Review of Singapore Airlines flight Singapore Beijing in First

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ806
Class First
Seat 1F
Aircraft Boeing 777-300
Flight time 06:05
Take-off 27 Aug 18, 16:55
Arrival at 27 Aug 18, 23:00
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By GOLD 1505
Published on 3rd October 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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Singapore Airlines SIN-PEK B777 First Class / SIN Private Room - this report


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JetBlue JFK-ORD E190 Economy Class - no report

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While first class redemptions are always a treat, when they include special services like private check-in, the experience becomes extra special. Today’s flight would include Singapore Airlines renowned first class reception.

Singapore is a beautiful city. I stayed in the Orchard area which is the high end shopping area of Singapore.

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My 4:50PM flight left plenty of time to wander around the shops. After a light lunch it was time to venture to the airport.

Where’s the lawnmower!

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I was greeted by no fewer than 3 Singapore representatives who ushered me into the reception area along with my luggage.

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I had a seat at one of the private counters.

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While the agent tried to figure out how to check a bag through multiple flights covering 3 days, I had a look around.

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In no time I was released to security. Now here’s exclusivity.

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And while I was surprised that the exit from security was across from the lounge, I really shouldn’t have been.

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Up the escalator to the SilverKris Lounge and The Private Room.

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Upon presenting my boarding pass a lounge attendant immediately walked me back to The Private Room which is at the back of the First Class lounge. The Private Room is strictly for Singapore Airlines First Class and Suites Class ticketed passengers.

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had the room to myself. A little later one other person entered, but for the most part it was just me. So I took some photos. They even have a special room for diaper changing.



Off to the left of the entrance is the washroom / shower area. The shower stalls are somewhat confining compared to those in Sydney.



The formal sit down dining room looks like your favorite white tablecloth Michelin starred restaurant.

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You can serve yourself from the buffet or order a la carte from the menu.



The menu is quite extensive.

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I opted for this incredible Bordeaux. It gave Qatar’s Al Safwa wine a run for the money.

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I ordered two small dishes, Satay and Dim Sum, keeping in mind another book the cook feast awaited. The Satay was fantastic.

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The Dim Sum was delicious as well (and huge), although I passed on the tea and enjoyed more wine.

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At this point I was content and found no reason to catch a plane. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. But I’ve been anxious to fly Singapore’s 777 in first class so it was off to the gate.

I boarded the triple 7 and was greeted by Pei Pei, who will turn out to be one of my, in not my all time favorite flight attendant. She truly made this flight special. I would be the only occupant in first class on this flight and had three FA’s at my disposal. How’s that for a ratio. But it was the personal attention that made Pei Pei stand out.

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My view.

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Singapore removed the overhead bins from this front cabin making much more open and airy.

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Since the cabin is only a single row of seats, to make it easier for the flight attendants to maneuver, there is a small walkway and table behind the center seats. This also allows a little offset as seen in the side view photo of row one above.

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The seats are plenty wide and finished in a rich leather, including a large leather pillow.

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While not closed compartment as on the A380 these seats offer a good amount of privacy, especially when it’s just you up front!

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In addition there is plenty of room for your feet when you want to extend the bed. (Note: The bed needs to be flipped over by a FA which I didn’t have done as this was a fairly short evening flight.)

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This is the mini-cabin behind first class with 2 rows of business class seats.

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The front panel housing the IFE monitor has a compartment for storage.

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My guess is this is where they place the amenities such as kits and pajamas. But there were no such amenities on this flight. I was told 7 hours is the cut off.

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Audio jack and LED reading lights on either side.

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Along with a headphone hook on the opposite side of the side tray.

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Seat controls for recline position and the leg rest. As mentioned you need assistance to go flat.

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This small compartment under the armrest holds power outlets and is handy to charge your phone.

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A large tray is housed under the monitor and slides out to a number of different positions.

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There was one lavatory for the 4 seats in first class and was stocked as per Singapore standards.

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Upon boarding I was offered a glass of champagne. And why not, it was almost 5PM.

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Soon we pushed back.

I’ve written about the changes to this trip. The desire to tinker with the flights began when Singapore received their 787-10 and started offering reward seats on it. So I had booked one and subsequently canceled it. That flight was on this very Monday and the route was NRT-SIN arriving at 4:15PM.

Here it is

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Then a few gates down was another favorite.

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20C it is.

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And once above the afternoon cumulus clouds that typically form in this area, Pei Pei offered a Canape, which was actually more like a meal.

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The beverage menu was slightly different on this flight compared to Sydney’s wine selection. This Bordeaux offered on this flight was the same as offered in The Private Room, but was actually a downgrade from the Saint-Estèphe offered from Sydney, at least in terms of price, being about $100 less. No disappointment here, at all.

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The dinner menu for this flight from Singapore to Beijing.

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Here’s Book the Cook, and I opted for the Kyo-Kaiseki meal, which I’d read was fantastic.

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The appetizer course was first.

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On prior Japanese airline flights where I’ve gotten the Kaiseki selection, I’ve detailed all the dishes. I used the menu for reference. Here I’m busted because there is no detailed menu, although I’m sure Pei Pei explained. But I’ve long since forgotten. So let’s wing it. This was a seared tuna I believe.

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And probably Tofu.

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Seaweed and something.

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And the oyster like plateware with some fish, probably sea bream along with something else.

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Probably one of reasons I don’t remember these dishes in detail is they weren’t very good.

Next was a poor excuse for a sushi course.

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A prawn and piece of octopus along with a sliver of maki roll, probably with crab inside.

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The open question is there enough teriyaki?

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Cold soba noodles I believe.

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Then the main course was presented.

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On the left is unagi and the right is zucchini. The unagi was ok. When Pei Pei retrieved the dish with the uneaten zucchini, she asked if I didn’t like zucchini, I fibbed and said I was full.

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The balance of the plate, Japanese pickles, rice and miso soup.



The sad thing about this meal is the cold noodles were probably the best dish.

Pei Pei offered coffee and chocolates for dessert.

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The monitor on the 777 is much nicer than the 380, mostly because you are closer. However I’m pretty sure these are high def.

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The handheld remote has a touchpad like a tablet. It was more frustrating than it was worth.



As a parting gift Pei Pei handed me this stuffed bear with a sweater commemorating the introduction of Singapore’s 787-10 aircraft, and I didn’t even tell her I was supposed to fly the 787 that day!

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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

7.9/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment8.0
Meal/catering6.5

Singapore Airlines Private Room

8.9/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering9.5
Entertainment8.0
Services9.0

Singapore - SIN

9.5/10
Efficiency9.5
Access9.5
Services9.5
Cleanliness9.5

Beijing - PEK

7.5/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

Overall it was a great flight. The Private Room was worth the price of admission and everything was great other than my own selection of food. I liked the cabin of the 777 but the seat became uncomfortable after 5 hours or so. But then why complain when you are flying alone in first class on Singapore Airlines? So I won't.

Informations on the route Singapore (SIN) Beijing (PEK)

6 Comments

  • Comment 468147 by
    nico83et13 SILVER 1475 Comments

    Thanks for the FR.

    SQ is the best airlines. The seat is fantastic. The catering is average.
    No caviar ???

  • Comment 468411 by
    Rewardflying GOLD AUTHOR 395 Comments

    Hi Nico83et13 - Thanks for reading. No caviar. I think this is another 7 hours flight amenity. While it wouldn't have been included in the disappointing Kaiseki dish I choose, it wasn't on the western menu. Overall I think SQ catering is pretty good in first class, but not on this flight. Another SQ flight coming up will prove that.

  • Comment 469088 by
    airtraveladdict 119 Comments

    Great report! i really enjoyed all the photos and details.
    I have to agree with you, I also ordered Kyo Kaiseki on SQ F and it was not very good.
    Nothing compared to the Kyo Kaiseki on Japan AIrlines First Class, which i reviewed on this website too.
    In future, stay away from the SQ Kyo Kaiseki lol

    • Comment 470004 by
      Rewardflying GOLD AUTHOR 395 Comments

      Hi Airtraveladdict. Thanks for reading. Totally agree with the JAL comparison as well.,However talking to the IFM on my flight from FRA to JFK we were discussing SQ's better book the cook selections. He mentioned Kyo Kaiseki. I said I'd just had it on this trip out of Singapore and didn't care for it. He said you have to get it out of Tokyo as they are the only ones that know how prepare it. Makes sense, but I'm not sure I'd take the chance.

  • Comment 470219 by
    socalnow GOLD 700 Comments

    Greetings Mark and thanks for taking us along on this special trip. Departing SIN is an event in SQ F.

    "While the agent tried to figure out how to check a bag through multiple flights covering 3 days, I had a look around."
    -I'm sure they're still taking about this guy from the US with an insane ticket from SYD-NYC via SIN, PEK, and FRA. There might even be a picture of you in the break room.

    The Private room looks fantastic. And very private. Super wine offering and satay. It seems they have upped the wine list a bit recently. Dom was the bubbles on my last visit.

    " I would be the only occupant in first class on this flight and had three FA’s at my disposal."
    -Wow, what an experience.

    "The sad thing about this meal is the cold noodles were probably the best dish. "
    -Bummer! I took the Kyo Kaiseki ex. HND and it was excellent. Just another data point.

    "As a parting gift Pei Pei handed me this stuffed bear with a sweater commemorating the introduction of Singapore’s 787-10 aircraft, and I didn’t even tell her I was supposed to fly the 787 that day!"
    -I'm jealous of your bear. There, I said it.

    "But then why complain when you are flying alone in first class on Singapore Airlines? So I won't."
    -That's probably a good policy.

    Thanks again for sharing and happy flying.

  • Comment 470288 by
    Rewardflying GOLD AUTHOR 395 Comments

    Hi Christian,

    >I'm sure they're still taking about this guy from the US with an insane ticket from SYD-NYC via SIN, PEK, and FRA. There might even be a picture of you in the break room.
    -Haha. That's funny. Well as long as the person who creates the routing rules doesn't see it, okay with me!

    >Bummer! I took the Kyo Kaiseki ex. HND and it was excellent. Just another data point.
    - Yes, the IFM on FRA-JFK told me to get it out of Tokyo. Says they know how to make it. Maybe but it was so not so good that I'm skeptical now.

    >I'm jealous of your bear. There, I said it.
    -And I got a 2nd one out of FRA. This one is the girl 787-10 bear.

    Thanks, headed over to Delta A350 now...

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