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SQ Suites BOM to SYD

Old May 29, 17, 4:05 am
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SQ Suites BOM to SYD

My girlfriend and I are traveling around the world and were lucky to fly SQ Suites from BOM to SYD. The review isn't as depth and might have some info you already know, but I hope you guys find it interesting. There are high-res pics on my personal blog - https://www.tsunamiseason.com/planes...tes-bom-to-syd

Singapore Airlines First Class BOM to SYD

Date: 5/2/2017

Route: BOM→SIN→SYD

Cabin: First

This journey was far and away the travel highlight our trip around the world. The famous First Class Suites from Singapore Airlines. Since we were flying from Mumbai to Sydney, we managed to get two solid legs in the Suites, and lounge time in the exclusive “Private Room” in Changi Airport. And Singapore Airlines definitely delivered on the hype.

Check-In: The ground staff at Mumbai Airport are mostly contract workers, including the Singapore Air check-in employees, who didn’t seem to believe we were flying First Class. They continued trying to direct us to economy check-in counters. First class check-in could best be described as surly unfortunately, and after clearing our luggages she didn't give us any more info. So we followed the signs to security and immigration, not knowing there was a separate area for First Class. This was pretty disappointing, but as mentioned, no SA staff were available at check-in.


BOM Lounge: Our boarding passes were accompanied by a “golden ticket” to access the GVK Lounge in Mumbai Airport. The First Class area is within the main lounge, in a separate portend off part, and it's main appeal is a-la-carte table service. Prior to this, we were offered a half hour foot or back massagesin the airport spa which was beautiful and worth a visit. It was a great way to prep for a long flight, after which we headed over to the restaurant for our first glass of champagne and a few snacks from the a la carte dining menu. There was also a small buffet (shared with Business Class) if you didn't like the menu.

Flight: SQ 423

Aircraft: A380

Date: May 2, 2017

Departure Time: 23:40

BOM to SIN: We left the lounge with about 45 minutes to departure, and once we arrived at our gate, we walked straight on the plane as one of the last few passengers to board. As we walked down the jet bridge, an airport employee chased us down just to make sure we actually held tickets to sit in First Class. Not classy SA. Once boarded, we were absolutely blown away by the elegance and class of the Singapore Airlines staff and the cabin itself (designed by luxury yacht designer Jean-Jacques Coste). The staff was efficient, but not intrusive and provided us gorgeous Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits, menus, give us a tour of the cabin, served welcome drinks and encouraged us to take photos. Since by law, alcohol cannot be served on the ground on flights departing from India we had fresh orange juice before the Dom Perignon started flowing in air.

After takeoff, nuts and drinks were served as our meals were being prepped. We did a blind taste test between Dom Perignon and Krug, because where else can you do that? Dom came out on top for both of us. The flight was quite late in the night, so the meal service was truncated into three larger courses. Also since there was only one other person in the first class cabin, the staff started making our bed in the row ahead of us so we could comfortably eat in our seats in row two and sleep in row one. After getting familiar with the entertainment systems and the in-flight beverages, appetizers and dinner was served. Both of us ordered the Thali which is an assortment of small Indian dishes that which we enjoyed, but didn’t stack up to much of the food actually served in India. During dinner, as a flight attendant was pouring a drink she spilled it on Sari which wasn’t a big deal at all. After profusely apologizing, they even came back and gave us a $75 shopping voucher for their duty free shop. It was unnecessary, but emblematic of the incredible, proactive service that Singapore Airlines offers. After a light desert and a glass of port, we moved over to our prepared Suite for a few hours of rest. The feeling of sleeping on an actual bed on an A380 at 37,000 feet was pure magic. Not sure if it was the champagne or the excitement waring off, but we slept like babies for three hours before preparing for landing in Singapore.

The Private Room Singapore: We had a 15 hour layover in Singapore and since we were both quite tired from the short flight, we headed to the lounge for some rest before leaving the airport. After arriving at the SilverKris lounge, we were escorted into the exclusive “Private Room.” They didn’t have a rest area to relax and recharge, but they were happy to let us push together a few chairs to lie in. The lounge consists of very comfortable, spread out lounge chairs (a far cry from congested US Airline lounges), along with an a la carte dining area and private phone rooms. We were the only guests in the lounge in the AM. After sleeping for a few more hours, we grabbed a light bite in the a la carte dining area. They have quite a sophisticated menu from which I ordered the Mushroom Ragu Pasta served with truffle oil which was impeccable, Sari ordered a Dim Sum plate which was also tasty along with some fresh watermelon ginger juice. As mentioned, the food is really incredible, restaurant quality in both preparation and plating. We headed off to the city thereafter.

Flight: SQ 231

Aircraft: A380

Date: May 4, 2017

Departure Time: 00:45


SIN to SYD: We were on another, slightly longer red-eye from Singapore to Sydney. After a beautiful day in Singapore, we headed back to the airport and went through first class security and immigration which was a breeze. We were warmly welcomed on board once again and this time, we were the only passengers in the first class cabin so we were absolutely spoiled. The cabin manager and crew all introduced themselves and we all had some great conversations talking about our travels and Singapore as a whole. The cabin manager was a photographer himself, and offered to take pics for us throughout the flight. Before takeoff, we were served Champagne and nuts. They also confirmed that our “Book the Cook” choices (program where Singapore Airlines allows you to choose specific meals for your flight ahead of time) were on-board which we were very excited for.

After a few more glasses of Champagne and a smooth takeoff, we were airborne into the Singapore night sky. We were able to watch takeoff from one of the empty window seats. As the meal service began, they informed us once again that they would make our beds in row 1, and we could enjoy dinner in row 2. We requested to sit across from each other in one of the empty window seats which they were happy to accommodate. I had ordered the Curry Lobster Patta, while Sari ordered the Roast Lamb Rack with Mint Jus which were both sensational. There is something about eating lobster in-flight in a space larger than most restaurants that feels like the height of decadence. Along with the Dom, I had ordered a Singapore Sling concocted by the mixologist on board which was perfect blend of sweet and tangy. The flight attendant suggest a full-bodied red wine to pair with Sari’s lamb which also hit the spot. Since we were quite full, we capped the meal off with some fresh fruit and a glass of excellent port for Sari.

Before going to sleep for the night, the team mentioned they could take us on a tour of the aircraft, which we took them up on. It was only my second flight on an A380 and I wanted to see the upper deck. First class is located on the lower deck, but we were told that's going to change this year in the next reconfiguration where First Class will move upstairs. As we made our back to our seats, our bed was made. We slept soundly for 4 hours before we were getting close to descending in Sydney. While we weren’t hungry for a full breakfast, we split an order of Belgian Waffles as a goodbye to first class life.

Flying Singapore Airlines Suites on a long-haul flight is an experience of a lifetime. While it isn’t the best “value” to get you from point a to point b in a premium cabin, it is definitely worth the additional cost if you can afford it. We spent 87,125 Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles and $363.13 in taxes and fees each, which we found an amazing value if the routes work out. We booked four months ahead of time, and were able to confirm ourselves into suites upon booking.

Last edited by r_tsunami; Jun 1, 17 at 11:22 pm Reason: Initial error in pasting the review
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Old Jun 1, 17, 8:42 am
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading your TR thank you so much for sharing, the food offerings look good, and how great on 2 of the flights you were able to have the middle seats made up for you both to sleep without disturbing the eating seats. Singapore F class always looks a fantastic layout one day will have to try the route albeit from LHR - SYD^
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Nice TR, and good to learn how you paid for the ticket.
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Old Jun 1, 17, 11:25 pm
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Originally Posted by BA5E View Post
Thoroughly enjoyed reading your TR thank you so much for sharing, the food offerings look good, and how great on 2 of the flights you were able to have the middle seats made up for you both to sleep without disturbing the eating seats. Singapore F class always looks a fantastic layout one day will have to try the route albeit from LHR - SYD^
Thanks! It was an amazing experience. Hope you get to do it soon from LHR to SYD!
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great report! That's awesome you guys snagged two award seats. my wife and I haven't flown together in Suites but we've had the chance to enjoy the experience separately.
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Since by law, alcohol cannot be served on the ground on flights departing from India we had fresh orange juice before the Dom Perignon started flowing in air.
So, does the Indian law really says that airlines cannot serve alcohol on the ground? I wonder if there is really such a strange law. Or is it more a topic that SQ doesn't want to pay the taxes for serving alcohol on the ground? I wonder and I believe it is the latter issue.

Well, orange juice most of the time tastes fresh, if it made and processed out of real fruits.
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Old Jun 8, 17, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
So, does the Indian law really says that airlines cannot serve alcohol on the ground? I wonder if there is really such a strange law. Or is it more a topic that SQ doesn't want to pay the taxes for serving alcohol on the ground? I wonder and I believe it is the latter issue.

Well, orange juice most of the time tastes fresh, if it made and processed out of real fruits.
That's what the SQ crew had mentioned to us, but your theory makes total sense too. I would be disappointed that a SQ First crew would lie about that if so.

As for the OJ, I'm no expert in the juice industry but I think you might be on to something about juice being made of real fruit tasting fresh .
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