After a crazy 10-day East-to-West Coast USA trip, it was finally time to go back home, and also finally my first ever long-haul experience on SQ
Business Class! The return flight was booked using Krisflyer miles redemption, with the SFO
sector on 2 flights, SQ15 on SFO
, a 5+hr transit in ICN
, followed by SQ603 for the final sector. This was due to only this combination available for redemption in Savers, as SQ15 on ICN
was fairly full. Almost contemplated redemption in First Class, but since I am not really a champagne/wine and fine-dining appreciator, plus I was able to select the best seat in Business Class in 11K (not much difference between seats 11K and 1K), I decided to "bear with it" in Business!
Before departure to the airport, we had the famous San Francisco Boudin clam chowder to start the day! Also grabbed a ready-to-eat can home!
Then it was check-out and the BART to SFO
A half hour train ride later, we reached SFO
International Terminal. Located SQ
's check-in desks right in the middle of the terminal and proceeded to the Business Class counters to collect out boarding passes and drop our bags since I have done prior online check-in.
All the Business Class counters were occupied while we waited our turn. Luckily the wait was short and we were soon checked-in by a Singaporean SQ
staff, who seemed to be probably one of the station supervisors? Our bags were tagged all the way to Singapore, but we only received boarding passes to ICN
on SQ15. When queried, the check-in staff then realised that we would be on SQ603 for the ICN
sector. He was amused that we did not fly direct on SQ15. Guessed they seldom see people traveling to Singapore this way. No problems, as our ICN
boarding passes were also issued. We were also given the directions to the Silver Kris lounge.
Boarding passes for SQ15 and SQ603.
Security was surprisingly painless as there was apparently a dedicated queue for premium passengers, and so we got to cut the line. But the notmal line was also not too bad. Proceeded to the Silver Kris lounge after security, which was down a hallway, with the EVA Air lounge right at the end.
Entrance to the Silver Kris Lounge.
The lounge, used by both F and J, as well as Star "Gold" and PPS customers, was quite crowded this afternoon. Surprising, as it was still rather early. Business Class eventually ended up nearly full! We managed to secure a pair of seats together in the lounge.
The other end of the lounge, with working desks and newspaper/magazine corner.
Lets check out the buffet counter! First, the bar corner, with alcohols, canned drinks, bottled water and cup noodles etc.
As well as a Nespresso machine!
Bakery items, cereals, cheeses and chips.
Salad, cold cuts, juices, yoghurts and fruits. Haagen Daz ice-cream were also available on request.
Hot food items and soup.
Had some hot buffet items and ice-cream. Food was just average.
Some peanuts with coffee and juice.
There is a very basic shower facility in one of the toilets as well. Nothing impressive.
View from the lounge. Lots of Uniteds on the apron.
3 different United B744 liveries!
After grabbing our bites, we proceeded to the gate where boarding would be commencing soon. There are not many shopping in the International terminal.
Departure information, again listed according to cities. Thus we have SQ15 departing to Seoul as well as Singapore.
Some plane-spotting. United B772ER.
Air China B744.
And again, the 3 Uniteds.
My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81