Back to Changi Airport T2 and the SATS Lounge
Summer adventures to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
Contents (It’s LONG and probably will change).
- Seriously – Take a holiday!
- Morning Manoeuvres in the dark, Terminal 5 and Galleries South
- BA776 London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda (Club Europe)
- Exploring Stockholm on the cheap (Travel Plus!)
- Back to Arlanda, Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
- QR168 Stockholm Arlanda to Doha (Hamad International Airport) – (Business Class)
- Six Hours in at Al Mourjan Doha’s Lounge
- QR944 Doha – Singapore Changi International (Business Class)
- Intercontinental Singapore
- Exploring Singapore by boat
- From the Top of the Marina Sands
- Back to Changi Terminal 2, SATS Lounge
- MH624 Singapore to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
- Holiday Inn Express, Kuala Lumpur
- Adventures in KL
- KL Tower (or yes, Kevin is in yet another tall building).
- Back to KLIA
- MH611 Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore Changi
- Exploring Singapore again
- Back to Premium, dnata lounge, Singapore T3
- QR947 Singapore Changi to Doha (Business Class)
- A Dash through Doha…
- QR169 Doha – Stockholm Arlanda (Business Class)
- From Premium to Economy
- BA777 Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow
- Long way home
- I need another break…
With my time in Singapore limited (by my own methods) and more exploring (including wandering down Orchard Road), I headed back to the Intercontinental to pick up my trash – and caught a Uber to Changi.
Yes – I could had caught the train over to Changi, but this time… I was not in the mood. Also, my toe was recovering the fun and games from the day before (and that was painful – trust me)
The ride was about SG$16… or £10 for the ride. I wasn’t objecting (least of all – I wouldn’t have to lug the bags with me around the MRT).
After enjoying the ride down the ECP, I was dropped off at the Malaysia Airlines entrance at Singapore Changi T2
Once inside, I was met with one of the things I love about some airports
A Soliari Departures Board. A what you’re asking? One of these.
More precisely, a Split-flap board.
One of the best examples is that at Frankfurt-am-Main Airport, but this one is a little smaller – but no more as nice … and nice to hear the board flapping away as flights change.
I found my check-in desk, and dropped my bag off. A lounge invitation was issued and I was off to through Border Control. You can either choose to exit with a traditional person inspecting, or be cleared electronically. I chose the electronic method, and was cleared as quickly as a person would clear me – but without the satisfying passport stamp going thunk.
Consider me odd – but I love stamps in my passport.
Once that was done – I began exploring the great shopping mall that is Singapore Changi.
Of course, there was a big floral display too.
And of course, I checked if the airport stocks Kinder Surprise Eggs with Airbus A330 models in them. What does our survey say?
I picked up a set – knowing I was going to be meeting an #avgeek in a few days.
With that task done, I was ready for lounge time. Thankfully, way-finding is an easy thing to do at this airport.
The SATS Lounge was visible, and I headed straight in. I was warmly greeted, and directed inside.
So far, so good. Let’s have a look around. There’s a mixture of seating depending where you are sat.
As for views… not many sadly.
However, there was something more important – and it’s these multi-point power recepticales
Oh yes, and high-powered USB Sockets.
I might have been inspired to write something about these, as I’m failing so see why airports around the world have not adopted these things.
Let’s have a look at the food options – and for a contract lounge – there was plenty.
But there’s one feature this lounge makes a big deal about: DIY Laksa.
Providing you follow the instructions, you’ll end up with something like this:
There’s also sweet things and nibbles.
In terms of drinks, there’s the usuals
This being Singapore and a SATS Lounge – there’s Tiger Beer… with chilled glasses
The lounge was reasonably used, with showers for those who needed to shower. All organised and efficient. It certainly puts a lot of other airline lounges to shame (like the dnata one… but you have that joy to come).
My time was limited in the lounge, and soon my flight was on the display, indicating it might be an idea to hike from one end of the terminal to the other.
I found my way to the gate, watching the local traffic, and tails I’m not familiar with…. and lots of Tigerair/Scoot Airbus A320s.
I headed off to Gate F52, where the security checks were carried out. Again, done politely and efficiently.
Heading into the gate area past security, the inbound Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 was pulling in.
Sadly, there was an issue, with the jet bridge not pulling forward and ground crews scratching their heads. 15 minutes or so later, the plane pulled forward so de-planing and maintenance could occur.
It gave me time to watch other traffic whilst waiting for boarding to being.
Three tails – A Tigerair/Scoot Airbus 320, A Singapore Airlines A330 and small Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-800 (Editors note – A limit of one Garuda Indonesia song is allowed per trip report. Just click here instead. Go on. You’ll love it)
Whilst a busy fight was expected, the gate lounge felt way too large for a Boeing 737s worth of passengers
Eventually, boarding was called, with Business and Priority passengers called first. This being my call I headed to the waiting Boeing 737-800 to try a new airline
Next: MH624 Singapore Changi to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Economy Class).
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