it's a great flight, even in SQ
's premium economy. Some basic points:
1. On an 18-hour flight, don't expect to be sleeping 18 hours! Most people confuse jet-lag with lack of sleep, and think oversleep will correct it. Granted, though, jet-lag is awful enough without being sleep deprived.
2. If you are not going to be sleeping for 18 hours, then you need to be comfortable for the rest of the time in the non-flat seat position, so that's also an issue. Most J class seats compared to F are a compromise for ultra longhaul flights.
3. Get passive and enjoy the ride. On long flights, you get lulled into another state (Alpha?) and you won't feel the passing of time so much. Groove on the cabin activity, the scenery outside and so on. Remember, you are in a cocoon, being totally looked after, and have no cares in the world for the next 18 hours!
4. Get to sleep later than earlier. Enjoy the luxury your employer is paying for (about the price of a small car!) Why spend all this money for great service and then sleep through it? It would be like going to a four-star restaurant and saying, 'No thanks, I think I'll sleep through my Meal'.
5. Don't kid yourself about getting in a full day's work the first day. Only investment bankers enjoy the 'dare' of getting off a 20-hour flight and going straight to a meeting. For those of us making less than $5M/year, I would strongly suggest getting in a night sooner, rehydrate, sleep on a real bed, get up on local time and get to work with a smile.
6. Your pattern would probably be something like this - H0 - H1: take off, champagne etc; H2
- H3 Meal; H4 Reading/IFE; H5
light snack; H6-H11 Sleep; H12 Refresh/Meal, H13-H15 Daydream leading to Nap; H16-H17 IFE, H18 Snack, Prepare to Land. Wasn't that easy?
It'll be interesting to hear about you trip when you return - Bon Voyage!