I was very fortunate to have been able to fly in First Class on Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Los Angeles on two occasions. Having previously flown many times on Business Class and Economy Class on this airline that holds the reputation of being the world’s best, I was overjoyed when I received the upgrade to First Class. I had only paid about $300.00 for a round trip ticket that cost $22,200.00 when booked online.
Out of Changi Airport in Singapore, First Class passengers have a separate exclusive red carpeted entrance next to the main airport terminal. Your baggage is picked up from your vehicle by a concierge, and a representative walks you to her desk where she checks you in while you sit comfortably on a couch. Your baggage is checked in by the concierge. After checking you in, you enter the terminal through a private entrance that has its own immigration and customs counter and shown the Singapore Airlines First Class Lounge. The whole process takes less than five minutes.
The first class lounge was very spacious, with very comfortable seating. The food is a combination of Western and Asian, and was certainly delicious. There was a trolleys of snacks and drinks being brought to your seat by attendants. Seating away from the hustle and bustle of passengers was indeed relaxing before my long journey via Japan to Los Angeles. Showers were also available, with towels and toiletries provided.
On the 747, Singapore Airlines First Class is at the nose of the plane with 12 individual seats. The Pursar visited with all the First Class passengers and introduced himself and stated as we had only three First Class passengers, each of us would have their own exclusive Flight attendant. The cubicles that the seats are situated in has a large flat screen TV, storage compartments, and plenty of space to store your cabin luggage. I was warmly welcomed by the FC crew, who collected my jacket and offered me a drink of my choice. I was also given my toiletry kit and a Givenchy pajamas and shirt, which I would later change into, for a comfortable long journey.
Soon after take off, when I went into the restroom to change into sweats for the night, a Flight Attendant was waiting with a clothes hanger outside, to take my clothes and hang them in the closet.
After a round of pre dinner drinks, the main course dinner order was taken. Drinks were served with mini pork and chicken satays, accompanied with with peanut sauce. I opted for the Sauteed jumbo prawns served with lobster sauce and vegetables. Our 8 course meal started with a choice of Duckliver Terrine or Rock Lobster as appetizers, followed by a soup and salad. After the main course, a generous portion of Haagen Dazs vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream were served with berry compote and pistachio nuts. An assortment of international cheese and fresh fruit followed suit. The meal service ended with hot beverages, that included a variety of tea, espresso, and cappuccino, served with cognac, and pralines.
There was a large selection of in-flight movies to watch along with a variety of channels with Video On Demand (VOD). The Bose sound cancelling headphones were distributed only after take off; the reason being that should an emergency arise during take-off, one would not hear any announcements or commands. When it was time to sleep, I stepped outside my seat while the stewardess prepared my bed by adjusting the seat completely flat, putting a quilt over it and leaving behind a large pillow and a blanket.
Inflight service was exceptional, where the stewardess made sure that my glass of water was always topped up to keep me hydrated. Checks were done every 30-45 minutes, by walking past my seat to see if anything needed to be cleared, or if I needed anything.
At the end of my flight, it was definitely no surprise that Singapore Airlines First Class in-flight service was indeed one of the best in the world.