By the time I arrived at the gate around 07:45, I was the last to board the aircraft. Singapore Airlines does board their passengers early even in the outstations.
SQ827 Shanghai Pudong PVG – Singapore Changi SIN
Gate 67 Seat 17H changed to 17K
Boeing 777-300 9V-SYJ
The morning flight is operated by the older 773 with angled flat business class cabin though the seat pitch was definitely more generous than the Airbus A330 that has the same seats. Large Business class cabin in 2-2-2 seating was only about 60% full when I boarded. This meant I had no seat partner in the aisle seat that I had pre-selected and moved to the window seat once the door was closed.
As I got comfortable in my seat, magazines and newspaper was brought out around the Business Class cabin using a trolley. Cabin crew also announced a flight time of 5 hour 5 minutes.
On the seat was a nice pillow, a blanket, a pair of socks, slippers and eyeshades. The menu and headset was placed in the magazine holder in the seatback.
Welcome drinks were brought out as well and choices were orange apple or tomato juice. Safety video was then shown as boarding was completed. Pullback from the gate started at 0805, and the crew came around to do last minute checks of the cabin.
Long taxi after pullback as we had to head over to the runway at Terminal 1 but the lack of airplane movements in the morning was nothing interesting. I did capture some photos of Delta’s airplane parked in the remote stand at Terminal 1 and the long taxi resulted in a late take-off.
After take-off, the cloudy weather over Shanghai meant there was nothing much to see in terms of views. While checking out the inflight entertainment during this time, I noticed they had the whole series of ‘Story of Yanxi Palace’ along with a wide variety of Chinese TV shows.
Under the right armrest, business class passengers can find the seat controls to adjust the position. However this is not a full lie-flat seat, and the maximum recline is still angled.
As an older plane, the inflight entertainment remote control is also antiquated and feels worn out.
Under the left armrest, there is a power outlet for passengers who needs to charge their devices. There was no issue I encountered using the power outlet during the flight.
Meal and orders were taken upon reaching cruising altitude. The menu for this flight includes the Singapore to Shanghai sector and the menu is listed in both English and Chinese making it quite a thick booklet.
In addition to the wine, cocktails and soft drinks available, there was an extensive coffee and tea selection onboard Singapore Airlines.
Afterwards hot towel was distributed around the cabin before small packets of almonds and cashews were placed by the seat. Beverages were also presented to passengers shortly later.
I was a bit hungry and asked for more snacks but they didn’t have chips. Instead biscuits were offered and I had it with a cup of cappuccino. I enjoyed the snack by watching the movie Hidden Man starring Eddie Peng.
As I finished my drink, the inflight manager passed by and offered more drinks. I asked for iced Milo next since the meal will be served only 45 minutes later.
After consuming the cookies, I head to the lavatory to freshen up. While this was one of Singapore Airlines’ older planes, it was still clean and functional. Orchids are still placed in the lavatory along with eau de toilette, lotion and moisturizing mist from Penhaligon’s.
At around 10:45am or about halfway into the flight, the meal service was started and hot towel was given out to passengers in Business class again.
Meal started with the fruit plate and a choice of juices, coffee or tea. I asked for the special Mao Feng tea. Next the steward brought out the bread basket with croissants, cinammon rolls, and Danish pastries as choices. Yogurts and cereal was offered next.
After I finished my fruit plate, the dim sum plate was served. There was 2 large spring rolls along with an abalone shrimp dumpling, a green tea wolfberry pork dumpling and a vegetable dumpling. The green tea dumpling was the most enjoyable and altogether they made for a filling brunch.
Meal service ended around 11:40am and I head to the lavatory to freshen up. Back at the seat, there was another towel service. I asked for the Midsummer Breeze mocktail for a drink and a bottle of water when I returned to my seat. Landing cards for immigration in Singapore were handed out after the meal service.
Back at my seat, I had a short one hour nap as I reclined my seat fully. This position is still very nice as I found it comfortable for regional day flights and there was adequate legroom compared to the smaller cubby holes in some of the staggered full lie-flat configurations.
At 1pm, the captain came onboard and announced our descent with an estimated arrival time of 13:45. It was also informed the flight will land at Terminal 2. The stewardess came around to offer mint candies while thanking us for flying with Singapore Airlines
Cabin crew made final rounds to ensure the seats were upright and cabin windows were opened as we continued our descent into Singapore. I spent the remainder of the flight reading the inflight magazine and gazing occasionally out of the window.
The flight made a turn over Batam in Indonesia before landing smoothly in partly cloudy Singapore. The circular path taken meant there was some nice views to be had for passengers seated next to the window.
Due to the long taxi for take-off and the queue to land in Singapore, we still arrived behind schedule in Singapore. Since I had ample time for my transit, I was not too worried.
While this day flight is operated by one of Singapore Airlines’ oldest plane, the seat was still very comfortable for regional flights. And since the load was not especially heavy, I had no problem spreading out. Service onboard the flight was consistent with other flights and the crew were all very professional. Even the food and beverages service went without a hitch and it once again shows Singapore Airlines as excelling in creating a nice flying ambience even on their older planes. Another good flight with Singapore Airlines!