Thursday, December 01, 2011

My Hong Kong Trip (I)

From Singapore to Hong Kong

I joined my parents and sister in Singapore. We flew from the Lion City to the Pearl of the Orient in Singapore Airlines’ double-decker Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world.

I often thought Airbus A380 was mainly used for long-distance, trans-continental flights. I was surprised to learn that SIA deployed this plane for its Singapore-to-HK route. Every A380 can seat more than 400 passengers, including those in business class. That is more than double the capacity of A320 used by AirAsia. According to SIA’s magazine, A380 was the most efficient aircraft. Perhaps that’s why we managed to get a relatively cheap airfare. However, due to the large number of passengers, boarding time could be slightly longer. So there are pros and cons with this plane.

We landed in Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok (赤鱲角) after 3 hours and 15 minutes in the air.

Changi Airport Terminal 3…

Airbus A380 super jumbo jet…

Interior of the A380…

Hong Kong International Airport…


  1. I flew the A380 from Sydney to LA so yeah, I'm surprised they use it for short (relatively-speaking) distances.

    Did you enjoy the landing in HK? It always freaks me out, looks like you are going to land on water!

  2. i think using which type of aircraft not only depends on the distant but also the volume of passengers.. apparently many people are flying to HK, that explains why a big aircraft is used..

  3. wow, first part only on the aircraft and corners of the airports?? meaning you have like 20 posts on your HK trip??

  4. Zhu
    I didn't look out from the window, didn't see the sea.

    Don't worry, I am too lazy to write 20 posts.

  5. oh double decker in the air?

    i went to hk in september and i wanna go back again!!!

  6. Wow nicely flying in A380. Got an email where they capture the aircraft's cockpit in rotating manner forgot what you call that kind of photography. Changi Airport as usual canggih and its been donkey years didn't visit HKG. tQ

  7. The in-flight entertainment of SIA flight is nice.

  8. Yeah, disembarkation from such a large plane does prove a challenge and this aircraft is certified for up to 853 passengers, achievable with a one-class configuration. Of course, each airline has its own seat config based on its preference.

  9. Wonder when I'd be able to on board SIA... Even the promo price doesn't look cheap to me. Hah!