A review of Singapore Airlines First Class from Singapore to Sydney, flying the regional Boeing 777-300ER.
|Route:||Singapore to Sydney|
|Flight duration:||7 hours, 20 minutes|
|Redemption points:||80,000 Krisflyer points (plus approx $70 SGD in taxes)|
Singapore Airlines First Class is a renowned and world-leading product. While I’ve previously flown in the A380 suites, I’ve been keen to try out their other first class seating (the refurbished and non-refurbished 777-300 ER) for some time. Recently, I had the opportunity to embark on a last minute weekend trip to Singapore. A few days out, I was able to book in a first class seat for the Singapore to Sydney leg of my trip with 80,000 Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles (plus a nominal $70 SGD in taxes).
Pre-departure – Book the Cook
A few days prior to my flight, I headed over to the Singapore Airlines website to pre-book my in-flight meal. Singapore Airlines offers an advance meal booking service for travellers in premium economy, business and first class, called Book the Cook. You can reserve your main course up to 24 hours before your flight from a wide selection of meals. The service is available from most departure ports, and the most extensive selection is available for flights departing from Singapore. Singapore Airlines First Class dishes I’ve previously ordered include a whole lobster thermidor, prawn and chicken laksa and kyo-kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine). Given I’d ordered the lobster thermidor on my previous Suites flight, I chose the delicious sounding Wagyu sirloin steak with enoki mushrooms this time around.
Check in and lounge access
As a first class passenger, I had use of Singapore Airline’s dedicated first class check in terminal at Changi Airport. It’s not unlike a high end hotel lobby, with porters to help you with your bags and a comfortable lounge area where you are invited to wait as your check in documentation is processed. I pulled up just after 5 am for my 7.10 am flight and was informed that I was the first person to arrive for the day. The check in process was seamless and within ten minutes, I had my boarding pass in hand and had cleared the dedicated first class immigration line.
With over an hour to kill before boarding, I headed through to the Singapore Airlines lounge. First class passengers have access to the highly exclusive Private Room. You can find our previous review of the lounge here. Unfortunately, the Private Room is closed until 6 am, so I perched in the separate First Class lounge for a short time, and was then escorted through when it opened.
Get there early
Flights departing Changi Airport feature security screening at the gate, with no priority for business and first class passengers, so it’s important to get there early. The gate was around a 15 minute walk so I was careful to ensure I allowed ample time before boarding.
Tip: Singapore Airlines will provide buggies to first class passengers upon request, if that’s your thing. Being able-bodied and about to indulge in some seriously decadent champagne and food, I decided it would be best to walk on this occasion!
On board a Singapore Airlines First Class flight
Once boarding was announced, I boarded and was greeted warmly by the crew, who showed me to seat (1A). Furthermore I was excited to learn that I’d be the only traveller in the first class cabin for the flight.
The non refurbished Singapore Airlines 777-300 ER features an 8 seat first class cabin across 2 rows in a 1-2-1 configuration.
Singapore Airlines First Class seats are extremely wide and upholstered in cream leather with seat backs wrapped in tan leather. While there’s no denying that the seat is elegant and comfortable, it’s definitely starting to get a bit dated.
My luggage was easily stowed under the ottoman at the front of my seat.
The seat featured a storage bin in the right hand armrest, perfect for storing a phone and other small items.
The various first class in-seat controls and entertainment navigation system are found in the left hand arm rest. They’re quite easy to navigate, at least when compared with the Emirates A380 first class suite.
A set of high quality Bose noise cancelling headphones was provided.
Once I’d settled in, I was asked if I’d like to enjoy a pre-departure glass of champagne. Singapore Airlines offers not one, but two high end champagnes in the first class cabin – Dom Perignon Vintage and Krug NV. Naturally, I took the opportunity to sample both champagnes and asked for the crew to bring the bottles out so I could take a photo 😉
After the crew had delivered my champagne, I was offered a first class amenity kit, pyjamas, slippers and socks. I chose a male amenity kit to take home to my husband. It featured a number of generously sized Salvatore Ferragamo products. Staples such as razors and deodorant are not provided in the amenity kit – they’re stocked in the first class lavatory.
Around an hour into the flight, the crew asked me if I was ready for the in flight lunch service. They acknowledged that I’d chosen my main course from the ‘Book the Cook’ service. The menu was delivered in a heavy leather binder and I was given time to make my other selections from the extensive menu.
Service commenced with two pieces of delicious garlic bread. Singapore Airlines is famous its’ garlic bread, and it’s worth trying out their first class product just to sample it! 😉
For my appetiser, I selected a cauliflower panna cotta with smoked salmon, lemon oil and salmon caviar. The dish was a special creation by guest chef Alfred Portale. The presentation of the dish wasn’t what I was expecting, and I wasn’t convinced that the flavour combinations worked together.
For my second dish, I chose a celeriac and pear cream soup with Roquefort custard and a cold apple-walnut salad garnish. The soup was quite refreshing, and the Roquefort provided a hint of creaminess and bite.
Next, I sampled a salad of baby spinach, arugula, frisee, sun-dried tomato and olive with ‘Singapore’ dressing.
The Main Course in Singapore Airlines First Class
Shortly after, the crew brought in my ‘Book the Cook’ main course, the Wagyu sirloin steak with enoki mushrooms. While I was extremely full, and I was only able to manage a few bites. However, what I did manage to eat was very good.
I asked the crew for a long interval between main and dessert and they courteously obliged. I spent a few hours happily enjoying cups of TWG Silver Moon tea (my favourite Singaporean tea) and catching up on Game of Thrones on my large first class personal LCD screen.
Several hours, later, my dessert was delivered. I’d selected the warm frangipane tart with fresh raspberry and almond ice cream. The dish was beautifully presented. I was still quite full, so sampled just a few bites.
Meal service concluded with an Illy long black coffee.
Descent and landing
At this stage, we were around two hours out of Sydney. Before long, the Captain announced our descent, and the seat belt sign was promptly switched on. Our descent into Sydney was unremarkable and it was a quick taxi to the gate before disembarking.
Overall, I really enjoyed my first class flight on the non refurbished Boeing 777-300ER. While the first class cabin is starting to date, the seat was still very comfortable and spacious. The Singapore Airlines First Class crew were extremely professional and their service couldn’t be faulted. The fact that I had the first class cabin all to myself made the experience very special.
Collecting Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles in Australia
It’s surprisingly easy to collect Krisflyer miles in Australia! Currently two Amex products provide an easy way to acquire a significant number of Krisflyer miles.
You can currently pick up an incredible 80,000 Krisflyer points with the American Express Platinum Charge Card. This high-end charge card earns points into the American Express Membership Rewards scheme, with a conversion rate of 1:1 to Krisflyer. With the current sign on bonus for this card offering 80,000 points (the equivalent of 80,000 Krisflyer miles), you’ll receive enough Krisflyer miles to book a flight between Singapore and Sydney in first class.
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