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United Business Class San Francisco to Seoul
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Korean Air Lounge and Singapore SilverKris Lounge Seoul
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Singapore SilverKris Lounge Singapore
Changi Airport Free Singapore Tour
Singapore Business Class Singapore to Colombo
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Qatar Airways Business Class Colombo to Doha
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Emirates First Class Dubai to London Heathrow
British Airways Concorde Room London Heathrow
British Airways Galleries First Lounge and Club World Lounge London Heathrow
British Airways First Class London Heathrow to San Francisco
Seoul (ICN) to Singapore (SIN)
Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Duration: 6h 20m
I was really looking forward to my first flight on Singapore given its reputation, but I also knew that it was just regional business on a two-class plane.
The difference in service between Singapore and United was stark: the flight attendants would address you by name on Singapore, everything was asked as if they were sorry to disturb you, and they tried to anticipate your needs, rather than just reacting to what you ask.
I know that it’s only regional business, but Seoul to Singapore is over 6 hours, so I was expecting something more from the amenities that they offered, which were just a pair of slippers/booties and an eye mask.
On this flight, they did have the special Asian Vegetarian (AVML) meal that I ordered. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I thought that the food was overall good. I’m not sure why people think that vegetarians want to eat fake meat, but the things served besides the fake meat were tasty.
For what it’s worth, here are pictures of the full menu:
Given that I had woken up pretty early in Seoul and wanted to spend my time in Singapore exploring the city once I hit the ground, I tried to get some sleep. Singapore’s seats in regional business are angled lie flat, so while the seat does go completely flat, it does so in such a way that you’re tilted slightly to the ground. I actually didn’t think that it was much of a problem in terms of comfort, and I had no problems with sliding down the seat.
What I did have problems with were the number of children on board. Perhaps it was a popular weekend for Korean families to go on vacation as there were 6 small children or babies in the business class cabin who were very, very loud. Even with ear plugs, I was woken up several times by children making noise. Makes me think that maybe I should try Malaysian Airlines since they have a baby ban in first class.
I ended up using the in-flight entertainment instead, which had a good selection. I do wish, however, that Singapore would start their in-flight entertainment on the ground like United does.
Overall, I had an enjoyable if relatively sleepless flight, and it was my first taste of what non-US airlines can deliver in terms of service in premium cabins. It also made me want to try Singapore Suites in the future to see what Singapore can really do!