Undoubtedly the Best Business Class

The offering of Singapore Airlines on its flagship service from London to Singapore on its 3-class 777-300ER with next-generation products is indeed a class on its own. I would not doubt the business class, which I flew in, is on par with many First Class products out there in the market, if not surpasses them.

The next generation product combines class with functionality. It has taken in the things that needed improvements from the old business class.

I started my trip from Cambridge – arriving into the Central Bus Station with my suitcases

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The Queen’s Terminal!

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Premium check-in area for SQ – took me 1 minute to complete check-in. Not a busy time 5 hours before the first evening departures for SQ!

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Priority tagged

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Fast track security available – was a breeze, through security in 5 minutes

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I did some lounge-hopping – please refer to my previous posts for reviews.

SQ319 at Gate B38 today! Slightly delayed departure due to incoming aircraft delay (due to technical issues)

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Boarding gate “boarding” with no one manning the gate… mysterious

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Priority lines not engaged yet – but I was in line then, making me the first passenger to board the aircraft

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Door B (Door A not used due to the flight not being an A380)

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The new First Class

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First glance at my seat – 11A – first Business seat. The bulkhead seat features an ottoman rather than a hole for the feet, making this the widest bed in the aircraft, and definitely a seat that is an industry leader. I also like how far away the BIG TV is from me – makes TV watching much more pleasant.

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Menu already there

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Another view

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Mini J cabin in front of the main J cabin – I think this offers much privacy but on a flight half full like today’s, the mini J cabin would still be 100% full. So, it’s mainly luck…

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Reading material offered

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Welcome drinks!

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I took a water and Champagne

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Hot towel (and my phone)

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Flight map preview

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Spotted a Lufthansa plane in special livery!

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Safety demonstration video

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How to make the bed video!

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The legroom is gigantic

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View on take-off

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One major problem with SQ is the lack of amenity kit – but the amenities provided are of very good qualities

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Gotta love the new IFE! Movie time

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Post-take off drinks: Jubilee Lining

A zesty cocktail created with orange liqueur, vodka, pineapple juice, topped with soda

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Thus begins a five-course dinner

Canape: Singapore Chicken and Beef Satay with onion, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce

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Bottled water distributed (weird service sequence but probably in reaction to many passengers opting to sleep rather than continuing with the long-winded dinner service, like my neighbour at 11D)

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Table set

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Appetiser: Smoked Salmon with young romaine hearts, parmesan cheese and, creamy anchory-garlic dressing.

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Garlic bread

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Champagne

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My verdict? Excellent

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Main course: Seared Beef Fillet with Madeira Sauce with roasted vegetable and asparagus

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Cooked to perfection

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Slight complaint is the turbulence – my Chablis White nearly spilled

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At this time, we are north of Rome

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A sight for the next how many hours

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Selection of Cheese

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Fruit basket – the strawberries were extra sweet

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Dessert No. 1: Moscato Jelly with mango and lychee salad, creme fraiche – elaborate, light and tasty

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Dessert No. 2: Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream with cherry compote

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Parlines

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Tea with milk

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Verdict of dinner service: Outstanding, everything is cooked up to a very high standard. It was very filling. Water was topped up constantly and wine, too. The steak was a surprise – I have had steak on BA before and it was so chewy. I was delighted by the offer of a second dessert. Slight let-down was the cheese – the cheese plate was pre-arranged so could not choose.

Daybreak after 3 hours of sleep

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Just north of Tehran at this moment and 7 hours to go

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Clouds like sea

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Watching Major Crimes

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I was hungry (again!) so asked for some snacks

Coke Zero

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Another drink: Apple Bliss: Apple Juice, Bitter Lemon and 7-Up; with crisps

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Because of the seat belt sign, my chicken noodles have to wait. In 1.5 hours, it was served. To be fair, it’s just instant noodles, but it feels good to have something warm in my stomach.

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With an iced Mocha

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My duvet – so comfortable and a good fit for cabin temperature, too

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Another cup of coffee to keep me going – trying to battle jetlag

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My seat or my bed

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Then I went around the cabin, and found 14K to be empty. So I sat down and snapped a few pictures of the engine prior to the breakfast service

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Around 1.5 hours prior to landing, the lights were turned on, and breakfast was served. More passengers partook in the breakfast service, but some remained asleep.

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Peach smoothie

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Table set

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Sliced Fresh Fruit of the Season, Croissant, Orange Juice with Coffee

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Breakfast in bed!!!

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Finally – strawberry jam found in SQ Business

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Appetiser: Strawberry Yogurt and Bircher Muesli

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By this time, I was so full, but the show must go on.

Main Course: Kassler Ham Steak and Poached Egg with mornay sauce, roasted tomato, spinach and sauteed potato.

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And the poached eggs?… To perfection, again!

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Verdict for Breakfast service: Being the last to be served (reverse of dinner sequence), they forgot to give me my yogurt. A bit disheartened when I saw my neighbour enjoying hers… But other than that, as you could expect, excellent food (except the impossible potato… You just cannot have freshly made sauteed potato on board, so SQ is forgiven)

45 minutes to go!

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Legroom shot during landing

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Welcome to Singapore!

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Parked into the furthest B gates! B10

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Thank you 9V-SNA for an absolutely remarkable ride!

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Perfect

This is as good a flight you can get anywhere. Fine wine and dine, a wide and large seat, privacy and responsive crew. The SQ J product is as good as some other airlines’s First Class product (minus the caviar plus the satay).

Some complain about needing to flip the seat for the bed, but I find having a bed sheet and a more comfortable bed (rather than the leather seat) much better. The newly added lazy-z position is also very comfortable for watching TV / reading.

Food-wise: I cannot complain. While the wine list is the same as the January ones, I generally find the wine selected of extra high quality so the lack of variety is compensated with quality. Would I rather have an A La Carte menu like on QR? I think some passengers on this flight might given that they fell asleep right after take off, but I liked the service sequence. But indeed this is something to think about, especially for the red-eye that runs from SIN to LHR.

Crew was professional but can sometimes feel a bit distant – but it was a long flight, so as long as I was served, no complaints again.

Overall, it was a perfect flight.

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