Hello and welcome to the next report of this 4 segment routing from Washington, DC to Sydney, Australia. This report will cover the 4th flight in the series: Singapore to Sydney with British Airways in World Traveller Plus.
In all my AvGeekiness, I was pretty excited about this flight for several reasons:
1) 5th Freedom routes are cool–it's fun to be flying BA between 2 cities on the other side of the world from the UK 2) I'd never flown in the new World Traveller Plus cabin and was looking forward to comparing 3) This will be my first time flying BA's 777-300ER 4) There are very few reports on BA's updated World Traveller Plus on FR; this will be the first 77W WTP report in English
We had spent the night in Singapore and after enjoying some dim sum for lunch in the city, we headed early to the airport to do some lounge hopping.
Because the BA counters weren't open yet, we made our way towards the early check-in counters, where you can check in for flights up to 24 hours in advance. This is one of the conveniences I love about Changi. Towards the rear of the check-in hall of Terminal 1, right behind the Early check-in counters, there is a secluded premium check-in area for Elites and those in Premium cabins. I showed my oneworld Emerald credentials and was escorted inside to the check-in lounge. This Premium check-in is walled off from the rest of the terminal and furnished with comfortable chairs and a waiting area. There's something that feels very premium about checking in at a check-in lounge rather than a ticket counter.
The SATS agents were friendly and efficient. Passport control is accessed directly through the lounge and we were airside in no time.
The Holiday decorations in Terminal 1 had a London theme.
Some quick spotting when a little piece of my birth country caught my eye.
There are two oneworld lounges at Changi T1; both are located in the same area on the mezzanine level. One of the lounges is operated by Qantas and the other by British Airways.
I headed for the Qantas lounge first as the BA lounge was not yet open.
First impressions: this lounge is huge. I'd previously been to the QF lounge in HKG and also found that lounge to be quite large, but I'm pretty sure the SIN QF lounge is even bigger.
Considering that QF used to fly the Kangaroo route with multiple daily A380s via Singapore, the lounge had to be big. Now that QF sends it's LHR flights via Dubai, it's just pleasantly uncrowded here in SIN.
It's so big that there are some awkwardly large open areas.
Despite the hugeness of it all, there are some cozier seating areas.
The seats are comfortable and I like the design of QF's lounges in general.
There is no First class section in this lounge–though Lord knows they have the room for it–so there is no real champagne, but a very drinkable and pleasant Australian sparkling.
It only started giving me minor heartburn after about 4 glasses, so it's decent in my book–that's my weird way of judging good sparkling wines from bad ones, haha.
There's a decent selection of hot dishes from the buffet, though pretty much everything was heavy.
After enjoying the Qantas lounge, we headed to the British Airways lounge down the hall.
The entrance is very chic.
The BA lounge at SIN was recently renovated and it looks great! The only downside is that there is no longer a First class section accessible to oneworld Emeralds. They have instead opened a very small "Concorde Bar" limited to First class passengers only. I love how BA gets around oneworld Emerald lounge access rules by slapping the word "Concorde" on something! They've also done this at my home airport at Washington-Dulles :-/
But nevermind all that, the Business class lounge is very nice.
It was also nice and empty, with only maybe 3 or 4 other people in the lounge.
While it's not as huge as the QF lounge, as you can see, it is quite a large space.
The decor of the lounge, in the new standard BA style, is very elegant and modern yet comfortable and warm.
The food and drink selection in the BA lounge was slightly better than the Qantas lounge, IMO.
One thing I found odd is that there was no champagne out in the self-serve area. There is no bar either so I asked an attendant where I could find the champagne. She asked where I was seated and told me that she would bring the champagne to my seat.
After a few glasses, it was time to head to the gate. Although there were no tarmac views from the lounges, our plane could be seen from the outdoor bar area on the concourse level just below the lounges.
Security is at the gates in Singapore and, as usual, was very quick and painless.
Boarding began with First and Business class, followed by oneworld Elites.
Nice views of our plane on boarding.
A Premium Economy ticket does not give priority boarding on BA, but we boarded early with Elite boarding as we both have status.
Passing through the Club World cabin on the way to the WTP cabin.
The 77W World Traveller Plus cabin is rather large for a Premium Economy cabin with 6 rows in a 2-4-2 layout.
Our seats in the last row of WTP. I often choose the last row of any non-Y cabin for more privacy and not to have to worry about reclining into someone's lap. Although, there is always a risk of having babies in the bassinets in the bulkhead row right behind, I still prefer these seats. Also note that the first row of WTP on the sides (row 22) does not have a window. Otherwise, I may have chosen the first row due to the better legroom.
The IFE is the latest generation and has a responsive touchscreen. The PTV screen is larger than on the older WTP.
View from my seat.
World Traveller Plus passengers are provided with noise-cancelling headphones, which is great in case of crying babies ^^
There is also a very basic amenity kit containing socks, an eye mask, ear plugs, and a pen.
The 19.5" wide seats have a large armrest between the seats, giving a good amount of lateral space. The seat pitch is listed as 38" and is typical by International Premium Economy standards. Overall, the seats are spacious and feel very similar to Domestic First class seating in the U.S.
The legroom is good and I could easily cross my legs.
British Airways offer a pre-departure beverage service in World Traveller Plus, which adds to the Premium experience. On offer were water, orange juice, and champagne.
Boarding completed on time and the safety video was played during push-back.
Playing around with the IFE–the airshow is nice and modern
Then decided to watch San Andreas.
Before the aperitif service, there is a hot towel service.
Gotta have Gin & Tonic on British Airways!
As I was enjoying my G & T, the person in front of me reclined and almost hit me in the face. The recline on these seats is deep! It's nice to have deep recline for a night flight like this, but be mindful not to just slam your seat back all at once, especially during dinner service as it goes pretty far. Luckily, one of the flight attendants asked the person in front of me to bring the seat up a bit for dinner, which made things a bit easier and avoided an awkward tap on the shoulder.
There are two options for mains: Beef tenderloin or Cod fillet in a Thai curry sauce
I opted for the Cod as I love Thai food
The main was good, but lacked some sauce.
Here is a look at the Beef tenderloin option.
by the time my movie was over, we were almost to the West coast of Australia.
I slept for about 2 to 3 hours and woke up somewhere over the center of the continent.
Breakfast was served shortly after. It came in a box.
Although the dinner had a more premium feel with china, real glasses and silverware, the breakfast was the same as Economy. It wasn't bad, and better than what I've had on similar length flights in Air France Premium Economy. The breakfast sandwich was pretty good actually, especially since it had bacon. Everything is better with bacon.
The sun starts to rise as we wrap up breakfast.
Couldn't really get any landscape shots as it was hazy
Starting our descent to SYD. The arrival time on the airshow was off by one hour.
The cabin prepares for landing.
It's a very cloudy day in the Sydney area.
I should've gotten a seat on the left side of the aircraft to get a view of the Sydney CBD on landing.
Air New Zealand A320 in new livery
Despite the gray weather, the CBD could be clearly seen from the taxiway.
We parked next to a QF B744 on one side
And a QF A388 on the other
Last view of the seat
Quick pic of an A388 next door while walking towards immigration.
Despite a crowd, immigration went rather fast and we had a super friendly and funny immigration officer. Our bags were already out by the time we got to the belt and we were out to the rental car in no time.
Thanks for reading and see you on the next one! Still plenty more flights to go in the series :-)
British Airways Lounge
Singapore - SIN
Sydney - SYD
British Airways' new World Traveller Plus is a solid Premium Economy product. An overall enjoyable and comfortable flight.
Comfort: The seat itself is comfortable and spacious with the best recline of any true Premium Economy I'd previously flown (AF, VS, and old BA WTP).
Crew: The crew was efficient and friendly, though I didn't have much interaction with them as it was a night flight.
Catering: The catering was as expected for Premium Economy. The dinner was on the premium side while the breakfast was typical Economy fare. BA get extra points for having a pre-departure beverage service that included champagne, which is above average for Premium Economy.
IFE: Very good, latest generation with good airshow. The PTV could have been a little bigger, but it's much better than the old WTP screens.
Great lounges at SIN. Please note that a World Traveller Plus ticket does not give lounge access. My access comes as a benefit of my oneworld status.
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