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Asia 2012 Trip Report: Singapore Airlines Business Class, Bangkok to Singapore

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: United Airlines LAX-SFO, United International First Class Lounges at LAX/SFO

Part 3: United Airlines Global First Class, San Francisco to Frankfurt

Part 4: Lufthansa First Class Terminal at Frankfurt

Part 5: Lufthansa FRA-ZRH, SWISS First Class Lounge at Zürich

Part 6: SWISS First Class, Zürich to Hong Kong

Part 7: Emirates A380 First Class Suites, Hong Kong to Bangkok

Part 8: Singapore Airlines Business Class, Bangkok to Singapore

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I reached the airport about 8:15am and checked in at the counters. With a premium lane pass, I was through security and immigration in no time. Like the Preferente security line at Santiago, the premium lane drops you off just in front of where normal security is, and it’s obvious that those passengers have a much tougher time through the process. Hooray for miles. And status.

I began to make the long walk to the SilverKris lounge. While the lounge is nice and quiet, it was a bit of a walk, especially when I later realized a delay and gate change placed the aircraft right across from the Thai Airways Royal Silk lounge. The food selection here wasn’t that great either.

With the Singapore Airlines (SQ) staff predicting a delay, I set up a notification on my phone for when the inbound flight arrived. Once it did, I made my way to the Thai (TG) lounge to check that out, before seamlessly heading to the gate.

A loooooooong lounge.

A bit better food selection than the SQ lounge

Yumm …

I saw the words “Go to gate” on the display screens and did just that. I was excited to board my first Singapore Airlines flight.

Singapore Airlines 973, BKK-HKG
10:05am – 1:10pm (2h05m)
Boeing 777-200
Seat 14A, Business

I love that Singapore flies a ton of dual-aisle 777s for short flights

Boarding was called for Business Class and I made my way to the jetway for and eventually seat 14A. The aircraft doesn’t have a 13th row because of superstition, but people in the 14th row, you know what row you’re really on. Luckily, I’m not one of those superstitious types. Unless a sports team I love needs some divine intervention. Now where’s a ladder I can walk under?

Old business class seat. Still plenty comfortable, and much more comfortable than the garbage business seats American Airlines has for 5-hour transcontinental flights.

Pre-flight drinks and hot towels were passed out, though I wonder why hot instead of cold. It was burning up outside.

Okay, one cannot talk about their first experience on SQ without mentioning the crew. The business cabin was replete with the trademark Singapore Girls. This crew seemed rather robotic at first but over the course of 4 flights with SQ, I realized that their flight attendants deliver a solid and reliable service. You get into the groove after a just a couple of flights.

I was offered a boarding drink, of which I took some sort of juice. I think it was the Tropical Fizz, a mix of pineapple and lemon juice. Whatever it was, it was cool and refreshing.

I perused the menu and found one dish that looked interesting. Unfortunately, I later realized it was for the Singapore-Bangkok flight … SQ prints one menu for both outbound and return sectors. Nothing interested me in the BKK-SIN menu. However, an FA came by and asked if I had ordered a Hindu meal. I didn’t recall doing so, but ended up taking it anyway. I was also asked what I wanted to drink and asked for a cup of Indian Masala Tea, only to be told those are only served on flights to/from India.

Then why is it on the BKK-SIN menu? I ended up just going with a Diet Coke.

Here’s the menu for both sectors. Not bad for a 2h flight, though I prefer the menu for the inbound flight:

Breakfast Menu: Singapore to Bangkok (SQ 970)

Prelude
A choice of apple, tomato or freshly squeezed orange juice

Sliced fresh fruit

Main
Warm green tea flavored Belgium waffle with strawberry compote and mascarpone cream

Kway teor gai kua pia meng grob (Thai fried rice noodles with chicken, cuttlefish, leafy greens and egg)

Poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce, bacon, ham, roasted tomato and roesti potatoes

Breads
Assorted breakfast rolls
Butter – Fruit preserve

Light Meal Menu: Bangkok to Singapore (SQ 973)

Starter
Tian of smoked salmon with cucumber and dill dressing

Main
Grilled beef fillet in red wine sauce, braised red cabbage, baby carrot, kenyan bean and cheese potatoes

Kurobuta pork katsudon (Deepfried breaded pork with steamed rice)

Fried prawns in honey chilli sauce, served with rice and vegetables

Finale
Mango parfait with raspberry coulis

In the end, I received my Hindu meal, which I wasn’t in the mood for and ate only a few bites. I was looking forward to the hawker centres in Singapore.

Meh …

I knew that the TV screen for the Krisflyer in-flight entertainment was hiding somewhere and finally realized it was under the armrest. Seat 14B had a hefty American who decided to take up both his armrest and mine, and it took a few taps on his arm to get him to move out of the way. Hey man, it’s not like you’re in the middle seat.

Small IFE and my remote barely worked

Not a fan of any business class with a middle seat

Before the mediocrity of this flight could get to me, we began our descent into SIN. It’s a short flight, barely 2 hours, and much better than any 2-hour flight back home in the States. A 777, a full meal service, wonderful crew … can you really ask for more?

One thing I will say about SQ, and pretty much all foreign carriers, is I love how they stick to a script for announcements. “Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Singapore, and to all Singaporean residents, a warm welcome home.” If I were a Singaporean resident, that would warm the cockles of my heart. Just following a script makes for a more pleasant experience and gives me the information I need in a quick format. None of the “umm” and “we do ask you to…” stuff we get in the States. If you’re a frequent flyer, you can drown out the script if you want to, since it’s been engrained in your head as well.

In with the new, out with the old …

Even with the 30 minute delay, we ended up landing right ahead of schedule, 1:05pm. Our gate was at the end of the concourse and it was a long walk to the SQ SilverKris Business lounge. I checked my emails, loaded up some iPhone maps over the wifi, and headed out to immigration to catch the MRT into the city for the day.

I love this table in the corner of the SKL

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  1. qpp
    June 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    “Welcome to Singapore ladies and gentlemen, and to all Singaporeans and residents of Singapore, a warm welcome home. The local time is (time) in the morning/evening, on (day), the (date) of (month). The ground temperature is (temperature) degrees celsius, (temperature) degrees fahrenheit. You are required to remain seated with your seat belts fastened until the seatbelt sign is switched off. All mobile phones and portable electronic devices must remain off until doors are opened. Do remember to remove your personal belongings from your seat pocket and make sure you have left nothing behind. Take care when opening the overhead compartment. If you need assistance at the airport, please approach our ground staff after disembarkation. If you are continuing your journey on another Singapore Airlines flight, do note that the boarding gate for your flight will close 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Do also note the restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels in hand luggage on all flights departing from Singapore Changi Airport. Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a pleasure serving you. Thank you for flying Singapore Airlines, a member of Star Alliance.

    • Amol
      June 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Awesome!

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