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
The Queen’s Terminal!
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!
Fast track security available – was a breeze, through security in 5 minutes
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)
Boarding gate “boarding” with no one manning the gate… mysterious
Priority lines not engaged yet – but I was in line then, making me the first passenger to board the aircraft
Door B (Door A not used due to the flight not being an A380)
The new First Class
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.
Menu already there
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…
Reading material offered
I took a water and Champagne
Hot towel (and my phone)
Flight map preview
Spotted a Lufthansa plane in special livery!
Safety demonstration video
How to make the bed video!
The legroom is gigantic
View on take-off
One major problem with SQ is the lack of amenity kit – but the amenities provided are of very good qualities
Gotta love the new IFE! Movie time
Post-take off drinks: Jubilee Lining
A zesty cocktail created with orange liqueur, vodka, pineapple juice, topped with soda
Thus begins a five-course dinner
Canape: Singapore Chicken and Beef Satay with onion, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce
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)
Appetiser: Smoked Salmon with young romaine hearts, parmesan cheese and, creamy anchory-garlic dressing.
My verdict? Excellent
Main course: Seared Beef Fillet with Madeira Sauce with roasted vegetable and asparagus
Cooked to perfection
Slight complaint is the turbulence – my Chablis White nearly spilled
At this time, we are north of Rome
A sight for the next how many hours
Selection of Cheese
Fruit basket – the strawberries were extra sweet
Dessert No. 1: Moscato Jelly with mango and lychee salad, creme fraiche – elaborate, light and tasty
Dessert No. 2: Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream with cherry compote
Tea with milk
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
Just north of Tehran at this moment and 7 hours to go
Clouds like sea
Watching Major Crimes
I was hungry (again!) so asked for some snacks
Another drink: Apple Bliss: Apple Juice, Bitter Lemon and 7-Up; with crisps
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.
With an iced Mocha
My duvet – so comfortable and a good fit for cabin temperature, too
Another cup of coffee to keep me going – trying to battle jetlag
My seat or my bed
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
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.
Sliced Fresh Fruit of the Season, Croissant, Orange Juice with Coffee
Breakfast in bed!!!
Finally – strawberry jam found in SQ Business
Appetiser: Strawberry Yogurt and Bircher Muesli
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.
And the poached eggs?… To perfection, again!
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!
Legroom shot during landing
Welcome to Singapore!
Parked into the furthest B gates! B10
Thank you 9V-SNA for an absolutely remarkable ride!
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.