Hello Flight Report community. This is a continuation of a fantastic RTW trip I took in January 2015.
I will dissect the journey as follows: Planning, Virgin America Loft LAX, VX LAX-JFK (First)http://flight-report.com/en/report-10395.html Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse JFK and SQ JFK-FRA (Suites) http://flight-report.com/en/report-10408.html Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge FRA, Lufthansa Senator Lounge FRA, and SQ FRA-SIN (Suites)(This report) The Private Room SIN and SQ SIN-PEK (First)(Coming Soon) Air China Business Class Lounge PEK and CA PEK-NRT (Business)(Coming Soon) Delta Skyclub NRT and DL NRT-LAX (Business)(Coming Soon)
Arrival The first class passengers were met by a (Lufthansa?) representative at door 1L. He waited for all connecting passengers, which I believe was all of us, and walked us across the terminal to the LH Senator Lounge. One pair of my fellow SQ Suites transit passengers decided to remain in their SQ pajamas for our brief visit to Frankfurt. I found this move very interesting. My first reaction was. O no, you can't wear your sleeping suit through the airport! After reflecting on this I think I actually admire this move. I couldn't do it, too self conscious. I do admire the confidence in someone who would. Later in the journey we arrived at The Private Room simultaneously and, you guessed it, still decked out in the SQ threads. Power move.
We were caught up in the line to enter the LH lounge and I decided to peel of and explore the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge that I had read about in SQ Suites trip reports. Consensus was that the AC lounge was superior to the LH lounge. Or at least less crowded.
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt.
Model at the entry.
A friendly welcome and I was quickly admitted to the lounge. Let's look around.
High tables the left of the entrance.
My food selection.
There were also hot and cold food options but I did not partake in them. I know, I should get the pics anyway!
When I was pouring the beer I either got in at the end of a keg or the beginning as the foam/head to beer ratio was not in my favor. One of the kind female lounge attendants noticed I was struggling with a glass of foam. She came to the rescue and poured the beer for me with much greater efficiency and the perfect creamy top. I thought it was a thoughtful gesture.
In the interest of a through experience, and being a fan of Lufthansa, I walked down to the LH Senator Lounge. There was a small podium setup outside where a very friendly woman was scanning boarding passes to determine entry eligibility.
I failed miserably here at taking pictures. The lounge was very crowded and I noticed that the food was devoured as fast at the lounge staff could position it on the buffet.
I enjoyed a cappuccino with a view.
After about a 10 minute stay I returned to the gate where boarding was underway to Singapore. With no wait in the Suites queue I was aboard directly. With warm welcomes from various crew I got the first impression that this would be an exceptional journey in the true Singapore Airlines tradition.
Refreshments procured upon returning to 3A.
Party favors. All of which I retained from the first leg but what airline enthusiast wouldn't want another set?
I get a kick out of the aisle. I still have a hard time believing this is an airplane.
Our position in Frankfurt.
After a good introduction to the Krug were were off the gate and running. The meal service began with the satay. This is always such a nice treat to tempt your palate for all the wonderful flavors waiting for you when you arrive in Singapore.
The caviar comes next. I don't know what to say about this course that I haven't already. It just feels so special. The caviar was served today with a full glass of vodka! I sensed this was just a crew member who was not aware of the correct caviar to vodka ratio so unfortunately it went to waste.
The soup comes next. Unfortunately I don't recall what it is. I think smoked duck was the meat garnish.
The salad is a play on a Caesar. While I prefer to see an anchovy fillet rather than pancetta on my Caesar it was fresh, crisp, and generally enjoyable. The dressing had a nice acidic note to balance the otherwise rich dish.
At some point I request this Burgundy. I don't remember the exact notes of this wine but it was a generally pleasing pinot noir.
For the main I used the Book the Cook option to select a German inspired suckling pig dish. It turned out to be a fine selection with crispy skin and tender, perfectly cooked meat.
Dessert was a warm cake and ice cream. It initially came out with cold cake but that was remedied quickly.
The cheese, my preferred end to a meal.
I lounged for some time with a the Johnnie Walker Blue but it was soon time to get acquainted with the bed. I caught a few hours of slumber but I think my excitement of being on board an airplane in such sumptuous surroundings gets the best of me and I wake up to not miss the experience.
Making good progress.
I reviewed the snack menu and decided on some noodles. I placed my order with the flight attendant and I was asked if I would like to take my noodles in the free suite behind me (4A) or in my seat, with a tray, in bed. Well, I was into a movie and could not resist the novelty of a noodle dish in bed at 30,000'. The noodles were unremarkable but I was quite content.
The bowl and tray were removed promptly and I was able to sleep again before breakfast.
Breakfast began with the table setting and some fruit.
The Blue Mountain coffee is a must.
Scrambled eggs, lobster cake and some kind of sausage. All very fine breakfast flavors and textures.
The end is near as we glide over fleet of merchant ships in anchorage off Singapore.
Soon we're over East Coast Park.
Welcome to Changi.
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Frankfurt - FRA
Singapore - SIN
Another exceptional SQ Suites segment. In Singapore Suites I'm like a 5 year old let loose in a toy store and told he can have anything he wants and the crew made sure that I did. I can't imagine that traveling like this could ever become routine or normal, it is just so special.
It must be satisfying to work for SQ knowing that you have world class products to offer your guests. I came away with the impression that all the staff I encountered were proud to be members of the SQ team and seemingly enjoyed making their guests comfortable and satisfied.
So now I have a day in one of my favorite culinary cities on earth and another 6 hours in the care of Singapore Airlines First class. Wow, what an experience. Thanks for reading.
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