It was not the first time I was flying business class. It was not my first time with Singapore Airlines either. But the combination was. And I was looking forward to it. 🙂
As long as I remember, the first time I flew Singapore Airlines was sixteen years back in the year 2000 from Sydney to Mumbai via Singapore. Since then I have been a great fan of them. There are more memories to that journey to be told later; here I will tell you how this reunion was with the airlines.
Mumbai – Singapore sector … it wasn’t a very long flight like 10-12 hours but I got a chance to experience the business class of the airlines.
Here is how they spoilt me on both onward and return flights:
At the airport: On reaching Mumbai airport, I was treated like a princess. By the time I realized, I was already priority checked in at the dedicated Business class check-in counter! I had access to business lounge with free wi-fi and a large variety of snacks and food. There was also a fully-stocked bar with excellent bar snacks. The lounge was very spacious and I could see some of the passengers relaxing leisurely as if they don’t have to go anywhere! I wish to do that sometime.
In-flight Services: This is an area where Singapore Airlines excels. That’s what matters the most. The in-flight services. Right? The moment I entered the aircraft, an air hostess led me to my seat and made me comfortable. Before I could even settle down, another one came with those magic words “Would you like a pre-takeoff cocktail or champagne?”
I opted for a champagne to celebrate the occasion. Later came the magazines & newspapers and then an airhostess came asking my preferences for meals & drinks.
Food & Drinks: Known for its world class catering, including the Economy class, the food choice was comprehensive. They have a variety of options to choose from. Why not? The airlines often has famous chefs consulting on the dishes to be served aboard. In the First and Business class, passengers also have access to a unique service called ‘Book the Cook’ which enables passengers to pre-select their main course meal choice at least 24 hours in advance from an impressively extensive selection of local and international delicacies.
The first thing I had was my glass of champagne. I was pretty pleased to note that there were four main course choices! It looked very appealing. Before serving the dinner, my tray table was beautifully laid with a real linen tablecloth and set with crockery and expensive looking cutlery!
For dinner, there were a selection of the finest wines and other alcoholic drinks. The conversation between me and airhostess went like this.
‘Would you like to have a beer, whisky, wine or something else?’
Wine please. Thank you.
Red wine or white wine, madam?
Would you like to have an Italian or a French red wine, madam?
. . .
She mentioned the names of the wines as well which I don’t remember now. In short, you can very well see how they spoil you for choices.
First up was the pre-starter of chicken and lamb satay … a classic Malaysian dish … succulent meat with a good spicy peanut sauce. For main course, I opted for Grilled Fillet of Cod in roasted bell pepper sauce. It was a generous portion with excellent presentation. Oh, delicious too! Even at sea level, this would have been an impressive restaurant dish but at 35,000 feet, it was nothing short of a dream.
No, I do not have a photo, I was busy eating. 😀
After a delicious meal, came the desserts and fruits. Once again plenty of choices. I settled for Tiramisu. Of course, there were tea, coffee and non-alcoholic drinks as well.
Inflight Entertainment: An 18” HD enabled LCD TV screen was looking at me curiously wanting to know what I was going to watch. There were films of innumerable genres, periods, languages and countries of origin, besides, television shows, music albums and games to entertain in their inflight entertainment program. I chose to browse the movie options. A video touchscreen handset and noise-cancelling headphones made my job easy. I watched two movies back to back. 🙂
Interiors: This was one of the most practical arrangement in business class, I had ever experienced. There’s plenty of places around you to keep your things including a vanity mirror with light for women! A tray table that doubles up as a working table. Also there are eXport, HDMI, USB ports, mains sockets for UK, US and EU plugs for charging your gadgets.
Best of all was the seat’s ability to transform into a fully flat bed. My cushioned seatback actually folded down to create a flat bed, and the bedding was hidden behind it! Seats are forward facing in a four 1-2-1 configuration, meaning that all passengers have direct aisle access. No need to trouble your co-passenger for your visits to washrooms.
On the return leg, the airport experience at Changi was similar. The dedicated check-in counters meant almost zero waiting time and more time to explore the wonderful Changi airport. Will write on the airport separately. Again large SilverKris lounge offered comfortable seating and a range of snacks and drinks. I restricted myself to mostly fruits. There was a giant TV screen for those inclined to watch. Meeting rooms, showers, free wi-fi, and fully stocked bar were some of the facilities available.
No wonder why the Airline has been named the Best Airline in the Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) Awards for an astonishing 20+ consecutive years.
Have you flown business class anytime? What was your experience?
Recommended read: Review of Singapore Airlines economy class.
Disclaimer : I was invited to experience the business class by Singapore Airlines. As always opinions are my own.
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What a wonderful experience you had! I would die for that seat.
I remember reading your earlier experience with some other airlines.
Singapore Airlines is one of the best in the world. And I am a big fan ! 😀
That was quiet explanatory Nisha. Thanks for sharing the info.
Glad you liked it.
Nice sharing your experience. Yes, Singapore airlines treats you well. I am writing for my turn.
Waiting for your turn. 🙂
Truly great experience.. a pity one needs to sleep on this flight 🙁
One has to sleep also on longer flights but these kinds of flat beds don’t make you miss your home. 🙂
Does not seem like a flight at all 😀 More luxury in the clouds .
Absolutely! I wanted to spend some more time up there. 😀
That must have been such a wonderful experience! Have been in Singapore Airlines but never the business class. Guess, I need to try it out sometime soon.
Do try. I guarantee you, you won’t regret.
Singapore Airlines really rock. Have always flown Economy but even there, the experience is wonderful and the food awesome… Great write up Nisha 🙂 🙂
Welcome aboard Santosh. 😀
Well, even I can’t afford business class. It’s when some airlines want me to experience their facilities, I am more than happy to do it. 😀
Real linen on your tray table, fine wines and an ottoman and all? Wow!
No, I’ve never been on business class. 🙁
It was experience beyond words. My only complaint is that it got over soon.
Next time I would like to go on a longer flight. 😀
You had me at: “I was treated like a princess”! Sounds like the perfect way to take a flight.
🙂 Yes, it was.
I’ve flown on Singapore Air and even Economy is a huge step up from our domestic airlines in the US. How lucky you were to be on a long flight with this luxury! Changi is amazing. Looking forward to reading about your experiences there too.
Yes, I fully agree with you.
Even economy class is better than almost all the economy classes. It’s joy & happiness to travel Singapore Airlines.
Great to know the Singapore Airlines is a great carrier. I’ve never flown with them! Thanks for sharing.
Then you are missing something Anna!
It’s one of the best or the best airlines I have ever flown in. 😀
Flying business class makes SUCH a difference when travelling, I wish I could do it all the time! The extra room and goodies is makes the whole experience so much more conformable. I’ve never flown Singapore Airways before but I would definitely use them and from reading your post I may treat myself to a splurge if I can 😉
If I am to say, I’d say Singapore Airlines is the best Airlines in the world!
Do try it when you can, then your story will be different. 🙂
Those lie flat beds look so comfortable. What a great way to arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to get on with exploring a new city.
It’s just like home plus luxury of having someone taking your orders. 😛
Thanks for taking us along on your Business Class journey. That sounded fabulous!! I can’t believe all the choices available for drinks and food. It would be amazing to lie down for such a long trip too. My husband and I live in SEA, so we’ll have to check out Singapore Airlines for our next trip!
At one time I thought, I could have asked for just a glass of water instead of answering so many questions! 😀
I would love to fly business class with Singapore Airlines. The seat to fully flat bed is brilliant as well as all of the space. The food options are extensive and I really like that you can choose ahead of time. I like lounges too with comfortable seating and refreshments. Thanks for sharing
You are welcome.
If you travel with Singapore Airlines, I guess you can’t think of anything else. 🙂
I have never flown Singapore Airlines or business class. The experience sounds divine. I hope I get to experience this luxury some day. It will definitely make overnight flights much more civilized.
You are right! These airlines make a journey a comfortable experience.
Wow, I didn’t realize Singapore Airlines had famous chefs consulting on the dishes that they served! That’s so cool! I’ve never flown with them yet, but I’m going to try to!
Try to fly with them once, you’ll forget many other things. 🙂
Ooo! This was totally fancy and awesome 🙂
Yes, it was ! 🙂
Oooh! Sounds awesome! I flew business class on Jet Airways this summer and a fabulous experience too!
Haven’t flown with Singapore Airlines for a very long time now, would love to do so again.
Do it and I am pretty sure that you’d love Singapore better than any other. 🙂
I have never flown business class. It is something I want to do soon, obviously, and your post is making me want to book a seat immediately, ha-ha!
More travels to you!
I am glad I could kindle that wish in you. 🙂
More travels to you too!
It looks so cool !
Three things I liked most abt it. Definitely worth booking it.
Famous chefs consulting on the dishes that they served.
The choices available for drinks and food.
The whole experience is much more than that ! 🙂
We flew with Jet Airways and Singapore Airlines in Business class and the best part of the both the Airlines is the flat bed, makes long distance travel so much comfortable!!
It’s so comfortable that now I feel we should always fly business class.