It never ceases to amaze me how incredible it is to fly Singapore Airlines Business Class. I swear that each and every flight is an improvement from the last, and it’s certainly something I can never get tired of!
This particular flight initiated our January trip to London, and we were to fly SQ Business all the way up and back down again. The review progression is as follows:
- Singapore Airlines Business (Sydney – Singapore)
- Singapore Airlines Business (Singapore – London)
- Scandinavian Airlines Economy (London – Oslo – London)
- Norwegian Air Shuttle Economy (Oslo – Kirkenes – Oslo)
- Singapore Airlines Business (London – Singapore)
- Singapore Airlines Business (Singapore – Sydney)
Carrier: Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Flight Number: SQ 232
Route: Sydney (SYD) – Singapore (SIN)
Duration: 7h 40m
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Cabin Class: Business Class
Seat Number: 12K
Check-in was a breeze, as usual, and we made our way to the SilverKris Lounge as soon as possible. Walking through the terminal at midday on a Monday, it was absolutely incredible to see the volume of passengers present. Sydney Airport was really bursting at the seams, with hoards of passengers everywhere. Just goes to show that we really do need that second airport!
Boarding commenced fairly early, and we were promptly onboard, after a very warm SQ welcome at the door. I’m always astounded at how spacious and peaceful the A380 Business cabin feels. Especially when sunlight fills the cabin, it’s simply breathtaking.
The seat itself is the 2007 Business Class that was released alongside the A380. It is one of the widest in the sky, and is laden with plush leather. SQ is one of only two airlines (the other being Qatar Airways) to operate the A380 with a 1-2-1 configuration in Business Class on the upper deck. This is a true First Class layout, and allows for incredible space and comfort. Every other carrier uses a 2-2-2, 2-4-2 or 2-4-4 staggered layout, restricting seat width and space. While the staggered layout provides aisle access for every passenger, it comes at the cost of very narrow seats and beds.
The crew were quick to offer a range of magazines and newspapers before serving a welcome drink (juice, water or Taittinger champagne) and warm nuts. I was slightly surprised when the stewardess serving my welcoming drink, paused and knelt down and asked about how my previous flight was. This personal touch really makes for a more special experience, as the crew show a genuine interest in passenger wellbeing and comfort.
Following the captain’s welcome announcement, the Chief Steward from the Suites came upstairs for a brief welcome and introduction. Yet another one of the lengths they go to to make us feel at home!
After take-off we hit some turbulence, and it was very strange to note that the captain made the announcement. Usually it is one of the flight attendants, however the captain decided to take charge!
The lunch service then commenced with a phenomenal starter. I decided to use SQ “Book The Cook” system for premium passengers, in which meals can be selected prior to the flight. On a recent flight ex-Bangkok, I had an incredible Singapore Chicken Rice, which was one of the tastiest things I had ever had onboard. So, I decided to book it for this flight, and test out the quality ex-Sydney. I can tell you that departing Sydney, the dish was not even close to the Bangkok standards. Before the meal, I told the FA about the dish, and she said that generally chicken dishes out of Bangkok are incredible.
After this, the lights were switched off, and I decided to get some rest, along with an awesome SQ Hot Chocolate and biscuits.
About two hours prior to landing, the lights slowly came on, hot towels were distributed and the refreshment service commenced. It consisted of a light meal with two choices, as well as tea and coffee.
Just before landing, SQ customarily serves sweets to ease the ear discomfort during descent. On this occasion, the flight attendant placed them in a bowl that itself was in another bowl filled with dry ice and water. This made for a gentle yet mesmerising steam flowing out from below the bowl, as she handed them out. All in the details!
Well, it was yet another incredible SQ flight. They never ever fail to disappoint, especially with premium service. Stay tuned for the next sector, Singapore to London.