Lufthansa747
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Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:08 pm

Here’s the third part of my BKK-YUL trip in April 2007. This part covers NRT-LAX on Singapore Airlines.

Previous parts here:
TG600 http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/129255/
NH912 http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/133121/

After arriving at Narita from Hong Kong, I headed straight to the SQ transfer desk to get proper boarding passes – the ANA printed ones for SQ said “ECONOMY” at the top… I guess NH uses P for economy class, hence the confusion. With a red SQ BP in hand for NRT-LAX and an old style Raffles Class one for the AC LAX-YVR, I was good to go to the ANA First Class lounge for a much needed shower.

SQ Boarding Passes
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Terminal 1 at Narita has been more or less completely renovated and most Star Alliance carriers moved in from T2. It’s very pleasant, and the ANA lounges are brand new as well.

ANA F Lounge Entrance


The showers were excellent, though didn’t take any pics. L’Occitane toiletry kits are provided as well as all other necessary amenities.

A refreshing cold towel and some Perrier served by one of the many friendly attendants in this lounge
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The lounge was more or less deserted
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Noodles are cooked to order
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The result along with some Japanese food
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There is no extensive ala carte/buffet dining like CX offers at HKG, really the only minus of the ANA lounges if you ask me.

Pretty nice views from the lounge
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Since I had a couple of hours to kill, I decided to wander over to the United International First Lounge as well.

Views of the renovated T1
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UA jets and F lounge views. While not a bad place, the ANA F lounges (there are 2) are the better choice. I find the “LOW FARE” napkin especially tacky for a F lounge.
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Boarding soon started for SQ12 and I made my way to gate 45.

18 April 2008
Tokyo Narita (NRT/RJAA) – Los Angeles International (LAX/KLAX)
Singapore Airlines SQ 012
Boeing 747-412
9V-SPP
1845-1255 – On Time
First Class, Seat 2F


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SQ B747s of course feature the older style F cabin, still definitely one of the best around I must say

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Priority boarding was strictly enforced, and I was soon escorted to my seat 2K for the Transpacific crossing by a leading stewardess. All the usual SQ F stuff followed – hot towels, drinks, menus, amenity kits, pyjamas, magazines etc.

A glass of Krug, of course poured at the seat as it should be in First. Frequently refilled of course…


The inflight supervisor soon welcomed me onboard, confirming my Book the Cook order. The crew’s attitude was just superb so far –this was obviously going to be one great flight. Doors were soon closed with first class about half full if I remember correctly. Pushback and takeoff on time, and we were on our way to Los Angeles.

Dinner service started after takeoff, here’s the menu, including the SIN-NRT portion.



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Wine/drink list








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The food and drink choices on SQ are of course second to none, and with the Book the Cook choices added in the mix, a dinner in SQ First Class is quite the ultimate onboard dining experience. Service throughout dinner was simply fantastic, best I’ve had in SQ F. A second round of caviar with some chilled vodka was offered by the inflight supervisor and the Krug kept flowing. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Satay
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Old style table setup
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Caviar
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Soup
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Salad
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Delicious Lobster Thermidor
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Dessert
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Fruit, cheese, port wine
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I was absolutely stuffed after this excellent dinner… Requested turndown service and went to sleep for a few hours.

Views of California after I woke up
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It was breakfast time – I don’t particularly like airline breakfasts but figured I better eat it considering the likely food offerings awaiting me at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge.

Fruit, eggs and Dom Perignon it was for me. They ran out of Krug, a frequent occurrence with yours truly onboard it seems. Big grin
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Not too far from Los Angeles by now
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It’s certainly a stunning approach on a sunny day, and the sheer size of the L.A. metro area is just something that has to be seen.
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On-time landing at LAX concluded this superb flight onboard Singapore Airlines.
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Thanked the crew and made my way to the passport control… Now that area is quite a contrast to the serene surroundings of SQ First Class. I wouldn’t recommend clearing the formalities at LAX TBIT to my worst enemy. The officers were fine, but the 1h+ wait and complete disorganization was just ridiculous. You’d imagine this sort of facilities in some third world nation, not at one of the major U.S. international gateways…

Next up AC J class LAX-YVR.

Hope you enjoyed.

Lufthansa747
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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:44 pm

SQ is known for their service, but it all came to a screeching halt at TBIT LAX. I know they are in the stages of renovating TBIT, but I wonder when it will be complete.
I always find TBIT fascinating because with all the international flights especially to/from Asia, you feel like you're there when you're in TBIT.
It looks like you had it much nicer at NRT Terminal 1
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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:54 pm

A wonderful trip report Lufthansa747. Thank you for taking the time to post it.

It is good to know that Singapore Airlines seem to be on top of their game in all classes of travel, as shown by this trip in First and one or two recent reports in Business and Economy.

I especially liked the pictures of the tasty looking food and the massive LA metro area.

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Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:21 pm



Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Delicious Lobster Thermidor

The Lobster Thermidor for the Book the Cook menu looks absolutely stunning. Much larger than the ones I get on my SIN CGK flights. I guess that the longhaul offerings are more opulent than the regular ones, although the Book the Cook menu is essentially the same.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:27 pm

Thanks for the comments so far!

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 3):
The Lobster Thermidor for the Book the Cook menu looks absolutely stunning. Much larger than the ones I get on my SIN CGK flights.

The ex-NRT one was great indeed. Agreed ex-SIN they seem to be smaller for the regional flights. But still, give me half of that regional offering and it would beat the seabass...  Wink
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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:08 pm

Great photos of landing into LA! One does forget its 'sprawling majesty.' Onboard svcs, well, what can I say? SQ is awesome.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:51 pm

Great report with superb photos  Smile The Lobster thermidor looks absolutely mouthwatering  bigthumbsup 

SQ's inflight service something else, thats for sure  Smile

Just wondering, the 777-300 in Star color scheme at NRT was it a NH or SQ?

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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:57 pm

WOW ! Amazing TR & Amazing View of L.A
Caviar looks delicious & dessert too, & thanks for your TR !
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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:36 pm

That white Russian looked tasty!! I almost tasted it looking at that shot. Another fine TR Lufthansa 747. I like all of the photos, but I must say, seeing all those burrows, and blocks of LA just confirms my dislike for that city. Too big. Too overcrowded. Too polluted. Like I always joke, "If you get the chance to go to LA... DON'T!"  Wink

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:40 am



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 6):
Just wondering, the 777-300 in Star color scheme at NRT was it a NH or SQ?

If you squint REALLY hard, you can almost see the raked wingtips of a 77W. So it belongs to ANA as SQ doesn't have a 77W in a *A c/s.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:16 am

Fantastic trip report, a very enjoyable read! Glad you enjoyed your flight but sad to hear LAX was less then impressive (as always - two decades later and the same is still being said about it).

Have some more Krug!  champagne 

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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:33 am

Great TR! The Lobster Thermidor looks great!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 9):

If you squint REALLY hard, you can almost see the raked wingtips of a 77W. So it belongs to ANA as SQ doesn't have a 77W in a *A c/s.

SQ's *A aircraft still have the golden bird instead of the *A logo on the VTP.
 
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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:56 am

Great report, Lari. Seeing all the tasty food makes one hungry...

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Views of the renovated T1

Interesting to see the ANA 787 banners - too bad they don't know yet when it will really fly in their colors...  Wink

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):

It’s certainly a stunning approach on a sunny day, and the sheer size of the L.A. metro area is just something that has to be seen.

So true, the approach to LAX is always amazing, especially from the East.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
I wouldn’t recommend clearing the formalities at LAX TBIT to my worst enemy. The officers were fine, but the 1h+ wait and complete disorganization was just ridiculous.

1h+ is simply ridiculous.


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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:28 pm

Hi Lari,

Great report as always, thanks for taking the time for us, much appreciated.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
I find the “LOW FARE” napkin especially tacky for a F lounge.

- Agreed, but this United, an airline without a clue these days!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
Interesting to see the ANA 787 banners - too bad they don't know yet when it will really fly in their colors...

- Noted that too PH, quite amusing really!

As always SQ look superb, really must try their premuim product one day.

LAX TBIT is still a dump and still having extensive refurbishment at the moment. I will say the new check-in desks are nice, much better than the old ones. The new Oneworld lounge is great too, a vast improvement over the old one!

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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:56 pm

Oh WOW, that was great.
I gotta re-mortgage the house and try First Class.  Big grin
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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:05 pm

Thanks for all the comments so far!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
1h+ is simply ridiculous.

Agreed... LAX and IAD have been the worst for me in the U.S., never problems or long waits at JFK/EWR for example.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
- Agreed, but this United, an airline without a clue these days!

So true, but at least I feel much better about my mileage balance with them after they retracted the moronic proposal for IAD-Europe flights...

Regards,

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RE: Singapore Airlines SQ12 First Class NRT-LAX

Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:59 pm

Same mistake here too, year is 2007

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
18 April 2007
Tokyo Narita (NRT/RJAA) – Los Angeles International (LAX/KLAX)
Singapore Airlines SQ 012
Boeing 747-412
9V-SPP
1845-1255 – On Time
First Class, Seat 2F

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