Review of Singapore Airlines flight Frankfurt Singapore in First

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ25
Class First
Seat 3A
Aircraft Airbus A380-800
Flight time 10:55
Take-off 26 Jan 15, 12:35
Arrival at 27 Jan 15, 06:30
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socalnow
By GOLD 6590
Published on 29th May 2015
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.

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Model at the entry.

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A friendly welcome and I was quickly admitted to the lounge. Let's look around.

High tables the left of the entrance.

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Beverages.

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Seating.

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View seats.

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My food selection.

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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.

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The entrance.

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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.

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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.

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Party favors. All of which I retained from the first leg but what airline enthusiast wouldn't want another set?

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I get a kick out of the aisle. I still have a hard time believing this is an airplane.

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Our position in Frankfurt.

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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.

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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.

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The soup comes next. Unfortunately I don't recall what it is. I think smoked duck was the meat garnish.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dessert was a warm cake and ice cream. It initially came out with cold cake but that was remedied quickly.

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The cheese, my preferred end to a meal.

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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.

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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.

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The bowl and tray were removed promptly and I was able to sleep again before breakfast.

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Breakfast began with the table setting and some fruit.

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The Blue Mountain coffee is a must.

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Scrambled eggs, lobster cake and some kind of sausage. All very fine breakfast flavors and textures.

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The end is near as we glide over fleet of merchant ships in anchorage off Singapore.

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Soon we're over East Coast Park.

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Welcome to Changi.

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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

9.0/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment9.0
Meal/catering9.0

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

7.1/10
Comfort7.0
Meal/catering7.0
Entertainment7.5
Services7.0

Frankfurt - FRA

7.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Singapore - SIN

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

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.

Informations on the route Frankfurt (FRA) Singapore (SIN)

14 Comments

  • Comment 138722 by
    02022001 4067 Comments

    Great catering !!
    Thanks to share this fr ;)

  • Comment 138754 by
    indianocean SILVER 6041 Comments

    After about a 10 minute stay I returned to the gate where boarding was underway to Singapore.--> Since you are flying Suites Class, no need to stay there any longer.

    I just wish that the amenity kits (except the PJ) would be made in better material

    The BTC meal you chose just looks fantastic.
    No BTC for breakfast?

    Very nice flight and report.

    Thank you Christian.

  • Comment 138777 by
    jetsetpanda 2279 Comments

    Consensus was that the AC lounge was superior to the LH lounge. Or at least less crowded.
    - I agree. I much prefer the AC lounge over the LH ones.

    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.
    - That was also my experience when I visited the LH Senator lounge in FRA.

    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.
    - It looked phenomenal.

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic experience with great pics. SQ always sets the tone.

  • Comment 138781 by
    SKYTEAMCHC TEAM GOLD 6667 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this experience with us. As you say it's sometimes hard to believe you are on board an airplane. It looks more like a luxury cruise boat but isn't that what an A 380 really is ? ( at list in First)
    SQ does a very good job and is still among the top despite the competition of Middle East 3 ! The meals just look tasty and perfect.

    • Comment 318201 by
      socalnow GOLD AUTHOR 768 Comments

      Greetings Skyteamchc. Thank you for reading and commenting on this flight.

      SQ does a very good job and is still among the top despite the competition of Middle East 3
      -I have my first flights in first on EK, QR and EY in November and February so I will be able to have an opinion on that issue too!

  • Comment 138864 by
    NGO85 1624 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this continuation with us!

    I'm surprised the layover in FRA is so long at 3 hours. Obviously not a problem when you have lounges to visit :) I've never seen pictures of the AC MLL in FRA before, but it seems to have a nice ambiance.

    One of the kind female lounge attendants noticed I was struggling with a glass of foam.
    - The lounge agent didn't want to see you disrespecting their national product ;)

    The catering looks great, as it should be in SQ F. I think this soup/salad offering looks much better than on the JFK-FRA segment. Suckling pig is a strange selection to see on a plane, but glad to see it was well executed with crispy skin (this aspect I would expect would be difficult to perfect on a plane). The cake being served cold is very poor service, that should have been checked before it left the galley, very careless by SQ when considering this is F (this would never happen leaving a restaurant's kitchen).

    A very nice fruit plate for breakfast, but again the main just doesn't look that different from what you'd get in J. The lobster cake is a nice attempt to use more expensive ingredients, but the plain scrambled eggs could have used something else. But gripes about breakfast on planes is never few and far between.

    Another great flight on SQ, looking forward to the next one! SIN-PEK is also A380?

    • Comment 318358 by
      socalnow GOLD AUTHOR 768 Comments

      Greetings NGO85 and thanks for the comments. With all the flying you do I don't know where you find the time!

      ...but again the main just doesn't look that different from what you'd get in J
      -I thought the breakfast was quite nice. Of course at that point all I could do is manage a taste of each item. I do think they could apply more innovation to breakfast. Perhaps a wider variety of a la carte / small plate offerings.

      SIN-PEK is also A380?
      -777-300 for the afternoon departure. I could have connected to the morning A380 but I valued the day in SIN > another A380 segment.

      Happy flying.

  • Comment 138892 by
    pititom GOLD 9547 Comments

    It's hard to believe SQ sends the Suite pax to the SEN lounge. Having this lounge between two F segments is like mixing mayonnaise with caviar... I can understand that LH wants to keep it's F lounge exclusie to his passengers, but they have the FCT for that...

    The satay and the whole dinner look very good. But the breakfast brings nothing special. I never find it worth waking up for them, anyway ^^

    Very nice flight (again !) and thanks for sharing !

    • Comment 318360 by
      socalnow GOLD AUTHOR 768 Comments

      Hello Pititom and thank you for reading and commenting.

      It's hard to believe SQ sends the Suite pax to the SEN lounge.
      -Could it be that SQ won't pay what LH wants for FCL access? Or that LH simply says nien?

      Having this lounge between two F segments is like mixing mayonnaise with caviar
      -Thanks for the laugh.

      Happy flying.

  • Comment 139405 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4557 Comments

    Great report as usual. Kind of a shame there's no dedicated F class lounge or that SQ F pax don't have access to the FCT. Must be a Star Alliance thing. OneWorld carriers allow F class pax of any oneworld airline in their lounges, as well as oneworld Emerald Elites. That's funny about the PJs, I'd be too self conscious to walk around in PJs during a layover as well, but good for them for remaining comfortable. The AC lounge looks pretty nice and surprisingly large. Another great experience in F...man, that's a lot of vodka with the caviar. You want to savor the caviar, not pass out while eating it, LOL.

    Thanks for sharing!

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