SQ403 Delhi Indira Gandhi DEL – Singapore Changi Terminal 2 SIN
Boeing 777-300 9V-SYG
Gate 1 Seat 15K
Managed to exit Delhi immigration and headed to the SQ check-in desks with some time to spare. A speedy check-in with no checked luggage allowed me to get a refund for my Jet Airways flight that was delayed and I had to cancel last week. There was a long wait at the Jet Airways counter as the lone staff dealing with misconnections and refunds was overwhelmed while his 3 colleagues watched on chit-chatting. A Japanese guy was waiting behind me as he just missed the last flight to Mumbai and now had to spend the night in Delhi as none of the 3 guys even bothered to help. Little wonder Jet Airways is not doing well.
Once I got my refund, I passed through the empty security and immigration which meant I was airside within minutes and off I went searching for the Silver Kris lounge. I initially thought SIA would use the Plaza Premium lounge since the receptionist at check-in did not mention directions to me.
Turns out the Silver Kris lounge is accessible via the elevators in the other side and have shared toilets with the Lufthansa lounge so you could actually access the Lufthansa lounge from the back door coming out of the toilets.
There was a couple of hot dishes, pastries, soups and snacks inside the Silver Kris lounge and I thought it was quite good for an outstation. There was also ample seating along with good variety of magazines and newspapers. Announcement was made inside the lounge with regards to the delay allowing passengers to just remain in the lounge. I believe the late arrival of the aircraft due to the fog in Delhi was one of the problem.
Boarding was another waiting game in Delhi, like my Malaysian Airlines flight since the gate agents in Delhi was just quite unfriendly at all. Once onboard, the SIA service was as usual, with the crew going around with newspapers, magazines and handing out welcome drinks and hot towels. The ambience of boarding a SIA flight can be said to be unsurpassed.
The purser for the flight came by and introduced herself as well and the smile and this welcome made for a better impression.
After the passengers have boarded the plane, the crew took meal orders and the menu which was already placed in the seat magazine pocket read as follows:
Supper Menu | Delhi to Singapore
Marinated prawns and bocconcini with grilled vegetables and basil pesto
Gosht kalia. kastoori aloo, dal kabila and mughlai tarkari pulao
Lamb in nut gravy, baby potatoes, tempered dal and vegetables pilaf
Seafood noodles soup
Rice vermicelli with prawn, fish and vegetables in broth
Panfried chicken piccata with toasted oregano sauce, vegetable medley and herb roasted potatoes
Paneer reshmi, kastoori aloo, dal kabila and mughlai tarkari pulao
Cottage cheese in onion gravy, baby potatoes, tempered dal and vegetables pilaf
Fresh fruits in season
Gourmet coffee & selection of fine teas
After take-off, the cabin crew came around to pass the business class ‘amenity kits’ which consists of a pair of socks and eyeshades. I remember getting these in long-haul economy class onboard SQ a few years back. This has got to be SQ’s weakest point in the premium offering amongst airlines. There was also a pre-dinner snack pack of almond and cashews along with another beverage and I picked plain old apple juice.
For dinner I had the Indian lamb dish and it was good but not anything special that I would compare to Indian food on the ground. The appetizer dish was also not too bad as the prawns are juicy while the vegetables are crunchy and flavourful.
Perhaps it was designated as a supper service, satays were absent from the meal service and the dessert was abbreviated to a selection of fruits. Though the flight has a very good drinks menu and I always enjoy the non-alcoholic mixes, which is why I got the ‘Apple Bliss’ on this flight.
The drinks selection are as follows:
Champagnes and Wines
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve
2011 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
2012 Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany
2009 Château Labadie Medoc Cru Bourgeois, France
2011 Dandelion Vineyards ‘Lionheart of the Barossa’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
Taylor’s 10-Year-Old Tawny Port, Portugal
Cocktails and Aperitifs
Singapore Airlines’ Unique Creations
Silver Kris Sling
One of Singapore Airlines’ special touches, this cocktail is a delicious mix of gin, Cointreau, orange juice and pineapple juice, topped with Champagne
A sparkling mix of vodka shaken with apple juice and 7-Up
A cool concoction of rum, pineapple juice, Sling mix with ginger ale
A refreshing blend of sake and bitter lemon
Sweetness in Darkness
A unique mix of red wine and a splash of Coke
A tantalising drink of vodka, apple juice and bitter lemon, topped with 7-Up
Synonymous with the Lion City since the early 1900s, this classic cocktail is made with dry gin, DOM Benedictine, Cointreau, cherry brandy Angostura bitters and Grenadine, mixed with lime & pineapple juice
A classic concoction vodka and orange juice
A classic mix of gin and dry vermouth stirred over ice, garnished with olive
Spirits and Beers
Courvoisier XO Fine Champagne
Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
Highland Park 12-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky
Bailey’s Original Irish Cream
A refreshing-yet-fruity blend of lime cordial and 7-Up, with orange & tomato juice
Singapore Airlines’ Unique Creations
Awaiting the Golden Dawn
A healthy, refreshing mix of pineapple, tomato and orange juice
A tantalising refreshment of apple juice and bitter lemon mixed with 7-Up
An invigorating concoction of pineapple juice and bitter lemon
A simple yet delightfully refreshing mix of apple juice and 7-Up
A light tangy drink created from orange juice and ginger ale with a touch of lime cordial
Coke Light/Coke Zero
*Available hot or with ice
Singapore Airlines has a very extensive selection of menu featuring cocktails and includes very good coffee and tea from illy and TWG respectively. For a regional premium class offering, I find them nearly unbeatable!
After the meal, I was tired and skipped the entertainment since the re-fitted 777-300 features the older entertainment system and was cumbersome to navigate compared to the newer user interfaces on board SQ’s 777-300ERs, A330s and A380s. The seats onboard this flight were similar to the 777-200s that also serve many regional destinations. I find them to have one of the most comfortable and widest regional business class seats. The colour scheme is also probably one of the better ones.
I had a pretty good night’s sleep, only waking up due to the pilot’s announcement on the plane’s descent into Changi Airport. The delay did result in the plane arriving nearly half an hour late, which was fine for me since I have an afternoon connection and planned to meet some friends for brunch. For a red-eye flight, the services on this flight was more comprehensive compared to Malaysia Airlines with SQ’s crew performing better. Even the seats were more comfortable compared to the slightly firm Recaro seats onboard MH.