June 19, 2024

Effortless to Singapore

Journey: Heathrow to Singapore – Singapore Airlines – Economy

PRE FLIGHT: SQ317 check-in at T2 was quick and easy. As we approached the kiosk a super-friendly attendant directed us to the premium check-in desks saying they’d help as they weren’t busy. We were processed quickly with options to change our seat positions.

THE LOUNGE: I’d been given access to the SilverKris Business lounge. It was quite a walk but once there, it was close to the departure gate. It was large and spacious with big expanses of glass looking out over the airport. The decor featured a signature batik design screen and wood detailing. Seating was plentiful, large and comfy, with convenient integrated side tables. There was a great selection of food from full English to continental with pastries, cold meats and fruit offered buffet-style. Plus plenty of hot and cold beverages and a bar for those wanting cocktails.

THE FLIGHT: I received a friendly welcome at the aircraft where we were soon settled for an on-time departure at 09:55. The flight was operated by a A380-800 which felt new, clean and airy. As spare seats were available I was able to move to a front row seat in Economy with extra leg room, which suited me, although it had a less easily accessible screen, charge points and plugs. IFE was easy to navigate, had some great film choices including new releases. Staff were welcoming, cheerful and accommodating.

THE CATERING: Soon after take-off breakfast was offered – egg and chicken sausage or, as I choose, beef noodles which was very tasty, moist and filling. There was also fruit and ice cream on offer. Later in the flight, with about six hours to go, a main meal was served with chicken, fish and mutton-curry options. I took the chicken, with mushroom sauce, and although the sauce didn’t look great, it was in fact full of flavour. The non-slip tray included roll and butter, cheese, a BBQ chicken vegetable salad appetiser, and chocolate and cherry mousse cake, which was light and fresh tasting.

THE VERDICT: It’s a long flight to Singapore but this one passed quickly and pleasantly. The staff were attentive and available throughout, with water and juice regularly offer, and the catering was tasty and timely. All in all a good flight.