Posted by: travelrat | May 14, 2012

The Flight Out.

Singapore, 23rd March 2012

It felt rather strange to be starting a journey in mid-afternoon. These stories usually start early in the morning. But, our flight didn’t leave till the late evening, so we had plenty of time to travel to Heathrow on the National Express coach, which fulfils its promise to drop you ‘right at the airport door’. We had a rather overpriced coffee at the Oriel Grand Brasserie, in Terminal 3. I thought it rather pretentious at first, but the Art Deco ambience slowly grew on me.

The flight to Singapore was on an Airbus A380 … I’ve been looking forward to a flight on one of these for some time. There’s more legroom than on a 747, and you can get up and get yourself a snack or a cold drink at any time … a service we haven’t come across before.

Supper was some reasonable Lincolnshire sausages in gravy, but breakfast the following morning (actually, it was evening for, by now, we were working on Singapore time) was a bit of a disappointment. We’d been looking forward to the advertised scrambled eggs and bacon, but, alas, they were out of these by the time the trolley reached us. So, we had to be content with a continental breakfast of muesli, yoghurt and fruit salad.

Adelaide, 24th March 2012.

Transfer to an A330 for the onward flight to Adelaide proved to be a bit of a return to Munchkinland as far as seat room was concerned. I’ve no complaints for use of this configuration for a short European hop, but it’s rather too cramped and uncomfortable for an overnight one.

Supper was a passable beef stew, although it’s not the ideal dish for eating in a cramped space when you’re wearing a white shirt. Breakfast was, again, only a light continental one; no choice, this time, as we’d be landing at Adelaide at 6.30 am.

So, first job … no, not sleep, although I felt like it! Up to the Vodaphone shop to buy a sim card for the mi-fi. So, we were once more in contact with the outside world.

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Michela flew in a B777, which I haven’t tried yet, but would love to see how it stacks up against an A380. The Dubai stopover sounds good, too.



  1. Hi Keith,
    Your first plane out on the Airbus A380 sounds nice with extra leg room, especially for such a long flight, it was a shame about breakfast, especially after they advertised it. I have never understood why airlines run out of some food, they know how many people are going to be on the plane, very bad estimation on how many would like a hot breakfast.

    I think the stopover in Singapore is a lot better than stopping over in Dubai, a lot better airport, I feel. 🙂

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