I’m an aviation geek, which suggests I like all issues associated to planes (even when I’m frightened of flying). Planes fascinate me. They’ve like 8,000 elements and weigh a number of tons however nonetheless handle to remain up within the sky with out falling aside! I imply have you ever ever seen a type of bolts holding up a wing? It boggles my thoughts how such a tiny factor can maintain a lot weight. Thanks, aerodynamics, engineering, and the employees at Airbus and Boeing!
In March, I used to be invited to the Boeing plant in South Carolina for the supply of Singapore Airways’ new 787-10, the primary 10-series Dreamliner airplane. As a part of the invited media crew (together with another AV geeks, like Brian Kelly, Ben Mutzabaugh , Zach Honing, and Kendis Gibson), we spent just a few days on the plant (in my subsequent submit, I’ll take ya behind the scenes on the Boeing plant and within the flight simulator) after which flew the supply flight from Charleston to Singapore.
It was actually one of many coolest experiences I’ve ever had. For these different guys, it’s par for the course. They go on these on a regular basis. However, for me, this was model new! I imply, getting invited to the manufacturing facility after which to fly on the primary flight? Woah! So cool.
However South Carolina to Singapore is a protracted flight. The overall flight time is 22 hours. The overall time on the airplane for us? 24.5 hours, as we weren’t allowed to go away the airplane throughout our refueling cease in Osaka.
That’s proper. I spent somewhat greater than a complete day inside an airplane.
And the way does one spend a full day on a airplane? Right here’s how:
We board the airplane (Boeing has their very own gateway at their plant), the place we’re greeted by the crew and Singapore Airline executives. I sit down in my business-class seat, get my pre-flight champagne, and marvel on the new in-flight leisure (IFE) system. It was the most effective I’ve seen. The display screen is large and tremendous sharp, and the system saves all of your info and preferences so you will get again to your motion pictures shortly. It additionally minimizes the back-and-forth between menus by maintaining choices open on the backside of the display screen when you scroll and masses them with out having to toggle. In comparison with the crappy IFEs now we have within the states, it was like magic.
After takeoff, I begin to watch Justice League. It’s horrible, so I transfer to the galley to get drunk…I imply pattern the wine choice. OK, we obtained drunk. There’s no different method to put it. These flight attendants pour heavy glasses.
Proceed to drink within the galley.
After getting sufficiently toasted, I bid everybody good evening and return to my seat. Whereas the opposite AV geeks decide aside the seat for size, angles, cubby entry, and all the pieces in between, I’m simply completely happy to have the ability to sleep in such an exquisite seat. The seat is 26 inches extensive, which is a lot lengthy sufficient for a man like me. The padded inside muffles noise and is about again sufficient so that you could create somewhat cocoon hidden from the remainder of the cabin.
Dreaming of Batman. Wait? Am I Batman?
Nonetheless out like a lightweight.
Finally, I come to and pound some water to eliminate my hangover. I really feel fairly good for somebody who obtained simply six hours of sleep. I wander the cabin quietly as a lot of the different passengers on the airplane are nonetheless asleep. I’ve the dinner I missed and begrudgingly end Justice League (significantly, it’s horrible).
I spend an hour writing weblog posts and dealing on my upcoming memoir about my decade as a nomad. (Extra on that sooner or later!)
Now, I’m going stir loopy as a result of I’ve been on this airplane for 12 hours and nonetheless have one other 12 extra to go! I drink one other glass of wine and carry on writing. It’s fairly unexciting. I’m on the level the place the novelty has worn off and begin to fidget round.
Work some extra whereas watching Geostorm (one other horrible film). I’m unsure what’s with me and horrible motion pictures however I appear to gravitate in direction of them on planes. I believe it’s as a result of it’s good time to only get misplaced and never suppose. I simply wish to see tacky plots and stuff blow up.
Time for an additional nap!
I get up and see everybody can also be getting up so I am going chat with folks. It was actually fascinating being on a airplane with journalists. Right here I’m below no deadline (I imply this text is for one thing occurred two months in the past), and these guys are furiously submitting tales for once we land to allow them to all be the primary to report on the airplane. Listed here are a few of the articles they wrote:
Singapore Airways New 787-10 in Photographs (Flight World)
Boeing Delivers the World’s First 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airways (The Factors Man)
The New Singapore Airways Boeing 787-10 (Sam Chui)
That New Airplane Scent (USA At this time)
The cabin lights lastly come on and we get able to land. There’s a lightweight snack, I write some extra, after which get to studying a guide.
After 16 hours, we’re in Osaka. By now, you’re most likely questioning how the airplane made it to this point? I imply this airplane is just supposed to have the ability to go fly round 8,055 miles and Osaka is 7,255 miles away. Easy: with no totally loaded cabin of individuals and baggage, the airplane was further gentle and may make it very far on a really full tank of fuel!
Whereas on the bottom, they refuel the airplane, swap out the crew, and usher in some new meals (catered by Singapore Airways this time and never Boeing). I watch all journalists make movies and do interviews then chat with the CEO of Singapore Airways, who offers me some sushi suggestions in Singapore (I by no means obtained to eat at them however he really useful Kuiiya and Chobei). Probably the most I did was take some images.
Takeoff time once more.
After one other breakfast (scrumptious eggs with spinach and seaweed), I transfer to economic system class to see what it’s like again there whereas making an attempt to not get up all of the Singapore Airways staff making an attempt to sleep. There’s a number of legroom and the seat has a steep recline (which is sweet whenever you recline however unhealthy when the particular person in entrance of you reclines because it cuts off a number of your area). The seats are additionally actually comfortable and with a mushy padding. After Qatar’s A350 economic system, they is perhaps my favourite economic system seats.
I reap the benefits of having my very own row in economic system to go for an additional nap.
I get up and return enterprise class for breakfast. The solar is arising and we’re on the brink of land. I’ve given up on motion pictures and simply began writing. Earlier than we land, I take some images, chat to some of us, and see who desires to get dinner. (We ended up a horrible place. It’s finest not spoken of however let’s simply say this particular person obtained their advice off TripAdvisor and it additional cemented my view that TripAdvisor sucks!)
Time to land in Singapore. I’m at all times awed by the fleet of cargo ships off the coast of Singapore. So far as the attention can see, the denizens of worldwide commerce go from side to side as we land and pull into the gate, we’re welcomed with water cannons and a celebratory occasion.
***Spending 24 hours in a airplane was an expertise I’ll (most likely) by no means have once more, however surprisingly, it wasn’t as unhealthy as I had thought it might be. The Dreamliner is pressured at solely 6,000 ft in comparison with different planes that are pressured at altitudes round 8,000 ft. ft. So, strolling off the airplane, I felt fairly refreshed and fewer fatigued. I by no means actually seen it earlier than however after spending 24 hours in a tube, that science Boeing was speaking about does actually maintain as much as snuff.
I didn’t really feel as jetlagged or that standard gross feeling I’ve after a protracted worldwide flight. (Who else likes to bathe instantly after a protracted flight? Anybody? Makes me really feel refreshed!)
This new Singapore 787-10 shall be a regional craft so, at most, you’ll be on this airplane for less than about six hours. They’re solely going to fly it round Asia and Australia to start out. I’d say this shall be one of many nicest six hours you’ll have on a airplane, it doesn’t matter what class you might be in.
I’ve a brand new favourite airplane to fly round Asia, which, due to Singapore’s partnerships with Chase, American Specific, SPG, and Citi, as nicely their partnership with United means I can use factors to do it without cost! I already was an enormous fan of Singapore Airways and this airplane simply makes me love them much more!
However, the following time I get on this airplane, I’ll be completely happy it received’t be for an additional 24 hours. That’s somewhat too lengthy for me.
Notice: I used to be a part of the press core for the launch of this airplane. Singapore Airways coated my resort, flight, and any meals I had throughout official occasions. I used to be not compensated monetarily for this.