Flight Review – Singapore Airlines SQ860: Singapore to Hong Kong by Airbus A350-900 (Long Haul)

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Singapore Airlines SQ860 is a morning flight from Singapore to Hong Kong, operated by the Airbus A350-900. I had booked my trip early just when the 2019 Hong Kong protests first started, with a sudden drop in airfare. Thinking that the protests would be over soon, I just went ahead to book my ticket, taking advantage of the cheap price. Alas, 4 months later, things are still out of the norm, but I decided to go ahead on my trip anyway since I’ve already booked my flight.

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eading to Row 4 for Economy Class check-in.

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Singapore Airlines now adopts the FAST Check-in system at Changi Airport, so I headed to the kiosk to print out my boarding pass.

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As I had already checked in online, the procedure was rather fast.

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My boarding pass for my Singapore Airlines SQ860 flight from Singapore to Hong Kong. As I had no check-in bags, the FAST Check-in procedure ends here.

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Heading to departure immigration.

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The transit area of Terminal 3.

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Re-checking my gate just in case.

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Yup, still Gate B6.

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Heading to Gate B6.

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Heading for security screening before entering the gate.

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9V-SMK would be flying me from Singapore to Hong Kong.

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Boarding passes will be checked before entering the gate hold room.

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The Hong Kong immigration card is distributed upon boarding pass checks.

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The empty gate hold room as the plane was already opened for boarding. However, I decided to wait a while more to not wait on a crowded aerobridge and wrote my immigration card first.

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Heading to board after feeling that the crowd had cleared.

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Heading down the aerobridge to board my flight to Hong Kong.

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Headsets and newspapers are free to take before boarding the aircraft. Seems like The Straits Times is the most popular as it had ran out already. And no one seems to want the South China Morning Post.

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Passing through the Business Class cabin.

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Wonder when I can be seated here.

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Passing through the Premium Economy cabin.

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Entering the Economy Class cabin where I belong.

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My aisle seat at Seat 51D.

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The generous legroom on board the Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 (Long Haul), perhaps dubbed the “World’s Best Economy Class Seat” by my standards.

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The entertainment system on the Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 (Long Haul).

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There is a touch screen remote to use with the touch screen IFE, but I didn’t use it.

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The abundant movies on the KrisWorld IFE.

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Once everyone had boarded, the usual hot towel service commenced.

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The Singapore Airlines logo embossed on the hot towel.

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Cabin lights were dimmed for take-off.

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Menu cards are also handed out while on the ground.

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The drinks and brunch menu for my flight.

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Looks like I’m having the western option as usual.

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The safety video is played during pushback.

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Singapore Airlines uses Simplified Chinese instead of Traditional Chinese for the subtitles on this Hong Kong-bound flight. Hmm.

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Watch the Singapore Airlines safety video here:

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I realised I’ve not taken a picture of the half-folded table on the Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 (Long Haul) yet, so here it is.

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There is a vanity mirror in case you need to put some make up on.

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Shortly after the seat belt signs were switched off, breakfast was served.

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I picked the Farmers Egg Casserole for breakfast.

To say that the meal was a disappointment is an understatement. Just look at the side of the egg. Is it a casserole or is it a cheesecake? To be fair, it tasted quite good with potatoes within the egg like a rösti, but the portion was ridiculous. I could see at least a third of the bottom of the meal tray.

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After the meal, the usual SATS Double Chocolate ice cream was served for dessert.

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After the trays were cleared, I asked a crew if I could get a Singapore Sling, and she served it with a pack of peas and crackers.

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The signature alcoholic SQ drink to order on your next flight.

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The clean toilet as usual on Singapore Airlines.

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Amenities are available on a display rack. However, the cologne seems to be missing.

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Time to peek in to the amenity drawer.

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Ah, just one toothbrush kit left. Vomit bags and menstrual pads are in abundance though, both of which I have no use for.

Coming out of the toilet, I smelled instant noodles throughout the cabin. Lol I wonder why.

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Back in my seat for the remainder of the flight.

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Disembarking at Hong Kong after a 14-minute early arrival at 12.26pm.

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Passing through the Premium Economy cabin.

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Passing through the Business Class cabin.

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Thanks 9V-SMK.

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Heading up the long aerobridge.

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Looks like I’m parked at Gate 8 as the gate is detatched from the terminal at the end.

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Cleaning crew preparing to board the aircraft.

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Heading down to the arrivals level.

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9V-SMK at Hong Kong.

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Heading to arrival immigration.

As expected, immigration was almost empty.  Just about 6 counters were opened in the middle of the vast hall, and that was enough to clear the single file of passengers. No need for any zigzagging in the queue any more.

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Heading past the baggage reclaim area as I have no check-in bags.

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Heading out of the restricted area after topping up my Octopus card from the MTR Airport Express counter.

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Back in Hong Kong once again, with no signs of protesters sitting out in the airport.

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The public Airport Express counter was empty, along with the closed entranced to the platform. (Only 1 entrance is in use to regulate the flow of passengers.)

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Temporary signs are set up around the airport to update on the new directional flow.

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Heading to the underground link towards Terminal 2 and the bus terminal.

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Here, I headed on to catch the bus to Tung Chung to start my trip.

Overall, a good flight with Singapore Airlines save for the small breakfast portion. I’d recommend SQ to cut the egg into a triangle instead so that it looks bigger on the meal tray, and perhaps include some form of potatoes to fill up the gaps so that the meal box looks full. It might be easier to impress passengers based on how much food is being served versus the good tasting small meal. (Yes, it did taste good as mentioned above.) But otherwise, with a return airfare cheaper than budget airlines, it was a pretty good flight nonetheless.

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