Review of Singapore Airlines flight Sydney Singapore in First

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ222
Class First
Seat 1A
Aircraft Airbus A380-800
Flight time 08:15
Take-off 26 Aug 18, 15:35
Arrival at 26 Aug 18, 21:50
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By SILVER 2043
Published on 30th September 2018
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Hello Flight-Report #Avgeeks. After a brief but enjoyable visit to Cairns it was time to make the slow and multi-stop trip back to the US, the wrong way of course. Originally this trip had almost a week in Australia, Cairns and Brisbane being the choice cities. My return home was on Singapore and ANA in first class using a no longer available 125K point redemption, which was a grand steal. When I booked it a year out there was rumor the new A380 would fly the SYD-SIN route. Singapore flies 2 A380s between these cities. BOTH were available when I booked it. But I picked the wrong one, and by the time I realized it, the new A380 was not available.

So for months that gnawed at me. Then SQ started publishing routes for their new B787-10. Reward Flying wanted to fly that plane. And I found Malaysia A350 too. And I found a waitlist on the new SQ A380. And I found space on Cathay's A350-1K. So I blew up the trip and ultimately had tickets on all these aircrafts.

Proud of my accomplishment I became tired just looking at the travel I was facing.

So I blew it up again. However all these aircraft are booked for travel in the next few months, as well as some others (hint: QR Qsuites, QR A350-1K, SQ URL) And the good news is CX swapped out the A350-1K on my flight and MH had an aircraft swap as well.

And in the end I lucked into QF's 787 plus an incredible dose of first class to return home.

This begins the first class journey home.

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photo map of trip

If you can’t get excited about flying Singapore A380 Suites class, then reward flying isn’t for you. My anticipation could only have been higher had this been the earlier flight from Sydney which was on a new A380 with the new Singapore first class suite. But my waitlist had failed to clear so I had to slum it in the old style Suites.

Arriving on the convenient train from downtown Sydney, I got my exercise for the day as Singapore’s check-in counter is Aisle K, the farthest one from from where I’d entered.

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With no special ground services for first class or suites guests, other than a fast track card which wasn’t necessary, I headed through the maze of duty free shops to the departure gate of 57 in Terminal One, also the farthest away. Located up the escalator is the Krisflyer lounge. This lounge has a business side as well as first class side on the right. It’s a smaller sized room that’s been beautifully decorated and has nice views of the tarmac.

The lounge has 3 sections, the front which is primarily seating, center area which has buffet food as well as a la carte dining and seating and rear seating with a tarmac view.



I headed back to the rear and found a seat. A waiter presented a menu and asked if I wanted anything to drink.

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Knowing the catering truck was just outside the window loading my Book The Cook meal, I didn’t want to go overboard, so I ordered Chicken Satay which was simply perfect.

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Other than the many items I would order from the a la carte menu, there were buffet style selections as well.

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And plenty to drink.

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On my way out I took a look at the washroom/shower area.

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These are actually nicer showers than those in the Private Room at Changi.

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Enough, let’s Suites.

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The only negative of an A380 is there are some many jetways you can never get a good photo!

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After SQ26 from JFK-FRA-SIN last year and getting a view of the cabin, I choose seat 1A because of its privacy.

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The knock on this seat, according to blogs and reviews, is that it only has 2 windows versus 3 windows in row 3 seats. These 2 windows are good enough for me. I highly recommend this seat or its counterpart 1F if you want to be alone on the plane.

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A view from 1A.

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The grand staircase of an A380 to business class, although it’s not used.

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A storage area for the crew next to and slightly aft seat 1A.

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I wandered upstairs only to find someone wondering why he didn’t book Suites class.

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Singapore Airlines recently changed their amenity partnership to a French company called Lalique. It was timed to commence with the new A380 cabins and apparently now is system wide.

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I kind of think they won’t allow you to use the candle during flight.

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The Lalique PJ’s are a huge improvement over the last years sleepsuits. (I’m wearing it as I write!)

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And the Singapore Airlines A380 lavatories were well stocked with any other amenity you might need.

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We departed on a northerly route because of the foul weather, spoiling my plan for aerial photos of Sydney for the second day in a row!

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Now for the important part.

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The beverage menu.

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The food menu.

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And Book the Cook. Since this was an Australian flight and Barramundi is local that would be my choice.

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Service began shortly after leveling off.

Chilled Malossol Caviar to start.

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After a fair amount of Krug, the switch was predictable

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Connie, a lovely Singapore girl took care of my request.

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Next was a soup course.

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I choose the Cantonese Beef Broth which was rich and warming. Perfect for a day with the chilly rainy weather that I’d just left.

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Next was a salad made with some of my favorite ingredients; baby spinach, goat cheese, dried cranberry and roasted walnuts.

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The main course.

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While there was nothing bad about this dish, there wasn’t anything outstanding either, including the presentation.

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But then again, black bean sauce is most likely going to be black! I just didn't think the sauce complimented the fish and the rice and vegetables were plain.

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Not willing to surrender I went for the cheese course.

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All were delicious except the Tarwin Blue, which may have been delicious as well, but I’m not a Blue fan.

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Almost done, best for last?

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Yikes, was this tart good!

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What could possibly be better?

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Unfortunately it had to end.

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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

8.1/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering8.0

Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge (First Class Section)

9.0/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Services9.0

Sydney - SYD

8.3/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.0

Singapore - SIN

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

This flight had another excellent Singapore Airlines crew. Their polish stands out but their personalities make them shine. I can't wait to fly SQ again, tomorrow.

Information on the route Sydney (SYD) Singapore (SIN)

5 Comments

  • Comment 468412 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4904 Comments

    SQ First class suite that was revolutionary 10 years ago has stood the test of time, though it's been surpassed by the new SQ F Suite of course, which is again revolutionary. Great wine list as usual, catering a little less so, but as long as there's caviar it's still truly First ^^

    These AU-SIN flights are like TATL flights, a bit too short to fully enjoy the experience and manage to get a decent amount of sleep.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment 469646 by
    nico83et13 SILVER 1963 Comments

    Thanks for the FR.

  • Comment 470003 by
    Rewardflying SILVER AUTHOR 466 Comments

    Thanks for reading Nico83et13!

  • Comment 470216 by
    socalnow GOLD 899 Comments

    Thanks for the beautiful report on SQ Suites. What an astonishing way to fly.

    " But my waitlist had failed to clear so I had to slum it in the old style Suites. "
    -I'll take up a collection at Church. This will not stand.

    "Knowing the catering truck was just outside the window loading my Book The Cook meal, I didn’t want to go overboard, so I ordered Chicken Satay which was simply perfect."
    -Looks very good. I don't know how you resist the Laksa however.

    "These are actually nicer showers than those in the Private Room at Changi."
    -So true! And so strange...

    The Singapore Airlines Suites/First experience is so fantastic and you capture it well here. The vintage Grug, caviar, top shelf Bordeaux, what an event. The main looked a little pedestrian but the cheese looked alive.

    "What could possibly be better?"
    -Dunno, really.

    "This flight had another excellent Singapore Airlines crew. Their polish stands out but their personalities make them shine. "
    -So well put. Glad it was a great flight.

    Thanks again for sharing a Suites flight and happy flying.

  • Comment 470287 by
    Rewardflying SILVER AUTHOR 466 Comments

    Hi again!

    I'll take up a collection at Church. This will not stand.

    -Thank you, someone needs to step up...

    Looks very good. I don't know how you resist the Laksa however.

    -Waiting for the feast...

    The Singapore Airlines Suites/First experience is so fantastic and you capture it well here. The vintage Grug, caviar, top shelf Bordeaux, what an event. The main looked a little pedestrian but the cheese looked alive.

    -Perfect time too, 3PM arriving 8PM

    Dunno, really.

    -It's coming up.

    Thanks for taking the time to drop a note Christian.

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