Singapore Airlines Business Class from Seoul to Singapore

After an enjoyable dinner in Seoul, we boarded the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) train at Seoul Station, bound for Incheon Airport. The train ride takes just over forty minutes and costs less than $16.00 for a round-trip.

Upon retrieving our bags from the Korean Express Parcel Service, located on the departures level, we walked over to the Singapore Airlines ticket counter to pick up our boarding passes for the flight to Singapore.

The ticket counters were deserted as the agents checked us in and offered directions to the SilverKris Lounge. The Asiana First Class lounge had closed at 9pm, thirty minutes after we had returned from dinner in the city.

Inside the SilverKris lounge, the agent verified our boarding passes, offered a wifi code and welcomed us inside.

SilverKris Lounge Seating
 
SilverKris Lounge Seating
 
SilverKris Lounge Buffet
 
SilverKris Lounge Buffet
 
SilverKris Lounge Desserts
 
SilverKris Lounge Drinks
 
SilverKris Lounge Alcohol Selection

We had another hour before boarding began, so I decided to grab a quick shower. Nothing beats a warm shower after flying a fourteen hour flight- even if that flight is in first class!

SilverKris Lounge Shower
 
SilverKris Lounge Shower Amenities
 
SilverKris Lounge Shower

We left the lounge about ten minutes before boarding began, arriving just as the agents were announcing the boarding process to the passengers. At the gate, several roving agents checked boarding passes and passports and made sure that passengers were in the correct boarding line. Quite a refreshing change from the hectic gate areas in the United States.

Singapore Airlines Boarding Process

Two flights attendants were stationed at 1L, welcoming passengers to the flight. Though I had just stepped onto the aircraft, I could already feel the Singapore experience, complete with Singapore's signature boarding music.

A330 Business Class

Singapore has 26 A330s in their fleet, all sporting a 2-2-2 angled lie-flat configuration in business class, while the economy cabin is arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.

IFE/Storage
 
Storage Compartments
 
Seat Controls
 
IFE Map
 
A333 Economy

I had to make a quick phone call before departure, so I decided to take a peek at the economy cabin. Shortly after returning to my seat, the safety video began and we pushed back for our departure.

Ten minutes after departing, the seatbelt sign was turned off and KrisWorld, Singapore's IFE system, was enabled. Because this was a redeye flight, the lights were quickly dimmed and the flight attendants did their best to walk quietly throughout the cabin.

Menus for the redeye service were provided and offered the ability to eat after departure, or have breakfast shortly before landing. I decided to go with breakfast before landing, hoping to get several hours of sleep.

Dinner/Breakfast Menu
 
midnight snack

Before going to sleep, I watched a few episodes of Family Guy on the KrisWorld entertainment system. Unlike Asiana, Singapore had a nice variety of tv shows to choose from, and none of the shows automatically displayed Chinese subtitles!

Breakfast

Sixty minutes prior to landing in Singapore, the flight attendants came around the cabin to start the breakfast service. I was quickly offered a hot towel and a glass of fresh juice. Within five minutes, my breakfast was delivered.

Despite sitting in the galley cart for more than seven hours, the meal was pretty good. The quality of the meal was much higher than I would have expected.

Singapore Entry Card

Trays were cleared about thirty minutes prior to landing, at which time the landing cards were handed out. Moments later, the ships in the Singapore Strait began to appear.

Ships in the Singapore Strait

Immigration and Customs were deserted, which was no surprise with it being 5:30am. We made our way over to the Crowne Plaza, connected to Terminal 3, and got ready for our morning tour of the Singapore Airlines training center.


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Comments

#1
David B April 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm

I flew the regional A330 from SIN-BKK the other week in business and found the seats pretty useless. Despite the two storage compartments you show in the open and closed positions, these are completely useless, too small to hold magazines or newspapers and too thin to hold an amenity kit or my Bose headphone case. About the only thing they could hold would be my glasses...and I was afraid I'd forget them if I did stow them there. Neither my iPod or iPadmini wouldn't fit in these things. (Nor very well in the slot provided under the arm rest for such devices.) There's no other place to put things! As well, the electrical connectors/pod jacks are tucked under the inner armrest and almost impossible to manipulate to plug anything into them...not to mention there's no light so you can barely see where your fingers are struggling.

Having now flown all SQ's new premium services and seats, I agree this one is at least moderately comfortable for sitting in. However, I am far from impressed and find I have little desire to fly SQ unless necessary. Both the B777 and A380 F/Suites and F/ J seats are horrid for sitting in, just a wide padded bench, very uncomfortable even with cushions. The design definitely favours the bed position at the expense of sitting or reclining and I'm afraid I'm one of those who seldom sleeps on flights.

The soft product is still pretty good, but I even find the over attentiveness of FAs is starting to be unattractive. After almost 50 years of flying I suppose I'm getting jaded...