Posted at 10:41 am , on December 26, 2019
Once again, a big thanks to JC for more pictures. On her return trip, she managed to get the highly acclaimed Apex Suite that is featured on selected 777-300ER and the new 747-8i. On paper, the 2-2-2 configuration doesn’t sound appealing, but what made the Apex Suite so special is the fact that ALL seats (that is right ALL!) have direct access to the aisle! How is this done?
The 2 seats at the window are slightly staggered (one in front of the other) giving the window seat a small aisle to access into the main aisle directly. This also gives an excellent amount of privacy to those at the window seat. The suite is also excellent for those traveling with kids as the proximity to the child and the lack of a huge divider (like those found on reverse herringbone configuration) allows one to attend to them easily (while having the benefit of being next to the window, unlike those traveling on a 1-2-1 configuration).
Posted at 1:26 pm , on December 19, 2019
I would like to thank JC, another friend whom I managed to ‘squeeze’ some pictures out on her recent trip to Sapporo with her family on Korean Air Business Class. Both legs were operated on the wide body jets which still uses a rather dated angled flat product. Regardless, this still wins being upright in Economy Class!
At slightly less than SGD $2k per person, this is quite a good price for Business Class as Economy Class on Singapore Airlines to Japan in December can easily hit $1.4 – $1.5k per person! The only drawback? Skyteam is not exactly a great alliance to accrue your miles.
Posted at 1:50 pm , on December 18, 2019
Nope, no Seattle inaugural this year. Compared to 2018, I only clocked about 68,400 km this year. 2019 had been a very busy year at work but it lays the foundation for an exciting year in 2020!
Highlight of 2019 was still my American trip in June and trying out new airlines such as Air China, Copa and Thai Airways.
2019 saw the upcoming demise of the Airbus A380-800. Announced in February, Airbus is dropping the A380 in favor of the A350 series. We will still get to fly the A380 in the near future, but the end is coming sooner than later.
Qantas has also selected the A350-1000 for the project Sunrise , while the 737Max accidents were indeed unfortunate and it demonstrates the cost of corporate hubris.
Posted at 1:09 pm , on December 18, 2019
After trying out the Air China First Class from Houston to Panama City, here comes Air China in Economy Class on both regional and short haul flight.
My recently concluded family trip to Fukuoka was on Air China via Beijing. At only $2.8k for 6 person, this is an excellent price as the price for Singapore Airlines for the same date came up to $9.2k! Top up another $400 and you can get yourself on Air China Business class which frankly is not a bad deal.
Posted at 11:35 am , on December 18, 2019
When Bank of China Elite Miles card was launched, it showed a lot of promise as a miles card. With one of the market best earning rate at 1.5 miles per dollar (MPD) locally (2 MPD till 31 December 2018) and 3 miles per dollar for foreign currency (FC) spending (5 MPD till 31 December 2018), what can go wrong? Well, I was dead wrong!
Posted at 10:29 am , on November 1, 2019
Another friend of mine, ET recently flew on SQ 32 (San Francisco direct). Singapore Airlines operates 10 direct flights to San Francisco in a week (7 on SQ 32 and 3 on SQ 34) on top of the daily flight via Hong Kong on SQ 2.
Although the product is the same on the Business Class for all 3 flights, they operate on different planes. SQ 2 uses the 77WR with 48 J seats, SQ 32 uses the long haul A350 with 42 J seats and SQ 34 has the most J seats with 67 on the A350 ULR.
Personally I have no preference between SQ 32 and 34 (probably slight preference towards SQ 34 due to the lower overall plane density and a better flight timing) but I would prefer the direct flight over SQ 2 anytime.
Posted at 2:05 pm , on October 30, 2019
Another pictorial review, this time from my friend CP who was recently in Bangkok for a conference and he flew back on SQ 979 in Business Class. Being on A330-300, he was on the old Business Class spotting the angled-flat seats in 2-2-2 configuration.
Posted at 11:45 am , on October 24, 2019
CHC and I were accommodated in the Renaissance Hotel in Bangkok for our recent conference. The Renaissance Hotel is part of the Marriott chain of hotels (Marriott Bonvoy points). It is centrally located in Bangkok, within walking distance from Erawan Shrine (and very near to the Holiday Inn hotel which I stayed in back in 2018).
There is a BTS station just a stone-throw away from the hotel with Central World and Big C shopping center being nearby. This makes the hotel extremely convenient for moving around, food and shopping.
Posted at 10:20 am , on October 24, 2019
Review by CHC
Having last visited Bali quite a number of years ago, I decided to pay this island destination a visit with my family for a post PSLE (read: Major examination in Singapore that involves everyone) break. Bali has changed tremendously in the past 6-7 years but the major improvement must be that of the airport. Compared to the pre 2014 Ngurah Rai, the new airport is a major upgrade from the previous international terminal that now serves as the domestic terminal. If anyone had used the old Ngurah Rai airport, one would understand the amazement at the new terminal.
Posted at 11:18 am , on October 23, 2019
Review by CHC
As a delegate part of a conference group enroute to BKK, I opted for a walk in upgrade on TG for S$185 to Business class from my Q category ticket so as to be able to review the TG lounge as well as the new A350-900 to BKK.
The Lounge is located in a quiet spot of Terminal One near the central immigration on level 3. There are a few lounges close by like the SATS (which is accessible via the Priority Pass card) and Qantas lounge.