Review of Singapore Airlines flight Los Angeles Singapore in Premium Eco

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ 37
Class Premium Eco
Seat 36C
Aircraft Airbus A340-500
Flight time 17:20
Take-off 23 Apr 07, 21:15
Arrival at 24 Apr 07, 05:35
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manureva744
By 8784
Published on 29th March 2012
I have found pictures of a trip to Asia I did a few years ago when looking through my external hard-drives. We were going to Singapore and Denpasar. I don't have that many pictures of the flight but enough to do a nice FR.

I will take you onboard Singapore Airlines A340-500 which were back then equipped with both Business and Executive Economy class. Right now all Airbus 340-500 are equipped with Business Class only and the fleet should be retired very soon.

So Welcome on Board this FR featuring the Singapore Airlines Airbus 340-500 for the first time.

My partner and I flew in the night before on Air France from Papeete and we spent the day in a hotel near the airport.

The next day we leave the hotel in the courtesy shuttle for Tom Bradley International Airport or TBIT. The driver will drop us off just outside the terminal right under the SQ sign.

We go to the check-in counters that are rather empty. The aircraft doesn't have that many seats, so not that many customers and it is normal to have no one waiting at the counters. We did online check-in 48hours before the flight so we got our preselected seats 36A and 36C
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Before we go airside we have a stroll outside to check if our plane is here and who is park around it. Our Airbus 9V-SGD is flanked by a China Airlines Boeing 747-400 and another Boeing 747-400 owned by Air India.
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We go to the DutyFree Shops to check what's new but will get out without buying a thing, which is good, it'll leave us more money for our vacations !

After going through security we go wait at the gate. To pass time I take pictures of our ship !
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While we are waiting we see F-GLZT, the Airbus that flew us to LAX from PPT the day before. He had time to go back to Tahiti and to LAX again.
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We board on time and we are rather impressed by the Executive Economy cabin.

Take off is towards the Pacific Ocean, as usual and our Airbus starts its voyage home to Singapore.

Shortly after take-off the crew will hand out the earphones, than the comfort kit and finally the menu.

I don't have a picture of the menu but this is what is offered.


DINNER MENU

TASTY STARTER
Chicken with oven baked vegetables and pasta salad

THE MAIN
Chicken breast with a nut and cranberries crust, sauteed vegetables, melting squash with butter

Ginger braised shrimps with green onions, asian varied vegetables and white rice.

THE CHEESE CORNER
Cheese and Crackers

SWEET NOTES
Ice Cream

FROM THE BAKERY
Roll and Butter

CHOICE OF HOT DRINKS
Coffee
Tea
Chinese Tea

BETWEEN MEALS MENU

SMALL BITES
Tortilla Chips
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tuna roll
Taro vegetarian roll
Fresh fruits
Fruit flavoured yoghurt
Pepperoni hot calzone
Vegetarian hot calzone
Krispy Kreme Donuts

CHOICE OF HOT DRINKS
Coffee
Tea
Chinese Tea

THE BREAKFAST

FRESH PICKINGS
Yoghurt and red berries compote

THE MAIN
Omelette with parsley, chicken sausage, tomato and potato croquette

Sauteed egg noodles, Char Siew pork, shrimps and cabbage

FROM THE BAKERY
Assortments of danish and bread rolls
Butter and jam

CHOICE OF HOT DRINKS
Coffee
Tea
Chinese Tea

Very tempting menu ! Our crew will first serve pre-meal drinks and we both went for the famous Singapore Sling served with an assortments of nuts and asian crackers.
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The crew is all smiles, very caring and you don't feel rushed. They will come and offer seconds but I will turn it down…

I navigate the entertainment program Krisworld. I elect to watch The Queen with Dame Helen Mirren

After picking up the empty glasses from our drinks, the crew will serve the meal, I choose the shrimps and my partner will pick the chicken. A small glass of white wine to go with the meal.
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I truly enjoyed the moonlighting with the pink-purple tones in the cabin. Anyway… our cabin attendant will once again offer us another glass of wine or water and will finally offer us some ice-cream for dessert.

After clearing the trays, the crew will turn down the light and will then turn off the lights completely.

I will watch a movie or two and during that time the crew will offer a snack, a fruit or some chocolates. I then fall asleep after a few hours in the very comfortable seats !

Before leaving LAX I was very worried to leave for a 16+ hour of flight and I nearly screamed when the captain announced a flight time of 17h12mn !!!
But after all I didn't see the time fly and I slept a full 7 hours nonstop and I woke up above Japan.

After I woke up I went to the rear of the Airbus to see if I could get something to snack on. The curtain was closed so I pushed it and behind it the purser was waiting for passengers and offered me a drink or a snack. There was only water available self serve but she tells me she can get me any other drinks. I grad a cereal bar and a peach yogurt and 2 glasses of water and I go back to my seat to watch more movies. The crew will continue to force feed us sandwiches or chocolates ! There is so much to eat we nearly exploded ! The crew will walk through the cabin with water and orange juice as well.

3 hours, yes THREE HOURS before we arrive in Singapore the lights are turned on in the cabin and the crew starts to serve breakfast.

I pick the noodles and my partner the omelette.
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The noodles were AMAZING !!!

A couple more pictures of the cabin after the breakfast service, some people are sleeping, others, like us are watching another movie.
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The crew will go through the cabin to tidy up before our arrival in Singapore

The Clark Quay Novotel where we stayed.
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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

9.4/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi9.5
Meal/catering10.0

Los Angeles - LAX

7.6/10
Efficiency8.5
Access7.5
Services6.5
Cleanliness8.0

Singapore - SIN

8.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Singapore Airlines at its best during 17h12 !!!

Departure on time with no problems, with so little people it is difficult to depart late.

The seat was very comfortable, only drawback is the legrest and the footrest is divided in 2 and can be rather uncomfortable.

The crew was all smiles, attentive, caring and won't stop feeding us. Minor drawback is waking us up 3 hours before arrival in Singapore to serve us breakfast... a little early, 2 hours before arrival is the maximum I think !

A perfect mark for the meals, indeed each dish was excellent !

Information on the route Los Angeles (LAX) Singapore (SIN)

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