Hi and welcome to the final segment of this series.
Below is the summary of my schedule:
SFO-HKG on SQ Premium Economy - click here HKG-BKK on TG Business - click here BKK-HKG on TG Business -click here HKG-SFO on SQ Premium Economy - you are here.
We took the Airport Express shuttle from the hotel and checked in at the SQ counter in Central. I had requested a wheelchair for one of our passengers and was advised that the boarding pass for that pax will be issued at the SQ airport counter which I found puzzling. Once we arrived at the airport, I proceeded to the empty counter and a nice agent advised me that she had to coordinate the wheelchair pick up and advised us to return to the counter 1 hr. before dept. to meet the wheelchair.
We were at the airport 3 hrs. before dept. and was planning to go to the lounge to spend time there. There were 4 of us (3 on SQ and 1 on QR). As a *A Gold member I could only bring 1 guest into any of the lounges, so I ended up purchasing 2 passes at the UA Club which was the only option for accommodating all of us. Paying for 2 passes at the UA Club was not painful at all. All I can say is thank God for Ebay. ;)
I explained our situation to the SQ agent and she agreed so she issued the boarding pass and coordinated for the wheelchair to pick us up in front of the SQ lounge 30 min. before dept. Going through security and immigration was rather quick and we took the train towards gates 60-80. The UA Club is located near gate 61.
This is a spacious lounge with plenty of seating in different sections and an open structure with views into the terminal which allows for natural light during the daytime but at the same time you can hear every announcement that is made and can be a bit noisy. There is a good choice of catering, but the quality at the SQ one is better IMHO.
Two efficient agents welcomed us inside. There is a corner to store the luggage but few people used them.
Once inside you come across the central buffet area. There is an assortment of cold items like salads, fruits, sandwiches and wraps.
Hot dishes are also available.
The soup station featured a Vietnamese type of soup with meatballs.
Beverage counter inside.
I asked for a shower and the agent gave me a pager. I counted 2 showers at the club and within 20 min. I was paged.
The shower was roomy and featured Cowshed toiletries.
If you don't have access to the lounge there are chairs to relax in the terminal at HKG.
It was time to head to the SQ lounge. You might remember that there was a train that we took after we went through immigration to gates 60-80. However, this train only runs in one direction so if you need to return to the lower gates your only option is to walk back.
We arrived at the SQ lounge and waited for maybe 30 min. inside. The flight was slightly delayed by about 10 min. so the wheelchair took a bit longer. Once it arrived everything went smoothly and we were one of the first ones to board.
Earphones and periodicals were available before entering the airplane.
Friendly and smiling crew welcoming pax aboard.
One of the FA's escorted us to our seats. That was a great touch.
The cabins were decorated wit holiday ornaments and there was a festive ambiance aboard.
FA distributing hot towels after everyone was seated. She had a great attitude and was always smiling. She followed up later with the kits.
Another FA stopped by to give me a personal welcome and made some small talk. I appreciated this level of attention that made the flight more enjoyable.
The new safety announcement was played. Beautifully shot but the pace was somewhat slow.
After take off the meal service started with FA's delivering special meals first. I opted for the Chicken Parmigiana which was a nice choice. I noticed that some trays have a small glass while others do not. This also happened on the outbound flight. A bit inconsistent on the part of SQ.
After dinner ice cream was distributed.
I stretched my legs after the meal service and here is a shot of the snacks available in the galley.
Bottles of water were already placed in the compartments by the side of the leg.
A bit later another FA passed around with the basket of snacks in the PEY cabin. I requested some nuts which were not in the basket and she replied that she will bring them to me later. She never came back with the nuts.
I browsed the IFE randomly and took a short nap. Eventually I woke up and it was time for the second service. The FA automatically filled the glasses with orange juice. I saw that Poached Eggs were offered and I was excited to try this dish.
Unfortunately the poached eggs were a bit too cooked for my liking. I expected running eggs.
We finally arrived in SFO and cleared Immigration quickly.
Thank you very much for reading and for those who have followed me since I started posting my first FR and taking the time to comment, I appreciate your support. It's always nice to meet people that shares one's interests and I'm glad that I had to opportunity to have met a few of you and hope to continue to cross paths with others in the future.
Life is short and the future is never guaranteed, so make the most out of the present and keep traveling. ;)
United Airlines Red Carpet Club
Hong Kong - HKG
San Francisco - SFO
SQ PEY cabin is small and intimate, but the comfort of the seats on the 777's is too narrow for my liking. The primary reason that one would be willing to shed more money for PEY is comfort and in this case SQ does not seem to offer the same level as other competitors. In addition, the amenity kit is too lacking and an addition of slippers would be appreciated.
Catering in Y is great, but for PEY I think SQ should put more effort to differentiate between the two classes. SQ PEY is an attractive proposition at the right price. If the price is the same across, i feel that one can get better value on other carriers. From the reports that I have read about BR, the seat is wider, there are dedicated WC's right behind the cabin, amenity kits even provide creams and toiletries, and the meals are a step up from Y. On NH and JL, they even include lounge access.
Cabin crew is top notch and are always pleasant to deal with. That has always been one of SQ's strengths.
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