After leaving Sydney Australia, the next stop on my trip was Singapore. On this leg, I switched airlines from Etihad to Singapore Airlines. This was my second flight on Singapore Airlines. I made the switch because I knew Singapore Airlines would have open business class seats on one of the many flights through its headquarters in Singapore.
Singapore Airlines Kris Flyer miles are relatively easy to obtain through multiple credit card transferable points programs (Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi Thank You Points, Starwood Preferred Guest, and American Express Membership Rewards). Business Class seats are also relatively cheap on a points basis because Singapore Airlines offers Kris Flyer members a 15% discount for online point redemptions.
Singapore A330 Business Class Flight Details
- Sydney, Australia to Singapore
- Departure: 1:00 pm
- Arrival: 7:20 pm
- Duration: 8 hours 20 minutes
- Aircraft: Airbus A330
- Seat: 11A
- Cash Cost: $2,049.99
- How I paid: 46,750 Kris Flyer miles (55,000 miles before 15% online discount) and $201.04 in taxes
I arrived at the Sydney airport in a regular taxi. The taxi service was fine. I’ve just become spoiled by Etihad’s chauffeur service that it was a little hard to go back to just a regular taxi.
One of my favorite business class benefits is line avoidance. I can’t stand long lines, especially at the airport. Business class flyers typically use a separate check-in line. Sometimes they even receive access to an expedited immigration lane. These benefits are huge time savers. There is nothing more stress inducing than traveling internationally in a new airport and seeing a massive line at the check-in desk.
The first thing I noticed at the Sydney airport, was a massive line curled around the entire entrance to the airport. That business class ticket was feeling more valuable by the second. The business check-in desk provided another good surprise in the form of the Sydney Airport Express Path. The Express Path is an expedited immigration line available to passengers in business class.
Immigration lines are notorious for unusually long lines. This is probably why your encouraged to be at the airport around 3 hours in advance for international flights. The express line that I used was separate from the regular line, so I didn’t get a chance to see how bad the regular line could have been. After filling out the immigration information card, I made it through the line in less than 20 minutes which gave me extra time to visit the Sydney Silver Kris lounge.
The business class section in Singapore Airline’s Airbus A330 aircraft is structured as six seats in a row with 3 sets of 2 x 2 seats. The business class seats are designed as angled flat beds. That means the seats don’t recline to a fully flat position. This design is still more comfortable than the partially reclining seats on HifFly business class.
Even though the Singapore Airlines A330 business class seats didn’t fully recline, it was still comfortable and you could sleep on them. Each business class customer had access to a separate video monitor with a large library of movies, TV shows, news, weather, and flight details. The remote control for the monitor is housed in the left side pocket of the seat. Phitek noise cancelling headphones for the video monitor were in the right seat pocket.
Seat controls were underneath the armrest. A panel of electronic outlets were just underneath the seat on the right side. Initially I had trouble using the outlets, but one of the flight attendants reset the power. From that point forward, the outlet worked normally through the remainder of the flight.
Singapore Airlines served its lunch menu on the flight to Singapore. Notable items from the lunch menu included:
- Mediterranean Antipasta with Vinaigrette (marinated prawn, prosciutto, grilled vegetable, and mozzarella cheese).
- Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce (horseradish butter, celeriac dauphinoise, baby carrot, and green beans).
- Braised Snapper Filet in Black Bean Sauce (with seasonal vegetables and egg noodles).
- Stuffed Chicken Breast with Herb Mousse (bell pepper, green asparagus, pumpkin mash, jus).
- Gosht Biryani (baked lamb and saffron rice served with spice braised lentils and pickled vegetable).
- Passion Pavlova Ice Cream.
- Belgium Chocolate Mousse Cake.
- Selection of Cheese.
- Variety of Fresh Fruit.
Champagne & Wine
- Taittinger Brut Millesime, Champagne, France, 2007.
- Selbach Riesling Kabinett Feinherb, Mosel, Germany, 2014.
- Devil’s Lair Hidden Cave Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia, 2014.
- Chateau Doyac, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France 2012.
- Chateau Peyrabon Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France, 2010.
- Heirloom Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2013.
- Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Portugal.
- Singapore Sling
- Bloody Mary
- Citrus Rum Cooler
- Bailey’s White Russian
- Kris in Love
Spirits & Liqueurs
- Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky.
- Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky.
- Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.
- Highland Park Warrior Series Svein.
- Courvoisier XO Fine Champagne.
- Absolut Vodka.
- Bacardi Superior Rum.
- Bombay Sapphire Gin.
- Imayotsukasa Junmai Sake.
- Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge.
- Baileys Original Irish Cream.
- Choya Umeshu.
- International Selection
- Guinness Stout
Mediterranean Antipasta with Vinaigrette
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Passion Pavlova Ice Cream
Tattinger Brut Millesime, Champagne, France, 2007
Selbach Riesling Kabinett Feinherb, Mosel, Germany, 2014
- Food and drink options were excellent.
- Wide variety of entertainment options.
- Business class seats were very comfortable.
- Singapore Airlines flight attendants go out of their way to provide top notch customer service.
- The A330 business class seats were not fully flat bed seats. However it is still possible for most people to fall asleep on these seats.
I really enjoy flying with Singapore Airlines. They have a really nice business class product, wonderful customer service, and a variety of premium drink and food options available on board. Be aware that if you are on an overnight flight aboard the A330 aircraft that you may have trouble sleeping since the business class seats do not recline to a completely flat position. However the business class seats do decline nearly to a flat position which may be acceptable for most people to get some sleep during the flight. My preference is always for a flight with a fully reclining seat, but if none of those options are available, the business class seats on an A330 aircraft are still really comfortable.