This flight marks the start of another trip to Europe. As I am getting married this year, I was off to Europe with my fiancee for a photo session. Along the way my sister and Mum will join me before we go on a roadtrip across the Alps. This trip report will take some time to complete so please bear with me as I organize the photos and upload my reviews of the flights and sights we experience along the way. Not to mention there will be a review of one glacier skiing adventure in Austria in the month of June!
As always I start my journey in Jakarta but having reviewed several times the flight between Singapore and Jakarta in all classes before, I will just skip to the long-haul flight from Singapore to Munich on Singapore Airlines’ A350. While I met up with my fiancee in the Silver Kris lounge at Terminal 3 for some refreshments before the flight, I changed to my lounge wear before boarding the flight.
SQ328 Singapore Changi SIN – Munich Franz Josef Strauss MUC
Airbus A350 9V-SMS
Gate A17 Seat 15D
What I noticed immediately was a more compact cabin onboard the A350. The cabin itself was more than half-filled when I boarded since the gate for this flight was located at the end of the terminal and takes some time to get to, even with a ride on the Sky Train.
Like always, there was a pillow on the seat itself with the blanket and another pillow found behind the seat when the space is converted to a bed. Noise cancelling headphones can be found in the armrest storage console while menus were located with the inflight magazines near the leg rest. Once seated, passengers were offered welcome drinks consisting of champagne, orange juice or water. Next thing offered was the tray of newspapers and magazines and Singapore Airlines have the best variety out there!
Hot towels was then distributed thereafter by the steward in Business Class. A flight time of 12 hours was announced during the welcome address from the cockpit. This flight duration is also displayed in the touch-screen remote controller beside the armrest. Because there is no overhead bin compartment above the center seats, these seats feel particularly spacious and luxurious.
Afterwards, socks and eyeshades were offered to passengers since Singapore Airlines still has yet to offer an amenity kit even on long-haul Business Class flights. A pair of slippers have been prepared on the legrest as well and there us a space below the legrest to store your shoes and slippers when you change. This storage space has a ledge which would prevent them from moving about, so no worries about losing your shoe at the end of the flight.
On the right side like the seat on the 777, there is an open compartment which is useful for placing newspapers and bottled water during the flight. As it is open, a sign indicates that things shouldn’t be left there during taxi, take-off and landing. The sound outlet for the headphones is located within this compartment and there are USB outlets that can charge your device or connect them to the inflight monitor with a reading light above it. All Business class seats have their own power outlet too in case you want to connect your laptop.
On the left side of the seat there are more lights switches. There is an array of 3 LED lights on the left hand side and they come in handy to illuminate the tray table when dining since the overhead lights are a distance away due to the lack of an overhead luggage compartment. Beneath the left hand side armrest, there is the seat controls to adjust the legrest and recline the seat or set it into a lounging mode. This was not possible in the older Business Class cabin. There is also an easy button to call for the crew members or set a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign if you want to skip breakfast.
Not long after we boarded, the doors closed on time with all Business Class seats occupied. At this point, some passengers have their meal orders taken but the quick access to the runway meant there was no time to take everyone’s meal order. The clear weather made for a smooth take off and we were up in the skies in no time. Meal and beverage orders were continued inside the cabin once seat belt signs were turned off. The menu for this flight was as follow:
And the extensive drinks menu reads as follow:
Bottled water was distributed around the cabin by the steward, allowing guests who might be skipping supper to sleep straight away. Small ramekins of nuts were offered and when I finished mine while watching the remake of ‘A Better Tomorrow’, the stewardess asked if I would like another one, an indication of the level of attentiveness in the cabin.
However before my beverage order could arrive, hot beverage service was momentarily suspended due to turbulence. Due to this delay, it meant my initial order of iced Milo became a hot Milo when it was presented to me. It was just as well I guess since I am happy with both as long as its a Milo. For the benefit of foreign readers, Milo is a quintessentially Singaporean beverage favoured by all kids who have went through the Singapore education system.
Shortly after my beverage was served the appetizer plate came and I was kind of disappointed there aren’t any satay service for the late flight. After all Singaporeans do eat satay for supper! While the salad was served, the salad dressing was actually poured separately by the crew serving it. This meant guests could control the amount of dressing as they prefer it.
For the main course, I ordered the fish ball kway teow soup, which is like a typical hawker food in Singapore. For some reason, I always crave for the typical comfort food I grew up with when I fly. In fact my fiancee who had pre-booked the meal changed hers to a fish ball kway teow soup too, and she was able to reserve the pre-booked meal to the breakfast service. The meal service was good and chillies were served with the kway teow just like they do in the hawker centres. Wines were offered as well with the meal along with the excellent bread from the basket.
Crew asked if I wanted dessert as she cleared my tray and I obliged. The dessert onboard was a letdown though as the portion was a bit big and the panna cotta a bit too sweet in my opinion.
In addition to the dessert, the cheese and fruits trolley was rolled out. I asked for some rambutans and the stewardess passed me some wet towels and tissue which certainly came in handy. If I must say, I actually enjoyed the rambutans more than dessert.
With the conclusion of meal service, I went to the lavatory to brush my teeth and prepare to have a nice sleep. The lavatories in Business class are stocked with Miller Harris amenities such as a eau de toilette, hand lotion and face mist. Combs, tootbrushes and shaving kits are available in the lavatory as well negating the need to distribute amenity kits.
Upon returning to my seat, I turned it into a bed as I finished my movie while lying down. It helps that the monitor could be tilted down partially so that one still gets a comfortable viewing angle when lying down on the bed. I started my nap just as the plane flew past the Indian Ocean.
In the middle of the flight I woke up hungry with about 5 hours 20 minutes left in the flight. Heading back to the galley, I found a small snack basket on the galley and I helped myself to some cassava chips.
However the small packet of chips did little to alleviate my hunger and I decided to order something off the ‘Delectables’ menu, going for the Tom Yum noodles with prawns and vegetables. This turns out to be an instant noodle dish with added ingredients presented on a porcelain bowl. I do have to give them a thumbs-up for making a cheap instant noodle dish to appear so tasty. In fact I finished the whole bowl which goes to show passengers sometimes could just be happy with instant noodles onboard a flight!
After my snack, I went back to sleep with my tummy satisfied since we were still some distance off from reaching our destination, with the flight over Iran.
About 2 hours before our scheduled landing, the cabin started to have some movements and that was my cue to wake up. Hot towels was served for guests on waking up while a stewardess came around with beverages and I had the freshly squeezed orange juice which was actually bottled by Sunfresh.
Ordered a cappuccino for breakfast as my coffee choice when beverage orders were taken. A fruit plate came out first with a glass of water and a refill of the orange juice which allowed me to see the brand.
Chose the cinnamon roll from the basket as it looked appetizing from the basket while the stewardess came around and offered cereal or muesli. I requested for some yogurt instead.
Finally my main course for breakfast arrived and it was another impeccable presentation with fresh berries all around and a generous topping of mascarpone. The French toast was fluffy and the orange mascarpone did have a hint of orange just to make it even more fruity and the way I like it. This was definitely one of the nicest French toast I had and certainly filled me up nicely for breakfast.
When guests are done with breakfast another towel was brought for them to freshen up. The continuous provision of towels certainly made it convenient and freed up the lavatory for guests that need it more than to just wash their hands.
About 45 minutes left into the flight, the captain announced our estimated arrival time into foggy Munich at around 6:35am German time. This meant I started to consolidate all my belongings since there was plenty compartments to clear. I find the storage space beside the monitor to be the neatest one as it was just the right size for small stuff like wallets, glasses and watches when you sleep. There is even a hidden vanity mirror beside the cup ledge to ensure passengers can touch up before arrival in looking their best.
Candies were offered to passengers before landing and there was other flavours instead of just mints. That meant I might have just taken a couple to bring on the road. The crew thanked the passengers for flying with them and wished all of us a pleasant journey.
Sunlight was brightening the whole cabin during our final descent and it certainly gave a wonderful atmosphere. I just like bright airplane cabins! Landing was equally smooth as take off with a clear weather on our arrival into Munich.
Upon landing in Munich, it was an uneventful ride to the gate before all passengers were allowed to disembark and I was glad to note that there was no long queues at immigration which meant I had plenty of time for my connecting flight to Oslo. Maybe it was the company I had in this flight or maybe it was the nicer air quality on the A350, but this was one of the best flight I had with Singapore Airlines. The bed was comfortable, the cabin temperature was just right and the catering onboard was fantastic such that the crews need not really do much. But the service onboard this flight could not be faulted either as the crew did everything right and with a smile! In the end this made another perfect flight even if it was not in First Class.