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    First off, please excuse me in that I do not have all details about several flights. I remember most of the flight details, but things more specific than that kind of blur away... Also, sorry that I don't have pictures...

    My sister went to India on May 11, since her school ended before mine did. Because my school ended at the end of May, my mom and I went to India on May 29. My mother wanted to stay in India longer than I did, so she decided to stay until August 2. My sister and I returned on July 1. So I went to India with my mom, and came back with my sister.

    Here is the full route of this trip:

    ATL-DCA-JFK-FRA-SIN-BLR (Bangalore, India)

    So here it is:
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    ATL-DCA

    May 29, 2004
    Delta Air Lines 750
    MD-88
    Departure: 1:30 PM
    Arrival: 3:11 PM
    Seat: 14E and 14F

    Check In

    My dad dropped my mom and I off at curbside in ATL. It felt so good to know that I was travelling somewhere shortly. It's just that feeling. After parking the car, my dad returned, and we hauled our four check in bags and two carry on bags to the counter. I made sure we got the seats I had requested months ago. I got them! After checking in the bags, and putting them through the annoying TSA belt, we said good bye to my father and left for Washington, DC.

    Airport Browsing/Flight

    I don't remember from where our flight departed but I think it was in the C gates or D gates. Both of those are narrow, long, and are really disgusting. My mom and I didn't browse so much as insulting this concourse.

    Boarding commenced, and we hauled our carry on bags into line. A Delta agent greeted us, scanned the tickets, and invited us in the aircraft. While walking in, I saw first class. Man, those seats look real cheap! Maybe it's because the MD-88 is old, but...

    Our coach seats were very nice. They were towards the beginnning of the cabin well in front of the wing. Pushback was right on time. No IFE was available, and I just stared out the window for the entire flight. My mother snoozed a bit.

    The normal pretzel and drink service came, and I took up on some Coke.

    Before landing, a Flight Attendant came on the PA and announced that due to a security restriction, it is not permissible to be out of a seat for the last 30 minutes of flight.

    Soon, we were flying over the Potomac River for a nice landing at Washington-Reagan airport.

    Washington Reagan Airport

    This Airport didn't come off as a large airport, but it was very nice. I loved the scenery, and I spent much of our one hour halt pointing out sights in the city, such as the Capitol, Washington Monument, and Jefferson Memorial. I think we saw some of the Smithsonian as well.

    DCA-JFK

    May 29, 2004
    Delta Air Lines/ACA 6155
    Dornier 328JET
    Departure: 4:40 PM
    Arrival: 5:50 PM
    Seat: 7B and 7C

    When this plane pulled up to the gate (which didn't have an aerobridge), my mom wondered if that thing could get off the ground. She thought it looked like a bug. Nevertheless, we boarded the plane, and sat down in the comfortable seats. The seats were arranged 1-2. I thought that was nice. Due to security restrictions, no passenger was allowed to get up the entire flight. The pilot said that if anyone were to get up, the plane must land at an alternate airport. He said it in a pretty grave tone, which I thought was useless.

    This flight was the most beautiful in the world. I loved it so much. The Atlantic just sparkled like crystals, and I saw the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel road. The flight took us over some of Long Island, and I think we flew over the Howard Beach/Coney Island area. Just before landing, I could see our Singapore AIrlines 747-400 sitting on a ramp spot.

    JFK

    Now here's an airport for ya! We got off at Terminal 3, and I decided to give my mom a pleasant tour of the airport (as well as any visible skyscrapers of New York City). So we took the Air Train once around the airport. This was an excellent view. Because ATL doesnt have nearly as much international traffic as JFK, I saw my first LOT plane, and several other airlines were my first. The Old TWA Terminal 5 looked abysmal since it is shut down. Before long, we were at Terminal 4.

    T4 is awesome. I loved it. The building is very glassy, and since it is slightly elevated, we could see a lot of the distant planes. My mom and I ate at this Pizza place (new york with out new york pizza!?!?!) and then went past security. There were a LOT of Indians!!!! I figured this is becuase the Air India plane and the Kuwait Airways plane leaves at similar times. After batting through security, I went to the gate.

    From here on, SIngapore Airlines never failed to satisfy me. The plane monopolized the nearest gate (gate 3). I sat down on the bench just in time to see the huge 744 pull up right infront of me.

    JFK-SIN

    May 29, 2004
    Singapore Airlines 25
    B747-400
    Departure: 9:45 PM
    Arrival (in Singapore): 6:30 AM
    Seat: 34AB and 53AB
    the best flight in the world

    Boarding started, and I get ready to see the first Singapore Girl of my life. My mom thought their sarongs were very spectacular, and I thought the same.

    After we sat down on our seats, I turned my head to look out the window to see - nothing but a wall. THis was a row without a window. After curses were said, and finding out it was a full flight, I sat down.

    Thankfully, this flight had Wisemen on it. This system is the best system in the world. I dont' think you need a window to enjoy a flight if it has Wisemen. The special Asian Vegetarian meals we ordered came, and it was the best airfood I've ever had. Not only was it good, it was filling. They handed out menus, and I dutifully kept them. Before long, we were approaching Frankfurt. Frankfurt Airport is terrible. At least, the part that I saw. The bathrooms were dirty, the halls were dirty, little shopping, etc. Teh only redeeming quality was the view of the ramp. And one man who works for LH.

    This man changed our seats from the horrible plugged window to one of the best seats in coach. I think 53AB is the best now. It is near the galley, so you can stop by for a drink at anytime. And the wind is not plugged! After reboarding and take off, we were served lunch. Once, again, excellent service, with a smile, and they seemed to actually care. Their chili sauce was damn good, and i took a pack of it with every bit of food. I think that most US Majors can't come close to SQ. The Singapore Girls did not seem robotic in anyway at all. They chatted with us frequently. After taking in a few movies and playing Nintendo, I decided to ask for some postcards. I got six of them (i needed 3...), and there were two designs. Both commemorate the A345Leadership slogan. I think this was over the black sea.

    India looked marvelous from above. I think it was turbulent up there, as well. After cutting though the Bay of Bangal and over flying Phuket and Penang, we were over Johur Bahru, just North of Singapore. Landing at Changi was smooth, and I realized I just completed my first 747-400 flight. I've been on the 742 and 743 many times before...

    Singapore Changi Airport
    This is the best airport in the world. I loved it so much. It was so much wider than ATL, and the monorail between T1 and T2 was amazing. The food places were nice too. There were plenty of lounges and sleeping chairs.

    My mom and I went into the city/country of Singapore, and it was amazing. I think SIngapore is one of the best places in the world. People were very friendly, and no one tried to rob or cheat us. THey cared about our business. We went to Little India, downtown, and Sentosa before catching the MRT back to Changi.

    SIN-BLR (Bangalore, India)

    May 31, 2004
    Singapore Airlines 430
    B777-200ER
    Departure: 98:55PM
    Arrival 20:25 PM
    Seat: 34AB
    the best flight in the world

    This plane also had Wisemen 3000. For a four and a half our flight, that was a nice touch! Once again, excellent F/As who really cared. The footrests were nice as well. I slept a bit on this flight, but I do remember we were served a meal on it. I believe that was good, but I was partially asleep...

    After landing in India, We passed customs and my uncle for another trip.

    I must say that I have to give SQ five stars and more for these flights. I know they used to be much better, and they've cut costs so much, but they still surpass all the US majors and European carriers.

    The return trip will come later![/u]

  • #2
    Nice report! But one question which surprises me. Why would you take Singapore to Singapore and then to India, when you said there was a Air India flight also boarding! Which goes to India?? Why the extra travel?? Or you could have taken Kuwait? I do understand tho, you prob didnt want to travel with all those un behaved Indian people (no offense) I experince the same on PIA thats why i dont fly them anymore. Full of illterate people who act like they have never been on a plane before and cant behave themselves. Im happy that you enjoyed my home at terminal 4!!!
    Only the dead have seen the end of the war-Plato

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    • #3
      Originally posted by fly1346
      you prob didnt want to travel with all those un behaved Indian people (no offense) I experince the same on PIA thats why i dont fly them anymore. Full of illterate people who act like they have never been on a plane before and cant behave themselves.
      Wow, nice way to speak about your heritage.

      You should be happy that you have been fortunate enough to fly around the world. Others may not be that fortunate. So when it's their first time flying, don't judge them.

      You're not better than anyone just because your family moved to the US.
      Will F.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by fly1346
        Im happy that you enjoyed my home at terminal 4!!!
        You live in the airport?


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        • #5
          Terminal 4 is like my home away from home!!
          Wow, nice way to speak about your heritage.
          Im not Indian Also most of these people have been on planes before and they still cant behave themselves. Have you ever flown Air India or PIA? You should see those annoying bratty kids who wont stop kicking your chair, and their mothers who talk so loud that the entire plane can hear them. And then the spilt food, and the clogged toilets which leak into the isles!!. I see why he flew SQ, and why I dont fly airlines like these! I never said I was better than anyone either!
          Only the dead have seen the end of the war-Plato

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          • #6
            Have you ever flown Air India or PIA? You should see those annoying bratty kids who wont stop kicking your chair, and their mothers who talk so loud that the entire plane can hear them.
            I experienced that once. US Airways 605 CLT-LAX

            -Clovis

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            • #7
              Re: SQ to the stars!

              [quote="ATLcenter"]
              Boarding started, and I get ready to see the first Singapore Girl of my life. My mom thought their sarongs were very spectacular, and I thought the same.
              It's not a sarong, it's a Batik, many people say that it's Kebaya too, no, it's not Kebaya or Sarong. It's a traditional uniform in 4 Southeast Asian countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia & Brunei).

              In the mid-90s, they wanted to introduce a new uniform (MAS not SIA), it consisted of 3 different uniforms for ladies. (re-design Batik, Chinese Cheong Sam, Indian Sari) so that it can represent the 3 biggest races in Malaysia (Malay, Chinese & Indian) but the government rejected it.

              There are 4 Southeast Asian carriers using the Batik as their ladies uniform, (Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines & some new Garuda Indonesia FSS).


              It's a nice report. Thanks.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by fly1346
                Im not Indian Also most of these people have been on planes before and they still cant behave themselves. Have you ever flown Air India or PIA? You should see those annoying bratty kids who wont stop kicking your chair, and their mothers who talk so loud that the entire plane can hear them. And then the spilt food, and the clogged toilets which leak into the isles!!. I see why he flew SQ, and why I dont fly airlines like these! I never said I was better than anyone either!
                If this is as credible as the info about the airport employees who steal everything...
                Will F.
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                • #9
                  Due to security restrictions, no passenger was allowed to get up the entire flight. The pilot said that if anyone were to get up, the plane must land at an alternate airport.
                  What the Fu*k!? Standing up... yea thats a real threat If someone got up and the plane had to land... would they arrrest them and charge them for standing up? I never knew that standing up was a crime in the US... but i guess it is. Now how do i get up from my computer to the downstairs or to my bed if i can't stand up cuz it's against the law.... mabey i'll crawl... or mabey thats illegal too .

                  I thought security paranoia has gotten as bad as it could.... but this sets a new low.

                  Do they give out cups for you too piss in if you need to? since you can't get up to go to the bathroom

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                  • #10
                    You can't get up for the last 30 minutes when you are flying into DCA or your flight is diverted to IAD and you get to experience the muzzle of an air marshal's handgun. I don't see why DCA-JFK you would have to stay down...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fly1346
                      Nice report! But one question which surprises me. Why would you take Singapore to Singapore and then to India, when you said there was a Air India flight also boarding! Which goes to India?? Why the extra travel?? Or you could have taken Kuwait? I do understand tho, you prob didnt want to travel with all those un behaved Indian people (no offense) I experince the same on PIA thats why i dont fly them anymore. Full of illterate people who act like they have never been on a plane before and cant behave themselves. Im happy that you enjoyed my home at terminal 4!!!
                      I guess you kinda forgot (or didn't know) I'm Indian.

                      No offence taken.

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                      • #12
                        Re: SQ to the stars!

                        [quote="eddie_AB6"]
                        Originally posted by ATLcenter
                        Boarding started, and I get ready to see the first Singapore Girl of my life. My mom thought their sarongs were very spectacular, and I thought the same.
                        It's not a sarong, it's a Batik, many people say that it's Kebaya too, no, it's not Kebaya or Sarong. It's a traditional uniform in 4 Southeast Asian countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia & Brunei).

                        In the mid-90s, they wanted to introduce a new uniform (MAS not SIA), it consisted of 3 different uniforms for ladies. (re-design Batik, Chinese Cheong Sam, Indian Sari) so that it can represent the 3 biggest races in Malaysia (Malay, Chinese & Indian) but the government rejected it.

                        There are 4 Southeast Asian carriers using the Batik as their ladies uniform, (Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines & some new Garuda Indonesia FSS).


                        It's a nice report. Thanks.
                        Thanks for that info! Ha! TO think I flew 25,000 miles misinformed! Either way, those outfits are superb!

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                        • #13
                          YEs, I agree with Eddie_AB6,

                          The four main airlines in South East Asia (MAS, GARUDA,RBA,SIA)
                          all have almost the same attire and it is one of the traditional attires of the Indonesian ethnic. Of course we don't want to get into the minute details of the ethnicity issue, but whats all the fuss about the Indian people and the way they behave on airplanes ? We cnanot generalize abt the races just because of a few incidences. It is only fair that you direct the comments on those particular people and not the entire community.

                          But nevertheless, let us have fun in this discussion forum.
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                          • #14
                            Great flight review =)
                            I'm going to fly on SIA myself the 14th of August when I'm going from Denmark to Australia (CPH-SIN-MEL/YMML), and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed them! Can't wait myself now
                            They seem so great on photos too, but it's always nice to hear from people who have actually been there themselves and had a good experience! =)
                            ~*~Janni~*~

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                            • #15
                              Jannichan : hope you have a good flight with them. all my experiences with them however have been really awful and there will be a difference in treatment of services to an Asian and to a Caucasian.
                              I have had the experience myself. Nevertheless, they do have a good route network and schedule too.
                              ENjoy your flight !!!
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