Highlights: Business lounge, Relaxing business class flight.
A 9.30 am flight to start from Melbourne to Sydney means an easy morning, no OMG getting up at 4 am or anything crazy like that.
Baggage checkin was very easy, walking right pass everyone trying to figure out the self serve options and the counters were basically empty of customers, QANTAS must be very happy (about less staff not less customers!). My bag was checked through to my final destination in Singapore and I was told how to find the Domestic QANTAS lounge, believe me I knew it’s location after 100s of local flights.
This time however I had access to the business lounge so I had to pass to staff checking points. They called me back at the last one probably thinking I shouldn’t be in with the ‘better’ people. Scramble eggs and toast was on the agenda but staff member offered to also make me an omelette, much better service in the QANTAS Domestic Business Lounge then the standard one. Checking my bank account my employer had paid me a couple of month in advance so quickly paid of the credit card debts, transferred so money to travel credit cards and leaving money for loan repayments I was broke again 🙂
Flight was delay by close to an hour, the major reason why I keep transit times long, just in case the first flight is delayed. Business seat was cool but I struggled with all the adjustment options, I’m use to up and down only! The seat had video on demand so I watched Modern Family and enjoyed french toast and some OJ.
On arrival into Sydney the flight attendants made lots of updates for passengers with connecting flights, basically telling some to run and others to walk since their flight had left (but they would get another domestic flight later).
In Sydney you need to by bus or train to the International Terminal, you can’t walk. As a Oneworld passenger I got a free bus transfer over the tarmac, up close to all the massive planes. I have done this once before but after a long flight into Sydney and transfering to domestic and it was dark so I didn’t notice all the activity and people.
Entering the international terminal I was subject to additional screening which included a pat down, a first for me outside the USA I must look dodgy.
Arriving at the QANTAS Sydney International Business Lounge I was blown away. Much better than the Melbourne INT Business lounge, they even had free gelato :). I called the Singapore tour company to confirm activities and then my first hotel – all looks in order thank goodness.
Boarding started early on British Airways flight 16 which is 8 hours to Singapore. Entering the plane I was directed to the top deck and my business seat which faces the back of the plane. They have one seat forward one back to make conversations really easy, however for the single traveller you get a privacy screen if you want (my neighbour put the screen up ASAP – wonder if that says something about me?).
On board they served the following;
Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Nelson New Zealand).
Entree: Seared scallops with rocket and celeriac aioli
Main: Penne pasta with spinach, Auvergne, olives and tomato sauce
Desert A selection of cheese served with crackers
Before arriving I helped myself to a self serve kitchen for a drink and chips. Before landing we also got some sandwiches and a plum tart )which was great). The seat was great once I figured out the setting. I put it in flat mode and caught about 50 minutes semi sleep. If it had been later I would have slept easily. Good selection of movies and TV shows to watch.
Landing at Changi Singapore Airport was amazing with lightning and thunder. I cleared Customs and Immigration with my bag 18 minutes after arrival!! Transfer pickup went fine and before I knew it I was at the hotel and writing this first blog entry.