Taking care of business

by Teresa Ooi

I am on my way to Europe (yes, we did that pre-COVID) to try out the sister vessel to the world's most luxurious ship. And before you ask, yes Regent Seven Seas Splendor is even more luxurious. So, my journey to the Italian city of Rome needed to be special. Usually, a flight of 10,000 km for 13 hours non-stop from Singapore to Rome isn't. It's arduous. But in this case, I was lucky. I was travelling in Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which boasts its newest Business Class cabins. It does not disappoint.

From the moment we board the aircraft close to 2am in Singapore, we are greeted by an attentive air stewardess in her elegant, green sarong kebaya who quickly won us over with her smile and charm – thanks to the precise training of Singapore Airline’s unmistakable in-flight service, which is second to none. A chilled glass of Laurant-Perrier champagne is graciously offered and accepted. Nothing like a perfectly chilled flute of bubbles to soothe your state of mind for the long flight ahead. There are 42 flat bed business class seats on the A350-900 aircraft, arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The colours and lighting of business class cabins are suitably muted. At your seat, a pair of slippers, inflight socks, an eye mask, noise-cancelling headphones and a bottle of water are provided. Each seat has two seating positions; the Lazy Z - a cradling position and a Sundeck - a lounging position. The seats are hand crafted from Scottish leather and the 28-inch (71 centimetres) seat transforms into a 78-inch bed when you are ready to turn in. If you want to want to fold down the seat into a bed, pull the plastic latch at the back of the seat, the seat then folds down and the back will become the surface you sleep on complete with a thin padding already pre-installed. Fresh sheets, duvet and pillows are provided. On the other hand, if that is too much effort for you, your flight attendance will graciously arrange for your bed to be made and laid out. I had no problem sleeping a straight four hours.

The dining table is height-adjustable and slides forwards and backwards. There’s ample storage space and a side console has been designed to sit above your arm rest which allows you to stow and conveniently reach your laptop while seated or lying down. A generous array of telecommunications ports including a USB and power supply are provided to charge up your electronic devices. You also have access of a wide range of reading lights. You will never be bored on a long flight if you enjoy watching television, listening to music or playing video games. SIA’s KrisWorld inflight entertainment has 1800 options of movies, TV programs, music, games and apps on your touchscreen 18-inch HD tv screen. Bathrooms are squeaky clean and equipped with dental sets, razors, shavers, mouthwash, hand cream and white towels to dry your hands. Now for the best bit. Food on board Singapore Airlines is a serious and precise undertaking which SIA is particularly proud of. Main meals are a three-course affair, with white-tablecloth service finishing with dessert, cheese or both. Your can Book the Cook on long haul flights and pre-order your meal from a panel of well-known chefs. But on this particular flight, we decided to chance it and order from the menu itself. We had a starter of scallops served with snow pea sprouts and a light dressing. Yummy. I opted for a bowl of char-siew, wonton noodles as my main course – and it was just perfect served with the right amount of choy sum vegetables and a delicious broth. Even the preserved green chillies side dish was tasty.

My partner had braised beef with mushrooms and asparagus which he loved. For desserts, we chose pomelo, one of my favourite fruit.I decided to have champagne with my meal while my partner choose a delicious French burgundy. For breakfast, we chose a selection of dim-sum delicacies while my partner loved his omelette and hot croissant. A cup of Illy coffee prepared to your taste, you want from flat white or café latte is excellent. But if you are a tea drinker, Business Class tea is from the Singaporean TWG – an excellent brand. The test of a good flight is at the end of your journey. If you leave your plane feeling great because you were pleased with the food, the service and had a good night’s rest, you can’t ask for more. Somehow, Singapore Airlines’ Business Class travel, always seem to get it just about right. As in SIA parlance, it’s a great way to fly. Singapore Airlines will increase its services to Australia from 8 June adding flights to Adelaide, Melbourne and increasing services to Sydney. For more details visit www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/media-centre/news-alert/?id=k88gnin9

“Food on board Singapore Airlines is a serious and precise undertaking which SIA is particularly proud of.”

Taking care of business

by Teresa Ooi

I am on my way to Europe (yes, we did that pre-COVID) to try out the sister vessel to the world's most luxurious ship. And before you ask, yes Regent Seven Seas Splendor is even more luxurious. So, my journey to the Italian city of Rome needed to be special. Usually, a flight of 10,000 km for 13 hours non-stop from Singapore to Rome isn't. It's arduous. But in this case, I was lucky. I was travelling in Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which boasts its newest Business Class cabins. It does not disappoint. From the moment we board the aircraft close to 2am in Singapore, we are greeted by an attentive air stewardess in her elegant, green sarong kebaya who quickly won us over with her smile and charm – thanks to the precise training of Singapore Airline’s unmistakable in-flight service, which is second to none. A chilled glass of Charles Heidsieck champagne is graciously offered and accepted. Nothing like a perfectly chilled flute of bubbles to soothe your state of mind for the long flight ahead. There are 42 flat bed business class seats on the A350-900 aircraft, arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The colours and lighting of business class cabins are suitably muted. At your seat, a pair of slippers, inflight socks, an eye mask, noise-cancelling headphones and a bottle of water are provided. Each seat has two seating positions; the Lazy Z - a cradling position and a Sundeck - a lounging position. The seats are hand crafted from Scottish leather and the 28-inch (71 centimetres) seat transforms into a 78-inch bed when you are ready to turn in. If you want to want to fold down the seat into a bed, pull the plastic latch at the back of the seat, the seat then folds down and the back will become the surface you sleep on complete with a thin padding already pre-installed. Fresh sheets, duvet and pillows are provided. On the other hand, if that is too much effort for you, your flight attendance will graciously arrange for your bed to be made and laid out. I had no problem sleeping a straight four hours.

The dining table is height-adjustable and slides forwards and backwards. There’s ample storage space and a side console has been designed to sit above your arm rest which allows you to stow and conveniently reach your laptop while seated or lying down. A generous array of telecommunications ports including a USB and power supply are provided to charge up your electronic devices. You also have access of a wide range of reading lights. You will never be bored on a long flight if you enjoy watching television, listening to music or playing video games. SIA’s KrisWorld inflight entertainment has 1800 options of movies, TV programs, music, games and apps on your touchscreen 18-inch HD tv screen. Bathrooms are squeaky clean and equipped with dental sets, razors, shavers, mouthwash, hand cream and white towels to dry your hands. Now for the best bit. Food on board Singapore Airlines is a serious and precise undertaking which SIA is particularly proud of. Main meals are a three-course affair, with white-tablecloth service finishing with dessert, cheese or both. Your can Book the Cook on long haul flights and pre-order your meal from a panel of well-known chefs. But on this particular flight, we decided to chance it and order from the menu itself. We had a starter of scallops served with snow pea sprouts and a light dressing. Yummy. I opted for a bowl of char-siew, wonton noodles as my main course – and it was just perfect served with the right amount of choy sum vegetables and a delicious broth. Even the preserved green chillies side dish was tasty.

“Food on board Singapore Airlines is a serious and precise undertaking which SIA is particularly proud of.”

My partner had braised beef with mushrooms and asparagus which he loved. For desserts, we chose pomelo, one of my favourite fruit.I decided to have champagne with my meal while my partner choose a delicious French burgundy. For breakfast, we chose a selection of dim-sum delicacies while my partner loved his omelette and hot croissant. A cup of Illy coffee prepared to your taste, you want from flat white or café latte is excellent. But if you are a tea drinker, Business Class tea is from the Singaporean TWG – an excellent brand. The test of a good flight is at the end of your journey. If you leave your plane feeling great because you were pleased with the food, the service and had a good night’s rest, you can’t ask for more. Somehow, Singapore Airlines’ Business Class travel, always seem to get it just about right. As in SIA parlance, it’s a great way to fly. Singapore Airlines will increase its services to Australia from 8 June adding flights to Adelaide, Melbourne and increasing services to Sydney. For more details visit www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/media-centre/news-alert/?id=k88gnin9