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Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 6:53 am
by guitarsingapore
Singapore Airlines, SQ 305, London to Singapore on a Boeing 777-300ER, New Business Class. I was on my way home.

This is the flight review video - https://youtu.be/UCSs8iQ3jOE
Read on for pictures and the review.

Singapore Airlines departs from London Heathrow Terminal 2, the brand new Queen's Terminal. I had some hours of layover, as I was connecting from Canada.

At the gates, I almost could't recognize the Boeing 777-300ER, as it was painted in the Star Alliance livery and not the traditional Singapore Airlines livery.
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After spending some time at the United Club lounge as well as the SilverKris Lounge. Check out my reviews of the lounges in a later thread. Before I boarded, I walked the length of Terminal 2B and here are pictures of two interesting aircraft I saw.

This was Air New Zealand, in Hobbit livery. Very cool!
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United metal. Is this an Airbus A350? I'm not sure.
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I boarded the SQ plane about 30 minutes before departure. Looking forward to it, as this was my first time in the New Business Class. The new product did not disappoint. The J cabin felt very private and even luxurious. The fittings were new and the seat felt very comfortable. The J cabin was full.

I was in seat 17A, window seat. The screen is definitely bigger now, compared to the older Business Class product. However, it is not a touch-screen.
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The new business class cabin felt even more private, compared to the older business class cabin. I actually felt small sitting in the cabin, as if enclosed by a large personal space. Not sure how this was done but one observation is that the partitions seem to be higher, making the feel more exclusive. In terms of absolute space, it would be the same as the older business class cabin.
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Here are the seat control buttons and other buttons. Many more buttons to fiddle around with.
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This was a Boeing 777-300ER (in Star Alliance livery).
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This is what the J cabin looks like. I am standing in my seat as I take this photo. It certainly looks very private, doesn't it?
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This is the view from my seat, 17A. Pretty good view. The aircraft was turning onto Runway 27L for takeoff. I see a concorde in the background left.
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The flight departed on time. This is the menu. Lunch would be served shortly after take-off and breakfast would be served before landing. Sorry, I don't know how to make it upright. Got to crane your neck to read this.

Lunch - London to Singapore. For mains, there were a whopping four choices. There was beef, char siew rice, grilled corn fed chicken breast and braised cod fillet with laksa gravy and steamed rice. I didn't have any of these as I had booked the cook for the Lobster Thermidor. More on that later.
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Light Bites. Notice, they offered an English Tea Service, which came with scones, open faced sandwiches and mini-pastry. I was keen to try this. Alas, I didn't get a chance because I had a very good sleep after lunch. When I woke up, it was time for breakfast. Oh well.
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Breakfast. Three choices for the main. An Indian dish (Thosai Masala), French Toast and Mushroom Omelette.
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Shot of the screen. We had just taken off. 46 Mil from London. A 12 hour journey to Singapore, from London.
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Looking around, I found a nice resting place for my companion droids. They don't need much in terms of sustenance. They just like a good view.
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Took out the Phitek Noise Cancellation headphones. They worked very well.
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For drinks, I started with the Singapore Sling. Somehow, I always ask for this drink when flying SQ.
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Shortly after, the stewardess came around with a trolley of satay. Satay was served. It was delicious!! Thick pieces of juicy lamb and chicken meat. The satay sauce tasted wonderful too.
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I got three sticks of satay and my droids had to come take a closer look. Sorry, peanut sauce ain't good for your circuitry.
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My main meal was the Lobster Thermidor, which I had ordered online using the Book the Cook service. Here is the Lobster. The presentation was beautiful, and different from the Lobster Thermidor that I had previously tried when flying out of Singapore. I guess, they come from different kitchens, and therefore they are prepared differently. I think the Lobster from the London kitchen is bigger, with much more meat! (Watch the video)
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About 2 hours since we took off. I see Helsinki. Maybe I should visit Finland. I am sure it is a fun place to visit.
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Here is a picture of the seat in bed mode. After a good lunch, I felt very sleepy. So I converted the seat into bed mode and it was time to get some much-needed rest.
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A duvet blanket was provided, and it was very comfortable indeed.
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I had a good 7 hours plus of sleep. The flight was very smooth all the way back to Singapore. When I woke up, the flight had under 2 hours to go. Flight attendants were already preparing for the breakfast service.
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I considered converting the bed back into seat mode for breakfast, but I was simply too lazy. I knew that it was possible to have breakfast when the seat was still in bed mode, and what was what I did. You can see the breakfast laid out here - my breakfast in bed!
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We landed in Singapore on schedule, and our plane pulled up right next to another SQ plane in Star Alliance livery. What a coincidence. I wonder how many SQ planes have been painted in this livery, instead of the traditional SQ look.
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Overall, it was a very pleasant flight, in the New Business Class cabin. Pity, I didn't get a chance to try the english tea service. It wasn't the fault of SQ. I was happily sleeping. Next time!

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 1:36 pm
by ElanusNotatus
Hi guitarsingapore.

Nice video and trip report.

The new business class cabin looks good and offers more privacy. Is the fact that the screen is non-touch a problem? I mean, how close to it are you when seated? Is it simple enough to reach or is the remote necessary?

The range of options for dining is good, even if you decide in advance to "book the cook". The satay looks yummy.   

Breakfast in bed? How decadent but how enjoyable.

Thanks for sharing.
EN

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 2:13 pm
by fallap
Quoting guitarsingapore (Thread starter):
United metal. Is this an Airbus A350? I'm not sure.

It's a Boeing 787!  

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 6:55 pm
by lesfalls
Great TR  . When did they inteoduce the new business class seats? Anyways great read and thank you for posting  .

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 12:35 am
by 9vswa
Very nice TR. Great that you got to fly on -SWJ, the first of the original 777-300ERs to be refurbished with the new products. I tried the new Business class last Dec and loved it as well.

Quoting guitarsingapore (Thread starter):
I wonder how many SQ planes have been painted in this livery

If memory serves me right, there's currently 3 aircraft in Star Alliance livery. 2 77Ws - SWI and SWJ, and a 773 - SYL.

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 3):
When did they introduce the new business class seats?

The new business class was introduced in Sept 2013, along with a new first and refreshed economy product as well, but only for the 77Ws.

Great report, thanks for sharing.

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Sat May 30, 2015 2:14 am
by ba319-131
Looks great, thanks for sharing.

I have only flown SQ once and that was in Y, thought they were excellent and would happily fly them again of the need arose.

Best wishes

Mark

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:18 am
by guitarsingapore
Quoting ElanusNotatus (Reply 1):
Hi guitarsingapore.

Nice video and trip report.

The new business class cabin looks good and offers more privacy. Is the fact that the screen is non-touch a problem? I mean, how close to it are you when seated? Is it simple enough to reach or is the remote necessary?

The range of options for dining is good, even if you decide in advance to "book the cook". The satay looks yummy.   

Breakfast in bed? How decadent but how enjoyable.

Thanks for sharing.
EN

Thanks for your comment.

I think I was pretty far from the screen, so I probably would not have been able to reach the screen without bending forward.

I didn't know breakfast in bed was possible until I saw it being done on an earlier flight by a few pax. Then I decided to do the same. After all, I don't get to fly SQ Business often at all.

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:19 am
by guitarsingapore
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):

Looks great, thanks for sharing.

I have only flown SQ once and that was in Y, thought they were excellent and would happily fly them again of the need arose.

Best wishes

Mark

Yes, SQ in Y is pretty enjoyable too. Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:40 pm
by laca773
Thanks for sharing your trip report with us fellow a.neters. It was lovely and indeed you had a nice journey.
With the new J cabin, did SQ bring back the amenity kit that has been gone for several years now?
Do they have travel size tubes of face, hand creams, facial mist available ? What do they have in the laws?
If there's anything they have forgotten or can improve on, I feel this would be it.
Warm Regards,
LACA773

RE: Singapore Airlines New Business Class LHR To SIN

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:28 pm
by guitarsingapore
Quoting laca773 (Reply 8):
Thanks for sharing your trip report with us fellow a.neters. It was lovely and indeed you had a nice journey.
With the new J cabin, did SQ bring back the amenity kit that has been gone for several years now?
Do they have travel size tubes of face, hand creams, facial mist available ? What do they have in the laws?
If there's anything they have forgotten or can improve on, I feel this would be it.
Warm Regards,
LACA773

No, unfortunately SQ did not bring back their amenity kits.