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 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 11:22 am , on October 16, 2019
CHC and I were in Bangkok recently and we had the chance of trying out Thai Airways on their new Airbus A350-900. We were booked in Economy Class (Q class fare, which is a semi-flex fare) and knowing of Thai Airways’ same day walk up upgrade, we decided to give it a try.
You can check the seat availability on Expertflyer before travelling to know how full the cabin is but 48 hours before flying, this info is no longer available and one can only check at the check in counter (on the day of flying).
Posted at 9:26 am , on September 20, 2019
Some pictures from my friend BL who managed to snag 3 seats on Spontaneous Escape recently to Seoul. Here are some pictures on his return flight – SQ 611
Posted at 1:41 pm , on September 19, 2019
Many thanks to KK, my ex classmate who recently returned from ORD for a conference. He was kind enough to get some pictures for me on his NH 7 flight (SFO-NRT).
Not extensive (as this was a last minute request) – just some food pictures:
Posted at 5:47 pm , on July 13, 2019
Another friend recently made his maiden flight on Premium Class and what better way to do it on a Transpacific flight.
He was in San Diego for a conference and he managed to try the famed Delta One Business Class Suite (on the Narita to Seattle Segment) which was operated on their new A350-900.
On the way back, he was on a Korean Air Boeing 777-300ER with a very outdated 2-3-2 shell seat (oh, they still have such seats in Business Class nowadays?!)
Posted at 8:50 pm , on June 22, 2019
After 1.5 weeks in Texas and Panama, it was time for us to move on to our final stop – New York. Without any fifth freedom flights from Star Alliance, I am left with either Copa Airlines or United Airlines. While United Airlines had a slightly better timing, redeeming a ticket can be rather challenging. Copa Airlines on the other hand can be redeemed directly from the Krisflyer portal without any issue. Although there are 3 flights into JFK, neither is good and only CM 804 was available for redemption (for my travel date). The redemption cost is 30,000 miles per person in Business Class.
Posted at 12:15 pm , on June 21, 2019
That Time of The Year 2019 (second edition) came and went and my body is still trying to adjust back to local timing. After the discontinuation of SQ67/68, SQ51/52 is now the longest route for Singapore Airlines. The Houston route was previously flown using a 777-300ER via Moscow (SIN-DME-IAH) but has since changed to an A350-900 (hence eliminating First Class on this route) and the layover stop is now in Manchester.