Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.
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Departure in Tokyo: 20:50
Arrival in Singapore: 3:00 (+1)
Equipment: Airbus A380-800
Flight duration: 7h 10m
Date of flight: July 9, 2015
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #29
Having flown first class on several airlines in the past including Emirates, Thai, Asiana, Lufthansa, Japan Airlines and most recently on Etihad's First Apartment, I thought it was about time for me to try Singapore Airlines Suites Class which the airlines calls "A Class Above First". The Suites Class is only available on their Airbus 380 while on their Boeing 777, they still call it First Class. Singapore Airlines was the first operator of the Airbus 380 and I really have to give credit to them for being the "original innovator". They may not have the shower suites and onboard lounge found on the newer superjumbos of Emirates and Etihad but there is no doubt that Singapore Airlines Suites Class is something you have to experience.
My Jetstar flight from Fukuoka arrived on time in Tokyo Narita Airport and after taking the complimentary shuttle bus from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1, I had about five hours before my Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. Check in counters normally open 3 hours before departure but I thought I'd ask the agent anyway. I went to section H which was the check in zone for Singapore Airlines passengers and asked Eri, one of the agents near the Suites check in counters if I could already check in for my flight. Without hesitation, she led me to the counter and accommodated me. She asked for my passport and commented that I was a bit early for my flight. I told her that I had just arrived from Fukuoka and she seemed to understand it.
The check in process went smoothly and after getting my boarding passes all the way to Manila, I headed to the Gold Track, Star Alliance's version of fast track which is available for Star Alliance Gold status holders regardless of the class they are flying in, as well first and business class passengers.
Since I had more than enough time, I thought I would pay a visit to the other ANA Suites Lounge in Satellite 5 which I have not yet visited. In the past, I have visited both the ANA Suites Lounge in Satellite 4 and the United Global First Lounge in Satellite 3.
I wanted to make sure that I had enough time to take pictures of the aircraft so I left the lounge a bit early and headed to the departure gate which was Gate 46.
Aircraft, Airbus A380-800
Cabin (Main Deck)
As I boarded, I was welcomed by the purser and another young gentleman named Victor, and was then assisted by Brenda, who escorted me to my suite, 3C. I told her that if in case there were couples who would like to take the pair seat, I would gladly transfer to another seat. Fortunately, the only couple on the flight have chosen to seat by the windows. I then confined to her that I chose 3C because I would love to see their double bed which as far as I know, is the only real double bed in the sky. It was obvious to her that I was really excited about it and told me that they would prepare the double bed for me whenever I want it. Yipee 👍
View of 3C and 3D. Written on the card placed beside the glass of water was the name of the person who cleaned and dressed my suite who was T. Nakaya. Arigato, T. Nakaya for making my suite clean and spotless!
Thai Airways) or they just simply didn't bother that I got a large size (which happened on Air China).
Kyo Kaiseki Menu
Pike Eel Jelly, Shaved Burdock, Vinegared Eel, Cucumber & White Sesame
Stewed Muscat, Yuzu and Sweet Vinegared Red Pepper
Seared Toro, Baby Leaf with Wasabi Dressing
Somen Noodle with Seabream, Eel Oshi Zushi, Vinegared Myoga Ginger, Grilled Prawn
Simmered Wagyu Beef, Poached Egg, Chive, Carrott, Radish, Green Beans, Leek Julienne
Grilled Miso Flavoured Kuro Mutso Fillet, Capsicum Leaf, Ginger Stick
Eggplant Dengaku, Myoga Stick
Steamed Rice with Sweet Potato and Soy Beans, Pike Eel Teriyaki
Clear Soup with Starched Prawn, Water Shield (Junsai), Baby Melon and Juzu
Seasonal Fruits with Wine Jelly in Orange Shell
Western Style Menu
Singapore Chicken and Beef Satay
Chilled Mallosol Caviar
Cream of Green Pea
2004 Dom Perignon
Krug Grande Cuvée
Singapore Chicken and Beef Satay with onion, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce
Chilled Malossol Caviar with Melba toast and condiments
Cream of Green Pea with creme fraiche and brown butter sage crouton
The other choice was Wintermelon Soup with Chicken, mushroom and Carrot.
Fruit Tomato Salad ans Mesclun with choice of Sesame and Soya Dressing or Orange Yoghurt Dressing
Grilled Fillet of Wagyu Beef in Black Peppercorn Sauce with Buttered Vegetable and gratinated Potato
Singapore Bak Kut Teh: Hokkien Spiced Pork spareribs broth served with Steamed Rice & Chinese Crueller
Gindara Saikyo Yaki: Grilled Gindara Fillet in Saikyo Miso Sauce served with Japanede Vegetables and Seasonal Rice
Combination of Mango Ice Cream and Crepes with Raspberry Coulis
Brie, Pepper Jack, Bleu de Neiges and Mimolette Cheeces served with grapes, crackers and nuts
Time to sleep
Singapore Airlines Suites Class restroom with Hollywood style mirrors. Isn't it gorgeous?
Singapore Airlines Suites Class lavatory amenity including dental kits, comb, razor and shaving cream
Singapore Airlines Suites lavatory amenities
About 2:10 am, the captain came into the PA and informed us that we would be landing soon and our arrival time at Changi Airport would be at 2:35 am which was 25 minutes ahead of schedule. Shortly after, we were handed the Arrival forms and offered some Fox candies. Landing went smoothly and as expected, we were at Changi Airport about 30 minutes ahead of schedule.
There it was, my first ever flight on Singapore Airlines Suites Class! To be honest, I never thought I'd be able to fly in Suites Class and now that I have experienced it, I only have positive things to say about it. First, I think Singapore Airlines have all the right in the world to call this Suites Class and not First Class because the product you get is not just any ordinary first class seat. The modern design, the comfortable leather seat, the sliding doors for your privacy and other amenities all make this suite one of the best in the world. Sleeping on the "only double bed in the sky" was so cool and I really hope that next time, Mike and I will be able to test it together. Although not very important for me as I am not a drinker, the fact that Singapore Airlines is the only airline serving both Dom and Krug to their first class passengers is really impressive. The Givenchy branded plates, pajamas, pillow and blankets is something you can experience only on Singapore Airlines. The food served on this flight was simply phenomenal and the "Book the Cook" option definitely gives premium passengers an extensive choice. And of course, the impeccable service that the Singapore Airlines crew is known for was there from the moment I boarded the aircraft, and I appreciate it very much. Eventhough many airlines have recently come up with new products by exploring all the possibilities when it comes to giving the best comfort to their first class passengers, I truly believe that Singapore Airlines Suites Class, old as it may seem, is still one of the best first class there is. To Brenda and to all the crew on this flight, thank you so much for making my first ever flight in Suites Class a memorable one 😉
Singapore Airlines First Class, Singapore-Manila
Singapore Airlines First Class, Singapore-Bandar Seri Begawan