Review of Singapore Airlines flight Singapore Osaka in Economy

Airline Singapore Airlines
Flight SQ618
Class Economy
Seat 74K
Aircraft Boeing 787-10
Flight time 05:49
Take-off 08 Feb 20, 01:25
Arrival at 08 Feb 20, 08:14
SQ   #2 out of 95 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 619 reviews
FiamaArin
By 1294
Published on 5th April 2020

Introduction


Planned for yet another Japan holiday way back in 2019 and I feel really lucky I just missed the full blast of COVID-19. Had a good trip overall with the surprising lack of tourists overall as most places weren't crowded at all. I pray everyone on this site stays safe during this uncertain times and I hope everything will return to the way it was as soon as possible.


Routing


Singapore Airlines
SQ618
Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) - Kansai International Airport (KIX)
B787-10
9V-SCN
Economy Class
Gate C22

ETD: 01:30AM
ATD: 01:25AM (5 minutes early)
ETA: 08:45AM
ATA: 08:14AM (31 minutes early) 


Check-in


Yet another red-eye departure to maximize my holiday time. Checking in at Changi Airport Terminal one


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SQ has already moved to automated check-in and self-baggage check. It look a few minutes longer but we still got it done. I feel that it might be a hassle for older, less technology savvy folks but that's probably the way forward in Changi.


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airside


Changi was already experiencing a slowdown of passengers as China passengers were not allowed to fly to or transit in Changi. The gate was a distance away so we took the skytrain over.



Still plenty of flights in early Feburary listed on the FIDS.


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Arrived outside Gate C22. There was plenty of Japanese folks who seemed to be heading home as Singapore was reporting an increasing amount of cases.


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I feel there is a lack of seating outside the gates in T1 before opening for boarding but the walkway is large and spacious for moving about.


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Boarding pass for this flight. 


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A full waiting area to KIX.


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Our bird for tonight. Secind trip on the B787-10! Second one in a row with SQ with the previous one being HKG > SIN. I colour corrected the photo as those who know, the lights at Changi are incredibly orange.


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Being seated in the last row, we were the first group to board but so were a large number of other passengers.


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Separate boarding lane for priority passengers.


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Boarding pass scanned, now boarding!


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SQ now places the on-board amenities (newspapers & headsets) at the door for economy passengers to take at their own leisure. I recommend you take a headset unless you're sure you have a 2-pin splitter as SQ's IFE still uses 2-pin headsets instead of a single 3.5mm jack.


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on-board


SQ's latest cabin on the B787-10 with night moodlighting.


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Took my seat as the rest of the passengers boarded. An ad was running on the IFE as it was turned on. Took the aisle seat so my friend could have the window. Being seated at the last row was still good as the curvature of the plane body gave my friend space to stretch his legs out. The seat controls are located on the seatback which is easier to access than on the armrest.


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Decided to pop into the lavatory before the flight. Toothbrushes, combs and mouthwash avaliable for passengers to use. Not a big lavatory on this plane.


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The galley before the flight.


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Got my friend to take a picture of the outside.


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Still waiting for passengers to board.


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Logged in using my Krisflyer account.


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Having a look at the flight map.


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Last few passengers streaming on-board


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A closer look at legroom. I'm 5'11"(180cm).


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The crew started oshibori service after doors were closed. The towels were piping hot and it was nicely scented.


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The safety video was played while the crew collected the towels back.


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The blue light was replaced with more normal lighting.


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Taking off and on our way to the land of the rising sun and towards a rising sun!


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The crew handed out amenity kits once the plane reached cruising level. The kit contained a pair of knit, toothbrush and toothpaste.


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This was followed up by packet of snacks.


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Next, the menu celebrating the Lunar New Year. A western option and a Japanese option is offered.


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The seatback contents on this flight. Safety card, Inflight WiFi, Airsickness Bag, KrisWorld and SilverKris magazine.



Decided to catch a few winks since I was working earlier in the day. When i woke up for breakfast, we had just passed Taiwan.


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I picked the Japanese option. Not the best meal I've seen or had on a SQ flight and not very memorable.


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The sun was beginning to rise on the horizon.


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The crew cleared the meal trays and served water or juice.


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Making our final approach into KIX.


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The sun was now risen and the windows were un-tinted for landing.


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Making our descent.


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disembarkation


After taxiing, we slowly disembarked from the full plane.


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Making our through immigration and to baggage collection.


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We took a train from the satellite terminal to the main terminal.


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Baggage on belt 7.


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Look at the crowd!


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Arrival area of KIX where I collected my train passes.


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Verdict

Singapore Airlines

8.2/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering7.5

Singapore - SIN

8.8/10
Efficiency8.5
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness8.5

Osaka - KIX

8.6/10
Efficiency8.5
Access9.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

SQ provided an adequate flight. The seat was decently comfortable and the IFE comes with a large selection for those not sleeping. The food was a small letdown but the crew provided excellent service as expected. Stay tuned for the return flight.

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3 Comments

  • Comment 549790 by
    grayisthebest 1 Comments

    Good Review, shame about the catering though, SQ's catering is normally top-notch.

    Honestly speaking, I was supposed to flight this flight and the same return flight on sq621 in a few weeks time, but because of the covid 19 outbreak, I'll probably reschedule to july-august

  • Comment 550001 by
    KL651 TEAM 4509 Comments

    Thanks for this review.
    The SQ girl with a mask is less magical, but I guess we should get used to it.
    The level of amenities is unrivalled for a 5 hour flight.

  • Comment 550312 by
    jish.b SILVER 285 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this report!
    Lovely service on this flight, however sad to see about the meal, usually is SQ's top offering. The 787-10s are being put to great use, of course when the fleets aren't grounded.

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