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SQ First Class FRA-SIN

Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:24 am

The trek from T2 to T1 at FRA took ages. My colleagues were quite anxious even though I was certain we wouldn't miss the SQ flight, with about an hour to spare.

Arrived at Gate B42 about 25 minutes after deplaning our LH flight, where check-in staff issued our boarding passes. Of the three of us, I was in First, my boss in Business and another colleague in Economy. (Career suicide?) The three of us are not important enough in our company to qualify for J Class for longhaul travel, but my boss and I managed to use our miles to get upgrades to J/F respectively. The third colleague didn't have enough miles so she was stuck in Y.

After getting my very nice and red boarding pass issued (Seat 3F), I headed towards the LH First Class Lounge. Not too different from the Senator Lounge, except that there was a pasta bar for those who wanted hot food. I wasn't going to stuff myself with pasta seeing as a full SQ F Lunch awaited me in a few minutes!

Nice view of the SQ 747-400 taking us to SIN today. A continuing flight from New York JFK, the aircraft today was 9V-SPJ.

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I left the lounge a few minutes later, and headed back to the gate which was just a 30-second walk away. Headed down the first aerobridge (what a nice feeling!) and was welcomed on board by an Indian IFS.

He walked me to my seat and as I settled into the Skysuite, I couldn%u2019t help but notice how it has aged so well. Even though it is 11 years old, it still looked pristine and spotless. Perhaps it's the top-grade Conolly Leather?

I was the last person to board in F, as once I boarded, they closed the first door. The IFS came over and asked me if I wanted a drink, and I asked for a Coke. I've heard the fuss about Dom Perignon and Krug, but because I don't take alcohol well, I refrained from asking for it.

Captain Wong came on the PA system to announce that the flight time for today was 11h35min, for the 10,289km journey from FRA to SIN.

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LH aircraft next to us
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One good thing about sitting at the pointy end of the aircraft is it makes for taking great photos!

Here are a series of photos from our pushback to takeoff:

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While taxiing, the Leading Stewardess Peggy asked me if I'd like a drink after takeoff. I thought, what the heck, let's go with a Dom to see how it tastes like! If I get ill later then so be it.

We took off at about 1pm into a beautiful late summer's afternoon.

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High-speed ICE train
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Dom Perignon - Tried a sip of it but it really wasn't much to my liking. Got a slight headache after that. Poor me!



Cabin crew distributed pyjamas and Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits. There were at least four SIA staff in F, because they were:
1) Very overdressed
2) Not given amenity kits and pyjamas

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Here is the lunch menu, plus the drinks menu as well:

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In German





In English


























There is a very wide selection of coffees and teas in F, and I went with the blue mountain coffee for the rest of the flight, which was an excellent choice.

Table Set for Lunch
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Chilled Malossol Caviar
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White onion soup with parma ham and rosemary
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Seasonal salad with honey mustard dressing
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By this time I was stuffed I could barely fit the main course in.

Main course: Baked veal loin with mushrooms - blue cheese crust, sateed savoy cabbage and fettucine. I know it doesn't look great in the photo, but it was top-class restaurant quality. Pity I was by then too full to enjoy it!

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Dessert - Summer Pudding with Mascarpone ice cream
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Hot towels were served three times throughout lunch. Once at the end of the caviar service, once after the main course and once after dessert.

The service was perfect. LSS Peggy had perfect deportment - she spoke with perfect diction, was SO attentive (this is F after all how could she not be attentive) and was just so graceful! The entire lunch service was almost like a performance!

The movie selections were still for August, and I had by then watched nearly all the movies worth watching, so I settled with "Obsessed". Quite an entertaining show, really. Men do really have it bad in the office when attractive women try to accuse them of sexual harassment aye!

Cappucino after lunch
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Over Southern Russia
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After dessert, I was too stuffed for cheese and fruit, so I headed to the lavatory to change into the pyjamas, which were really comfortable! LSS Peggy also did a turn-down service for my skysuite by making the suite flat and placing a mattress on it. I read my novel for about 15 mins before falling asleep for the next eight hours!





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Such is the joy of First Class.

1h40min before arrival into SIN, after sleeping for about 8 hours straight, I awoke for breakfast.

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Breakfast Menu



Setting the table....
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Croissant
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Fresh fruit platter
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Muesli
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Main Course - Scrambled eggs prepared on board, with sausage, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes

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All in all, a very satisfying breakfast and I couldn't finish the entire main course!
By the time breakfast was over, we were about 40min out of Singapore.

30 min before landing
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Our approach into SIN today took us over the east coast of Malaysia, approaching into SIN from the North East. We touched down 30min ahead of schedule at 6.20am, and were at Terminal 3's Gate A5 about 5 minutes after landing.

It was hard saying goodbye to the lovely cabin crew and leaving the F cabin after enjoying it for 12 hours, and not knowing when I could enjoy F ever again. With the 744 leaving the fleet in less than a year, First Class Saver redemption awards on Krisflyer will disappear, (and so will the 35% discount for Krisflyer members by end Sept) and the number of miles required for a Sin-Europe return in F would be well in excess of 200,000. Not worth it, methinks!

Since I have no other F flights to make comparisons with, all I can say is that this flight was the best I have ever had. (How could it not be?) I've taken Business Class a few times and wondered if F was all that much better - and it is.

This brings an end to my short trip from Singapore to Brazil. The next few flights are probably in SQ Y, though I've a J trip SIN-MEL-CHC-SIN in October on SQ for the SIN legs (including SQ A380 SIN-MEL!) and NZ for the Australia-New Zealand legs. I *might* be tempted to write a trip report for those flights!

Thanks for reading!

[Edited 2009-08-28 20:03:59]
 
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Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:31 am

Waow. Great report.
It seems like flying SQ is a real treat in F Class, I've never flown Singapore but I know they are good. The pictures you posted sure give the reader some appetite.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:46 pm

Great trip report
SQ is nice in F. How does the product compare to the one on the 77W?
BTW, how did you upgrade from Y to F on SQ?
Thanks for posting

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Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:04 pm

Fantastic report!  bigthumbsup 

I have a similar photo of my FX MD11 taxing by the FRA terminal.
 
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Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:17 pm

What a wonderful trip report.

That certainly looks like a generous amount of caviar !
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Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:40 pm

Great trip report. I'm sad that so many airlines continue to sell off their 744 passenger aircraft which are mostly just replaced with "boring" single deck 2 engined aircraft (i.e. 777 and A330). The only exception I can think of is if they're replaced by the A380 which SQ is doing. FRA-SIN will be an A380 in the future if I'm not mistaken? Either by LH or SQ or both?  crossfingers 
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Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:39 am

Very nice trip report, esp when it involves SQ F class! Always extraordinaire.
Thank you very much!!

Flew SQ Business class (Raffles name removed, right?) 6 times, always wish for me and wish one day will be lucky enough on F class! Either old or new seats!!

Yeah. Too bad, airlines are replacing 744s with 777s or 330s. I still love the 744 but maybe it is too costly to ops?

Hope the 748 will be popular! Is the project still in?
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Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:43 am



Quoting Planesjoey (Reply 2):
BTW, how did you upgrade from Y to F on SQ?

I didn't upgrade from Y to F. I redeemed one way F on FRA-SIN. I still have a Y sector left that I have to finish using in one year, which means I should get back to Europe at some stage in 12 months!
 
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Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:26 am

Worth the few minutes wait it took me to head from your last tr to this tr.

That breakfast looks amazing, one of the best I have seen in a long time. I know SQ really do there best with there on board product.

A nice end to what started out to be a not so nice trip for you (Flight wise)

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Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:43 pm

Nice report & pictures.

SQ F does look a pretty decent product, even on the old 744 fleet, just not sure I'd be willing to shell out the cash or FF miles to use it, J is just fine to be honest.

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Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:19 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
Nice report & pictures.

SQ F does look a pretty decent product, even on the old 744 fleet, just not sure I'd be willing to shell out the cash or FF miles to use it, J is just fine to be honest.

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SQ was offering a 35% discount to Krisflyer members for online redemptions,which worked out to about 60,000 miles one way. Considering First Class Saver awards for longhaul travel in F are disappearing, and the new products require in excess of 120,000 miles (I think it is closer to150,000 miles) for redemption, this was probably the last chance for me to experience SQ F longhaul. No way I would shell out 150,000 miles for a single sector in F!
 
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Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:16 am

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/docpepz/P1040882.jpg
Pathetic, you call this set up a First Class Lounge? It looks more like a temporary set up at some corporate convention.

I am feeling like we will soon lose a piece of the airline's history after the 744s are retired. This Sky Suite will probably be set aside at some SQ museum and archived at STC.
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Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:57 am



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
This Sky Suite will probably be set aside at some SQ museum and archived at STC.

Well, there are still many Sky Suites in STC, even the old Recaro Raffles Class seats too. In the mock-up cabins of course  Smile
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Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:22 pm

I saw the thread title, and I wondered would this be the last of the 744 First Class I see? I would like to take the SQ 744 one last time, preferably on JFK-FRA-SIN, don't know if I will make it by the date of retiring. Excellent report, one for the history books.

Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
Dom Perignon - Tried a sip of it but it really wasn't much to my liking. Got a slight headache after that. Poor me!

Heh, haven't learned my trick. Pop a few ibuprofen, and keep on drinking!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
I am feeling like we will soon lose a piece of the airline's history after the 744s are retired. This Sky Suite will probably be set aside at some SQ museum and archived at STC.

I feel the same way, 747s and SQ go together.
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Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:26 pm



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
Pathetic, you call this set up a First Class Lounge? It looks more like a temporary set up at some corporate convention.

= You think those lounges are bad ... try the LH lounges at MUC ... or wait, BOS!

Thanks for an amazing report. It seems SQ did everything right on this flight. One thing though ... since when is a Bloody Mary a "Singapore Airline Unique Creation(s)"?!

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Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:52 pm

SQ in First, perhaps one thing that everyone should be able to do before they die.  Big grin

Liked the photos of the food, doesn't the tableware enhance the meal, and of course the brilliant service standards. Thanks.
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Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:50 pm

Thanks for the great photos, especially the mirror-image of your plane! And the breakfast looked wonderful, I would have devoured that in about 10 seconds! Thanks for your effort. Glad you had such a memorable trip.
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Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:36 am

What's wrong with the tail in the first LH photograph? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/docpepz/P1040885.jpg
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Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:37 am

JW Blue Label on the liquor menu!  thumbsup 

I gotta try SQ J or F ASAP!!!

Terrific TR BTW!
 
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Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:51 am



Quoting Shanxz (Reply 17):
What's wrong with the tail in the first LH photograph?

Tail rudder has shifted to the right due to winds... Pretty obvious no?
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Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:12 pm



Quoting DocPepz (Thread starter):
After getting my very nice and red boarding pass issued (Seat 3F), I headed towards the LH First Class Lounge. Not too different from the Senator Lounge, except that there was a pasta bar for those who wanted hot food



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):

Pathetic, you call this set up a First Class Lounge? It looks more like a temporary set up at some corporate convention.

I think you are both misleading readers of this forum......as you were not even close to Lufthansa First class lounge. As SQ First class pax you are only entilted to use Senator lounge, First class ones are exclusivly for LH first class customers and HONs. Also LH First class lounges and ground services are benchmark setting and far better then anything SQ currently has on offer.
 
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Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:56 pm

Thanks for the interesting report. I have finally mustered the stamina to respond!

Despite its age, the Skysuite really has aged well, and despite its lack of superficial gadgets, it is still competitive with much newer competition.

Nice to see such a generous serving of caviar on the new serviceware too - they must have looked at you and decided you'd need an army to feed you.

The LH Lounge looks poor, but I suppose it is reasonable given their fare-paying passengers and HON Circle members are using the class-leading First Class Terminal.

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