Review of Singapore Airlines flight Singapore Kuala Lumpur in Business

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ116
Class Business
Seat 14A
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 00:43
Take-off 13 Sep 18, 16:56
Arrival at 13 Sep 18, 17:39
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atco
By SILVER 903
Published on 15th January 2019

How I booked


Routing


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After my first experience of flying Business last November, I had got the taste for this whole Premium Cabin thing.

Strangely enough it was a chance comment from a friend that was the opening to the rabbit hole. He mentioned about how he was taking his dad from London to LAX in BA First using Avios.
Now honestly I'd never really had a clue about miles, points etc and how the whole thing worked. Boy did I ever waste a lot of years! I'd always wondered how so many people could afford to pay the insane prices airlines charged for F and J. Little did I realise that many of those people were there for pennies on the dollar.
After diving into the whole scene full blooded I'd unlocked the key to do this on a big scale. So less than a year after starting I was able to put together a trip around Asia all in Business.

The YYZ-ICN-BKK flights cost 75,000 Aeroplan miles. The TPE-YYZ flight also cost 75,000 Aeroplan miles and for reasons I'm not entirely sure I understand I wasn't able to make my multi-city itinerary accept my return flight KUL-TPE-YYZ so I had to book KUL-TPE as a separate leg. This was highly annoying however the blow was softened by a 30% transfer bonus on my SPG points, so that effectively made the flight free in the end.
I used 15,000 BA Avios for the BKK-SIN leg on Cathay which is a crazy good value.
However my terrible luck bit me again on this flight which frankly I booked because it was on the A350-900 and I was yet to fly on one and with the rave reviews it was getting was to be a highlight of the trip for me.
Of course about 2 months before we left ExpertFlyer delivered the brutal news that there had been an aircraft change to an A330-300.
I was gutted especially when I checked EF and found that of the 30 days in September the A330 was operating on only 2 of them. The day after I travelled it was an A350-1000 which would have been even better. I thought long and hard about changing plans to fly a day later but it was just too much hassle. While my wife is nice and understanding even she has limits on how much she will accommodate my avgeekness!

The rest of the flights were cash bookings.
The most expensive flights was the SIN-KUL return on SQ. I originally booked in Y as the cost difference between Y and J was too much. However not flying in J was eating away at me and I started to wonder about how often I would get the chance to fly SQ J again and I buckled and upgraded the flights. It was crazy for a 50 minute flight, but our travel decisions are not always made with the head are they?
It ended up about $775 return.

KLM was about $390 for SIN-DPS, Garuda was about $260, Malaysian CGK-KUL-BKI was $330 and BKI-KUL was $190
*All prices per person in CAD


changi airport and silverkris lounge t2


I'm not sure there are enough superlatives to really describe Changi airport fairly. It's quite something to experience when you are used to some of the World's travel hell holes (LHR T3 pre-renovation anybody?) to see an airport that was brilliantly designed and is just so easy to use.

Why can't all the World's airports be like Changi? It actually makes travelling pleasant!
And for whoever came up with the idea of security screening at each gate, I tip my hat to you, because you are a genius!

Anyway when we last spoke we had just arrived at Changi and were marvelling at the awesomness that is the main airport of Singapore.
Our arrival at T4 meant we had to take a shuttle bus to the central area, and we were there in no more than 10 minutes. It was just a short walk from T3 to our stop for the night the Crowne Plaza.
This hotel is often called the World's best airport hotel. I'm not sure who decides such things but I'm inclined to agree.
Of course being me we had to have a runway view room and a nice little tip off from a friend who lives in Singapore told me which room numbers to ask for because certain rooms sit next to areas in the corridor that are open and have no glass infront of them to make photo taking even easier.
On check in we were greeted by possibly the nicest member of hotel staff I've ever encountered who warmly greeted us, immediately granted my specific room request and pro-actively asked us if we would like a late checkout the next day - As we were just transferring to the Fairmont downtown with a 1500 check in time this was readily accepted with great thanks (plus it meant 3 extra spotting hours for me!)
I'll post some shots from the Crowne Plaza, Fairmont and Singapore in general in the bonus at the bottom. Let's just say that Singapore is firmly one of my favourite places on Earth.

Our flight time was 16:45 and we had to leave the Fairmont hotel in Singapore at 12 so we would have plenty of time at the airport, which is fairly typical for us anyway. I would have preferred to have had an extra hour at the hotel but such is life.
We just took a cab from downtown to the airport as the cost was very reasonable and we arrived at Terminal 2 around 1220 which was a little early for check in.
We took a seat and I sat there for ages taking in the magnificence that was this traditional flip-board style departures board. So retro and so amazing, even came complete with the flipping noises as the characters turned over. God I loved that thing, as well as trying to spot all the old airline logos from defunct airlines that would often flip around.


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Actual flight time was just 43 minutes……………In a widebody jet! Fantastic :D


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Interesting to note that during our time there every single Silk Air flight got a new gate!

I have to say my anticipation was building.
I have always wanted to fly Singapore Airlines, and especially at the pointy end. Now the reality was this was their oldest and most inferior J product on their shortest route  so this wasn't going to be earth-shattering but still the excitement was building. I really was about to fly SQ in J and just that alone was going to make me happy.

Once 1245 rolled around we made our way to the Singapore Airlines Premium check in where of course there was not a sole waiting. We were quickly checked in and ready to head off to the lounge.

It was such a surreal experience checking in and then not going through security but straight to immigration and then be in the secure airside area. BTW Immigration was a breeze as we were directed to automated gates, which my experience of other airports is usually reserved only for citizens and residents of that country. However a quick scan of my exit card and I was on my way in mere seconds.
The efficiency of this airport is incredible.

Next stop the SilverKris lounge!


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When we got to the lounge entrance there were two lovely ladies there to greet us and to guide us towards the Business lounge to the left and not the First lounge off to the right!
We entered the lounge and was struck by the size, its a big lounge but also how quiet it seemed.
We headed straight for the buffet as it was lunch time and my belly was rumbling. Also I'd spotted the self pout bottle of Charles Heidsieck champagne sitting in ice waiting for me and it seemed a shame to let it lie there waiting to be consumed.

Like a laser beam I poured myself a glass and returned to the table before remembering that my wife might like one too!
Next up would be taking a look at the buffet.
Now I'm not normally a buffet person. My unsophisticated (no doubt some might say uncouth!) food tastes which you may have already read have been widely mocked on here already means that I'm a bit picky with food and I like simple and what I would call "not fancy" stuff.
As a Brit by birth I'm far more at home with pie and mash or fish and chips than foie gras and other strange food type things that I can't pronounce :)
I have however developed a taste for champagne and I'm eager to sample both Dom and Krug in SQ F this year!
Anyway I was rather over the moon to see that there was some really great food here, the biggest hit for me being the chicken curry which I could have quite easily pigged out on over several plates. As it was I limited myself to 2 but only because other people were around! :D

So if even I can find something worthwile at the lounge buffet here that means anybody can.
There were several hot options including Indian, Chinese and Western foods and the quality of what I had was very good indeed. There was all the usual cold stuffs like salads, sandwiches, cold cuts etc. The selection was extensive and constantly kept fresh and replenished.

That was another thing that stood out about the lounge, the staff kept the place spotless and would be around to clear up after you without ever being over-bearing or breathing down your neck. It was all very subtle and perfect.



After I had eaten a very filling and enjoyable lunch and polished off my 3rd glass of Heidsieck I remembered that when I booked our tickets I entered my KrisFlyer account number on our bookings. Since that time though it was now possible to credit SQ flights to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan so I wanted to change our boarding passes to credit our flights to AS.

What was interesting here was that the 2 lovely lounge guardians (I can't call them dragons they were just way too nice!) had no idea what I was talking about. They told me that Alaska wasn't in Star Alliance so I had to do a little bit of explaining and educating about the AS/SQ partnership and after some calling and tapping on their computer they had learned something new that day! They were very grateful for me letting them know, and I was taken over to the First Class reception for the lady there to make the change and re-issue my boarding pass.

Data Point here too, my miles credited to my AS Mileage Plan in less than 7 days, it was quick.

After that little adventure it was time to relax for a while and we found some comfy seats for some re-charging before our flight


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With boarding due to start at 1615 and with the lounge being a fair walk from our gate at F54 and knowing we still had to clear security we left the lounge around 1540 and made our way to the gate.
Fortunately everything at Changi is so well signed, it would be virtually impossible to get lost here!


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We arrived at the Gate and there were 2 separate lanes for J and Y security. The Y line must have had about 50 people in it, the J line had none so we rather sheepishly made our way right to the security scanner and were through in mere minutes. I know its a paid perk of the ticket but it does feel slightly awkward for me still.

Here it is the glorious and stylish SQ J boarding pass


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Our ride for today was to be 9V-STR an A330-300 that was delivered new to Singapore Airlines on 08 October 2010. She is not owned outright by SQ but leased from AerCap.
She has the standard SQ regional A330 layout of 30J and 255 Y seats in a 2-2-2 config in J and 2-4-2 config in Y.


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I'm sure most of us are familiar with SQ's now very aged and not terribly good regional J product.
I have to say it certainly lives down to the billing.

Boarding was as expected flawless and bang on time and there were separate jetways for J and Y. We made our way down to door L1 where for the first time I saw one of the legendary SQ girls. With a warm greeting I was welcomed on board and directed to my seat just 3 rows away in 14A and my wife beside me in 14C.
The cabin was pleasant enough but the seats were obviously showing their age. They would of course be comfortable for our 45 minute hop to KL but I can't say I'd be thrilled to get this on an 8 hour flight to Japan or Australia.
Despite lots of cubby space we found the seats really short of functional storage. Everything didn't seem that well thought out as one could expect from a seat that is a decade old before the age where we all got surgically attached to our electronic devices.


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Legroom was decent, of course as you can see here no lie flat, these are angled seats, though of course on such a short flight its not worth even bothering with turning the seat into a bed. There was a nice pillow and I believe a blanket waiting for us at the seat if memory serves me correctly.

A pre-departure beverage of juice or water was served and then we discovered my wife's power outlet wasn't working. I let her use mine as I was having way too much fun soaking up the whole ambience of being in SQ J and telling myself that the ridiculous price I paid was worth it!

The monitor was pretty good for such an old product. It was sharp and responsive unlike the old monitors on some of BA's fleet which look like you are watching TV off an antenna with awful reception.


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We pushed back right on time and had a nice taxi past some interesting aircraft………….



Lufthansa A350 from Munich / Silk Air 737MAX8 / and a bunch of various Scoot's, Lufthansa A380 and Singapore 787-10

We made a rolling start of 20C and were in the air quickly as the lightly loaded A330 roared down the runway like an F1 race car, even seemingly winning the race with our own shadow :)



Quintessentially Singapore


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We departed South so had to make a 180 and that turn took us back over Changi with some nice views of the airport below


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As you can see clearly from above its an absolutely massive airport


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As is to be expected the inflight service was severely limited by the short duration of the flight.
As soon as the call bell went off the crew raced into action with a drinks and snack service.

Sadly no alcohol so my champagne dreams were put on hold for a few more days but I did partake in a very British cup of tea and the quite tasty wrap that was served


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The crew had their hands full as I would say that J went out at lest 26/30 so they had to really crack on with the service given we hit our cruise altitude of 20,000ft and were there for all of 6 minutes before we started our descent into KL. The crew amazingly even came around offering a second drinks service. I have to tip my hat to them, these short sectors have to be a real handful.

Yet the crew were always smiling and made it seem like you could ask for anything and they would be happy to do it for you.
The service, the smiles, the culture of SQ and its reputation are all spot on. There are so many little things that you don't notice at first but just make such a difference. I was so impressed and that was even with high expectations.

We soon began our approach to 32L at KL with no holding required



We arrived at the International Satellite and parked next to this magnificent aircraft


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Once more I uttered an expletive that my proper camera and lens were in my bag in the overhead and not in my hand snapping away at this great looking A330. Time to re-assess my camera storage habits when I'm flying.

We de-boarded again through door L1 and made our way through a sea of humanity as it appeared that adjacent gates had multiple departures happening. We had to take the air train from the satellite to the main terminal building and head to immigration.
While not as fast as Changi we were still through quickly and off to baggage reclaim where our bags were among the first on the belt.
I don't know about others experiences but every time I've had priority tags it does actually seem like our bags are off first which is such a nice time saver, especially when taking public transport from the airport.

Last time I was in KL was 15 years ago and the KLEkspress wasn't even built back then so I was looking forward to giving that a try as we were heading into the city for a stay at the Shangri-La.
The KLEkspress was excellent. It was fast and had free wifi (which wasn't very reliable but it did work for a bit!) and it got us into the city far faster than last time I was here when it was a taxi all the way.


This was a nice little flight. It wasn't worth the price I paid but then I knew that going in. For me this was more about getting to sample SQ J even in such a limited way. I was happy to have experienced the SQ Business product, it was everything I expected.
The seats were below average, the lounge, the service, the experience was everything I had looked forward to and while it was poor value for money I wouldn't have changed a thing and I left feeling very happy.


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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

6.6/10
Cabin5.0
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering6.0

Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge / Business Class Section

8.0/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Services8.0

Singapore - SIN

9.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Kuala Lumpur - KUL

7.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access6.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

The SilverKris lounge in T2 is still one of my favourite lounges. It's got everything you need and coupled with great food, quality champagne and great service it really sparkled.

Changi as always is the World's airport crown jewel. It doesn't get any better.

We all know that this regional J product is being phased out by SQ and thankfully so. It's really from the last generation and shows it age. The seats were comfortable enough for a 45 minute flight but we found the seat limited in features and functionality and the storage spaces just didn't work for the modern age.

Its hard not to rave about the crew, who worked their backsides off on such a short flight with an almost full cabin. Yet it never showed, service was always personal and with a smile and a can't do enough for you attitude. The awards SQ win for service and crew are certainly deserved.
It was of course awesome to have a widebody A330 for such a short flight, I was just disappointed that SQ were flying the 787-10 on such a late night departure as that would have 100% been my preference but it was just too late a flight and we would have lost a night in KL. However I did choose this flight over various Silk Air departures!

The catering was obviously not up to much, but with 6 minutes in cruise there isn't a great deal the airline can do. What we did get was perfectly fine, and similarly there isn't much point with IFE on such a short flight. I just left my screen on the flight map.

KLIA was like an old comfy pair of slippers, it hasn't changed much in the 15 years since I was last there. It was easy to get through and navigate around and is certainly one of Asia's better airports and the KLEkspress has completely revolutionised the journey into the City.

Information on the route Singapore (SIN) Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

9 Comments

  • Comment 484323 by
    K2World 1641 Comments

    Thanks Garry for this report
    Even though the flight is quite short, it still amaze me that in Asia, they have enough demand to fly twin-aisle aircraft. OK, the seat might be old and lacks of storage, but its still decent, especially compared to what you would get in Europe. You also get something to eat, so kuddos to the crew for being so fast.
    I'm gonna fly this very same flight with SQ in J this summer, so I know what to expect. I'll be arriving from AKL on their 77W, so I'll have the opportunity to try both international and regional J seat, yeah :-)
    See you !

    • Comment 484430 by
      atco SILVER AUTHOR 112 Comments

      Hello there K2World, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

      You make a very valid point of course that while this isn't the best Business seating in the World its light years ahead of what you would get on a similar flight in Europe or North America. Infact probably any continent other than Asia or the Middle East (though that's not really a continent!). So it all has to be taken into context of course. For a 45 minute regional hop this was a major step up from what you would find elsewhere.

      I hope you enjoy your SQ J experience, especially the long haul leg which I'm sure will be spectacular. We are flying SQ from PVG-SIN later this year and its already causing great excitement!
      Hope you enjoy your flights, happy travels :)

  • Comment 484387 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4844 Comments

    Hey Atco, nice detailed report for such a short flight!

    Yikes over $700 for a r/t on a 45 min flight! I can't judge though, we've all done it. FOC (Fear of Coach) is real! ?
    But seriously, the AvGeek, PointsGeek and PaxExGeek in me totally gets that. I mean I paid $1200 for my mileage run for 10K EQMs which may or may not give me that much in ROI (though it usually does...I have pretty good luck with Op-Ups on Longhaul which is worth thousands).

    "As a Brit by birth I'm far more at home with pie and mash or fish and chips than foie gras and other strange food type things that I can't pronounce :)"
    - A force-fed goose's fattened liver is delicious...what's so strange about that ?
    I realise it does sound a bit nasty, but being from the Southwest of France, where foie gras comes from, I assure you it's amazing...smooth like butter. And it pairs perfectly with champagne.

    "Why can't all the World's airports be like Changi? It actually makes travelling pleasant!"
    - Right? Changi is basically the only airport that I purposefully work extra long layovers into, usually staying at the Transit Hotel, because it's just a cool place to be!

    "I'm sure most of us are familiar with SQ's now very aged and not terribly good regional J product."
    - Better than domestic F in the U.S. and world's ahead of Euro-J!

    "Sadly no alcohol so my champagne dreams were put on hold for a few more days"
    - What!? No! Not cool. I get there's a huge rush on such a short flight, but they could at least serve mini-bottles that you can open yourself. It takes longer to pour a soda than it would to give a glass and a small bottle of bubbly or wine.

    Not super impressed with the catering either. Again, I know it's a super short flight, but presenting in the plastic wrapping looks and feels cheap. They could have served something simple not in plastic. Maybe a box of pastries and macarons, or something like that.

    Nice bonus, Singapore is a beautiful city that photographs well. Oh my, that pic of the SQ A380 is everything! Don't hesitate to put planespotting in your bonuses...I love me some planespotting ?

    • Comment 484432 by
      atco SILVER AUTHOR 112 Comments

      Good morning Kevin,
      As always thanks for stopping by :)

      "Yikes over $700 for a r/t on a 45 min flight! I can't judge though, we've all done it. FOC (Fear of Coach) is real! ?
      But seriously, the AvGeek, PointsGeek and PaxExGeek in me totally gets that"
      - That is $700 Canadian too! I agree it was an extravegence. Initially I made the smart choice but I gradually wore myself down and talked myself into it. Sometimes we don't always make rational decisions and you know what I don't regret it at all, I had a great time!

      "A force-fed goose's fattened liver is delicious...what's so strange about that ?"
      - Hmmm, yes sounds absolutely delightful, can't think what is wrong with me ?

      "I realise it does sound a bit nasty, but being from the Southwest of France, where foie gras comes from, I assure you it's amazing...smooth like butter. And it pairs perfectly with champagne."
      - You might have sold me with that last sentence ?

      "Better than domestic F in the U.S. and world's ahead of Euro-J!"
      - Absolutely no disagreement at all there

      "What!? No! Not cool. I get there's a huge rush on such a short flight, but they could at least serve mini-bottles that you can open yourself. It takes longer to pour a soda than it would to give a glass and a small bottle of bubbly or wine."
      - Yes a bit of a disappointment there. I'm not sure that there is much time saving between serving tea and coffee over pouring a glass of bubbly. Perhaps its about the weight? I'm not sure but this was definitely a dry run. Boooooooooo!

      "Not super impressed with the catering either. Again, I know it's a super short flight, but presenting in the plastic wrapping looks and feels cheap. They could have served something simple not in plastic. Maybe a box of pastries and macarons, or something like that."
      - Yup a bit downmarket for SQ to be sure. I think this flight is extremely popular with Business travellers, that certainly seemed to be the demographic so perhaps SQ don't feel the need to try particularly hard with this flight in some respects, people will fly it anyway. At least the wrap was tasty, I polished off mine in no time!

      "Nice bonus, Singapore is a beautiful city that photographs well. Oh my, that pic of the SQ A380 is everything! Don't hesitate to put planespotting in your bonuses...I love me some planespotting"
      - Its such a beautiful city, I absolutely love it. I'll certainly be prepared to add plenty of plane spotting shots in the future, that's pretty much one thing I can be relied on for ?

      Many thans, all the best

    • Comment 486319 by
      socalnow GOLD 864 Comments

      Oh my god I'm getting my first tatoo! FOC (Fear of Coach) !

  • Comment 484424 by
    hometoyyz SILVER 498 Comments

    Hello Atco!

    The epic continues with what I presume is the shortest report of this series.

    “We took a seat and I sat there for ages taking in the magnificence that was this traditional flip-board style departures board. So retro and so amazing, even came complete with the flipping noises as the characters turned over. “
    - Very cool. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this at T2. But then, I’m not sure if I’ve been landside at T2. Something else to do the next time I happen to find myself in Singapore.

    “I really was about to fly SQ in J and just that alone was going to make me happy.”
    - I remember this feeling too… my first SQ was on the same product, but on the longer TPE-SIN segment, coming right off my first time on BR. Good trip, that.

    “Also I'd spotted the self pout bottle of Charles Heidsieck champagne sitting in ice waiting for me and it seemed a shame to let it lie there waiting to be consumed.”
    - You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

    Second straight report I’ve read this morning with a seemingly near-empty SQ lounge at SIN. What is this bizarro world I find myself in?

    “I'm sure most of us are familiar with SQ's now very aged and not terribly good regional J product. I have to say it certainly lives down to the billing.”
    - Funny, but I still hold a soft spot in my heart for this product. Would I want to fly it for a 15-hour flight? No. But for the missions it does, I like it. And AC’s currently selling it as Premium Economy on the ex-SQ birds they’ve just acquired. That’s a good package to me.

    “Sadly no alcohol”
    - Wwwwwwwhhhhhhhaaaaaaaatttttt? That seems ridiculous, not to offer at least some limited wine service. I understand not wanting to do mixed drinks for everyone on this short flight, but no booze at all? The wrap looks… well… it’s a 45-minute flight. I’ll not pass judgment.

    “The crew amazingly even came around offering a second drinks service. I have to tip my hat to them, these short sectors have to be a real handful.”
    - That is commendable indeed!

    Great spotting shots from the Crowne Plaza. I’m going to have to stay there sometime. I have been ignorant thus far. And some great pics of that city that also cohabitates with Changi Airport, too.

    Looking forward to a little Silk next. Thanks for sharing, and happy flying!

    • Comment 484622 by
      atco SILVER AUTHOR 112 Comments

      Hello Hometoyyz!

      Please forgive my tardy response, but as you may know yesterday was a big day around YYZ with the arrival of Westjet's first 787 so I had to be there to photograph that. I was working but my co-workers luckily let me out to grab shots, either that or they got sick of me whining!

      "Very cool. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this at T2. But then, I’m not sure if I’ve been landside at T2. Something else to do the next time I happen to find myself in Singapore."
      - You should absolutely go see it and bask in its magnificence. Its a true classic and much fun can be had looking at all the old retro airline logos as they flip over

      "Funny, but I still hold a soft spot in my heart for this product. Would I want to fly it for a 15-hour flight? No. But for the missions it does, I like it. And AC’s currently selling it as Premium Economy on the ex-SQ birds they’ve just acquired. That’s a good package to me."
      - I had heard about AC doing that and that's an absolute steal if you can get in on it. Its not a bad product at all, its just a bit old and worn but again context is everything. If BA or LH or even AC said they were fitting those seats to narrobody J class everyone would be in delirium. So yeah its a bit of a let down compared to say SQ's gorgeous regional J on the 787-10 but compared to awful Euro-Biz its orders of magnitude better.

      "Wwwwwwwhhhhhhhaaaaaaaatttttt? That seems ridiculous, not to offer at least some limited wine service. I understand not wanting to do mixed drinks for everyone on this short flight, but no booze at all? The wrap looks… well… it’s a 45-minute flight. I’ll not pass judgment."
      - Ha yeah that was sort of my reaction when I heard although at least I knew beforehand so I wasn't sat in stunned silence on the aircraft. It's too bad but I think KUL is the only route that SQ mainline don't serve on, as opposed to MH for example who don't serve alcohol on any flight under 3 hours. Don't get me started on that policy and that will most definitely be mentioned in my upcoming review.

      "Great spotting shots from the Crowne Plaza. I’m going to have to stay there sometime. I have been ignorant thus far. And some great pics of that city that also cohabitates with Changi Airport, too."
      - For anyone who holds even a passing interest in planes the runway view rooms at the Crowne Plaza are incredible. The only drawback is its not a cheap hotel however good it might be.

      Thanks as always for your thoughts, onwards and upwards!
      Take care

  • Comment 486320 by
    socalnow GOLD 864 Comments

    Thank you for sharing your first SQ flight with us Atco.

    “I'm not sure there are enough superlatives to really describe Changi airport fairly.”
    -I’ve run dry. Do share if you come up with some new.

    “We just took a cab from downtown to the airport as the cost was very reasonable and we arrived at Terminal 2 around 1220 which was a little early for check in.”
    -I am VERY surprised you couldn’t just check in for any same day SQ flight at any time in their global hub.

    “I'm sure most of us are familiar with SQ's now very aged and not terribly good regional J product.
    I have to say it certainly lives down to the billing.”
    -I’ve never had the pleasure, but it still looks better than the CX/Dragon regional J.

    “We pushed back right on time and had a nice taxi past some interesting aircraft………….”
    -Oh look, a beautiful A350! Wouldn’t it be a treat to fly on one of those?? 😊 In fact my very first ride on the stunning A350 was SQ on this very route. I kid because I
    care.

    “We departed South so had to make a 180 and that turn took us back over Changi with some nice views of the airport below”
    -Great window shots there! The best IFE on that route is the window, IMHO.

    “Sadly no alcohol so my champagne dreams were put on hold for a few more days but I did partake in a very British cup of tea and the quite tasty wrap that was served”
    -They’ve dipped down to the level of their Malaysian neighbors with the no booze thing? I remember having a beer on this route a few years ago. Perhaps it was by request?

    “If you stand in the open area in the corridor you can get shots like this………….”
    -Awesome!!

    The Fairmont looks and sounds stunning. Your pictures about town are lovely. Thank you very much for sharing and happy flying.

  • Comment 486876 by
    atco SILVER AUTHOR 112 Comments

    Hello Socalnow,

    Thanks for dropping in to the latest leg of my trip.

    "I’ve run dry. Do share if you come up with some new."
    - As Ralph Wiggum would say its unpossible. Simply the best airport in the World

    "I am VERY surprised you couldn’t just check in for any same day SQ flight at any time in their global hub. "
    - You know what, we probably could, but we were not in a rush and I thought 3 hours was more than enough time. Our taxi ride didn't take anywhere near as long as I was expecting (After seeing at first hand Bangkok traffic when we arrived!). We just decided to sit and chill for a bit so no it was our call rather than SQ's decision I should have made that more clear

    "I’ve never had the pleasure, but it still looks better than the CX/Dragon regional J"
    - This is true. Also far better than short haul J in BA, LH, AF, TP, LX etc etc. The seat isn't great but again its relative, compared to many inferior J products around the World its pretty good

    "Oh look, a beautiful A350! Wouldn’t it be a treat to fly on one of those?? 😊 In fact my very first ride on the stunning A350 was SQ on this very route. I kid because I care."
    - Damn, Christian that one hurt! :D
    Still not over it, although I do have an A359 flight scheduled this year. The bad news.................It's on TG and we all know what they are like!

    "They’ve dipped down to the level of their Malaysian neighbors with the no booze thing? I remember having a beer on this route a few years ago. Perhaps it was by request?"
    - I believe this is their only International route with no alcohol rather than MH with the all flights under 3 hour length policy which is abysmal.

    Was very happy to experience SQ even on such a short flight.

    Thanks for your kind words, safe travels and happy flights

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