflight experience. Will there ever be a time when travel demand picks up enough for SQ to reinstate A380 services to India?

Turning back the clock to late October 2019, I made a business trip to the Indian business and IT hub of Gurgaon, not far from the nation's capital, New Delhi.

I flew there and back on SQ's A380 in Economy. As it turned out, I've not flown on the A380 since that time.



Will this A380 experience be my last ever? When things return to some sort of normalcy, I can see A380's on routes like SIN-SYD, SIN-LHR or SIN-NRT, but I doubt many other routes would be able to fill such a large aircraft.

Just in case I never again set foot onboard an A380, one of my favourite aircraft types, here is a TR documenting the pre Covid-19 travel experience on SQ A380 Y.



While I had assigned seats on both flights, on my return DEL-SIN flight, while the boarding process was underway, I saw the opportunity to swap to a better seat. Sounds simple doesn't it...get up from seat A and move to seat B...but there are many factors at play here. In this TR I offer an opinion on the art of the seat swap...



On these flights, I also took the opportunity to sample that Indian culinary classic: butter chicken, an item which appeared on the menu of both the outbound SIN-DEL and inbound DEL-SIN sectors.



Was there a difference between the Singapore catered dish and the ex-India version? Read on to find out!

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Old 21st June 2020, 05:46 PM   #77
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And that wraps up my summary of the 116 Trip Reports I've posted to date. I hope these have provided some relief from the boredom of lockdown, and perhaps even inspire you to post TR's of your own! Thank you for reading them, and for all the comments and suggestions.

It's now June 2020. In Singapore, Phase 2 of Circuit Breaker (CB) restrictions have been lifted since 19 June, which means those of us in Singapore can now dine at restaurants, shop in stores, go to the beach, and meet in groups of up to 5 people. It is amazing how much joy simple pleasures and freedoms like these can bring.

In some countries, the situation is still very worrying, while others, like New Zealand, are well on the road to recovery.

I hope we will be able to resume some sort of normal life some time soon, and also resume travel, so that we can reconnect with our friends, business associates, and loved ones all over the world. I look forward to the day when we can once again indulge in our shared passion for air travel.

I wish SQTalkers, whichever country you are in right now, all the very best, as we go through this challenging period. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!
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Old 25th June 2020, 03:37 AM   #78
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Hi, really appreciate the time you have taken to do this post.

Just one question, on many of your TR, you have mentioned that you use your own headphones in Y rather than the inflight one, may i know which model you use?
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Old 25th June 2020, 10:13 AM   #79
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Hi, really appreciate the time you have taken to do this post.

Just one question, on many of your TR, you have mentioned that you use your own headphones in Y rather than the inflight one, may i know which model you use?
Hi balajih67! Thanks for reading them!

On planes, I currently use Shure SE215 earbuds with the wired option, and a generic airline headphone adapter. There are better sounding Shure models, but the SE215 works well enough.

Off the plane, my favourite earbud headphones are now Apple's Airpod Pro's. They sound extremely good and can be used for running and exercise too. The noise cancellation mode is eerily silent, and there is also a "transparency" mode so that you can hear outdoor traffic.
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Old 21st August 2020, 02:46 PM   #80
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Happy Friday, SQTalkers! I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe and healthy. I still haven't flown since the start of the year, which would explain why the number of TR's to date is still 116 with no new additions.

That said, restaurants have reopened in Singapore, at least for groups of up to 5 diners, so hopefully a dining report or two with Mrs yflyer will come up...

In the mean time, here is an index of TR's written to date. While all of these TR's represent fond memories of past trips, I do have favourite TR's among them. I've marked my personal favourites with ***...

1. JAL Dreamliner Singapore-Tokyo (Nov 2012) ***
2. Air France AF256 (CDG-SIN) A380 in Y (Dec 2012)
3. Beijing via Hong Kong (CX/KA in Economy): Three Lounges, Two Dragons, and a Duck
4. QF A380 SIN-MEL-SIN in Y
5 - 7. SIN-LHR-BCN-LHR-SIN on QF Premium Economy and BA Y...and Nancy Bird Walton *** (Feb 2013)
8. Seoul Food and ICN-SIN on SQ Y and Seoul Dining - Five Days, Five Dinners *** (March 2013 and March 2014)
9. Die Die MAS try! SIN-KUL-SIN in Y on MH's new 737-800s (March 2013)
10. J flyer for a day! (But only one way...) SIN-SYD-SIN on SQ 77W J and A380 Y (April 2013)

11. The Good, the Bad, and the Spicy. Beijing to Chongqing on Air China in Y (April 2013)
12. Burj Khalifa and a Burger to Die For - SIN-DXB-LHR-SIN on SQ and BA (May 2013)
13. A Taste of Chongqing Hot Pot: SIN-CKG on Silkair in Y (May 2013)
14. Five Days Barefoot: Conrad Rangali Maldives *** (June 2013)
15. A different kind of Paradise - Biryani in Hyderabad via MI, SQ and AI
16. London and Toronto on BA's 77W and 787 Dreamliner *** (September and November 2013, Feb 2014)
17. Cathay Pacific's 77W from SFO-SIN and "The Wing" First Class Lounge in HKG (September 2013)
18. On QF's first 744 VH-OJA to Sydney, and the Qantas First Lounge in Sydney (October 2013)
19. CX 744 Y SIN-HKG: An evolutionary dead end in Y seat design
20. SQ Y SIN-HKG-SIN on 77W / 777 Refitted

21. Adelaide, Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island
22. JAL 787 Dreamliner Flight JL001 SFO-HND, and a Run across the Golden Gate Bridge *** (May 2014)
23. Emirates A380 to Dubai, the DXB F Lounge, and a glimpse of Islamabad ***
24. p.s. I love you: UA's Revamped Premium Service JFK-SFO in Y (June 2014)
25. Two Parks and a River – PART 1: Singapore Airlines A380 to Frankfurt and New York *** (June 2014)
26. Two Parks and a River – PART 2: NY & SFO-SIN on SQ15 (77W in Y)
27. Short and Shorter: Intra-Asia on SQ Economy (MNL, BKK, KUL)
28. On SilkAir's New 737-800 to Kuala Lumpur (MI322 SIN-KUL)
29. SIN-PEK in J on SQ's 777-300 Refitted (73A) Regional Business Class (August 2014)
30. An Unexpected Journey: Dubai and Kuwait on SQ J/Y and EK Y *** (September 2014)

31. SQ @ Manila Airport Terminal 3 and Lounge One Fourteen
32. Steak, Bed and Breakfast on SQ16 ICN-SFO (Seat 11K)
33. SQ318 SIN-LHR in New Y (77WN), Terminal 2, The Shard, and Perfect Fish & Chips *** (October 2014)
34. CX New Regional J to HKG (November 2014)
35. Ten Days in Tasmania *** (Nov-Dec 2014)
36. Mini TR: My MAS 737 had Eyebrows... (January 2015)
37. BA Club Europe - Short Haul "J" LGW-BCN (Feb 2015)
38. To London and Barcelona via DXB on EK/QF A380 Y (Feb 2015)
39. More Seoul Food: SQ J to ICN and Dining in Korea *** (March 2015)
40. Lisbon to Heathrow on TAP in Y (November 2014)

41. Dragonair J from Bengaluru to Hong Kong (April 2015)
42-43. Qantas A380 Business Class DXB-LHR, Shorthaul in Europe, Dubai and Riyadh (Parts I & II)
44. A Cold Spring in Summer: Taipei via Jetstar, Kavalan Whisky in Yilan (June 2015)
45. SQ A380 Economy to Shanghai (May 2015)
46. SQ Economy to Bangkok - New and Old Y (July 2015)
47. Qatar Airways A350: SIN-DOH in Economy, Inaugural A350 Service DOH-DXB *** (August 2015)
48. Qatar Airways: A350 Business Class DOH-SIN, 787 Economy DXB-DOH, Al Mourjan J Lounge ***
49. Lufthansa A380 Premium Economy to Frankfurt and Munich
50. SG50 Fireworks and Flypasts - A Staycation at the Marina Bay Sands (August 2015)

51. SQ Premium Economy from Singapore to London *** (October 2015)
52. A Plane, a Train, and a Run: SQ A380 Economy CDG-SIN, KL 737 LHR-AMS, Thalys etc
53. SIN-HND-NRT-LAX on SQ 777 Economy and SQ A380 Business Class *** (October 2015)
54. A Room with A View: LAX Stopover and AA 738 LAX-SFO
55. Uber, Gitane and SQ1 SFO-SIN in New Economy Class (77WN)
56. CX A340 Business Class to Hong Kong (November 2015)
57. Planes, Thrills and Meals: SQ to Kansai, Osaka , Kyoto and Universal Studios Japan *** (November 2015)
58. British Airways A380 Y SIN-LHR-SIN on BA12/BA11 (January 2016)
59. LHR-BOS-ORD-SAN-LHR on BA and AA: Snow, Lobsters and Aircraft Carriers *** (Jan 2016)
60. JAL to Tokyo in Y: Ramen, Whale and a Run around the Imperial Palace (February 2016)

...Continued in next post...

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61. Emirates SIN-DXB-BCN in Y: Paella, Xuxo & FC Barcelona vs Sevilla@Camp Nou (Part I) *** (February 2016)
62. Emirates MUC-DXB-SIN & Air Berlin BCN-DUS-MUC: Strong Beer & Schweinshaxe (Part II)
63. SQ318/319 New Business & Economy Class to London and LHR T2 SilverKris Lounge *** (April 2016)
64. More Tokyo Dining: Jidori Chicken, Izakaya and a run to the Tokyo Skytree (March/April 2016)
65. BA Y to Europe - Runs, Floods, War and Wine *** (May/June 2016)
66. SQ A350 Economy / Premium Economy to Jakarta (July 2016)
67. A Stroll in Shanghai, A Run in Macau (July 2016)
68. BA 747 Cabin Refresh and Boston in Summer (June 2016)
69. Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, Half Moon Bay and the Original Hooters (SQ/VS/B6/DL/UA) *** (August 2016)
70. Three Dreamliners: NH/AI/UA 787's in Economy to HND, MAA/BOM and SFO *** (August 2016)

71. UA1/2 Dreamliner Non-stop to San Francisco in Y *** (September 2016)
72. Two Days in Stockholm - Gamla Stan and the Vasa Museum *** (November 2016)
73. Finnair A350 XWB to Helsinki *** (October 2016)
74. SQ A380 Suites from Beijing to Singapore and a run on the Great Wall *** (November 2016)
75. SIA's New A350 XWB: SQ337 DUS-SIN in Economy (December 2016)
76. First Cruise: Diamond Princess - 4 Days Malaysia (Penang, Langkawi, Port Klang) (December 2016)
77. United Airlines 747-400 in Economy: SIN-HKG-ORD (777) / SFO-HKG-SIN (744/777) (January 2017)
78. JL 787 PEK-HND and SQ 77WN HND-SIN : Is this as good as Y gets? (December 2016)
79. CX A350 to Hong Kong, the Mira Moon Hotel, and a Run to Victoria Peak *** (March 2017)
80. SQ 772ER to Hanoi in Economy: A Taste of Vietnam *** (March 2017)

81. Jakarta to Singapore on SQ's Boeing 773 (Refitted) 9V-SYI with 2006 Y (April 2017)
82. Three Generations of the Emirates A380 Y Seat and More Barcelona Dining (February 2017)
83. SQ SIN-LHR/CDG-SIN in Y: Concorde Spotting, Ibis Hotels, and Runs in Reading and CDG (July 2016)
84. SIA A380 Premium Economy from Beijing to Singapore on SQ807 - "To Bid or Not to Bid" (May 2017)
85. Gibsons, Ostra, and Flying Flat on a One Hour Flight: AA Transcon Airbus 321 BOS-JFK (October 2016)
86. SQ A330 to Bangkok, the W Hotel, and the New BKK SilverKris Lounge *** (June 2017)
87. SQ A380 to FRA, AB to TXL, and Berlin Christmas Markets after the Terror Attack (December 2016)
88. Scoot 787 Dreamliner to Athens & Greek islands: Mykonos and Santorini *** (August 2017)
89. Qantas A330 to MEL - Yarra Run, Tapas with Friends, and Steak at Rockpool Bar & Grill (October 2017)

Impressions of SQ New A380 Launch Event (Programme, Catering by SATS, Goodie Bags) (November 2017)

90. The Airlines We Fly, the Air We Breathe: SQ A380 to India (BOM/DEL), St Regis, Oberoi (November 2017)

91. Genting Dream Cruise to Surabaya/Bali: Mermaids, Babi Guling & a Zipline over the Sea (December 2017)
92. A Taste of Mumbai Mary, A Run along Marine Drive: SQ SIN-DEL/BOM-SIN (Econ/772/A380) *** (January 2018)
93. Upstairs, Downstairs! First Trip on SIA's New A380 to Sydney: SQ221/232 SIN-SYD-SIN *** (February 2018)
94. Two Flights on SIA's A350: Premium Economy (MEL-SIN) and Economy (SIN-BOM) (March 2018)
95. SQ32 SIN-SFO Non-stop on SIA's A350-900WXB, Comparing 1-stop vs Non-stop, & SF Dining *** (April 2018)
96. SQ from DEL/BOM to SIN:777 vs A380 vs A350, Mumbai Local Trains, Great Kabab Factory (May/June 2018)
97. Eating Ethnic in Oz: SQ221 to Sydney in New A380 Economy, and Qantas Biz to Melbourne (May 2018)
98. Crazy Frequent Flyer Asians: UA38/37 Dreamliner Nonstop to LA, Vegas & Grand Canyon *** (August 2018)
99. Qantas A380 Premium Economy Revisited: QF2 from Singapore to Sydney (September 2018)
100. SQ 787-10 Dreamliner New Business Class to Perth, Margaret River Glamping & Vineyards *** (December 2018)

101. A Tourist in My Own Country - 3 Singapore Staycations (Andaz, InterCon RQ, Conrad) *** (January 2019)
102. 7 Days in Lisbon, 8 Hours in London: Qantas A380 Y, Heathrow Lounges, TAP to Lisbon *** (March 2019)

Jewel Preview (April 2019)

103. SQ117 KUL-SIN in SIA's Regional A350 Y (April 2019)
104. UA2 SIN-SFO 787-9 Polaris Business to San Francisco, Baseball and Yo-Yo Ma in Chicago *** (June 2019)
105. Three A350s and a Dreamliner: Regional Flights in Asia with SQ, TG and CX (July 2019)
106. On SIA's 787-10 Dreamliner to Bangkok and Back (August 2019)
107. SIA 777-300ER Premium Economy on SQ2 SIN-HKG and a night at the W Hong Kong (August 2019)
108. SQ to Manila: Comparing the Old to the New (April and October 2019)
109. SQ to Vietnam: Pho in Saigon, River Boat to the Cu Chi Tunnels (June 2019)
110. SIA A350-900 from Singapore to San Francisco in Economy (SQ32/31 SIN-SFO-SIN) (November 2019)

111. Scoot 787 to Bangkok: Floating Markets, IconSiam, and Sunday Brunch at the Sukhothai (November 2019)
112. SIA's Regional Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-10: What's the Difference? (November 2019 and January 2020)
113. Scoot to Taiwan: Taipei 101, Taroko Gorge, Jiu Fen Old Street (December 2019)
114. Barcelona, Emirates, and the End of the A380 (EK Y SIN-DXB-BCN-DXB-SIN) (February 2019)
115. SQ863 HKG-SIN in A350 Economy, and Hong Kong before the Protests/Covid-19 (November 2018)
116. SQ A380 Y to New Delhi: Butter Chicken & The Art of the Seat Swap

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