After a long over-night flight into SIN
. I had about 3 hours to waste before my next flight to HKG
. I could have taken an earlier flight to HKG
, but the lure of riding on the new 777-300ER was too much.
The Singapore First Class Lounge was relatively quite.
Got myself a quite corner with a few newspapers, went to the buffet area and ordered a hot congee (rice porridge) with garnishes from the chef on duty at the bar area.
This Lounge is one of Singapore Air’s weakest points (especially when you compare it to Cathay’s lounge in HKG
). It feels very 1980s and desperately needs to be renovated! I hear that a new terminal shall be opening soon. Hopefully this shall solve the problem.
I got a bit bored and decided to wander down to the gate area to do some plane spotting and window-shopping.
The plane is due to leave from gate F59, one of the gates that would have required a long walk from the lounge.
First and Business were called to board first via the first pier.
On boarding the FAs took my jacket and drinks order. I had a simple orange juice; then, the featured SQ
non-alco cocktail of the month, a ‘Orange Cooler’.
I see that all the glass-ware, plates and cutlery have been up-dated and re-designed.
All of the 8 First Class seat were taken .
Menus, socks and slippers were handed out.
Here are a few pics of the seats:-
A view from my seat, 2A:-
A view through to the Business Class cabin:-
Xmas decorations were hanging through out the cabins:-
We had an Australian captaining this flight today, he did the usual crew introductions and then gave us flight information.
Take-off was on time.
Changi airport with Singapore in the background:-
More views of the cabin:-
There were no over-head storage bins in the FC section.
The only storage available was here:-
A view of my seat:-
The vanity mirrors at each side of the lCD screen:-
The seat and IFE controls:-
The large LCD screen itself:-
Nice to see the toilets have been re-designed and are a lot more spacious:-
Lunch service orders were taken and I was really disappointed that my choice of the ‘Chinese Banquet’ was not available due to over-demand. Therefore, I had the western meal.
The red wine I chose was a Chateau Cos d’Estournel 1999.
Cold platter of malossol caviar with lobster-mango salad.
Beef consommé with ravioli and vegetable julienne.
Belgian endive with baby spinach (with a French dressing).
Dried scallop mousse.
Tournedos of beef in roasted shallot jus, asparagus with Hollandaise sause and mashed potatoes.
The beef was perfectly cooked:-
Pumpkin puree with coconut ice-cream.
I didn’t part-take in the cheese or fruit courses.
Instead I just had a simple coffee.
Arrival into HKG
was slightly early at 14.38 and my bags were one of the first to be out. Took the fast rail link and was in central HKG
Verdict of this New First Class:-
To be honest, I prefer the old FC seating.
(Although I did not try this new seat in bed mode, with the back flipped down). The new seat felt uncomfortable in the normal, day mode. The leathered seat cushion was too hard and narrow. It actually felt like sitting on a bench. It seems the available seat width is a bit of a waste of space. The whole cosseted, soft, coccoon feel has disappeared.
The surrounding seat superstructure also made for a less spacious feel.
The large, in your face LCD
screen gave the illusion of a tighter pitch.
With the back down( n sleep mode); it seems as if you still had to sleep in a diagonal set position.
The screen has a shiny, almost mirrored surface. Everything is reflected off it, watching films was difficult. It is also really difficult spending hours seeing yourself sitting there ….reflected back!
There were also still a few obvious glitches with the IFE software.
The service, I felt was below the normal SQ
standards. Maybe because of the unfamiliarity of the new plane; the FAs seemed forgetful and a bit rushed.
I also preferred the old designed plates and cutlery. The new plates are smaller and less grand.
The food was, as usual, out of Singapore; of the highest quality.
[Edited 2006-12-21 02:26:51]