Greatest. Flight Delay. Ever. (Singapore Airways Version)

It’s not typically I say this, however I had essentially the most superior flight delay ever right now…

Our deliberate itinerary for right now

Ford and I returned from Europe to america right now, flying from Frankfurt to Tampa on two separate tickets. Our itinerary was presupposed to be as follows:

SQ26 Frankfurt to New York departing 8:35AM arriving 11:10AM
DL1605 New York to Tampa departing 3:41PM arriving 6:58PM

Most importantly, I redeemed 86,000 KrisFlyer miles per particular person for the one-way Suites ticket from Frankfurt to New York (the brand new Singapore Suites is very wonderful in the event you’re touring with somebody and get the double mattress!). I deliberately left an extended layover, since we had a checked bag and had been on separate tickets.

Singapore Airways A380 Suites
Singapore Airways A380 “double” Suites

Our preliminary Singapore Airways delay

Final night time I obtained a textual content from Singapore Airways indicating that our flight was delayed by 90 minutes. As a substitute of departing at 8:35AM, it might depart at 10:05AM. This was as a result of the plane was late on the inbound from Singapore, and I appreciated that the airline communicated this thus far upfront.

Singapore Airways delay notification

Good, I assumed:

  • This might shorten our unnecessarily lengthy layover in New York
  • It will permit me to get some stuff executed within the morning, since 8:35AM is an early departure

Our second Singapore Airways delay

This was Ford’s first time flying Singapore Suites, and suffice it to say he was actually impressed. We had been type of unhappy that the flight time was solely 7hr40min for this sector, as that’s hardly sufficient time to get pleasure from this wonderful expertise.

Singapore Airways A380 Suites

Shortly after boarding, the inflight supervisor welcomed us aboard. She apologized for the delay, and mentioned we may hopefully make up a while enroute, as our flight time was a bit faster than typical. I advised her “nicely you may inform the captain we’re in no rush, he can take his time.”

We began our taxi, and 5 minutes later the extremely skilled captain was on the PA to apologize a few mechanical situation with the plane. He defined there was a hydraulics situation with the quantity three engine. Nonetheless, we couldn’t return to our gate, however somewhat must go to a distant stand and have upkeep have a look at it.

Our distant stand at Frankfurt Airport

Having to spend extra time in Singapore Suites doesn’t suck. As quickly as we received to the distant stand, the distinctive crew made certain we had been nicely taken care of. 2008 Dom Perignon? Don’t thoughts if I do!

Dom Perignon in Singapore Suites

2008 Dom Perignon with Doritos? Additionally don’t thoughts if I do (don’t @ me!).

Dom Perignon in Singapore Suites

2007 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs? Certain, let’s combine it up!

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne in Singapore Suites

We even received some rooster satay on the bottom. We had been supplied extra meals, however determined to avoid wasting our urge for food (although not our thirst) for after takeoff.

Singapore Suites satay

I used to be so impressed by the professionalism of your complete Singapore Airways crew. The captain up to date us a number of occasions, and the station supervisor even received on the airplane to apologize over the PA to passengers for the delay. It took about two hours till all the things was mounted, and we didn’t thoughts one bit.

A race in opposition to the EU261 clock

I’m certain some readers are beginning to know the place that is going. 😉

The European Union dictates what compensation passengers are owed within the occasion of delays. Per EU261, we might be entitled to 600 Euro per particular person (1,200 Euro for each of us) in money compensation if we arrived in New York a minimum of three hours delayed. The remainder of the flight simply grew to become a enjoyable race in opposition to the clock in my head:

  • We took off at 12:20PM (6:20AM New York time), 3hr45min after our scheduled departure time of 8:35AM
  • Our flight time was scheduled to be 7hr40min, which might imply we’d land in New York at 2PM native time
  • Our authentic scheduled arrival time was 11:10AM, so we’d must arrive at 2:10PM or later as a way to have a delay of a minimum of three hours

In different phrases, we wanted both a slight delay within the air, or we’d must taxi for a minimum of 10 minutes at JFK as a way to arrive at 2:10PM or later.

I also needs to level out the opposite facet of the equation:

  • We had checked a bag
  • Our Delta flight to Tampa was departing at 3:41PM, and at JFK Delta requires luggage to be checked a minimum of an hour upfront
  • In different phrases, we’d must be checked in with Delta at JFK by 2:41PM, which didn’t depart a lot time, particularly with how gradual luggage have a tendency to return out within the US
  • By no means thoughts the very fact that there have been only a few flights to be rebooked on within the occasion that we couldn’t make that flight

Did we receives a commission to get pleasure from Singapore Suites?

So, how did it go? We touched down at JFK at 2:02PM, roughly as anticipated on the time that we took off. Bear in mind, we had been solely delayed by three hours if we arrived at 2:10PM or later. I’ve gotta be sincere, at this level I felt like I used to be on a recreation present — a couple of minutes was the distinction between getting 1,200 Euro or not. These had been the longest 480 seconds of my life.

We taxied to our gate very, very slowly. Then we needed to maintain wanting runway 22R for a few minutes, which was maybe the saving grace right here.

Crossing the runway at JFK (hello, ITA!)

We lastly received to our arrival gate at 2:13PM, 3hr3min after our scheduled arrival. Woot!

Our 3hr3min late arrival

Singapore Airways’ web site equally displays this arrival time.

Singapore Airways’ web site for our delayed arrival

It ended up taking 10 minutes for the door to open, so we solely received off the airplane at 2:23PM.

What occurred subsequent?

At this level it was 2:23PM, and we needed to undergo immigration, decide up our checked luggage, and re-check our checked luggage by 2:41PM, primarily based on Delta’s one hour baggage cutoff at JFK.

Ford and I took a divide and conquer strategy. I headed via immigration with all our carry-ons, whereas Ford waited for our checked luggage. Luckily Delta has a baggage re-check space simply outdoors the arrivals corridor in Terminal 4, the place I arrived at 2:35PM.

I defined the scenario, and requested the agent in the event that they’re 100% strict in regards to the one hour baggage cutoff, or if there was a little bit of leniency (if the reply was “no,” I had one other trick up my sleeve, however luckily didn’t want to make use of it). She mentioned “we’ll see what we are able to do, normally we are able to have some flexibility.”

In fact I didn’t understand how lengthy it might take Ford to get our luggage. The luggage arrived fairly rapidly, and Ford confirmed up on the counter at round 2:45PM. That was 56 minutes earlier than departure, and the agent was glad to test within the luggage.

At this level we needed to take the AirTrain over to Terminal 2, the place our flight was departing from. There was no line at safety, and we received to our departure gate the identical second that firstclass boarding was introduced. I couldn’t have timed this any higher if I attempted.

Backside line

What an extremely fortunate journey day we had. Not solely did we get to fly Singapore Airways’ unbelievable Suites from Frankfurt to New York, however we received an additional 90 minutes on the airplane due to a major floor delay. Then we arrived a smidge over three hours late, that means we’re every entitled to 600 Euro compensation below European Union legal guidelines. After which we had the right layover at JFK, the place we actually simply walked onto our connecting flight.

I really feel like I ought to in all probability purchase a lottery ticket…

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