Updated on February 23, 2016
Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Suite Class JFK-FRA
After a far too short but extremely enjoyable experience in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, Jaime and I headed over to our departure gate.
A380s and Islands Honeymoon:
I couldn’t be more excited for the trip across the pond. The icing on the cake was absolutely getting the opportunity to fly on this whale of a jet: SQ Airbus A380!
Airline: Singapore Airlines
Route: SQ25 JFK-FRA
Cabin: F (Suites Class)
Seats: 3C and 3D
Flight time: 7 hours
This would be both of our first times on the A380! I don’t know if Jaime quite knew what was happening, or what type of seating situation we were about to walk into, but I’d like to think she was impressed! I had told her about the flights and how awesome they would be and whatnot, but I don’t know if a lot of it really processed for her until we actually set foot on the plane!
First impression: Holy sh*t! It was fantastic. Although I’d seen the Singapore Suites online probably 100 times, it was really something else to actually be in them. Between the high walls on the suites and the lack of overhead bins, it made the cabin seem HUGE (probably because it actually is)!
The Leading Stewardess, Tay Sim Hui, and the Chief Steward, Abdul Wahid, immediately greeted and offered us some champagne; yes please!
As we began to settle in, Tay Sim Hui distributed our amenity kits and pajamas for both of us. I must say, my favorite part about the SQ First Class amenity kits has to be the bottle of Ferragamo cologne. I rarely/never wear cologne, but if I can get some nice stuff for free on an airplane, I’ll use it!
The pajamas on SQ are fantastic. Although I’d give the slight edge to Cathay Pacific, and then probably Japan Airlines, they’re all pretty close.
Taking off on runway 13R just a few minutes late, Jaime commented on how smooth the takeoff was! We both had our headphones on watching a show, but she looked at me moving her hand forward horizontally mouthing the word “smoooooootthh”. I guess the A380 really is a smooth takeoff!
Similar to the Cathay Pacific seat, these Singapore seats are HUGE! Jaime and I were in seats 3D & 3C – the middle two in the last row of the Suites section.
I loved the Suites’ setup with the large divider in between the two people; it gives you plenty of room to put stuff up but really doesn’t impede being “together”. We really loved them.
What everyone wants to talk about with this seat is the bed. How does it work? Does it really fold down into a seamless double bed for both people? Is it comfortable? I’ll to answer these as best I can!
When you’re ready for your bed to be made simply ask the crew for turndown service for the two of you. We did this right after dinner. They’ll come by, fold down the beds, lower the divider, and set up the mattress pads with the pillows and comforter.
To answer the big question, no, it doesn’t fold seamlessly into a double bed. However, it gets pretty damn close! You can absolutely feel the flat part of the divider in between you, but it’s nothing too terrible. Plus, you’re trying to sleep as much as possible, so you don’t need to cuddle on the plane!
Overall, the seats were fantastic. My only complaint would be that I didn’t get enough time in them!
With the flight being relatively short (7 hours of flying just about), we got meal service right away so we could get some shut eye afterward!
Jaime wasn’t a huge fan of the caviar, but it’s definitely a unique experience you don’t get often. As always, I didn’t absolutely love it, but I definitely like it!
For dinner we both pre-ordered the Lobster Thermidor through the Book the Cook program. I covered this meal on the flight from ICN-SFO with Kevin last March – you can see the review here.
It’s got to be one of my favorite in-flight meals. The lobster is obviously delicious, but the asparagus and rice are also superb. Just really hard to beat it.
The biggest advantage to Singapore Entertainment is the ability to watch it gate-to-gate. Although I can’t remember the policy of all the other airlines, I know Etihad (because I just flew it two days ago) only lets you watch it up in the air. That’ a big disadvantage and this is somewhere SQ shines, especially during very long taxis and the big international airports.
I think I spent most the time I was awake on the flight watching American TV shows like Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Jaime did the same, but like I said, with a flight this short, between eating dinner and sleeping a few hours we didn’t even really get the chance for that much IFE!
Per the Singapore Airline usual, the service was impeccable. I wouldn’t say it was, “Japan Airlines” impeccable, but it was superb.
Although the cabin was almost full at 11/12 capacity, the crew didn’t skip a beat. When we told them we were on our honeymoon they asked Jaime is she wanted to be referred to by her new name and she of course said yes. That was a very nice touch I think!
When I asked if we could see the plane just after we woke up (about 50 minutes before landing), the chief steward was excited to show us around!
Both Abdul and Tay Sim were fantastic and the tour was such a great treat.
Another terrific flight on SQ. Gate-to-gate entertainment is a big plus in my eyes over some competitors (considering we taxi’d for 30 minutes or so).The most difficult part of the flight is that it’s a short, overnight flight. You don’t want to go to sleep without sampling the food and service obviously, but at the same time if you stay up for that you won’t get much sleep at all (exactly what we did). Total we probably slept about 3 hours each so a nap was in store the next day in Frankfurt! Next time I’ve got to try it from Frankfurt to Singapore or vice versa!
Have you flown Singapore Suites Class? Would you chose it again over it’s competitors?