Flight test: Singapore to Johannesburg in Singapore Airlines Business Class
A 2am takeoff meant I was just keen to sleep – thank goodness then that the seat transformed into a fully flat bed.
THE AIRLINE Singapore Airlines
ROUTE Singapore to Johannesburg
THE PLANE A350-900
TIME IN THE AIR Around 10 hours, 40 minutes
THE LOYALTY PLAN Krisflyer
UP THE FRONT OR AT THE BACK Business class
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE Two x 30kg checked luggage, 7kg hand luggage and personal item
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THE SEAT A spacious 1-2-1 configuration in this cabin gives you plenty of room – and privacy. The wide seat had an enormous amount of space and a built-in footrest which angles you slightly toward the window. There is plenty of storage, with one at head-height, and room for toiletries I like to keep handy on flights in the chair's arm rest. There is also a built-in USB and a reading light at head-height.
COMFORT The leather seat is plush, but I was keen to sleep fairly soon after we boarded, as the flight took off at 2am. After hitting the call button, one of the air crew flipped the seat so that it became a fully flat bed – this process would have to be repeated shortly before landing. The mattress was slightly firm, but I was pleased with that. Being able to sleep fully lying down on a plane is a luxury, so I ended up sleeping more or less eight hours, before we landed in Johannesburg.
ENTERTAINMENT The business section has 18-inch screens, which is far larger than the one I had previously used in Premium Economy. Although SIngapore Airlines has hundreds of movies and a great selection of new releases, I slept most of the way and didn't take too much advantage of it.
SERVICE The crew were attentive, and of course, addressed passengers seated in this class by name. They offered hot towels and champagne before take-off.
FOOD Unfortunately, I didn't pay too much attention to the menu here because I was fairly tired. But air crew offered a selection of snacks – including a chicken pie, which I had shortly after take-off. I didn't eat again until shortly before landing, where the standard eggs, sausage and tomato fare was served. But you are able to order snacks and drinks throughout the flight.
THE VERDICT A luxurious way to top off the end of a long-haul flight – and being able to sleep properly on a plane does help you reset your clock a bit.
FREQUENCY Daily. This flight continues on to Cape Town after passengers have disembarked in Johannesburg. See singaporeair.com
CARBON COUNT A one-way flight from Singapore to Johannesburg in business class would generate 3.48 tons of CO2.
The writer was a guest of Singapore Airlines.
Source : Stuff.co.nz