Welcome drink. I had an orange juice.
All the mags and menu.
Menu for this evening's flight.
Total load in Business Class was about 30+ out of 42, with 6 pax in my forward mini-cabin. All passengers were boarded on schedule. However, the pilot came on and announced that pushback would be delayed for about 20min (which extended to 30min) due to congestion in Beijing Capital. Compounded with the bad weather, I had sort of expected this. However the good news was that flight time would only be 5h25m, almost an hour shorter than scheduled. Due to the delayed pushback, I just relaxed on my seat with the flightmap on. No IFE on the ground. Unfortunately, there were also no additional offering of drinks (although I am sure the crew will offer if you ask, but I would expect them to be more proactive, especially in Business Class) even with the delayed departure.
Finally we were pushed back after about half hour's delay.
And then we were allocated the furthest runway at Rwy36L, all the way at the other end of the gigantic airport. This resulted in another half hour hike across the airport! The taxi to the takeoff runway almost took as long as the cab ride to town!!
Finally reached the runway. Next to depart after the CZ
A333 behind us.
And finally took off at around 1750hrs, more than an hour behind schedule! None of SQ
's fault though. (Sorry for the inverted video)
Curtains to another heaven closed shortly after takeoff.
Advantage of Row 11 or 14, you would have an ottoman to rest your feet and do not need to sit at an angle to fit your feet in the small cut-out hole at the seat in front. Again, this ensures that you would also be able to lie straight instead on at an angle while in bed-mode.
"Amenity kit" of socks and eyeshades given out.
My post-takeoff drink of Silver-Kris Sling. Dinner orders were also taken.
First up, the famous satay! These were again, great!
Very cloudy weather out there, with some slight turbulences.
Made a trip to the well-stocked lavatory.
Moisturizer, mouthwash and colognes.
Back from the lav, I settled into a movie on the Krisworld system. Coincidentally, most of the new releases on SQ
were exactly the same as on Jetstar's ipad IFE. I settled for a romantic comedy. Sun is also setting by this time.
Finally dinner is served, about 1hr after takeoff. Tables were laid and the starter was served. No trays were used on the B773ER aircraft (as well as A380/A345) with long-haul Business Class cabin (with the exception of SIN
route) while trays were still used on the rest of the fleet with regional Business Class cabins.
Nicoise Salad. Just a cold average starter.
Garlic bread and breadstick from the bread basket.
Midway through the meal, the IFE system on the entire plane crashed. Crew made an announcement to apologize and rebooted the system. However the rebooting process took almost half an hour , with a black screen with words "Please Wait" shown on the monitor. Well, at least I can enjoy my meal without distractions.
Across the aisle.
My main course: Stirfried sliced beef fillet with fried rice. This was created by a celebrity chef, Zhu Jun, of Jade Garden restaurant in Shanghai. Well, the creation is certainly not too imaginative, but the dish was definitely delicious!
Another choice of Panfried cod with millet. According to my friend, it tasted just like how it looked (sadly).
After mains were cleared, dessert was served. This is the Raspberry sorbet.
The other choice, Chocolate ice cream, which I preferred more.
As for drinks with the meal, I tried the champagne, and as most of you in the forums who expressed disgust with it, I felt the same too... Can't even force myself to finish a glass. No post-dinner liquor offered too, unless one requests for it. Unlike on Jetstar Business, or even KLM economy, where post-dinner liquor was proactively offered by the crew.
After dessert is the cheese and fruits service. The cheese plate looked pathetic when compared to Jetstar's offering. I did not have the cheddar though.
Assortment of fruits, including apples, bananas, melons, longans and strawberries available. I had a melon slice and strawberries.
Some Pu-er (well, it is a China flight) tea to end the meal.
My seat was then converted into a bed, which was actually pretty easy to perform. There was an extra big pillow and duvet "hidden" behind the seat.
Movie in bed. Bliss....
A bottle of water was also offered.
Lights were then gradually dimmed to allow us to rest. I spent the rest of the flight watching movies. Crew did checked on pax rather frequently and asked if drinks were needed to anyone awake. Midflight, I had a tea, which was served together with a pack of apple chips.
There were instances of turbulence during the flight, but nothing too major. Seatbelt signs came on quite regularly (trigger-happy pilots again), but no announcements were made, Cabin crew just came round and discreetly checked on passengers. 5.5hrs literally flew past and we soon started our descend into Changi.
Landing on Rwy20R about 15min behind schedule.
Parked at Terminal 3.
My messed up seat before disembarkation.
Overall service on SQ
on this flight was fine. Slightly robotic but not bad either. Meal was average to good, depending on the choices made. However the food/service still lacked my previous TPE
flight last year. However the famed long-haul J seat is really awesome! I have no qualms flying more than 12hrs on it. Probably my comfort was enhanced by me seated at the first row. Not sure how comfortable it would be at the regular rows.
Hopefully this report would have given an idea of the onboard service on Jetstar's Business Class, which was rather decent and definitely worth it for the price paid (in fact as I am typing this, Jetstar is having another S$298 offer to PEK
in Business again!). SQ
, on the other hand, is on another league and has maintained its high standards of offerings, but also with high prices to boot. Seats are definitely more comfortable and choices of food/beverages and amenities much more diverse. Definitely worth my redemption (especially since my flight is operated by the B77W), but not sure if it would be worth paying through my own pockets for it. Well, lucky if you can afford it!
Up next in a couple of months would be a short getaway to Melbourne for a family visit, flying on Qantas A380s! This could most probably be my last chance of flying QF
's A380 as QF
is re-routing its LHR
flights via DXB
instead of SIN
. Thus by April next year, Changi would not see QF
A380s anymore and therefore the ride on Qantas A380 would definitely be something I am looking forward to!
My previous trip reports:
Silkair To Solo, The Spirit Of Java (by ycp81 Sep 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lazing In Kandooma (SQ To Maldives) (by ycp81 Aug 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
"Scoot" Off For A BKK Weekend (TZ/3K) (by ycp81 Jul 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
City, Beach And Food Paradise (Jetstar,KLM,Tiger) (by ycp81 May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
Getaways To KCH & BKK On The 'T's (TR & TG) (by ycp81 Feb 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Winter Weekend In Macau & Hong Kong On Jetstar (by ycp81 Jan 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Kangaroo To Oz (by ycp81 Dec 10 2011 in Trip Reports)
Taiwan On 4 Airlines (TR,KL,GE,SQ) In 3 Classes (by ycp81 Nov 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Binge In Bangkok By 3K And FD (by ycp81 Aug 22 2011 in Trip Reports)
Jetstar Long-Haul To Auckland! (by ycp81 Aug 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Weekend Trips To Phuket & KL (by ycp81 Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Vs Business To Boracay (TR, 5J, 2P, SQ) (by ycp81 May 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Bonjour Paris On SQ A380 (by ycp81 Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The Cape With SQ (Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Jan 29 2011 in Trip Reports)
Another Short Hop To KL On Firefly And Air Asia (by ycp81 Nov 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
TG Vs SQ To Incheon (Lots Of Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Nov 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Lazing In Lombok By Silkair (by ycp81 Aug 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Mix Of Both Worlds (Budget Vs 5-Stars To KCH) (by ycp81 Jul 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
Tigering To Vietnam (and VN Domestic) With Videos (by ycp81 May 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Flying With Malaysian Hospitality To Tokyo (by ycp81 Apr 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Silkair To Siem Reap : A Wonderful Way To Fly! (by Ycp81 Feb 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
36hrs In KL By Firefly And Air Asia (by Ycp81 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)
Invasion Of The LCCs (Penang On Tiger And Jetstar) (by Ycp81 Aug 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
10 Flights On 6 Airlines In 11 Days! (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Way To Taipei (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-DPS-SIN On Lionair And SQ (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-SYD-MEL-SYD-SIN On SQ & QF (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-SGN-SIN On SQ In 2008 (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
Missing Swiss In SIN (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
('07 Memories) SIN-KBV-DMK,BKK-SIN On TR, DD & FD (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81