Hi Frugalistas! Just back from Paris, and so much to share with you! But I figured first things first – so I’m sharing my Singapore Airlines Business Class A380 review to start with because that’s how I started my trip. I have many friends who only ever fly Singapore Airlines. They are certainly one of the most popular options for Australians to fly to Europe. While I only made the trip as far as Bangkok (long story that I won’t go into), I was fortunate to experience the Singapore Airlines Business Class A380 offering from Sydney to Singapore. So now I know exactly what all the fuss is about……
Singapore Airlines Business Class Check In and Lounge
Arriving at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport my taxi driver has no trouble dropping me off conveniently near the Singapore Airlines Check in desks (Singapore Airlines is so popular with Australians he knows exactly where to drop me). Located at the very far end of the Check in area of the airport, it’s a little haven of quiet away from the hurly burly of the more central Check In area.
When I arrive at the dedicated Business Class (and the separate First Class Check In) area, I’m greeted by a check in concierge who hands me my Australian Immigration departure card and directs me to the check in counter. It’s a nice touch, and I immediately feel very welcome to Singapore Airlines. Check in is quick, and I’m given an Express pass for the Customs and Immigration Counters as well as directions to the Silver Kris Lounge.
I’ll be reviewing the Silver Kris Lounge separately, but suffice to say, despite it undergoing renovations, and serving most of the Star Alliance Airlines flying out of Sydney, it is a haven of peace and good service.
Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class in flight
I’ve only ever boarded an A380 in Dubai previously, so I’m impressed with the Sydney boarding. Despite Business Class being upstairs, there’s no lift or awkward boarding that I experienced in Dubai when flying Emirates.
Boarding is incredibly efficient despite the large plane. As well as being warmly greeted on entering the plane, my coat is whisked away to be hung. Despite flying Business or First Class for over 20 years now, it’s a small, but thoughtful touch I’ve not experienced previously.
The Singapore Airlines Business Class A380 seat is certainly a thing to behold. It really is the size of a First Class seat on most other airlines. All it needs is the doors and it would compare favorably with any First Class Suite I’ve flown in (which really makes me curious as to what the Singapore Airlines First Class Suites are like.)
My bag fits comfortably in the little nook in seat in front of me, so there’s no need to worry about overhead lockers. There’s also a load of storage – in a side locker and also some little nooks and crannies built into the screen area of the seat in front of me. Perfect to charge my phone, pop my glasses away safely when I need them. It makes it just so easy to keep everything I need within reach and super organised.
The seat is fully adjustable, and I love the feature that basically allows you to turn it into a day bed. It’s luxurious and dare I say it, quite decadent. Lie flat is a bit different – I find I need to lie diagonally to lie flat out. But the bed, the two (yes two) pillows and duvet make a very comfy bed.
Now, onto the service. When I was a child there was an advertisement on the television for Singapore Airlines. The song ran
Singapore Girl, you’re a great way to fly….
and I have to say, nothing has changed. From the classically modest but sexy at the same time uniform, to the most impressive hair dos in the sky, to the quietly efficient service, I’m sold on the Singapore Airlines service and the “Singapore girls” (because they are all female attendants in my cabin). I love it. It’s military precision but with a smile. I return from the loo at one point to find my bed all made up, just in case I want a little nap…….
While I would hope no one would ever fly Business Class just for the amenities kit, the Singapore Airlines one is definitely in the basic category. Socks and eye shades are provided without any real fanfare at our seats, while toothpaste and toothbrushes are available in the loos.
What I do notice, and that compares very favorably with the Emirates A380 Business Class is the size of the cabin and the subsequent traffic and noise. Rather than the vast, open cabin of the Emirates A380, the Singapore Airlines A380 version is small, and cosy. I don’t feel like I’m on a plane that seats 500+ people. It’s quiet, and feels exclusive and relaxed.
Upon boarding we are provided with an almost encyclopedic menu. From the biographies of their consulting chefs (I note esteemed Georges Blanc from France and Australia’s own Matt Moran among their alumni) and sommeliers, to the extensive wine and cocktail list, this becomes my bible for the flight. And very handy it is too.
Our pre-take off champagne is vintage Taittinger (the 2007 for the champagne aficionados), but rather than continue with champagne, I decide to try the cocktail menu for my pre-lunch drink. I’m not a great cocktail drinker, but the signature Silver Kris Sling really catches my eye. With its gin, orange liqueur, orange juice and pineapple juice, topped with champagne it exceeds my expectations. Frankly it’s delicious……
The food doesn’t quite live up to the expectation set by my service and my cocktail. I go for the Matt Moran “created” Grilled Riverine Beef with Horseradish Butter (mainly because I love beef and am a big fan of Matt’s cooking). It’s OK, with the beef perfectly pink inside, but the beef tastes a bit stewed, and it’s what I always describe as “airline food”. Perfectly decent, but nothing to get excited about. My entrée of chicken rice paper rolls and dessert of kaffir lime sorbet are more successful.
Our pre-landing snack is a choice of either a Turkish bread sandwich with chicken or braised egg noodles. I decide on the sandwich, and it’s a generous serve of tasty, hot sandwich and vegetables. But the way it is served lets it down a little – clumsy plating with mess all around the plate.
But the coffee…..that’s a whole other story. Singapore Airlines proudly announce they serve Illy in Business Class. And it’s good. In fact it’s so good, that I would rank my expresso as probably the best coffee I’ve ever had on a plane……
Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class Entertainment
I don’t know if I’m picky, or if I’m just flying the wrong airlines, but I think in flight entertainment isn’t what it used to be. Maybe we are all expected to down load our own content on our mobile devices. Singapore Airlines is no exception and there’s not a lot of choice – so I watch a couple of shorter shows then settle down with my book, and a note to self to download something more interesting for next time…….
What I think of Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class
With its spacious seating, generous storage and that smiling efficiency, I have to say I really enjoyed my Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class experience. I’m not prepared to condemn the food after one flight, but I’d like to be impressed more next time round. And I have to say, just like those 1970s advertisements,
Singapore girl, you really are a great way to fly……
Author’s note: I used frequent flyer points for this flight.