Review of Singapore Airlines flight Singapore Denpasar in Business

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ948
Class Business
Seat 11A
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 2:30
Take-off 08 Jul 17, 18:45
Arrival at 08 Jul 17, 21:15
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Thurya
By 927
Published on 16th July 2017
Hi,

You are in the second installment of my series of trip reports.

1. CMB SIN - MI427 - 08 Jul 2017 - Boeing 737-800 - Follow this link
2. SIN DPS - SQ948 - 08 Jul 2017 - Airbus A330-300 - You are here
3. DPS SIN - SQ943 - 11 Jul 2017 - Airbus A330-300
4. SIN CMB - SQ468 - 11 Jul 2017 - Airbus A330-300

I apologize for the quality of the pics. My equipment nor my photographic skills are not good at low light conditions.

So I started my long walk towards the gate E28. No time to hit the lounge.

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The FIDS confirmed the delay of the flight.

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Walk… Walk… Walk…
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Almost there!

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Finally!!!

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Went past the security check to find the holding area full of people. Some tired ones were sleeping on the floor!!!
The late arrival of aircraft means a delayed departure of 30 mins.
I verified with the gate agents that my checked baggage has been transferred.

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Boarding was called around 7.00pm with business usual priorities respected.

Entering SQ aircraft for the first time :D

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My seat : 11A.

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J Cabin.

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All for me :)

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Today we are being served by Ada and Terrance, two energetic cabin crew.
While Ada confirmed my book the cook selection, Terrance brought us pre-departure drinks.
Hot towels too were offered.

My choice : Pineapple juice.

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Dinner menu for both sectors.

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Bulkhead pocket items :



Noise cancelling headphones.

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Ada distributed a 70th anniversary gift to all J passengers.
Consisted of a lip balm, a hand cream, a wash and stain bar, and a crease release spray from The Laundress.
A nice gesture!

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Pushback around 7.20 pm.

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J seemed about 75% full. Only the window seats were taken at the front row but other rows were almost full.
Economy should be full by the looks of pax at the gate.



Seat Controls.
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IFE Remote. Little bit unresponsive but functional.

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Cabin lights dimmed for take off.

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A Jetstar A320 taking off ahead us.

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We took off around 7.30pm. Captain announced an ETA of 9.50pm.

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Full moon is rising!
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Leg space shot.

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IFE had a vast selection. Turned on some music and switched to my favorite programme! ;)



Dinner service started. Crew had to rush a bit as the flight time is short and also due to the delayed departure.

I had the book the cook option of Peranakan itek siow - braised duck in a thick onion and tamarind sauce served with traditional Nonya vegetable stew (chap chai) and steamed rice.
This Singaporean dish was simply delicious.

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While serving dinner, the crew inquired for my drink choice.
I screamed "SINGAPORE SLING"!!! I didn't want to drink anything else in SQ :D

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Long live Singapore Airlines and their Singapore Sling!

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Terrance came with the bread basket and I took garlic bread. He was happy to serve me two in one go.

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After dinner service concluded, Terrance suggested more Singapore Sling.
I wanted to try the SilverKris Sling but his advice was to go with the original.
I happily complied :)

More Sling with almonds and nuts. Again two packets served even without asking.

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We had to hold out again for some traffic and the landing was delayed again by 10 mins.

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Approaching Denpasar.

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We landed and docked at a jet bridge after a quick taxi run.

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As every good thing, it had to come to an end.
I thanked the crew for the wonderful service and took a photo with them as a memory of my first SQ flight :)

Towards immigration.

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Massive arrival hall.

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Lot of arrivals at this late hour meant snaking immigration queues. It took almost 30 mins to clear the border.

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Baggage was already there when I reached the belt.
Had to queue again to hand out customs declaration forms but it moved quickly.

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My hotel transfer was waiting to pick me up and arrived there in the midnight.

Since there were only few pics in this short flight, here is some bonus for you.
Enjoy!

PLANE SPOTTING AT KUTA BEACH


Again apologize for the low quality. My equipment is not high spec.




TOURISM BONUS


Legian Area

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Soto Ayam with Nasi (Chicken Soup with Rice) for Breakfast.

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Bali Bombing Memorial in Legian Street.

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Sate babi (Pork Satey) served with Nasi Impit (Compact Rice)

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It was sweet and tender, well complimented by es teh (Iced Tea).

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A temple with typical Balinese architecture.

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Tanah Lot - The Temple by the sea

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Taman Ayun Temple



Babi guling - BBQ suckling pig served with rice. Found on the way to Bedugul, not authentic but still good.

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The iconic Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Beratan.




Thank for reading my first two reports. Stay in touch for the reports of the return trip!
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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

9.5/10
Cabin9.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment8.5
meal/catering10.0

Singapore - SIN

9.5/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.5
Services9.5
Cleanliness10.0

Denpasar - DPS

8.1/10
Efficiency6.0
Access9.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

It was a wonderful first flight with SQ. Though the transfer process was not smooth and I missed the lounge experience, everything beyond that was perfect. The hard product of SQ A333 J class is not the best but more than enough for such a short trip. Crew was fantastic even when they had to rush through the service. IFE too was good. They made good first impression on me and I couldn't wait to fly back home with them.

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4 Comments

  • Comment 404303 by
    Razza_Pr 139 Comments

    Hello, Thurya, and thank you for this FR.

    This report particularly interests me because SQ is about to phase out their A330s in favour of A350s. Another interesting note is that although their cabin configuration remains unchanged, the pillowcase already matches that of the new aeroplanes.

    On the dinner menu for the SIN-DPS sector there's also something that piqued my curiosity.. SQ apparently advertises Beef Rendang as a "Singaporean" dish? Lol

    Your photos suggest that Bali's weather at the time of your visit wasn't very pretty! It looks more like London weather than Bali weather :O

    Once again, thank you for this FR. Cheers!

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    • Comment 405359 by
      Thurya AUTHOR 52 Comments

      Hi Razza_Pr,

      Thank you for your comments. I hope that they will replace A330 with A350 in CMB-SIN sector soon so that I can get on board my favourite aircraft easily :) I think with such multi ethnic society and a diverse cuisine, Singaporeans can claim any dish its theirs ;) :D Weather was bad especially for photography. Anyway, being a person from the tropics myself, gloomy weather felt much better than the more common hot and humid weather.

      Cheers!

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  • Comment 404464 by
    socalnow 463 Comments

    Greetings Thurya and thanks for sharing this report of your flight to beautiful Bali.

    I have never flown on the SQ A330 but it looks quite comfortable. Your meal selection sounds fantastic!

    Thanks for the bonus spotting pictures and pictures around the island. Especially the cuisine!

    Happy flying.

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    • Comment 405361 by
      Thurya AUTHOR 52 Comments

      Hi socalnow,

      Thanks for the nice comments. Indeed it was adequate for such as short sector though its the most inferior business class hard product SQ offers. I'm always willing to take few risks when it comes to food as I love explore different cuisines. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

      Happy flying!
      Cheers!!

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